Before beginning her career at Neighborhood Mortgage, Inc. Julie spent 19 years in the Residential Construction arm of the banking industry. She joined our team seven years ago and has been an integral part in delivering a customer service centered experience for our clients and business partners. Her business acumen and knowledge has proven invaluable while guiding clients through the mortgage process. This, coupled by Julie’s selflessness, is paramount in her approach to assisting team members and clients. Her endlessly positive attitude is infectious!
Julie and her husband Todd of 21 years reside in Cumming. She is a rare Georgia native and has lived in Cumming for the last 22 years. She is Mom to two daughters, a High School Senior and Seventh grader. The girls are athletes so in her spare time you can find Julie on the sidelines of the softball field or basketball court cheering on the girls with her husband. On the rare occasion they have a break from practice, regular season games or tournaments you can find the Jacksons hitting the bike trails on the Greenway or boating on Lake Lanier. Julie is also a volunteer in the children’s program at their Church.
Shawna is the epitome of integrity and hard work and approaches her role with an energetic spirit. With every mortgage processed she understands the importance of an efficient, seamless process. Whether it be a first-time home buyer or an experienced real estate investor, she approaches both with the same focus on an excellent customer service experience.
She is honored to be a part of helping every client reach their goal – the first-time homebuyer’s introduction to homeownership, the move-up buyer’s dream home closing or the downsizing buyer’s forever home. Shawna strives to provide the finest experience possible and her positive personality is infectious! She possesses the experience and knowledge necessary to assist clients navigate the mortgage process and works in tandem with them to ensure closing dates are met and the process is as efficient as possible. In addition to her experience in the mortgage industry, Shawna brings an accounting background which has proven invaluable in her processing role.
Outside of the office, she is a wife and mother to three beautiful daughters. Shawna and her husband enjoy spending time with family and can be found most weekends soaking up the sun boating on beautiful Lake Lanier or at the beach.
I was born in Trenton and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. As the youngest of 4, we enjoyed an amazing childhood on 5 acres with horses, and a pool to swim in during the summer and a pond to skate on in the winter. I started my college career at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove PA. This was a dry campus and a very small private college, and I knew that wasn’t for me. I quickly decided I liked the warmer weather better. So, I transferred to and graduated from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. I started my career as a Restaurant Manager in Alexandria, Virginia and then moved to Atlanta in the early 90’s.
As a temporary employee with Kelly Temps, I landed a fantastic job at Scientific Atlanta (now Cisco). They saw that I had a great work ethic and hired me full-time within two weeks. I ended my 7-year career there as the Worldwide Tradeshow and Event Coordinator. I met my husband Jim in July 1997, engaged July 1998 and married in the Bahamas in July 1999. We had about 40 folks come with us to the Bahamas and Jim’s favorite story is when we went to get our marriage license….they put me down as a spinster!
We bought our current house in Cumming, GA in 1998 and are raising 2 amazing teenage boys. Jamie and Patrick both attend South Forsyth High School and have enjoyed lots of sports, including karate, tennis, baseball and soccer. And were forced by me ???? to take some musical lessons with Jamie on the guitar and Patrick on the piano. They are both super smart (if I don’t mind saying so myself) and we look forward to seeing what path they will chose after high school.
We have rescued MANY animals in the 21 years of living there, 5 dogs, 4 cats and 1 squirrel. We currently have Taco Bell (chihuahua rescue from Angels Among Us), Tinker Bell (morky), Shtupid (kitty, nicknamed by the boys) and Thor the squirrel. Thor came to us via our cat’s mouth at about 6 days old. After feeding him puppy formula and eventually squirrel food, he was sent to freedom to live outside at 8 weeks old. That was May 1, 2019. He is still with us, visiting for nuts and treats whenever he hears us outside.
As for my career with Neighborhood Mortgage – I started in 2003 as a ‘whatever you need’ kind of position. Currently I am the Post Closing Manager responsible for clearing loans for purchase on our warehouse line. It’s a hectic, crazy, stressful job but I love it and I love the family we have here at Neighborhood Mortgage.
*Editor’s Note: You can also find Kris emptying the dishwasher, taking out the garbage, replenishing the toilet paper, giving a hug or a shoulder to lean on……..and scolding a few people for leaving their dirty dishes in the sink. She is the ultimate work Mom. If you don’t have a work Mom inquire with us about a career at NMI!
Judy started her mortgage career in 1986 as the Administrative Assistant to the President of BancPlus Mortgage in San Antonio, Texas. During the late 80’s she attended court reporting school and in the early 2000’s she studied Criminal Justice however the mortgage industry called her back each time. Judy brings an accommodative spirit to her approach in processing which clients appreciate, you can truly hear the smile in her voice. Anyone who has bought and sold a home knows how stressful all the moving parts can be. Judy takes pride in being able to steward her clients through the process as efficiently as possible.
Judy and her husband of 28 years relocated to Atlanta from Texas in 1994 and have been here with their three children, two sons and a daughter ever since. When not busy with her part-time job Ubering her daughter around town, she enjoys decorating and DIY projects. She especially loves attending horse shows and is the proud Mom to a beautiful Mare named Chanel as well as three dogs.
Laurie came to the mortgage industry after a career in the lighting industry. During college she and a friend started their own business, 3-D Lighting in Villa Rica. Through Cooper Lighting she obtained the Source Lighting Certification and used her expertise to collaborate with builders, architects and homeowners on lighting projects throughout her four-year career. In addition to running a successful business, Laurie was also a student at the University of West Georgia. When she wasn’t working on her studies or managing lighting projects you could find her in Athens, visiting friends, and watching UGA play football – GO DAWGS!
In 2004 she graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Real Estate and in 2006 she decided it was time to pursue her college degree joining the mortgage business as a loan officer. After four months she realized her passion was in the operations side of the industry and fell in love with processing. She found working directly with Underwriters and borrowers to obtain the goal of homeownership extremely rewarding. Laurie is a natural problem solver and enjoys facilitating the loan process for a smooth transaction, which can be difficult at times, with patience and a positive attitude. Her entrepreneurial spirit has played an integral role in the growth of Neighborhood Mortgage. Having been with us over a decade, her dedication to excellence is one of the key contributors to our success.
Lucky for all of us at Neighborhood Mortgage, Laurie roped her husband, Cory Wells, into the industry as a loan officer a few years ago. She is very proud of his hard work and enjoys working side by side with Cory. When they aren’t busy working with clients and business partners, they love watching sports and playing golf.
Laura has been in the mortgage business since 1986 and worked until her first child was born in 1999. She took a career break to stay at home with her son and daughter who are now a Sophomore in College and Senior in High School. In 2010, Laura returned to her mortgage career here at Neighborhood Mortgage, Inc.
Laura, and her husband Brad of 23 years, reside in Alpharetta with their daughter and their dog Chase the third child! She grew up in South and North Carolina and is a UNC graduate.
Laura loves to watch sports – all kinds – especially College Football and Basketball. She adopted the Georgia Bulldogs as her team since moving to Georgia in 2000……but that’s only when they aren’t playing the Tar Heels! Prior to moving to Georgia, Laura and Brad lived in San Francisco Bay Area. Laura is also an avid photographer (AKA picture taker), she is always the one gathering everyone for a photo, which we thank her for later. In addition, the Wheelers enjoy vacationing on the lake, going to the beach, attending outdoor concerts, spending time with family, friends and loved ones and are active members of their Church.
With keen attention to detail and exceptional organization skills Ashley has proven to be invaluable in assisting clients navigate the mortgage process as seamlessly as possible. She understands that her clients are busy with their careers and family obligations and appreciates the fact that gathering documents for mortgage approval can be daunting if not overwhelming at times. Her knack for helping dot the i’s and cross the t’s simplifies the process and clients love her!
Prior to joining the team at Neighborhood Mortgage, Inc., Ashley was the Director of Business Development for a Relocation Management company based in Atlanta and was a member of the Charlotte Metro Area Relocation Council as well as the Metro-Atlanta Relocation Council. Ashley has over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing and advertising for companies in Virginia and Georgia.
She attended Radford University in Virginia with a concentration in communications. Ashley is a huge Virginia Tech fan (Go Hokies!) having attended football games with her family before she could walk.
Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, Ashley moved to the Atlanta area over 7 years ago where she met her husband Houston, a loan officer here at NMI. Ashley and Houston reside in Cumming with their very active and adorable toddler son and black lab Dallas. When they are not tag teaming approvals and closings for their clients and business partners, they enjoy cheering on the Atlanta Falcons, the Crimson Tide and Hokies. They also enjoy playing ALTA tennis, spending time with family and getting to the beach or lake as much as possible.
Ashley looks forward to serving you and making you her next lifelong client!