team

Cheryl Rogers
Managing Principal

Cheryl Rogers is responsible for marketing to and raising capital from institutions and family offices in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the U.S., as well as parts of Canada. Prior to joining FocusPoint in 2010, Ms. Rogers was Vice President in the Private Fund Group at Guggenheim Securities, LLC. Before joining Guggenheim in 2005, she was a Project Manager at Penn, Schoen, & Berland Associates, a political consulting and marketing strategy firm. Prior to Penn, Schoen, & Berland Associates, Ms. Rogers worked at East Gate Capital Management & Private Equity. She graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

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Laura Hill
Managing Director

Laura Hill is responsible for marketing to and raising capital from institutions and family offices on the West Coast and select investors in other geographies in North America. Prior to joining FocusPoint in 2014, Ms. Hill was a Director in the Corporate Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining the Council on Foreign Relations in 2013, she was a Vice President in the Capital Formation Group at Fortress Investment Group. Prior to Fortress Investment Group, Ms. Hill worked at The Blackstone Group in their Private Equity fundraising team and was a Project Manager in the Private Equity team at The Park Hill Group. Previously, she worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Cohen Klingenstein & Marks, Inc. and Merrill Lynch. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.

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Russell Boggess
Managing Director

Russell Boggessis responsible for coverage in North America with emphasis on the Midwest, and some East Coast clients. Prior To Focus Point, Mr. Boggess ran his own consulting firm which advised a number of private equity, private credit and hedge funds on business development and was affiliated with R6 Capital. Before then, he was Director of Marketing for two New York based hedge funds: Kingdon Capital Management and Sandell Asset Management in New York. Mr. Boggess began his finance career at Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco in where he served as a vice president in the Venture Capital Service Group working with institutional investors. He holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

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Camilla Thomas
Executive Director

Camilla Thomas is responsible for marketing and capital raising from institutions and family offices in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the U.S. Prior to joining FocusPoint, Ms. Thomas was a Vice President at CAIS, an alternatives investment platform to the wealth management industry. Prior to CAIS, she worked at the Credit Suisse Private Bank in London in their Client Advisory Group from 2010 to 2011 where she was responsible for cross-selling the Private Bank’s products and services to the Investment Bank and their clients. Previously, Ms. Thomas worked as a Junior Investment Advisor at Credit Suisse Private Bank covering High Net Worth finance professionals from 2007 to 2010. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, Art History and Theory from The University of Sydney.

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Sarah Kowarski
Associate Director

Sarah Kowarski is on FocusPoint’s Origination, Fundraising, and Distribution team. She takes an active role in pursuing and enhancing relationships as part of our capital placement and distribution team, and is responsible for identifying differentiating mandates with both existing and emerging General Partners. She supports the project management team from a corporate and business development perspective, providing real time updates and feedback from both General and Limited Partners. Sarah is a Series 7 and 63 registered person with FocusPoint Private Capital Group, which is a member of FINRA and a securities broker-dealer in the United States. Prior to FocusPoint, Sarah participated in Guggenheim Securities’ first-ever Capital Markets Associate class, based in New York City, where she started as an Equity Sales Associate and transitioned across asset classes to source bank debt from commercial banks on the Leveraged Loan desk. She holds a bachelor degree in Finance from Virginia Tech.

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Kevin Pizzolo
Associate Director

Kevin Pizzolo is responsible for marketing and capital raising from pension plans, institutions, and family offices across the Eastern US. Prior to joining FocusPoint, Mr. Pizzolo was a Financial Consultant with AXA where he held his financial advisory practice servicing both individuals and institutions. Mr. Pizzolo currently holds his FINRA Series 7, 63, & 65 licenses and has completed the Certified Financial Planner designation course through Fairleigh Dickinson University. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Fairfield University.

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