Team  |  Board  |  Loan Committee

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 and workforce impact; and provided financial and social impact analysis to U.S. and global institutional investors. 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),
and Sesame Workshop (a not-for-profit organization providing educational learning resources through media), among others. Mr. Gruber holds a BA in Accounting from Ithaca College.

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

Roger Pollack

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, qualification for tax exemption, and Board management issues, as well as providing ongoing general counsel. 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. Lesley also is Senior Consultant at Steadman Group, a mission-driven consulting organization that specializes in policy, administration, and management services within public-sector funded health programs and systems. More

Meet Our Board

Howard Rifkin


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


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 and Development Director for the Unity Council in Oakland. More

Deborah Bachrach


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. 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 of Institutional Investors.

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, Opportunity Finance Network, and the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights. Mr. Eakes currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation.

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 Board of Directors. 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 valued in excess of $200 million. He serves as an underwriter and voting member of Self-Help’s Commercial Loan Credit Committee.

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. 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. 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. More


V-Cap Board members serving on the Loan Committee

Stephen Abrecht

Howard Rifkin