Founder/ CEO, CFP®
Ted Kerr is the Founder/CEO of Touchstone Capital, Inc., which began operations on May 1, 2000. The company is a Registered Investment Adviser with over $150 million in assets under management for nearly 300 client households in 24 states and one foreign country. With 27 years of experience, various conference engagements, and countless media appearances, Ted is a recognized thought leader and industry expert.
Ted is also the Founder/President of Touchstone Cares, an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 organization, which began operations in 2018. Touchstone Cares has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to local, national, and international charities, including Transformando Vidas (Transforming Lives), a community project in Northeast Brazil. Transformando Vidas operates a school for over 200 students as well as a farm partnership program that provides water systems, operational expertise, and networking support to small, multi-generational family farms. Ted cast a vision to install 500 water systems in the region over the next 10 years, thereby making the entire project self-supporting within a decade. Ted speaks Portuguese and is engaged to be married to Maria Patricia Dos Reis, a Brazilian psychologist and President of Transformando Vidas.
A Westminster College (Pa.) alumnus, Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance with a minor in Economics. As an undergraduate at Westminster, he played center on the college’s 1989 National Championship football team. He received the 2002 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the College, which recognizes alumni of 15 years or less for significant accomplishments professionally, through community service or service to Westminster. He serves on the Westminster College Board of Distinguished Visitors. Ted also has completed post-graduate work at the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado, where he earned his Certified Financial Planner® certification. He is also an alumnus of Trinity School for Ministry (Pa.), where he is working on his thesis toward a Master of Arts in Religion degree in Christian Ministry and Missiology.
In addition to his professional activities, Ted has realized a variety of personal accomplishments, among them is completing the Pittsburgh Marathon, publishing an Amazon 5-star rated novel entitled Killing Time, A Parable for the Present Age, and earning his private pilot certificate and second-degree black belt in Taekwon Do. He enjoys exploring the world and has traveled to 35 states, numerous U.S. territories, and many foreign countries. He resides in Cranberry Township, PA, with his two children and two dogs.
Executive Vice President, RFC®, CRC®
David Simeone is the Executive Vice President of Touchstone Capital, Inc., part owner of Touchstone Capital, and an Investment Advisor Representative. He joined the team in July of 2005. Dave is experienced in an extensive variety of financial planning perspectives and provides comprehensive financial services with an emphasis in college, retirement, and senior care planning. He is a Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC®) specializing in retirement planning in both the accumulation and the income distribution phases. Additionally, Dave is also a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®) engaged in helping clients achieve financial security and independence through sound financial planning and advice. He is licensed in life, accident, and health insurance. Dave recently was awarded a 2021 Five Star Wealth Managers Award. He currently serves as a part of the Vanguard Research Community reviewing and recommending products and services for the Vanguard group.
Dave received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He spent over 11 years in the chemical industry as a Process Engineer and Pilot Plant Supervisor before living out his passion to help people meet their financial goals in life. Prior to joining Touchstone Capital, he spent five successful years with the Equity Advisor Group in Monroeville.
Living on the east side of Pittsburgh, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, two loving children, and three finicky cats. His interests include military and American history, government and politics, baseball, soccer, board gaming and miniature wargaming. An important part of Dave’s life is his faith and activity in his church. He serves as an Elder in a local church and is involved in teaching others to grow in the knowledge and application of their faith. He values his church’s involvement in both local community and charitable programs as well as overseas missions work.
Senior Financial Analyst
Frank Corbett is the Senior Financial Analyst at Touchstone Capital and joined the team in November of 2021.
As the Senior Financial Analyst, Frank researches existing and potential new holdings. Areas of emphasis include financial statement analysis, reviewing company filings, third-party data, and other publicly available information. He assesses each company on a quarterly basis to confirm the investment thesis is intact and financial metrics are meeting specifications. He also takes on projects delegated by the CEO to augment the investment process.
Frank has over 20 years of experience in finance. He was a broker for Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. Frank has worked as an investment analyst with ITS Asset Management and Gibson Capital. Areas of expertise include equities, fixed income, mutual funds and ETFs, macro and sector strategy. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
He has a keen interest in staying abreast of the markets. He enjoys traveling with his girlfriend Lea and their Labradoodle. Frank also likes to devote his spare time to cycling and golf.
Team Lead - Advisory Services
Tara Maurer is the Team Lead of Investment Management at Touchstone Capital and joined the team in December of 2004. Tara provides the Advisors information on Touchstone Capital’s Select Portfolio stocks, oversees incoming and outgoing money in client’s accounts, and places trades in client’s accounts at the direction of the Advisors. She oversees the Client Services group and develops processes and procedures for the company.
Tara worked as an Administrative Assistant for an architectural firm before joining Touchstone Capital. She was the Client Service Manager at Touchstone Capital for 14 years before transitioning into her current Investment Management role. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Office Systems with a Minor in Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Tara lives in Allison Park with her husband and 2 daughters. She enjoys reading, outdoor activities and spending time with her family and friends.
President / COO
MJ is the President and COO at Touchstone Capital and joined the team in October of 2018. In her role, MJ focuses on team member growth, goals, and projects for Touchstone Capital. She supports ideas and embraces each team member’s unique ability to enhance the business mission, values, vision, and goals. MJ also ensures the company is adhering to all compliance regulations.
With over ten years in the education industry, MJ brings experience in promoting teamwork, developing processes, finding solutions, and embracing change and growth. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human resources. MJ has a passion for project management, whether at the office or home, and loves a good checklist!
She loves to help people and looks for ways to make life happier for those around her.
MJ resides in the west suburbs of Pittsburgh with her husband, Matt, and son, Maverick. She enjoys reading, “glamping”, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Emily Vojtas is the Financial Manager at Touchstone Capital and joined the team in April of 2019. Emily manages financial statements and business activity reports. Her daily tasks include account payables, account receivables, and expenses. She reviews, monitors, and manages the company budgets. Aside from Touchstone Capital’s finances, Emily also assists with the finances of Touchstone Cares, the nonprofit corporation and private charitable foundation associated with Touchstone Capital.
Before joining Touchstone Capital, Emily worked in the higher education field for 14 years. She earned her Bachelor degree in Communications from Slippery Rock University in 2001.
Emily enjoys running and hiking at North Park, playing pickleball and watching her teenage sons, Joey and Jacob, play soccer.
Client Service Associate
Liz Treater is the Client Service Associate at Touchstone Capital and joined the team in April of 2020. Liz works closely with the Advisors and staff to provide support and assistance to our clients. She not only fields and directs all incoming calls, but she also prepares all the paperwork for client accounts including new accounts, updates, transfers and much more. She enjoys utilizing her research skills to answer client inquiries.
With more than 20 years of customer service and financial experience, she brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and value to her role. Before joining Touchstone Capital, she was a Conversion Analyst for a local 401(k) provider. Liz obtained her Bachelor of Science from LaRoche University with a dual major in Finance and Business Management.
Liz spends time volunteering for her school district and is dedicated to lending a helpful hand to those in need. She is married and has twin teenagers. She enjoys reading, jogging, spending time with her family and traveling to her favorite vacation spot, North Topsail Island, NC.
Halle Brem is the Client Scheduler and a Planning Associate at Touchstone Capital. She joined the team in April of 2021. In her role, Halle oversees appointment scheduling and various administrative duties. Additionally, she works with the CEO on projects related to Touchstone Cares, the nonprofit corporation and private charitable foundation associated with Touchstone Capital. Touchstone Cares supports a community in Vera Cruz, Brazil to provide education and basic needs for local families.
Before joining the Touchstone Capital team, Halle spent 4 years working in Talent Acquisition for UPMC where she helped lead the team that onboards all UPMC hires. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management with a minor in Business from Indiana University Bloomington.
Halle is passionate about missions work and helping those in need. She enjoys leading a weekly Bible study at Orchard Hill Church for high school girls. She spends her weekends traveling and enjoying time outdoors with her husband, Evan, and their daughter, Lilah.
Team Lead- Operations Group
Michelle Snyder is the Operations Manager at Touchstone Capital and joined the team in April of 2021. As Operations Manager, Michelle is responsible for Human Resources, operational duties, and special projects related to the continued growth of the company.
Before joining Touchstone Capital, Michelle worked in higher education as an Academic Advisor and Registrar for 12 years. She also has 10 years of experience managing several medical offices.
She and her husband, Justin, have been married for 13 years and have an 8-year-old daughter. Michelle has a passion to see the community thrive and regularly volunteers at her daughter’s school and her family’s church. She loves to bake, craft and enjoys sports activities with her family.
Tesia Nicoli Campbell is the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Team at Touchstone Capital and joined the team in December of 2021. She supports the Executive Team and CEO to achieve the highest standards within the vast administrative functions of Touchstone Capital.
Over the past 20 years, Tesia worked in various administrative roles for a volunteer fire department, a software design company, and a theatre and film production company she founded in 2013. She also worked as a voiceover artist for corporations around the world and as a standardized patient for Lehigh Valley Hospital and DeSales University. Tesia has an Associate of Arts degree in Communications/Professional Writing and an additional Associate’s in Liberal Arts.
In her free time, Tesia enjoys studying the French language, exploring meditation, writing scripts, and losing herself in a good story. In the 2019 100 Hour Film Race, she was awarded the Best Writing title for her short script “Torn”. Whenever possible, she loves to settle down with her family and pets for a movie or game night.
Donald Clark is a Financial Advisor at Touchstone Capital and joined the team in May of 2022. Working in Wealth Management as a Financial Advisor, Donald assists clients with retirement planning and achieving financial security.
Donald received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. He spent 5 years in retail banking as a Personal Banker and previously worked in the luxury travel planning space for 6 years.
Living in Wexford, Donald enjoys spending time in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. His interests include international travel, archery, world history, recycling and reading.
Client Service Associate
Laurie Zola is a Client Service Associate at Touchstone Capital; she joined the team in May of 2022. Laurie will support the clients as well as the advisors, and work closely with Liz and Tara in client services.
Laurie has 17 years of experience working in Financial Management with Nonprofit and Social Services agencies. Laurie became a Certified work place incentive counselor in 2020. She used her license to aid individuals with disabilities of all types to work while maintaining their government benefits. Laurie also worked to help her clients manage their Social Security, Special Needs Trust, and Waiver services. She graduated from IUP with a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Family Relations.
Laurie lives in the eastern suburbs with her daughter, Trinity, her son, Christian and their family dog, Sadie. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and significant other, as well as listening to music, reading, and traveling.