Leadership Team

Laurel A. Eschbach, SHRM-CP
HR Manager

Laurel provides a well-rounded HR generalist perspective to Market Street Trust Company with a focus on increasing efficiency and productivity. Laurel has a passion for employee development – helping people realize their future goals and creating a plan for success. As a department of one, Laurel faces many challenges to keeping her area not only up to date and moving forward in a direction that supports collaboration and flexibility. Prior to joining Market Street, Laurel spent a few years in the hotel industry in the Front Desk and Sales/Catering departments.

Laurel recently achieved the Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation. Laurel holds a MS of Human Resource Development and a Corporate Training Advanced Certificate at Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Business Administration from Marist College. Laurel is an active member of the surrounding community through influential groups and volunteer work.

Chris R. Girts
Managing Director, Client Family Services & Business Development

Chris manages high-net worth client relationships for both individual and trust accounts. He works with individual and family group clients on financial and estate planning and advises clients on fiduciary issues.

Prior to joining Market Street, Chris was a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Scranton, PA, where he provided all aspects of wealth management, portfolio construction, and estate planning for individuals and families, including business owning families. He previously served as Executive Vice President with Ryder Asset Management. Before that, Chris spent more than 10 years in investment banking conducting equity research, advising some of the largest North American institutional investors, with Thomas Weisel Partners in New York City and San Francisco, and Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg, FL.

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Concordia College in Bronxville, New York and he holds several FINRA investment securities licenses, as well as a Pennsylvania Insurance License.

Tricia S. Khan
Chief Financial Officer

 Tricia is responsible for maintaining the integrity of accounting information and financial records for Market Street and its Clients, implementing strategic initiatives for corporate finance, and providing general oversight of the Accounting functional area. She works closely with Market Street’s internal and independent auditors, and assists with compliance and reporting to the New Hampshire Banking Department.

Prior to joining Market Street in 2017, Tricia was a Controller with Nucor Corporation where she managed the Finance, Procurement, Human Resources and Information Technology departments at one of its New York divisions. Tricia previously served as a Tax Manager with Ernst & Young, where she provided tax advisory and compliance services to financial institutions doing business within the Caribbean. Tricia is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. Hons.) degree from the University of London.

Molly M. Mulligan
Brand Strategy Manager

Molly joined Market Street in 2015 as part of the Business Development Team. She is responsible for managing Market Street Trust’s internal and external brand including marketing materials, presentations, design, and content review. Additionally, she is responsible for aligning and coordinating industry speaking engagements with internal subject-matter experts. Molly is also responsible for the coordination and execution of client and industry outreach events.

Prior to joining Market Street, Molly worked as the Manager of Events for the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce in Corning, NY. Molly received her Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and has received a Certificate in Marketing Strategy through Cornell’s online learning program.

Sara J. Roupp
Chief Fiduciary Officer

Sara's responsibilities include managing all aspects of trust and estate administration in accordance with established policies, applicable laws and regulations governing fiduciaries and trust companies. In addition, she is responsible for developing and administering Market Street's compliance program.

In her role she works closely with officers, managers, and employees to insure that all policies and procedures, as well as legal and regulatory requirements, are properly followed.

Prior to joining Market Street, Sara served as a Trust Officer with First Citizens National Bank, a Community bank located in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where she managed investment, retirement and personal trust accounts. Sara received her B.S. in Business Administration from Mansfield University and has completed numerous advanced training courses in trust administration, financial planning, and retirement services.

Rusdi Sumner
Managing Director, Client Family Services & Senior Financial Planner

Rusdi joined Market Street in 2020 to lead the financial planning program and to oversee the management of client relationships. She works closely with all of Market Street’s relationship managers, as well as the Trust, Tax, Investments, and Insurance teams to deliver full financial plans to all of our clients.

Prior to joining Market Street, Sumner was Vice President and Managing Director of Tompkins Financial Advisors, overseeing approximately $1.6 billion in assets under management. In addition to leading a team of financial advisors, trust officers, portfolio managers, financial planners and wealth associates, she also served on the Tompkins Trust Company Bank’s leadership team and as an Innovation Ambassador. Prior to being appointment Managing Director, Sumner was responsible for financial planning for the Central New York region, serving clients located throughout the country. Before joining Tompkins Financial Advisors, Sumner was President and Co-Owner of Avalon Homes, a custom home building and land development company for 10 years.

Sumner received a B.A. from Cortland State University summa cum laude in Business Economics and Communications. She also holds a dual-degree MBA with distinction from Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management and the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, CA). Rusdi serves on the board as Treasurer for the Ithaca Community Childcare Center and previously served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity and Better Housing for Tompkins County.

Kimberley C. Taft
Executive Assistant

Kim joined Market Street in April 2015 and provides administrative support to Kara G. Pass, President and CEO. Prior to joining Market Street, Kim was Paralegal at a premiere law firm in the Elmira/Corning area. Kim has her certification in paralegal studies and has over 20 years’ experience as a paralegal.

Robert J. White, CFA, CFP®
Director, Investments

Robert is responsible for developing Market Street's investment strategies as well as providing guidance on portfolio construction. He is also responsible for manager research and selection.

Prior to joining Market Street, Robert most recently worked within the UK's regulatory structure where he implemented a methodology to determine if a portfolio had been mismanaged against client objectives. Previously, Robert worked for Gerrard Investment Management (part of Barclay's Bank) where he served as a portfolio manager and fund analyst. He was responsible for manager selection and also provided internal guidance on portfolio construction. Robert has also held fund analyst and investment manager roles at Fidelity International and HSBC Investments.

Robert received a B.S. (Honors) degree in Business Management from King’s College, University of London, and an MBA from Michigan State University. He is a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and also holds the right to use both the Chartered Financial Analyst® and Certified Financial Professional® designations.

Robert most recently served on the Board of Directors for the Horseheads Family Resource Center. He has previously served as a member of the Investments and Property Committee for the Corning Community College Development Foundation, and has volunteered as a grants panelist for the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.