Skip navigation

As a registered investment advisor, O/L is comprised of a group of specialists who oversee diverse financial disciplines for individual investors and corporate retirement plans. As a broker/dealer, our firm also incorporates business and financial experts who maintain a state-of-the-art investment management infrastructure to support in-house as well as field registered representatives.

Office Staff

Leia Caponegro

Client Service Specialist

Leia is a Client Service Support specialist at O/L. She is committed to providing positive client experiences, each and every time.  She has a wide range of responsibilities, including assisting the financial advisors, ensuring operational efficiency, providing high quality customer service and working as a liaison with outside fund companies. Prior to joining O/L she worked at Elliott Wealth Management Services, LLC, Prudential Financial and as a public school teacher. Leia is a graduate of Rowan University in New Jersey.  

Sandy Hart

Senior Vice President & Partner

Sandy is an original partner of O/L and was integral to the set-up of the firm in 1989. She has been involved in all facets of the business, including broker support, licensing, commissions, payroll, benefits, operations, IT, and management. As part of the management team, Sandy is responsible for the operational, administrative, and staffing functions of the firm, including developing and implementing company policy in these areas. Prior to joining O/L, she worked at PaineWebber. She attended the Morse School of Business in Hartford, Connecticut, where she received a secretarial certificate and studied English at Central Connecticut State University. She is a Connecticut notary public.

Liz Keenan

Receptionist & Operations Support

Liz efficiently bounces between front desk responsibilities and operational support. She was active in underwriting in the insurance industry for many years prior to joining O/L in 2009. She holds a BA from Wheaton College.

Erika J. LeBaron

Operations and Commissions Manager

Erika has been working in the field of brokerage operations since 1988. She oversees client operations for the firm and is directly responsible for O/L’s commissions and accounting functions. Erika is also actively involved in training office personnel. Prior to joining O/L in 1991, Erika worked at PaineWebber.

Celia Li


Celia is responsible for commissions processing and  general bookkeeping for the firm. Prior to joining O/L in 2000, she worked at the Salvage Alert Company. She received a BS in accounting from Central Connecticut State University.

William J. Nicholson

Chief Compliance Officer

Wil oversees and manages O/L’s compliance issues, ensuring that the firm is acting in accordance with regulatory requirements, and that the firm and its employees are abiding by internal policies and procedures. In addition to being a general securities representative, Wil is a general securities principal, a registered options principal, an introducing broker/dealer financial and operations principal, and a municipal securities principal. Prior to joining O/L in 2007, Wil served as vice president, compliance officer with Infinex Investments, Inc. He received a BA in history and sociology from the University of Connecticut.

Donna S. Rizzio

Operations Support Specialist

Donna services all custodial client operations. She is O/L’s operational liaison with its clearing firm, Pershing, as well as other custodians. She works directly with clients and registered representatives to process requests, solve problems, and manage the flow of paperwork. She received a BA in communications from Central Connecticut State University.

Sally Taetsch

Receptionist & Operations Support

Sally joined in 2012 to help handle front desk responsibilities.  She has 35+ years in the banking industry as an Operations Analyst Officer in customer service.

Investment Professionals

Clifford B. Backes

Vice President – Investments & Partner

Clif’s focus is on the long-term building of wealth for individual investors. He uses a proprietary system of investment analysis, drawing from strict top-down fundamental analysis from and his experience as a technical analyst and stock market historian. He has been in the investment business since 1982. Before joining O/L, he worked with First Investors Corp., Mosley Securities, and Fahnestock & Company. He is a registered options principal. Learn more about Clif’s Technical Analysis Seminar Series.

Jeffrey Cohan

Vice President – Investments

Jeff manages investments for individual, retirement, and institutional clients focused on growth and total return objectives. He began his career in 1980 as compliance and operations manager with Denton and Company, a Hartford-based regional broker. In 1990, he opened and managed the Hartford office of Boston-based regional broker Fechtor Detwiller. Before joining O/L in 2006, he was managing partner at Hartford’s Buell Securities Corp. Jeff received a BS in economics and finance from the University of Hartford and attended University of New Hampshire’s Whittmore School of Business.

Cliff Jarvis

Vice President – Investments & Partner

Cliff has been assisting individuals with comprehensive investment planning and implementation since 1983. He has been with O/L since 1991. He received a BA in economics from the University of Hartford and an MA in economics from the University of New Hampshire. Visit Cliff's Blog

Michael Lecours, CFP®

Financial Advisor & Marketing Manager

Michael is a Financial Advisor and co-manager of The AAA Portfolio. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge in several different financial disciplines to help solve client problems. In addition, Michael is responsible for marketing Ohanesian/Lecours and sits on the board of directors for both the Connecticut Forest & Park Association and the Farmington Land Trust. Prior to joining O/L, Mike was a senior account executive for Cashman + Katz Integrated Communications in Glastonbury, CT where he worked with clients in the financial industry. He received a BA in business administration from Marist College. Visit his blog: Confident Returns

Ronald G. Lecours, CFP®

Senior Vice President & Partner

Ron was a major force in building the investment firm and now manages more than $100 million of retirement assets for his clients. He specializes in the unique rules, investment management, distribution, and estate planning considerations for IRAs and other assets for retirement income planning. A Certified Financial Planner, Ron has served on the boards of the International Association for Financial Planning and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners. He has been a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and was named to Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group®, a national network of IRA specialists. He is a member of the Connecticut Chapter of the Financial Planning Association and the Estate and Business Planning Council of Hartford. Ron received a BA in psychology from the University of Connecticut and an M.Ed. from Boston College. Visit his blog: Confident Returns.

Richard Ohanesian, AIF®

President & Partner

Dick’s focus since 1977 has been on the management of defined contribution plans and defined benefit plans. He is actively involved in the design, installation, and ongoing asset management of retirement plans. He represents both public and privately held corporations throughout the East Coast. He employs an extensive list of rigorous standards and practices in managing pension plans as established by the Foundation for Fiduciary Studies. Dick also advises numerous trusts and foundations in establishing Investment Policy Statements and setting up monitoring policies and practices to encompass their stated investment objectives. As an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, he is a co-fiduciary of the plans he advises. Prior to joining O/L, Dick worked at major Wall Street firms including Paine Webber and E.F. Hutton trading institutional corporate and municipal bonds. He received an AB from Kenyon College. Visit his blog: Fiduciary Insight

Kenneth A. Rizzio, CLU, ChFC, AIF®

Financial Advisor & Partner

Ken has been advising clients in the areas of individual portfolio management, corporate retirement plans, and personal and corporate life insurance since 1981. Ken was affiliated with O/L for more than 10 years while a principal with Arthur A. Watson Co., Inc., and joined the firm full time in 2007. He uses asset allocation model portfolios designed specifically for the client’s risk tolerance and time horizon. Ken holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations from the American College and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.

Catherine M. Jaeger

Financial Advisor

The latest advisor to join the O/L team, Catherine is focused on guiding public and private corporations toward achieving optimal outcomes for their defined contribution and defined benefit plans. With nearly fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry, Catherine has previous experience with retirement plan reporting, as well as portfolio account reporting and performance analysis for high net worth individuals. Prior to joining the firm, Catherine worked at Tweedy, Browne Company LLC in New York City, and at FundQuest, Inc. in Boston. She received a BA in International Relations from Syracuse University.

Independent Representatives

Thomas Alexa Email
Raymond Brodeur Email
Richard Caruso Email
Brian Corridan Email
Gregory Guidone Email
Jay Hyland Email
Darlene Kuerzel Email
Kevin Losty Email
Christopher Seeley Email
Michael Stein Email