Meet Our Team

Steven Weingarten

Chief Executive Officer

Steve provided the vision and leadership to create Vital Healthcare Capital. He formerly led the SEIU Capital Development Group, which developed double bottom line investment vehicles across multiple asset classes with a focus on healthcare More

Albert Shehadi

Chief Lending Officer

Al brings to V-Cap more than 25 years’ experience in housing, healthcare and community development finance. He was Director of Originations for Enterprise Community Investment, where he helped lead Enterprise’s expansion into the More

Montsine Nshom

Co-Director, Community Healthcare Investments

Montsine was previously Senior Manager for Population Health Strategy at HealthFirst, the provider sponsored health plan in New York, where she led initiatives related to provider quality improvement, home and community based care, and community-based pharmacies. More

Kristina Lazarevic

Associate, Community Healthcare Lending

Kristina previously worked at Barclays and Lehman Brothers, primarily as an equity analyst on an Institutional Investor-ranked team. Focused on the commercial real estate sector, she built financial and More

Ken Gruber

Chief Financial Officer

Ken’s extensive financial management career includes serving as CFO for multiple organizations, including: St. Dominic’s Home (an organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities), the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), More

Roger Pollak

General Counsel

Roger is a partner at Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C., where he focuses on assisting non-profit organizations, with particular emphasis on complex commercial contracts. Mr. Pollak also assists clients with the creation of new non-profits, including incorporation, More

Lesley Reeder

Colorado Representative

Lesley has extensive experience in delivery system change in community-based healthcare which makes her a great resource for V-Cap’s work in Colorado.More

Nicole Adler

Program Assistant

Nicole previously worked for a research and advisory firm for impact investors, where she collaborated with and connected impact industry experts and family foundations to influence change in the field. More

Meet Our Board

Howard Rifkin

Chair

Howard is Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford. He previously served as Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, Deputy Treasurer of the State of Connecticut, and Counsel to the CT Lt. Governor. More

José Arce

Treasurer

Jose recently retired from Citigroup as a Director, managing Finance & Operations in the Citi Community Development & Microfinance Groups. He formerly was a Citi Community Investment and Lending Director, as well as the Planning More

Deborah Bachrach

Secretary

Deborah is a Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP where she advises states, providers and other stakeholders on the requirements and opportunities presented by healthcare reform. She is the former Medicaid Director and Deputy Commissioner More

Stephen Abrecht

Steve is the retired CFO of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the SEIU National Industry Pension Fund. He is a recognized leader in the field of responsible investing, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council More

Martin Eakes

Martin is Co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. Martin is a nationally recognized expert on development finance and has been honored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, AARP, More

Louis Giraudo

Lou is Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner of GESD Capital Partners. He currently serves as Chairman of Andre Boudin Bakeries, Inc., and as Chairman of Milton’s Baking Company. He is a member of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company More

Kavita Patel, M.D.

Kavita Patel is a Fellow and Managing Director in the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution and a practicing physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine. She served as director of policy for the Office of More

Loan Committee

Al Bass, Jr.

Al is Director, Commercial Lending Asset Quality at Self-Help, a pioneering community development lender based in North Carolina. Al has senior responsibility for managing a commercial loan portfolio comprising 750 loans More

Lee Winslett

Lee is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Wells Fargo’s New Markets Tax Credit Program. His team has completed over $1.2 billion dollars of transactions into some of the nation’s hardest hit local economies. With an annual investment goal of More

Kevin Laidlaw

Kevin is Vice President and lead hospital underwriter with Lancaster Pollard, a financial services firm that specializes in providing capital funding to the healthcare, senior-living and housing sectors. Prior to assuming his current role, More

Emily Chen

Emily is Director of Health Center Finance at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the largest community development financial intermediaries in the U.S. She created and oversees LISC’s health center finance program, More

Stephen Abrecht

Howard Rifkin

V-Cap Board members serving on the Loan Committee