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Chris Collins

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined Kelso in 2001. He spent the preceding two years attending business school and the previous three years as an Analyst at Stonington Partners.Chris co-leads our financial services practice and also focuses on investments in the business services sector. He is currently a director of J.S. Held, Pathstone, Premia Re, ReSource Pro, Risk Strategies, Savant, Somers Re and WilliamsMarston. Past directorships include American Beacon, Augusta Sportswear, Cronos, Harbor Community Bank, Newport Group, Oasis Outsourcing, Oceana Therapeutics, PSAV, Third Point Re, and Wilton Re. He also was active in the Firm’s past investments, including Eagle Bulk Shipping, Overwatch Systems and Sandler O’Neill + Partners.

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Frank Loverro

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Frank joined Kelso in 1993. He spent the preceding three years in the Private Equity Investment group and High Yield Finance at The First Boston Corporation.Frank is currently a director of Valenz and Zenith Energy. Past directorships include Ajax Resources, Buckeye Partners, Delphin Shipping, Eagle Bulk Shipping, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Helios, Oceana Therapeutics, Physicians Endoscopy and Tallgrass Energy.Frank received a B.A. in Economics with Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1991. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia and also Co-Chairs its New York Regional Board.  Frank is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Country Day School and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of New York-based non-profit organizations Prep for Prep and CMC: Foundation for Change.

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Phil Berney

Chairman

Phil joined Kelso in 1999. He spent the preceding eight years at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., eventually becoming a Senior Managing Director and Head of the High Yield Capital Markets group. He was previously in High Yield Finance at The First Boston Corporation.Phil is currently a director of Eagle Foods and Ferraro Foods. He has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Armkel, Cronos, Custom Building Products, Del Laboratories, DS Waters, EACOM Timber, Logan's Roadhouse, Nortek, Overwatch Systems, PowerTeam Services, PSAV and Wilton Re.Phil received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He is currently a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee at The Trinity School of New York City, a member of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Board and a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Health System.

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Partners
Investor Relations & Fundraising

Lynn Alexander

Partner, Investor Relations

Lynn joined Kelso in 2010. She is focused on marketing, fundraising and investor relations. She spent the preceding eight years as an active leader in a variety of non-profit organizations and raising her four children. She spent the previous seven years in the Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co., eventually becoming Director. She also spent three years as an Associate in the Natural Resources Investment Banking group at Kidder, Peabody & Co.

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Associates
Associates

Jack Brugger

Associate

Jack joined Kelso in 2023. He spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at RBC Capital Markets.  Jack is active in the Firm’s investments in Pathstone, Novvia Group and Ferraro Foods.He received a B.A. with Honors in Economics from Northwestern University in 2020.

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Senior Advisory Partners
Senior Advisory Partners

Frank Bynum

Senior Advisory Partner

Frank joined Kelso in 1987. He spent the preceding two years as an Investment Analyst with New York Life Insurance Company. Frank has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including 21st Century Newspapers, Custom Building Products, Cygnus Publishing, Ellis Communications, Endurance Business Media, Nivel, PSAV, Sentinel Data Centers, Sirius Computer Solutions, Truck-Lite, Universal Outdoor and US LBM. Frank received a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia in 1985. He is currently a Trustee of Prep for Prep, a New York-based non-profit organization, and is an Emeritus Trustee of The College Foundation of the University of Virginia.

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Portfolio Operations

Bernardo Chabert

Senior Associate, Portfolio Operations

Bernardo joined Kelso in 2019. As a Senior Associate in Portfolio Operations, Bernardo is focused on improving the operational performance of Kelso’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Kelso, he spent 3 years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. Prior to consulting, Bernardo spent one year as a Public Finance Analyst for Evercore Partners.Bernardo earned a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

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Capital Markets

Haley Close

Senior Associate, Capital Markets

Haley joined Kelso in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, she was an investment banking associate in the Financial Sponsors group at Credit Suisse. Previously, she was an investment banking analyst in the Loan Capital Markets group at Credit Suisse. Haley is active in the Firm’s capital markets activities, including acquisition financing for new investments and capital structure optimization for existing portfolio companies.   Haley received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond - Robins School of Business in 2018.

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Human Capital

David Cohen

Partner, Human Capital

David joined Kelso in 2019. He is focused on applying talent and human capital best practices to enhancing the firm’s investment process, portfolio companies and Kelso Specialist Network. He spent the preceding nine years with American Securities in a similar role in support of their middle market portfolio.  He was previously with Bristol-Myers Squibb for more than eight years where he held a number of HR leadership positions including three and a half years based in Singapore as their HR leader for Asia Pacific.  Prior to joining BMS in 2001, he was with General Electric for nine years where he held various HR positions in the Company’s Healthcare, Industrial Systems and Plastics businesses. He began his career managing a small rural based development organization in Botswana, Africa as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Principals
Principals

Forrest Compton

Principal

Forrest joined Kelso in 2014. He spent the preceding two years in the Financial Sponsors group at Credit Suisse.Forrest is currently a director of Bridgenext, J.S. Held and ReSource Pro.  In addition, he is active in the Firm's investments in Premia Re, Risk Strategies and Somers Re.  He was a past director of PowerTeam Services.  He also was active in the Firm's past investments in American Beacon, EACOM Timber, Newport Group and Third Point Re.He received a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2012.

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Senior Advisory Partners
Senior Advisory Partners

Jim Connors

Senior Advisory Partner

Jim joined Kelso in 1993. He spent the preceding six years as an Associate with Debevoise & Plimpton, working primarily in their mergers and acquisitions group and securities practice group. He has served on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Custom Building Products. Jim earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review, in 1987. He received a B.A. in History from The College of William & Mary in 1984. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

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Controller
Accounting & Finance

Andrew Daniels

Controller

Andrew joined Kelso in 2021. He spent the preceding two years as a Senior Accountant at KKR Financial Services Company. Prior to KKR, he spent three years at PwC in the Investment Management Tax Practice. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned his Masters in Tax from Pace University and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Central Florida.

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Directors
Accounting & Finance

Tim Ding

Director of Tax

Tim joined Kelso in 2011. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent five years as a Vice President with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Investment Tax Services Group supporting Merchant Bank Private Equity and Debt funds. He spent the preceding eight years in public accounting firms including KPMG LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP serving investment fund clients. He earned an M.B.A. from The University of Montana with a full scholarship in 1998 and received a B.S. from Hangzhou University in China in 1995.

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Vice Presidents
Vice Presidents

Tim Duffy

Vice President

Tim joined Kelso in 2017. He spent the preceding two years in the Leveraged Finance group at Goldman Sachs.Tim is active in the Firm’s investments in Bridgenext, J.S. Held, Novvia Group, Risk Strategies and Zenith Energy. He also was active in the Firm’s past investment in Ajax Resources and Venari Resources.He received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, summa cum laude, from Virginia Tech in 2014.

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Investment Partners
Investment Partners

Steve Dutton

Investment Partner

Steve joined Kelso in 2006. He spent the preceding two years in the Investment Banking division of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.Steve co-leads our financial services practice. He is currently a director of J.S. Held, Pathstone, Premia Re, ReSource Pro, Risk Strategies, Savant, Somers Re and WilliamsMarston.  Past directorships include American Beacon, Newport Group and Oasis Outsourcing. He was also active in the Firm’s past investments in Harbor Community Bank, PSAV, Sandler O’Neill + Partners, Third Point Re and Wilton Re.Steve received a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2004.  He is currently a member of the New York Regional Board of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia and the Advisory Board of Champions for Quality Education, a New York-based non-profit organization.

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Investment Partners
Investment Partners

Matt Edgerton

Investment Partner

Matt joined Kelso in 2005. He spent the preceding two years in the Investment Banking division of Deutsche Bank.Matt is focused primarily on investments in the consumer and business services sectors. He is currently a director of Armada Materials, Eagle Foods, Ferraro Foods and Foundation Consumer Brands. He was a past director of Augusta Sportswear, Cronos, EACOM Timber, Foundation Consumer Healthcare, Oceana Therapeutics, SouthernCarlson, Truck-Lite and US LBM. He also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Ellis Communications, KAR Auction Services and Renfro.Matt received a B.A. in Economics and History from Duke University in 2003.

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Vice Presidents
Vice Presidents

Cameron Fraser

Vice President

Cameron joined Kelso in 2020. He spent the preceding four years in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs, most recently as an associate in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications group. Cameron is active in the Firm’s investments in American Beacon, Elara Caring, Foundation Consumer Brands, Foundation Consumer Healthcare, ReSource Pro and WilliamsMarston. He received a B.S. in Physics from Boston College in 2016.

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Investment Partners

Bill Frayer

Investment Partner

Bill joined Kelso in 2011. Prior to initially joining Kelso, he spent the preceding two years in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs.Bill is currently a director of Eagle Foods, Ferraro Foods, Inovar and Novvia Group. He is also active in the Firm’s investments in Newport Group, Pathstone, Premia Re and Savant. He was a past director of EACOM Timber.  He also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Cronos, PowerTeam Services and Third Point Re.He earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2016 and received a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Colgate University in 2009.

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Senior Advisory Partners
Senior Advisory Partners

Michael Goldberg

Senior Advisory Partner

Michael joined Kelso in 1991. He spent the preceding two years as a Managing Director and Co-head of the Mergers and Acquisitions department at The First Boston Corporation. He spent the previous eleven years practicing corporate law in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, becoming a Partner in 1980. He spent the previous five years as an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Michael is active in the Firm’s investments in The Poseidon Companies and Tallgrass. He has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Armkel, Buckeye Partners, Cronos, Delphin Shipping, Eagle Bulk Shipping, Endo Pharmaceuticals, KAR Auction Services, Optigas, Overwatch Systems, Unilab and Universal Outdoor.

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Accounting & Finance

Mark Greenberg

GP Controller

Mark joined Kelso in 2023. He was previously a Manager in the Employee Capital Services group at KKR. Prior to this, he spent 5 years working at Blackstone in the General Partnership Accounting group. He is a Certified Public Accountant.He earned both his Masters in Taxation and a B.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University.

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Vice Presidents
Legal & Compliance

Lauren Haag

VP, Legal & Compliance

Lauren joined Kelso in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in the Legal and Compliance group at J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC for 13 years. After starting her career as a Legal Assistant at Sidley Austin LLP,  Lauren worked as a Paralegal for both Bear Stearns’ investment bank and Bear Stearns Merchant Banking. Ms. Haag received a B.A. magna cum laude in Government from Connecticut College                  

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Investment Partners
Investment Partners

Alec Hufnagel

Investment Partner

Alec joined Kelso in 2008. He spent the preceding two years in the Leveraged Finance group of Deutsche Bank.Alec is focused primarily on investments in the business services sector and previously spent time on our energy sector efforts.  Alec is currently a director of Bridgenext, BradyPLUS, Inovar, Novvia Group and Zenith Energy. He also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Harbor Community Bank, Hunt Marcellus, Oceana Therapeutics, Sandler O’Neill + Partners, Shelter Bay Energy, Tallgrass Energy, Venari Resources and Wilton Re.  He was a past director of Ajax Resources, Sentinel Data Centers and Sirius Computer Solutions.Alec received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2006.

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Accounting & Finance

Lena Johnson

Senior Manager, Tax

Lena joined Kelso in 2021. She spent the preceding six years as a Tax Accountant at Soros Fund Management LLC specializing in tax compliance for Private Equity and Hedge Funds. Prior to Soros, she spent three years at Deloitte Tax LLP in the Investment Management Tax Practice. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned her Masters in Tax from Fordham University and a B.S. in Accounting and International Business from Montclair State University.

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Controller
Accounting & Finance

Dillon Kois

Controller

Dillon joined Kelso in 2013. Prior to joining the Firm, he was a Senior Audit Associate in the Private Equity Investor Services practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from Fordham University in 2010.

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Partners
Accounting & Finance

Joe Kopilak

Partner & CFO

Joe joined Kelso in 2021. He spent the preceding two years at Pine Brook Partners, where he was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to Pine Brook Partners, Joe was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Roundtable Investment Partners/Truvvo Partners for 13 years. Previously, he spent six years at J.P. Morgan, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of the J.P. Morgan Partners Global Investors fund.  After starting his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers,  Joe spent three years at The Beacon Group as Assistant Controller. Joe received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and received a B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Boston College in 1995.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Vice Presidents
Vice Presidents

Nick La Torre

Vice President

Nick joined Kelso in 2018. He spent the preceding three years in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Moelis & Company.Nick is currently a director of Armada Materials.  He is active in the Firm's investments in BradyPLUS, Inovar, Newport Group, Pathstone and Savant.  He was active in the Firm’s investment in Augusta Sportswear. He received a B.S. in Finance, magna cum laude, from Villanova University in 2015.

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Associates
Associates

Esther Lee

Associate

Esther joined Kelso in 2023. Prior to joining the firm, she was an investment banking associate at PJT Partners. Esther is active in the Firm’s investment in Foundation Consumer Healthcare.She received a B.A. in Economics and Psychology, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2018.

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Portfolio Operations

Eric Lindgren

Operations Head of Technology

Eric joined Kelso in 2023. He supports the Portfolio Operations team’s technology initiatives. He has over 20 years as a CIO, he has also led organizations in eBusiness, Global Shared Services, and Continuous Improvement and  has spent the prior seven years as the CIO for Bright Horizons. Before he joined Bright Horizons, Eric served as the corporate CIO for PerkinElmer and Clean Harbors, and began his leadership career serving as a divisional CIO for Honeywell. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA with high honors from Boston University.

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Associates
Associates

Phoebe MacKenzie

Associate

Phoebe joined Kelso in 2024. Prior to joining the firm, she was an investment banking analyst in the healthcare services group at Moelis & Company. She also worked in the not-for-profit healthcare group at Citi. Phoebe is active in the Firm’s investment in J.S. Held and Newport Group.Phoebe earned a B.A. in Neuroscience, magna cum laude, and a global health minor from Middlebury College in 2020.

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Investment Partners
Investment Partners

Hank Mannix

Investment Partner

Hank joined Kelso in 2004. He spent the preceding two years in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston.Hank co-leads our healthcare practice and also focuses on investments in the business services sector. He is currently a director of Bridgenext, Elara Caring and Valenz. He was a past director of Global Ship Lease, Helios, Physicians Endoscopy, PowerTeam Services, Refresh Mental Health, Sentinel Data Centers and Sirius Computer Solutions. In addition, he was active in the Firm’s past investments in Custom Building Products and Eagle Bulk Shipping.Hank received a B.S. in Math and Economics, magna cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross in 2001. He is currently a Trustee at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn and a member of the Board of Trustees of Explore Charter Schools of Brooklyn.

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Senior Associates
Associates

Alban Martini

Senior Associate

Alban joined Kelso in 2021. He was previously an investment banking analyst in the Industrials and Business Services Groups at Jefferies. Alban is active in the Firm’s investments in EACOM, J.S. Held, ReSource Pro and WilliamsMarston.  He earned a BBA in Finance and Investments, Summa Cum Laude, from Baruch College in 2019.

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Senior Advisory Partners
Senior Advisory Partners

George Matelich

Senior Advisory Partner

George joined Kelso in 1985.  He spent the preceding two years in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance departments at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.  He has served as a director of more than 20 former Kelso affiliated companies and as lead director of two public companies.  George earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford GSB in 1982 and a B.A. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound in 1978. He was a C.P.A. and holds a C.M.A.

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Senior Advisory Partners
Senior Advisory Partners

Howard Matlin

Senior Advisory Partner

Howard joined Kelso in 1997. He spent the preceding eight years as Chief Financial Officer and a Principal at Butler Capital Corporation, an investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts. He spent the previous nine years in various financial management positions at Deloitte & Touche, Colgate-Palmolive and Riverbank America. Howard earned an M.B.A. from St. John’s University in 1979, where he graduated beta gamma sigma, and received a B.A. in Political Science from Queens College in 1976. He was a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was a founding board member of the New York Chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association and is a former member of The George Washington University School of Business Board of Advisors.

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Principals
Principals

Hugh McBride

Principal

Hugh joined Kelso in 2012. He spent the preceding two years in the General Banking group of Lazard.Hugh is currently a director of Elara Caring and Valenz.  He is active in the Firm's investments in Armada and WilliamsMarston.  Past directorships include 4Refuel, Physicians Endoscopy and Refresh Mental Health. He also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Delphin Shipping, Global Ship Lease Inc., Helios and Truck-Lite.He received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2010.

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Associates
Associates

Daniel McLaren

Associate

Daniel joined Kelso in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, he was an investment banking associate in the Financial Sponsors group at Credit Suisse. He also worked in the Leveraged Finance Capital Markets group at Credit Suisse. Daniel is active in the Firm’s investment in Armada Materials and Risk Strategies.Daniel earned a B.S. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the University of South Carolina in 2019.

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Investment Partners
Investment Partners

Church Moore

Investment Partner

Church joined Kelso in 1998. For the preceding year, he was an Associate at Investcorp International, Inc. For the previous three years, he was an Analyst in the Corporate Finance group at BT Securities Corporation.Church co-leads our healthcare practice and also focuses on investments in the business services and consumer sectors. He is currently a director of Elara Caring, Foundation Consumer Brands and Valenz. Past directorships include 4Refuel, Del Laboratories, DS Waters, Ellis Communications, Foundation Consumer Healthcare, Helios, KAR Auction Services, Physicians Endoscopy, Refresh Mental Health and Truck-Lite. He currently is active in the Firm's investment in Individual FoodService. In addition, he also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Armkel, Key Components, Nortek, Unilab and Waste Services.

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Partners
Portfolio Operations

Beth Neumann

Partner, Portfolio Operations

Beth joined Kelso in 2021. She spent the preceding two years as a senior member of the portfolio operations team at Sun Capital Partners. She previously served as President and CEO of Starboard Cruise Services, a global retailer owned by LVMH. Prior to Starboard, Beth was an executive at Avon, Atkins Nutritionals, Kraft Foods, and Andersen Consulting. Beth received an Engineering degree from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  

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Capital Markets

Michael Nichols

Partner, Capital Markets

Mike joined Kelso in 2016 and leads the firm’s capital markets activities, including acquisition financing for new investments and capital structure optimization for existing portfolio companies.  He is also responsible for the execution of all debt and equity co-investments, working in close coordination with the Investor Relations team. Prior to joining Kelso, Mike was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance group at Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for originating, structuring and executing leveraged loan and high yield bond financings.  Previously, he held capital markets roles at RoundPoint Capital Group and Banc of America Securities.  Mike received an MBA from Yale University in 2012 and a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2004.

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Senior Advisory Partners
Senior Advisory Partners

Frank Nickell

Senior Advisory Partner

“Nick” joined Kelso in 1977. He has been involved with private equity investing since joining the Firm. He spent the preceding six years practicing as a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to having been a member of numerous Kelso portfolio company boards, Nick is a former director of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and BlackRock, Inc. Nick received a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970. He is currently a Trustee of NYU Hospitals Center. He has also won over 20 North American Bridge League National titles, represented the United States in International competition 18 of the last 23 years and has been a member of the team that won the World Championship on five different occasions.

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Technology Coordinators
Accounting & Finance

Tamara O'Leary

Technology Coordinator

Tamara joined Kelso in 1994 reporting to the Chief Financial Officer.  Tamara manages the research, development and deployment of critical business systems to the firm.  Prior to joining Kelso, Tamara had a career as an independent entrepreneur developing automation solutions for her various clients.

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Senior Associates
Associates

Daniel Ogunlowo

Senior Associate

Daniel joined Kelso in 2020.  He spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst in the Diversified Industries Group at J.P. Morgan.Daniel is active in the Firm’s investments in BradyPLUS, Eagle Foods, Global Ship Lease Inc. and Valenz.He received a B.S. in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. He is currently a member of the Associates Council of Prep for Prep, a New York-based non-profit organization.

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Investment Partners
Investment Partners

Sandy Osborne

Investment Partner

Sandy joined Kelso in 1998. He spent the preceding two years as an Associate at Summit Partners. He spent the previous three years at J.P. Morgan & Co. as an Associate in the Private Equity group and an Analyst in the Financial Institutions group.Sandy focuses on investments in the business services sector and previously led our energy sector efforts.  He is currently a director of Armada Materials, BradyPLUS, Inovar and Novvia Group. Past directorships include 4Refuel, Ajax Resources, Custom Building Products, The CVR Energy Companies, Hunt Marcellus, Optigas, PowerTeam Services, Shelter Bay Energy, SouthernCarlson,  Tallgrass Energy and US LBM. In addition, he also was active in the Firm’s past investment in BWAY.Sandy received a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College in 1993. He is currently a Trustee of Prep for Prep, a New York-based non-profit organization.

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Associates
Investor Relations & Fundraising

Zena Pare

Associate, Investor Relations

Zena joined Kelso in 2023. Prior to joining Kelso, she was an investment banking analyst in the Power and Renewables Group at J.P. Morgan.Zena received a B.A. in Economics, a B.S. in International Business, and a B.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication, summa cum laude, from the Western Kentucky University Mahurin Honors College in 2021.

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Vice Presidents
Vice Presidents

Lindsay Paterson Gordon

Vice President

Lindsay joined Kelso in 2020. Before joining Kelso, Lindsay spent two years in private equity at Riverstone Holdings, where she focused on investments across the energy, power, and renewables landscape. Lindsay started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Lindsay is currently a director of Ferraro Foods and WilliamsMarston. Lindsay is active in the Firm’s investments in Eagle Foods and Foundation Consumer Brands. Lindsay received a B.A. in History, cum laude, from Yale University in 2014. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2020.

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Portfolio Operations

Chris Rogers

Senior Associate, Portfolio Ops

Chris joined Kelso in 2023. As a Senior Associate in Portfolio Operations, Chris is focused on improving the operational performance of Kelso’s portfolio companies. Chris spent the preceding 5 years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Prior to McKinsey, Chris held roles at L.E.K. Consulting and Target Corporate.Chris earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S., magna cum laude, in Economics from Oklahoma City University.

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Legal & Compliance

Rebecca Rosenzweig

Vice President & Counsel

Rebecca joined Kelso in 2022. She has a background in RIA compliance, fund formation, and general corporate matters. Ms. Rosenzweig earned her law degree from Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and her Masters in Management Science from the London School of Economics (with Distinction).

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Senior Accountants
Accounting & Finance

Monique Sieratzki

Senior Accountant

Monique joined Kelso in 2022. Prior to joining the Firm, she was an Associate Manager focusing on Real Assets in the Fund Accounting group at SS&C Technologies. Prior to working at SS&C Technologies, Monique began her career at PwC in the assurance practice for the real estate industry. She received a B.S. from Yeshiva University in 2017.  She is in the process of becoming a Certified Public Accountant and has passed 4 parts thus far.

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Associates
Associates

Serena Simpkins

Associate

Serena joined Kelso in 2023.  She spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst in the Diversified Industries Group at J.P. Morgan.  Serena is active in the Firm’s investment in Inovar.She received a B.S. in Business Analytics & Information Technology, magna cum laude, from Rutgers Business School – Honors College, New Brunswick in 2021. She is currently a member of the Associate Board of the Rutgers Center for Women in Business. 

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Human Capital

Victoria Solarino

Dir. of Talent Acquisition & Success

Victoria joined Kelso in 2020. She is part of the Human Capital team, supporting key talent acquisition projects in our portfolio companies, Kelso Specialist Network and internally at Kelso. She spent the preceding 5 years at Two Sigma Investments holding two roles as Head of Executive Search  and Vice President, Head of Corporate Talent Acquisition. Prior experience includes 4 years at UBS Global Asset Management, Americas as a Senior Recruiter and 6 years at Michael Page International within various leadership roles between the UK and US. A native of England, Victoria earned her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Leeds University in 1999.

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Investor Relations & Fundraising

Elise Stevens

Senior Associate, Investor Relations

Elise joined Kelso in 2020. She spent the preceding two years as a senior investment analyst at TriLinc Global, an impact-focused private credit fund. Prior to that, she spent two years as an investment banking analyst in the Business Services group at Houlihan Lokey. She received a B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude, from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 2016.

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Accounting & Finance

Dominic Thelliyankal

Senior Controller

Dominic joined Kelso in 2008. Prior to joining the Firm, he was a Manager in the Private Equity Investor Services practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP. He was a Certified Public Accountant. He received a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany in 2001.

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Senior Associates
Associates

Corinne Thomas

Senior Associate

Corinne joined Kelso in 2020. She spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse. Corinne is active in the Firm’s investments in Ferraro Foods and Newport . She also was active in the Firm’s past investment in US LBM and Refresh Mental Health. She earned an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in 2018 and received a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2017.

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Accounting & Finance

Alexis Thompson

Fund Controller

Alexis joined Kelso in 2023. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Senior Manager in the Financial Services audit practice at Ernst & Young LLP, where she spent the preceding nine years. She is a Certified Public Accountant.She earned a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 2014.

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Senior Advisory Partners
Senior Advisory Partners

Dave Wahrhaftig

Senior Advisory Partner

Dave joined Kelso in 1987. He spent the preceding five years as an Associate Director of Mergers and Acquisitions with Arthur Young & Company.Dave has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Augusta Sportswear, BWAY, DS Waters, Endo Pharmaceuticals, KAR Auction Services, Nivel, Renfro, TransDigm and Unilab.Dave earned an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1982 and received a B.A. in Economics from Western Maryland College in 1980. He is currently a Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of Wake Forest University and a member of the Wake Forest University School of Business Board of Visitors

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Tom Wall

Senior Advisory Partner

Tom joined Kelso in 1983. He spent the preceding three years as a lending officer in the Corporate Division of Chemical Bank.Tom has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Augusta Sportswear, BWAY, Charter Communications, ClubCar, Cygnus Publishing, Ellis Communications, King Broadcasting, Nivel, Renfro, Sandler O’Neill + Partners and TransDigm.Tom received a B.S. in Business Administration with special attainments in Commerce from Washington & Lee University in 1980.  He is currently the Chairman of the Investment Committee of Washington & Lee, and is also a member of the Investment Committees of Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and The Sacred Heart School in New York City.

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Portfolio Operations

Nicole Weil

Manager, Operational Effectiveness

Nicole Weil joined Kelso in 2023. She supports both Kelso’s Portfolio Operations and Human Capital teams to maximize their impact on portfolio company and firm success. Nicole spent the preceding two years at Veritas Capital in its Portfolio Optimization group. Prior to that, she worked as a management consultant in Alvarez & Marsal's Corporate Performance Improvement group. Nicole earned an M.B.A from New York University's Stern School of Business and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Derek Whang

Sr. Associate, Portfolio Operations

Derek joined Kelso in 2022. As an Associate in Portfolio Operations, Derek is focused on improving the operational performance of Kelso's portfolio companies. Prior to joining Kelso, Derek spent 2 years on the Portfolio Operations team of Dorilton Capital Management, advising its healthcare and industrial services Portfolio Companies on strategic and operational initiatives. Derek started his career as a strategy consultant at L.E.K. Consulting. Derek earned a B.A. in Government, cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

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Associates

Benjamin Winston

Senior Associate

Benjamin joined Kelso in 2021. Benjamin is active in the Firm’s investments in Bridgenext, Eagle Foods, Premia Re and Valenz. He spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst within Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring at Solomon Partners.He received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 2019.

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William Woo

Partner, General Counsel, CCO

William joined Kelso in 2019.  He spent the preceding four years as Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation.  Prior to that, William spent four years as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at North Cove Partners, a private equity firm spun out of Bank of America.  During the preceding five years, he held various senior positions at Merrill Lynch and BAML, including lead counsel for BAML Capital Partners.  William began his legal career as an Associate in the M&A group of Shearman & Sterling.  William earned a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2001 and received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.

Investment Partners

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Phil Berney

Chairman

Phil joined Kelso in 1999. He spent the preceding eight years at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., eventually becoming a Senior Managing Director and Head of the High Yield Capital Markets group. He was previously in High Yield Finance at The First Boston Corporation.Phil is currently a director of Eagle Foods and Ferraro Foods. He has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Armkel, Cronos, Custom Building Products, Del Laboratories, DS Waters, EACOM Timber, Logan's Roadhouse, Nortek, Overwatch Systems, PowerTeam Services, PSAV and Wilton Re.Phil received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He is currently a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee at The Trinity School of New York City, a member of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Board and a past member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Health System.

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Chris Collins

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined Kelso in 2001. He spent the preceding two years attending business school and the previous three years as an Analyst at Stonington Partners.Chris co-leads our financial services practice and also focuses on investments in the business services sector. He is currently a director of J.S. Held, Pathstone, Premia Re, ReSource Pro, Risk Strategies, Savant, Somers Re and WilliamsMarston. Past directorships include American Beacon, Augusta Sportswear, Cronos, Harbor Community Bank, Newport Group, Oasis Outsourcing, Oceana Therapeutics, PSAV, Third Point Re, and Wilton Re. He also was active in the Firm’s past investments, including Eagle Bulk Shipping, Overwatch Systems and Sandler O’Neill + Partners.

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Steve Dutton

Investment Partner

Steve joined Kelso in 2006. He spent the preceding two years in the Investment Banking division of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.Steve co-leads our financial services practice. He is currently a director of J.S. Held, Pathstone, Premia Re, ReSource Pro, Risk Strategies, Savant, Somers Re and WilliamsMarston.  Past directorships include American Beacon, Newport Group and Oasis Outsourcing. He was also active in the Firm’s past investments in Harbor Community Bank, PSAV, Sandler O’Neill + Partners, Third Point Re and Wilton Re.Steve received a B.S. in Commerce with Distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2004.  He is currently a member of the New York Regional Board of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia and the Advisory Board of Champions for Quality Education, a New York-based non-profit organization.

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Matt Edgerton

Investment Partner

Matt joined Kelso in 2005. He spent the preceding two years in the Investment Banking division of Deutsche Bank.Matt is focused primarily on investments in the consumer and business services sectors. He is currently a director of Armada Materials, Eagle Foods, Ferraro Foods and Foundation Consumer Brands. He was a past director of Augusta Sportswear, Cronos, EACOM Timber, Foundation Consumer Healthcare, Oceana Therapeutics, SouthernCarlson, Truck-Lite and US LBM. He also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Ellis Communications, KAR Auction Services and Renfro.Matt received a B.A. in Economics and History from Duke University in 2003.

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Bill Frayer

Investment Partner

Bill joined Kelso in 2011. Prior to initially joining Kelso, he spent the preceding two years in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs.Bill is currently a director of Eagle Foods, Ferraro Foods, Inovar and Novvia Group. He is also active in the Firm’s investments in Newport Group, Pathstone, Premia Re and Savant. He was a past director of EACOM Timber.  He also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Cronos, PowerTeam Services and Third Point Re.He earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2016 and received a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Colgate University in 2009.

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Alec Hufnagel

Investment Partner

Alec joined Kelso in 2008. He spent the preceding two years in the Leveraged Finance group of Deutsche Bank.Alec is focused primarily on investments in the business services sector and previously spent time on our energy sector efforts.  Alec is currently a director of Bridgenext, BradyPLUS, Inovar, Novvia Group and Zenith Energy. He also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Harbor Community Bank, Hunt Marcellus, Oceana Therapeutics, Sandler O’Neill + Partners, Shelter Bay Energy, Tallgrass Energy, Venari Resources and Wilton Re.  He was a past director of Ajax Resources, Sentinel Data Centers and Sirius Computer Solutions.Alec received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2006.

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Frank Loverro

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Frank joined Kelso in 1993. He spent the preceding three years in the Private Equity Investment group and High Yield Finance at The First Boston Corporation.Frank is currently a director of Valenz and Zenith Energy. Past directorships include Ajax Resources, Buckeye Partners, Delphin Shipping, Eagle Bulk Shipping, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Helios, Oceana Therapeutics, Physicians Endoscopy and Tallgrass Energy.Frank received a B.A. in Economics with Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1991. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia and also Co-Chairs its New York Regional Board.  Frank is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Country Day School and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of New York-based non-profit organizations Prep for Prep and CMC: Foundation for Change.

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Hank Mannix

Investment Partner

Hank joined Kelso in 2004. He spent the preceding two years in the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston.Hank co-leads our healthcare practice and also focuses on investments in the business services sector. He is currently a director of Bridgenext, Elara Caring and Valenz. He was a past director of Global Ship Lease, Helios, Physicians Endoscopy, PowerTeam Services, Refresh Mental Health, Sentinel Data Centers and Sirius Computer Solutions. In addition, he was active in the Firm’s past investments in Custom Building Products and Eagle Bulk Shipping.Hank received a B.S. in Math and Economics, magna cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross in 2001. He is currently a Trustee at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn and a member of the Board of Trustees of Explore Charter Schools of Brooklyn.

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Church Moore

Investment Partner

Church joined Kelso in 1998. For the preceding year, he was an Associate at Investcorp International, Inc. For the previous three years, he was an Analyst in the Corporate Finance group at BT Securities Corporation.Church co-leads our healthcare practice and also focuses on investments in the business services and consumer sectors. He is currently a director of Elara Caring, Foundation Consumer Brands and Valenz. Past directorships include 4Refuel, Del Laboratories, DS Waters, Ellis Communications, Foundation Consumer Healthcare, Helios, KAR Auction Services, Physicians Endoscopy, Refresh Mental Health and Truck-Lite. He currently is active in the Firm's investment in Individual FoodService. In addition, he also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Armkel, Key Components, Nortek, Unilab and Waste Services.

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Sandy Osborne

Investment Partner

Sandy joined Kelso in 1998. He spent the preceding two years as an Associate at Summit Partners. He spent the previous three years at J.P. Morgan & Co. as an Associate in the Private Equity group and an Analyst in the Financial Institutions group.Sandy focuses on investments in the business services sector and previously led our energy sector efforts.  He is currently a director of Armada Materials, BradyPLUS, Inovar and Novvia Group. Past directorships include 4Refuel, Ajax Resources, Custom Building Products, The CVR Energy Companies, Hunt Marcellus, Optigas, PowerTeam Services, Shelter Bay Energy, SouthernCarlson,  Tallgrass Energy and US LBM. In addition, he also was active in the Firm’s past investment in BWAY.Sandy received a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College in 1993. He is currently a Trustee of Prep for Prep, a New York-based non-profit organization.

Principals

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Forrest Compton

Principal

Forrest joined Kelso in 2014. He spent the preceding two years in the Financial Sponsors group at Credit Suisse.Forrest is currently a director of Bridgenext, J.S. Held and ReSource Pro.  In addition, he is active in the Firm's investments in Premia Re, Risk Strategies and Somers Re.  He was a past director of PowerTeam Services.  He also was active in the Firm's past investments in American Beacon, EACOM Timber, Newport Group and Third Point Re.He received a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2012.

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Hugh McBride

Principal

Hugh joined Kelso in 2012. He spent the preceding two years in the General Banking group of Lazard.Hugh is currently a director of Elara Caring and Valenz.  He is active in the Firm's investments in Armada and WilliamsMarston.  Past directorships include 4Refuel, Physicians Endoscopy and Refresh Mental Health. He also was active in the Firm’s past investments in Delphin Shipping, Global Ship Lease Inc., Helios and Truck-Lite.He received a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2010.

Vice Presidents

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Tim Duffy

Vice President

Tim joined Kelso in 2017. He spent the preceding two years in the Leveraged Finance group at Goldman Sachs.Tim is active in the Firm’s investments in Bridgenext, J.S. Held, Novvia Group, Risk Strategies and Zenith Energy. He also was active in the Firm’s past investment in Ajax Resources and Venari Resources.He received a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, summa cum laude, from Virginia Tech in 2014.

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Cameron Fraser

Vice President

Cameron joined Kelso in 2020. He spent the preceding four years in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs, most recently as an associate in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications group. Cameron is active in the Firm’s investments in American Beacon, Elara Caring, Foundation Consumer Brands, Foundation Consumer Healthcare, ReSource Pro and WilliamsMarston. He received a B.S. in Physics from Boston College in 2016.

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Nick La Torre

Vice President

Nick joined Kelso in 2018. He spent the preceding three years in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Moelis & Company.Nick is currently a director of Armada Materials.  He is active in the Firm's investments in BradyPLUS, Inovar, Newport Group, Pathstone and Savant.  He was active in the Firm’s investment in Augusta Sportswear. He received a B.S. in Finance, magna cum laude, from Villanova University in 2015.

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Lindsay Paterson Gordon

Vice President

Lindsay joined Kelso in 2020. Before joining Kelso, Lindsay spent two years in private equity at Riverstone Holdings, where she focused on investments across the energy, power, and renewables landscape. Lindsay started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Lindsay is currently a director of Ferraro Foods and WilliamsMarston. Lindsay is active in the Firm’s investments in Eagle Foods and Foundation Consumer Brands. Lindsay received a B.A. in History, cum laude, from Yale University in 2014. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2020.

Associates

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Jack Brugger

Associate

Jack joined Kelso in 2023. He spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at RBC Capital Markets.  Jack is active in the Firm’s investments in Pathstone, Novvia Group and Ferraro Foods.He received a B.A. with Honors in Economics from Northwestern University in 2020.

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Esther Lee

Associate

Esther joined Kelso in 2023. Prior to joining the firm, she was an investment banking associate at PJT Partners. Esther is active in the Firm’s investment in Foundation Consumer Healthcare.She received a B.A. in Economics and Psychology, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2018.

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Phoebe MacKenzie

Associate

Phoebe joined Kelso in 2024. Prior to joining the firm, she was an investment banking analyst in the healthcare services group at Moelis & Company. She also worked in the not-for-profit healthcare group at Citi. Phoebe is active in the Firm’s investment in J.S. Held and Newport Group.Phoebe earned a B.A. in Neuroscience, magna cum laude, and a global health minor from Middlebury College in 2020.

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Alban Martini

Senior Associate

Alban joined Kelso in 2021. He was previously an investment banking analyst in the Industrials and Business Services Groups at Jefferies. Alban is active in the Firm’s investments in EACOM, J.S. Held, ReSource Pro and WilliamsMarston.  He earned a BBA in Finance and Investments, Summa Cum Laude, from Baruch College in 2019.

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Daniel McLaren

Associate

Daniel joined Kelso in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, he was an investment banking associate in the Financial Sponsors group at Credit Suisse. He also worked in the Leveraged Finance Capital Markets group at Credit Suisse. Daniel is active in the Firm’s investment in Armada Materials and Risk Strategies.Daniel earned a B.S. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the University of South Carolina in 2019.

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Daniel Ogunlowo

Senior Associate

Daniel joined Kelso in 2020.  He spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst in the Diversified Industries Group at J.P. Morgan.Daniel is active in the Firm’s investments in BradyPLUS, Eagle Foods, Global Ship Lease Inc. and Valenz.He received a B.S. in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. He is currently a member of the Associates Council of Prep for Prep, a New York-based non-profit organization.

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Serena Simpkins

Associate

Serena joined Kelso in 2023.  She spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst in the Diversified Industries Group at J.P. Morgan.  Serena is active in the Firm’s investment in Inovar.She received a B.S. in Business Analytics & Information Technology, magna cum laude, from Rutgers Business School – Honors College, New Brunswick in 2021. She is currently a member of the Associate Board of the Rutgers Center for Women in Business. 

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Corinne Thomas

Senior Associate

Corinne joined Kelso in 2020. She spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse. Corinne is active in the Firm’s investments in Ferraro Foods and Newport . She also was active in the Firm’s past investment in US LBM and Refresh Mental Health. She earned an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in 2018 and received a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 2017.

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Benjamin Winston

Senior Associate

Benjamin joined Kelso in 2021. Benjamin is active in the Firm’s investments in Bridgenext, Eagle Foods, Premia Re and Valenz. He spent the preceding two years as an investment banking analyst within Mergers & Acquisitions and Restructuring at Solomon Partners.He received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Economics, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 2019.

Senior Advisory Partners

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Frank Bynum

Senior Advisory Partner

Frank joined Kelso in 1987. He spent the preceding two years as an Investment Analyst with New York Life Insurance Company. Frank has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including 21st Century Newspapers, Custom Building Products, Cygnus Publishing, Ellis Communications, Endurance Business Media, Nivel, PSAV, Sentinel Data Centers, Sirius Computer Solutions, Truck-Lite, Universal Outdoor and US LBM. Frank received a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia in 1985. He is currently a Trustee of Prep for Prep, a New York-based non-profit organization, and is an Emeritus Trustee of The College Foundation of the University of Virginia.

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Jim Connors

Senior Advisory Partner

Jim joined Kelso in 1993. He spent the preceding six years as an Associate with Debevoise & Plimpton, working primarily in their mergers and acquisitions group and securities practice group. He has served on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Custom Building Products. Jim earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review, in 1987. He received a B.A. in History from The College of William & Mary in 1984. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

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Michael Goldberg

Senior Advisory Partner

Michael joined Kelso in 1991. He spent the preceding two years as a Managing Director and Co-head of the Mergers and Acquisitions department at The First Boston Corporation. He spent the previous eleven years practicing corporate law in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, becoming a Partner in 1980. He spent the previous five years as an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Michael is active in the Firm’s investments in The Poseidon Companies and Tallgrass. He has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Armkel, Buckeye Partners, Cronos, Delphin Shipping, Eagle Bulk Shipping, Endo Pharmaceuticals, KAR Auction Services, Optigas, Overwatch Systems, Unilab and Universal Outdoor.

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George Matelich

Senior Advisory Partner

George joined Kelso in 1985.  He spent the preceding two years in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance departments at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.  He has served as a director of more than 20 former Kelso affiliated companies and as lead director of two public companies.  George earned an M.B.A. from the Stanford GSB in 1982 and a B.A. in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound in 1978. He was a C.P.A. and holds a C.M.A.

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Howard Matlin

Senior Advisory Partner

Howard joined Kelso in 1997. He spent the preceding eight years as Chief Financial Officer and a Principal at Butler Capital Corporation, an investment firm specializing in leveraged buyouts. He spent the previous nine years in various financial management positions at Deloitte & Touche, Colgate-Palmolive and Riverbank America. Howard earned an M.B.A. from St. John’s University in 1979, where he graduated beta gamma sigma, and received a B.A. in Political Science from Queens College in 1976. He was a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He was a founding board member of the New York Chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association and is a former member of The George Washington University School of Business Board of Advisors.

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Frank Nickell

Senior Advisory Partner

“Nick” joined Kelso in 1977. He has been involved with private equity investing since joining the Firm. He spent the preceding six years practicing as a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to having been a member of numerous Kelso portfolio company boards, Nick is a former director of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and BlackRock, Inc. Nick received a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970. He is currently a Trustee of NYU Hospitals Center. He has also won over 20 North American Bridge League National titles, represented the United States in International competition 18 of the last 23 years and has been a member of the team that won the World Championship on five different occasions.

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Dave Wahrhaftig

Senior Advisory Partner

Dave joined Kelso in 1987. He spent the preceding five years as an Associate Director of Mergers and Acquisitions with Arthur Young & Company.Dave has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Augusta Sportswear, BWAY, DS Waters, Endo Pharmaceuticals, KAR Auction Services, Nivel, Renfro, TransDigm and Unilab.Dave earned an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1982 and received a B.A. in Economics from Western Maryland College in 1980. He is currently a Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of Wake Forest University and a member of the Wake Forest University School of Business Board of Visitors

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Tom Wall

Senior Advisory Partner

Tom joined Kelso in 1983. He spent the preceding three years as a lending officer in the Corporate Division of Chemical Bank.Tom has served as a director on the boards of many Kelso portfolio companies, including Augusta Sportswear, BWAY, Charter Communications, ClubCar, Cygnus Publishing, Ellis Communications, King Broadcasting, Nivel, Renfro, Sandler O’Neill + Partners and TransDigm.Tom received a B.S. in Business Administration with special attainments in Commerce from Washington & Lee University in 1980.  He is currently the Chairman of the Investment Committee of Washington & Lee, and is also a member of the Investment Committees of Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and The Sacred Heart School in New York City.

Portfolio Operations

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Bernardo Chabert

Senior Associate, Portfolio Operations

Bernardo joined Kelso in 2019. As a Senior Associate in Portfolio Operations, Bernardo is focused on improving the operational performance of Kelso’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Kelso, he spent 3 years as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. Prior to consulting, Bernardo spent one year as a Public Finance Analyst for Evercore Partners.Bernardo earned a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

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Eric Lindgren

Operations Head of Technology

Eric joined Kelso in 2023. He supports the Portfolio Operations team’s technology initiatives. He has over 20 years as a CIO, he has also led organizations in eBusiness, Global Shared Services, and Continuous Improvement and  has spent the prior seven years as the CIO for Bright Horizons. Before he joined Bright Horizons, Eric served as the corporate CIO for PerkinElmer and Clean Harbors, and began his leadership career serving as a divisional CIO for Honeywell. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA with high honors from Boston University.

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Beth Neumann

Partner, Portfolio Operations

Beth joined Kelso in 2021. She spent the preceding two years as a senior member of the portfolio operations team at Sun Capital Partners. She previously served as President and CEO of Starboard Cruise Services, a global retailer owned by LVMH. Prior to Starboard, Beth was an executive at Avon, Atkins Nutritionals, Kraft Foods, and Andersen Consulting. Beth received an Engineering degree from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  

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Chris Rogers

Senior Associate, Portfolio Ops

Chris joined Kelso in 2023. As a Senior Associate in Portfolio Operations, Chris is focused on improving the operational performance of Kelso’s portfolio companies. Chris spent the preceding 5 years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Prior to McKinsey, Chris held roles at L.E.K. Consulting and Target Corporate.Chris earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S., magna cum laude, in Economics from Oklahoma City University.

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Nicole Weil

Manager, Operational Effectiveness

Nicole Weil joined Kelso in 2023. She supports both Kelso’s Portfolio Operations and Human Capital teams to maximize their impact on portfolio company and firm success. Nicole spent the preceding two years at Veritas Capital in its Portfolio Optimization group. Prior to that, she worked as a management consultant in Alvarez & Marsal's Corporate Performance Improvement group. Nicole earned an M.B.A from New York University's Stern School of Business and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Derek Whang

Sr. Associate, Portfolio Operations

Derek joined Kelso in 2022. As an Associate in Portfolio Operations, Derek is focused on improving the operational performance of Kelso's portfolio companies. Prior to joining Kelso, Derek spent 2 years on the Portfolio Operations team of Dorilton Capital Management, advising its healthcare and industrial services Portfolio Companies on strategic and operational initiatives. Derek started his career as a strategy consultant at L.E.K. Consulting. Derek earned a B.A. in Government, cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

Human Capital

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David Cohen

Partner, Human Capital

David joined Kelso in 2019. He is focused on applying talent and human capital best practices to enhancing the firm’s investment process, portfolio companies and Kelso Specialist Network. He spent the preceding nine years with American Securities in a similar role in support of their middle market portfolio.  He was previously with Bristol-Myers Squibb for more than eight years where he held a number of HR leadership positions including three and a half years based in Singapore as their HR leader for Asia Pacific.  Prior to joining BMS in 2001, he was with General Electric for nine years where he held various HR positions in the Company’s Healthcare, Industrial Systems and Plastics businesses. He began his career managing a small rural based development organization in Botswana, Africa as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Victoria Solarino

Dir. of Talent Acquisition & Success

Victoria joined Kelso in 2020. She is part of the Human Capital team, supporting key talent acquisition projects in our portfolio companies, Kelso Specialist Network and internally at Kelso. She spent the preceding 5 years at Two Sigma Investments holding two roles as Head of Executive Search  and Vice President, Head of Corporate Talent Acquisition. Prior experience includes 4 years at UBS Global Asset Management, Americas as a Senior Recruiter and 6 years at Michael Page International within various leadership roles between the UK and US. A native of England, Victoria earned her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Leeds University in 1999.

Capital Markets

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Haley Close

Senior Associate, Capital Markets

Haley joined Kelso in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, she was an investment banking associate in the Financial Sponsors group at Credit Suisse. Previously, she was an investment banking analyst in the Loan Capital Markets group at Credit Suisse. Haley is active in the Firm’s capital markets activities, including acquisition financing for new investments and capital structure optimization for existing portfolio companies.   Haley received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond - Robins School of Business in 2018.

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Michael Nichols

Partner, Capital Markets

Mike joined Kelso in 2016 and leads the firm’s capital markets activities, including acquisition financing for new investments and capital structure optimization for existing portfolio companies.  He is also responsible for the execution of all debt and equity co-investments, working in close coordination with the Investor Relations team. Prior to joining Kelso, Mike was a Vice President in the Leveraged Finance group at Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for originating, structuring and executing leveraged loan and high yield bond financings.  Previously, he held capital markets roles at RoundPoint Capital Group and Banc of America Securities.  Mike received an MBA from Yale University in 2012 and a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2004.

Investor Relations & Fundraising

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Lynn Alexander

Partner, Investor Relations

Lynn joined Kelso in 2010. She is focused on marketing, fundraising and investor relations. She spent the preceding eight years as an active leader in a variety of non-profit organizations and raising her four children. She spent the previous seven years in the Investment Banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co., eventually becoming Director. She also spent three years as an Associate in the Natural Resources Investment Banking group at Kidder, Peabody & Co.

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Zena Pare

Associate, Investor Relations

Zena joined Kelso in 2023. Prior to joining Kelso, she was an investment banking analyst in the Power and Renewables Group at J.P. Morgan.Zena received a B.A. in Economics, a B.S. in International Business, and a B.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication, summa cum laude, from the Western Kentucky University Mahurin Honors College in 2021.

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Elise Stevens

Senior Associate, Investor Relations

Elise joined Kelso in 2020. She spent the preceding two years as a senior investment analyst at TriLinc Global, an impact-focused private credit fund. Prior to that, she spent two years as an investment banking analyst in the Business Services group at Houlihan Lokey. She received a B.S. in Business Administration, cum laude, from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in 2016.

Legal & Compliance

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Lauren Haag

VP, Legal & Compliance

Lauren joined Kelso in 2022. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in the Legal and Compliance group at J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC for 13 years. After starting her career as a Legal Assistant at Sidley Austin LLP,  Lauren worked as a Paralegal for both Bear Stearns’ investment bank and Bear Stearns Merchant Banking. Ms. Haag received a B.A. magna cum laude in Government from Connecticut College                  

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Rebecca Rosenzweig

Vice President & Counsel

Rebecca joined Kelso in 2022. She has a background in RIA compliance, fund formation, and general corporate matters. Ms. Rosenzweig earned her law degree from Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and her Masters in Management Science from the London School of Economics (with Distinction).

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William Woo

Partner, General Counsel, CCO

William joined Kelso in 2019.  He spent the preceding four years as Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation.  Prior to that, William spent four years as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at North Cove Partners, a private equity firm spun out of Bank of America.  During the preceding five years, he held various senior positions at Merrill Lynch and BAML, including lead counsel for BAML Capital Partners.  William began his legal career as an Associate in the M&A group of Shearman & Sterling.  William earned a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2001 and received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.

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Andrew Daniels

Controller

Andrew joined Kelso in 2021. He spent the preceding two years as a Senior Accountant at KKR Financial Services Company. Prior to KKR, he spent three years at PwC in the Investment Management Tax Practice. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned his Masters in Tax from Pace University and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Central Florida.

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Tim Ding

Director of Tax

Tim joined Kelso in 2011. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent five years as a Vice President with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Investment Tax Services Group supporting Merchant Bank Private Equity and Debt funds. He spent the preceding eight years in public accounting firms including KPMG LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP serving investment fund clients. He earned an M.B.A. from The University of Montana with a full scholarship in 1998 and received a B.S. from Hangzhou University in China in 1995.

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Mark Greenberg

GP Controller

Mark joined Kelso in 2023. He was previously a Manager in the Employee Capital Services group at KKR. Prior to this, he spent 5 years working at Blackstone in the General Partnership Accounting group. He is a Certified Public Accountant.He earned both his Masters in Taxation and a B.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University.

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Lena Johnson

Senior Manager, Tax

Lena joined Kelso in 2021. She spent the preceding six years as a Tax Accountant at Soros Fund Management LLC specializing in tax compliance for Private Equity and Hedge Funds. Prior to Soros, she spent three years at Deloitte Tax LLP in the Investment Management Tax Practice. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned her Masters in Tax from Fordham University and a B.S. in Accounting and International Business from Montclair State University.

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Dillon Kois

Controller

Dillon joined Kelso in 2013. Prior to joining the Firm, he was a Senior Audit Associate in the Private Equity Investor Services practice at Deloitte & Touche LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from Fordham University in 2010.

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Joe Kopilak

Partner & CFO

Joe joined Kelso in 2021. He spent the preceding two years at Pine Brook Partners, where he was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to Pine Brook Partners, Joe was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Roundtable Investment Partners/Truvvo Partners for 13 years. Previously, he spent six years at J.P. Morgan, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of the J.P. Morgan Partners Global Investors fund.  After starting his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers,  Joe spent three years at The Beacon Group as Assistant Controller. Joe received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and received a B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Boston College in 1995.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Tamara O'Leary

Technology Coordinator

Tamara joined Kelso in 1994 reporting to the Chief Financial Officer.  Tamara manages the research, development and deployment of critical business systems to the firm.  Prior to joining Kelso, Tamara had a career as an independent entrepreneur developing automation solutions for her various clients.

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Monique Sieratzki

Senior Accountant

Monique joined Kelso in 2022. Prior to joining the Firm, she was an Associate Manager focusing on Real Assets in the Fund Accounting group at SS&C Technologies. Prior to working at SS&C Technologies, Monique began her career at PwC in the assurance practice for the real estate industry. She received a B.S. from Yeshiva University in 2017.  She is in the process of becoming a Certified Public Accountant and has passed 4 parts thus far.

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Dominic Thelliyankal

Senior Controller

Dominic joined Kelso in 2008. Prior to joining the Firm, he was a Manager in the Private Equity Investor Services practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP. He was a Certified Public Accountant. He received a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany in 2001.

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Alexis Thompson

Fund Controller

Alexis joined Kelso in 2023. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Senior Manager in the Financial Services audit practice at Ernst & Young LLP, where she spent the preceding nine years. She is a Certified Public Accountant.She earned a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, magna cum laude, from Boston College in 2014.