Our Team is Your Team

The HSP team is fixated on exceeding client expectations and being the best in the business.

 

For us, great outcomes result from the excellence, collaboration, integrity and grit of our team. We are
not transactional – we are true partners and our clients’ brand ambassadors, working seamlessly with
clients and candidates every step of the way.

Meet Our Team

Eleni Henkel

CEO & Founder

Eleni Henkel

CEO & Founder

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Eleni is the Founder and CEO of HSP. She has extensive experience in financial services and search and is considered a trusted advisor by clients and candidates. Eleni is relationship-oriented, taking a consultative and long-term, client-based approach to the business. She is respected for her extensive knowledge of the investment market, her thorough and diligent approach to client service, her integrity, and her exceptionally high standards. Eleni’s reputation as a leader in the search community, combined with her far-reaching network of relationships in the business sets her apart from other search professionals. She has led hundreds of searches for many of the most sophisticated and demanding investment firms in the industry. Eleni works with candidates at all levels but has particularly extensive experience working with senior candidates helping them navigate their careers. Eleni was previously a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where she spent close to 25 years in a variety of positions including client-facing roles within Healthcare and Capital Markets. Prior to transitioning to the search business, Eleni had global responsibility for the firm’s Analyst and Associate programs.

 

Education:

  • Dartmouth College – B.A. in Economics and French (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Harvard Business School – Master’s in Business Administration

Proud, first-generation Greek-American. Eleni is a sugar-loving mom of three who belongs to two book clubs, a bridge group and an all-women’s investment club. If she’s not busy working or eating a bowl of ice cream, she can typically be found running or walking/talking with friends, trying to make her 20,000 steps per day goal (helps to have a standing desk with a treadmill under it!).

Leah Trabich

Founding Partner

Leah Trabich

Founding Partner

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Leah is a Founding Partner of HSP and has almost 20 years of financial industry and executive search experience. In addition to overseeing HSP’s pre-MBA efforts, Leah spearheads and manages the firms’ senior search business, encompassing a range of post-MBA and more senior level engagements. While she works with candidates at all levels, she has particularly deep experience counseling more tenured candidates and serving as an advisor and sounding board as they progress throughout their careers. Leah has led hundreds of mandates, through which she has developed deep relationships with a wide range of some of the most renowned global financial institutions. She is a trusted advisor and leverages her years of first-hand industry experience and knowledge to effectively deliver results. Known for her methodical approach, Leah also takes pride in having a nuanced appreciation for her clients’ cultures and expectations. She is relied on and respected for her valuable strategic insights, thoughtful guidance, and analytical nature. Prior to joining HSP, Leah worked at SG Partners, a buyside focused executive recruiting firm. Leah comes to recruiting with a deep background in finance and strategy and first-hand experience in multiple industries, having worked at Related Companies in real estate development and acquisitions and at Time Inc. in M&A / Strategy. She began her career in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Morgan Stanley.

 

Education:

  • Duke University – B.A. in Economics (Cum Laude)
  • Harvard Business School – Master’s in Business Administration

Part-time health nut whose weekdays consist of morning meditation and a vegan diet, balanced by a weakness for fries, a strong coffee habit, and a love of creative cocktails. Enjoys dancing and traveling (30 countries and counting). Former competitive swimmer, 3-time marathoner, forever a flywheeler (RIP), with long-term Ironman aspirations.

Talar Angacian

Principal

Talar Angacian

Principal

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Talar works across investment strategies, sectors, and levels. In addition to private equity searches, she has worked on many of HSP’s credit, hedge fund, and corporate mandates. With a natural affability and always positive attitude, Talar handles even the most challenging searches with a cool head. Talar brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to HSP from her background in the industry. She joined HSP from Credit Suisse where she began her career and was most recently a VP in Advisory Sales covering NY-based Equity Hedge Funds and Asset Managers.

 

Education:

  • Georgetown University – B.S. in Finance and International Business, Minor in Studio Art (Cum Laude)

Country music-lover and oil painter. Born and raised in NY but loves to travel. Has a sweet-tooth, is an avid reader and is bilingual (Armenian was her first language).

Cameron Boland

Principal, Director of Strategy & Operations

Cameron Boland

Principal, Director of Strategy & Operations

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Cameron works on mandates across levels and has had experience leading searches for a variety of funds and investment strategies, including private equity, growth/venture, and impact investing. Cameron has had substantial experience in real estate but has worked across numerous sectors. In addition to leading searches, Cameron is also involved with operational, business development, and strategy-related initiatives. No stone is left unturned with Cameron – she brings an unparalleled level of focus, energy, and attention to each engagement and project. Cameron began at HSP as an intern and rejoined the firm full-time after earning her masters degree.

 

Education:

  • University of Virginia – B.A. in Foreign Affairs
  • University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce – M.S. in Commerce, concentration in Marketing and Management

Cameron has lived in three countries but is a Toronto-native who loves downhill skiing, the Maples Leafs, and UVA Basketball. She is a backgammon enthusiast and every golden retriever’s best friend.

Hanna Brinn

Associate

Hanna Brinn

Associate

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Approachable and detail-oriented, Hanna works on a range of searches across investment strategies and fund sizes. She is responsible for candidate research and sourcing, client and candidate communication, scheduling, and overall search implementation. Hanna previously interned with HSP and joined full-time upon graduation.

 

Education:

  • Babson – B.S. in Business Administration

Native Clevelander and dedicated Lebron James fan. Determined to make needlepointing cool, avid organizer, and loves to travel.

Martha Byrd

Principal

Martha Byrd

Principal

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As one of the firm’s more experienced recruiters, Martha works across the firm’s pre-MBA, post-MBA, and senior level mandates. She has worked closely with some of HSP’s longest-standing clients on engagements across their organizations. She has experience working on a range of sectors, including healthcare, consumer, TMT, industrials, and A&D, and has led a variety of engagements across platforms, including private equity funds, hedge funds, corporates, and family offices. Martha is highly regarded by HSP’s clients and candidates – she is patient, transparent, methodical, and committed to getting the job done. Martha previously worked as an equity research associate at Sterne Agee, covering the commercial banking sector with a focus on U.S. large-cap banks.

 

Education:

  • University of Virginia – B.A. in Global Development Studies
  • University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce – M.S. in Commerce with concentration in Marketing and Management

Louisiana-native and Mister Softee devotee. Aquarius mother of three (a beagle and two sons) who loves to watch the latest reality TV shows and play cribbage in her spare time.

Monica Choudhury

Principal

Monica Choudhury

Principal

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Monica is actively involved in all components of the search process, including candidate assessment, strategy and execution, and client relationship management. She works on a range of searches spanning from traditional private equity to hedge funds and corporate M&A/strategy mandates at both the Pre- and Post-MBA levels. Prior to joining HSP, Monica was a Summer Associate in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division and spent four years working at Accenture as a management consultant and at Gilt.com.

 

Education:

  • University of Virginia – B.A. in History
  • ESADE Business School – MSc in International Management
  • University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School – MBA

Virginia native, Avid reader and NYTimes crossword puzzle attempter.

Julia Cooper

Associate

Julia Cooper

Associate

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Julia is responsible for candidate research and sourcing, client and candidate communication, scheduling, and overall search implementation. She has worked on a range of searches across investment strategies and asset classes including private equity, hedge funds, and credit. Julia previously interned at the Estee Lauder Companies within their global product marketing team for Aramis Designer Fragrances.

 

Education:

  • University of Virginia – B.A. in Media Studies, Minor in Spanish (with distinction)

Bermuda-native who loves all water-related activities from swimming and sailing to exploring coral reefs. Julia is a sushi-lover with a Food Network obsession.

Daria DeChirico

Manager of Office Operations

Daria DeChirico

Manager of Office Operations

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Daria supports the HSP team and is responsible for managing the back-office operations of the firm. In addition to administrative support, she assists with data management and research. From HR to IT, Daria is a jack of all trades and a master of multitasking. Her no-frills approach and positive attitude are invaluable to the team, and she is known to “keep calm and carry on.” Prior to joining HSP, Daria was an Operations Manager at 92nd Street Y, a non-profit cultural institution.

 

Education:

  • Monmouth University – B.A. in Elementary Education, concentration in History

Daria’s favorite things include Disney, Jeopardy and going to the beach. Never one to miss an opportunity to plan an event, she loves to host family and friends and has a deep appreciation for design and style.

Whitney Diederich

Managing Director

Whitney Diederich

Managing Director

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Whitney is a founding team member and has worked with many of HSP’s long-standing clients on engagements across their organizations and within various strategies, sectors, and levels. Whitney has worked on hundreds of mandates across asset classes, including private equity, growth/venture, and credit and has deep experience working on both HSP’s senior level mandates as well as pre-MBA searches. During her time at HSP, Whitney has worked with an array of firms, ranging from some of the largest and most complex mega funds to lower middle market private equity funds and everything in between. Whitney brings the same detail oriented and thoughtful approach to every mandate she works on, regardless of the scope. Given her ties to the region, Whitney frequently travels to Chicago and is responsible for leading HSP’s Midwest coverage effort. Whitney previously worked as a recruiter at SG Partners, a buyside focused executive recruiting firm, and prior to that, she was at Conversion Partners, a boutique consulting and advisory firm primarily focused on supporting growing companies in the education sector.

 

Education:

  • Brown University – B.A. in Commerce, Organization and Entrepreneurship (COE) and Urban Studies

Proud Aunt and Midwesterner at heart, Mezcal enthusiast and avid listener of crime podcasts. Lover of salty snacks and can still do a backflip from her days as a gymnast on the Brown University varsity team.

 

Jennifer Harris

Managing Director

Jennifer Harris

Managing Director

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Jennifer is an experienced recruiter who works across all levels with an emphasis on HSP’s senior level mandates across strategies and sectors. Jen has a no-nonsense, results-oriented approach and a knack for assessing the right cultural fit. While she has executed numerous mandates across a variety of industries, she has extensive experience working with HSP’s energy and infrastructure focused clients and has a natural affinity for the sector, given her Texan roots. Prior to joining HSP, Jennifer spent four years at JPMorgan, working with ultra-high net worth clients in the Private Bank.

 

Education:

  • University of Texas in Austin, McCombs School of Business – BBA in Finance, Graduate of the Business Honors Program
  • University of Virginia, Darden School of Business – Master’s in Business Administration

Mother of three (4 if you count her Bernese Mountain Dog, Boone), avid golfer and a true Texan at heart. Lover of skiing, hiking, wine tasting and international travel.

Kat Hearington

Managing Director

Kat Hearington

Managing Director

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Having worked in search for over a decade, Kat is one of HSP’s most experienced recruiters. As a founding team member, Kat has worked closely with long-term clients to build out their teams across industry groups, functions, and levels. She has handled some of the firm’s most complicated searches and brings an unparalleled level of enthusiasm to each engagement. In addition to working on traditional investing mandates, she is also HSP’s resident expert on investor relations/marketing, corporate development/strategy, and capital markets functions. Prior to HSP, Kat worked at SG Partners, a buyside focused executive recruiting firm, and she started her career at Morgan Stanley.

 

Education:

  • Brown University – B.A. English Literature, B.A. in Education Studies

Amateur meteorologist, mother of one, lover of grammar and crossword puzzles. In the fall and winter, you can find Kat cheering on the NY Giants, and in the spring and summer, she’ll be rooting for the NY Mets.

Sarah Kehrt

Principal

Sarah Kehrt

Principal

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Sarah has been a member of the HSP team since inception and has over 15 years of experience in the search industry. She has executed hundreds of searches across a diversity of platforms and sectors. Sarah works with candidates at all levels and is heavily involved in sourcing and candidate evaluation, as well as market research. Sarah is warm and inviting and is well respected by candidates and clients alike. Sarah previously worked at SG as a core interviewer and member of the pre-MBA team.

 

Education:

  • Colgate University – B.S. in Psychology

Soccer enthusiast since childhood and mother of two daughters. When she isn’t coaching her daughters’ soccer team, Sarah stays active by running or attending her favorite fitness classes. Cheese Danishes and Mexican food are her weaknesses.

Nellie McCullough

Associate

Nellie McCullough

Associate

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Throughout her tenure at HSP, Nellie has worked on a wide range of engagements across industries. She supports the team on all aspects of the search process including sourcing, candidate evaluation, and facilitation of all logistical elements. Nellie initially gained exposure to recruiting during her internship at Agenus, a biotechnology company, where she worked as an intern in Human Resources and assisted in candidate assessment and scheduling, as the firm was expanding its UK presence. Nellie previously interned with HSP and joined full-time upon graduation.

 

Education:

  • University of Virginia – B.A. in Media Studies, Minor in Spanish

New England-native whose childhood home is older than the United States (built in 1712). Lover of all things history, people-watching, photography, and most of all, her family’s dachshund, Pretzel.

Alina Mistuloff

Research Analyst

Alina Mistuloff

Research Analyst

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Alina supports the HSP team and is responsible for data and information management, search-related research, and administrative assistance. Conscientious, detail-oriented, and always smiling, she is an instrumental resource to the HSP team. Prior to joining HSP, Alina spent over two years at Northrop Grumman Aerospace as a business management analyst.

 

Education:

  • San Francisco State University – B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Management

Southern California-native and the “older” twin with a deep appreciation for the color pink and hot sauce. Dog-lover that one day hopes to raise a golden retriever.

Claire O’Brien

Associate

Claire O’Brien

Associate

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Claire works with candidates at all levels and is responsible for research, candidate sourcing, search scheduling, and client correspondence. At HSP, she works with a diverse set of clients and has had extensive experience working in the lower middle market and growth equity segments of the market. Prior to joining HSP, Claire worked as a Senior Client Solutions Associate at Gerson Lehrman Group where she supported Fortune 50 Tech clients by facilitating consultations with industry experts.

 

Education:

  • Wake Forest University – B.A. in Communication and Entrepreneurship (Summa Cum Laude)

California-native and former-Singapore resident who has skied on four continents. Likely drinks more Diet Coke than she does water and is currently searching high and low for NYC’s best queso.

Isabelle Mittag-Lenkheym

Associate

Isabelle Mittag-Lenkheym

Associate

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Upbeat and personable, Izzy brings her always positive attitude to every search. She is involved in all aspects of the search process, including research, candidate sourcing and communication, screening, and facilitation of all logistical elements. Izzy previously interned with HSP and joined full-time upon graduation.

 

Education:

  • University of St. Andrews – B.A./MA in Social Anthropology

A citizen of three countries, an almond butter addict and avid beach goer, Izzy has watched upwards of 200 live baseball games and deems herself a professional carrot cake baker.

Sandy Mok

Principal

Sandy Mok

Principal

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Sandy has been at HSP since inception and plays a central role in executing and facilitating searches at both the pre- and post-MBA levels. Sandy brings nearly two decades of executive search experience to the HSP team and her relationships in the industry are widespread. She is known for her approachability, is loved by candidates, and has a natural ability to connect with people – it seems like everyone knows Sandy, and conversations with her are always in demand. In addition to domestic searches, Sandy has worked on several of HSP’s hedge fund and Asia-focused mandates across the public and private markets. Prior to joining HSP, Sandy worked with SG Partners, a buyside focused executive recruiting firm, where she played a vital role in the execution of searches for the pre-MBA team.

 

Education:

  • University of Miami – B.A. in Psychology

Caffeine-dependent, mother of three who loves to get creative with meals using her instant pot.
Enjoys all superhero movies and has jumped out of a plane – twice.

Avery Murphy

Principal

Avery Murphy

Principal

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Avery has worked on searches across levels, spanning from pre-MBA to post-MBA, and she is responsible for candidate assessment and all components of search execution. Her experience ranges across sectors, strategies, and functions, including private equity and growth equity/venture. With a unique sense of humor and a can-do attitude, Avery can always be counted on to make you smile. Prior to joining HSP, Avery worked on the investments team at First Western Trust as a relationship manager.

 

Education:

  • Colgate University – B.A. in History and French

Former London resident and Royal Family enthusiast. Avery’s diet consists mainly of chocolate almonds, donuts, martinis and Old Bay seasoning (not necessarily together).

Ellie O’Brien

Principal

Ellie O’Brien

Principal

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Ellie has experience working on searches of every variety, from private equity to credit and across multiple sectors, with substantial experience in energy and infrastructure. She works with candidates at all levels, and is responsible for candidate evaluation, search implementation, and client management. Ellie is appreciated for her approachability, up-beat demeanor, and no-nonsense mentality. Prior to joining HSP, Ellie was a recruiter at Atrium Staffing, where she specialized in the firm’s Finance & Accounting clients.

 

Education:

  • Middlebury College – B.A. in Psychology

Aspiring Vermont permanent resident, amateur fly fisherwoman and lover of all things recyclable. On any given week, Ellie can be found at the farmers’ market searching for sustainable food vendors and the next best pesto. She firmly believes that birthday cake should not only be enjoyed on one’s birthday but on each and every day.

Rainie Opel

Associate

Rainie Opel

Associate

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Rainie works with candidates across levels, spanning from pre-MBA to post-MBA, and is involved with candidate evaluation, search implementation, and client management. She has experience working across sectors and with a variety of platforms, ranging from our largest private equity mega fund clients to credit and special situations firms and everything in between. Rainie has a sharp wit, and her cool head makes her a go-to for our most complicated searches. Prior to joining HSP, Rainie worked at the National Football League as a client relationship manager in the sponsorship group, where she managed several corporate partnerships.

 

Education:

  • Harvard College – B.A. in Social Studies (Cum Laude)

New Jersey-native living across the river in NYC. World traveler, foodie, bookworm and Old-World wine connoisseur who is addicted to The Bachelor franchise. Loves Corgis but will undoubtedly be a future cat lady.

Alyson Tauber

Controller

Alyson Tauber

Controller

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Alyson is responsible for all accounting functions at HSP, including invoicing and tax compliance. She is also the CFO of Coventry Real Estate Advisors, a real estate investment manager that focuses on investments in retail and mixed-use real estate. Prior to her current roles, Alyson spent three years at the Real Estate Assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where her portfolio of clients included Kimco Realty Corporation, JPMorgan, Citigroup and Blackrock.

 

Education:

  • University of Michigan Business School – Bachelor’s in Business Administration
  • Certified Public Account (CPA) designation

Mother of three amazing children, lover of all things chocolate and all things M&M. Bravo TV is her guilty pleasure and she’s an exercise addict.