About Us


StaffEditorial Board

The Investment Professional®, an online refereed electronic journal, published semi-annually by the New York Society of Security Analysts, Inc. (NYSSA), educates readers in the finance and banking sectors on the forces that shape their business. The journal provides unbiased coverage of industry developments, detailed analyses of current data and trends, researched applications to practical solutions, and keen insights into career management.

Through factual reporting and theoretical investigations from a variety of investment schools, the Investment Professional establishes itself at the forefront of the investment arena, and serves as a channel for discussion and analysis among the leading voices in the financial community.



Amy Geffen, PhD, has more than twenty years experience in association management developing, marketing, and delivering continuing education programs for both live and online environments. Most recently she was director of volunteer leadership development at ASME. Previously, as director of strategic initiatives, she oversaw the board of governors early career engineer initiative. She has worked in strategic planning, marketing, promotion and international relations. Previously, she was director of continuing education for ASME where she launched global training in Latin America and distance learning for engineers domestically and internationally on Blackboard. She launched the first distance learning programs for the Risk and Insurance Management Society and for Westchester Community College. She has a BA from Brooklyn College, an MA from Harvard University, and a PhD from New York University.


Dawn Cavalieri, editor and art director, has 11 years of experience in editing and graphic design. Before launching the journal, she served as NYSSA’s communications manager, producing newsletters, marketing materials, and annual reports. Earlier, she was a senior editor at Macmillan Reference USA, where she acquired and edited encyclopedias in religion, history, and science, and at West Group, where she edited titles in securities law analysis. She holds a BA in English from Pace University and a certificate in graphic design from Parsons School of Design.

Veronica Brown, editor, has years of experience in journal and magazine publishing. Her most recent position was as Communications Editor of a biomedical resesarch publication. Before this, she wrote for various mainstream publications including Essence and Vibe magazines. She has a BFA in Journalism from Long Island University.


Tom Arnold, PhD, CFA, is the F. Carlyle Tiller Chair in Business and an assistant professor of finance at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He has conducted research in microstructure, short-selling activity, insider trading activity, option pricing, and ADR performance. His work has appeared in numerous academic- and practitioner-oriented finance journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Business, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Arnold’s current research addresses disclosure in initial public offerings, insider trading activity in option markets, and issues related to option pricing. He received his PhD in finance from the University of Georgia, MS in finance from Temple University, and BA in mathematics from LaSalle University.

John Paul Broussard, PhD, is an associate finance professor at Rutgers University where he teaches investments and corporate finance courses. His academic research has been published in Financial Management, Management Science, Journal of Financial Services Research, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, European Journal of Operational Research and other journals. He received his BS and PhD from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Millsaps College. He has won various teaching awards in his career, and has taught CFA® study review courses since 1999 in Europe, Asia and the US. He is a CFA charterholder, a certified Financial Risk Manager, and a Professional Risk Manager. Dr. Broussard’s current efforts relate to option market microstructure, high frequency trading, and XBRL implementation.

Khaldoun Khashanah, PhD, distinguished service professor and program director, Financial Engineering (FE), initiated the FE program at Stevens Institute of Technology in 2002. He conducts research in stochastic systems dynamics and modeling, high-frequency finance and algorithmic trading, systemic risk and systems of systems. He is the author, coauthor, or contributor to 18 scholarly articles and papers delivered at national and international professional conferences. Khashanah received his BE in Electrical Engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, his MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati, and his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware.

Ehsan Nikbakht, DBA, CFA, FRM, PRM, is professor of finance at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. He has been chairman of the finance department and associate dean of the Zarb School of Business. He has more than 15 years of professional training experience in capital markets, risk management, and derivatives; and has conducted advanced workshops at leading financial institutions in the US and abroad. Hofstra voted him the 2004 Executive MBA Teacher of the Year. His research book, Foreign Loans and Economic Performance, received a Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. He served on the advisory board of the Association of International Financial Engineers and currently sits on the editorial board of the Global Finance Journal. Nikbakht received his doctorate in finance from George Washington University.

Elliot Noma, PhD, is the founder of Garrett Asset Management. The company offers investment products as well as advisory services relating to portfolio construction, hedge fund due diligence, risk management, and funds of funds. Noma is also a senior risk advisor to Asset Alliance Corporation. Prior to founding Garrett Asset Managment, Noma was senior vice president, risk officer, and portfolio manager at Asset Alliance Corporation. He holds an AB in mathematics from Dartmouth, a finance certificate from New York University, MAs in mathematics and psychology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in mathematical psychology from the University of Michigan. A member of the education committee of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, Noma has also sat on the FRM exam committee. He is the author of Fundamentals of Scaling and Psychophysics (Wiley 1978), and 25 journal articles in the fields of psychometrics, experimental psychology, sociometrics, and information science.

Andrew C. Spieler, PhD, CFA, FRM, is associate professor of finance at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, where he was named Distinguished Teacher of the Year. His teaching experience includes graduate and undergraduate courses in finance, economics, and statistics, and executive education programs. Spieler is the former research director at the Investors’ Rights Association of America, a shareholder advocacy group, and currently serves as vice chair of NYSSA’s Derivatives Committee. He received his BS, MBA, and PhD from SUNY Binghamton and his MS from Indiana University.

Patricia D. Walters, PhD, CFA, is visiting associate professor of accounting at Fordham University in New York City where she teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive courses on international accounting and on financial reporting and analysis according to US GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) guidelines. She is also president of Disclosure Analytics, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in independent assessment of the quality of financial reporting and disclosure under IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and US and Canadian GAAP. Formerly a senior vice president at CFA Institute, Dr. Walters was responsible for global advocacy on financial reporting and capital markets issues, development of Global Investment Performance Standards®, and enforcement of CFA Institute’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Walters holds a PhD in accounting from New York University’s Stern School of Business.