Client Service Associate
Brittany Arnold is a Client Service Associate in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides client service and office support by assisting the firm’s partners and wealth managers with portfolio administration and client presentations. Brittany has over eleven years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Veris, she worked as a Registered Representative and Experience Improvement Analyst for New York Life Insurance, cultivating partnerships with internal and external business partners to drive service, compliance adherence and operations for the Variable Product Service Center.
Brittany graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, and she earned her MBA from Wilmington University. She lives in the New York metropolitan area. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and helping to make an impact through community work with her church.
Senior Client Service Associate
Katie Bamberger is a Senior Associate, Wealth Management in the San Francisco office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides client service and operational support to the firm’s Partners and Wealth Managers. Katie is an Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM (AAMS®) with over 14 years of financial services experience.
Prior to joining Veris, Katie was a Fundraising Analyst at the University of California, San Francisco. Before that, Katie was Director of Client Solutions at InvestorFlow and an Analyst at Prime, Buchholz & Associates. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA at the University of New Hampshire. She enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, and spending time with family and friends.
Associate Wealth Manager
Leah Beattie is an Associate Wealth Manager and Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional (FPQP™) in the Portsmouth office of Veris Wealth Partners. She supports Senior Wealth Managers in the management of significant client relationships and execution of impact wealth management services, including financial planning and prospective client proposal support. Leah also provides customer service and operations support to the firm through her involvement in the Client Service Group and the Policies & Procedures Team.
Leah has over 20 years of financial services industry experience. She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Business Management and Sociology. Prior to joining Veris, Leah worked with co-founder David Hills at A.G. Edwards and was a financial advisor at Waddell & Reed. She was born and raised in New England and currently resides in New Hampshire with her family.
Partner – Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
Richard Chen is a Partner and serves as the General Counsel of Veris. He has more than 20 years of legal experience. Located in the firm’s New York office, Richard advises the firm’s senior management on a wide range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues.
Prior to joining Veris, Richard worked for some of the world’s pre-eminent law firms. His work included engagements with investment advisory firms, hedge and private equity fund sponsors, investment managers, and financial planners, broker-dealers, and other financial institutions on compliance, fund formation, and other securities law-related matters. Richard graduated from Harvard College in 1995 and Harvard Law School in 1998.
Partner – Senior Wealth Manager
Lori Choi is a Partner, Senior Wealth Manager, and CFA® Charterholder in the Veris New York office. Lori has over seventeen years of experience in wealth management and financial services, and is passionate about helping individuals, families, and foundations have a positive social and environmental impact with their wealth. Lori also serves on the Veris Board of Managers.
Prior to joining Veris, Lori was Vice President of Account Management at Markit, a global financial information services company, and Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Bank of Hawaii Private Client Services, where she constructed portfolios, performed equity research, and directly managed over $170 million in client assets.
Lori graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics. Lori is a co-founder of Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE), a community for people who identify as women to connect, grow, and share, with the purpose of advancing sustainable investing and women’s leadership. Lori lives with her husband and three children in Dallas, Texas.
Partner – Senior Wealth Manager
Nicole Davis is a Partner and Senior Wealth Manager at Veris Wealth Partners. Nicole specializes in creating highly impactful private investment portfolios, tailored to clients’ thematic interests. She is a member of the Veris Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Veris, Nicole was Portfolio Manager and Assistant Vice President with Bank of Hawaii’s Private Client Asset Management Team, where she constructed portfolios, performed equity research, and directly managed over $300 million in client assets.
Nicole is a volunteer and former Executive Committee member of the Surfrider Foundation NH Chapter, an organization committed to protecting the ocean and beach access. She was previously a member of the CEI Notes Advisory Board, a community investment note program of the Maine based community development financial institution (CDFI), Coastal Enterprises Inc (CEI). Nicole is a Certified Investment Management Analyst professional. Nicole graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She lives with her family and their rescued black lab in Portsmouth, NH.
Senior Client Service Associate
Shawntelle Ferguson is a Senior Client Service Associate in Veris Wealth Partners’ San Francisco office. Shawntelle has over 19 years of experience in the financial sector servicing high net worth clients and health care systems.
Prior to joining Veris, Shawntelle served as a Senior Financial Analyst in the healthcare sector providing financial guidance and data analysis for leadership. She spent a majority of her career delivering high level service in both client service and core operations for Asset and Wealth Management Firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shawntelle attended the University of California at Berkeley majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on American Studies.
Director of Operations
JR Formanek is Director of Operations. In this role, JR oversees systems and technology improvements, organizational efficiency, and national operations. He has extensive experience in advancing wealth management technologies, particularly within investment advisory firms.
Over his career, JR has designed and launched sophisticated wealth management solutions, including an early robo-advisor later acquired by TIAA-CREF. He has worked to support numerous clients, ranging from small RIAs to institutional wealth managers. His previous roles included executive level management, product operations, and customer success.
JR earned a Master’s degree in Financial Analysis & Investment Management from St. Mary’s College and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. In his spare time, JR leads fundraising for ShelterTech.org, a San Francisco non-profit solving technology challenges for people experiencing homelessness. He loves to contemplate challenges facing humanity, anticipate future trends, and apply those learnings to his life. Most of all he loves to spend time with family and friends.
In her role as Veris Wealth Partners’ Marketing Associate, Mandy Gardner collaborates with the firm’s thought leaders to develop research briefs, editorials, and other communications including the annual Impact Report.
In supporting the firm’s marketing efforts, Mandy draws from over a decade of experience as content writer and marketing strategist. Prior to joining Veris, she was the Senior Content Strategist and Brand Journalist at JB Media, a digital marketing agency focused on impact sector clients. Mandy also serves as a Special Advisor to the editorial team at Impact Entrepreneur Magazine.
Mandy is a Moth StorySLAM winning storyteller who has taught workshops on digital content creation, storytelling, and creative writing. She is also an avid hiker who has backpacked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to New Jersey. Mandy lives with her partner in Asheville, North Carolina.
Client Service Associate
Laura Gracy is a Client Service Associate in the Portsmouth office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides customer service and operational support to the firm’s Partners and Senior Associates. Laura has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Prior to joining Veris, she was a Client Relationship Associate at Vigilant Capital Management. Laura graduated from Wright State University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership.
She lives with her partner in Dover, NH.
Sandra Guerrero is a Wealth Manager in the San Francisco office of Veris Wealth Partners and is passionate about helping individuals, families, and foundations have a positive social and environmental impact with their wealth. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Prior to joining Veris, Sandra worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager with Mellon Capital where she was responsible for the oversight and management of international, domestic, emerging and frontier index strategies across separate accounts, mutual funds, ETFs, and currency hedged funds for foundations, Institutions and Ultra-High Wealth clients. She has also worked at other firms such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors in various capacities from operations, index research, Asset Allocation, Portfolio Management including assisting and creating customized solutions for clients.
Kelly Hall joined Veris Wealth Partners in March of 2023 as Administrative Assistant to the firm’s CEO. Prior to Veris, Kelly served as Operations and Communications Associate at Nia Impact Capital and as a Communications Associate at the Bay Area non-profit Donor Network West. She is excited to apply her organizational and communications skills to her work at Veris.
Kelly was born and raised in the East Bay area of San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Communication Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and gardening.
Senior Research Analyst
Eric is a Senior Research Analyst at Veris Wealth Partners. He is responsible for sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of investments across asset classes, thematic research, capital markets analysis, and impact measurement and management.
Prior to Veris, Eric led the sustainable and impact private markets investments due diligence practice at Bivium Capital Partners. Before that, Eric led the manager due diligence team at Cornerstone Capital Group (later acquired by Pathstone Family Office), a sustainable and impact investment focused boutique. At Cornerstone, he was responsible for sourcing, analysis, and monitoring of multi-asset class sustainable and impact investments. Preceding Cornerstone Capital Group, Eric spent a dozen years in Northern Trust’s Outsourced CIO division in various roles spanning from manager research to institutional client portfolio management. He started his career at Cambridge Associates in the Marketable Manager Research group.
Eric earned his BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charter holder and is a member of the CAIA Association and CAIA New York. He is also a member of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). He lives with his family in Westchester, NY.
Client Service Associate
Emma Keane is a Client Service Associate in the Portsmouth office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides customer service and operational support to the firm’s Partners and Senior Associates.
Prior to joining Veris, Emma assisted a top producing real estate team in NH as a transaction coordinator and showing assistant. Before that she was a member of the client services team and lead scheduling coordinator at an exclusive yacht membership club headquartered in Portsmouth, NH.
Emma received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from Roger Williams University. She is a member of the Portsmouth Women’s City Club, an intergenerational services and social club whose members work together to enrich the community through their scholarship fund and support of local non-profit organizations. Emma currently lives in Dover, NH and enjoys spending her free time outdoors gardening and on the water paddle boarding and lobstering.
Tim Kingsbury is a Wealth Manager and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. He is located in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners and is focused on helping clients meet their financial and impact goals.
Prior to Veris, Tim worked for eight years at Wetherby Asset Management in San Francisco, most recently as a Senior Investment Associate. At Wetherby, Tim helped high-net-worth families, charitable organizations and institutions with financial planning and portfolio management, employing both impact and traditional investments. Early in his career, he also held positions in research and operations at Llenroc Capital. Tim graduated from James Madison University with a B.B.A in International Business – Finance Concentration and a B.A. in Spanish. He resides in the New York metro area.
Partner – COO
Sheryl joined Veris in September 2022 as a Partner and the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. She brings over 15 years of experience working with financial advisory firms in leadership and operational capacities. Sheryl holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.
Prior to joining Veris, Sheryl was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Dyson Capital Advisors, where she had general oversight of information technology, human resources, operations, finance, and compliance. Sheryl began her career learning the operational aspects of the investment advisory business at several small to mid-size investment advisory firms and her experience includes managing operations teams through mergers and acquisitions. As Director and Head of Client Service and Operations at Tiedemann Advisors, Sheryl managed a team of 20 associates tasked with handling the operational needs of advisors and clients.
Sheryl graduated from The George Washington University. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and two children.
Partner – CIO/CFO
Michael is a founding principal and the CIO of Veris Wealth Partners. For 29 years, he’s been delivering financial planning and investment consulting services to high-net-worth families, family offices, and foundations.
Prior to Veris, he co-founded the New York office of Progressive Asset Management, the first full-service broker/dealer to focus on socially responsible investing. Earlier in his career, while working on economic development issues in Central America, Michael realized that he and his colleagues would need sustained access to new financial resources for their work to achieve full impact. He focused his efforts on outreach and educating others who recognized the important link between capital and social change. Michael now helps others use their resources to achieve personal financial goals while having a positive impact on the world around them.
Michael served as Chair of the Board of Directors of US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, an association for professionals, firms, institutions, and organizations engaged in socially responsible and sustainable investing. In addition, Michael is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute™, which sets standards and practices for the investment management consulting profession. He received his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation in 2002. Michael also has a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, NY.
Senior National Client Service Associate
Tracey Lynch is the Senior National Client Service Associate in the Portsmouth Office of Veris Wealth Partners. She administers the firm’s private placement investments and assists in the onboarding of new private placement investments for Veris clients, including the completion of new account applications and subscription agreements. Tracey has twelve years of experience in the financial services industry, and previously worked at Prime, Buchholz & Associates, an investment consulting firm, as an Investment Analyst. Most recently, Tracey was the Donor Relations Manager at Education for All Children, a nonprofit that provides access to education, mentoring and career training to disadvantaged youth in Kenya.
Tracey serves on the board of the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle, a nonprofit that assesses needs in the community and raises funds, through collective giving, to address those needs. She received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. Tracey lives with her family in Portsmouth, NH.
Associate Wealth Manager
Garrett Markley is an Associate Wealth Manager and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners. He provides client service, operational support, and assists the firm’s Partners and Wealth Managers with portfolio administration and client presentations. Prior to joining Veris full-time, Garrett supported Veris’ research department as a Graduate Intern, while earning his Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Garrett received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The George Washington University. He is on the Associate Board of New York’s Bottom Line Chapter, which supports first-generation students from low-income backgrounds in their academic and life endeavors. Garrett lives with his family in Westchester, New York.
Mihir is a Research Analyst in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners. He is responsible for investment manager due diligence, thematic research, and pipeline development.
While obtaining his MBA, Mihir was a Principal of Sustainable Investment Fund, a $4.5M student-run fund investing in public markets with an ESG lens and a Founding Venture Partner for Haas Impact Fund, a student-run impact investing fund focused on early-stage impact-oriented startups. He also interned with Connectivity Capital, deploying high-impact debt to fund infrastructure development improving internet access and affordability in frontier markets.
Prior to his MBA, Mihir spent three years at Tata Trusts, one of India’s largest philanthropic organizations, where he worked on the intersection of technology and women empowerment helping bridge the online gender divide in rural India. Previously, he worked in the investment banking division for J.P. Morgan advising financial institutions in Southeast Asia.
Partner – Managing Director of Research
Roraj is a Partner and the Managing Director of Research at Veris Wealth Partners. He leads the Investment Research team and is a voting member of the Investment Committee. He is responsible for sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of investments across asset classes, thematic research, capital markets analysis, and impact measurement and management. Roraj chairs the firm’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Committee and Investment Working Group.
He seeks to drive systems level change and positive environmental and social impact through financial markets, build partnerships, identify impactful investment opportunities for clients, and contribute to the advancement of the impact investing industry.
Roraj has fifteen years of experience in the US and Switzerland across Wealth Management, Asset Management, Banking and Insurance in various functions and roles. Prior to joining Veris, Roraj was a Sustainability Investing Analyst at RobecoSAM in Zurich, Switzerland, where he developed and implemented sustainability, ESG and impact investing solutions across core, thematic, and impact investment strategies and covered the consumer discretionary and telecoms sectors. Before RobecoSAM, he was a Vice President in Debt Capital Markets at Citigroup in New York. He started his career at KPMG in New York in the Insurance and Asset Management practices.
Roraj holds an MBA (Honors) from IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from SUNY Binghamton. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He lives with his family in NY.
Partner – Senior Wealth Manager
Alison Pyott is a Senior Wealth Manager and partner at Veris. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) professional. The CPWA certification is an advanced professional education and certification program for advisors who serve high-net-worth clients. Alison formerly led the firm’s Women, Wealth and Impact strategy, co-authoring several papers on gender lens investing including Gender Lens Investing: Bending the Arc of Finance for Women & Girls.
Prior to Veris, Alison was the Director of Client and Shareholder Services for Citizens Advisors, a socially responsible mutual fund company. She also worked in client service and management positions at John Hancock Signature Services. In addition to her 25 years of financial services experience, Alison worked for the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, where she managed community investment and outcome measurement programs.
Alison is an advisor to the Northern New England Women Investor Network, a group working to increase the number of women angel and impact investors. She is a former advisory board member for Invest for Better, former Treasurer for the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and former Chair New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Piscataqua Region.
Alison graduated from University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics with a B.S. in Hotel Administration and from Merrimack College with a Certificate in Financial Planning. She lives with her husband in Portsmouth, NH.
Stephanie Cohn Rupp
Partner – CEO
Stephanie Cohn Rupp is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Veris Wealth Partners. She has more than 20 years of global impact investing experience. Throughout her career, Stephanie has focused on building scalable, profitable, sustainable businesses. Based in Denver, she helps lead the firm’s impact wealth management growth strategies, financial performance, and client experience.
Before joining Veris, Stephanie was Managing Director, Partner, and Head of Impact Investing at Tiedemann Advisors where she served clients as a Wealth Advisor and led the development of the impact investing platform and impact client experience. Prior to that, she was CEO of Toniic, a global community of impact investors which she grew tenfold. Previously, Stephanie held globally focused investment roles at Omidyar Network, PlaNet Finance, UBS, and The World Bank and built greenfield microfinance institutions financed by USAID.
Stephanie is a Board Director of the US Sustainable Investment Forum (US SIF), a member of the ImpactAssets 50 Review Committee, and an advisory board member to Paris-based Investisseurs et Partenaires’ investment fund for Education in Africa.
Stephanie earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and her Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a French and US binational. In 2017, Stephanie co-authored The ImpactAssets Handbook with Jed Emerson.
National Client Service Associate
Haley Saal is a National Client Service Associate in the Portsmouth Office of Veris Wealth Partners. She administers the firm’s private placement investments and assists in the onboarding of new private placement investments for Veris clients, including completion of new account applications and subscription agreements.
Prior to joining Veris, Haley worked at a small financial planning firm. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Roger Williams University. She enjoys traveling, skiing, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.
Partner – Senior Wealth Manager
Jane Swan is a Partner and Senior Wealth Manager in the San Francisco office of Veris Wealth Partners. Jane began working in the field of socially responsible investing in 1996. She builds holistic relationships with wealthy families, individuals, and foundations that integrate their values with a personalized investment strategy.
Prior to joining Veris, Jane worked as a Portfolio Manager and Vice President with Northern Trust. Jane got her start in the investment industry at Progressive Asset Management.
Jane is on the Board of Horizons Foundation, supporting LGBTQ+ communities. She is chair of their Investment Committee and serves on their Executive Committee. Jane graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California with a degree in Economics and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. She lives in Berkeley, California with her two kids.
Karen Walls deRochemont
Partner – Director of National Client Service
Karen Walls deRochemont is a Partner and the Director of National Client Service for Veris Wealth Partners. She is responsible for supporting the uniform client service delivery across the firm through proactive client service development, training, and communications to all Veris offices. Karen supports client service associates, wealth managers, Partners and external service providers to ensure efficient day-to-day client service and to provide a high level of client service to the firm’s clients. She also manages the private placement administration for all Veris clients.
Karen has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry and previously worked as a Senior Relationship Manager at PENSCO Trust Company, a self directed IRA custodian specializing in alternative assets in retirement accounts. She also worked at Prime, Buchholz & Associates, an investment consulting firm, as a Performance Analyst Manager and an Investment Analyst. Prior to joining Prime, Buchholz & Associates, Karen worked in various client service positions at John Hancock.
Senior Client Service Associate
Tasha Wilson is the Senior Client Service Associate in the New York office of Veris Wealth Partners. She provides client service, operational support, and assists the firm’s Partners and Wealth Managers with portfolio administration and client presentations. Tasha has over 20 years of financial services industry experience.
Prior to joining Veris, Tasha was a Manager for Customer Service Operations at Old Mutual (Bermuda) Ltd., fostering partnerships with Vendors and external Business Partners to drive operations, service, and compliance requirements for an Adviser Service Center. She Graduated from Boston University with a MS in Banking and Financial Services Management and obtained the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning. She lives in the New York Metropolitan area.
Maya is a Research Analyst at Veris. She is responsible for investment manager due diligence, thematic research and evaluation of impact metrics. While obtaining her MBA, Maya gained experience across the impact investing space through internships with The Rockefeller Foundation, Veris Wealth Partners, Bridges Fund Management Israel, and ClimaCell.Org.
Maya is also a Board Member of Microlumbia, Columbia Business School’s student-run impact investing fund focused on financial inclusion.
Prior to her MBA studies, Maya worked as a corporate lawyer at FBC & Co., specializing in renewable energy and infrastructure, and finance and banking. Previously, Maya was an intelligence officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Maya graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with an LLB in Law and BA in Psychology. She received her MBA from Columbia Business School, where she served as co-president of Microlumbia. She enjoys music and traveling. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.