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Fund governance

Representing our shareholders' interests

Diamond Hill Funds are committed to following sound corporate governance principles. We recognize that the key to our relationship with shareholders is trust. To build this trust, we are committed to providing full disclosure and transparency regarding fund governance. The Board of Trustees represent the interests of shareholders. The Board, along with the executive officers, are constantly guided by their fiduciary responsibility to act in the best interests of the shareholders they serve.

Board responsibilities

The trustees oversee all the portfolios and, among other duties, are responsible for:

  • Overseeing and reviewing fund performance.
  • Overseeing each fund's business, including the quality of its administrative, custody, distribution and investor services, pricing and fund audits.
  • Reviewing the fees that Diamond Hill charges and negotiating new fees where appropriate.
  • Reviewing and approving each fund's operating expenses and any changes to its investment objective and strategy.

Board members and management

Independent board of trustees

Tamara Fagely
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  • FINRA Series 6, 26, 27 Licenses (inactive)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), inactive
  • B.S. in Accounting, Winona State University (summa cum laude)


  • 2014-Present Retired
  • 2017-Present Independent Trustee of Allianz Variable Insurance Products Trust and Allianz Variable Insurance Products Fund of Funds Trust
  • 2001-2013 Chief Operations Officer, Hartford Funds
  • 1989-2001 Funds Treasurer, Fortis Financial Group
  • 1986-1989 Manager, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
  • 1981-1986 Audit Manager, KPMG LLP

Jody Foster
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  • MBA in Strategy and Finance, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • MPP in International Political Economy, Georgetown University
  • BA in Political Science, Pace University


  • 2010-Present Chief Executive Officer, Symphony Consulting LLC, Atlanta
  • 2007-2009 Senior Consultant, Sapphire Consulting, London
  • 2003-2007 Director, JPMorgan Chase, Chicago and London
  • 2001-2003 International Research Manager, Driehaus Capital Management, Chicago
  • 1999-2001 Equity Analyst, Burridge Growth Partners, Chicago
  • 1996-1999 Equity Analyst, Clover Capital Management, New York
  • 1991-1996 Legislative Director, U.S. House of Representatives

Anthony Ghoston
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  • Marian University 2003-2004
  • Indiana University -Purdue University 1984-1988


  • 2020-Present CEO, President, Informational Resources Consulting
  • 2020-Present President & Founder, Seed In The Ground – nonprofit organization
  • 2010-2020 President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Dividend Assets Capital, LLC
  • 2006-2010 CEO, Chief Operating Officer, Fund Administration Division, Huntington Assets Services, Inc.
  • 1989-2006 President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Unified Financial Services, Unified Fund Services, Inc.

John Kelly-Jones
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  • BS in Finance, College of Commerce, University of Illinois
  • BA in German, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois


  • 2018 – Present Retired
  • 2009 – 2017 Founding Partner, Independent Franchise Partners, LLP
  • 2001 – 2008 Vice President,(Executive Director and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Asset Management, London
  • 1998 – 2001 Vice President, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Australia
  • 1996-1998 Development Manager, Lend Lease Development Study, Australia
  • 1995 – 1996 Director Sales and Marketing, BII Lend Lease Investment Services, Indonesia
  • 1992 – 1995 Assistant General Manager, Lend Lease Corporate Services, Australia
  • 1988-1992 Vice President, Citibank, Ltd., Austrialia
  • 1987 -1988 Manager, Renouf Corporation Australia, Ltd.
  • 1984 -1987 Associate, Loan Officer and Credit Analyst, Creditanstalt, New York

Nancy Morris
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  • BA in Sociology and Ethics, Hartwick College
  • JD, University of Idaho


  • 2018 – Present Retired
  • 2018 – Present Independent Director of Water Island Capital Funds
  • 2012 – 2018 Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer, Wellington Management Company LLP
  • 2008 -2012 Executive Vice President And Chief U.S. Regulatory Counsel, Allianz Global Investors of America
  • 2004 – 2008 Attorney-Fellow and Secretary of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1993 – 2004 Vice President and Associate Legal Counsel, T. Rowe Price Associates
  • 1992 – 1993 Senior Attorney, Fidelity Investments
  • 1985 – 1992 Attorney, Council to Commissioner, and Deputy Chief Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 1983 – 1985 Associate, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan

Executive officers

Tom Line
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Chief Financial Officer

Tom serves as chief financial officer of Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries as well as president of the Diamond Hill Funds. He joined the firm in 2014.

Prior to joining Diamond Hill, Tom served as a trustee and chairman for Diamond Hill Funds from 2005 to 2014. From 2012 to 2014, Tom was chief operating officer for Lancaster Pollard & Company. He was managing director and chief financial officer for Red Capital Group from 2005 to 2012, and was vice president and treasurer from 2004 to 2005. From 2002 to 2004, Tom was president of Focused Financial Consulting, Inc. From 1998 to 2002, Tom was chief operating officer for Meeder Financial, Inc. From 1996 to 1998, he was vice president and treasurer for BISYS Fund Services, Inc. Prior to 1996, Tom spent seven years at KPMG in various roles.

Tom has a bachelor of science in accounting from Wake Forest University and is a CPA (inactive).

Karen Colvin
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Vice President & Secretary, Diamond Hill Funds


  • 2009 - Present Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc.
  • 2000 - 2009 AVP NF Investment Offerings – Nationwide Financial, Inc.
  • 1998 - 2000 Director of Product Development – Villanova Capital, Inc.
  • 1996 - 1998 Fund Accounting Manager – Nationwide Advisory Services, Inc.
  • 1988 - 1996 Audit Manager – Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P.


  • FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 27 and 63 Licenses
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), inactive
  • BS in Accounting, Miami University (magna cum laude)

Julie Roach
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Treasurer – Diamond Hill Funds


  • 2017 - Present Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc.
  • 2012 - 2017 Executive Director, Assistant Treasurer, Head of Valuation Oversight, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • 1993 - 2012 Senior Manager, Audit & Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • BSBA in Accounting, University of Dayton

Alyssa Bentz
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Chief Compliance Officer, Diamond Hill Funds


  • 2021 - 2024: Chief Compliance Officer, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc. and First American Funds Trust
  • 2015 - 2021: Compliance Manager, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc.
  • 2015: Interim Senior Unit Risk Manager, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc.
  • 2011 - 2015: Managing Director of Operations, U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc.


  • B.A. Economics / Minor Technical Communication, University of Minnesota


  • FINRA licenses - SIE, Series 7, Series 24, Series 63

Contact the independent trustees

Shareholders of the Diamond Hill Funds can send written communications (which should note the shareholder's full name and the number of shares held in each Diamond Hill Fund) for the independent trustees to or to:

Independent Trustees of Diamond Hill Funds
C/O Secretary, Diamond Hill Funds
325 John H. McConnell Blvd., Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215

Board policies and fund governance guidelines

  • 100% of the Board of Trustees must be independent, including the Board Chair.
  • Trustee compensation, except for that required to meet any tax liability resulting from the receipt of such compensation, must be invested in the Diamond Hill Funds, until a $250,000 minimum investment is met. Once the Trustee has $250,000 invested, a minimum of 30 percent of ongoing Trustee compensation must be invested in the Funds and, along with the initial $250,000, must remain invested for the entire term of their trusteeship.
  • The Board of Trustees conduct an annual self assessment to review each member with the goal of improving the Board's effectiveness.
  • Fund Governance Guidelines
  • Policy regarding submission of Trustee nominations
  • Policy regarding communication with the Trustees

Committee charters

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