Meet the Critical Nurse Staffing Leadership Team


Shawn Ridgley RN, BSN

Chief Executive Officer

Shawn Ridgley founded Critical Nurse Staffing, Inc. (“CNS”) in 2002, and currently serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1999, Shawn began his nursing career in Critical Care and Emergency Room Nursing.  After being a practicing nurse for several years, experience which included being a travelling nurse, S... Read more

Jamie Sharpe RN, BSN

Chief Operating Officer

Jamie Sharpe currently serves as our Chief Operating Officer.  After serving 6 years in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, he was honorably discharged and began to pursue a degree in Nursing.  In 2000, Jamie graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began his career in critical care nursing.  Following graduation, he worked as an eme... Read more

Sarah Francis, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Francis is a Certified Public Accountant and the Chief Financial Officer at Critical Nurse Staffing, Inc.  She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in public accounting from Colorado Mesa University and her CPA license from the Colorado State Board of Accountancy.

After graduation, Sarah worked in public accounting at Dalby, Wendland & Co working with small to medium sized... Read more

J. Christopher Ballard, Esq.

General Counsel

Originally from Largo, Florida, Chris graduated with a B.A. in communications from the University of South Florida.  After a year in the workforce, Chris decided to go to law school, he is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, College of Law.  Following graduation, Chris went to work for a private Tulsa firm, then took a position as General Counsel for a local retailer with more than 100 employees.  ... Read more

Tiffiney Pearson RN

Clinical Director

After 19 years of acute care nursing, the latest being a Patient Care Supervisor and Critical Response Team member, Tiffiney joined Critical Nurse Staffing, Inc. in  2011 as a Case Manager, the following year she accepted the position of Clinical Director and member of the marketing/outreach team.  In 2013, she assumed the Colorado Administrative duties.  She earned her degree in nursing from Mesa S... Read more

Amber Gustafson, CPA

Director of Finance

Amber Gustafson graduated from Mesa State College in May 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Accounting. After working for several years in public accounting, Amber found her passion in private business accounting. Her previous experience includes work in both the fitness and medical industry as well as the health insurance industry.   Amber joined CNS as the Director of Finance in... Read more

Janel Green, CPA, CGMA

Director of Tax

Janel Green has been working with CNS since 2012 as its corporate tax accountant.  In 2014, she joined the company as the Director of Tax.  Prior to CNS, Janel worked for a local CPA firm where she sharpened and enhanced her skills in issues of taxation as well as business consulting.

Janel is a certified public accountant as well as a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and Colorado Soc... Read more