Executive Board

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Emalee Landis
President
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Emalee Landis is a senior studying Finance with a minor in Spanish in the Smeal College of Business and the College of Liberal Arts, respectively, from Canton, PA. She joined Leveraged Lion Capital in the Fall of 2019, and she currently serves as the President. She previously served as the Director of Education and the Lead Analyst in the Information Technology sector. Emalee interned with Goldman Sachs in its TMT Leveraged Finance Group for the Summer of 2021 and will be returning full-time upon graduation. Her involvement outside of Leveraged Lion Capital includes being a member of the Sapphire Leadership Academic Program and serving as an Ambassador for Barron’s on campus. Some of Emalee’s interests include running half-marathons, Penn State wrestling, charcuterie boards, and traveling. She said that Leveraged Lion Capital has continuously challenged her to think critically and analytically in order to analyze credit investments, which is a unique skill for undergraduate students to have. Not only that, but it has provided her with a group of long-lasting friendships and colleagues.

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Ben Donovan
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Vice President

Ben Donovan is a senior studying Finance with a minor in Information Systems Management in the Smeal College of Business from West Chester, PA. He joined Leveraged Lion Capital in the Spring of 2020, and he currently serves as the Vice President. He previously served as the lead analyst of the Energy Sector. Ben will be interning with Citigroup in their Sales & Trading division for the summer of 2021. His involvement outside of Leveraged Lion Capital includes being the President of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and Wall Street Boot Camp. Some of Ben's interests include the Philadelphia Eagles, poker, and weightlifting. He said that Leveraged Lion Capital has allowed him to develop skills and knowledge that will prepare him for a future career in finance while engaging with a network of highly driven individuals.

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Ethan Laster
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Chief Investment Officer

Ethan Laster is a senior studying Mathematics with a minor in Physics from the Eberly College of Science from Doylestown, PA. He joined Leveraged Lion Capital in the Spring of 2019, and he currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer. He previously served as the Director of Distressed Credit. Ethan will be interning with Houlihan Lokey in their Restructuring division for summer of 2021. His involvement outside of Leveraged Lion Capital includes Wall Street Boot Camp and the Penn State Finance Society. Some of Ethan's interests include 80s movies, racquetball, and Suits. He said that Leveraged Lion Capital has helped him learn credit fundamentals, and develop an interest in understanding credit documentation, presentation, and articulation skills.

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Jeff Zhao
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Secratary

Jeff Zhao is a senior studying Computer Science with a minor in Economics and Mathematics from the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Mathematics, from Newtown, PA. He joined Leveraged Lion Capital in the Fall of 2020, and he currently serves as the Secretary. He previously served as an associate analyst in the Information Technology Sector. Jeff will be interning with Bank of America in their Sales & Trading division for the summer of 2021. He previously interned with Capital One as a Software Engineer. Some of Jeff's interests include Tennis, Overwatch, and Marvel. His involvement outside of Leveraged Lion Capital includes Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity and Wall Street Boot Camp. He said that LLC has provided him incredible exposure to invaluable financial knowledge and networks that he never would have gotten as a Computer Science major. Additionally, the organization has helped him develop key technical skills that are crucial for a successful career on Wall Street.

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Elena Calibeo
Treasurer
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Elena Calibeo is a senior in the Schreyer Honors College majoring in Finance and Economics with minors in Spanish and International Business in the Smeal College of Business and the College of the Liberal Arts, respectively, from Newtown, PA. She joined Leveraged Lion Capital in the Spring of 2019, and she currently serves as the Treasurer. She previously served as the Director of Outreach. Elena will be interning with Citigroup in their Sales & Trading division for the summer of 2021. Her involvement outside of Leveraged Lion Capital includes THON, the Alpha Phi sorority, and Wall Street Bootcamp. Some of Elena’s interests include sports, photography, and traveling. She said that Leveraged Lion Capital has connected her with driven, intelligent peers who have served as wonderful role models while helping her grow as a finance student.