Elite Women 2017

The glass ceiling hasn’t kept these women at bay. Meet 75 leaders and influencers who are shaping a more diverse mortgage industry

Elite Women 2017

In an industry where the majority of leadership roles are still dominated by men, the women on the following pages are slowly changing the status quo. An impressive 25% of the women on MPA’s 2017 Elite Women list hold top C-suite or leadership positions, including many founders and owners of their own companies and brokerages.

After receiving numerous nominations from readers around the nation, MPA culled this list to 75 women who have overcome obstacles and broken barriers to become some of the industry’s top professionals. On the following pages, you will be introduced to record-breakers, innovators, mentors and trendsetters who inspire the success of their peers every day and are using their collective influence to change the face of America’s mortgage industry.

Jennifer Zwick, Mortgage operations manager, TTCU The Credit Union

Jennifer Zwick, Mortgage operations manager, TTCU The Credit Union

Kelli Yarbrough, Vice president, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation

Kelli Yarbrough, Vice president, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corporation

Sally Wood, Senior vice president, Evolve Bank & Trust

Sally Wood, Senior vice president, Evolve Bank & Trust

Kim Wolcott, Producing district manager, Academy Mortgage Corporation

Kim Wolcott, Producing district manager, Academy Mortgage Corporation

Kerry Wirth, Chief operating officer, Waterstone Mortgage Corporation

Kerry Wirth, Chief operating officer, Waterstone Mortgage Corporation

Teresa Whitehead, CEO, Citywide Home Loans

Teresa Whitehead, CEO, Citywide Home Loans

Paula White, Regional vice president, McLean Mortgage Corporation

Paula White, Regional vice president, McLean Mortgage Corporation

Jessica Visniskie, Vice president, operations and strategic initiatives, GMH Mortgage Services

Jessica Visniskie, Vice president, operations and strategic initiatives, GMH Mortgage Services

Charlotte Tyson, Director of customer consulting, Genworth Mortgage Insurance

Charlotte Tyson, Director of customer consulting, Genworth Mortgage Insurance

Tonya Todd, Senior vice president - strategic products, Mountain West Financial

Tonya Todd, Senior vice president - strategic products, Mountain West Financial

Caren Tank, Director of joint-venture operations, loanDepot

Caren Tank, Director of joint-venture operations, loanDepot

Cristen Talbert, National underwriting manager, Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group

Cristen Talbert, National underwriting manager, Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group

Kristen Sieffert, President, Finance of America Reverse

Kristen Sieffert, President, Finance of America Reverse

MaryKay Scully, Director of customer education,  Genworth Mortgage Insurance

MaryKay Scully, Director of customer education, Genworth Mortgage Insurance

Judy Ryan, Vice president of corporate sales, Credit Plus

Judy Ryan, Vice president of corporate sales, Credit Plus

Ashley Rustom, Senior loan officer, Element Funding

Ashley Rustom, Senior loan officer, Element Funding

Lorena Rodriguez, Assistant vice president of operations,  Motive Lending

Lorena Rodriguez, Assistant vice president of operations, Motive Lending

Tammy Richards, Executive vice president, national operations, Caliber Home Loans

Tammy Richards, Executive vice president, national operations, Caliber Home Loans

Cathi Patrick-Davidson, Divisional president, Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group

Cathi Patrick-Davidson, Divisional president, Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group

Beth O’Brien, President and CEO, CoreVest American Finance

Beth O’Brien, President and CEO, CoreVest American Finance

Lola O’Mallan, Vice president of operations, Stearns Lending

Lola O’Mallan, Vice president of operations, Stearns Lending

Robin Morton, President and CEO, Cachet Real Estate Finance

Robin Morton, President and CEO, Cachet Real Estate Finance

Elizabeth Morales, Business development and marketing director, Applied Business Software

Elizabeth Morales, Business development and marketing director, Applied Business Software

Sue Melnick, Chief operating officer and chief compliance officer, Bay Equity Home Loans

Sue Melnick, Chief operating officer and chief compliance officer, Bay Equity Home Loans

Susan Meitner, President, CEO and founder, Centennial Lending Group

Susan Meitner, President, CEO and founder, Centennial Lending Group

Desteni Mason, Founder/owner, loan officer, KTL Performance Mortgage – The Mason Knows Mortgages

Desteni Mason, Founder/owner, loan officer, KTL Performance Mortgage – The Mason Knows Mortgages

Suzy Lindblom, Managing director, national fulfillment, Stearns Lending

Suzy Lindblom, Managing director, national fulfillment, Stearns Lending

Beeta Lecha, Senior tax manager, Spiegel Accountancy Corporation

Beeta Lecha, Senior tax manager, Spiegel Accountancy Corporation

Sheila Latiff, Senior director, Digital Risk

Sheila Latiff, Senior director, Digital Risk

Kara Lamphere, Director of correspondent lending and chief compliance officer, Mid America Mortgage

Kara Lamphere, Director of correspondent lending and chief compliance officer, Mid America Mortgage

Cindy Laffey, Mortgage planner, Inlanta Mortgage

Cindy Laffey, Mortgage planner, Inlanta Mortgage

Jamie Korus Pearce, President, Alliance Home Loans

Jamie Korus Pearce, President, Alliance Home Loans

Rebekah Balkcom Killgo, Senior loan originator/loan specialist, AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation

Rebekah Balkcom Killgo, Senior loan originator/loan specialist, AmeriSave Mortgage Corporation

Joni Kepler-Fleenor, Senior vice president and branch manager, InterWest Mortgage

Joni Kepler-Fleenor, Senior vice president and branch manager, InterWest Mortgage

Indu Kapoor, Vice president, branch manager and regional renovation manager, Guaranteed Rate

Indu Kapoor, Vice president, branch manager and regional renovation manager, Guaranteed Rate

Tina Jablonski, Senior vice president of business development, Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group

Tina Jablonski, Senior vice president of business development, Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group

Kelly Hendricks, Vice president, Delmar Financial Company

Kelly Hendricks, Vice president, Delmar Financial Company

Kristina Heath, Owner/loan officer, KTL Performance Mortgage – Your Expert Mortgage

Kristina Heath, Owner/loan officer, KTL Performance Mortgage – Your Expert Mortgage

Pam Hanbury, Chief financial officer, McLean Mortgage Corporation

Pam Hanbury, Chief financial officer, McLean Mortgage Corporation

Lynette Hale-Lee, Vice president, regional manager, Wintrust Mortgage

Lynette Hale-Lee, Vice president, regional manager, Wintrust Mortgage

Terrie Hagerty, Executive vice president and director, Citadel Servicing

Terrie Hagerty, Executive vice president and director, Citadel Servicing

Ruth Green, Senior vice president of operations, Primary Residential Mortgage

Ruth Green, Senior vice president of operations, Primary Residential Mortgage

Robin Gilmore, President, America’s Local Lender

Robin Gilmore, President, America’s Local Lender

Neusa Gillen, Cofounder and chief compliance officer, Family First Funding

Neusa Gillen, Cofounder and chief compliance officer, Family First Funding

Tereze Gegaj, Vice president - client service, United Wholesale Mortgage

Tereze Gegaj, Vice president - client service, United Wholesale Mortgage

Cathleen Schreiner Gates, Executive vice president - sales and marketing, Ellie Mae

Cathleen Schreiner Gates, Executive vice president - sales and marketing, Ellie Mae

Lizzie Garner, Executive vice president, Guaranteed Rate

Lizzie Garner, Executive vice president, Guaranteed Rate

Ann Fulmer, Chief strategy and industry relations officer, FormFree

Ann Fulmer, Chief strategy and industry relations officer, FormFree

Jennifer Fountain, Senior vice president of due diligence, Altavera Mortgage Services

Jennifer Fountain, Senior vice president of due diligence, Altavera Mortgage Services

DeAnn Ellis, Senior loan officer, Element Funding

DeAnn Ellis, Senior loan officer, Element Funding

Vicki DiPasquale, Vice president of sales, Simplifile

Vicki DiPasquale, Vice president of sales, Simplifile

Linda Davidson, Vice president - Branch Manager, Service First Mortgage

Linda Davidson, Vice president - Branch Manager, Service First Mortgage

Julie Crow, Branch manager and loan originator, Primary Residential Mortgage

Julie Crow, Branch manager and loan originator, Primary Residential Mortgage

Katrina Cole, Business development - marketing, Inlanta Mortgage

Katrina Cole, Business development - marketing, Inlanta Mortgage

Valerie Clymer, Loan originator, Watson Mortgage Corporation

Valerie Clymer, Loan originator, Watson Mortgage Corporation

Yvette Clermont, Branch manager, Inlanta Mortgage

Yvette Clermont, Branch manager, Inlanta Mortgage

Mary Cassell, Vice president, originations, Digital Risk

Mary Cassell, Vice president, originations, Digital Risk

Erika Butler, Branch manager, Primary Residential Mortgage

Erika Butler, Branch manager, Primary Residential Mortgage

Jill Burns, Executive vice president - operations, Mountain West Financial

Jill Burns, Executive vice president - operations, Mountain West Financial

Lori Brewer, President and founder, LBA Ware

Lori Brewer, President and founder, LBA Ware

Mellissa Bresch, Vice president - fulfillment operations, Stearns Lending

Mellissa Bresch, Vice president - fulfillment operations, Stearns Lending

Laura Brandao, Chief operating officer, American Financial Resources

Laura Brandao, Chief operating officer, American Financial Resources

Melissa Bradley, Vice president - processing, Satori Mortgage Financial Group

Melissa Bradley, Vice president - processing, Satori Mortgage Financial Group

Julia Borst, Senior vice president and divisional sales manager, Guaranteed Rate

Julia Borst, Senior vice president and divisional sales manager, Guaranteed Rate

Lauren Boger, Producing sales manager, On Q Financial

Lauren Boger, Producing sales manager, On Q Financial

Michelle Bobart, Senior vice president, Guaranteed Rate

Michelle Bobart, Senior vice president, Guaranteed Rate

Ginger Bell, President, education specialist, Go2Training

Ginger Bell, President, education specialist, Go2Training

Debbie Beier, Chief operating officer, GSF Mortgage Corporation

Debbie Beier, Chief operating officer, GSF Mortgage Corporation

Christine Beckwith, National vice president of Realtor and sales management, Annie Mac Home Mortgage

Christine Beckwith, National vice president of Realtor and sales management, Annie Mac Home Mortgage

Sarah Batangan, Senior vice president, strategic business operations, Stearns Lending

Sarah Batangan, Senior vice president, strategic business operations, Stearns Lending

Mary Bane, Vice president - regional production, loanDepot

Mary Bane, Vice president - regional production, loanDepot

Gina Baker, Chief sales officer, Alderus Mortgage

Gina Baker, Chief sales officer, Alderus Mortgage

Jean Badciong, Chief compliance officer, Inlanta Mortgage

Jean Badciong, Chief compliance officer, Inlanta Mortgage

Mindy Ashdown, Loan officer, Academy Mortgage Corporation

Mindy Ashdown, Loan officer, Academy Mortgage Corporation

Patty Arvielo, President and cofounder, New American Funding

Patty Arvielo, President and cofounder, New American Funding

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