Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Jaime Barron

Jaime Barron

Jaime BarronAt Ridge Lending Group we are a family. Learn more about Jaime Barron, our new employee!

Name: Jaime Oliva Barron

Start Date: 7/06/2021

Position: PQ Officer

Brief overview of what you do: My job function is to review application from borrower, ensure that they qualify for program selected

What brought you to RLG: The opportunity to grow and hopefully go into UW’g one day

What do you like most about working at RLG: The professionalism and team we have is beyond words to explain. TRUE PROFESSIONALS

Hometown: Southern California, Los Angeles

Hobbies: Riding Mountain Bikes and riding my motorcycle

Book you’ve read over and over again: Sammy the Bull

Top 3 movies: Top Gun, The God Father, Tombstone

A bit about your family: We are a very outdoors type of family, a lot of camping

Favorite food: Sushi

Thing you’re scared of: Horror Movies

Worst habit: Smoking Cigars

Dream vacation: Anywhere, but with family

Favorite cocktail: None

Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Rachel Nelson

At Ridge Lending Group we are a family. Learn more about Rachel Nelson, who has been with us since 2012!

Name: Rachel Nelson

Start Date: 1/23/2012

Position: Senior Loan Processor 

Brief overview of what you do: Process loans and whatever Caeli wants =)

What brought you to RLG: A mutual Friend

What do you like most about working at RLG: Feels like a Family

Hometown: Whittier, CA 

Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family

Book you’ve read over and over again: N/A

Top 3 movies: Bad Boys II, Top Gun & She’s The Man

A bit about your family: Crazy & loud, just like me minus the swearing hahaha

Favorite food: Mexican

Thing you’re scared of: SNAKES

Worst habit: Watching the Jersey shore

Dream vacation: Ireland 

Favorite cocktail: Dirty Martini extra dirty with extra olives

Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Cortney Wall

Cortney Wall - Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight

Cortney Wall - Ridge Lending Group Employee SpotlightRidge Lending Group welcomes Cortney Wall to our team! Cortney started with RLG in February and will be your first point of contact at the front desk if you call in or visit our office. Learn a little more about Cortney today:

Brief overview of what you do: Give a warm welcome and greeting to new and existing clients alike. I support the Ridge Lending team and assist with critical office administration duties.

What brought you to RLG: Wanting more growth opportunities in a company with a team-oriented atmosphere. 

What do you like most about working at RLG:  Being part of a powerhouse team and learning a new skillset?

Hometown: Petersburg, Alaska.

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Scuba diving, and Painting.

Book you’ve read over and over again: All the Harry Potter series 😊. 

Top 3 movies: Patch Adams, Pride and Prejudice, Jojo Rabbit.   

A bit about your family: My mother is Dutch and my father is Cherokee. I am the oldest of five siblings (all girls) who live all over the U.S., including California, North Carolina, and Utah. I have one living grandmother whom we call “Oma” (in Dutch) and she still lives in Holland.

Favorite food: Steak (rare) with mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Thing you’re scared of: Living a life unfulfilled. 

Worst habit: Drinking sugary mochas.

Dream vacation: A month-long biking trip in Vietnam.

Favorite cocktail: Moscow mule.

Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Sarah Telfer

Sarah Telfer, Ridge Lending Group, Investment Lending

Sarah Telfer, Ridge Lending Group, Investment LendingSarah Telfer is the newest RLG team member and loan officer assistant! Sarah nurtures client relationships, assists loan officers, and deepens her knowledge of the industry on a daily basis. Learn a little more about Sarah today: 

What brought you to RLG: I was looking for my next challenge and had always been intrigued about the industry.

What do you like most about working at RLG:  Caeli is a wealth of knowledge and the team is “next level.”

Hometown: Portland, Oregon.

Hobbies: Spending quality time with family/dogs, staying active, creating themed parties and charcuterie boards, and playing cribbage/games.

Book you’ve read over and over again: Unstoppable Influence.

Top 3 movies: Harry Potter series, Seven, and Anchorman.  

A bit about your family: I’m a proud mother of two amazing kiddos (son, 17 and daughter, 9) that keep me challenged and on my toes daily. My husband and I also care for my elderly grandmother who we took into our home in 2018; she is a firecracker.

Favorite food: Seafood.

Thing you’re scared of: Heights. 

Worst habit: Overthinking and being way too hard on myself. 

Dream vacation: My family’s goal is to complete the top 100 places to visit. However, if I needed to choose one, I’d love to spend a decent amount of time traveling in Europe.

Favorite cocktail: French 75 or Wine.

Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Vona Harris

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employee spotlightA member of the Ridge Lending Group team since April 2018, Vona Harris is our Office Manager. On a day to day basis, Vona handles internal and external customer service as well as being an all-around employee cheerleader! Learn a little bit about Vona today: 

Brief overview of what you do: Internal and External customer service, all around employee cheerleader!

What brought you to RLG: Begin a new chapter in my life, learn something new

What do you like most about working at RLG: My co-workers and Caeli of course!

Hometown: Aloha, OR

Hobbies: Chickens, Reading

Book you’ve read over and over again: Little Women

Top 3 movies: Aliens, Christmas Vacation, Game of Thrones (not a movie but with 8 seasons it is my favorite series by FAR)

A bit about your family: Blended family with husband Mark, proud mama of 2 boys and 3 step children, plus 7 grands! Family is EVERYTHING to me.

Favorite food: Lasagna

Thing you’re scared of: apparently its walking a 5” plank above the city (SARAH!) in virtual reality

Worst habit: Being very hard on myself

Dream vacation: Travel Europe for an extensive period of time

Favorite cocktail: Vodka/Cranberry

Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Drew Weikum

employee spotlight photoA Junior Loan Processor at Ridge Lending Group, Drew Weikum has been with Ridge Lending Group since July 2020. On a daily basis, Drew assists the Senior Loan Processors to help close loans as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Learn a little bit about Drew today.

What brought you to RLG: Family member that works at RLG and the desire to learn as much as I can about the industry.

What do you like most about working at RLG: I love that RLG feels like one big family.

Hometown: Portland, Oregon.

Hobbies: I have way too many hobbies to list, but a few include woodworking, modifying cars, motorcycles, and playing guitar.

Book you’ve read over and over again: The last book I read multiple times was Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Top 3 movies: Oceans Eleven, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, School of Rock.

A bit about your family: I live with my wonderful girlfriend, Madison (who is also with RLG), and our two cats Moose and Buffalo in the heart of SE Portland.

Favorite food: Ramen.

Thing you’re scared of: Drowning.

Worst habit: Cracking my knuckles.

Dream vacation: Egypt. I want to see those Pyramids!

Favorite cocktail: Whiskey Soda.

Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Marta Weikum

Marta Family Thanksgiving

A member of Ridge Lending Group since August 2019, Marta Weikum was referred to us by a friend and is now part of our team as an Underwriter. Each day Marta qualifies borrowers for mortgage loans by reviewing documentation that has been submitted to underwriting. Here is a little more about Marta:

What do you like most about working at RLG:  The people

Hometown: Milwaukie, Oregon

Hobbies: cooking, spending time with family (not a hobby but that’s what I love doing the most in my spare time)

Book you’ve read over and over again:  The Note Book

Top 3 movies:  Rear Window,  A Quiet Place, It’s a Wonderful Life

A bit about your family:  3 Children; son 43, son 29 and daughter 27, 2 grandchildren; granddaughter age 6 and grandson age 2

Favorite food: All food.  Seriously though there are so many favorites

Thing you’re scared of:  SPIDERS!!

Worst habit: procrastinate

Dream vacation:  Tropical Island 

Favorite cocktail:  Cosmopolitan

Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Sarah Carbery

Sarah Carbery

Sarah Carbery has been a member of the Ridge Lending Group team since March 2012 and works as our Prequalification Docs Manager. Sarah ensures all the documents our clients need for the prequalification process are in order and makes it as seamless as possible for them. Here is a little more about Sarah:

What brought you to RLG:  Fate

What do you like most about working at RLG: The team of people I work with.

Hometown: Portland, Oregon.

Hobbies: Music, Sports (Football & Hockey), and Traveling.

Book you’ve read over and over again:

  1. The Monk and the Philosopher by Jean-Francois Revel
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  3. Something Borrowed (and then Something Blue) by Emily Giffin
  4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Top movies/shows: 

  1. City Island (if you haven’t seen it – you MUST! It’s hysterical)
  2. Schitts Creek and The Office (my top two favorite TV Series)
  3. Hamilton (not a movie I know – but since it’s on Disney+, I have to mention it)

A bit about your family: Proud Momma of a 13-year-old boy – going on 20. Our family is spread all over: Oregon, Washington, California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Oklahoma. My family is everything to me and wish I could see them all more often.

Favorite food: Currently anything loaded with Roasted Veggies. Typically, I swing towards anything Asian or Italian.

Thing you’re scared of:  Spiders.

Worst habit: Being too hard on myself.

Dream vacation: I would take a couple months off. During the first month, my son and I would hit as many scenic bypasses and national parks as possible. In my 20s I did a 3-week, 14 state road trip and it was AMAZING. The second month would include an extensive trip with my son all over Japan and South Korea.

Favorite cocktail:

  1. My ultimate special treat is a Super Tuscan from Tenuta San Guido, called Sassicaia. (Varietal: Sangiovese. Region: Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy.)
  2. Otherwise, my go-tos are a good IPA or well-made Margarita (no mixers).

Ridge Lending Group Employee Spotlight – Madison Boscole

Madison Boscole

Madison BoscoleA new member of the Ridge Lending Group team, Madison Boscole has been with RLG since October 2020. Madison is an Executive Assistant who found her way to RLG by virtue of some members of the team that she knew prior to working with us. On a daily basis, Madison is responsible for curating Caeli’s daily schedule and answering borrowers’ initial questions about lending. Here is a little more about Madison:

What do you like most about working at RLG: Working with people who value and support their colleagues like family.

Hometown: Portland, Oregon.

Hobbies: Painting, sewing, playing the ukulele, and cuddling my cats.

Book you’ve read over and over again: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.

Top 3 movies:  Almost Famous, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Pulp Fiction.

A bit about your family: I come from a large family of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Favorite food: Tacos.

Thing you’re scared of:  Natural disasters.

Worst habit: Driving over the speed limit.

Dream vacation: Bali.

Favorite cocktail: Old Fashioned.