Mr. Meyers is a co-founder of Cognition Financial. He has served as our Chief Executive Officer and as a director since September 2008, and as Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 2010. From September 2008 to August 2013, he served as our President. Mr. Meyers also served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from our incorporation in 1994 to September 2005 and as our President from November 2004 to September 2005.
Since October 2006, Mr. Meyers has served as the sole member, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Sextant Holdings, LLC, a private investment firm. From 1980 to 1991, Mr. Meyers was involved in arbitrage and derivatives trading at EF Hutton, Prudential Bache Securities, LF Rothschild Unterberg Towbin and Commodities Corporation, each of which were financial services firms. He began working on asset-back securities financings in 1986.
He currently serves as the Chair Emeritus of the Board of the Curry School of Education Foundation and as a consulting member of the finance committee of the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia, and as the Chairman of the Board of Steward Medical Group, a unit of Steward Health Care System, a system of 36 hospitals headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves on the board of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education at the Aspen Institute and is a member of the Education Funding Committee of the Consumer Bankers Association. Mr. Meyers received an A.B. from Brandeis University and completed the Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Mr. Gelber has served as a director since November 2013, our President since August 2013, our Chief Operating Officer since August 2012. He served as a Managing Director from September 2008 to May 2017. He served as our Chief Administrative Officer from March 2010 to August 2012 and as our Senior Vice President, Corporate Development from August 2008 to September 2008. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Gelber held various positions at Cognition Financial in the capital markets and product strategy groups. Since October 2006, Mr. Gelber has served as President of Sextant Holdings, LLC, a private investment firm, the sole member of which is Mr. Meyers. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Gelber served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jack Quinn (N.Y.), primarily focused on education, telecommunication and banking legislation. Mr. Gelber received a B.A. from The George Washington University.
Mr. Morel has served as Chief Financial Officer since January 2017. He served as a Managing Director from August 2011 to January 2017. Since 2006 Mr. Morel held various positions at Cognition Financial in the Credit Risk, Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, and Quantitative Analysis groups. Prior to joining Cognition Financial, Mr. Morel worked at Standard & Poor's and Moody's Analytics (formerly Lewtan Technologies) analyzing and modeling securitization transactions across multiple asset classes, and Willis Towers Watson (formerly Towers Perrin) as a senior actuarial analyst. Mr. Morel received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Wake Forest University.
Mr. Heneghan has served as EVP, Business Development and Product since October 2016. He served as a Managing Director, Business Development and Product Strategy since January 2011. From 1996 to January 2006, Mr. Heneghan held various positions at Cognition Financial in the Business Development, Corporate Development and Product Strategy groups. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Heneghan served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jack Quinn (N.Y.). Mr. Heneghan received a B.A. from The George Washington University, an M.A. from Pennsylvania State University and attended the London School of Economics.
Mr. Butler has served as Chief Legal Officer since January 2017. Prior to joining Cognition Financial, Mr. Butler was a Vice President and Senior Counsel at State Street Bank and Trust Company and prior to that was a member of the Financial Services group of Goodwin Procter. Mr. Butler has also served as the outside general counsel and secretary of a non-profit organization and taught a course at Boston University School of Law's Banking and Financial Law program. In the past, he has regularly spoken on banking and financial law topics at industry events and participated in the drafting of financial law statutes in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mr. Butler received a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business (Finance) from the University of Kansas and a J.D. and an LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law.
Ms. Bertrand has served as EVP, Operations and Client Services since October 2016. She served as a Managing Director, Product Strategy, from September 2008 until October 2016. From September 2003 to September 2008, Ms. Bertrand held various positions at Cognition Financial in the Business Development and Product Strategy groups. From 2000 to September 2003, Ms. Bertrand worked in the Investment Banking division of Robertson Stephens and Jefferies & Co., where she helped companies in the specialty finance sector raise capital in public and private capital markets. Ms. Bertrand received a B.A. in economics from Middlebury College.