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There is a reason why we are one of the top home loan originators in the country — our people. Our team of professionals understands the processes involved in loans and refinances and will be there for you for every step on your way to your new home or your refinance. From your initial paperwork until the day your loan is complete, our team will focus on helping you build your future. Take a few minutes to get to know the team at Simplify Home Loans LLC. Then, give us a call at 888-690-1744 and put us to work for you!

Jacob Deegan


NMLS # 153997
Jacob has been involved in the mortgage business since 2001 when he was a senior in high school dividing his time between his education and working for a mortgage company. Within his first few months on the job, he set the company record for most loans closed in a month. By age 20, he was managing the highest producing loan officer team of the year. Over the next 16 years, he continued to gain experience, managing as many as 30 personnel simultaneously. He was ranked as the #1 highest producing loan officer of VA loans for 5 years straight (2010-2014) by Scotsman Guide, the mortgage industry’s main publication.

In August 2016, Jacob founded Simplify Home Loans, LLC. As the owner, operator and mortgage loan originator, he is primarily responsible for overseeing the process of loan acquisition, researching new innovations, arranging loans for our clients and managing finances. He is the architect of our company’s mindset. Jacob created Simplify Home Loans, LLC to be a client-oriented resource for veterans and their families. He emphasizes to his clients and his team that his #1 goal is to put our clients in the very best financial position possible, and he makes good on his word by searching through over 200 different lenders’ rate sheets to secure the best loan options that meet the needs of our clients.

In addition to aiding veterans, Jacob loves golf, sports (especially the Utah Jazz), riding ATVs and being a father to his amazing 5-year-old boy, Hudson.

Joshua Jensen

Senior Loan Officer

NMLS #1007491
Meet Joshua J. Jensen! Joshua has been with Simplify Home Loans from the very start. We are proud to have him aboard because Josh has been among the top 10 producing VA loan officers in the nation in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and he plans to return to the top 10 once again in 2018. Over the course of his career, Josh has helped save his veterans a combined total of more than $35,000 a month! At Simplify Home Loans, Josh says he enjoys its close-knit group of coworkers. He describes his service at this company this way: “As a loan officer, you have to be licensed and have to continue to enhance your mortgage education. I am able use my experience to help other team members with questions, issues or concerns that they may run into which might be outside of the normal loan requirements.”

Family time is the most important time to Josh. All his hobbies incorporate his family, whether it’s playing at parks with their dogs or finding new places to enjoy breakfast together on the weekends. From March to November, Josh and his family enjoy Real Salt Lake soccer, and from September through January, they root for Wisconsin football, both the Badgers and the Packers. Josh loves golf. He says he owes a lot of what he has to having golf as a hobby. Not only has the game taken him all over the continent, golf was also the reason he met his wife! Joshua and his wife have been married for five years, and now they are busy chasing around their little daughter who’s an even busier toddler.

Jen Pierce

Senior Loan Officer

NMLS #1452789
Meet Jen Pierce! Serving as a Senior Loan Officer, Jen joined our ranks at Simplify Home Loans in April of 2019. She has worked in the mortgage industry for 10 years (eight of which she worked with Simplify’s owner, Jake Deegan). Jen received her bachelor’s degree from Weber State University. She and her family grew up in Bountiful, Utah, but she has also spent several years living out of state in Arizona, Texas and even Brazil! Jen said, “When I’m not working, I’m usually on the river fly fishing, golfing, attending a sporting event, or spending time with friends and family.” And regarding Simplify Home Loans, Jen said, “It definitely has a family atmosphere where all team members are happy to do anything they can to get a loan closed.” She said, “As a Loan Officer I pride myself in being very thorough, transparent and direct. … In fact, my friends would qualify me as an “over-explainer,” but this quality comes in handy in the mortgage industry.”

Jared Read

Loan Officer

NMLS # 1734887
Meet Jared Read! Simplify Home Loans is happy to welcome Jared, our new loan officer, to the team! Jared is the second oldest of five children. He has two brothers and two sisters. Jared comes from a very close-knit family. In fact, Jared’s family members all live within a few minutes of one another. He says his 6-year-old daughter, Jayvree, has him wrapped around her finger. Jared loves every minute of watching his daughter grow up, though he says it’s happening way too fast. He enjoys outdoor activities like golfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, camping and mountain hikes with Jayvree and their two dogs. Jared loves the environment at Simplify Home Loans and appreciates being a part of a great team. He says he wants to provide the best possible customer service to the veterans who have served our country so well.

Nathan Walker

Loan Officer

NMLS # 66788
Meet Nathan Walker! Simplify Home Loans welcomes Nathan as a Loan Officer. He began working with us in December 2018. Nathan has three children. He loves to go camping with his family. They like to take their side-by-sides to the mountains to go trail-riding. Nathan also enjoys playing golf and going to the gym. He appreciates how our company plans activities outside of work, which contributes to the many reasons why Simplify Home Loans seems like a family. Nathan said, “I feel like I can contribute to the company’s success with my years of experience in the mortgage industry.” Nathan also said he has been originating loans for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has been grateful for the opportunity to work with veterans and to serve their families with their mortgage and financial needs.

Nathan Blair

Loan Officer

NMLS #1614806
Meet Nathan Blair! We are proud to have Nathan as a loan officer here at Simplify Home Loans. Nathan says he enjoys helping others with their financial needs, and he loves to spend every free moment with his family. When asked what the best part is about working for our company, Nathan said it’s that we “simplify home loans.” He also appreciates that he can tell borrowers that we can help because we’re genuinely able to provide them with the best rate and some of the best pricing.

Eli Harry

Loan Officer

NMLS #1899141
Meet Eli Harry! He joined the Simplify Home Loans family in the fall of 2019 as a Loan Officer Assistant. Eli has a bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Business Management. He has a wonderful wife and two quickly growing stepchildren, ages 11 and 13. In his free time, Eli enjoys skiing and ice climbing. When asked what he appreciates about being part of the Simplify team, Eli said, “I enjoy all my co-workers and the environment. I like taking good care of individual borrowers and keeping the file moving as quickly as possible.”

Jake Hardman

Senior Loan Officer

NMLS #66785
Meet Jake Hardman! Jake has served as a Loan Officer for Simplify Home Loans since spring of 2020. He has been married to his wife for 10 years. They have a 3-year-old son named Winston and a 5-year-old daughter named Emmi. Jake’s family currently lives in Bluffdale, Utah. His hobbies are hunting, hiking, watching sports, and flipping items on eBay for profit. “I have been doing eBay for years and have sold thousands of items that I have picked up second-hand and then sold them for a profit,” Jake said. Also, he appreciates the way Simplify Home Loans cares about each client. “The client experience is the No. 1 priority at Simplify, which makes all our clients’ process extremely easy and seamless,” Jake said. When asked about the ways that he helps to bring about the success of the company, Jake said, “I contribute my 10 years of mortgage expertise to Simplify. I have closed thousands of loans, so I have come across almost any unique situation that can be imaginable and then find a solution to get my clients their mortgage.”

Eric Jorgensen

Loan Officer

NMLS #66795
Meet Eric Jorgensen! Though Eric began working at Simplify Home Loans in April 2020, he has been originating loans since 2003. Eric has been married for 17 years and has three great kids. As for his favorite pastimes, he loves to eat, snow ski, ride motorcycles and travel! Eric expressed what he appreciates about Simplify Home Loans: “We do make things simple for clients,” Eric said. “Loans don’t have to be confusing. We make them simple!” Eric contributes to the company through his experience and commitment. “I have personally closed over $800,000,000 in mortgages,” Eric said. Serving at a company like Simplify has special meaning to Eric. “My dad was an Army Captain,” he said. “I love to help veterans and their families.”

Travis Garlick

Loan Officer

NMLS #1901227
Meet Travis Garlick! He has worked as a Loan Officer with Simplify Home Loans since December of 2019. In his free time, Travis said he enjoys stock market trading, internet marketing and traveling. When describing his favorite aspect of Simplify Home Loans, Travis said, “We care about our customers. I work hard, as a loan officer, to make sure our borrowers are bettering their situation.”

Tyler Berry

Loan Officer

MLS #2004581
Meet Tyler Berry! Tyler has worked as a Loan Officer Assistant with Simplify Home Loans since the fall of 2019. He loves anything and everything to do with sports: Tyler is a big fan of the New York Yankees, the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Falcons. He enjoys working at Simplify because he says everyone is extremely easy to work with and always willing to help. And Tyler said he contributes to the success of Simplify by making sure borrowers’ documents and questions are received and answered in a timely and professional manner.

Mitch Larsen

Loan Officer

NMLS #2002510
Meet Mitch Larsen! Since the late summer of 2020, Mitch has worked at Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle East Studies – Arabic. Mitch has a wonderful wife, Sarah; a stepson, David; and a daughter, Layla. He loves to play and watch sports. Mitch enjoys hiking, fishing, traveling and connecting with people wherever he goes. “I love being part of a company that is committed to helping others to fulfill the American Dream through home ownership and bettering their financial situation,” Mitch said. “As a soldier in the U.S. Army, I have learned the importance of working as a team, giving 100%, and always looking for ways to improve my performance.

Chandler Wilson

Loan Officer

NMLS #1999761
Meet Chandler Wilson! Sales Assistant Chandler Wilson joined Simplify Home Loans in May of 2020. He completed his associate degree in high school and now is working toward admittance to medical school. Though he acknowledges that the road will be long, Chandler believes he will enjoy Anesthesiology. He says he loves getting together for Sunday dinners, family game night and trips to Disneyland. On weekends Chandler enjoys planning adventures, longboarding, music and hitting the racetrack. He became interested in finance as a teenager and has worked on investments ever since. Chandler says he loves the personal growth he has found while working with the confident and capable people at Simplify Home Loans. He also values all the new insights he has gained while exploring the mortgage world. Chandler says he plans to apply what he has learned at Simplify when he purchases a property of his own.

Harrison Schiffbauer

Loan Officer

MLS #1928909
Meet Harrison Schiffbauer! Harrison joined the team at Simplify Home Loans in January 2020 as a Loan Officer Assistant. He has a degree in programming from Salt Lake Community College. “After working at a company auditing mortgages, I started to pursue a career in mortgage, and I gained a passion for working in this industry,” Harrison said. “I studied hard and completed the certifications to become an appraiser and have been currently studying to be a Loan Officer.” Harrison enjoys listening to music, playing games, and building computers when he has some free time. He says he also enjoys cooking dinner and making treats for his family. “I would say the part I love the most about this job is the ability to help people save money,” Harrison said. “I enjoy the feeling of being able to help someone and get them into a better situation.” Harrison feels that he contributes to the success of Simplify Home Loans because he loves to work. “To me, coming and doing a productive day’s work helps push the company forward,” Harrison said. “I also have two years of mortgage auditing experience, as well as three years of anti-fraud.”

Ben Parker

Loan Officer

MLS #2005406
Meet Ben Parker! He joined our team at Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant in the summer of 2020. Ben grew up in Utah. He moved to Seattle where he met his wife, Mckenna, and his dog. Ben says family is the most important thing, so he and his sweetheart moved back to Utah to be closer to their relatives. In his free time, Ben loves to play sports. Specifically, he enjoys golfing, fishing, football, basketball, and anything outdoors. “I really like being a part of the mortgage industry and helping people save money by helping them get into a loan that is best for them,” Ben said. And when asked how he helps Simplify Home Loans to be successful, Ben said, “I contribute to the success of the company by providing excellent customer service during all customer interactions.”

Michelle VanAllen

Director of Operations

Meet Michelle VanAllen! Since the very beginning, Michelle has been a faithful and essential part of Simplify Home Loans. She began in 2015 as the personal assistant to owner Jake Deegan, helping him prepare for the launch of the company, where she continues to serve a vital role as office manager. Michelle studied office management at Utah Valley University. Specifically, she is in charge of all the licensing for the company and for the loan officers. In short, Michelle says she takes care of everything that’s not loan-related for the company.

She enjoys the staff and the company culture at Simplify, and she loves that their team gets to help veterans. Michelle and her amazing husband, Zach, are approaching their 13th year of marriage. They have 2 adorable kids, a 7-year old girl and a 1-year old baby boy. Michelle loves to spend time at her family’s cabin in the summertime, and she says her family is “a little bit obsessed” with Disneyland. They have visited “the Happiest Place on Earth” four times in the past two years, and they have plans to return again at least once in 2020.

Christopher Sirstins

Marketing Manager

Meet Christopher Sirstins! Starting in the fall of 2019, Simplify Home Loans welcomed Christopher as our Marketing Manager. Christopher has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Journalism from the University of Utah. He was doing marketing for another mortgage company prior to working for Simplify Home Loans. Christopher was anxious to accept this position because it was a great opportunity for him to build a marketing department from the ground up. Christopher and his wife have been married for two and a half years, and they have a beautiful baby girl! Christopher loves to travel. His favorite place in the world is Rome, but Disneyland is a very close second. Christopher also loves to watch (and play) sports, particularly Utah football. He also admits to loving fantasy football a little too much. Christopher also collects and builds LEGO: He says it’s “kinda nerdy, but oddly therapeutic.” “Simplify is a relatively small company, but doing big things, and I wanted to be a part of everything happening around here,” Christopher said. “I want to provide Simplify with the marketing tools needed to build upon the success they’ve experienced thus far, with the goal of growth and expansion.”

Maggie Peterson

Administrative Coordinator

Meet Magnificent Maggie Peterson! Since 2017, Maggie has been faithfully serving at Simplify Home Loans as an Administrative Assistant. Maggie has been invaluable to Simplify as she toils in her multi-faceted role, which also includes her assistance with IT administrative work. Or to put it another way, Maggie takes care of everything for the company that isn’t loan-related. Maggie loves to try new things, Disneyland and plants. She has been married to her best friend since 2014. Maggie and her husband love the outdoors. Together they enjoy hiking and embarking on adventures. She also loves the culture at Simplify Home Loans. “Not only does Simplify make it their No. 1 priority to help veterans,” Maggie said, “but they truly care about everyone who helps to make it all come together.”

Lexis Rockwood

Administrative Assistant

Meet Lexis Rockwood! As an Administrative Assistant, Lexis has served as a personal assistant to Jake Deegan since May of 2020. When asked what she appreciates about working for Simplify Home Loans, Lexis said, “I love this companies’ morals and appreciation for employees!” And regarding what she does to contribute to the success of Simplify, Lexis said, “I do whatever I am told, whenever I am told to.” She said she attends to those little forgotten details and tasks that others have no time to do.

Breanna Norman

Administrative Assistant

Meet Breanna Norman! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Breanna as an Administrative Assistant in the spring of 2020. She enjoys any activity that involves the outdoors, including camping, boating, hiking, four-wheeling, shooting, etc. Breanna also loves to play pickleball. She says her favorite aspect of working for Simplify Home Loans is the people because everyone is so nice and friendly.

Bryson Peterson

IT Support Specialist

Meet Bryson Peterson! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Bryson as an IT Support Specialist in September of 2020. He is working on obtaining his bachelor’s degree in software engineering. Bryson said he’s been happily married for seven years. He enjoys playing video games and basketball with his friends. Bryson also loves to embark on outdoor adventures, and he’s a big fan of watching the NBA and NFL. Go 49ers! When asked about his role at Simplify, Bryson said his job is to help with any technical issues and to ensure that his team members have functional workstations for completing their jobs effectively. And when asked about his favorite aspect of Simplify Home Loans, Bryson answered, “The environment that the CEO has created for everyone here. Honestly, it’s a great company to work for.”

Nellie Watts

Processing Team Lead

Meet Nellie Watts! She has worked with Simplify Home Loans for a year (and counting) as a Processing Team Lead. Nellie is married and has an adorable 3-year-old son. She says her family means everything to her, and they serve as her primary source of motivation. Nellie joked that her two hobbies are working and being a mom. She said Simplify is a great place to work where she serves by closing loans and helping to teach others to follow suit. She always endeavors to have an upbeat attitude and to spread positivity. “I love how we are always evolving,” Nellie said. “We always try to make the process of mortgages better, smoother and quicker!”

Nate Gazaway

Loan Processor

Meet Nate Gazaway! Simplify Home Loans welcomes Nate as our newest loan processor! He says he likes the office atmosphere at Simplify and appreciates that our company is excelling at a time when many other mortgage companies are struggling. Nate has been married since 2006. He loves spending time with his wife, especially on road trips! Nate is also a big sports fan who loves to root for the Utah Jazz and the Denver Broncos.

Joshua Andrade

Loan Processor

Meet Joshua Andrade! Currently studying Business Management online at BYU-Idaho, Joshua joined Simplify Home Loans in October 2019 as a Loan Officer Assistant. He has worked in the mortgage industry as a Post-Closing Auditor, Loan Processor and Loan Officer Assistant since 2014. Joshua is multilingual as he is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Originally hailing from Las Vegas, Joshua married a lovely Brazilian gal named Francimara while in Mexico in 2014. Joshua and his wife love music. They are big concert-goers who attend many rock and indie shows. He is also a cinephile who loves all types of movies, from Hollywood blockbusters to independent foreign films. Joshua is an avid gamer who plays a wide variety of games on Xbox and PC. He also loves to travel and has visited several states in the U.S., as well as Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Brazil. “Working at Simplify is like being part of a big family with different backgrounds and personalities but who all share the same strong desire and dedication to helping and guiding our borrowers through the mortgage process,” Joshua said. “I love to solve problems and complicated puzzles. At Simplify I use that passion to help my borrowers get through a sometimes-difficult mortgage process by facing any challenge head-on with a positive attitude and working relentlessly to resolve any matter as quick as possible while keeping my borrowers closely informed of any situation.”

Jordan Vu

Loan Processor

Meet Jordan Vu! Jordan has worked as a Loan Officer Assistant for Simplify Home Loans since July of 2019. Her hobbies include spending time at the gym, yoga and the Utah Jazz. Jordan loves that Simplify Home Loans is a family-oriented, ever-growing company with positive vibes and great borrowers. And she contributes to Simplify by creating meaningful connections with borrowers for their lifelong business needs.

Alicia Schmaling

Loan Processor

Meet Alicia Schmaling! Simplify Home Loans brought Alicia onboard as a Loan Processor in March of 2020. She is currently a pre-nursing student at Utah Valley University, though she is always grateful for summer vacation. Alicia says she’s a single mom of four amazing kids. And she loves books, music, true crime podcasts and water. “I would live in water if I could,” Alicia said. “I love Utah because there are so many ways to enjoy it: Mountains, desert, lakes — it’s great here!” Alicia is also part of a women’s only shooting league, where she loves to learn about guns, self-defense and protection. Alicia said she really appreciates the atmosphere at Simplify Home Loans. “The mortgage industry is stressful, to say the least, but Simplify Home Loans has made me want to come to work every day,” Alicia said. “The people are great and the great things we are able to do for veterans are so important.” Alicia says she hopes that her knowledge and experience in the mortgage industry can be helpful for others.

McKenna Parker

Loan Processor

Meet McKenna Parker! She has worked as a Loan Officer Assistant with Simplify Home Loans since March of 2020. McKenna has her bachelor’s degree in business administration with emphases in marketing and management. She has a husband named Ben and a dog named Harley. McKenna and her family members love to travel, try new things and be outdoors. She appreciates how Simplify welcomes employees as part of a family-like team. “Everyone here has a common goal of helping borrowers the best that they can and offer the best support in order to get that done,” McKenna said. She contributes to the success of the company by giving customers the best experience possible to alleviate stress or questions that they might encounter along the way.

Kd Apgood

Loan Setup Team Lead

Meet Kd Apgood! As a Loan Office Assistant for Simplify Home Loans, Kd has been taking care of “Locks and Docs” since March 2020. Kd has a 2-year-old little boy, and she says her little, two-person family is everything to her. Kd says she loves the people and the atmosphere at Simplify Home Loans. “Everyone is so close and personable,” Kd said. It is her responsibility to lock all rates for the loan officers and borrowers and to send out the required documentation for the loan.

Becky Jensen

Loan Setup

Becky is responsible for sending information via eDisclosure, registering loans, ordering titles and locking rates. She has worked in the VA loans industry since 2014 and has always loved the people and the relaxed atmosphere. Simplify Home Loans in particular feels like a tight-knit family to her.

Becky earned her aesthetician’s license from the Mandalyn Academy in 2012. Outside the office, she greatly enjoys hiking, camping, attending concerts, spending time with her friends and boyfriend, caring for her two cats, and cleaning her home.

Paige Jolley

Loan Setup

Meet Paige Jolley! She began with our Loan Setup Team in January 2020. Paige graduated from Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, Utah, in 2014. She is an only child who enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with her family and her dogs. Paige says the best part about working for Simplify Home Loans is that everyone is so friendly. “It really feels like a family environment,” Paige said. In her role with Simplify Home Loans, Paige says she helps her customers lock in the best rates as quickly as possible.

Emily Sanchez

Loan Setup

Meet Emily Sanchez! Emily has been doing Loan Setup for Simplify Home Loans since August 2020. She enjoys the outdoors. Emily loves skiing, camping, and hiking, as well as being with friends and family. Her favorite aspect of working for Simplify is that everyone functions as a team. “Ever since I started, everyone has been so helpful with being patient with teaching me the SHL way,” Emily said. “I love it so far! I am a team player and have a drive to learn more every day.”

Megan Calton

Loan Officer Assistant Team Lead

Meet Megan Calton! She has served as a Loan Officer Assistant with Simplify Home Loans since December 2019. Megan says that she and her husband, Josh, have three kids that keep them busy. She loves kayaking, traveling and discovering new places with her family. Megan says she admires how everyone at Simplify Home Loans works together as a team. “Everyone has been so helpful, and they answer any questions I have,” Megan said. “Coming from a military family, it makes me proud to be working closely with and assisting veterans.” At Simplify Home Loans, Megan works as the main point of contact for her clients during the loan process. Megan said, “I love being able to work together with the borrower, in order to cross tasks off our to-do list and move the loan forward as quickly as possible.”

Ali Carver

Loan Officer Assistant Team Lead

Meet Ali Carver! Ali has been serving at Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant since February 2020. She attended Southern Utah University and met her husband, Chris, while in college. Ali’s family recently moved to Utah County from Cedar City. She says she has “the best kiddos,” a 3 ½-year-old boy and a 9-month-old girl. Ali says her dog, “June,” thinks she’s one of the kids, too. Ali loves to be outside, go on walks, play baseball, and work on home improvement projects. She says she’s “obsessed” with laminating: “I even brought my laminator to work the first week, so I could laminate little reminders for my desk,” Ali said. She enjoys working on crafts and DIY projects, and she sells her wares at craft fairs! Ali likes to work at Simplify Home Loans because she appreciates the relaxed environment and the culture. She likes being a Loan Officer Assistant because she gets to be the main point of contact with the borrowers. Ali is fluent in Spanish, after serving a mission in California and Chile. “I’ve always been really intrigued by the mortgage industry,” Ali said. “So, after almost five years of banking experience, I am so excited to finally be working exclusively with mortgages.”

Noah Kjar

Loan Officer Assistant Team Lead

Meet Noah Kjar! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Noah as a Loan Officer Assistant during the fall of 2019. In college, Noah was an ambitious double major whose emphases were Business Management and American History. His hobbies include going for long motorcycle rides through the beautiful USA, traveling to visit other countries, and watching football with his family. Noah said he likes to “go the extra mile” for clients. “Crystal clear communication and follow-up are something that our team does well,” Noah said. “We are your mortgage detectives: We problem-solve and are an advocate for you to make your mortgage a success!”

Samantha Fringer

Loan Officer Assistant Team Lead

Meet Samantha Fringer! Samantha has been serving Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant since February 2020. She graduated from Kent State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Samantha is married and has two little girls, ages 4 and 2. “My husband and I like to try new things all the time,” Samantha said. “This includes woodworking, jewelry-making, painting and hiking. Other than that, our children and animals keep us busy.” Her favorite aspect of working on the Simplify team is the great environment of people who are all willing to help where they can. As a Loan Officer Assistant, Samantha assists buyers by gathering all required documents and answering questions to help the loan fund as fast as possible.

Leslie Quintanar

Loan Officer Assistant Team Lead

Meet Leslie Quintanar! Leslie joined the Simplify team as a Loan Officer Assistant since March of 2020. She graduated in 2016. Leslie has been a ballroom dancer since 2007, and she played volleyball in high school. “Family is the most important thing to me,” Leslie said. “We are all so close: I am the second oldest of five kids. We are all close in age, except for the youngest who is only 10.” Leslie is a self-styled adrenaline junky. She says she loves rollercoasters and the feeling that comes with riding them. “I enjoy getting out, trying new things, spending time with my boyfriend, watching movies and chasing my dog down to salvage the remainder of my socks,” Leslie said. She said the environment at Simplify Home Loans is easy to walk into because the team makes sure that newcomers feel important and valued. Leslie said, “I do my absolute best to help borrowers make their experience the best it can be!”

Brisa Winterton

Loan Officer Assistant Team Lead

Meet Brisa Winterton! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Brisa as a Loan Officer Assistant in May 2020. Brisa said she comes from a rowdy family that likes to compete and play games. They enjoy playing pickleball, basketball and all sorts of outdoor games. “I love to wake-surf and go boating,” Brisa said. “You can also catch me on the tennis and pickleball court.” Brisa feels that Simplify Home Loans has an amazing atmosphere: “I felt welcomed and part of the Simplify family as soon as a walked through the door,” Brisa said. “I work closely with borrowers to ensure that their loan process goes as smoothly as possible.”

Heather Wong

Loan Officer Assistant Team Lead

Meet Heather Wong! Heather has worked with Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant since August of 2020. She is the mother of two little girls — the elder is 11 and the younger is 9. Heather loves to find different trails to run on. And what she appreciates about Simplify is how everyone is always so friendly and eager to help one another.

Kristi Kent

Loan Officer Assistant Team Lead

Meet Kristi Kent! She has served as a Loan Officer Assistant with Simplify Home Loans since August of 2020. Kristi studied Accounting at Utah Valley University. She enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and off-roading in Moab. She is also infamous for taking everyone’s money in a good game of Monopoly! Regarding her feelings about working for a great company like Simplify, Kristi said, “It’s well known that when you treat your employees well that it will flow directly to your customers, and Simplify Home Loans has shown that to be true!” She said Simplify has made its employees a priority, which in turn, makes for a great customer experience. Kristi appreciates Simplify’s friendly, growth-oriented atmosphere, with every team member openly supporting one another.

Tara Marquardt

Sales Assistant Team Lead

Meet Tara Marquardt! Tara returned to work with Simplify Home Loans as a Sales Assistant during the summer of 2020. She is working on completing her credential in Special Education. Due to her busy schedule, Tara doesn’t have a lot of extra time for hobbies. But when she gets some downtime, she enjoys photography and eating, which recently entails cooking and baking gluten-free foods that actually taste good! Tara says she plans on sharing her newfound hobby with her co-workers in the future, though she will still incorporate gluten. “The Simplify family is so fun and welcoming that I just had to come back,” Tara said. “It’s a great place to work with some of the best co-workers I’ve ever had — and so many more in the last year!” When asked what she appreciates about working for Simplify Home Loans, Tara said she enjoys the opportunity to speak with various people across the country. Tara said she feels like she gets to know them, even if the conversation is brief. “Today I even received a new recipe to try from one of our clients,” Tara said. “If I can bring a little joy into their day, whether being a kind and willing ear, telling a joke, or just being able to connect them to a Loan Officer to save them money, then I’m happy to do so.”

Marty Healey

Sales Assistant

Marty handles loan acquisition and documentation, assistance to borrowers, and the preparation of files for processing. His family’s military service dates back to the Revolutionary War. Marty served in the U.S. Air Force from 1983 to 1997 and spent 6 years as a radar technician at historic Wendover, UT, the largest military installation in the world during WWII. He was stationed with the 299th Range Control Squadron, the first air force unit in the world to be FAA certified. Marty has been in the mortgage industry for two and a half years, specializing in VA purchases and refinances. Helping fellow veterans achieve their financial goals has been a very rewarding experience for him.

Marty was born in Boston, MA, and moved to Utah in 1981. The youngest of nine children, he is an avid golfer and is fluent in French thanks to his two-year church mission in France and Belgium.

Raquel Quintinar

Sales Assistant

Meet Raquel Quintanar! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Raquel as a Sales Assistant in May of 2020. She graduated in 2017, served as the captain of the volleyball team, and accomplished the keys to success! “I’m the middle child, and I’m my dad’s favorite child,” Raquel said. “We are very close, but my favorite sibling is the youngest — shhh, don’t tell the others.” Raquel enjoys playing board games, reading and writing. She appreciates the fact that everyone who works at Simplify is easy to talk to and very friendly. Raquel said, “I make the initial contact with our potential borrowers, building up a relationship with them and sending them to the loan officers who make the process for them breeze through!”

Alex Krantz

Sales Assistant

Meet Alex Krantz! Alex began working as part of Stage 1 with Simplify Home Loans since the summer of 2020. He attended Mountain View High School, where he graduated in 2016. Alex said his family is from Utah. He was born and raised in Orem. Alex has two younger sisters who live with their parents and grandparents. Alex says he has two “furry monster dogs” named Lulu and Milo. In his spare time, Alex loves to draw and design cars and other vehicles. He also enjoys building things and trying to figure out new art techniques to improve his art pieces. When asked what he appreciates about Simplify, Alex said, “I love that it’s a positive working environment and everyone gets along and wants to help each other succeed.” Alex contributes to Simplify by being a hard worker. He says he stays focused with every task that he is given. “I try to help others with my knowledge and try to help others succeed,” Alex said.

Dalton Williams

Sales Assistant

Meet Dalton Williams! He has worked as a Sales Assistant with Simplify Home Loans since August of 2020. Dalton is still pursuing his education. “I have a beautiful, funny wife and a crazy, energetic, handsome, 2-year-old son,” Dalton said. He likes to compete in mixed martial arts. Dalton also loves to shoot guns, hunt, fish — and pretty much anything outdoors. “I like how well Simplify Home Loans treats us here,” Dalton said. “It’s less of a boss/worker relationship and more of a team atmosphere.” Dalton believes that if the workforce is treated well and keeps the best interest of others in mind, then he says the company will have success. “And I feel that’s what Simplify Home Loans has got down to a science,” Dalton said.

Brody Osborne

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Brody Osborne! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Brody to the team as a Sales Assistant in March of 2020. Brody has been married to his wife, Paris, for five years, and they have a 6-year-old son and a new baby on the way! Brody enjoys a very active lifestyle. He plays tournament softball, snowboards and skateboards. Brody is a self-styled “Harley Davidson nut,” and he coaches his son’s sport teams. He says his family also loves to travel. “The best part of being a part of Simplify is that it isn’t just a job,” Brody said, “it’s a family and everyone here looks out for each other.” Brody said that Simplify’s owner, Jake Deegan, likes to see everyone succeed. He said, “Jake helps push you and gets you the knowledge you need to advance in your position and in the company.” Brody said, “I help the company by making sure we get everyone pre-qualified and over to our excellent Loan Officers, so we can help them with their mortgage goals.”

J’Lynn Allred

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet J’Lynn Allred! Simplify Home Loans welcomed J’Lynn as a Loan Officer Assistant in May of 2020. She has some very valuable experience, including the fact that she’s a licensed real estate agent and a notary. J’Lynn has worked in the real estate / lending business for the past 16 years, and she most recently came from working in commercial real estate. J’Lynn has four children and two grandchildren that she and her husband recently adopted. She says she loves to do home décor and paint. J’Lynn says she’s also passionate about the healing arts. “I use a technique called IPT to help reprogram old beliefs and trauma,” J’Lynn said. Her favorite aspect of working for Simplify is that the company treats its clients very well and offers great customer service. She says Simplify Home Loans treats its employees well and values their feedback. And the way that J’Lynn says she contributes to the success of Simplify is by providing great customer service and hard work. J’Lynn also says that Simplify’s owner is an awesome leader.

Mandy Aufdemorte

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Mandy Aufdemorte! She started as an Administrative Assistant with Simplify Home Loans in January 2020, and has since moved over to the loan side of things. Mandy is the eldest of three siblings. She loves to express herself through painting, and she also likes to cook. In the summertime, Mandy enjoys riding bicycles. She also loves to spend time traveling with her family and friends. “I find a lot of peace when I am in the outdoors and in the mountains,” Mandy said. As for her role at Simplify Home Loans, she said, “I am here for any support that is needed in the office. The people I work with are amazing!”

Matt Pinkney

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Matt Pinkney! Simplify Home Loans has enjoyed having Matt as part of our family since 2016. He currently serves as a Loan Officer Assistant. Standing 6 feet, 10 inches tall, Matt is a self-styled Teddy Bear who studied and played basketball at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been happily married to his sweetheart, Jill, since 2012, and Matt is the proud father of two young boys, Zephyr and Alex. In addition to roughhousing with his kids, Matt also loves to golf. At Simplify Matt strives to work hard and focuses on getting things done in a timely manner. “The people I work with are great,” Matt said, “and very willing to help the new guy.”

Jacob Lamb

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Jacob Lamb! He has been working with Simplify Home Loans since February of 2020. Jacob graduated from Weber State University with an associate degree. He is the eldest of seven children. Jacob enjoys snowboarding, volleyball and videography. He says his favorite aspects of working at Simplify are the culture, the people and the industry. In his role at Simplify, Jacob contributes to the team by cultivating strong interpersonal relationships and building great rapport with clients.

Amy Wheeler

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Amy Wheeler! She has worked with Simplify Home Loans since May 2020. Amy hails from Logan, Utah. She is the eldest of her three siblings, and Amy lives in Spanish Fork with her best friend, whom she married. In her free time, Amy loves to work on crafts, watch movies with her husband, try new recipes and spend lots of time with her family. She enjoys working at Simplify Home Loans due to its positive, upbeat environment. “I feel good coming in to work every day,” Amy said. “I love how much room there is to grow here.” Amy said she deeply cares about the future of Simplify Home Loans, and she is anxious to see it grow in the years to come!

Cameron Elggren

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Cameron Elggren! Working as a Loan Officer Assistant, Cameron has been a part of the Simplify Home Loans family since May of 2020. He is currently attending Utah Valley University where he is studying finance. Cameron says he has an amazing wife named Laura, and though he loves all sports, his go-to is soccer. Cameron says the best part of working for Simplify is helping people, and he particularly enjoys keeping things simple for the borrowers.

Emily Nelson

Loan Processor

Meet Emily Nelson! Emily has been working with our team as a Loan Officer Assistant since April 1, 2020. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in urban planning. Emily also has a background in civil engineering and graphic design. “I married the perfect husband in 2017,” Emily said. “We have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Ringo and Junior, who are my greatest treasures.” Emily says if she can’t be outside camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, ski touring, or rockhounding, then she has to keep her hands busy with cross-stitching, crocheting, knitting, quilting, drawing, painting, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, et al. Emily explained her favorite aspect of working at Simplify Home Loans: “Everyone is instantly welcomed into the group, and you can find help and support from any person you ask.” Emily continued, “The company cares about the employees unlike anywhere else, and I feel like I really matter here.” And as for her personal contributions to the company, Emily said, “I am detail-oriented, great with numbers and annoyingly punctual!”

Erin Black

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Erin Black! Serving as a Loan Officer Assistant at Simplify Home Loans since February 2020, Erin is the mother of three boys and two “fur babies.” Her family moved to Utah in January 2020. Erin enjoys hiking, paddle-boarding and doing anything outside! She enjoys working at Simplify Home Loans because it has a great team atmosphere where everyone is friendly and willing to help one another. “I love knowing we are helping people every day,” Erin said. In her role as a Loan Officer Assistant, she uses her customer service background and valuable mortgage experience to help the company continue to close loans and provide outstanding customer service every day!

Cole Cody

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Cole Cody! He has worked as a Loan Officer Assistant for Simplify Home Loans since May 2020. Cole is a pre-nursing major with a minor in American Indian studies. He was born and raised in Arizona and is the youngest of four siblings. Cole enjoys longboarding, fishing, going to the lake, and watching sports — especially the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Coyotes! Cole says he likes the work environment at Simplify Home Loans. He said, “I also like being able to help active duty and veterans who have sacrificed and served our country.” Cole said that he contributes to the success of Simplify by making sure the loan process goes smoothly while keeping his customers as informed as possible.

Mallory Christie

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Mallory Christie! Since the spring of 2020, Mallory has served Simplify as a Loan Officer Assistant. She said she married her high school sweetheart, and they have two kids. Mallory enjoys hiking, four-wheeling, camping and traveling. She described what she appreciates about working for Simplify Home Loans: “There is no one that is ever left feeling that they cannot reach out when they have questions or ask for help,” Mallory said. “Everyone cares about the success of others.” Mallory feels that she contributes to the success of Simplify with her attention to detail. She is passionate about her work, likes to make others happy, and she’s rather bashful when talking about herself.

Janice Bennee

Loan Officer Assistant Trainer

Meet Janice Bennee! In May of 2020, Janice began working with Simplify Home Loans. She serves as a Loan Officer Assistant. Janice is currently taking courses at Utah Valley University, and she enjoys hiking, camping and concerts. “I love coming to work every day,” Janice said. “I do my best to help people save money and finish out their refinances as quick and easy as possible.”

Julia Harris

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Julia Harris! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Julia onboard as a Loan Officer Assistant since May of 2020. She graduated from Hillcrest High School in 2013 and is currently attending Utah Valley University. Half of Julia’s family is from Mexico, and the other half is from Tonga. She enjoys “doing crafty things,” such as painting, sewing and crocheting. Julia likes puzzles, and on the weekends, she likes to hike, watch movies, hit the gym, and spend time with her family and friends. She also loves music, Latin dancing, traveling and exploring new places. Julia says she appreciates the level of organization at Simplify Home Loans, as well as the ability to grow professionally. She also likes how close Simplify’s office space is to where she lives! Julia enjoys being a part of a team. “I help things stay in compliance, organized and progressing,” Julia said. “I am easygoing and have knowledge that I’ve brought from my previous jobs.”

Kelsee Mower

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Kelsee Mower! Since March of 2020, Kelsee has worked at Simplify as a Loan Officer Assistant. She is still pursuing an education as a behavioral science major with an emphasis in psychology. Kelsee says she has a beautiful, 3-year-old little girl named Iris! And as for hobbies, Kelsee enjoys the outdoors, reading and watching football! When asked what she likes about working for Simplify Home Loans, Kelsee said, “The warm and welcoming environment has been my favorite part so far. Everyone has been super friendly and helpful!” She says she contributes to the overall success of the company by helping borrowers to have an efficient and positive experience when going through the loan process.

Jameson Carr

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Jameson Carr! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Jameson to the team in May of 2020 to serve as a Loan Officer Assistant. Jameson plans to complete his bachelor’s degree in communications from Utah Valley University in May of 2021. He is married and has a daughter and a son. Jameson loves sports — especially the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Braves — but he also loves Broadway musicals, such as Hamilton, Les Misérables and Dear Evan Hansen. Jameson described his experience of working with Simplify Home Loans: “The team is awesome to work with, and we are always looking out for the best interest of the borrower,” Jameson said. “I help make sure the loan file is submitted correctly the first time to keep the borrower’s mind at ease.”

Alexis Gomez

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Alexis Gomez! She has been working with Simplify as a Loan Office Assistant since the spring of 2020. In her free time, Alexis enjoys cooking and working out. When asked what she enjoys about being a part of the Simplify Home Loans family, Alexis said, “The whole entire company is incredibly amazing. Everybody is always willing to help each other. Everybody always wants to learn, and the leadership is amazing, as well!” Alexis said she contributes to Simplify by always being willing to learn and to help the team. She comes into work every day with a great attitude and mindset!

Caroline Morris

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Caroline Morris! She began working as a Loan Officer Assistant at Simplify Home Loans in May of 2020. Caroline studied music at Brigham Young University. She has a husband named Jacob; she likes to watercolor and perform in musicals; and she likes the environment. Caroline says that she contributes at Simplify Home Loans by trying hard to do her best at her job.

Haley Jessen

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Haley Jessen! Haley has worked as a Loan Officer Assistant with Simplify since April of 2020. She says she’s been married to her best friend, Zach, since 2019, though the couple has been together since 2013. Haley has a boxer named “Mac,” and a daughter who is a year old. Haley enjoys fishing, kayaking and country music concerts. She appreciates the family atmosphere at Simplify Home Loans and the opportunity that her work provides for her to learn and grow. She also loves how dedicated the Simplify team members are to their clients. “I am the main point of contact for my clients,” Haley said. “I obtain the initial documents from the clients and guide them all the way through the loan process until funding.”

Olivia Troseth

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Olivia Troseth! In the spring of 2020, Simplify Home Loans welcomed Olivia as a Loan Officer Assistant. She graduated cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in communication in 2015. Olivia was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and she is the eldest of four. Olivia is working on publishing her first novel. She loves hiking in the spring, summer and fall months. “I like being a part of a team that helps make others’ dreams come true,” Olivia said. “I contribute to the company by guiding our customers on the journey to their dreams.”

Russell Wilson

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Russell Wilson! He has worked as a Loan Officer Assistant at our company since May of 2020. Russell attend Utah Valley University where he studies accounting and national security studies. He says he married his sweetheart, Carly, nearly a year ago, and they have a very cute puppy named Murphy. “I enjoy woodworking projects, biking, and playing pickleball with my wife — and most of all — movies!” Russell said. “I enjoy rating, critiquing and tracking all the movies I watch.” Russell says he typically watches between 20 to 25 movies each month with his wife. When speaking about his experience of working at Simplify Home Loans, Russell said, “I love being able to be personable with clients and hearing the stories of success that they have with refinances or purchases of homes!” He called it “heartwarming” to hear that people’s dreams of owning a home are coming true. “I enjoy making the borrowers feel more comfortable with a simpler loan process,” Russell said. “I like to think of our clients as our friends and make sure this process can be as stress-free as possible!”

William Kennedy

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet William Kennedy! Simplify Home Loans brought William onboard as a Loan Officer Assistant in May of 2020. William expects to graduate next year from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management, with a focus in economics and finance. He maintains a 3.5 grade-point average. William was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has lived in Utah for more than a decade. William says he is happily married with one daughter. “I love reading, exercising, sports, and learning about history,” William said. He loves to “be a part of something bigger,” and he appreciates Simplify’s close-knit family feel.

Zakkary Coomes

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Zakkary Coomes! Since May of 2020, Zakkary has worked as a Loan Officer Assistant with Simplify Home Loans. He is studying business management at Utah Valley University. Zakkary has 12 siblings that he says keep him competitive in his life. His hobbies are camping, hiking, movies and video games. Zakkary says he enjoys helping others to achieve their financial goals of owning a home, and he strives to make the process of owning a home stress-free and simple.

Casey Olsen

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Casey Olsen! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Casey as one of its Loan Officer Assistants in July 2020. He loves to spend time outdoors, hike with his dog, travel “around the world,” and ride motorcycles all around the beautiful state of Utah. Casey loves any board sport — including skateboarding, snowboarding, and of course, surfing. Casey described his favorite aspect of working for our company: “Simplify has a very strong and respectful culture to not only our employees, but our clients, as well.”

Tommy Keen

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Tommy Keen! Simplify Home Loans welcomed Tommy as a Loan Officer Assistant in August of 2020. He says his family is amazing! Tommy and his sweetheart have been together for eight years total, married for the past four years (and counting)! Tommy and his wife also have a 2-year-old son named Noah. He likes to go to the movies, camping, target shooting, fishing and skateboarding. Tommy also enjoys creating music. As an all-around, fun-loving person, he says he’s “pretty much down for anything.” Tommy said, “From the little time that I have worked for Simplify Home Loans, I can already tell that everyone is happy to be here.” He said, “There seems to be a great culture, which will only help in giving our borrowers the best experience possible.” He has also shared his feelings regarding his role with Simplify: “I am here to be there for our borrowers every step of the way throughout their mortgage process,” Tommy said. “I love being the go-to person that they can rely on if they have any issues or questions.”

Leandra Hollingshead

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Leandra Hollingshead! Leandra has worked at Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant since fall of 2020. She earned her associate degree in 2018 and her property and casualty insurance license in 2019. In October of 2017, Leandra married Tanner. Together, they have two little chihuahuas that they regard as their children. In her free time, Leandra loves to play Beat Saber VR with her husband, and on the weekends, she enjoys biking and camping. Regarding her feelings about working for Simplify, Leandra said, “The environment here is amazing. Everyone supports one another and motivates each other to become the best they can be.” For her role at the company, Leandra said she builds relationships with her borrowers and keeps them comfortable as their loans are starting to close. “My biggest motivation is making others feel happy,” Leandra said. “I care about each client just as I would care about my own friends or family.” She says that when her customers are confident in her as a Loan Officer Assistant, that motivates her even more to grow within the company. “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to continue learning and growing here,” Leandra said, “and to build the kind of relationships that keep people coming our way!

Zennon Hutchings

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Zennon Hutchings! Zennon has worked with Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant since the fall of 2020. He says his immediate family constitutes his beautiful wife, Alyssa, and their dog, “Cash.” Zennon loves hunting, hiking and camping. He also enjoys working for Simplify: “I love the atmosphere and the vision of the company,” he said. “The idea of helping people better their financial situation and achieve the dream of home ownership is exciting to me.” Zennon said he contributes to the company by always working hard so the borrowers know that they have a professional who cares about their loan.

Megan Anderson

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Megan Anderson! Since the fall of 2020, Megan has worked at Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant. She plans to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in April 2021. “I think Simplify Home Loans is a great company that treats their employees and their clients very well,” Megan said. “Everyone in the office is super nice and contributes to a great atmosphere.” And when asked how Megan plays a role in the success of Simplify Home Loans, she said she uses the skills that she has gained from school and previous employers. She said, “I take the relationship between the client and the company in my hands and work hard to make sure our promises and reputation are maintained.”

Kayson Max

Loan Officer Assistant

Meet Kayson Max! Since September of 2020, Kayson began working with Simplify Home Loans as a Loan Officer Assistant. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in policy analysis from Utah Valley University in 2020, in addition to his associate degree in history in 2018. Kayson married Michelle in May 2019. She is a Canadian whose parents live in Ohio, so Kayson and Michelle travel to Ohio and Toronto as much as possible to visit her family. All of Kayson’s family members live in Utah, so they try to make the long journey to Provo occasionally, as well. Kayson has a cat named “Betty.” He’s a big-time sports fans — especially when it comes to the Utah Jazz and Denver Broncos. Kayson says he enjoys golf and re-watching the same three sitcoms over and over again. He likes to listen to audiobooks, and his homemade snickerdoodles have no small reputation. Kayson’s favorite aspect of working for Simplify Home Loans is the closeness of its team members. He said, “Everyone is crazy nice and genuine, which makes the entire office environment super positive and enjoyable.”

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