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2021 Virtual Fund Directors Workshop

Speaker Bios

Kathleen T. Barr

Kathleen T. Barr is an independent director and compliance chair for William Blair Funds, an independent director for Professionally Managed Portfolios, and an independent director for Muzinich BDC. 

Before becoming an independent director, Kathie was co-owner and president of the former Productive Capital Management, Inc. She also served as senior managing director, chief administrative officer, and chief compliance officer for PNC Funds and the predecessor Allegiant Funds. Together with the adviser where she served as chief administrative officer, her responsibilities included compliance, financial, and regulatory administration, operations, and enterprise risk management. Before becoming chief compliance officer, Kathie had been responsible for distribution, marketing, and product management. Kathie has more than 35 years’ experience in the financial services, asset management, and capital markets industries; a former licensure of FINRA 7, 24, 51, 63, and 63; and holds a BBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Robert J. Chersi

Robert J. Chersi is an independent director of the Thrivent Funds. Bob also serves on the boards of E*TRADE, where he serves on the audit and risk oversight committees, and BrightSphere Investment Group PLC, where he serves as lead independent director and chair of the audit committee. Bob also currently serves as the executive director leading Pace University’s Center for Governance, Reporting, and Regulation; as an adjunct professor at Pace; and on the advisory board of Pace’s Lubin School of Business. He previously was a member of the Executive Committee and chief financial officer, financial services for Fidelity Investments. Before joining Fidelity, he was with UBS from 1988 to 2008, culminating in his roles as a member of the UBS AG Global Group managing board, chief financial officer of US wealth management, and deputy chief financial officer for global wealth management and business banking. Bob lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Jane Carten

Jane Carten joined Saturna Capital in June 1997. Jane graduated from Western Washington University with an MBA and BA in computer science and business. As president, Jane oversees Saturna’s daily operations and directs Saturna’s internal and external information systems. She also directs Saturna’s continuing education program and philanthropic efforts. Jane is active in the Bellingham Bay Rotary and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization; she is a former member of the Whatcom Museum Children’s Advisory Board. She is a founder and former director of the nonprofit OpenAccess Internet Services and is a Bellingham Sister Cities member and contributor. She enjoys her family, snowboarding, and wildlife, as well as international travel and fine and theatre arts.

Gale K. Caruso

Gale K. Caruso is an independent director of the Pacific Life Funds, the Pacific Select Funds, and the Matthews Asia Funds. Previously, Gale was an independent director of LandAmerica Financial Group. Before serving as an independent director, Gale served as the president and chief executive officer of the Zurich Kemper Life companies. She also was chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Scudder Canada Investor Services, Ltd. and managing director of Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc. Earlier in her career, Gale held various positions at PaineWebber and at Alex Brown & Sons. Gale has more than 35 years of extensive experience in the mutual fund industry and in managing financial services businesses. Gale was a director of the Northern Illinois and Maine Chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 11 years and is a sponsor of the Tanzanian Children’s Fund and the Rift Valley Children’s Village.

Thomas Faust

Thomas Faust is chairman of Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM). He is a member of the MSIM Operating Committee and the Morgan Stanley Management Committee. He joined the firm in 2021 and has 36 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, Tom was chairman, CEO and president of Eaton Vance Corp. Tom joined Eaton Vance in 1985 as an equity research analyst and also served as a portfolio manager, director of equity research and management, and chief equity investment officer during his 16 years in the firm’s equity group. In November 2001, Tom assumed leadership of all investment functions at Eaton Vance with his appointment as chief investment officer. He was elected a vice president of Eaton Vance in 1987, executive vice president in 2000 and president in 2006. He became chairman and CEO on November 1, 2007. Prior to joining Eaton Vance, Tom was a research engineer with International Paper Company. Tom earned B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the board of governors of the Investment Company Institute.

Thomas T. Kim

Thomas T. Kim is managing director of IDC, where he advances the education, governance, communication, and public policy priorities of independent directors on the boards of regulated investment companies. Before joining IDC, he served as senior vice president at the Mortgage Bankers Association, where he led strategy, public policy, governance, and member engagement across the organization’s commercial real estate finance membership. Previously, he managed regulatory and policy matters affecting capital markets and mortgage investments as associate general counsel at Freddie Mac. Kim is a veteran of ICI, having served as associate counsel at the Institute earlier in his career. He received his BA from the University of California, Irvine, JD from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as a law review editor, and LLM with distinction from the Georgetown University Law Center. 

Catherine L. Newell

Catherine L. Newell serves as president of Dimensional Funds, and is also executive vice president and general counsel for Dimensional, heading up the firm’s global legal team. She serves on Dimensional’s seven-person Executive Committee, in the role of chief of staff. Before joining Dimensional in 1996, she was an associate in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, practicing in the areas of corporate finance and investment management law. Catherine earned a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, in 1989, where she served on the UCLA Law Review, and a BA in government from the University of Notre Dame in 1986.

Ronald P. O’Hanley

Ronald P. O’Hanley is chairman and chief executive officer of State Street Corporation. He is also a member of State Street’s Board of Directors. Previously, Ronald was president and chief operating officer of State Street and president and chief executive officer of State Street Global Advisors. Before State Street, Ronald was president of asset management and corporate services for Fidelity Investments, responsible for all asset management organizations and corporate functions and enterprise technology. Before joining Fidelity, Ronald served as president and chief executive officer of BNY Mellon Asset Management. During this time, he also served as vice chairman of Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and was a member of its Executive Committee. Additionally, Ronald oversaw all of Bank of New York Mellon’s activities in Asia. Before the 2007 merger of Bank of New York and Mellon, he was vice chairman of Mellon Financial Corporation and president and chief executive officer of Mellon Asset Management. Before Mellon, Ronald was with McKinsey & Company, Inc. and was elected a partner in 1992. He founded the investment management practice worldwide and was cofounder and co-leader of the firm’s North American personal financial services practice. Additionally, he was a member of the worldwide property and casualty insurance practice.

Ronald received his BA in political science from Syracuse University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves on the boards of Unum Corp., Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Beth Israel Lahey Health, the Boston Foundation, IYRS School of Technology and Trades, Syracuse University, and WBUR.

Hester M. Peirce

Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald J. Trump to the US Securities and Exchange Commission and was sworn in on January 11, 2018.

Before joining the SEC, she conducted research on the regulation of financial markets at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was a senior counsel on the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, where she advised Ranking Member Richard Shelby and other members of the committee on securities issues. She served as counsel to SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins. She also worked as a staff attorney in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), and clerked for Judge Roger Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Case Western Reserve University and her JD from Yale Law School.

Gregory A. Ratliff

Gregory A. Ratliff is the lead independent director at Domini Impact Equity Funds. He also is senior vice president of advisory services at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. As part of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ impact investing practice, he advises investors on portfolios to generate both social and financial returns. Before Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Greg was a member of the leadership team at the ACT Center for Equity in Learning. Greg also held several positions at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Greg holds a BA from UCLA and earned his MBA from Northeastern University, while also completing graduate work in urban studies at MIT.