the core team

The CORE team have a unique mix of compliance, regulatory, investment, back office and business experience that complement every aspect of our private fund clients’ businesses.



    Kimberly Garber has over 25 years regulatory and compliance experience. A seasoned regulator, she is the former head of the SEC’s Forth Worth Regional Office Examination Program and an expert in federal securities laws and regulatory developments. Ms. Garber is also an expert in private fund compliance issues, providing compliance services to private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, oil and gas and other alternative fund managers. Ms. Garber also previously served as Chief Compliance Officer or Senior Compliance Officer for three national investment management firms. As an experienced compliance officer and regulator, she has extensive regulatory contacts and insights into regulatory and compliance processes and challenges.


    Founder / Chief Financial Officer

    Douglas Shippee has over 25 years of combined SEC examination/compliance experience and institutional and hedge fund portfolio management experience. His unique combination of buy-side investment and regulatory experience provides invaluable insights into the day-to-day operations of the private fund business, regulatory challenges and practical solutions that make sense from a business perspective. Mr. Shippee is an expert in private fund compliance issues, providing compliance services to private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, oil and gas and other alternative fund managers.



    Jose Santiago has over 25 years of regulatory and compliance experience. After spending five years as a SEC Examiner, Mr. Santiago then went on to work in various compliance roles for several national & multi-national investment firms. For the better part of the last decade, he has been consulting with U.S. and European investment firms on a variety of compliance matters. His tenured experience is invaluable in guiding clients through the current regulatory maze. Mr. Santiago is an expert in private fund compliance issues, providing compliance services to private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, oil and gas and other alternative fund managers.

  • Monica Blanco

    Managing Director / Senior COmpliance Officer

    Monica Blanco joined CORE in 2019 and brings over 20 years of private fund compliance expertise to our growing team. Based in Houston and a graduate of Rice University, Monica provides extensive value to our Texas clients. Monica has a particular expertise on private funds - both hedge funds and private equity funds and has helped clients navigate compliance in a variety of market cycles. She has overseen dozens of SEC examinations for clients and will be a significant part of CORE's future growth.

  • Nicole De La Roca

    Director / Senior Compliance Officer

    Nicole De La Roca joined the CORE team in 2020. A graduate of Yale University, Ms. De La Roca has been working in the regulatory compliance and anti-money laundering space since 2012. She holds the Series 7 and 24 licenses and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist as well as a Certified Global Sanctions Specialist. Ms. De La Roca began her career in the compliance and AML departments of a diversified financial services company and most recently served on the compliance team for a large, multinational hedge fund.

  • John Euper

    COMPLIANCE Officer

    John Euper joined the CORE team in 2018.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Finance and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. John has experience leading a portfolio management group in college as well as working in operations for a brokerage firm after graduation. John will be using his skills to assist the compliance team and CORE clients.

  • AZ AlzobaidEy


    Abdullah (AZ) Alzobaidey joined the CORE team in 2018. AZ has an education in Business Computer information systems and a background in Audit. He is currently pursuing a CFE Certification. AZ worked in IT audit since 2016. AZ brings an IT, and Audit skill set to CORE.

  • Michal Riha

    Senior Compliance Associate

    Michal Riha joined CORE in 2019. He is a recent Summa Cum Laude Business School graduate and an All-American track and field athlete. Michal has experience leading an investment club portfolio in college, and spent the summer of 2018 as a CORE intern. Michal was born in the Czech Republic, speaks four languages, and brings an international skill set to CORE.


  • Presley Valenzuela

    Senior Compliance Asssociate

    Presley Valenzuela joined the CORE team in 2021. She received an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent College of Law. In law school, she focused on financial and regulatory compliance, and she has particular experience in commercial real estate and has worked in various compliance positions for investment advisers and wealth managers, including a global alternatives investment firm. Her legal education and diverse skillset make her an asset to the compliance team and CORE clients.

  • CORE Internship Program

    CORE has an ongoing internship program that seeks to help identify and develop the next generation of compliance professionals. We work with schools, both Texas-based and otherwise, to identify candidates that exhibit the character and skillsets that fit with the CORE culture. Interns support the CORE team with meaningful contributions and are exposed to private fund regulation and compliance during their assignment.

  • Careers

    If you are interested in joining the CORE Team please submit a cover letter and resume to