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 18 years and they have two children, Sean-Karl, 11, and Johanna Grace, 9.

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, Joslyn, and their two children, Sean-Karl and Gracie, in Austin, Texas.

Amy Kinkade has 35 years experience in education and currently is a lecturer and Cohort Coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas and is a field support specialist for Education Service Center, Region 13.

She retired from AISD in 2013 and previously was the principal at Mathews Elementary School. 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, 9 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 recently retired from Amherst Holdings, where he remains a partner and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.  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 30 years of experience in information technology and software engineering in the securities industry. Steve currently serves as the Treasurer of CapCityKids and works in the background ensuring our charity's smooth operation.

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.

Tracy G. Erwin is a partner and Sr. Managing Director with Amherst Securities Group, L.P. She holds a Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses in 10 states.  Ms. Erwin began her career in the securities industry in 1987 as a database programmer.  Her ambition and desire to learn eventually promoted her position to Sr. Quantitative Analyst with a staff of 10 reporting to her.  Her analytical mind led her to working with some of the top minds on Wall Street in preparing portfolio level risk models for fixed income securities.  She has worked closely with institutional clients with assets under management into the tens of billions.  Many of these clients she continues to work with today.

Prior to joining Amherst Securities, she was co-founder of Spires Financial, L.P.  She joined Amherst as a partner in 2002.  She recently moved to Austin from Houston where her daughter and 3 beautiful grandchildren reside.  Mason who is 7 along with his 3 year old twin sisters, Michaela & Liberty.

Philanthropic work has included co-chairing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun benefiting the Ronald McDonald House for 2013 & 2014.  This event has raised several hundred thousand dollars over the previous years.   Recently, Ms. Erwin was the proud recipient of the All American Award presented by Cancer Fighters of Houston during their Spring luncheon .  She also supports City Art Works and Stomp out Bullying.

Dan Ciola is a partner and Sr. Vice President with Amherst Securities Group, L.P.