The Wespath Investment Management Team exhibits considerable breadth of expertise and depth. Our leadership team averages more than 20 years in experience, which brings strength of capability and service to our institutional clients.
Chief Investment Officer
Dave has been with Wespath since 1997 and is responsible for the entire Investments Division, comprised of Investment Management, Investment Services and Sustainable Investment Strategies. Former employers include Shell Oil Company, where he managed equity portfolios for Shell’s retirement plans and Investment Research Company (an investment management firm) where he was a portfolio manager and responsible for managing the firm’s investment operations. As CIO, Dave is responsible for executing and administering Wespath’s investment program as directed by its Investment Strategy Statement and Statement of Administrative Investment Policy. Dave received a B.S. degree in Finance from Louisiana State University and his MBA from the University of Houston.
Derek Casteel, CFA
Institutional Investment Services
Derek joined Wespath in January 2011. As Managing Director of Institutional Investment Services, he leads the team responsible for client retention and growth, with an exclusive focus on endowment and pension (defined contribution and defined benefit) portfolios of institutional investors, including foundations, higher education institutions, health care organizations, and church agencies. Derek is also involved in raising awareness of the unique aspects of the organization’s investment solution capabilities, most notably Wespath’s proactive incorporation of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into the investment process. ESG incorporation is accomplished through investments in market-rate loans benefitting low-to-moderate income families and communities, shareholder engagement, proxy voting and exclusions. He most recently served as a senior vice president for Community Capital Management. Prior to that, he was employed as an analyst dedicated to fixed income manager research for the Stratford Advisory Group. Derek received a B.S. degree in Political Science from Florida State University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Sustainable Investment Strategies
Having joined Wespath in May 2014, Kirsty leads Wespath’s sustainable investment strategy team, ensuring that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are integrated into Wespath’s investment selection and monitoring process. She also directs Wespath’s corporate engagement, portfolio screening and proxy voting activities. Previously, Kirsty was director of the Markets and Enterprise Program at the World Resources Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based global research organization. She also spent eight years as a Director of Governance and Sustainable Investment at F&C Asset Management and six years in the Fixed Income division of Goldman Sachs International, London. Kirsty currently sits on the board of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. She received an M.A. degree in International History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mike is the Managing Director of Investment Management at Wespath. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Equity, Fixed Income and Positive Social Purpose (PSP) Lending teams. He also provides operational oversight, tactical investment support and risk management, along with input on broad strategic investment initiatives. Prior to this role, Mike served as the Director of the PSP Lending Program. Mike administered the program from 2002 through 2005, and returned to Wespath in January 2009 after spending three and a half years at the Illinois Housing Development Authority and Fannie Mae. Previously, he was in the commercial banking sector in credit policy, fair lending oversight and Community Reinvestment Act compliance. He received a B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University and an MPP from The Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.
Brian Boyer, CFA
Brian joined Wespath in September 2003. As the Director of Equities in Investment Management, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and staff of the public equities and alternative investments programs, including the asset classes of private equity and private real estate. Previously, he spent 15 years with First Analysis Corporation, a Chicago-based investment firm. At First Analysis, he was a senior vice president with responsibility for developing public equity research coverage and making venture capital investments in various technology sectors including telecommunications products and services. Brian currently serves on the Northbrook United Methodist Church endowment committee. He received B.A. and B.E. degrees from Dartmouth College and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Director, Fixed Income
Frank joined Wespath in March 2012. As the Director of Fixed Income in Investment Management, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and staff of the fixed income investment program. Previously, he was managing director at Barrington Strategic Wealth Management Group, where he contributed his fixed income background to risk control and return enhancement strategies. Prior to that, he worked for 14 years as a fixed income portfolio manager and trader at Chicago Asset Management Company. Frank received a B.A. degree in Economics from Lake Forest College.
Director, Positive Social Purpose
Sylvia joined Wespath in September 2011, and is responsible for providing managerial oversight of all aspects of Wespath’s Positive Social Purpose Lending Program. Previously, she worked at the Illinois Housing Development Authority in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently overseeing the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit programs. In addition, she has managed a wide range of complex housing projects and programs including: TCAP, Section 1602, HOME Multifamily Rental Programs, Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund, taxable first mortgage financing and tax exempt bond financing. Sylvia received a B.A. degree in Computing and Web Design from DePaul University.
Amy joined Wespath in March 2013. As Manager of Alternative Investments in Investment Management, she is responsible for monitoring and expanding alternative investments and supporting the administration of the alternative investment program. Previously, she was an Investment Analyst at the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, where she covered private real estate and other sector portfolios. Prior to that, she worked as an analyst in the CMBS market at LaSalle National Bank and GMAC Commercial Mortgage. Amy received a B.S. degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Constance Christian, CFA
Manager, Fixed Income
Connie joined Wespath in May 2016. As Manager, Fixed Income, she shares responsibility for the oversight of fixed income assets within the Wespath funds. Previously, she was vice president and fixed income portfolio manager at ABN AMRO Asset Management. Prior to that, she was partner and fixed income portfolio manager at Brinson Partners. Connie also taught college level pre-calculus for Chicago Public Schools. She received a BSBA degree in Finance and an MBA from Xavier University, and she received an MA from DePaul University. She is also a CFA Charterholder.
Manager, Positive Social Purpose
Piotr joined Wespath in April 2014 and is responsible for executing and administering the organization’s commercial real estate portfolio, known as the Positive Social Purpose Lending Program. Prior to Wespath, Piotr was an underwriter within Prudential’s FHA multifamily business, primarily focusing on affordable multifamily lending. During his more than seven years at Prudential, he held positions within portfolio management, special servicing and underwriting. Piotr received a B.A. degree in Finance and Real Estate from DePaul University.
Manager, Sustainable Investment Strategies
Anita joined Wespath in December 2008. As the Manager of Sustainable Investment Strategies, she is responsible for strategic development and implementation of Wespath’s corporate engagement program. In this role she regularly communicates with corporate management about policies and practices related to environment, social and governance issues. Previously, Anita worked for 16 years at a retail mutual fund company, where she was the Vice President of Social Research. In this capacity she managed the social research, proxy voting and shareholder advocacy programs. Anita received the "SRI Service Award" in 2004 and the "Making a Difference" award in 2000, and has been awarded the United Methodist Women "Recognition Pin" from her local unit. Anita currently serves on the board of directors for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). From 1999-2005, she served on the board of directors of the US SIF: the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Anita received a B.A. degree in Communications from Truman State University, an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and has completed the Responsible Investment Academy "Enhanced Financial Analysis" course and the "Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector" course offered by the UNEP Finance Initiative.
Investment Analytics Manager
Rashed joined Wespath in November 2008. He is responsible for spearheading the analyst pool in cross-platform investment analysis and reporting on all Wespath funds. Rashed is also responsible for supporting the oversight and administration of Wespath fund assets allocated to the Fixed Income sector. Before joining Wespath, he worked as a Loan Officer for Cambridge Realty Capital, a Chicago-based senior housing and healthcare finance company, and served as a Loan Administration Officer at a certified Community Development Financial Institution. Rashed received a BSBA degree with a concentration in Finance from Berea College.
Manager, Institutional Relationships
Karen joined Wespath in April 2013. As a member of the Institutional Investment Services team, she is actively involved in the daily management of relationships with institutional clients. She most recently served as Associate Investment Program Manager for Northern Trust Global Advisors, where she was responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating custom investment programs for institutional and ultra-high net worth clients. Prior to that, she was a Senior Investment Performance Analyst within Northern Trust’s Investment Risk and Analytical Services department. Karen earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Natalie joined Wespath in April 2014. She is responsible for developing marketing materials including print and digital communications designed to inform existing and prospective clients. She also leads the campaign to raise awareness of Wespath’s value proposition via social media platforms. Previously, she served as a Marketing Analyst at Fund Evaluation Group, LLC. Prior to that, she was the Program Director at Nuveen Investments within the Wealth Management Services department. Natalie began her career at Wellington Management Company, LLP. Natalie earned B.A. degrees in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mark Warren, CFA, CIMA
Manager, Public Equities
Mark joined Wespath in August 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the public equity investment program. Previously, Mark held senior level positions with The Boeing Company where he was responsible for public and private equity investments within the pension group. Prior to joining Boeing, Mark was vice president with HighMark Capital Management where he evaluated investment allocations with outside money managers. Prior to that, Mark worked at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) as an assistant fund manager and at Deloitte & Touche Investment Advisors as a senior consultant. Mark received a B.S. degree from Purdue University. He is also a CFA Charterholder and a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).
Senior Client Service Analyst
Krystal joined Wespath in April 2014. As Senior Client Service Analyst, she is responsible for delivering operational support to institutional clients, and for enhancing internal processes and systems designed to support client needs. Prior to this role, Krystal served as a Plan Sponsor Manager within Wespath’s Customer Service division, where she was responsible for providing operational support to a variety of clients, including United Methodist annual conferences and general agencies. She received a B.A. degree in Leadership Studies from DePaul University and has successfully completed the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Academy’s Responsible Investment Essentials course.
Senior Analyst, Positive Social
Purpose Lending Program
Trent joined Wespath in October 2012. As Senior Analyst of the Positive Social Purpose Lending Program, he is responsible for the day-to-day reporting and analysis of several internally-managed portfolios of market-rate community development loans, one of which is a component of Wespath’s Fixed Income Fund. Previously, he was an analyst at Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS), where he managed investor relations and portfolio reporting. Prior to NHS, Trent worked as a commercial real estate portfolio manager for Zions Bank. Trent received a B.B.A. degree in Finance from Idaho State University.
Sustainable Investment Specialist
Daniela joined Wespath in December 2014. As a Sustainable Investment Specialist, she plays a key role integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into Wespath’s investment process. Daniela also leads Wespath’s corporate governance engagement activities. Previously, Daniela worked as an ESG Analyst for London-based Legal and General Investment Management. She also worked for three years as a consultant and analyst in the energy and cleantech investment industry. Prior to that, she spent two years working in social development projects within the not-for-profit sector in Latin America. Daniela received a B.A. degree in Journalism and Communications from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador and an MSc from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development.
Investment Analyst, Investment Management
Monica joined Wespath in January 2016. Her primary role is to analyze, monitor and evaluate investment portfolios and manager performance. She most recently served as Investment Analyst for Plan Sponsor Advisors, where she was responsible for creating investment reports and monitoring portfolios for institutional clients. Prior to that, she was Operations Manager at IBT Securities Company. Monica earned a B.B.A. degree with a concentration in Insurance and Finance from Takming College in Taipei, Taiwan and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Research Analyst, Sustainable
Juan joined Wespath in September 2015. As a research analyst for Sustainable Investment Strategies, he ensures that Wespath’s investment program incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics into the investment process. He is also responsible for overseeing Wespath’s ethical exclusions and contributes to the team’s corporate engagement and proxy voting activities. Prior to joining Wespath, Juan spent two years in institutional sales and business development at Cornerstone Capital Group, a financial services firm dedicated to mainstreaming the discipline of sustainable finance. While at Cornerstone, Juan analyzed public and private investment opportunities using an integrated approach to financial and ESG analysis. Before that, he worked in the energy industry in Latin America, focusing on mining, electricity generation and renewable energy technologies. Juan received his B.A. degree in Latin American Studies from Tufts University, and his M.A. degree in International Relations from The George Washington University.
Organization Name Change
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church is now Wespath Benefits and Investments—effective July 18, 2016.
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