Who We Are

FOUNDERS

Dennis Wall, Chief Executive Officer

BACKGROUND

Dennis spent his childhood between Brooklyn and Pine Bush, NY. He graduated from Binghamton University in 2007 and has worked in financial services ever since, climbing the corporate ladder to Vice President in 2013. He joined Goldman Sachs as an intern and has held positions across controllers, risk management, and is currently in the investment management division. Dennis is a 1st generation college graduate. His reasoning for starting FREE is simple – everyone, particularly the underserved – would benefit and grow economically from financial literacy services. He currently lives in Queens, NY.

INTERESTS

Being active, racquet sports, reading, video games, museums, and wine. 

FINANCIAL FREEDOM TO ME:

Is the ability to set a financial plan and stick to it while not having to worry about basic needs such as food or shelter.

Corwin Conner, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

BACKGROUND

He grew up in East New York, Brooklyn as an introvert who loved playing sports and the drums. He graduated from Rutgers in 2015 and has worked in financial services ever since, where he’s currently an Associate within the Pricing and Valuation Group. His obsession with personal finance/building wealth and frustration with the lack of knowledge transfer to underserved communities already set back by prejudice institutions/polices was his reason for starting FREE. Corwin is currently a homeowner in Newark, NJ.

INTERESTS

Playing basketball, soccer, and baseball [or any sport really], snowboarding, pretending to eat healthy, overthinking, reading, and music.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Maddy Deshchenko, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Investment Officer

BACKGROUND

Maddy was born in Romania and moved to Astoria, Queens at 15, as a freshman in high school. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton School of Management and has been working in financial services ever since. She is currently a Vice President in the Alternative Investments and Manager Selection group. Maddy joined FREE in 2017 with the goal of empowering underrepresented groups, with a focus on women and immigrants, with the best financial literacy tools to enable them and their families to live their best lives in the US!

INTERESTS

Spending time with her daughter and her husband, kickboxing, hiking, music, traveling, having a glass of wine with friends

Eugenia Navarro, Chief Education Officer

BACKGROUND

Eugenia is originally from Venezuela, but moved to Maryland when she was 8. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied Economics, Political Science and French. She then worked as a high school Spanish teacher for two years in North Carolina prior to working in financial services. At the firm, Eugenia is a Vice President on the Management Reporting team, which prepares financial analytics around company performance. Eugenia joined FREE in 2016 to help bring the curriculum to life by designing highly interactive lessons.

INTERESTS

Going to concerts, watching NetFlix, drawing on my iPad, and roaming around NYC.

Charles Wagener, Chief Strategy Officer

BACKGROUND

Charles grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, a small city north of Denver. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2014, with a major in finance. After spending the first four years of his career at two of the world’s leading investment banks, he transitioned into the technology sector, with a focus on financial technology. Charles believes that access to financial education and information are imperative to individual economic success, and personal freedom. Through his involvement in FREE he aims to facilitate equal, high quality access to financial education and information for everyone. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

INTERESTS

Skiing, traveling, hiking, running, yoga, economics, politics, world events, and real estate

Nehemie Ulysse, Chief Financial Officer

BACKGROUND

Nehemie is a Native New Yorker (Brooklyn) and a first generation college graduate (Baruch College, ’12).  She joined Goldman Sachs as an intern and is currently in the Finance division. 

INTERESTS

Traveling, reading, binge-watching great movies/shows, having insightful conversation, and discovering great eats.

FINANCIAL FREEDOM TO ME:

Is the ability to have financial peace of mind. She believes that we are all one decision away from a very different life. Essentially as a village, we should all do our part to teach each other out of generational mistakes and begin to help each other build healthier financial legacies.

Clarence Banks, Chief Counseling Officer

BACKGROUND

Clarence grew up in Wilmington, DE and went to an HBCU as a first generation college student (Delaware State University ’14).  He started his career in a three-year finance rotation program and later joined Goldman Sachs in the Finance Division. Clarence has a passion for paying it forward by working with nonprofits and mentoring first generation college students. 

INTERESTS

Sports, volunteering, fishing, reading, and new experiences.

FINANCIAL FREEDOM TO ME:

Is the ability to build a financial legacy for generations to come.

Bryan Rodriguez, Chief Marketing Officer

Phil Dancy