Kate Ponder holds a BA in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College, where she captained her Women’s Lacrosse Team, played Field Hockey, and enjoyed working in the college library and at the local coffee shop. Following graduation, she joined the Mortgage-Backed Securities Trust Department at The Bank of New York. Kate then gained additional experience in asset-backed securities and Trade Support at such financial institutions as Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual Capital Corp, and Morgan Stanley. Following the birth of their first child, Jack, Kate, and her husband, Scott, decided she would remain home with their family, which was rounded out by the birth of their second child, Wyatt. While home, she pursued other interests – obtaining a certificate in Health Coaching, volunteering in her sons’ school, and coaching recreational boys lacrosse. Kate’s passion for learning called her back to the formal workforce, and she joined Castellan Group in April 2021 as an Operations Associate. In this role, her primary focus is providing exemplary support within all 5 Pillars. Kate brings operational, trade support, and compliance experience, coupled with a drive towards organizational excellence, to our team. In her free time, she continues to enjoy coaching, working as a member of her lacrosse Board, as well as snorkeling, paddle boarding, skiing, swimming, and riding her Peloton.