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Established in 2010, BellCast Partners provides recruitment services to investment firms across a wide range of strategies, fund sizes and geographies.

The BellCast experience is strategic, high touch, responsive and transparent.

We put an emphasis on building long-term relationships and trust with candidates so that our clients receive unparalleled access to candidates who are not necessarily looking for jobs.

We understand that cultural fit is often as important as investment acumen and we work closely with our clients to ensure the best match.

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ALISON BELLINO JOHNSTON

Co-Founder

DANIELLE CASTON STRAZZINI

Co-Founder

HANNAH CASEY

Search Consultant

JENNIFER CRAGIN

Search Consultant

SARAH FESSLER

Search Consultant

AMANDA FREEDMAN

Search Consultant

STEPHANNIE HERRAN

Research Consultant

JESSICA HERSCH

Search Consultant

MARISA MARXEN

Search Consultant

LUISA ERRICHETTI MCNAMARA

Search Consultant

ANA BEATRIZ SANI

Search Consultant

COLLEEN SULLIVAN

Search Consultant

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ALISON BELLINO JOHNSTON

Co-Founder

Alison co-founded BellCast Partners in 2010. Prior to BellCast, Alison was a Managing Director at CPI where she was responsible for Analyst to Partner level recruitment for private equity and real estate private equity funds. She began her career in human resources with Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Group in New York, focusing primarily on Analyst recruiting. She later managed Associate recruiting for Deutsche Bank’s Investment Banking Group in London.

A native New Yorker, Alison currently splits time between New York City and Manchester, VT. When not working, she loves to spend time outdoors with her husband and three sons, and is an avid traveler. Alison graduated from Villanova University and remains an enthusiastic supporter of Wildcats’ basketball. She is involved with numerous philanthropic organizations and is especially passionate about causes involving veterans.


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DANIELLE CASTON STRAZZINI

Co-Founder

Danielle co-founded BellCast Partners in 2010. Prior to BellCast, Danielle was a Managing Director at CPI, where she was responsible for Analyst to Partner level recruitment for private equity and real estate private equity funds. She started her career in the Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securitization Group at Nomura Securities, primarily underwriting hospitality and senior housing loans. Danielle graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College.

Originally from New Jersey, Danielle currently resides in Rye, NY with her husband, three sons and three Labrador Retrievers. In her free time, she can be found photographing her boys’ myriad sporting events, playing tennis or taking her pack of dogs for a walk. Personally, and through BellCast, Danielle supports a wide array of charitable organizations.

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HANNAH CASEY

Search Consultant

Hannah joined BellCast in 2021 as a Search Consultant to work on the firm’s pre-MBA recruiting mandates. Hannah previously worked at SG Partners in New York, where she focused on private equity and broader financial services recruiting. She graduated from Middlebury College.

Hannah grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Manhattan. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants, skiing and spending time with her sisters and friends in the city.

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JENNIFER CRAGIN

Search Consultant

Jennifer joined BellCast in 2020 as a Search Consultant and also leads the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. She previously spent sixteen years in the Capital Markets Group at Lazard, where she was responsible for structuring and negotiating private securities transactions between corporate clients and investors. Jennifer graduated from Lehigh University.

Jennifer currently lives in Rye with her husband and children. A native of Southern California, she loves to get back to see family and friends whenever possible.

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SARAH FESSLER

Search Consultant

Sarah joined BellCast in 2011 as a Search Consultant and leads Associate to Partner level engagements as well as manages several strategic initiatives for the firm. She started her career as an investment banking Associate in the Financial Sponsors Group at Jefferies & Company, where she managed the firm’s private equity transaction development efforts and served as staffer for the New York Analyst program. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from New York University.

Originally from Massachusetts, Sarah now resides in Darien, CT with her husband and children. Outside of work, you are most likely to find her at a favorite restaurant or spending time with her family in Cape Cod. Sarah is an active supporter of Boston CASA.


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AMANDA FREEDMAN

Search Consultant

Amanda joined BellCast in 2014 as a Search Consultant and leads Associate to Partner level engagements for the firm. Amanda started her career as an investment banking Analyst at Moelis & Company. Following banking, Amanda held private and public investing roles at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company and Merchants’ Gate Capital. She graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

A native of Michigan, Amanda now resides in Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, exploring new restaurants and watching University of Michigan sports (Go Blue!).

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STEPHANNIE HERRAN

Research Consultant

Steffie joined BellCast Partners in 2021 as a Research Consultant after spending ten years as a bilingual special education teacher in the New York City public school system. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from New York University.

Born in Cali, Colombia and raised in New Jersey, Steffie now resides in Staten Island. In her free time, she enjoys attending live music events, trying new restaurants, and visiting museums throughout the city. Steffie volunteers annually for the Special Olympics in New Jersey.

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JESSICA HERSCH

Search Consultant

Jessica joined BellCast in 2013 as a Search Consultant and helps lead the firm’s pre-MBA practice. Previously, Jessica was a recruiter at Glocap Search, where she focused on private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund investment professional search mandates. Jessica started her career as an Analyst at Citigroup in the Global Structured Credit Products and Subprime Portfolio Groups. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

A native New Yorker, Jessica resides in Manhattan with her husband and son. Outside of work, you can find her at her favorite local restaurant or spending time with her family on the North Fork.


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MARISA MARXEN

Search Consultant

Marisa joined BellCast in 2011 as a Search Consultant and leads many of the firm’s post-MBA to Partner level engagements. She started her career in management consulting at Oliver Wyman and spent several years working in brand management for consumer packaged goods companies, including Nestle USA and Dannon. Marisa graduated with distinction from Stanford University and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.

A native of Santa Monica, California, Marisa now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, you will find her at an Italian restaurant or trying out new dessert recipes and cake decorating techniques.

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LUISA ERRICHETTI MCNAMARA

Search Consultant

Luisa joined BellCast in 2015 as a Search Consultant and helps lead the firm’s pre-MBA practice as well as the firm’s corporate development practice. She joined from J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s Philanthropy Centre, an advisory group that provides clients with insights and services to meet their philanthropic goals. Prior to that, Luisa was an Analyst in the Private Bank’s Financial Sponsors Group. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.

A native of Connecticut, Luisa now resides in Brooklyn with her husband. Outside of work, she is an avid tennis player and enjoys staying active, exploring different areas of the city and spending time with friends and family.

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ANA BEATRIZ SANI

Search Consultant

Ana joined BellCast in 2012 as a Search Consultant and helps lead the firm’s pre-MBA practice. Prior to joining BellCast, Ana was a recruiter with SG Partners, where she executed searches for private equity funds and investment banks across all levels. She started her career as an Analyst in the Financial Services Group at Citigroup. Ana graduated from Williams College, where she was the captain of the women’s varsity soccer team.

A native of Brazil and current Manhattan resident, Ana enjoys trying new restaurants and exploring the outer boroughs. She is an avid traveler and FC Barcelona supporter. Ana serves on the Board of Directors for The Ali Forney Center.


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COLLEEN SULLIVAN

Search Consultant

Colleen joined BellCast in 2016 as a Search Consultant and helps lead the firm’s real estate private equity practice as well as the firm’s pre-MBA practice. Previously, Colleen worked in real estate private equity at Northwood Investors. Prior to joining Northwood, she was an investment banking Analyst in the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Colleen graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University.

Originally from New Jersey, Colleen now resides in Brooklyn. She enjoys traveling and is an avid hiker, having visited over 15 national parks across North America. Colleen is a member of the NextGen Board for the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter and an active volunteer for New York Cares.

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