Board of Directors
Patrick Galley, CFA
Patrick Galley serves as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer of RiverNorth since 2004. Patrick is responsible for strategic planning and business development and oversees all portfolio management activities at RiverNorth. In addition, Patrick serves as the President and Chairman of all RiverNorth proprietary funds.
Prior to joining RiverNorth, Patrick was Vice President at Bank of America in the Global Investment Bank's Portfolio Management group where he specialized in analyzing and structuring corporate transactions for investment management firms in addition to closed-end and open-end funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, structured investment vehicles and insurance/reinsurance companies. Patrick graduated with honors from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Finance. He is a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.
Paul Hatch is the Founding Partner at Covergency Partners. Paul began his career as an officer in the US Navy, after having graduated from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. He served aboard the USS Coontz for three years and spent the remainder of his time in the Navy as a Political Military analyst responsible for briefing the President, Vice President, and various other senior legislators on the situation in the Middle East. Following his service, Paul joined EF Hutton as a financial advisor and began a 25+ year career at the firm that would morph to become Shearson Lehman Hutton, Smith Barney, and eventually Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Along the way, Paul continued to rise through the organization, holding and mastering virtually every field management role and eventually becoming National Sales Manager. From there, Paul was made the Head of all Products and Services, which included the advisory industry’s leading platform. While in that capacity, Paul led the development of Smith Barney Advisor which raised over $20B in its first 18 months. He also negotiated the purchase of Legg Mason’s UMA business. A decade later that business annually delivers revenue more than five times the value of the purchase. Paul also launched the Greystone Consulting Group at Morgan Stanley, a widely recognized leader in Institutional Consulting.
Michele F. Robertson
Michele F. Robertson serves as Chief Legal Officer and is a member of DBV’s Executive Committee. Ms. Robertson acts as lead corporate counsel for DBV and is responsible for legal, compliance, and intellectual property activities. She brings more than 15 years of experience in legal and strategic business development in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries. She most recently served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, where she served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Commercial Operations, and Chief Compliance Officer. Previously, she held positions in the legal department of Ikaria Inc. and Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals.
Ms. Robertson holds a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College. She is a native English speaker and conversational in French.
John Cooper has held senior leadership roles in all aspects of the investment distribution business for some of the largest and most respected firms in the industry. He was previously Head of U.S. Intermediary Distribution at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (President of MSIM Distributors), Head of US Sales at Invesco (President & CEO of Invesco Distributors), Head of Retail National Accounts at Legg Mason and held several roles at Putnam Investors. John serves on three other advisory boards, involving AI and Robotics Process Automation, Voice Recognition, and an AI Hedge Fund Platform. He holds a BS from Boston College, where he double majored in Marketing and Human Resources Management, was a standout athlete in football and baseball, and was inducted into their Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.
Darlene T. DeRemer
Darlene is a trustee of Syracuse University and chairs the Investment and Endowment Committee. She also chairs the board of ARK Invest, a $13 billion active ETF trust, and serves on the Board of Confluence Technologies and the advisory board of Vestigo Venture.
Darlene earned a BS in finance and marketing (summa cum laude) and an MBA from Syracuse University.
Rob Pettman serves as executive vice president of Product and Platform Management for LPL Financial. In this role, he is responsible for managing LPL's wealth management capabilities which includes overseeing investment product distribution, advisory platforms, trust services, and relationships with product and technology companies. Throughout his tenure with LPL, MR. Pettman has worked in product management, business management, and wealth management strategy.
Mr. Pettman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eckerd College and a Master of Business Administration from the University from the University of Southern California. He is FINRA Series 7 and 66 registered.
Jerry is the President and CEO of Arbor Lane Advisors, Inc., a consulting firm focused on the financial services sector. His career on Wall Street spans over 30 years and has been mostly focused on the retail distribution of Equity Capital Market products to Financial Advisors and investors. Most recently he was Head of Retail Origination a Wells Fargo Securities where he worked closely with asset management clients to structure, market and execute new closed end fund offerings. Prior to joining Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) in 2005, he worked on the retail equity syndicate desk at both Morgan Stanley and Citigroup.
Jerry earned a B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA from the Frank Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University.
Don Stohrer Jr
Don Stohrer, Jr. is the CEO of the U.S. division of Arla Foods, a Danish Dairy Cooperative which is the world’s 4th largest. As head of the U.S., Don is responsible for driving Arla’s long-term ambitions in the market, which includes accountability for both the Commercial and Operations arms of the business.
Over the course of his 25-year career in consumer packaged goods, Don has led marketing departments, executive leadership teams, and organizations to consistently deliver top and bottom line results, most notably for international CPG companies in the U.S. such as Arla and Ferrero. His leadership experience spans people development, change management, organizational structure, and individual mentorship.
Don earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.