John G. Whitmore II


Mr. Whitmore is the Chief Operating Officer at EARNEST Partners. He has experience in leading the accounting and business operations of companies in several industries, ranging from financial examination to residential homebuilding to public accounting. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the State University of New York and is a licensed CPA in New York and Georgia. He has received the Haskins Award for scoring the second highest score on the New York Uniform CPA exam. He was a former State Chair of the Society of Financial Examiners (SOFE) and a recipient of the Don Fritz Award, as State Chair of the Year, for the Society of Financial Examiners. During his career, he has served in several professional organizations and boards of directors including the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children and Synchronicity Performance Group.

James "Jay" M. Wilson, CFA, CIPM, CPA, CSCP


Mr. Wilson is the Chief Compliance Officer at EARNEST Partners. He has over twenty years of financial experience. He began his career working for KPMG Peat Marwick (KPMG) in its Tax Practice. He then joined Deposit Guaranty National Bank (Regions) as a credit analyst and he later joined the Bank’s Asset Management Group, where his responsibilities included the accounting, valuation, and reporting of fixed income and derivative portfolios. He holds a BS in Accounting from Belhaven College and is a member of the CFA Institute, the Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Society of Compliance Professionals.     

Carsten fiege

General Counsel and Director

Mr. Fiege is the General Counsel at EARNEST Partners. He also serves as a Board Director for the firm’s UCITS fund.  He has experience in a variety of areas related to the investment industry; including negotiating client agreements, corporate governance advisory, and monitoring of regulatory and compliance issues in the US and in foreign jurisdictions. Prior to joining EARNEST Partners, Mr. Fiege was senior counsel at William Blair & Company in Chicago. He has also worked with international law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York, where he advised on Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, and other financial transactions. He graduated first in his class from the University of Konstanz Law School in Konstanz, Germany, before earning a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Fiege is a native of Stuttgart, Germany and is fluent in German. 

John Palmer, CFA, CIPM


Mr. Palmer is a member of the administration team at EARNEST Partners.  He has more than 10 years of experience in finance, sales, and business operations within several industries. He holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame where he majored in Finance and History.  While at Notre Dame, he served as the Head Student Football Manager in the athletic department. Post-graduation, Mr. Palmer worked in a supervisory capacity within the football division of Notre Dame until selected as Director of Football Operations by the head coach of The University of Akron’s football program. While at The University of Akron, his responsibilities included oversight of the operating budget, management of procurement/logistics, and staff supervision.  Prior to joining EARNEST Partners, Mr. Palmer worked as a sales consultant for a mutual fund provider and also as a trading assistant for a commodities trading firm, where he executed trades in the futures and derivatives markets as well as conducted market research. 

Anthony C. Ciliberto, CPA, CGMA


Mr. Ciliberto oversees portfolio operations and reporting at EARNEST Partners.  Additionally, he serves as a Board Director for the firm’s UCITS fund. He holds a BS degree in accounting from Rider University, where he graduated summa cum laude.  Mr. Ciliberto spent over 15 years in the financial services industry before joining the firm.  He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche in Princeton, NJ.  He later joined Merrill Lynch Asset Management, also in Princeton, where for seven years he specialized in third-party mutual fund accounting and administration.  He was most recently the Vice President of Mutual Fund Administration with Enterprise Capital Management, Inc.  He is a member of the Georgia and New Jersey CPA societies, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and has served as a member of the Investment Company Institute Tax Committee.

Becky Do


Ms. Do is a member of the administration team at EARNEST Partners. She has more than fifteen years of financial experience. She began her career as an equity analyst with The Retirement Systems of Alabama. She later joined a global investment management firm as a senior professional, where she was responsible for research, trading and portfolio management. She has an MBA in Finance from Auburn University and is a member of The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Do is fluent in Vietnamese. 

Damaris P. Hodge

MANAGER, Compliance

Ms. Hodge is a member of the compliance team at EARNEST Partners.  Her responsibilities include investment guidelines maintenance and compliance, code of ethics administration and compliance, regulatory reporting and client reporting. She holds a BS from Duke University and has ten years of experience with wrap asset management.  Prior to joining EARNEST Partners, she was an Assistant Manager of Investment Operations for a global money management company. 

Daniel Montgolf


Mr. Montgolf is a member of the administration team at EARNEST Partners. Prior to joining EARNEST Partners, he worked for Southwire, one of the nation’s largest wire manufacturers. He also operated his own consulting business, On-Call Tech. Mr. Montgolf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of West Georgia.  

Bryan Patterson

Systems Administrator

Mr. Patterson is a member of the administration team at EARNEST Partners. Prior to joining EARNEST Partners, he was a Software Engineer with EMS Consultants Ltd., where he was responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining several applications. Mr. Patterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of West Georgia.   

Patrina Thomas


Ms. Thomas is a member of the administration team at EARNEST Partners.  She attended West Virginia University and The Boyd School, where she obtained her travel industry certification.  With more than twenty years industry experience, she has been responsible for implementing and managing travel management operations for major financial and technology companies.  Prior to her work with EARNEST Partners, Ms. Thomas was instrumental in migrating various General Electric owned companies into a centralized travel management program.  She is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents.