Christine Breck, CFA
Managing Partner, Longstone Capital Advisors
President & Founder, Texas Wall Street Women
Christine Breck, CFA has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. In 2000, she joined Source Trading, a broker/dealer that served institutional investors including hedge funds, state agencies, mutual funds, and family offices. In addition to business development for the trading business, Christine raised over $1 billion in assets for a select few of the firm’s hedge fund clients. Prior to joining Source, Christine was a Relationship Manager group head for 5 years at the Bank of New York. While in New York, she ran the Endowment and Foundation Group, and then in London she was responsible for the insurance industry team. Previously, she held positions in commercial finance at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and the Bank of Darien.
In 2008, she founded Texas Wall Street Women, a not-for-profit networking and philanthropic group for women in the financial industry in Texas (www.txwsw.com). The organization has over 1,500 members across the state and hosts events in Dallas, Austin, and Houston each month using an all-volunteer staff. On the philanthropy side, the organization supports the college readiness programs at the schools founded by the Foundation for the Education of Young Women across Texas through both financial contributions and volunteerism.
Christine received a BA in French from Connecticut College and is a CFA charterholder. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. Christine holds the following FINRA licenses: 7, 24, 55, 63 & 79. She served for 2 years as the co-chairman of the Trader / Portfolio Manager Peer Advisory Committee for 100 Women in Hedge Funds in New York and started the Texas Chapter of 100 WHF. She is an avid golfer and lives in Austin, TX.
Brittyn Russell Brender
Senior Vice President and Director of Private Trust Fort Worth
Tolleson Private Bank
Brittyn Russell Brender, JD, CFP®, CPWA®, is Senior Vice President and Director of Private Trust Fort Worth for Tolleson Private Bank. Her responsibilities include oversight and management of the Trust Department and all Trust relationships. She currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, the Trust Committee and the Trust Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Tolleson’s Private Trust Group, Brittyn was a manager on the Tolleson Wealth Management Client Advisory Team. She managed the comprehensive financial planning and oversight process for client families by identifying, implementing and monitoring strategies to meet each client’s investment, financial, tax and wealth transfer needs. Before joining Tolleson Wealth Management, Brittyn was a Financial Analyst at The Ayco Company, a Goldman Sachs Company.
Brittyn graduated from Baylor University School of Business with a degree in Economics and received her Juris Doctorate from Baylor University School of Law in 2004, with a concentration in Estate Planning and Probate. She is actively involved in the Junior League of Fort Worth, serving on various committees and leadership roles within the League.
Nichole Ake, CAMS
SVP, BBVA Compass
Nichole Ake is the SVP, SR Mgr BSA/AML for BBVA Compass. She was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Condera Advisors until it sold at the end of 2013. It was an investment adviser firm that focused on alternative investments, fund to funds, due diligence on hedge funds and traditional wealth management. She has over 20 years of financial services experience in operations, trading and compliance with startup firms as well as large international firms.
She’s been a speaker, panelist and moderator at HFBOA, DSTA, and STA on operational risk management, industry and regulatory focused initiatives. She holds a BS in Finance from Boston College, an MBA from Southern Methodist University and completed the three year Securities Industry Institute program through Wharton/SIFMA as well as other notable certificates from University of Dallas and University of North Carolina management programs.
Nichole is a past-President of the Dallas Security Traders Association (DSTA) and served as Co-Chair of the national Securities Traders Association (STA) Compliance Committee.
Claire Hetherington Darr, Esq.
Managing Director, Newhouse + Noblin
Director, Texas Wall Street Women
Claire Darr is a Managing Director with Newhouse + Noblin, a national full service legal and executive recruiting firm. Claire leads Newhouse + Noblin’s financial services division, in addition to recruiting in other industries. Prior to joining Newhouse + Noblin, Claire was an Assistant General Counsel of Jasper Ridge Partners, a private wealth management firm with over $10 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Jasper Ridge Partners, Claire was a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Investment Funds Practice Group of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Claire Darr is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, holds a J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law and an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Northumbria, United Kingdom.
Director, TD Securities
Member Houston Philanthropy Committee, Texas Wall Street Women
Raluca is a Director in the Energy practice of TD Securities in Houston, TX, where she focuses on providing capital solutions to companies in the upstream and midstream space. Prior to her current role, she was a Senior Vice President in the Energy Markets Division at Macquarie Bank, where she worked with a diversified portfolio of upstream clients. Her work experience also includes roles as a research associate covering the Utilities & Power sector at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and investment banking associate in the Global Industries Group at Banc of America Securities Inc. Ms. Dalea began her career in equity portfolio management at JP Morgan Investment Management. Raluca graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Economics and received her M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. Ms. Dalea serves on the Advisory Committee for the Nomad Two World Foundation, the Houston Chapter, as well as the Treasurer of the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Club of Houston.
Shea Davis, CPA
Director of Alternative Fund Services, Burgher Haggard
Shea has over twenty years of experience in the financial industry. She serves at a fractional CFO, complete with an entire back office team, for funds in the alternative investment industry. Prior to joining Burgher Haggard, she was a Partner and CFO for PTA Capital, an emerging Private Equity fund. Shea served as the National Technical Advisor for the Investment Funds Industry at the IRS. She has Big 4 Accounting firm experience in both Mergers and Acquisitions due diligence and structuring, as well as running the Alternative Investment Industry platform for the Ernst & Young Dallas office. Prior to her accounting work, she was an Investment Banker in NYC, focused on tax advantaged structured finance. Shea serves on the Board for the Texas Hedge Fund Association and the Host Committee for GIBI – Great Investor’s Best Ideas Symposium. Shea is a graduate of Texas A&M University, BBA and Masters in Tax, and holds her CPA license in the State of Texas.
Marianne Scott Dwight, Esq.
General Counsel, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company
Chair Austin Philanthropy Committee, Texas Wall Street Women
Marianne has been practicing law for more than 27 years in both the public and private sector. She joined the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company in April 2006 and has personally analyzed and negotiated more than 100 investments in private equity, real estate and hedge funds. As General Counsel, she is responsible for handling the legal issues concerning the operations of the Trust Company including the managing and investing of the treasury pool, local jurisdictional money and the endowments. She serves on the Trust Company’s investment committee with the CEO/CIO, Deputy CEO/CIO, CFO and Director of Internal Investments.
Prior to joining the Trust Company, Ms. Dwight was in the private practice of law representing clients on legal issues ranging from employment to contract and financial matters. She also has extensive experience in the public sector as general counsel to the Commissioner of Insurance, general counsel to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, and Assistant Attorney General handling financial, tax and other cases.
Marianne Dwight is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, holds a J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a BBA in accounting with honors from Texas A&M University. She has served on many boards involving women’s issues and access to health care. In her spare time she trains for and participates in triathlons and multiple bike events.
Michelle Ewart is a Managing Director of Meritage Capital. Utilizing more than 15 years of industry experience, she is responsible for business development for the firm. Prior to joining Meritage in 2015, Ms. Ewart served as a Director of Investor Relations and Marketing at Bocage Capital, LLC. She was also an Executive Director and member of the Capital Introduction Group at UBS Securities, LLC, a Director of Investor Relations at 2100 Xenon and an Analyst at Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. Ms. Ewart received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from Miami University. Ms. Ewart is a Registered Representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc. holding the Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses and is an Associated Person registered with the National Futures Association (NFA) holding the Series 3 license.
Investment Analyst, Covenant Multifamily Offices, LLC
Committee Chair, Networking, Philanthropy and Volunteerism
Rebecca is the investment analyst at Covenant, a multi-family office with over $1 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Covenant, Rebecca interned with UBS Financial Services and Edward Jones Investments.
Rebecca earned her finance degree from the Bill Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. While at St. Mary’s, she co-founded the Investment Club and led the school’s Fair Trade campaign, making St. Mary’s the first Fair Trade University in the state of Texas. In addition, Rebecca served as Portfolio Manager for the University’s endowment fund.
Rebecca is continually learning and developing professionally; she is pursuing her CFA Charter, is co-founder of Women in Asset Management in San Antonio and is spearheading efforts to launch a TXWSW chapter in San Antonio.
Charla Parette, CPA
Tax Director, Deloitte Tax LLP Treasurer
Founder, Texas Wall Street Women
Charla Parette is a Tax Director in the Dallas office of Deloitte Tax LLP. She currently serves as the Lead Tax Director for her firm’s Dallas Investment Management Practice.
With over sixteen years of experience, Ms. Parette has served a wide variety of clients in the alternative investment industry, including hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds. Ms. Parette provides a variety of services, including tax compliance and tax consulting and has managed numerous tax engagements and special projects for clients of all sizes.
Ms. Parette graduated from the William S. Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University in July 1991 with a Master of Science degree in accounting and May 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She is an active member of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.
Ms. Parette is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is licensed to practice in Oklahoma and Texas. She is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, she is a member of Commercial Real Estate Women. She has served as a board member for the Margaret Hudson Program, a Tulsa United Way agency. She is an active participant in Junior Achievement in North Texas. She has been a leader in her firm’s Dallas United Way Campaign and an active participant at the Alexis de Tocqueville level.
Director of Finance and Compliance at e360 Power, LLC
Vice President & Founder, Texas Wall Street Women
Wanda has over 20 years of experience in the hedge fund industry specifically in accounting and business administration. Previously, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Phillips Trading Group, Inc., Michael Marcus’ commodity futures and foreign exchange trading firm, and the Chief Financial Officer of Austin Capital Management, a fund-of-funds firm with over $2 billion in assets under management prior to her departure.
Wanda obtained her education at St. Edwards University, is a founding member and Vice President of Texas Wall Street Women, holds a Series 65 license, and is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals.
Ivana Kovacevic Rouse, Esq.
Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
Ivana Kovacevic Rouse is an attorney in the Investment Funds Practice Group of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. Her practice focuses on the formation and ongoing representation of private investment funds and their management.
Ms. Rouse has significant experience with hedge funds, private equity funds and hybrid funds pursuing a variety of investment strategies. She also represents fund sponsors and institutional investors investing in such funds. Ms. Rouse regularly advises management companies in connection with fundraising, registration, investment activities (including negotiating side letters, direct equity and other forms of convertible investments), marketing, ongoing compliance and operational issues. Additionally, she advises management companies on internal structuring issues such as mergers, spin-offs, profit sharing arrangements and seeding transactions.
Ms. Rouse received her B.B.A. summa cum laude and her B.A. summa cum laude in English literature in 2003 and her J.D. cum laude in 2006 from Southern Methodist University.
Associate General Counsel at First Cash, Inc.
Shoshana Thoma-Isgur is Associate General Counsel at First Cash, Inc., a public company located in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining First Cash, Shoshana was a Principal Consultant at ACA Compliance Group, where she was responsible for assisting with compliance program reviews, and drafting compliance policies, procedures, and manuals for investment advisers. Prior to joining ACA, Shoshana was a partner at two international law firms, where she advised clients on investment adviser compliance, securities regulatory, and private fund formation issues. Before moving over to private practice, Shoshana spent almost eight years as an SEC Enforcement Attorney conducting securities law investigations. Shoshana was a member of the SEC’s Asset Management Unit and liaised with SEC examiners on various issues that arose during examinations. Shoshana started her career at a regional law firm before joining the SEC staff in Fort Worth.
Shoshana earned her law degree, cum laude, from St. Mary’s School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Shoshana also serves on the board of the Texas Oklahoma Plains Girl Scouts Council.
Somer Washington, CPA
Audit Manager, Rothstein Kass
Chair, Dallas Networking Committee, Texas Wall Street Women
Somer Washington is a Manager in the Financial Services practice of Rothstein Kass. Based in Rothstein Kass’ Dallas office, Ms. Washington began her career with the Firm in 2006. Ms. Washington has worked with various domestic and offshore clients within the alternative investment industry, including hedge funds, fund of funds and management companies, and has experience with long-short equity securities, fixed-income securities, commodities and various derivative products. Prior to joining Rothstein Kass, Ms. Washington held a position with Ryan & Company as a senior consultant in the state and local tax audit defense arena. Ms. Washington received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting with an emphasis in Taxation from The University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Washington also works as an adjunct instructor at Eastfield College. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) and Texas Wall Street Women (TXWSW). Ms. Washington is a certified public accountant in Texas.
Junior Advisory Board Members
Brett Ashley Longoria
Senior Portfolio Analyst at Avalon Advisors, LLC
Networking Committee Chairman – Houston
Brett Ashley Longoria is a Senior Portfolio Analyst at Avalon Advisors, LLC focusing on alternatives as well as family office services. She joined Avalon in December of 2011 as a Client Advisory Assistant and in 2012 became a Client Advisory Analyst. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University, with a B.A. in American Studies. Brett Ashley serves as the President of the Periwinkle Foundation Friends Board and is a volunteer for the Theta Charity Antiques Show and the Houston Alumnae of Kappa Alpha Theta.