Board of Directors

Cameron A. Crisman, CFA - President

Mr. Crisman has been a volunteer with the Bay Area Financial Education Foundation since 2009, most recently serving on the Advisory Board. He has over 10 years of experience in securities analytics and portfolio management, with a focus on concentrated equity and option strategies. He privately manages assets as an Active Portfolio Manager for individual client accounts, and has been the CFO and Portfolio Manager for Petit Teton Foundation since its inception in 2010. He is on the board of directors of the Petit Teton Foundation, and has been a partner with Petit Teton Farm since 2008, active in all aspects of building the small farm business. Cameron received BA’s in Asian Studies and Japanese from California State University, Sacramento in 2002, and is an active member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.

Conrad Herrmann, CFA - Vice President & Secretary

Conrad Herrmann recently retired from his role as senior vice president and director of U.S. Growth Portfolio Management for Franklin Equity Group. Mr. Herrmann was the lead portfolio manager for the flagship all-cap growth strategy for Franklin Equity Group, including the Franklin Flex Cap Growth Fund. He also served as back-up manager in an advisory role on a number of other growth portfolios. Mr. Herrmann first joined Franklin in the summer of 1988, working as an intern on the Marketing Department. He joined Franklin full time in the investment advisory group as a quantitative equity analyst in 1989. That year, he also became a fundamental research analyst, specializing in the analysis of the electronic technology sector. Initially involved in the creation of the Franklin Flex Cap Growth Fund, he became the lead manager in July 1993.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments, Mr. Herrmann was a vice president of Aquila Management, a mutual fund group in New York City. He joined the firm in 1983 as a fixed-income analyst. Mr. Herrmann earned his B.A. degree from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is past president and member of the CFA Society of San Francisco and a member of the CFA Institute. Mr. Herrmann is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Salina Yeung - Treasurer

Salina Yeung is currently serving as CFO and CCO at Union Square Investment Company. Previously, she was Principal at Hall Capital Partners LLC and a Senior Relationship Manager in the firm's Portfolio Management practice. Her responsibilities include development and implementation of investment strategy, portfolio reporting, and general client services. Ms. Yeung joined the firm as an Associate in 2000. She was promoted to Vice President in 2005 and Principal in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Yeung worked as the Director of Finance for Tukman Capital Management Company, and was a manager in the financial reporting group at The Charles Schwab Corporation. She was also a manager at Arthur Andersen L.L.P., where she specialized in the financial industry group. Ms. Yeung serves on the Finance Committee of the Asian Pacific Fund, and has served on the Board of Financial Women of San Francisco.

Michael Gandy, CFA - Director

Michael Gandy is currently Vice President and ETF Specialist at Van Eck Securities Corporation. Prior to joining Van Eck, Mike was a Vice President and Wealth Advisory Team member at MSCI Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: MSCI) and a leading global provider of investment decision support tools including indexes, portfolio risk and performance analytics. In his capacity at MSCI, Mike worked with ETF based Asset Managers and Wealth Advisors in the Western United States to support and educate around MSCI products & services. Previously, Mike worked at BNY Mellon Beta & Transition Management for nine years in both their San Francisco and London office where he was responsible for managing the US and EMEA Client Services teams for their Institutional and Sovereign Wealth clients. Mike is a CFA Charterholder and is a member of both CFA Institute and CFA San Francisco. Mike holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business and dual Bachelor of Science degrees in both Accountancy and Business Administration. Mike is a married to his lovely wife, Katherine, and has two beautiful twin children, Ryan and Charlotte.

Sharon Hayman, CFA - Director

Sharon Hayman is Head of Relationship Management for Jackson Square Partners. Sharon joined Jackson Square Partners (JSP) in January 2015 as head of relationship management. Prior to joining JSP, she was with Matthews International Capital Management from December 2012 to January 2015, where she was responsible for the firm’s relationship management efforts. From 2006 to 2012, Hayman was head of financial institutions client services at Delaware Investments. From 1994 to 2000, she held various roles at Delaware Investments, beginning in the internal audit department and later in the fund product management area. From 2000 to 2006, she was with Gartmore Global Investments, where her product management experience included working with sub-advisory and offshore funds. Hayman earned an MBA in marketing and finance from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in management from Gettysburg College.

Jane Lopus - Director

Jane S. Lopus, Ph.D., is Professor of Economics Emerita and Director of the Center for Economic Education at California State University, East Bay. Her Ph.D. is in economics from the University of California, Davis. She is widely published in economic education research and in economics curriculum materials. A former high school economics and financial literacy teacher, she has conducted seminars and workshops in 15 former communist and developing countries to train teachers to teach market-based economics and financial literacy. Jane was named the Cal State East Bay Outstanding Professor in 2006 and received the Wang Family Excellence Award, a California State University system-wide award, in 2008. A former president of the National Association of Economic Educators, she has received their awards in both economic education research and leadership. She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Romania in 2010 and 2017 and is a founding board member of the Global Economic Education Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic, financial literacy and entrepreneurship education worldwide.

Tina Marchetti - Executive Director

Ms. Marchetti has been providing management services to nonprofit organizations since 1994. She has worked with diverse organizations throughout the Bay Area, serving as executive director for the Occidental Center for the Arts, the Benicia Tree Foundation, the CFA Society of San Francisco, the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco; the American Camping Association; California Landscape Contractor's Association, and the International Association for Financial Planning, North Bay Chapter. Prior to forming her own company Lotus Management, Ms. Marchetti was a senior account executive with VK Association Management, where she was responsible for the oversight of several trade associations and charitable organizations including The Bay Area Film/Tape Council; The IAFP North Bay Chapter, The Outplacement Institute, The Security Analysts of San Francisco and The American Liver Foundation. Tina lives with her family in West Sonoma County.

Advisory Board

Mark Fredenburg, CFA - Director

Mark P. Fredenburg joined Wells Fargo in 2006 and is currently a Senior Investment Manager in the San Francisco Private Bank office. Mark has over 28 years of experience in financial services and has been a Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst for 20 years. He works with some of the largest relationships in the Private Bank and is responsible for managing investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, trusts and foundations. Mark is a member of the Equity Sector Allocation Committee and the Financial Services Equity Research Team. He began his career with the Federal Reserve and spent four years in international banking before becoming a Portfolio Manager. Mark holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.A in International Economics from the University of San Francisco. Mark also serves as Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of San Francisco. Mark joined the BAFEF Board of Directors after serving several years as the liaison to USF for BAFEF's Merit Award Program.

Andrew Kaban, CFA, CPA

Andrew Kaban is the Director of Segment Growth at Acorns. Previously, he was a portfolio manager within BlackRock's ETF and Index Investments US Portfolio Management group. He was responsible for managing index asset allocation strategies for defined benefit and defined contribution clients. Prior to portfolio management, Andrew worked in business development and relationship management within BlackRock’s Institutional Client Business. Prior to joining BlackRock, he worked within the PIMCO finance team at Allianz Asset Management providing financial forecasting and reporting to drive PIMCO’s global strategy. Additionally, Andrew is Director of Strategy and Operations at Latinos in Finance (LIF) and organizes programs related to career development and mentorship for young professionals. LIF is a San Francisco based organization composed of 1,500+ Latino finance professionals with a mission to promote the advancement of Latinos in the finance industry through education, career development, community service and networking opportunities. Andrew earned a B.S. in Management Science and a minor in accounting from the University of California, San Diego. Andrew joined BAFEF's Advisory Board in 2017.

Sam Kirkland, CFA, CAIA

Sam Kirkland is a Research Director and Senior Vice President within Global Manager Research (GMR), a division of Wells Fargo Investment Institute. The GMR team selects and oversees the third-party money managers used throughout Wells Fargo’s Brokerage, Wealth Management, Abbott Downing, and Institutional Retirement businesses (WBR). In his role, Mr. Kirkland serves as the asset class lead for passive strategies and also covers Liquid Alternative and Real Asset strategies. He also manages the team’s research support group which oversees the team’s advanced analytics, technology, tools and data.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mr. Kirkland was the research manager for The Open Finance Network, an open architecture managed account platform provider serving high-net-worth advisors and family offices. From 2005-2009 he also served as an adjunct professor of finance within the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Mr. Kirkland earned both a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a CFA® Charterholder, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charter holder. Mr. Kirkland is a Board Member and Treasurer of the San Francisco Bond Club, a member of the Advisory Board of the Bay Area Financial Education Foundation and member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. He currently holds a FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 license and resides in San Francisco.

Keith McWilliams, CFA, CFP

Keith McWilliams is head of West Coast region for Evercore Wealth Management. Keith joined Evercore in 2012 and was previously the founding partner of Mt. Eden Investment Advisors, directing all aspects of the firm's strategy and serving as the chief investment officer and lead wealth strategy advisor. Keith has over 25 years of experience in wealth management. Prior to founding Mt. Eden in 2004, he was a managing director at Weiss, Peck & Greer, responsible for the firm's West Coast private client group. Previously, he worked at Scudder, Stevens & Clark. Keith earned his BA in Economics from UC Berkeley and his MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. He holds the Certified Financial Planner license and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He serves on the boards of the Mills Peninsula Hospital Foundation, San Francisco Estate Planning Council and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Committee. He is a member of the Mills Peninsula Hospital Foundation Philanthropic Council, an Advisory Board Member of the Bay Area Financial Education Foundation and a member of The San Francisco Foundation Professional Advisors Council. Keith is a past President of the CFA Society of San Francisco, past board member of CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point and the Cypress String Quartet.

Josh Kernan, CAIA

Josh Kernan is Global Head of Distribution for Permian Capital Management. Permian Capital Management, LLC is a San Francisco-based asset manager that specializes in investing in digital assets and blockchain-based technologies. Fusing a deep expertise in digital engineering with decades of experience in finance, Permian focuses on highly liquid digital assets from impact blockchain companies with real deliverables. He joined Permian in 2018. Prior to Permian Capital Management, Mr. Kernan was a Senior Vice President on the US Investment Solutions team. His responsibilities include fundraising/investor relations and new product development. Prior to joining Partners Group, Mr. Kernan was a Partner at Simple Alternatives, LLC. At Simple Alternatives Mr. Kernan oversaw all aspects of sales, marketing, education, and client implementation activities. Prior to joining Simple Alternatives, Mr. Kernan was the Director of Alternative Investments & Managed Accounts at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. At Schwab Mr. Kernan was responsible for helping advisors who custody accounts at Schwab Institutional Services with portfolio allocations using Schwab’s alternative investment and managed account platforms. Mr. Kernan founded Schwab’s alternative investment business in 1996. In addition, Mr. Kernan created Schwab Alternative Investment Source ™ Schwab’s alternative investment platform for SEC 40 Act registered alternative investment funds. Mr. Kernan is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designee and is a Chapter Executive for the CAIA San Francisco Chapter. Mr. Kernan is on the Advisory Board for the Bay Area Financial Education Foundation. Mr. Kernan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and is registered with the FINRA Series 7, 63 & 66.

Wade Pitts

Wade Pitts is Managing Director at Fort Point Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to joining Fort Point Capital Partners, Wade was a Vice President at TD Ameritrade Institutional. Wade graduated from Cornell University.

Kim Pugh

Kim Pugh is Founder of YurPath Solutions, a consulting practice that helps companies increase revenue by uncovering customer insights and developing processes. Prior to launching YurPath, Kim spent 30 years in corporate America at Wells Fargo and at BNY Mellon. As a Senior Vice President, Kim frequently built and managed groups from the ground up and has delivered results in areas ranging from customer experience and product design to sales & business development, operations management and process consulting. In 2015, a program created by Kim received an Innovation Award nomination from the Association for Corporate Growth and she has received numerous corporate awards for designing and implementing new products and operational workflows and for increasing website adoption, product cross sell and productivity. Kim earned her Master of Business Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of a number of organizations and most notably is a Board of Director’s Member of Accelerated Corporate Growth (ACG), a Board of Director’s Member of the Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF), and a member of the American Marketing Assn. She enjoys as hobbies travel, the arts and history.

Tanya Steinhofer, CFA, CFP

Tanya Steinhofer is Principal of Redwood Grove Wealth Management. Tanya is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 15 years of diverse investment industry experience, including expertise in real assets (e.g., real estate, commodities) and sustainable/socially responsible investing (SRI). She is passionate about helping women and families with young children with their finances. Her prior experience includes several years as a Senior Research Analyst and Investment Advisor at a local independent wealth management firm. She began her investment career as an equity research analyst covering real estate investment trusts (REITs), first on the sell-side for Goldman Sachs in New York and then on the buy-side for a dedicated REIT money manager. In addition to her professional experience, she is an active non-profit volunteer, with an emphasis on financial literacy for non-profits such as Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment and Junior Achievement. She serves on the advisory board of the Bay Area Financial Education Foundation. She is a Past President of the Financial Planning Association of San Francisco and a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. Her education includes both a BA and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Her passions outside of work and family include running, cycling, skiing, gardening and traveling.

Brett Villaume

Brett Villaume is Senior Vice President and Director of Investor Relations for Opus Bank.


Lillian Conrad-Decker, CFA

Ms. Conrad-Decker's professional experience includes such positions as Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at First Interstate Bank where she managed the Northern California trust investment division. She then moved to the International Private Banking division to manage domestic security portfolios for clients of the bank. Lillian served as President of the CFA Society of San Francisco in 1990, and was instrumental in developing the successful Education Program of the Society including "Fundamentals of Investing", a popular seminar course offered by the Society for many years; and a Pre-CFA I seminar to prepare liberal arts graduates for the rigors of CFA I exams. Ms. Conrad-Decker has most recently been involved in two entrepreneurial enterprises, one her personal venture to offer seminar instruction to entry-level professionals sponsored by local CFA Societies nationwide; and the next as part of a successful start-up financial services firm (Paymap Inc) that offered innovative electronic payment services to banks nationwide. Ms. Conrad-Decker served as a member of the Board of Directors for BAFEF from 2009-2014.

Curtis N. Smith, CFA

Mr. Smith has a BA in Economics from Beloit College and an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Past President of the Security Analysts of San Francisco (now known as CFASF). Mr. Smith served as Treasurer and a Board Member of the Bay Area Financial Education Foundation from 2009-2015. He has worked in the private equity area for Strategic Investment Solutions since 1997 and currently works directly with public and corporate pension plans, as well as high net worth clients. Prior to joining SIS, he was employed at Union Bank of California, where he managed a portfolio of closely-held businesses and illiquid assets.

Robert B. Thompson, CFA

Mr. Thompson served as an Officer and Board Member of the Bay Area Financial Education Foundation from 2007-2017. He recently retired as a Vice President & Portfolio Manager for Dodge & Cox. He received his A.B. degree from Stanford in 1971, served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer, and then returned to Stanford to obtain his M.B.A. in 1977. He worked in the fixed income departments of three major securities firms and as a principal of a small San Francisco-based investment management firm. He joined Dodge & Cox in 1992. He is a shareholder of the firm, a CFA charterholder, a Chartered Investment Counselor, and a past president of the CFA Society of San Francisco. Mr. Thompson has also served on other volunteer boards, including as a Director of the United Way of the Bay Area and as a trustee of Mills College in Oakland.

Nelson S. Weller, CFA

Mr. Weller has spent some fifty years in the equity investment arena. In addition to being a past president of the Security Analysts of San Francisco, he has served as president of the Commonwealth Club, Trustee of the University of California-Berkeley Foundation, the University of Montana Foundation and the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation. Nelson is General Partner of WELLCO MANAGEMENT, and owns Longview Vineyards with his wife Jane in Alexander Valley. Mr Weller served on the Board of Directors for BAFEF from 2008-2011.

Matthew Winter, CFA

Mr. Winter served on the BAFEF board of directors from 2009-2010. Mr. Winter is a Portfolio Manager/Analyst at Bottom Up Investments, LLC. He has served on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of San Francisco and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Winter has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a MBA degree at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, Economics and General Management.