A Division of GreatBanc Trust Company

Michelle Hall

Michelle Hall joined Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management in 2016. Ms. Hall currently serves as Personal Trust Officer.

Prior to joining Arboretum Wealth, she served as a Senior Trust Associate for Trust Company of Illinois. She was responsible for assisting in the administration of complex trust issues, including trust document research and facilitating real estate transactions for her clients. Prior to that, Ms. Hall served as Senior Trust Operations Specialist for MB Financial Bank and Trust Securities Representative for Oak Brook Bank, where she began her career in 2001.

Ms. Hall attended South Suburban College where her studies focused on business management and finance. She is currently working towards her Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation.  

Outside of the office, she volunteers with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Each week the Northern Illinois Food Bank helps more than 71,000 people in need by providing healthy and nutritious food.

David Richter, CFA 

Mr. Richter joined GreatBanc Trust Company in 2015, and helped launch the Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management division. Mr. Richter currently serves as Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director. He is also the Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining GreatBanc Trust, he served as Portfolio Officer at BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and its predecessor, Talon Asset Management, LLC. David served Talon as an individual account portfolio manager, co-portfolio manager for the Talon International Select Partners L.P. hedge fund and the Talon Statistical Arbitrage Partners L.P. Hedge Fund, Manager of Information Technology, and as a member of Talon’s Investment Committee. Mr. Richter began his career at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank in 1991; there he was a member of the Investment Committee that determined the model equity portfolio employed nationally.

Mr. Richter holds a bachelor of aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master of business administration with a specialization in finance from DePaul University, and a master of science in wealth management from DePaul University. He has also attended the American Bankers Association National Trust School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago. David currently holds the elected office of Park District Commissioner in Lisle, IL, and is a volunteer and coordinator with the Lisle Police Department and the Village of Lisle’s Emergency Management Agency. He is a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award for his work with the Lisle Police Department. He is also active in the Lisle Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Government Affairs Committee. David is also an active contributor to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

James Duca, J.D.

Mr. Duca joined the U.S. Fiduciary Services, Inc. family of companies in 2014 as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Personal Wealth Management for GreatBanc Trust Company. He has more than 30 years of senior management experience in the personal wealth management industry.

His background includes serving in executive management positions overseeing the trust, brokerage, mutual fund and private banking businesses for large regional banks in the Midwest. Before joining GreatBanc Trust, Mr. Duca served as Executive Vice President of Private Wealth Management at Marshall and Ilsley Trust Company and CEO of M&I Financial Advisors.

Mr. Duca earned a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Marquette University, and a juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He is affiliated with the Economic Club of Chicago and formerly with the Wisconsin Trustees Association, where he served as President. Mr. Duca currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of USF Affiliate Services, Inc. and as a senior advisor to Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management.

Our Investment Team

Our Trust Administration Team

William Hardesty, J.D.

Mr. Hardesty is a licensed attorney who began his career in fiduciary financial services in 2000.  He joined GreatBanc Trust Company in 2015 and helped launch Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management. Prior to joining GreatBanc Trust Company, Mr. Hardesty served as Trust Officer for BankFinancial F.S.B., where he was responsible for trust administration and developing the trust services offered throughout all 18 of its Chicagoland neighborhood branches. Mr. Hardesty also served as Trust Officer for Downers Grove National Bank, in Downers Grove, IL.

After serving as a Combat Engineer in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm, Mr. Hardesty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in paralegal studies, with a political science minor, from Southern Illinois University. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Northern Illinois University College of Law, and is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Federal Bar-Northern District, IL, and is a Certified Illinois Child Advocate in the 13th Illinois Judicial Circuit. Mr. Hardesty is a graduate of Cannon Financial Institute Investment Management School and is a Center for Fiduciary Studies Accredited Fiduciary Investment Manager™.

Mr. Hardesty currently serves GreatBanc Trust Company as Vice President and Senior Personal Trust Officer and as a Managing Director of Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management. His expertise includes a wide range of services in trusts, estates, guardianships, investments, insurance concerns and complex fiduciary needs.

Lisa M. Cathcart, CTFA, AFIM

Lisa Cathcart joined Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management in 2016. She currently serves as Senior Vice President and Division Manager. Her extensive background in personal trust administration, taxation, and operational excellence has been a tremendous asset to us and our clients. 

Prior to joining Arboretum Wealth, she served as Senior Trust Administration Manager for BankFinancial F.S.B., and she was responsible for administering and developing the trust services offered. Prior to that, Ms. Cathcart served as Trust Officer for Downers Grove National Bank, in Downers Grove, IL, after moving up through the positions of Trust Associate and Trust Operations Manager at the same firm.

Ms. Cathcart holds a bachelor of science in finance and management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has also attended Cannon Financial Institute for more specialized education in the personal trust area. She earned the ICB Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) certification and also the Accredited Fiduciary Investment Manager (AFIM) certification. 

Outside of the office, Ms. Cathcart has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for more than 20 years, and has also been a team captain for the ACS Relay for Life event, which has raised several million dollars for cancer research.

Daniel O'Connell

Mr. O’Connell joined GreatBanc Trust Company’s parent organization in 2014. He currently serves GreatBanc Trust and Arboretum Wealth & Trust Management as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager.

Having begun his financial services career in 1978, Mr. O’Connell previously served M&I Investment Management Corp., and its successor, BMO Asset Management Corp., as the Head of Alternative Investments. Before that, Mr. O’Connell was Chief Investment Officer for a multi-strategy hedge fund of funds, headed capital market risk management initiatives for MPCT Solutions, and directed trading and fixed income businesses in Asia for the First National Bank of Chicago. He has managed from an executive level the complex demands of hedge funds, institutional portfolio management and international capital markets. 

Mr. O’Connell received his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in political science from Williams College. He is an experienced public speaker, having delivered presentations on investment strategy to the CFA Society, public pension forums and other venues.