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Learn More about the 2017-2018 EPCNYC Board of Directors

 

 

Ruth Flynn Raftery, President

Ruth Raftery is a Director in the Estate, Gift and Trust Services Group of Wiss’ Tax Department and is based in the New York City office. Ruth’s practice focuses on all aspects of estate, gift and trust taxation for individuals and families, including both domestic and international estate planning and tax compliance.

 

As both an attorney and CPA, Ruth has a particular expertise in assisting clients who have international ties. Ruth is passionate about helping clients who have international tax issues (including U.S. citizens, residents and non-residents) navigate the U.S. tax system while complying with U.S. tax law.


Ruth is a member of the Wiss Women’s Leadership Forum committee. Established in 2003, the Wiss Women’s Leadership Forum (WWLF) is committed to ensuring women have an opportunity to build rewarding careers.

 

 

Randy Kaufman, Vice President

Randy Kaufman is a Senior Vice President focusing on EMM’s strategic growth as well as client relationship management. Randy’s expertise includes estate and income tax planning, pre-deal planning, multi-generational issues, impact investing and philanthropy. Previously, she worked at Evercore Wealth Management as a Wealth Advisor, and at Federal Street Advisors, where she managed the firm’s Family Office Services. Randy also spent seven years at LongVue Advisors, a multi-family office that she co-founded, and six years with Fleet Bank and its predecessor, BankBoston, where she was the founder and managing director of the Wealth Strategies Group in Fleet Bank’s Private Client Group.


Before becoming a wealth adviser in 1998, Randy held various investment banking and tax structuring positions at J.P. Morgan and practiced corporate tax law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She has been a featured speaker over the years on numerous topics, including Behavioral Finance and Philanthropy, The Integration of Business and Personal Issues and Estate Planning Strategies.

Randy is a senior advisor to the Wealth and Giving Forum and a member of both the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Estate Planning Council of New York City. She is a trainer for the Redwoods Initiative, which provides next-gen financial literacy educational programs. Randy also serves on the Advisory Board of Indego Africa and the Naomi-Berrie Diabetes Center, and on the Corporate Board of Bird & Stone, a sustainable jewelry company. Previously, she was a member of the Jewish National Fund’s Sapphire Society and the Board of Directors for Opportunity International. Randy is also a certified 21/64 Trainer, having received specialized training in how to engage the next generation of philanthropists. 

Randy earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Chicago and her Bachelor’s Degree at Middlebury College. 

 

 

David Weinstock, Treasurer

David Weinstock is a Financial Advisor and Principal of Mazars Wealth Advisors LLC, a subsidiary of Mazars USA LLP, and is responsible for client services involving Estate, Insurance and Investment Planning. He works directly with clients to develop & implement plans relating to their personal and/or business financial needs.

In 1988, David began his professional career in the field of accounting with Ernst & Whinney’s privately owned emerging business group. It was during this time that he gained the necessary experience and went on to successfully obtain his CPA designation. In 1991, David left the accounting world to work in the financial services industry. He has since focused on assisting high net worth individuals and business owners in carrying out Business, Succession & Estate Planning strategies. It was also during this period that David became a Field Representative with the Prudential Life Insurance Company and a NASD Registered Representative with Pruco Securities, Inc. He joined Mazars Wealth Advisors LLC in 2007. 

David has been a member of the New York State Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the National Association of Life Underwriters and speaks regularly to various industry associations and community groups. 
David is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Greater New York.

David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He continued his education through the National Association of Life Underwriters and received the Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow.

 

Juliet P. Kalib, Secretary
Juliet Kalib is a trusts and estates attorney who focuses her practice on estate planning and estate administration. 

Prior to starting her own firm, Juliet worked in the trusts and estates departments at the law firms of Schlesinger Gannon & Lazetera LLP and Hartman & Craven LLP. She also practiced in the public sector in the Law Department of the New York County Surrogate’s Court, handling a variety of cases, including arts-related trusts and estates matters. 

Juliet has spoken to a variety of groups about estate planning and is a regular guest lecturer at Christie's Education, New York University’s SCPS program in Art Business and its Financial Planning Capstone course. 

She is a member of the executive board of Estate Planning Council of New York City, a member of the New York City Bar Association, an Advisory Council member of Total Alignment Wealth Advisors and a Business Partner of Tanglewood. She has also served as a member of the New York Regional Board of Hadassah and worked with the Arts Students League Exhibition Outreach Program. 

She has a B.A. in Art History from Emory University, a J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University. 

Juliet and her sister, Susan Kalib, formed Kalib & Kalib in 2014. They are based in New York City.
 
 
Geoffrey Sargeant, Immediate Past President
Geoffrey B. Sargeant, Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, joined the firm in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Managing Director and Senior Investment Consultant for City National Rochdale Investment Management. He also held various senior client advisory positions at the firm’s parent company, City National Bank. Geoff has over 15 years of experience in the investment and financial planning field. In his current role, he is responsible for developing customized investment solutions for individuals and institutional clients. Geoff earned a degree in financial planning from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and also serves on the executive committee for the Estate Planning Council of New York City.



Scott Ditman, Director of Accounting

Scott T. Ditman is a Tax Partner, Member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Personal Wealth Services Group at Berdon LLP.  With more than 30 years with the Firm, he has developed a specialty in trust and estate taxation and planning.  Mr. Ditman assists his clients with building, preserving, and transferring wealth by maintaining a close watch on how changes in tax laws or shifts in the financial markets may affect his clients and their families.

In addition, Mr. Ditman works closely with high net worth individuals and family/owner-managed businesses to advise on estate and income tax issues as well as succession and financial planning. In order to ensure that his clients’ personal and financial needs are met, he works closely with attorneys, financial advisors, insurance specialists, and other professionals.

Mr. Ditman speaks at various organizations on trusts and estates, as well as income tax planning. Likewise, he also serves as a Director of the Estate Planning Council of New York City and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, 

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College and a Master of Business Administration degree in Taxation at Baruch College, Mr. Ditman obtained his license as a Certified Public Accountant in New York in 1984.  In addition, he has earned the designation of Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) — the AICPA’s recognition for excellence in estate and financial planning.



Stephanie Hines, Director of Accounting 
Stephanie Hines is a Partner in the Personal Wealth Advisors Group. She has more than 15 years of tax compliance and consulting experience.

Stephanie provides expertise in planning and compliance for ultra-high and high net worth individuals in the areas of personal and fiduciary income taxation, estate tax matters, gift and succession planning, and transfer tax matters. In addition, she represents taxpayers before federal, state and local authorities. Stephanie’s client base includes constituents such as hedge fund managers, family offices, real estate professionals and entrepreneurs. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and published in The Tax Advisor.



Lisa Rispoli, Director of Accounting
Lisa is the Partner-in-Charge of Trust & Estate Services at Grassi & Co.  Lisa has an impressive 30 year career as a CPA with acclaimed success in the areas of estate and trust administration, individual taxation, income taxation of estates and trusts, and estate and gift tax. Lisa also has expertise in post-mortem planning and compliance, assisting executors in the complex process of administering the estate, and complex structures in estate planning. Her knowledge in these areas is complimented by her attention to detail of the individual needs and unique financial circumstances of each of her clients.

 

Prior to joining Grassi & Co. in September 2015, Lisa was the President and Founder of her own firm named Rispoli & Co. CPAs. Lisa started her own firm in 2000 after working at a Big 4 Firm.
Lisa is a recognized Estate Accounting Expert at various Surrogate Courts and works closely with many of tri-state’s leading attorneys and judges.


Lisa is recognized by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC) as an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP).  This graduate level designation in estate planning allows Lisa to bring expertise in the field of multi-disciplinary planning.


Lisa has been recognized as one of the 2016 Honorees of Long Island’s Top 50 Women in Business by Long Island Business News. This honor recognizes the Island’s top women professionals for business acumen, mentoring and community involvement. Lisa is also a recipient of the 2017 Midas Award, which is awarded to individuals who exemplify quality in their professions and communities.
 

 

Michael Kimmel, Director of Banking
Michael Kimmel is a Senior Advisor who approaches his role with focus and dedication, knowing his clients depend on him for the health of their financial future. He is the go-to contact for many clients of Wealthstream Advisors, overseeing their portfolios and total financial pictures as they relate to estate, tax and retirement planning, as well as insurance needs. Mike educates clients on their options, providing recommendations and facilitating implementation. He loves getting to know clients and their unique challenges so that he can help find a path around the obstacles they face and discover new ways for them to reach their goals.

Mike has been in the business for over 11 years, and his interest in the financial industry began at an early age. His mother worked as a financial planner for more than 20 years, and watching her help clients and put their interests first inspired Michael to pursue a similar career.

Mike put that knowledge to work when he joined Wealthstream Advisors, after beginning his career as an analyst at a large regional wealth management firm. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed building trusting, professional relationships with Wealthstream clients and staff.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan, and is on the board of directors of the Estate Planning Council of New York City and a member of the CFP Board Council on Education: Long-Range Planning Group. Outside the office, he enjoys watching sports (especially Michigan football), skiing, playing tennis and reading nonfiction. He is an active supporter of several charities dedicated to cancer research.


Michael Meltzer, Director of Banking
Michael T. Meltzer is a Portfolio Manager at Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. He joined Tocqueville in 2008 and is a member of the Wealth Management Group. Mr. Meltzer is primarily responsible for asset allocation, risk management, portfolio analysis and trading, tax management, and client service.

Prior to joining Tocqueville, Mr. Meltzer was an Associate Director and Assistant Portfolio Manager within the Specialized Investment Management Group at Bear Stearns Asset Management Inc. (BSAM). Mr. Meltzer, who joined the Specialized Investment Management Group in 2003, began his career at BSAM as an analyst supporting the Firm’s institutional marketing and client service efforts, focusing on the not-for-profit and family office market.

Publications include: The Definitive Guide to Income Tax Planning for Same-Sex Couples, Journal of Taxation (March 2015) (with Robert R. Lyons and Sean R. Weissbart) and International Estate Planning for the Domestic Lawyer, Estate Planning (April 2016) (with Michael S. Schwartz and Sean R. Weissbart.)

Mr. Meltzer earned a B.S. in Finance and International Business from New York University and a J.D. from Fordham University.


 

Lauren Rocklin, Director of Banking
Lauren Rocklin is a Senior Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at U.S Trust, located in our New York City office. Lauren advises families across a wide range of wealth transfer strategies and assists them in the creation and implementation of personal trusts. She also provides fiduciary expertise and oversight in the administration of various types of trusts and other fiduciary investment management accounts.

 

Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Lauren was a trusts and estates, tax and fiduciary litigation attorney at Withers Bergman in New York City. Her practice focused on trust, estate and succession related disputes involving trustees, beneficiaries, and guardians. She has appeared in Surrogate’s Courts throughout the Metropolitan area, as well as federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout New York State. In addition, Lauren has been involved in the creation, analysis and implementation of complex sophisticated estate plans and succession related transactions.

 

Lauren received a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law; a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and completed the New York University Summer Institute Course in Taxation, introduction to trusts and estates. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. Lauren has authored several published articles, and has been a guest speaker, on various trusts and estates related topics. She is a member of the New York City Estate Planning Council; the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association (Trusts and Estates Section); a member of the Trusts and Estates Group Committee of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Lawyers Division; and a former member of both the Surrogate’s Court Committee and the Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

 


Jared Levy, Director of Insurance
Jared’s practice is focused on risk management and estate planning for ultra high net worth families and small business owners. As a managing partner of KAP Planning, Jared works closely with Registered Investment Advisors, Private Banks, Trust Companies & Family Offices and their clients to lead a comprehensive planning process directed towards goal-driven implementation. 


Jared is a member of several highly esteemed organizations in the financial services industry, including the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), MDRT’s Top of the Table and the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting (AALU). He also serves on the board of the Estate Planning Council of NY City, an interdisciplinary organization for advisors in the estate planning field. Finally, he is Treasurer and a member of the board for Heroes to Heroes, a charity providing support to our nation’s veterans who suffer from PTSD.


Jared earned a BS degree in Economics from SUNY Albany and a University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Certificate in Retirement Planning. He has also received his Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation from the America College, as well as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.


Jared is an avid golfer and tennis player and is also player-manager for his championship winning softball team near his Westchester home.  



Chad Reyes, Director of Insurance
For over the past decade, Mr. Reyes and his firm have served mission driven business owners, entrepreneurs and industry leaders in developing, applying and implementing advanced insurance planning strategies and products that allow them to efficiently create, protect and transfer their personal and business wealth
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Mr. Reyes has also been a contributing author and speaker to numerous organizations such as The CPA Journal, NYSSCPA Tax Stringer, NYSSCPA Trusted Professional, Estate Planning Council of NYC and others. He is the creator of 4 Phases of Generational Wealth™
and L.O.V.E. Planning™, which helps families of wealth transition the conversation from preparing the assets for the family to preparing the family for the assets.
 
Chad serves on the Board of Directors for the Estate Planning Council of NYC and the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
 
Chad and his beautiful wife and business partner Danielle find fulfillment in empowering the next generation of leaders in their community via their local Chamber of Commerce’s, Young Entrepreneurs Academy and IamEmpowering.org which is an organization both Chad and Danielle co-founded to equip and nurture the leadership and entrepreneurial gifts of youth (13 to 18 year olds) to become the next generation of change agents.
 
When Chad and Danielle have downtime, they enjoy reading the word, attending church, traveling and investing quality time with their family and friends.


Steven Goodman, Director of Insurance
For more than 20 years, Steven Goodman has provided insightful solutions to the challenges of business succession, wealth preservation and charitable planning, focusing on the needs of owners of closely held businesses and high net worth individuals. He currently serves over 200 clients. Steven Goodman has authored numerous trade articles for leading trade journals, and has paired with some of the most respected names in banking and finance-among them JP Morgan Chase - to sponsor some 150 seminars about business succession and wealth preservation. His accomplishments have brought the attention of such publications as the New York Times. Steven Goodman is a CPA who was vice president of the Trust and Investment Division of JP Morgan Chase and a supervisor for KPMG Peat Marwick. He holds an MBA from Fordham University.
 


Michael Gooen, Director of Law
Michael designs and implements wealth transfer plans, including wills, trusts, and other estate plan instruments, for families and closely held businesses. Michael is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the preeminent organization of estate lawyers in the U.S. He has been praised by his peers as “extraordinarily smart” (Chambers USA). One source told Chambers, “Michael Gooen is probably the smartest guy in the room. He’s absolutely brilliant.” 

 

 Many of Michael’s clients are successful professionals with first-generation wealth. Unlike “old money” families–for whom estate planning is already an integral part of the culture–these clients are thinking about wealth transfer for the very first time. They frequently face the issue with some discomfort but recognize that taxes, intrafamily conflict, and other factors can lead to financial catastrophe. Michael helps navigate the complexities of business transitions and assists clients in passing their wealth as tax-efficiently as possible, with proper safeguards in place so that assets provide more benefits than burdens to future generations.

 

Clients with closely held businesses, including companies in the financial services industry, particularly value Michael’s substantial experience in transactional tax planning, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and partnership formations. He moves at the client’s pace, speaks the client’s language, and stays attuned to the complexities of each enterprise. Michael is particularly adept at designing complex ownership agreements for closely held entities and then advising the equity holders in their personal wealth transfer planning.

 

Caryn Keppler, Director of Law
Caryn B. Keppler has extensive experience in all aspects of estate, gift and charitable planning for foreign and domestic individuals, conventional and alternative families, as well as business succession and continuity planning. Caryn's areas of focus also include representing individuals regarding prenuptial, post-nuptial and domestic partnership agreements and assisting families in planning for their disabled children.  She has represented both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in the administration of domestic estates and trusts, as well as estates and trusts having contacts in international jurisdictions, and in litigation with the Internal Revenue Service and in the Surrogate's Courts.  Prior to entering private practice, Caryn was an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.

 

Ms. Keppler is certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist* by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an organization accredited by the American Bar Association and affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. Caryn is one of a select number of Estate Planning Law Specialists practicing in New York, New Jersey and Florida.

 

Ms. Keppler is the Treasurer of the Estate Law Specialist Board Inc., an affiliate of the National Association of Estate Planning Councils, a member of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of New York City, Inc. and a past president of the Rockland County Estate Planning Council She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law, Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group and the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section and Committee on LGBT People and the Law.

 

Ms. Keppler received her B.A. from Binghamton University in 1980 and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1984.  She is admitted to practice law before the Courts of the States of New York, New Jersey and Florida, as well as the Federal District Court of New Jersey.


Adam Osterweil, Director of Law
Adam J. Osterweil is counsel to the Estate Planning & Administration Group, focusing on estate, gift and income tax planning, as well as estate and trust administration.

Mr. Osterweil helps move clients toward their estate planning goals by drafting wills, insurance trusts, GRATs and other forms of trust agreements. Mr. Osterweil also works with executors and trustees in all aspects of estate and trust administration. 

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Mr. Osterweil was an associate in the Private Clients Group of Cummings & Lockwood, LLC advising clients on estate planning and estate and trust administration. 

He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut state courts.

 

 


Daniel S. Rubin, JD, LLM 
Moses & Singer LLP

Juliet P. Kalib, Esq

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