The Instructors

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Options Institute Faculty

Kevin Davitt - InstructorKevin Davitt: Kevin Davitt is a Senior Instructor for The Options Institute, the educational arm of the Cboe. Kevin joined Cboe in 2015. Prior to his work with The Options Institute, he was a successful Market Maker on the floor of the Cboe for LETCO Trading/TD Options as well as Market Street Securities. Davitt traded a number of Russell Indices between 2003 and 2007. He has worked with retail and institutional clientele in the markets and also has extensive experience in commodity trading. Davitt has provided commentary for Bloomberg, Reuters, Barchart, Inside Futures and various other market based media. He is a graduate of Marquette University (Finance and Political Science). Kevin is a proud Evans Scholar Alum. Outside of work he enjoys time with his wife, young son, and dog. Kevin likes to read, run, and see live music.

Jermal Chandler - InstructorJermal Chandler: Jermal Chandler is an instructor with the Cboe Options Institute, the educational arm of Cboe Global Markets, Inc. He joined Cboe in 2017. Before coming to the Institute in 2018, Jermal began his 10-year trading career at Peak6 Capital Management in 2006, first as a trading associate and later as an equity options portfolio manager. Additionally, Jermal served two years as a Cboe Futures Exchange (CFE) regulator and one year as a FINRA regulatory analyst. Jermal has appeared on the TD Ameritrade Network and Yahoo Finance discussing options and volatility. Along with working at the Institute, he serves as an instructor with the Options Industry Council (OIC). Prior to the start of his trading career, Jermal had an extensive background as a chemist and engineer. Mr. Chandler is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, with a B.S. in Chemistry, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering.

Roma Colwell-Steinke - InstructorRoma Colwell-Steinke: Roma Colwell-Steinke is an Instructor with the Cboe Options Institute, the educational arm of the Company. Colwell-Steinke who joined Cboe in 2013, produces and teaches educational programs for public and institutional investors. She has presented to investors and traders across the U.S. and conducted educational webinars for both the Institute and various Cboe member firms. In addition to responsibilities held with the Institute, Colwell-Steinke serves as an Instructor with the Options Industry Council (OIC). Prior to joining the Institute, she was a Designated Primary Market Maker on the trading floor of Cboe and was an educator at Group One LP, teaching new traders the art of market making.

Guest Faculty

Marshal V. (Marty) Kearney - Guest FacultyMarshal V. (Marty) Kearney: Marty Kearney began his long association with the Cboe Global Markets when he became an independent Market Maker in early 1981. Mr. Kearney traded options full time on the trading floor until 1992 and periodically thereafter until 1996. In early 1992 he became a founding partner and Registered Options Principal of a brokerage firm based in Chicago, a member firm of the Cboe. Mr. Kearney's responsibilities included development and implementation of hedging and trading strategies using listed options for their institutional clients as well as their retail investors. Mr. Kearney is the co-author of Understanding LEAPS®, published by McGraw-Hill, September 2002.

He has been a regular contributor to many news services including Reuters, Derivatives Week, BARRON'S, CNBC, Bloomberg, Group W, The CBS Radio Network, FORTUNE, Ticker Magazine, Stock Futures and Options, BBC TV and Radio, NPR, and others. Mr. Kearney served on various committees at the Cboe, including the Arbitration Committee from 1984 to 1996. Prior to joining the Cboe Mr. Kearney was a marketing director for NCR Corporation. Mr. Kearney is a graduate of St. Mary’s University (MN), BS, 1971, and pursued his MBA at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. In 2006 he completed a 3-year SII/SIA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

About The Options Institute at Cboe:
Founded in 1985, The Options Institute at Cboe is the leader in options and volatility trading education, hosting hundreds of seminars each year attended by tens of thousands of investors worldwide. Enriching the learning process with innovative programs, both live and online, The Options Institute reaches a diverse universe of investors, with varying levels of options education and experience: retail customers, institutional investors, financial advisors, fund managers, brokers and regulators. The Institute also partners with trading and brokerage firms to conduct presentations for their staff and customers. Learn more at