Our Team

VPC’s senior leadership average 20+ years of relevant experience across a broad range of financial, operating, advisory and legal disciplines

This investment experience and operational expertise has enabled our team to consistently act as a value-added partner to our investors and portfolio companies.

Senior Leadership

Richard Levy

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer & Founder

Richard Levy is the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Founder of VPC. He oversees the firm’s investment and operational activities. Mr. Levy is also the chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee and Valuation Committee.

Mr. Levy serves as chairman of the board of directors of VPC portfolio company, Giordano’s. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of VPC portfolio companies, Caribbean Financial Group and United Automobile Insurance Company.

Previously, Mr. Levy served as head of the Small Cap Structured Products Group and co-head of the Solutions Group at Magnetar Capital. He also co-founded and served as managing partner at Crestview Capital Partners.

Mr. Levy received a B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a member of the Illinois bar (inactive). Mr. Levy is an active board member of Camp Kesem and he sits on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as the university’s Board of Endowment.

Brendan Carroll

Senior Partner & Co-Founder

Brendan Carroll is a Senior Partner at VPC, which he co-founded in 2007. He is responsible for strategic initiatives and firm operations in addition to sourcing, evaluating and executing investment opportunities. Mr. Carroll also oversees marketing, fundraising, business development and investor relations for the firm. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Valuation Committee.

Mr. Carroll serves as member of the board of directors of VPC portfolio company, johnnie-O.

Previously, as a member of the Solutions Group at Magnetar Capital, Mr. Carroll specialized in direct financings to lower middle market companies. He has held various investment banking positions at William Blair and Robertson Stephens, specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Carroll has also worked in various capacities for former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I- CT).

Mr. Carroll received a B.A. with honors in government from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He speaks frequently on debt and private equity investing issues and has served as a guest lecturer and panelist at the University of Chicago’s Booth Global School of Business, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Business School. Mr. Carroll is a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Loyola Press and previously served on the Board of Regents at Georgetown University. He is also a director on the board of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is also a member of the board’s Finance Committee.

Jeffrey Schneider

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Schneider joined VPC in 2010 and is the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for firm operations and the execution of strategic initiatives and oversees compliance, finance, accounting, tax and fund operations. He is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Valuation Committee.

Previously, Mr. Schneider served as the controller and vice president of corporate finance for Citadel’s fund administrator, Omnium, now Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, LLC, where he oversaw the development and build out the corporate accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and planning processes. Previously, he was an auditor in the Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan and led a middle office supporting a large proprietary commercial mortgage backed securities portfolio. Mr. Schneider also has held various finance and accounting roles at Divine, a start-up software company, and was an auditor at Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Schneider received a B.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois. He is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

Scott Zemnick

Partner, General Counsel

Scott Zemnick joined VPC in 2008 and is the General Counsel. He oversees the firm’s legal operations and the structuring, negotiation, execution and protection of the firm’s investment portfolio. Mr. Zemnick is an ex-officio member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Previously, Mr. Zemnick was a partner in the Restructuring Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He focused on representing large domestic and international debtors, lenders, and strategic and financial investors in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcies, out-of-court restructurings, distressed investments, and other corporate and financing matters.

Mr. Zemnick received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and a J.D. with high honors from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was selected to the Order of the Coif. He is an active member of the Illinois bar.

Olibia Stamatoglou

Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

Olibia Stamatoglou joined VPC in 2019 and is a Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. She oversees business and fund operations, including finance, compliance and accounting. She is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and Valuation Committee.

Previously, Mrs. Stamatoglou served as vice president of finance at Valor Equity Partners where she managed firm and fund finance activities. Prior to Valor, she served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of First National Assets, a specialty finance private equity group specializing in tax lien purchases and real estate owned ventures. She joined First National Assets from Aurora Investment Management where she progressed through several accounting roles. Mrs. Stamatoglou was recognized as one of Crain’s Notable Women in Finance for 2019.

Mrs. Stamatoglou received a B.S. in accounting and finance from DePaul University. She is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois (inactive).

John Martin

Senior Partner

John Martin joined VPC in 2019 and is a Senior Partner. Based in Chicago, he is primarily responsible for supporting the firm’s investment strategies while leveraging more than thirty years of experience in the private credit investment industry. Mr. Martin is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Previously, Mr. Martin served as managing partner and co-CEO of Antares Capital, LP, a private debt credit manager. He was a founding partner of the original Antares Capital in 1996, a startup business that provided acquisition financing capital to the portfolio companies of private equity firms across North America. Over the course of nine years, Antares grew to become one of the largest providers of acquisition capital to private equity sponsors in the middle market. Following the firm’s acquisition by GE Capital in 2005, Mr. Martin became President and CEO of the newly branded GE Antares Capital and helped to direct the strategic vision of the business. Following the firm’s acquisition by CPPIB in 2015, he engineered a highly complex carve out of the business from GE Capital and remained as Co-CEO. Mr. Martin sat on the Antares Investment Committee throughout his tenure at the company and was a member of the board of directors. Prior to founding Antares John was a senior executive of Heller Financial, earning four Chairman’s Club awards for outstanding performance. He began his career with Continental Illinois National Bank and spent two years with Citicorp’s Leveraged Finance business.

Mr. Martin earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and served as a member of the Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council for 12 years. In 2019, he was appointed as the first chair of the newly established Advisory Council for the IDEA Center, a hub of innovation at Notre Dame. He serves on the board of the Executives Club of Chicago, Automotive Keys Group LLC and Key Investment Partners. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and is a director of the Western Golf Association. Mr. Martin also serves as a Board member of the Midtown Educational Foundation, the Center for American Entrepreneurship and is actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area.

Jason Brown

Partner

Jason Brown joined VPC in 2014 as a Partner and manages the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is primarily responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and managing investments. Mr. Brown also actively works on value creation initiatives and strategic alternatives for the firm. Mr. Brown is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Mr. Brown currently serves on the board of directors of VPC portfolio companies, Labs.Dental Holdings and Processing.com.

Mr. Brown has more than 25 years of experience in financial services. Most recently, Mr. Brown was a managing director for GE Capital, Corporate and Restructuring Finance for more than ten years where he and his team provided growth, working capital and turnaround finance to mid-size and large companies. His team also specialized in senior secured loans to distressed companies supporting Chapter 11 filings, plan-of-reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. Prior to GE Capital, he worked at Comerica Bank as a manager in their northern Los Angeles office and for Manufacturers Hanover in Sydney, Australia. He has also served as the global chairman and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

Mr. Brown received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern California.

Connell Hasten

Partner

Connell Hasten joined VPC in 2018 and is a Partner. He co-founded and manages the firm’s insurance services platform and is primarily responsible for sourcing, underwriting, executing and managing investment opportunities. Mr. Hasten is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Previously, Mr. Hasten was a managing director at EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, an insurance company with approximately $20.0 billion in assets, where he oversaw a large portion of private and public debt and equity investments. Prior to EquiTrust Life Insurance Company, Mr. Hasten was a director at Guggenheim Partners and served as a portfolio manager, primarily responsible for investment portfolios on behalf of insurance companies. Beforehand, Mr. Hasten was a vice president at Bank of America in the special situations and real estate lending groups.

Mr. Hasten earned his B.S. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He has served as a guest lecturer and panelist at Washington University’s Olin Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Hasten was a recipient of the ULI 40 under 40 award in 2016 and is also an active Chicago board member of Camp Kesem.

Gordon Watson

Partner

Gordon Watson joined VPC in 2014 and is a Partner in New York. He is primarily responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and managing investments across multiple strategies including asset backed debt, late-stage growth equity and special purpose acquisition companies. Mr. Watson is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Previously, Mr. Watson was a portfolio manager at GLG Partners, a London-based 31 billion multi-strategy hedge fund that concentrates on a diverse range of alternative investments. He joined GLG when it purchased Ore Hill Partners, a credit focused hedge fund where Mr. Watson was a partner.

Mr. Watson received a B.A. in political science from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Thomas Welch

Partner

Tom Welch joined VPC in 2009 and is a Partner. He is primarily responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and managing investments. Mr. Welch also actively works on value creation initiatives and strategic alternatives for portfolio companies. Mr. Welch is a member of firm’s Investment Committee.

Previously, Mr. Welch served as a credit underwriter in the Cash-Flow Lending Group for CapitalSource, concentrating his investment efforts in the industrials, consumer products and business services industries. He also worked in the Global Multi-Industries Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance and growth capital transactions.

Mr. Welch received a B.S. in finance with honors from the University of Illinois.

Investment Team

Don Richman

Managing Director

Don Richman joined VPC in 2019 and is a Managing Director. He focuses on value creation initiatives and strategic alternatives for VPC’s portfolio companies along with firmwide business development and new product development.

Mr. Richman has spent the last 10 years of his career building and scaling consumer-focused, technology-enabled brands and identifying and executing on new revenue opportunities within those businesses. He has full company lifecycle operating experience across a variety of industries from early stage, venture-backed start-ups to large, international public companies.

Most recently, Mr. Richman was senior vice president of business development and corporate strategy at OneMain Financial (NYSE:OMF) where he managed a $2.3 billion per year origination channel and lead the company’s digital strategy. Prior to OMF, Mr. Richman spent four years as chief marketing officer at Avant, Inc., a leading near-prime consumer lender. In less than two years, Mr. Richman built and managed the team that helped scale the business from $50.0 million per year in origination volume to over $3.0 billion per year. He also helped incubate the company’s Lending-as-a-Service technology offering (Amount) that powers consumer lending at TD Bank, HSBC, Banco Popular and Regions Bank. Prior to Avant, Inc., Mr. Richman was director of new business development at Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), where he built a variety of new businesses and revenue streams pre-IPO through the company’s public offering. Before Groupon, Mr. Richman was director of business development at Bonobos (acquired by Walmart).

Mr. Richman began his career in investment banking, spending four years providing sell-side M&A advice to middle market consumer and industrial companies at Robert W. Baird and Mesirow Financial.

Mr. Richman received a B.S. in finance and accounting from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Chad Clamage

Principal

Chad Clamage joined VPC in 2022 and is a Principal. He is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing, and managing investments within the legal finance industry.

Previously, Mr. Clamage was a vice president at Burford Capital, where he underwrote and managed litigation finance investments. Prior to Burford, Mr. Clamage was counsel at Mayer Brown LLP, where his practice focused on class action defense, mass tort, and appellate litigation. Before Mayer Brown, Mr. Clamage clerked for the Honorable Diane S. Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Mr. Clamage graduated with distinction and received his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He graduated with distinction and departmental honors and received his B.A. in economics from Stanford University.

Luke Darkow

Principal

Luke Darkow joined VPC in 2015 and is a Principal. He is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and managing investments within the legal finance industry.

Previously, Mr. Darkow was an associate at TPG Capital in San Francisco where he evaluated leveraged buyout and structured equity and debt special situation investment opportunities. Prior to TPG Capital, Mr. Darkow was an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York within the firm’s Media and Communications Group.

Mr. Darkow graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University, where he received a B.S. in finance with a concentration in applied investment management.

Kinan Hayani

Principal

Kinan Hayani joined VPC in 2015 and is a Principal. He is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and managing investments across multiple industries, including financial services and special situations oriented investments, and multiple strategies including asset backed debt, late-stage growth equity and special purpose acquisition companies.

Previously, Mr. Hayani was an investment banking analyst at Greenhill & Co. in Chicago, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Hayani graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois where he received a BBA in finance.

Zack Malkin

Principal

Zachary Malkin joined VPC in 2015 and is a Principal in Austin. He is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing, and managing investments across multiple industries, including financial services, legal services, real estate technology and other early-to-growth stage technology companies.

Previously, Mr. Malkin was an analyst in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services Group where he provided a full range of operational and financial focused support across the transaction life cycle, advising both buyers and sellers within healthcare, industrial manufacturing and consumer products industries.

Mr. Malkin graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where he received a BBA in finance.

Joshua Platek

Principal

Joshua Platek joined VPC in 2018 and is a Principal. He co-founded the firm’s insurance services platform and is primarily responsible for sourcing, underwriting, executing and managing investment opportunities for insurers.

Previously, Mr. Platek was a vice president at EquiTrust Life Insurance Company where he co-managed a private debt and structured credit investment portfolio. Prior to EquiTrust, Mr. Platek worked at Maranon Capital, a Chicago-based provider of senior financing, mezzanine debt and equity for middle market transactions. He also worked at Paul Capital, a New York-based private equity fund.

Mr. Platek received a BBA in finance and economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and he is a CFA charterholder.

Ahmed Eltamami

Vice President

Ahmed Eltamami joined VPC in 2022 and is a Vice President. He is responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and managing investments within the legal finance industry.

Previously, Mr. Eltamami was an associate on the quantitative team at Burford Capital in New York. At Burford, he was responsible for analyzing investments within the underwriting and investment arm and managing the existing portfolio, which included the development of the secondary market for litigation assets. Prior to Burford, Mr. Eltamami worked in the dispute consulting industry where his work focused on expert witness engagements in a variety of complex litigation.

Mr. Eltamami graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where he received a B.A. in Economics-Accounting and completed the Financial Economics Sequence from the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.

Matt Luckoff

Vice President

Matt Luckoff joined VPC in 2022 and is a Vice President. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing of current investments.

Previously, Mr. Luckoff was director of operations and strategy at ProApprove, a consumer lending platform based in Detroit, MI that he co-founded. Prior to ProApprove, Mr. Luckoff was an associate at VPC and an investment banking analyst in the DCM and Restructuring Group at Piper Jaffray in New York and Chicago, focusing on healthy and distressed debt financing transactions across a range of industry sectors.

Mr. Luckoff graduated from the University of Michigan where he received a B.A. in economics with a minor in finance.

Sergio Ruffolo

Vice President

Sergio Ruffolo joined VPC in 2018 and is a Vice President. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Mr. Ruffolo was an investment banking analyst in the Restructuring Group at Lazard Frères & Co. in New York. At Lazard, he focused on in and out of court corporate restructurings and other distressed debt transactions.

Mr. Ruffolo received a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Drew Schwartz

Vice President

Drew Schwartz joined VPC in 2019 and is a Vice President. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Mr. Schwartz was an investment banking associate at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he focused on middle market leveraged finance. Prior to being an investment banker, Mr. Schwartz worked in Goldman Sachs’ asset management division focusing on alternative and opportunistic investments for institutional clients.

Mr. Schwartz graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.A. in economics with a minor in history.

Collin Erickson

Senior Associate

Collin Erickson joined VPC in 2019 and is a Senior Associate. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Mr. Erickson was an investment banking analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. in New York, focusing on M&A and special situations.

Mr. Erickson received a B.S. in business administration from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Mike Salko

Senior Associate

Mike Salko joined VPC in 2020 and is a Senior Associate. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Mr. Salko was an investment banking associate in the Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse in New York, focusing on M&A and corporate financings.

Mr. Salko received a B.A. in economics from The University of California, Los Angeles.

Joy Gu

Associate

Joy Gu joined VPC in 2022 and is an Associate. She is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Ms. Gu was an analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group at J.P. Morgan in Chicago, focusing on capital markets transactions and corporate financings.

Ms. Gu graduated from Northwestern University, where she received a B.A. in economics along with minors in legal studies and the business institutions program.

Patrick Liu

Associate

Patrick Liu joined VPC in 2021 and is an Associate. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Mr. Liu was an investment banking analyst in the Financing & Restructuring Advisory Group at Greenhill & Co. in New York, where he focused on both in and out-of-court corporate restructurings, as well as other distressed debt transactions.

Mr. Liu graduated from Northwestern University, where he received a B.A. in economics along with a Financial Economics Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management.

James Naumovski

Associate

James Naumovski joined VPC in 2022 and is an Associate. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Mr. Naumovski was an investment banking analyst in the Restructuring and Capital Solutions Group at Lazard Frères & Co. in Chicago. At Lazard, he focused on in and out of court corporate restructurings and other distressed debt transactions.

Mr. Naumovski received a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Adam Nelson

Associate

Adam Nelson joined VPC in 2021 and is an Associate. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Mr. Nelson was a senior investment analyst in the Corporate & Project Workouts Group at PGIM Private Capital in Chicago, focusing on special situations and distressed debt investments as well as portfolio restructurings.

Mr. Nelson received a B.B.A. in both finance and risk management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Natalie Pasicznyk

Associate

Natalie Pasicznyk joined VPC in 2021 and is an Associate. She is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Ms. Pasicznyk was an investment banking analyst in the Financial Restructuring Group at Houlihan Lokey in Chicago, focusing on corporate restructurings and distressed debt transactions.

Ms. Pasicznyk received a B.B.A. from The University of Michigan. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Cam Schwartz

Associate

Cam Schwartz joined VPC in 2022 and is an Associate. He is responsible for due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities and assists with portfolio monitoring and managing current investments.

Previously, Mr. Schwartz was an Investment Banking Analyst at William Blair, focusing on Consumer M&A and capital markets transactions.

Mr. Schwartz graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona where he received a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Eller College of Management.

Hugh Peggram

Analyst

Hugh Peggram joined VPC in 2022 and is an Analyst. He is responsible for supporting the deal team with due diligence and financial analysis related to new investment opportunities.

Previously, Mr. Peggram was an investment banking senior analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Jefferies, focusing on M&A and capital markets transactions. Prior to Jefferies, Mr. Peggram interned at VPC as an investment analyst.

Mr. Peggram graduated with First-Class Honors from the University of Bath where he received a BSc in Business Administration.

Investor Relations & Marketing

Sora Monachino

Principal

Sora Monachino joined VPC in 2022 and is a Principal. Ms. Monachino leads investor relations and is primarily responsible for investor relations, marketing, and communications for the firm.  Ms. Monachino is also actively involved in sourcing and fundraising for VPC funds.

Previously, she was vice president of investor relations at Pomona Capital, a private equity secondaries firm in New York. Prior to Pomona Capital, she was an assistant vice president at Monroe Capital and held various investor relations roles at Mesirow Financial.

Ms. Monachino received a B.A. in English and Art History from Drake University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Katherine Carusona

Senior Vice President

Katherine Carusona joined VPC in 2022 and is a Senior Vice President. Ms. Carusona is primarily responsible for investor relations, marketing, and communications for the firm.  Ms. Carusona is also actively involved in sourcing and fundraising for VPC funds.

Previously, she was vice president of investor relations at Harrison Street, a private real estate firm in Chicago. Prior to Harrison Street, she was a manager of Client Service Support at Guggenheim Investments and held various consulting and investor relations roles at Mesirow Financial, Huron Consulting Group, and Attain, LLC.

Ms. Carusona received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Jordan Barry

Associate

Jordan Barry joined VPC in 2019 and is an Associate. She is primarily responsible for investor relations as well as marketing and communications for the firm.

Ms. Barry graduated from Stanford University where she received a B.A. in communication with a minor in psychology.

Risk Management Team

Joel Hart

Principal & Credit Risk Manager

Joel Hart joined VPC in 2014 and is a Principal and the Credit Risk Manager. He is responsible for risk management across VPC’s portfolio companies from initial due diligence through the entire course of the relationship.

Previously, Mr. Hart was a manager in the Risk and Compliance practice at global consulting firm, Protiviti, where he specialized in credit risk and lender due diligence for asset securitizations and other structured finance transactions.

Mr. Hart received a B.S. in finance and Master of Accountancy from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and certified Financial Risk Manager.

Mark Smith

Vice President

Mark Smith joined VPC in 2018 and is a Vice President of Data Analytics in New York. He is responsible for creating and maintaining performance and risk management analytic systems to support due diligence, monitoring, reporting and structuring across VPC funds and their investments.

Previously, Mr. Smith served as a consultant at Birch Grove Capital Advisors LLC where he conducted data analysis and reporting, valuation, strategy and financial analysis on behalf of financial services investors and clients. Prior to Birch Grove, Mr. Smith was an investment banker in the FIG group at BMO Capital Markets where he specialized in modeling, valuation, strategic advice and capital raising. Prior to BMO, Mr. Smith was a software professional at Misys (currently part of Finastra) where he designed, built and managed large-scale implementations of enterprise financial reporting and accounting software systems for financial services and corporate treasury clients.

Mr. Smith received a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA with honors from Columbia University.

Evgeniia Dankin

Senior Associate

Evgeniia Dankin joined VPC in 2019 and is a Credit & Risk Operations Senior Associate. She is responsible for monitoring and overseeing VPC’s portfolio companies from initial due diligence through the entire course of the relationship.

Previously, Mrs. Dankin was a senior structured credit analyst at Fitch Ratings, where she focused on middle market and broadly syndicated collateralized loan obligations and other structured credit products.

Mrs. Dankin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received a B.S. in economics.

 

Michelle Sterne

Senior Associate

Michelle Sterne joined VPC in 2022 and is a Credit & Risk Operations Senior Associate. She is responsible for monitoring and overseeing VPC’s portfolio companies from initial due diligence through the entire course of the relationship.

Previously, Mrs. Sterne was a manager in the risk and compliance practice at Protiviti, a global consulting firm, where she focused on credit risk and lender due diligence for asset securitizations and other structured finance transactions.

Mrs. Sterne graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she received a B.S. in Finance.

Operations Team

Andrew Murray

Principal

Andrew Murray joined VPC in 2014 and is the Principal of Operations. He leads the treasury, valuation, investment allocation, performance analytics and internal reporting processes for the VPC funds and their investments. He is a member of the firm’s Valuation Committee.

Previously, Mr. Murray was an associate at Scout Capital Management, LLC covering the operations, risk management and trade support functions of the firm. He also worked as a senior operations analyst at Highland Capital Management, L.P.

Mr. Murray received a B.S. in business management from Providence College.

Carly Altieri

Senior Vice President

Carly Altieri joined VPC in 2018 and is a Senior Vice President. She oversees the fund accounting team in the execution of accounting, finance, tax, audit, reporting and treasury related activities for the VPC funds.

Previously, Ms. Altieri was a vice president in Financial Control for Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services, where she was responsible for the fund accounting team supporting hedge fund clients. Prior to Northern Trust, she was an officer at JPMorgan Chase, where she worked in Private Equity and Real Estate Services. Ms. Altieri started her career in audit at KPMG LLP, specializing in the financial services industry.

Ms. Altieri received a B.S. in accountancy and finance from Marquette University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Tom Gazdziak

Senior Vice President

Tom Gazdziak joined VPC in 2015 and is a Senior Vice President. He oversees the fund accounting team in the execution of accounting, finance, tax, audit, reporting and treasury related activities for the VPC funds. Mr. Gazdziak is also the Chief Financial Officer of L&F Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company.

Previously, Mr. Gazdziak was an assurance senior associate within the financial services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, specializing in the banking and capital markets industry.

Mr. Gazdziak received a B.S. in accountancy and finance and an MBA in accountancy and financial analysis from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Alex Cordover

Vice President

Alex Cordover joined VPC in 2021 and is a Vice President of Technology. He oversees various strategic technology initiatives, including development and implementation of new tools.

Previously, Mr. Cordover co-founded and was chief technology officer at Crowd Point, an AI-powered marketing technology startup, where he led the development of all the firm’s technology products and infrastructure which resulted in large-scale social data ingestion and modeling engine. Prior to Crowd Point, Mr. Cordover was a machine learning architect at Grainger, where he led the development and implementation of a high-performance AI platform that empowered 100+ data scientists in their daily work and hosted real-time, AI-powered services that generated several hundred million dollars per year of revenue. Mr. Cordover also served as the director of data science at Block Six Analytics, acquired by Excel Sports Management, where he led new AI product development and built much of the firm’s core technology products.

Mr. Cordover received an A.B. in statistics from the University of Chicago.

Laura Woolf

Corporate Controller

Laura Woolf joined VPC in 2013 and is the Corporate Controller. She manages the corporate accounting, tax and finance matters for the firm, including the management company and general partner entities. Ms. Woolf produces the firm’s monthly and annual financial statements, and oversees treasury activities and legal entity management.

Previously, Ms. Woolf was a senior associate within the audit practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP where she specialized in audits of entities in the manufacturing industry.

Ms. Woolf is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her B.S. and Masters of Accountancy. She is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Murad Elayyan

Director

Murad Elayyan joined VPC in 2022 and is a Director of Fund Accounting. He assists with accounting, finance, reporting and treasury related activities for various VPC funds, including working with the third-party fund administrator to prepare the fund financial and investor statements, compiling internal and external reporting, and assisting with audits of the funds.

Previously, Mr. Elayyan was a senior portfolio accountant at Lasalle Investment Management, specializing in the real estate industry.

Mr. Elayyan received a B.S. in accountancy and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (active).

Stephanie Rupinski

Director

Stephanie Rupinski joined VPC in 2021 as Director, Operations.  She assists with the treasury, valuation, investment allocation, performance analytics and internal reporting processes for the VPC funds and their investments.

Previously, Ms. Rupinski was a Director at Valor Equity Partners where she assisted with all firm and fund accounting functions. Ms. Rupinski started her career in audit at Plante Moran, specializing within the financial services industry.

Ms. Rupinski received a BBA in accounting and finance from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Accounting from the University of Michigan. She is a registered Certified Public Accountant.

Chase Costin

Senior Associate

Chase Costin joined VPC in 2022 and is a Senior Associate, Operations. He assists with treasury, finance, and reporting processes for the VPC funds and their investments.

Previously, Mr. Costin was an associate at Magnetar Capital, focused on portfolio financing and treasury services within the fixed income group.

Mr. Costin earned his B.S. in accounting and finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (active).

Brad Williams

Senior Associate

Brad Williams joined VPC in 2021 and is a Senior Associate, Operations. He assists with valuation, deal execution, risk management and reporting processes for VPC funds and their investments.

Previously, Mr. Williams was an Associate at GCM Grosvenor covering the operations and trade support functions within the strategic investments group. He also worked as an experienced associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Mr. Williams earned his B.S. in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Beth Bender

Fund Accountant

Beth Bender joined VPC in 2022 as a Fund Accountant. She assists the fund accounting team in the execution of accounting, finance, tax, audit, reporting and treasury related activities.

Previously, Ms. Bender was an accounting analyst for William Harris Investors, a private investment firm and family office. She was responsible for the accounting of private equity vehicles, hedge funds and their family foundation. Prior to that, she had experience at a public real estate investment trust and a specialty finance private equity group. Ms. Bender began her career advancing through various accounting roles at Aurora Investment Management.

Ms. Bender received a B.S. in accountancy honors and finance from DePaul University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Kelly Hitchman

HR Director and Office Manager

Kelly Hitchman joined VPC in 2015 and is the HR Director and Office Manager. She is responsible for facilitating, administering and maintaining all human resource processes, as well as overseeing all office related operations. She also assists with compliance and managing IT.

Mrs. Hitchman received a BBA in marketing from the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business and is SHRM-CP certified.

Administrative Support

Cathleen Brumback

Administrative Assistant and Receptionist

Cathleen Brumback joined VPC in 2022 and is an Administrative Assistant and Receptionist.

Previously, Ms. Brumback worked at Blue Vista Capital Management as an administrative assistant supporting the business development team. Prior to Blue Vista, she worked as an administrative assistant at Stout Risius Ross for the intellectual property team.

Ms. Brumback received a B.A. in English and Theatre from Indiana University.

Donna Chindamanee

Executive Assistant

Donna Chindamanee joined VPC in 2022 and is an Executive Assistant.

Previously, Ms. Chindamanee spent five years as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Co-Founders of M13, an early-stage consumer tech venture capital firm in Los Angeles. She focused on high level executive support, event production, and fund administration. Prior to M13, she supported the CEO of Platinum Equity and the owner of the Detroit Pistons in Beverly Hills.

Ms. Chindamanee received a B.A. in Communication with a minor in business from the University of Illinois.

Stephanie Dunwoody

Executive Assistant

Stephanie Dunwoody joined VPC in 2017 and is an Executive Assistant.

Previously, Ms. Dunwoody worked at Moelis & Company for nine years, where she served as a philanthropic ambassador to raise educational awareness, organized office recruiting events and handled administrative and office manager responsibilities.

Ms. Dunwoody received a B.A. from The University of Dayton.

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