Lending team helps Minnesotans become energy efficient — one loan at a time
CEE’s Lending Center offers a variety of loan products — from financing for solar projects to energy efficiency improvements, remodeling, and more — all empowering homeowners, businesses, and communities to save energy and money.
Jim Hasnik, Director of Lending Programs.
In addition to loan programs funded by CEE's own capital, we also provide services for partner cities, utilities, and Minnesota Housing's Fix Up program. Its hardworking and committed staff bring decades of expertise to their work, and have provided more than $200 million in home and commercial improvement loans since the 1980s.
Meet the team:
Jim joined CEE in 1994. In his tenure he has administered, underwritten, and managed financing programs in the residential, commercial, and nonprofit sectors. He and the team work with the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Minnesota Department of Commerce, and numerous municipalities throughout the state to support energy efficient residential and commercial properties.
Sondra Breneman, Loan Officer.
Sondra has more than a decade of experience in financial lending in the private and public sector, with an emphasis on community development. She also has experience in organizational management homeowner education and program evaluation.
Jackie Flom, Loan Services Assistant.
Jackie uses her professional background in the lending industry to support the Lending team by coordinating loan closings, disbursing loan funds, making payments to contractors, and scheduling inspections.
Steve Hines, Loan Officer.
Steve is the primary contact for nonprofit, commercial, and residential energy programs. He brings financing opportunities to homeowners, businesses and nonprofits throughout the state of Minnesota, supporting and leading them through the application process.
LeAnn Karras, Senior Loan Officer.
LeAnn brings 30 years of lending experience to CEE, which she joined in 2004. Over the course of her career, she has assisted Minnesota homeowners with financing home improvement and energy related projects. She also manages the Suburban Ramsey County Energy CDBG and the St. Paul Energy Smart Homes programs.
Marco F. Landoni, Loan Servicing Specialist.
Marco recently joined CEE in February 2018. He has over a decade of experience in the mortgage industry at two well-known loan servicing companies: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Ditech Financial. He brings all of this experience to CEE to begin our own loan servicing department.
Cristina Lussio, Loan Services Coordinator.
Cristina is a native of Ecuador and CEE staff member since 2007. She supports the Lending team by coordinating loan closings, disbursing loan funds, making payments to contractors, and scheduling inspections. Cristina habla español, para cualquier información acerca de préstamos por favor comunicarse con ella.
Brenda Yaritz, Senior Loan Officer.
Brenda processes and underwrites loans at CEE, having started work here in 1998. She works with key partners statewide to support Minnesota homeowners with personalized lending packages that are both flexible and cost effective.
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