Leadership, Sr. Advisors

& Founders

Sam Rosenfeld

Mr. Rosenfeld is Verdigris’ Founder and Chairman.

Mr. Rosenfeld served as a Partner at Gabriel Partners AML/RightSource from February 2013 to November 2015.  Gabriel Partners is the leading US anti-money laundering consulting practice to financial institutions, which he and his partners sold to Clarion Capital Advisors in 2017. He holds an Australian Financial Services License, is published by the Wharton Financial Institutions Center on the topic of life insurance derivatives, and served as an infantry officer in the British Army from September 1995 until March 2006. 

Mr. Rosenfeld has been Chairman of the Densus Group, an international risk management company that specializes in high risk challenges, both geographical and operational, since 2006..  Mr. Rosenfeld served as Densus' Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2010.  

He is an active volunteer in his local community and serves as a mentor/judge for the African Entrepreneurship Awards. Mr. Rosenfeld received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc in Risk and Crisis Management from Leicester University.

Jerry Plush

Mr. Plush will lead the bank holding company and the bank on the award of the provisional charter. 

Mr. Plush is a senior financial services executive with over 20 years of executive level experience, most recently as Chief Administrative Officer of Santander US with responsibility for Corporate Services, Vendor Management, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Communications.  He was a member of the Santander US Executive Committee and also served as a director for Santander Consumer USA from 2014 to 2016. He served as a director for the FHLB of Pittsburgh from January 2016 to March 2017.  He joined Santander US in April of 2014 as Chief Financial Officer, immediately spearheading the transformation of the financial function and led the strategic and capital planning processes for the bank and consumer finance subsidiaries with over $125B in assets.

Prior to joining Santander, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Webster Bank, where he previously served as CFO and Chief Risk Officer and was a member of the board of directors.   Prior to Webster Bank, he worked at MBNA America, most recently as Senior Executive Vice President and Managing Director for corporate development and acquisitions, where he also previously served in a number of senior roles, including as CFO.

Mr. Plush holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant. He is active in several philanthropic organizations and has served on the board of trustees of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, chairman of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England and on the board of overseers for WGBH in Boston.

Michael Coghlan

Mr. Coghlan will head up Verdigris' proprietary technology systems, Karrikin, Inc.

Mr. Coghlan is an experienced technical and operational leader with background across financial services and business & technology consulting. He has previously served at Lloyds Banking Group as CIO at Lloyds International, managing technology and change initiatives for retail, business and corporate banking. Prior to his role as CIO, he served as GM for Strategy and Change at Lloyds.  He has served as Managing Director, Australia and Global COO for Limehouse Consulting where he has rebuilt the Australia business.  Mr Coghlan also worked with Accenture, building a team of strategy consultants to deliver strategic planning, lean operating guidance and M&A transaction support for the firm's clients.   Mr. Coghlan holds BSSc (Hons), PgDip (Inf Mgt) and an MBA.

Zach Mortensen

Mr. Mortensen is Verdigris' co-founder and serves as President of ZM Advisors, LLC, a product strategy advisory firm serving healthcare technology executives, businesses, and investors.  Mr. Mortensen previously served as Executive Director of Global Portfolio Management from February 2014 until November 2015, Vice President of Solutions Management of M*Modal from April 2012 to February 2014, Director of Marketing and Product Management at CareFusion from July 2011 to April 2012, Group Product Manager at Microsoft from March 2008 to July 2011, Director of Marketing at MediServe from March 2007 to March 2008, and Consultant at Wharton Global Consulting Practicum from November 2006 to May 2007.  Mr. Mortensen has extensive expertise in supporting technology executives and investors, and creating, testing, and executing strategies for business growth. His expertise includes portfolio evaluation, risk assessment, business plans, due diligence, business model transformation, product portfolio management, interim leadership for product management and strategic marketing functions, market sizing, segmentation, buyer personas, value proposition, monetization, pricing, partnerships, and M&A support. He received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Martin

Mr. Martin is the Executive Vice President of Technology Sector for WE Communications, an integrated marketing and communications firm, advising Fortune 500 and emerging business executives on market positioning and public engagement with clients including Honeywell, T-Mobile, Stack Overflow and E2open. Prior to his current position at WE Communications, Mr. Martin led  the agency's Microsoft Windows and Devices Team, and was responsible for campaigns for the Windows franchise, the launch of the Microsoft Surface and the company's Cloud Computing initiatives. He helped establish the agency's global public sector group, and the intellectual property account team. Mr. Martin served as Director of Marketing & Business Development at MedLink ITI Inc. from 1998 to 2000, and Project Manager at the National Legal Resource Center from 1994 to 1998.  Mr. Martin has extensive corporate, government and executive communications experience across crisis communications, media relations, strategic communications and partnerships, and investor relations. He received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sean Havlin

Since November 2015, Mr. Havlin has served as Chief Financial Officer at The Newport Group, a company that offers comprehensive retirement plan services and consulting solutions for a wide range of clients, including employers, plan sponsors, advisors, financial intermediaries, and human resources administrators. Prior to his role at The Newport Group, Mr. Havlin served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Wealth Markets at MUFG Bank from April 2012 to October 2015, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at HighMark Capital Management from September 2014 to October 2015, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at UnionBanc Investment Services LLC from May 2013 to October 2015, Senior Vice President and Group Finance Officer from September 2007 to April 2012, Senior Vice President of Finance - Wealth Management at Wells Fargo Bank from 1998 to August 2007, Vice President and Controller at LTCB Latin America, Inc. from 1994 to 1998, and Supervising Senior Accountant at KPMG from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Havlin received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Madon

Mr. Madon serves as the Chairman of the Board of VerifyMe, Inc. (OTCQB: VRME) (since February 2016).  Mr. Madon also serves as the CEO and co-founder of ATaata, the next generation learning and engagement platform for the 21st century workforce.  Before founding Ataata, Mr. Madon served as Vice President, Business Development for RedOwl, a behavioral analytics software company that addresses insider security risks.  From September 2009 to May 2014, Mr. Madon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in Office Intelligence and Analysis of the Treasury Department. Mr. Madon served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army and remains an active member of the Army Reserves as an Intelligence Officer supporting the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J2, Intelligence).  

Robert Morris

Mr. Morris was the Chief Accounting Officer of KeyCorp from 2006 until he retired in 2015, having previously held various positions at KeyCorp beginning in 1989. Mr. Morris was instrumental in improving KeyCorp’s working relationship with the Office of Comptroller of the Company and Federal Reserve examiners by creating an atmosphere of trust and accountability, and he worked to improve the accuracy of submitted reports to such agencies and decreased response time for inquiries.  Prior to working at KeyCorp, he was the Director – Financial Compliance for United Technologies – Automotive from 1986 to 1989 after beginning at the company in 1979.  Mr. Morris has also worked as a senior accountant at Ernst & Young, LLP (1974-1979), where he conducted numerous activities, including audit planning, substantive testing of financial accounts, evaluation and documentation of the systems of internal controls, and report preparation for such public companies.  Mr. Morris holds a B.B.A. from Wittenberg University.  He currently serves as a Board member of the Seeds of Literacy.  

Pawneet Abramowski

Ms. Abramowski is an Advisor & Consultant in the financial crimes risk management industry, providing strategic analysis and overall assessment of program development. She served as the Managing Director, Head of Financial Crimes Risk Management at The Bancorp building on over 21 years of comprehensive achievements in public and private sector with special focus in Compliance/Risk Management and law enforcement industries. She has key subject matter expertise spanning anti-money laundering (AML), fraud, sanctions, anti-corruption, regulation, and compliance. Prior to joining The Bancorp, from 2006 – 2014 Ms. Abramowski held senior level roles at wall street firms in NYC. Before that from 1996 – 2006 she spent her career in public service in investigative and intelligence capacity with municipal, state and federal agencies ending with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She holds an MBA in Management from Adelphi University Robert B. Willumstad School of Business and a MA and BA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University. Ms. Abramowski serves as Adjunct Faculty, Advisory Board member and is the Chair of the Advisory Board’s Executive Committee for Case Western Reserve University – School of Law’s Financial Integrity Institute. She also serves on Women’s Board for City Year New York, an education focused nonprofit that partners with public schools in high-poverty communities. She is also an Executive Council Member with Ellevate Network a global professional women’s network.

Kate Tickel

Ms. Tickel has served as the Forum Contributor at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University since September 2013. She is also the Co-Founder of Congo Sourced, Conflict-Free and the Outreach Officer for the Grassroots Reconciliation Group.  Ms. Tickel has extensive experience in not for profit organizations and non-governmental organizations. She is a Socrates Fellow through the Aspen Institute and a Summit Fellow through the Global Action Platform. She has received numerous awards, including: 2014 Millennial Global Thought Leader, Top 35 Under 35 Making a Difference in Africa, Top 99 Under 33 in Foreign Policy, and Trust Women’s Hero Award Nominee. She holds advanced certification from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Global Poverty, an MPH(x) in Health and Human Rights from the Harvard School of Public Health, and has numerous certifications in human rights, bioethics, conflicts, and global poverty from institutions such as Stanford University, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Georgetown University. She is currently enrolled in the MicroMaster's program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy at MIT.

Scott Kelly

With over 20 years of experience in business law, Mr. Kelly began his career in business litigation, product liability, and professional negligence at Tucker Ellis & West LLP (formerly Arter &Hadden LLP), with offices in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Cleveland. He focused on antitrust, business sales and acquisitions, consumer claims, and derivative claims From 2011 – 2014, Mr. Kelly was a partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP where he represented banks in commercial litigation matters, including contested foreclosures, foreclosure-related litigation, and complex business litigation, and advised various bank departments on general compliance and bankruptcy matters. In 2014 he was made counsel at McGlinchey Stafford PLLC of Cleveland, a practice focused on commercial litigation, consumer financial services litigation, and regulatory compliance. His efforts there included representation of financial institutions in commercial litigation matters including consumer financial services litigation, complex business litigation, bankruptcy litigation, and he provided regulatory compliance counseling. In January 2018 Mr. Kelly founded SLK Law LLC, where he employs technological optimization to replace traditional law firm infrastructure and provides litigation and general business counsel to larger banks and startups.

Nathan Minerd

Mr. Minerd is the President of Momentum Strategy Group, a public affairs and business consulting firm, where he helps clients work with and improve communications with governments, customers and key stakeholders while building grassroots support for initiatives and programs. Previously, Nathan served as Director of Corporate Relations for Columbus Housing Partnership, where he managed external relationships and was responsible for overseeing fundraising efforts. Nathan has over seventeen years of experience in the government and political arenas. He was the Director of Legislative Affairs for Ohio’s juvenile corrections system and was directly responsible for the passage of numerous pieces of legislation in the Ohio General Assembly, including the agency’s $280 million annual budget. Nathan also served as Special Assistant to the Governor of Ohio, advising on public safety, homeland security and criminal justice issues, while overseeing five cabinet-level state agencies, including the Ohio National Guard, the Ohio Department of Corrections and the State Highway Patrol.

Advisors

Leonard Schrank

Mr. Leonard H. Schrank serves as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Belgium.  Mr. Schrank is a Co-Founder of ACT3 Technologies LLC and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  He has been an Adviser for Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee at HSBC Holdings plc since January 30, 2013.  Prior to his current roles, Mr. Schrank served as the Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT Scrl (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) from 1992 to 2007.  Prior to SWIFT, he served for eight years as a senior Vice President of the international activities of Chase/Interactive Data Corporation.   

Andrew Dell

Mr. Dell is a highly experienced banking and finance executive with senior level experience in global banking. From 2004 he performed in various roles at HSBC in the global banking and markets sector in London, the MENA region, and other global locations: positions included Managing Director, Co-Head, Africa Sovereigns, Government Sector, Global Banking; Managing Director, Head Debt Capital Markets, CEEMEA; and Managing Director, Head of Emerging Market Debt Syndicate. From April 2012 until June 2017, he was CEO of HSBC Africa. He was responsible for all aspects of the Group's operations in sub-Saharan Africa and for maintaining the Group's relationships with government, regulators, and other stakeholders. Prior to his time at HSBC, he was Managing Director, Global Head of Emerging Market and High-Yield Debt Syndicate at ING Group from 1997-2004. From 1993-1997 he was with Industrial Bank of Japan, working in Structuring and Debt Capital Market in London and Tokyo. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

Lou Tisler

Mr. Tisler is the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, serviing since July 2005. Prior to this role, Mr. Tisler served as Executive Director of the First Suburbs Development Council from July 2002 until July 2005, and as the Executive Director for the Westown Community Development Corporation from 1996 until 2002. Mr. Tisler has extensive experience managing and leading not for profit organizations, and promoting economic and community development in both suburban and rural areas. He is a current member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Business Council, Board member for Home Matters (since 2014) and Practitioners Leveraging Assets for Community Engagement (since 2012), and serves on the Advisory Council for eHome America (since 2014), National Homeownership Steering Committee – NeighborWorks America, Vice Chair; and OcWen Financial Services – National Community Advisory Council (since 2014). 

Kate Griffin

Kate Griffin is Prosperity Now’s Vice President for Programs, providing strategic oversight for the organization’s asset building and financial capability programs. She has designed and led programs to scale financial capability services within other large systems, such as TANF, Head Start, child welfare, child support, public health, and other social services. She has also consulted with community-based organizations and government agencies on developing financial capability and matched savings projects.  In 2015, Ms. Griffin co-edited What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities, and the Nation, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  She has spent her entire career focused on financial inclusion and helping low-income families build and manage wealth. Prior to Prosperity Now, she worked internationally in the microfinance field, helping to expand savings practices among financial institutions focused on serving low-income households in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. She currently serves on Capital One Bank’s Community Advisory Council and has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).   

Dr. David A. Bray

Dr. Bray currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for the innovative geospatial analytics company MapLarge, in addition to leading as Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition founded by Vint Cerf, co-creator of the internet. He also serves on multiple advisory boards and guest lectures at Harvard, Oxford, and Singularity Universities to executives, CEOs, and global leaders. David led CDC's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program’s tech response to 9/11, anthrax, West Nile, SARS, monkeypox, and other international outbreaks. He worked in Afghanistan in 2009; later receiving the DOD’s Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award. Dr. Bray served as Executive Director the first-ever Bipartisan Commission reviewing R&D efforts of the entire U.S. Intelligence Community. Dr. Bray was named a non-partisan Eisenhower Fellow to meet with leaders in Taiwan and Australia in 2015 on multisector strategies for the "Internet of Everything" and later was chosen to be a Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe in 2018 focused on the ethics of data and AI.

Lee Stacy

Mr. Stacey is the Managing Director of McGowan Insurance, a privately-held commercial insurance specialty brokerage and consulting firm.  A 25+ year career insurance broker, he has managed teams, offices, and multi-state regions of professionals at large brokerage firms such as Johnson & Higgins (acquired by Marsh & McLennan), Willis, and Acordia (acquired by Wells Fargo).  Mr. Stacey serves as a trustee on the Boards of Directors of the Erie County Conservation League and Cleveland United Cerebral Palsy, where he chairs the Governance Committee and is the Corporate Secretary.  Mr. Stacey is a proud veteran of the US Army’s 1st Airborne Ranger Battalion and he is active in several veteran-related charities.