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 Board of Directors


Stephen E. Hessler


Steve is a partner in the Restructuring Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice involves representing debtors (including public, portfolio, and privately-held companies), creditors, and investors in complex corporate chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, acquisitions, and related trial and appellate litigation. Member of the New York City Bar Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization.

Cathy Bendert   
Vice Chair 

Cathy is a Managing Director at JPMorganChase and is currently responsible for leading firmwide control-related initiatives and interfacing with external Regulators.  Prior to her current role at JPMC, Cathy had various leadership positions in Technology.  Responsibilities included the oversight of software development for JPMC's retail divisions.  Cathy has been an employee of JPMC for over 20 years. 

Prior to joining JPMC, Cathy had her own software development consulting company and prior to that Cathy worked in the IT department of a major television network.

Cathy graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, with a B.S. degree and left the university with a passion for Technology.

Cathy and her husband live in downtown Manhattan, she is a life-long New Yorker.  Cathy is the proud Mother of two daughters.


Anne BenedictAnne Benedict

Vice Chair

Ms. Benedict has global responsibility for ensuring that Infor, the world's third largest software company, is able to attract, select and manage the talent required for the business and its clients. Ms. Benedict leads the human resources function for 15,000 employees in over 60 countries.

Ms. Benedict has over 20 years of global experience, including 10 years of consulting at Mercer, organizational development roles at Disney-ABC, as well as 9 years of talent management and HR responsibilities in marketing services at Interpublic Group. Her breadth of experience across HR disciplines – such as recruiting, talent management, operations and compensation – brings a holistic approach to managing talent.

Ms. Benedict graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Science from McGill University and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo.  She grew up in Ottawa and is bilingual, speaking both French and English.

Ms. Benedict sits on the McGill Alumni Association Board and was previously Co-Chair of the International IAMFC Campaign in New York.  She is a loyal supporter of the Faculty of Science.  She has served on the Futures and Options Board since 2008.


Paul ZemskyPaul Zemsky

Vice Chair

Paul serves as chief investment officer, Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions at Voya Investment Management. In this role, Zemsky has responsibility for multi-asset investment solutions. Under his leadership, multi-asset products and solutions are supported by asset allocation, manager research, quantitative research, portfolio implementation and multi-manager capabilities.

Paul joined the company in 2005 as head of Derivative Strategies. In this role, he oversaw derivative strategies for credit, interest rate, and equity products, and supported the organization on a number of key areas, including product development and risk management for both proprietary and third-party businesses.

Paul spent 18 years at J.P. Morgan Investment Management, where he held a number of key positions, including head of Investments for over $300 billion of fixed-income assets. Prior to his role at ING, he co-founded CaliberOne Private Funds Management, a macro hedge fund.

Paul is a board member of Pomona Capital. He holds a degree in finance and electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.



Chris Snyder PhotoChristopher Snyder


Chris is a Vice President at Verus Investment Partners, a middle market private equity firm. Mr. Snyder has 15 years of direct private equity and investment banking experience.

Prior to joining Uni-World Capital, Mr. Snyder sourced, executed and managed buyout and growth equity investments in the business services and technology-enabled services sectors at Cowen Capital Partners (f/k/a SG Capital Partners) and ABS Capital Partners. Prior to that, Chris worked in the Corporate Finance & Investment Banking Division of Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. where he executed merger & acquisition, capital raising and advisory mandates for private equity sponsors and corporate clients. Chris began his career at American Capital Strategies.

Mr. Snyder earned his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and his B.S. in Finance and B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland.



Thane CarlstonThane Carlston 

Thane is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Recapitalization & Restructuring Group at Moelis & Company. He has been in the investment banking industry for over 20 years. From 1998 until joining Moelis & Company in 2008, he was Co-Head of the Recapitalization and Restructuring Group at Jefferies & Company. During his leadership, Jefferies advised on nearly $200 billion of restructuring transactions. Before joining Jefferies, Thane ran the New York office for Chanin and Company, a boutique investment banking firm specialized in providing restructuring advice.

Mr. Carlston has extensive experience advising companies, equity sponsors, bondholders and creditor groups in out-of-court restructurings as well as pre-packaged, pre-arranged and unplanned Chapter 11 reorganizations. He has structured and led numerous exchange offers, consent solicitations and lender negotiations in a variety of industries. In addition to advising clients on recapitalization and restructuring services, he has advised on a number of financing and M&A transactions.

Thane holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Utah and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Stephen GoldsteinStephen Goldstein

Stephen Goldstein is a Senior Managing Director of the Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group at Evercore Partners. In his work at Evercore, Mr. Goldstein has advised corporate clients and creditor groups in a broad range of restructuring, reorganization and capital raising transactions. Specifically, Mr. Goldstein has significant experience in Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings, as well as raising debt and equity capital in traditional and distressed situations. Mr. Goldstein has represented clients across a diverse variety of industries, including heavy building materials, real estate, TMT (telecom/media/technology), energy, health care and consumer products.

Prior to joining Evercore, Mr. Goldstein was a Managing Director in the Financial Restructuring Group of Lazard Freres & Co., where he had worked since 2002. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Goldstein served in several investment banking positions at Thomas Weisel Partners and its predecessor firm, Montgomery Securities. Mr. Goldstein began his career as an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he specialized in securities law and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Goldstein has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. (with distinction) from Cornell University.


Lisa GrushkinLisa Grushkin

Lisa is a Managing Director in the Debt Capital Markets group at Macquarie Capital and has over 15 years of experience in leveraged finance investment banking.

Lisa joined Macquarie Capital in 2011, following nearly two years at The PrinceRidge Group in Corporate Finance and seven and a half years at UBS Investment Bank in Leveraged Capital Markets. Lisa's expertise is in structuring and executing leveraged loan and high yield transactions to support private equity-backed leveraged buyouts, corporate mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations and refinancing. She has experience across a variety of industries with negotiating key documentation and advising on syndication matters.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on the Executive Board of The Penn Fund, the University of Pennsylvania's annual giving campaign, and has served on the Board of Directors of Futures and Options since 2016.

Colleen Hsia 

Colleen Hsia is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting.  In this role she advises financial services clients on issues and crisis management, as well as public affairs and capital markets communications.  A 20-year financial services veteran, Colleen began her career as an investment banker at Citigroup and later joined a hedge fund that she helped build from its early days to a multi-billion dollar firm. She spent a decade in marketing and communications leadership roles at BlackRock and Jane Street. Colleen holds B.A. degrees in Economics-Political Science and East Asian Studies from Columbia University. She earned M.B.A. degrees from both Columbia Business School and London Business School. She sits on the New York City Executive Board of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst ("CAIA") Association and is also a Board Member of Futures and Options, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering New York City's underprivileged youth.

WillWill Iwaschuk 

Will Iwaschuk  is the General Counsel at Tower Research Capital, and the head of the Legal & Compliance Department for the Tower Research Capital group of companies globally.  He is also a member of Tower's Management Committee. 

Before joining Tower, he was a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he advised clients on equity derivatives, broker-dealer and regulatory enforcement matters.  Before that, he was a Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he covered derivatives and quantitative trading businesses.  He began his legal career as an equity derivatives associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York. 

He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia Law School.

David JohnstonDavid Johnston 

David C. Johnston is a Managing Director in AlixPartners' Turnaround and Restructuring Services group. He joined the firm in 1998 and is based in the New York office.  He has assisted companies as both a lead restructuring advisor and interim officer; Chief Financial Officer (CFO); Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO); and Treasurer.  David has developed and implemented a broad array of improvements to quickly stabilize businesses, including cash and liquidity management programs that monitor and improve working capital; and he has effectively managed numerous client operations, improving productivity, morale, and vision while streamlining costs. David is a skilled negotiator, working with lenders, suppliers, creditors, and other stakeholders to reach mutually beneficial results.

David led the restructuring of BearingPoint, which at its peak was a $3.5-billion global consulting firm with 16,000 employees.  His efforts as CFO and his collaborations with others were recognized by the Turnaround Management Association, which named BearingPoint the 2010 Mega Company Turnaround of the Year.

Currently, David is serving as the lead advisor to a technology consulting and software concern guiding its restructuring initiatives, leading a "Whole Company" turnaround for a middle market nutritional supplement company and is the lead advisor to a large Texas energy company undergoing a major business transformation.  During his career, David has overseen successful restructurings across a variety of industries, including financial services, real estate, manufacturing, energy, and telecom.  

David is a certified public accountant, a certified insolvency and restructuring advisor, and a certified turnaround professional.  He received a Bachelor's degree in economics, management, and accounting from Albion College in Michigan.  He is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, and the Turnaround Management Association, where he has lectured on successful strategies for cross-border restructurings and "Out of Court" restructuring strategies.  He was named to Turnaround & Workouts' 2011 Restructuring Professionals to Watch.  In 2012, he was the recipient of Futures and Options' Dream Big award and now is a member of its Board of Directors. 


Daniel MaglioccoDaniel Magliocco

Daniel is a Vice President in Houlihan Lokey's Technology•Media•Telecom Group. He is based in the firm's New York office.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Magliocco was an Associate at MESA, a merchant bank and advisory firm specializing in digital and traditional media transactions. There, his responsibilities included all aspects of deal execution, including financial modeling, due diligence, creating marketing materials, and deal coordination.

Before MESA, Mr. Magliocco was a classroom teacher and a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows.

Mr. Magliocco holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an MBA from Yale School of Management.


Erin MurphyErin Murphy 

Erin is a Managing Director in BlackRock, Inc.'s Legal & Compliance Department.  She is currently the Global Head of Alternatives Compliance. 

Prior to assuming her current role, from 2012-2014, Erin was the Global Chief Operating Officer for BlackRock's Compliance team. From 2011-2012, Erin was a member of BlackRock's Legal team focusing on regulatory reform matters as well as supporting certain of the firm's broker dealer businesses.  Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Ms. Murphy was a Vice President, Associate General Counsel of Goldman, Sachs & Co., responsible for legal coverage of a variety of equity sales and trading businesses.  From 1999-2005, Ms. Murphy was an associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions. 

Ms. Murphy earned her LL.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University and her Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Saint Mary's University.

Jason New Jason New

Jason New is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Head of Special Situation Investing for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. New focuses on managing GSO's public investment portfolio with a specific emphasis on stressed and distressed companies and on sourcing direct special situation investment opportunities. Mr. New is a member of the GSO Investment Committee.

Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. New was a senior member of Credit Suisse's distressed finance group. Mr. New joined Credit Suisse in 2000 when it acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette ("DLJ"), where he was a member of DLJ's restructuring group. Prior to joining DLJ in 1999, he was an associate with the law firm Sidley Austin LLP where he practiced law in the firm's corporate reorganization group.

Mr. New received a JD from Duke University School of Law and a BA, magna cum laude, from Allegheny College.

Dan Pombo

Dan Pombo is the head of the Restructuring Group at J.P. Morgan, focusing on advising and raising capital for distressed companies.  Dan has led numerous DIP, Exit and distressed financings and prepackaged plans of reorganization, and has advised on several liability management and out-of-court restructuring transactions.    Prior to joining Restructuring, Dan was a senior banker in J.P. Morgan's Leveraged Finance team, where he served in Capital Markets and Origination roles and completed over 100 transactions across numerous industry verticals, including energy, power, chemicals, paper and packaging, building materials, real estate, gaming, consumer and retail.  Prior to joining the firm, Dan practiced corporate law at White & Case, LLP. Dan holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

 Chitrang Purani 

Chitrang is an executive vice president and fixed income portfolio manager with PIMCO in the New York office, focused on accounts for Insurance companies, Banks, and other institutions. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2010, he was a fixed income portfolio manager at PNC Capital Advisors working on both retail funds and institutional accounts. Mr. Purani also worked as a corporate finance analyst with National City Corporation and as a senior consultant in corporate strategy at Ernst & Young. He has 20 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor's degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University.

Ben SchragBenjamin Schrag

Ben is an Executive Vice President of Prime Clerk. Ben began his career as an associate in the Restructuring Group at Kirkland & Ellis, where he represented debtors involved in large, complex Chapter 11 restructurings, including Solutia, Inc., Wellman, Inc. and Masonite Corporation.

Before joining Prime Clerk, Ben was Vice President of Restructuring Services at KCC, a claims and noticing agent, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of strategic marketing initiatives.

Ben graduated from Colgate University and holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Matt Settle 

Matt Settle is a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners within their Corporate Credit Group and has been with Guggenheim since 2010. He is a senior member of the investment team focusing on sourcing, evaluating, and structuring junior capital investments and opportunistic credit ideas across all industry verticals.

Prior to his current role, oversaw the tech, media, telecom, and industrials industry verticals as a team leader with a focus on sourcing and structuring directly negotiated middle market investments and developing ideas for opportunistic strategies. Previously, Matt covered the telecommunications and media industries as a senior analyst. Matt has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry and prior to Guggenheim worked for MJX Asset Management as a research analyst.

Matt graduated from New York University's Stern School of Business with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and International Business, and a minor in Politics. Matt lives in Manhattan with his wife, Kate, and their dog, Duke.


Roopesh ShahRoopesh Shah 

Roopesh Shah is a Senior Managing Director in Evercore's Restructuring & Debt Advisory Group, based in New York.  Mr. Shah joined Evercore in 2017, prior to which he held roles with Goldman Sachs, Miller Buckfire & Co. and Wasserstein Perella & Co.

Mr. Shah specializes in complex distressed financing, M&A and advisory situations, both in-court and out-of-court.  Mr. Shah is a frequent speaker on restructuring, M&A and related topics.  Mr. Shah is also a Board member of Her Justice, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services for low-income women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

Mr. Shah received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in finance, marketing and information technology. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Futures and Options Dream Big award, and he joined the Board of Directors in 2014.

Marc SheinbaumMarc Sheinbaum

Marc Sheinbaum is a board member and executive advisor to CEO's of public and privately held companies.  He also provides strategic advice to both venture capital and private equity backed companies. 

Marc has over thirty years of experience as an executive in the consumer finance and payments industry, including fifteen as a Chief Executive Officer.  From 2014 to 2016, he was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Higher One Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ONE), a payments technology provider for higher education.  From 2007 through 2013, Marc was Chief Executive Officer of Auto and Education Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).  Earlier in his career, he held CEO positions at GE Capital Corporation (NYSE:GE) and executive positions at American Express Company (NYSE: AXP).  He began his career at Coopers & Lybrand in their management consulting and audit divisions.

Marc is a Limited Partner, Advisor to NYCA Partners, a venture capital fund focused on FinTech companies. He is on the board of CPI Card Group (Nasdaq:PMTS) since November, 2019 and is a member of the audit committee. Marc previously served on the board of Junior Achievement of New York.

Marc holds an MBA from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from State University of New York at Albany.

Efrem SigelEfrem Sigel

Efrem Sigel grew up in Staten Island, NY, earned his BA from Harvard College and was a Peace Corps teacher in the Ivory Coast for two years. After receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School, he was awarded a Sheldon Travelling Fellowship from Harvard University for travel to Iran, Israel, West Africa and South America. Upon completion of this fellowship, he began a 30-year career in business journalism and business publishing, a career that included starting (and later selling) two companies that published newsletters and magazines and ran industry conferences and seminars. During this period he wrote four nonfiction books about communications media and electronic publishing.

Since 2000, he has devoted much of his time to writing (he has published two novels and 35 short stories and essays) and volunteering. He has taught English and math to adults through NY Cares and has taught memoir writing to adults in Pittsfield, MA. As a project coordinator for the Education Committee of HBS Community Partners, he supervises pro bono consulting projects to nonprofits in the field of education in the New York City area. All the projects are performed by HBS alumni at no cost to the nonprofits. He joined the board of Futures and Options in 2016.


Paul TeskePaul Teske

Paul Teske is a Principal of ATL Partners. Prior to the formation of ATL, Paul was a Vice President at MidOcean Partners focusing on investments in the Industrials sector. Previously, Mr. Teske was a member of the Industrials & Transportation group at Deutsche Bank Securities.

Mr. Teske serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Sky Aviation Leasing International Limited and Sky Aviation Leasing US LLC for SKY Leasing, a new aircraft leasing platform focused on early mid-life assets. Mr. Teske also serves on the Board of Directors of Futures and Options, a non-profit organization focused on empowering New York City's underserved youth to explore careers through career development, mentorship and paid internships. Mr. Teske previously served as a Board Observer of Noranco Inc., a Tier I/II supplier of aerospace components and assemblies.

Mr. Teske received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, double majoring in Economics and Political Science.


John ThompsonJohn Thompson 

John Thompson is a Partner at Oliver Wyman in their Financial Services industry group.  John is a leader in the Finance and Digital practices – supporting large FS organizations. Prior to this, John was a partner at Accenture for more than 25 years.

He has global experience working with clients to define strategic direction and directing transformation across multiple risk management and finance disciplines.  Serving as a strong business partner, John has an established record in implementing process improvements, operating model change, and delivering large scale technology / business solutions within the Private Equity, Insurance, Investment Banking and Retail Banking industry sectors.

John graduated with honors from the University of Richmond with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Marketing, and a minor in Physics and currently lives in Manhattan.

Greg Thonsen

Greg is a Vice President in Direct Lending at Golub Capital, a credit asset manager with over $30 billion of capital under management, where he is responsible for underwriting, executing, and monitoring private debt investments. Greg primarily works with companies backed by private equity sponsors in the consumer, restaurant, and retail industries.

Prior to Golub, Greg spent five years at GE Capital where he held roles in corporate lending and risk, beginning his career in the Investment Analyst Program. Greg holds a B.A. in Finance and Business Administration from Gordon College and was previously a member of the Futures and Options Young Professionals Committee.

Paul WasingerPaul Wasinger

Paul is a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division and is responsible for coverage on a global basis of companies in the payments, processing and data/analytics services spaces. In his current capacity, Paul advises clients across a broad range of corporate finance, including mergers & acquisitions, equity and debt financings.

Paul joined Morgan Stanley in 2006. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Wasinger was a Vice President with JPMorgan in the Technology, Media and Telecom group. Before joining JPMorgan, Mr. Wasinger worked for EDS, a global IT Services firm, in consulting and business development both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Paul graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in History and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Business School with a Masters in Management.

Paul, his wife, and their son live in Manhattan.



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