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Kresge’s Investment Office welcomes Koziara and Chegash, announces promotion

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Kresge’s Investment Office welcomed two new employees this week. Heather Koziara has joined the foundation as the director of risk and operations and Chris Chegash as the associate investment director of asset allocation and risk.

Koziara has two decades of experience in investment risk and operations, having previously worked at leading companies like Conifer Holdings, DaimlerChrysler and Delphi Automotive Systems. She also has valuable experience working with private foundations as an independent consultant in investment risk and operations. She earned a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh College and a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from Aquinas College.

Chegash rejoins the foundation after previously serving as an investment risk and operations analyst at Kresge from 2015-2018. Most recently, Chegash served as an investment manager at Brush Street Investments in Dallas, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and economics from the University of Michigan.

“I’m incredibly excited to welcome Heather and Chris to our team. Each brings unique sector expertise and a deep passion for our mission that will strengthen not only our team but the entire foundation,” said Vice President and Chief Investment Officer John Barker.

“I’m also delighted to announce the promotion of Rebecca Margavich to deal analyst,” said Barker.

In her new role, Margavich is responsible for managing the documentation process related to all investment transactions, as well as the workflow necessary to onboard new investments, including collecting and verifying documents to ensure Kresge is complying with all regulatory bodies.

“Given the complexity of our work, the deal analyst role is vital to ensuring our process is as efficient and thorough as possible,” added Barker. “We were lucky enough to have a talented internal candidate in Rebecca, who is not only capable of doing this work, but doing it at the highest level.”