Our Team

Cerebro Capital’s team has years of experience in corporate finance, capital markets, and commerical lending. 


WE ARE EXPERTS IN Improving your financing experience

Cerebro Capital has assembled an experienced team of multifaceted experts with diverse backgrounds who continuously work to change the commercial lending landscape. Learn more about our team below. Interested in joining our team? Click to see our open positions.

Our Leadership Team

Matthew Bjonerud

Founder & CEO

Matt has broad experience across many areas of corporate finance especially across debt and equity transactions. Most recently, with Laureate Education—a multi-billion dollar company with operations across 25 countries— Matt worked as part of the corporate finance team that ushered the company through $3.5 billion of transactions including Laureate’s IPO—the world’s first Public Benefit Corporation IPO. Prior to Laureate, Matt was a Vice President within the PNC Corporate Banking Group. He was responsible for growth and management of large-scale corporate and public finance portfolios.

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Kevin Dieter

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin has over 25 years of experience designing and developing complex applications. Prior to joining Cerebro Capital, Kevin served as CTO at an expert network company serving the financial services industry. There he architected, designed, and built the core software platform products and services that were used by all employees, clients, and partners. Kevin graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Systems Engineering and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a space & ground systems acquisition officer.

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Lacey Campbell

Vice President, Sales & Operations

Lacey has led sales and operations teams at multiple early-stage companies including her recent successful exit from a franchise business in the Washington DC market. Prior to joining Cerebro Capital, she worked at Cvent for 6 years where she identified, pursued, and captured new business, selling enterprise-level SaaS products to universities, nonprofits, and Fortune 1000 clients. She is a graduate of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

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Michele Hsu

Vice President, Marketing

Michele has over 20 years of experience as a hands-on marketing leader for highly competitive businesses most recently leading the transition from entrepreneurial start-up to scalable growth for a real estate private lender in the B2B market. With a deep background in database and business analysis she has developed growth strategies for multiple companies in the financial sector. As Chief Marketing Office for a specialty financial services company, Michele executed marketing positioning, branding, and campaigns across all channels including web, social media, and direct mail. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University. 

Chris Dalo

Chris Dalo

Executive Vice President

Chris has over 30 years of experience building, growing and leading commercial lending businesses at banks, non-banks, and Fintechs both in the US and Internationally.  He began his career at GE in their premier Engineering and Leadership Development Programs and soon after moved to GE Capital. He moved to Standard Chartered Bank to become the Global Chief Commercial Officer – Commercial Banking and prior to joining Cerebro led Sales, Business Development, and Digital Partnerships at a Fintech SMB Lender.  He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Our Team

Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon

Director of Capital Markets

Kevin Gaughan

Director of Lender Relations
Stu Whelehan

Stu Whelehan

Director of Compliance and Lender Relations
Jeff Broad

Jeff Broad

Director of Sales

Robert Schaeffer III

Associate Director of Lender Relations

Ridwan Zaman

Manager, Business Operations & Finance

Matt Geiser

Software Development Manager

Taylor O'Bryan

Business Development Associate

Craig Koester

Business Development Associate

Tahmina Aripova

Software QA Engineer

Scott Garibay

Application Developer

Uzezi Ogodo

Application Developer

Dade Cook

Application Developer

Victor Rahman

AWS Administrator

Our Board Members

Doug Becker

Board Member

Mr. Becker is a lifelong entrepreneur, investor, and operator. In 1983 he co-founded Sterling Partners; since then the firm has become a leading investor across many industries, having made over 80 investments over the years. Sterling Partners, based out of Chicago, IL currently has over $2.5 billion of assets under management.


Kevin Hoffberg

Board Member

Over the past forty years, Mr. Hoffberg has been a consultant, entrepreneur, and senior executive, with a focus on financial services. Since 1980, he was a co-founder of three start-ups (in addition to the consulting and training companies he founded). From 2010 to 2016 he was the Managing Director of Marketing for the Private Client Services business at Russell Investments. Kevin is now a Venture Partner at Ulu Ventures.

Jim McGuire

Board Member

Mr. McGuire’s background includes 16 years of leading a software-focused private equity firm. He has held executive positions, including CEO level, in the technology and software industry and early in his career was in commercial lending with a major U.S. bank. He has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Laureate Education, Inc. and Digital Insight Corporation. Digital Insight is now an NCR Corporation company.

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