Meet Our Team of Castellans

Our team's sole purpose is to steward your finances and assets. 
Get to know each castellan below.

Barry Brauch

Managing Director

Barry started his career at Deloitte & Touche as a CPA. He went on to hold a variety of senior finance and division CFO roles at Fifth Third Bancorp. In 2008, Barry led a recap of American Founders Bancorp partnering with Hillstreet Capital and became the CEO in 2012. A second recap and restructuring in 2015 delivered a 3x return to Hillstreet. A sale of the bank in 2018 returned 9x to equity holders. Barry co-founded Castellan in 2018.

 

Brian Cohoon

Partner

Brian has more than 30 years of financial & estate and trust planning experience. Before becoming part of the team at Castellan Group, Brian worked as a Senior Trust Executive for several large regional trust companies.  He successfully launched a regional Financial Planning Division for a publicly traded bank trust company and helped establish an independent Insurance Agency for the bank.  He was primarily focused on working with business owners, executives and medical professionals in these roles.

In his last role with a private trust company, Brian was Head of Family Office Services where he brought together his past experiences of financial planning, trust planning, philanthropy, and advanced insurance background to help High Net Worth families coordinate their personal and generational planning.

Sean Smith

Entrepreneur Advisors

Sean is a serial entrepreneur in the healthcare tech industry, having co-founded several leading-edge businesses in cost management, fintech, and data analytics. The companies Sean founded have been listed in the Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 multiple times. Sean was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the year, along with his brother Scott, in 1998. Sean co-founded Castellan and is active in deal sourcing and the Investment Committee.

Scott Smith

Entrepreneur Advisors

Scott, along with his brother Sean, is the co-founder of several highly successful companies in the healthcare tech industry. His leadership at the predecessor company to what is now Zelis Healthcare was instrumental in its current multi-billion dollar valuation. Scott now spends much of his time furthering the efforts of Castellan as a co-founder, helping the team build a network to increase deal flow and grow the portfolio companies.

 

 

Nate Kibby

Vice President

Nate joined Castellan in 2022 after completing his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Nate’s responsibilities include deal sourcing, due diligence, and closing all venture capital investments in the healthcare technology sector. Prior to Chicago Booth, Nate spent three years in investment banking as an M&A Associate and three years with Northern Trust as a Senior Consultant in the leveraged loans group.

Camden Booker

Senior Associate

Camden Booker is a senior associate on the investment team, where his focus is on private direct investments in early and growth-stage businesses in the healthcare, financial technology, green technology & recycling, and restaurant spaces. He is involved with all aspects of the investment management process, including research, sourcing, structuring, due diligence, and post-transaction monitoring and management.

 

Kevin Storn

Portfolio Manager

Kevin is the Chief Investment Officer for Castellan, where he manages developers to build analysis software and automated trading systems. He is also the portfolio manager for Structured Notes, Dividend Growth, and Options strategies. Kevin received his M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, concentrating in Finance. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Engineering. After spending ten years as a Software Engineer working on jet engines and cell phones, Kevin caught the entrepreneurial bug and opened a movie theater restaurant on the east side of Cincinnati. He then worked as a Project Manager for Cincinnati Bell, Pyramid Controls, and RoundTower Technologies before joining Castellan in the Fall of 2019.

Ben Davison

Quantitative Analyst

Ben is an analyst for Castellan on the public investments team. He has completed significant work in financial engineering, econometrics, and forecasting/modeling. His work at Castellan primarily focuses on quantitative research, strategy development, and data analysis. Ben contributes to several software projects, including construction & management of database software and web tools for derivatives strategies.

Shannon Bradbury

Director of Administration and Compliance

With a background in Wealth Management, Shannon brings 35 years in the industry to the table, and currently performs the dual roles of Director of Compliance and Administration for Castellan.

Shannon graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A. in Paralegal Science and began her career at Fifth Third Bancorp. She spent the next seventeen years in the Wealth Management Division initially in the estate settlement department, then joined the high-net-worth department in Cincinnati, OH. Shannon relocated to the Lexington, Kentucky office where she provided an array of wealth management services to asset management clients including: relationship building, risk management, short/long term planning, retirement services, life insurance trusts, 1031 exchanges for real estate and equine, tax support, family foundations, and management. In 2006, Shannon joined a registered investment advisor firm, E.S. Barr & Company, as Chief Compliance Officer.  Joining Castellan at its inception was a natural transition to utilize her years of experience to focus on Castellan and our ultra-high net worth families.

Kate Ponder

Client Services Director

Kate, currently serving as the Director of Client Services at Castellan, is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in providing exemplary client services, back-office operational, and compliance support. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College where she distinguished herself by also completing majors in Mathematics and Biological Sciences. In addition to her academic achievements, Kate showcased her leadership skills as captain of her Division III Lacrosse team and as a member of the Field Hockey team.

With a rich background in the financial sector, Kate has seamlessly navigated through esteemed institutions such as The Bank of New York, Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual Capital Corp., Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. Her journey in the financial industry has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of front and back-office client and trade support.

Kate brought her expertise to the Castellan Group in April 2021, and since then, she has played a pivotal role in enhancing the client services landscape. As the Director of Client Services, Kate leads the Client Services Team with a focus on delivering top-notch support, ensuring operational efficiency, and maintaining compliance standards. Her commitment to excellence and strategic vision continues to drive the success of Castellan’s client services-focused approach.”

Angela Flemons

Client Services Administrator

Angela provides client services, event planning, accounting, travel and other support as part of the Castellan Team.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Training & Development from the University of Louisville.  She has worked in the bookkeeping , tax preparation, legal and financial services industries for more than 20 years.  In her personal time, Angela serves as lead pastor of a local church in Louisville, Kentucky, is an author, recording artist and has been married to her husband Les for over 30 years and has two beautiful daughters.

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