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In his role at CEE, Jim has worked extensively in administering, underwriting, and managing CEE’s home improvement financing programs in the residential, commercial, and nonprofit sectors. This includes working with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Minnesota Department of Commerce, and multiple municipalities throughout Minnesota to rehabilitate and promote energy efficiency to existing residential and commercial properties.
Jim joined CEE in 1994. He has a BS in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego.
As the lending manager for CEE's Lending Center, Brenda underwrites loans and customizes CEE's residential financing packages giving Minnesota homeowners the comfort and flexibility needed when making important home investment decisions.
Brenda has been with CEE since 1998.
As a loan officer, Talia works with homeowners to process their home improvement financing applications. She also provides core support to the Lending Center.
Prior to joining CEE, Talia worked as a mortgage consultant, helping homeowners to reach their financial goals through refinancing and qualify to purchase a home. Talia completed her BS in recreation resource management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
As a loan officer at CEE, DeShaun is responsible for processing home improvement financing applications for the Lending Center. This position provides core support to participants of the Lending Center.
Before CEE, DeShaun had various roles in lending and sales with companies such as Wells Fargo, Ideal Credit Union, and Employees First Credit Union. He is pursuing a BA in business from Metropolitan State University and received his AS in business from Minneapolis Community College. DeShaun also volunteers with Hennepin County Mentors for Success.
As a loan officer at CEE, Ranti is responsible for processing home improvement financing applications for the Lending Center. This position provides core support to participants of the Lending Center.
Ranti has lending experience from her past work at Wells Fargo as a personal banker and loan officer, as well as her experience as an underwriter at Highland Bank and Symphony Bank. Ranti has a degree in Catering and Hotel Management.
LeAnne joined the Neighborhood Energy Connection as a loan manager in 2004, before the organization merged with CEE in 2017. For nine years prior, she was the loan manager for another local nonprofit. She has 30 years’ experience helping lend tens of millions of dollars to Minnesota homeowners for home improvement projects.
As the loan services supervisor, Cristina supports the CEE financing team by coordinating loan closings, disbursing loan funds, making payments to contractors, scheduling inspections, and supervising the loan closing staff.
Cristina, a native of Quito, Ecuador, has been with CEE since 2007.
Cristina habla español, para cualquier información acerca de préstamos por favor comunicarse con ella.
As the loan serving specialist, Marco developed and launched the Lending Center’s in-house loan servicing department to respond to the organization's current and future needs in the lending area.
Marco joined CEE in 2018 after nearly 12 years in the mortgage industry, working for two of the top 20 loan servicing companies nationwide, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Ditech Financial. A journalist by trade, Marco experienced the sourness of the collapse of the news industry firsthand. The need to reinvent himself brought him to the mortgage industry (loan servicing), where he witnessed the crash of the housing market and learned important lessons that he was able to put in practice later in his career.
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Jackie works in CEE's Lending Center assisting with loan services.
She has a long career in the lending industry and is familiar with the many stages of residential lending.
Gillian is responsible for assisting the Lending Center in the administration of the loan process, as well as day to day office duties for the team.
Gillian joined CEE in 2020 as an office and administrative specialist. She came to CEE with experience in community organizing, outreach, and research, with emphasis on environmental activism and justice. In 2018, she graduated with a bachelor's in history and Chinese from Hamline University, where she concentrated in women's and legal history.
As the loan servicing processor, Lecam is responsible for setting up and maintaining loan accounts including processing payments, generating reports, and preparing billing statements, payoffs, satisfactions, and subordinations.
Lecam joined CEE in August 2017. She graduated from Hamline University with a BA in English with minors in business administration and Chinese. Prior to joining CEE, she worked with nonprofits including the Minnesota Literacy Council, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mercy International Mission, and Heart of Dance.