Dr. Kyle Kingsley, Chairman, Founder & CEO

Dr. Kingsley is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and Chief Executive Officer of Vireo Health. Dr. Kingsley oversaw the implementation of the Vireo Health System in Minnesota with the construction of a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility, four dispensaries, and the pharmaceutical and patient care center models. Through Vireo Health of New York and other national startup companies, Dr. Kingsley has developed the leadership and healthcare management skills needed for a large-scale endeavors across disparate processes.

Dr. Kingsley is co-author of the book Medical Cannabis Primer for Healthcare Providers, written to elucidate objective medical cannabis knowledge in the medical community. Using comprehensive, state-wide programs that integrate healthcare providers, Dr. Kingsley’s solitary goal is to make Vireo Health the safest, most reliable, and compassionate choice for the patients in all of the States in which the company operates.


Amber Shimpa, CFO

Amber Shimpa serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Vireo Health and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations and administrative functions. She has 14 years of experience as a financial services professional with various commercial and investment banking organizations. At Vireo Health (and Minnesota Medical Solutions), Ms. Shimpa drives the company’s planning initiative of which the foundation is to provide the safest, most reliable medical cannabis to patients at a price that is supportable given the higher cost of quality, optimal manufacturing practices that Vireo Health bears, along with the continued review of financial planning as it relates to Internal Revenue Code §280E.

Prior to joining Vireo Health, Ms. Shimpa spent the last nine years as Vice President of a $1.6 billion bank focused on commercial, nationwide lending. Her experience in the highly-regulated banking environment has engrained quality and control in her leadership and financial management approach. Banking is often seen as a challenge for operators within the cannabis industry. Ms. Shimpa’s understanding of the strict compliance requirements in the banking industry, coupled with Vireo Health’s scientific and safe medical model, have led to welcoming discussions with banks, and ultimately the first known open banking relationship with a cannabis-related company in the country.


Ari Hoffnung, COO

Ari Hoffnung serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Vireo Health. Mr. Hoffnung was previously the founder and CEO of Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a medical cannabis company. Prior to that, Mr. Hoffnung served as New York City’s Deputy Comptroller for Budget & Public Affairs, where he oversaw the City’s $70 billion budget, managed a 100+ employee staff, and served as the chief liaison to all levels of governments and to various labor unions.

Prior to serving in New York City government, Mr. Hoffnung was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns, where he worked for more than a decade. Mr. Hoffnung also led a research team composed of economists and policy experts that published two-dozen white papers, including two ground-breaking and widely-cited reports on the public-health and economic impacts of reforming cannabis policies: 100,000 Reasons: Medical Marijuana In The Big Apple and Regulating and Taxing Marijuana: The Fiscal Impact on NYC. He holds an Masters of Business Administration in Finance degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from Queens College.


Chelsea Grayson, Director

Chelsea A. Grayson has served on Vireo’s board of directors since March 2019. Chelsea is currently the CEO and a board member of True Religion, and a Board Leadership Fellow and a Corporate Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Prior to taking the CEO role with True Religion, she was the CEO and a board member of American Apparel (formerly NYSE MKT: APP).


Judd Nordquist, Director

Judd Nordquist has served on Vireo’s board of directors since March 2019. As a Business Partner at Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP, Judd helps business owners with business and tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, cash flow management, budgeting, and overhead computations. Since 1995, Judd has specialized in providing accounting, auditing, and consulting services to the construction, real estate, and manufacturing industries.


Amy Langer, Director

Amy L. Langer, CPA, has served on Vireo’s board of directors since March 2019. Ms. Langer is the Co-founder of Salo Corporation. At Salo, Ms. Langer has driven growth and brand affinity through analysis of market gaps, architecting and leading innovative strategy, and establishing sustainable and scalable infrastructure. Ms. Langer also serves on the board of directors for HealthPartners and GreaterMSP.


Chad Martinson, Director

Chad Martinson has served on Vireo’s board of directors since March 2019. Mr. Martinson is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ACOVA Integrated Health. Previously he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of ACOVA Integrated Health, and as CFO and Executive Vice President of Operations at Upsher-Smith Laboratories.