HEMPIRE STATE GROWERS

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President & Lead Grower

Amy is a seventh generation farmer, and since 1982, is the owner and operator of Hepworth Farms, a highly successful 550-acre organic vegetable farm in the Hudson Valley. Amy brings proven leadership devoted to agricultural development and sustainability in the Hudson Valley. Cornell University (B.S. Pomology).

AMY HEPWORTH
CEO
GAIL HEPWORTH

Gail is the Head of Production at Hepworth Farms and brings to HSG over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, product development and project management in the FDA-regulated medical device industry. Boston University (B.S. Biomedical Engineering).

Meet the Team

“We farm hemp because it’s the people’s plant and we want to make it accessible at the best possible price.”

–Amy Hepworth, HSG President

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Jason brings rich experience in commercial litigation, corporate law and agricultural law to his role providing HSG counsel on all matters in this complex industry.  Jason was born and raised on a 500-acre apple farm in Clintondale, NY and is a proud HSG farmer dedicated to serving clients in the hemp industry.

Cornell University & University of Miami School of Law

JASON MINARD
General Counsel and Sales Mediator
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CTO
CHRIS BUTLER

Chris is the senior technical executive responsible for technical vision, strategy, execution, and business impact. Chris brings over 35 years of commercial product development and clinical experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, in both large corporation and start-up environments. Result-oriented experience includes all phases of product development, from R&D, marketing and operations, through clinical trials, regulatory, sales and service.  

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Cannabis Specialist
MICHAEL HART

Michael has studied and cultivated Cannabis for over 30 years. He is a registered farmer in Jamaica and brings a wealth of expertise about this special plant to HSG. His breadth of experience growing produce informs him in our commercial agriculture operation. From seed to sale, Michael inspires and educates our field crews to bring the highest quality CBD flower to market.

Sales & Marketing
DIANE FEILEN
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Director of Sales
Diane Feilen

Diane brings over 30 years of experience in sales and management to her role overseeing sales for HSG. She specializes in legal document preparation, negotiations, and conflict resolution. Her licenses and certifications include American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal, Dutchess County certified mediator, NYS licensed real estate broker, and notary public.

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Compliance Officer, RA/QA and HACCP Coordinator
RENAY EBELLE
Renay brings to HSG 20-years of leadership and technical experience in quality and regulatory compliance for pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He is currently the Founder, President/CEO of EDE Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on the development of drugs for rare and infectious diseases. University of Abidjan (M.S./PhD Biochemistry); Columbia University (PhD Cellular Immunology); Rutgers Business School (MBA).
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Chief Scientist
ADOSH MEHTA

Adosh runs the testing and analysis laboratory at HSG, which quantifies
cannabinoid profiles. He brings over 25 years of R&D experience in chemical analysis and materials characterization. He is currently CTO at
NanoTheranostic, which develops novel nanomaterials for medical applications. He has authored over 40 papers, holds 4 patents, and has a
Masters in Chemical & Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

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Branding, Product Development & Visual Communications Director

John is part strategist, industrial designer, engineer, marketer, mentor and an advocate for people, planet and profit.  He has decades of global product and brand development experience for Fortune 500 and Start-Up companies in healthcare, beauty, appliance, tool and emerging technology industries.  John has envisioned our brand identity, packaging and communications. Syracuse University (B.I.D. Industrial Design).  

JOHN LONCZAK
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Business Development Agent

Jorge has 15+ years of experience in business development, commercial management, HR & marketing. Jorge assists HSG in developing a sales plan focusing on channels and strategic partners, as well as analyzing market trends to provide insights for growth. He also assists in structuring departments and the recruitment of sales partners and representatives. UNESA (B.S. Business; MBA Marketing).

JORGE MARTINS
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Biologist & Educator
DIANE DUFFUS

Diane applies decades of field science experience to scouting our hemp crops for pests and diseases, as well as collecting and testing plant samples. She maintains our horticultural databases and documentation for all cultivar samples and test results, including digital microscopy and photography. She also creates educational materials for HSG.

SUNY Cortland and New Paltz (B.S. Natural Resources/Biology; M.S. Science Education).

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Gerry Greco has 20 years of experience in the farming industry as executive assistant to Amy Hepworth. She is responsible for documenting daily farm activities, managing social media posts, overseeing H2A VISA guest workers, including translation, assisting in payroll, and running Hepworth’s farms CSA and local farmer’s market. Gerry is fluid in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Executive Assistant and Labor Relations Manager
GERRY GRECO
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Technical Support
DAVID BEEZER

David has 5 years of experience working with Management Information Systems and four year as a member of the Hepworth Farms team. He is passionate about using technology to impact safety and efficiency within the operations of HSG. As part of his nearly completed BSc. in Psychology (final year), David is fascinated with the connection between behavior and mental processes.

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Brand Advisor
AMY MANIATIS

Amy has been leading global retail & media brands for over twenty years.  Prior to helping HSG, she held multiple leadership roles at major mission-driven brands, including serving as CMO for National Geographic.  Amy is passionate about HSG’s mission to lead the standards of ethical and regenerative agricultural practices. University of California, Berkeley (B.A.Philosophy) 

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Security and Maintenance Manager
VERONICA BROWN
Veronica is a certified security officer with over 25 years of experience in security management and practice. She provides services aimed at protecting property, preventing damage, as well as detecting and deterring potential vandalism at HSG. She is also has many years of experience in supervising work teams in areas of production, security, and maintenance at Hepworth Farms.
Bookkeeper & HACCP Coordinator Associate
MEGHANN REIMONDO

Meghann brings 11 years of administrative and financial experience in the healthcare and manufacturing sectors. Being certified in HACCP, she uses her experience and training to help guide process and quality control at Hempire State Growers by assisting in creating an environment in which all team members strive to constantly improve quality and safety at our facility.

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Production Manager
TASHOYA SIMS

Tashoya brings 5 years of experience in various areas of agricultural production and hemp processing to her roles as production manager at HSG. She is responsible for the supervision and management of the day to day business end of production. Her background in nursing fuels her belief that hemp has the power to contribute to the betterment of human health.  

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Chief Liaison to Hepworth Farms

Carlington is the Manager of Production at Hepworth Farms, responsible for our greenhouses and packing house facilities. His background as a professional chef in the hospitality industry provides experience with our Food Safety protocols and production efficiencies. During the HSG hemp harvest, Carlington also coordinates transportation logistics. 

CARLINGTON HENRY
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Webmaster

Cassie is the Web Master at Hempire State Growers, working directly with senior leadership to further grow and foster the company’s digital presence. Cassie's multifaceted background in digital marketing, project management, and digital design is built from over six years of experience working in Silicon Valley for several healthcare related software and marketing companies. 

CASSANDRA URIBE
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Operations Support

Andrene is an operations management professional with a multi-layered experience in diverse business environments. Over the last decade she has supported the successful implementation of various projects by bi-lateral development agencies across the globe. She works alongside our CEO in matters of administration, policy, and institutional organization. 

University of the West Indies (BSc Public Sector /Human Resource Development; MSc

Government) 

ANDRENE HENRY-MORGAN
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Production Inventory & Control
SUEKAE JOHNSON

Suekae has 5 years of experience at Hepworth Farms. During her first year working in inventory and control at HSG, her role has been to monitor and ensure the labeling and packing of all hemp product in order for production to fulfill sales. She is an integral member of the production team.

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CBD Retail Store Sales Manager
KATHY BOZYDAJ McCLURE

Kathy grew up in the Hudson Valley and has a longstanding connection to the HSG farming community. She has a successful career in sales and marketing for over 15 years. Her sales and customer service skills, and friendly, helpful personality allow her to aptly fulfill her role as the sales manager for the HSG Retail Store in the new CBD Mill.

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Technical Operations
LEON CARNAGIE

Leon brings 13 years work experience across the hospitality industry, law enforcement, and software engineering. He uses his experience to provide stringent measures in security management and provide technical support to ensure that HSG services are of the highest quality. Studying Information Technology— IT Management at Purdue University Global and a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Extension coding bootcamp, Leon’s computer programming skills are used to help develop the HSGcbd.com website. 

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Customer Development
Director
ASHLEY OLSON MINARD 

Ashley was born and raised in the Hudson Valley of New York. She is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable sales professional in the health & wellness industry with over 15 years of *B2B and B2C corporate and private sales experience. At HSG, she skillfully develops and maintains client relationships and is highly committed to working with our team to achieve sales success.