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 the General Board since 1997 and is responsible for the entire Investments Division, comprised of Investment Management, Institutional Services, and Corporate Relations. 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 the General Board’s investment program as directed by its Investment Strategy Statement and Statement of Administrative Investment Policy. Dave earned his 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 the General Board in January 2011. He is primarily responsible for leading the Wespath client service and marketing efforts. Specifically, he focuses on promoting the organization’s "manager of managers" fund offerings, the internally managed Positive Social Purpose lending program (i.e., market-rate community development investment portfolios), and advocacy efforts. He most recently served as Institutional Marketing Director for Community Capital Management, where he marketed the firm’s fixed income strategies to mission-based (foundation and endowment) and values-based (religious) institutional investors. Prior to that, he was employed as an analyst dedicated to fixed income manager research for the Chicago-based investment consulting firm Stratford Advisory Group. Derek is a graduate of Florida State University and a CFA Charterholder.
Mike is the Managing Director of Investment Management in the General Board's Wespath division. 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 at the General Board from 2002 through 2005, and returned to the General Board in January of 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 the General Board 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 as council chair at Northbrook United Methodist Church. 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.
Brian Coker, CFA
Director, Institutional Investment Services
Brian joined the General Board’s Wespath division in June, 2012. He is primarily responsible for maintaining and growing relationships with institutional investors affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Specifically, he focuses on presenting the organization’s investment management capabilities. Most recently Brian served as a Senior Director at Invesco. Prior to that he was a founding member of Aon Investment Consulting. Brian began his career with Mercer Investment Consulting. He earned his B.A. degree in Economics from Centre College and his MBA from the University of Louisville. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Stephen Kroah, CFA
Director, Fixed Income
Stephen joined the General Board in January 2011. As the Director of Fixed Income in Investment Management, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and staff of the fixed income investments program. Previously, he spent much of his career as a principal at Lotsoff Capital a Chicago-based investment firm. Stephen also spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. He received a B.S. in International Business from Northeastern University and an MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a CFA Charterholder.
Director, Positive Social
Purpose Lending Program
Sylvia joined the General Board 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 the General Board 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. in Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Manager, Socially Responsible Investing
Anita Green joined the General Board in December 2008 as the Manager of Socially Responsible Investing. She is responsible for strategic development and implementation of the General Board’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. While there she was the 2004 winner of the "SRI Service Award" and in 2000 received the "Making a Difference" award. From 1999-2005, she served on the board of directors of the Social Investment Forum, a non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting the practice of socially responsible investing. Anita received a B.A. degree in Communications from Truman State University and a MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Mark joined the General Board in March 2010. As Manager of Equities in Investment Management, he is responsible for executing and administering the equities investment program. Previously, he worked in various investment management and analyst roles including associate portfolio manager on the active growth equities team at Northern Trust, and financial services analyst at Accenture. Mark received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Manager, Fixed Income
Frank joined the General Board in March 2012. As Manager of Fixed Income in Investment Management, he is responsible for executing and administering 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.
Manager, Institutional Relationships
Karen joined the General Board’s Wespath division 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 her B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
If you are a representative of an investment management firm seeking to provide Wespath with information about an investment strategy offering that you would like us to consider including in one or more of our investment funds, please send an e-mail to: InvestmentMail@gbophb.org.