Board of directors

Joslyn Dobson is an institutional investment manager and private investor who founded and sold Palladium Capital Management after managing assets for Criterion Asset Management in Houston and Boston. She is currently the managing Partner of JDSD Investments LTD., and advises several family offices, explores venture philanthropic opportunities and is a board member and co-founder of CapCityKids. She is also on the board of advisors to the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and Oncopep, a Boston-based vaccine development company targeting cancer. She resides in Austin, Texas, has been married to Sean Dobson for 16 years and they have two children, Sean-Karl, 9, and Johanna Grace, 8.

Sean Dobson is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Amherst Holdings, an investment services company dedicated to U.S. real estate finance. Amherst is widely known for their data and analytics and one of the few residential mortgage specialist to anticipate the 2008 mortgage crisis.  Mr. Dobson has over 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry, has served  as a Board Member of the American Securitization Forum (ASF) and has counseled various branches of the federal government including the Department of Treasury, the Senate, The House of Representatives, The Federal Housing Finance Agency, The Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Council of Economic Advisors, and the National Economic Advisor on housing and mortgage related issues.  Mr. Dobson is a co-founder of CapCityKids and also currently serves as a Governing Trustee for the Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston. He lives with his wife and two children in Austin, Texas.

Amy Kinkade, principal at Mathews Elementary School, has 30 years experience in education. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Mrs. Kinkade taught students who had special needs in both El Paso and Austin. She started her administrative career first as a Special Education Instructional Coordinator for the Austin I.S.D. and then as a campus administrator. Campus administrator jobs have been:  Casis Elementary School principal, 12 years; Mills Elementary School, 3 years; Austin Jewish Academy (Head of School—4 years); Mathews Elementary School, 5 years. Mrs. Kinkade has had the opportunity to work with students, teachers, and parents in each of these communities. Her passion for meeting the unique learning style of each student and supporting the teaching style of each teacher make her an administrator who is able to build relationships with students, teachers, and the community.

Steve Gorman has been the head of Information Technology at Amherst Securities Group, LP since 2000 and also serves on the board of Amherst Holdings, LLC.  Steve, originally from Houston, was a founding partner of Spires Financial, LP and previously worked with Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York City.  He has over 25 years of experience in information technology in the securities industry.  Steve enjoys biking around Austin and especially on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike trail.  He also likes attending plays in Austin at the Bass Concert Hall and the Long Center for the Performing Arts.