Board Of Directors


Mark Ukrainskyj, CFA
Covenant Asset Management

Mark Ukrainskyj

Mark Ukrainskyj, CFA, is a senior portfolio manager at Covenant Asset Management and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Covenant is an investment advisor located in Chester, NJ whose mission is to deliver superior asset management services to affluent individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Previously he was chief investment officer of AEPG Wealth Strategies, a private wealth management firm located in Warren, NJ. His responsibilities included management of the firm's investment operations, investment research, portfolio analysis and design, monitoring of client portfolios, and formulation of investment strategy. He was the chairperson of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining AEPG in 1999, he spent more than four years as a securities analyst and portfolio manager at Capital Builders Advisory Services Inc. Prior to that, he was a securities analyst at Amas Securities and a financial analyst on the chief investment officer’s staff at Mutual of New York. He has presented at multiple conferences including the 5th Annual Inside ETFs Conference, the 2012 IFG Wealth Management Forum, and the Private Wealth Management Summit Spring 2012. Ukrainskyj holds a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California. He is a CFA charterholder and served as the chairperson of the Private Wealth Management Committee of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). He was named a NYSSA Volunteer of the Year in 2009. 

Vice Chairman

Richard G. Lipstein
Gilbert Tweed

Content Liaison

Richard G. Lipstein, managing director of Gilbert Tweed, has considerable corporate and Wall Street experience in addition to over two decades as an executive search consultant. As a member of the global Financial Services practice, Lipstein is well recognized for his record of achievement placing professionals in a broad range of functional and product areas ranging from investment banking and research, sales and trading to private wealth and asset management. Prior to becoming an executive search consultant, Lipstein was a financial executive with the American Broadcasting Companies and an investment banker at the mergers and acquisition boutique Henry Ansbacher, Inc. Lipstein received a NYSSA Volunteer of the Year Award for his contribution to the Society as chair of the Career Development Committee. He has produced and moderated numerous NYSSA seminars on current events and relevant trends in the investment profession. He is regularly quoted in the media—not only for his knowledge of Wall Street but also for his expertise in career management. He is a graduate of the City University of New York and received an MBA with distinction from Pace University Lubin School of Business.


Daniel Dagen, CFA
Laidlaw & Co. Ltd.

Daniel Dagen, CFA, is a senior financial consultant with Laidlaw & Co. Ltd. Previously he was the wealth management advisor with MassMutual Financial Group. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in economics and previously worked with Northwestern Mutual, Sands Brothers & Co., Inc., Axiom Capital Management, Gruntal, and Lehman Brothers serving high-net-worth individual investors. In his current practice, he focuses on long-range financial planning, investment management, insurance solutions, business succession, and estate planning. Dagen served as charter president of the NYSSA Toastmasters club, has chaired events for the Wealth Management Committee, and been vice chair and chair of the NYSSA Membership Committee. Dagen is a recipient of the 2011 NYSSA Volunteer of the Year award.


Karen E. Boroff, PhD 
Seton Hall University

Karen E. Boroff, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Management at the Stillman School of Business. Previously, she was on a one-year assignment as a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy. She was also the dean of Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business from 2000 to 2010. Under her leadership, the school was recently reaccredited by the premier accrediting agency of business schools, the AACSB, and was also awarded the prestigious accounting accreditation. She initiated the development of a code of conduct for the Stillman School, as well as a lecture series focused on integrity in business practice. During her tenure, the school opened its Trading Room, Seton Hall Sports Polling Center, and Entrepreneurship Center. The school tremendously increased its international outreach, especially with excellent colleges in China. The school has earned national distinctions for its undergraduate and graduate programs, as cited in such rankings as Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, US News and World Report, Entrepreneurship 2.0, and the Princeton Review. In January 2008, the school earned the Council on Higher Education Accreditation’s award on Institutional Outcomes Assessment. Boroff earned a PhD in business from Columbia University, an MBA from Lehigh University and a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

Andreas Dal Santo, CFA

Andreas Dal Santo, CFA, is an independent consultant based in New York City with more than 13 years of experience in asset management. Previously, he was senior portfolio manager – head of emerging markets equities at Arca Fondi Asset Management in Milan, Italy. Prior to that, he was European financial analyst and North American specialist portfolio manager for Arca Fondi. During his 12 years with the firm, Dal Santo managed funds that were rated among Italy’s best performing by Morningstar.  Dal Santo is currently board secretary and scholarship chair for the CFA Society Italy (CFASI). In 2010, he mentored the student team that won the finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Omaha, NB, and with another volunteer, went on to create the CFASI Fund Management Challenge. This portfolio management competition for undergraduate students is aimed at increasing financial literacy and ethics, and won CFA Institute’s Most Innovative Project award in 2012. In the same year, Dal Santo worked together with other volunteers to write the exemplary CFASI governance manual, which won CFA Institute’s Best Governance Program award as a best practice. Dal Santo is an active member of NYSSA, and a member of the Investment Strategy Roundtable, Sustainable Investing and Career Development Committees. Dal Santo is a staunch believer in the importance of volunteering and mentoring future generations of finance professionals; his call to action is featured on the Get Involved – Volunteers webpage of CFA Institute’s website. He has a BA in economics from Ca’ Foscari University.

Andrew J. Melnick, CFA 
Melnick Investment Partners

Andrew J. Melnick, CFA, is managing partner of Skyview Investment Advisors which is an advisory firm and the general partner of fund of hedge funds. From 2002 until 2004, he was co-director of the Goldman Sachs’ Global Investment Research Division and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was senior vice president and director of the Merrill Lynch’s Global Securities and Economics Research Group. During his 13 years at Merrill Lynch, he expanded the research group from primarily a domestic effort to one with research offices in 26 countries around the world. During that period, Merrill Lynch Research was ranked as the top research department in nearly all regions of the world. Melnick's previous positions include president of Woolcott & Co., a boutique research and investment banking firm; director of research and partner of L.F. Rothschild; and senior vice president in the investment research department of  Drexel Burnham Lambert. Melnick served as a US Army signal corps officer which included a tour in Vietnam.

Guy Rutherfurd, CFA

Education Liaison

Guy Rutherfurd, CFA, is currently founding principal and portfolio manager at FVCM, a SEC registered investment advisor. Previously, he was manager of the Market Leader Portfolio, a global GARP fund with a US and growth bias. Formerly, Rutherfurd was managing director and portfolio manager in charge of Core Group (AUM: $7b+) at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. In addition, he has held executive positions with Nomura Asset Management (USA), BV Capital Management, Assurant Asset Management (formerly Fortis), and Merrill Lynch Inc. Rutherford received his BA from Princeton University and a MBA from Harvard University. He is a CFA Charterholder, member of CFA Institute, and the New York Society of Security Analysts. Formerly he has served as president and board member of NYSSA, governor of CFA Institute, and chairman of Financial Analysts Federation.

Anand Shahi, CFA, CFP®
S&P Capital IQ

Membership Liaison 

Anand G. Shahi, CFA, CFP®, recently joined the Leveraged Commentary and Data group at S&P Capital IQ where he helps commercial lenders improve risk-adjusted return metrics by developing market pricing guidelines for their CRE and C&I loan portfolios. Prior to this role, Shahi ran a consulting business providing in-depth equity research and strategic allocation recommendations for hedge funds with total AUM of $700mn. From 2003 until 2009, Shahi was a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch where he helped develop estate planning solutions and co-managed discretionary investment portfolios for high-net-worth clients. Since joining the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) in 2007, Shahi has served as president of the NYSSA Toastmasters club and chairman of the Membership Committee. In 2011, he received the NYSSA Young Analyst award. He also serves on both the advisory board and finance committee for the Women’s Education Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young women succeed in their higher education and career goals. Shahi graduated from the University of Rochester in 2003 with a double major in computer science and economics.

Philip J. Taylor, CFA
RBC Capital Markets

Communications Liaison

Philip J. Taylor, CFA, currently manages a $1bn portfolio as a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, and has a successful nineteen-year track record in portfolio management. He has served as Chair of both the Market Integrity Committee and Alternative Investments Committee at NYSSA, and has contributed to high-level discussions at the SEC regarding changes in trading regulations. Taylor has also published several articles in major hedge-fund research sites. Prior to RBC, he worked at three major hedge funds after starting his career at Bankers Trust. He holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, and has held his CFA designation since 1998.

Heidi Thompson, CFA

Fiscal Liaison

Heidi Thompson, CFA, is a global equity portfolio manager and analyst.  Most recently at Daiwa Asset Management, she managed two Brazil equity funds, one of which was an infrastructure fund, and co-managed four other Latin America equity funds.  Thompson’s previous work experience includes European equities, Latin America fixed-income securities, and municipal bonds, and she previously worked with Offitbank, JP Morgan, Santander, and BBVA.  Thompson holds a BS and an MA from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.  At the New York Society of Security Analysts, she is a past chair of the Global Investing Committee, has served as a judge in the Research Challenge, and was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2013.  She currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the New York Junior League and chairs its Investment and Finance committees.

Alex Urdea, CFA, FRM, CMT
Solus LP

Partnerships Liaison

Alex Urdea, CFA, FRM, CMT, joined Solus at its inception in July 2007 and has been managing risk for the hedge fund portfolios since he joined Stanfield Capital Partners LLC in 2004. At Solus, he leads a group responsible for developing and managing a proprietary system that integrates portfolio management, trading, risk, research, operations, legal, and investor relations functions. As such, his daily responsibilities include monitoring portfolio exposures and sensitivities while working to express the firm’s view in the most effective and efficient manner. Urdea has served as chairman for the Investment Strategy Committee for the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). He was recently awarded the NYSSA Volunteer of the Year Award (2010). He also volunteers his time as a junior board member for Streetwise Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the unemployed and underprivileged of New York find long-lasting and fulfilling careers. Urdea received a BSE in financial engineering from Princeton University in 2002 along with a Certificate in Finance and Engineering Management Systems. He was inducted into the Sigma Xi Research Society and served in several leadership roles. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and has recently been awarded the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation.


Kathy A. O'Connor, CFA 
President's Council Representative, CFA Institute

Kathy A. O'Connor, CFA, is president of KJ Capital Management LLC, an asset management firm. She has been a managing director and managed portfolios for Morgan Stanley, New York Life Investment Management, and Towneley Capital Management. O’Connor received an MBA from Babson College, a BA from the University of Massachusetts, and an associate’s degree in accounting from Northeastern University. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. O’Connor is on the Babson College Graduate School Advisory Council and is chairman of the board of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Karen Sterling, PhD, CFA 
Interim Executive Director, NYSSA

Karen Sterling

Karen Sterling, PhD, CFA, is the managing director of healthcare investment banking at Avalon Group, a Manhattan boutique, where she offers fundraising and strategic advisory services to companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, healthcare services, and healthcare IT sectors. Previously, she was vice president and senior analyst at Fridson Investment Advisors, an investment management firm specializing in corporate credit opportunities, and prior to that quantitative and fundamental analyst at Martin Fridson’s FridsonVision. Until 2009, she also published equity research reports and financial analysis of life sciences companies through Karen Sterling Bio-Pharma Insight. An active NYSSA member since 2003, Sterling was a founding member NYSSA’s Toastmasters group, and a founding member of the editorial board of The Investment Professional, to which she contributed a peer-reviewed research article. In addition to being awarded the CFA designation in 2006, Sterling earned two master’s degrees and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from Columbia University.  In 2005, while deployed to Antarctica as a research scuba diver on an NSF-funded project, she became the only financial analyst in history to update her equity research coverage via satellite from a remote field camp on the Antarctic continent.

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