CMLA Leadership

CMLA Led by Industry Board of Directors

J. Sean O’Neill, Vice President, Texas Capital Bank Mortgage Warehouse Division. Sean’s 30 year career in mortgage lending has included retail, wholesale and correspondent as well as warehouse lending. Sean holds the ABA’s CLBB designation as well as the MBA’s AMP designation. Sean has been active with the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association for 3 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
richard_carringtonChair Elect Richard Carrington is CEO of American Southwest Funding Corp., a retail lender and President of American Southwest Mortgage Corp., a wholesale/correspondent lender, both Oklahoma City-based.  Richard has 40 years of experience in residential mortgage production management and is both an FHA Direct Endorsement Underwriter and a VA Automatic Underwriter. He has been active during his career in mortgage industry associations at national and state levels and is currently a member of the Lenders One Advisory Board.
Kim_CurtisSecretary/Treasurer Kim S. Curtis, President and CEO, Tidewater Home Funding, LLC, Chesapeake, VA. Kim has more than three decades experience in mortgage lending, starting out as a loan office. Previously, she was a Vice President for BancBoston Mortgage Corporation and one of three founding and managing members of Southern Trust Mortgage. Since its 1998 opening Southern Trust has grown into one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest multistate mortgage banking firms. Kim also served as President of Tidewater Mortgage Bankers Association.
tompkins-brooke-anderson-bwImmediate Past Chair Brooke Anderson-Tompkins, President, 1st Priority Mortgage, Inc., Buffalo, NY. 1st Priority is the affiliated mortgage banking company of RealtyUSA. Brooke oversees every aspect of 1st Priority’s business, from strategic planning and marketing to financial reporting and compliance.  RealtyUSA is the largest, independent real estate company in New York State, with over 60 offices and 2500 agents and employees.
Past Chair Paulina S. McGrath, President and co-owner, Republic State Mortgage Co., Houston, TX. Paulina has led Republic since 1999 and grown the company from two to 22 locations in seven states. Notably, Republic is a past recipient of the Inc. 500 Award from Inc. Magazine. Paulina also serves on the Board of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association and is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Fund, a non-profit organization that provides Houston area women and girls with the tools they need to be advocates for their health.
Past Chair Mike McHugh Senior Vice President of Retail Lending, Freedom Mortgage Corporation. For over 25 years, Mike owned Continental Home Loans and led the company as President/CEO until Continental was acquired by Freedom Mortgage Corporation.

During his tenure at Continental Home Loans, Mike successfully led CHL to be one of Metro New York’s largest independent lenders, specializing in the purchase money markets and working with First Time Homebuyers. Freedom Mortgage is a national, full service mortgage banker with retail, wholesale, correspondent and commercial origination and servicing operations.  The company is licensed in all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico

Larry-BellLarry Bell, Mortgage Division Manager, Bank of Idaho. Larry has more than three decades experience in managing mortgage operations. He is also a member of the LendersOne Advisory Board. Larry is active in his community, serves on the local Neighbor Works Pocatello Board and is the founding race director for the Pocatello Marathon. He is a graduate of Idaho State University.
Jeffrey-BodeJeffrey E. Bode, Chairman and CEO, Mid America Mortgage, Inc. Addison, TX. Jeff has an expansive background in mortgage lending and technology. In addition to his role at Mid America, Jeff owns and manages Mortgage Machine Services Inc., a mortgage technology LOS provider. Mid America has a Tribal Lending division that is the nation’s leading Native American housing lender under the HUD Section 184 Loan Guaranty Program. Previously, Jeff managed three financial companies, one of which was rebranded to the current Mid America Mortgage, which is now licensed in over 40 states with more than 250 employees.
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michael_jonesMichael Jones
CFO Georgetown Mortgage, LLC. Prior to accepting the position of CFO, Michael originated loans for Georgetown Mortgage in Dallas, TX, where he first embarked on his mortgage career. As a market participant, Michael quickly learned the guidelines for FHA, Conventional, VA, and USDA loans to serve his borrowers with unprecedented accuracy.Prior to entering the mortgage business, Michael worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a tax CPA working with national and international private companies. In addition to mortgage activities, Michael Jones is also the author of “Reset” – a novel that captures the struggle and inspiration of loan officers today.
blank_lgKaren Lieb, Vice President and Operations Manager, AKT American Capital, El Segundo, CA. Karen has led operations at AKT for 17 years and has expanded the company from one to 17 offices throughout California and seven other states. Previously, she concurrently managed and was a highly productive escrow officer with A.K.T So. Cal. Escrow, Inc
brad-livingstonBrad Livingston, founder and President of Residential Wholesale Mortgage, Inc. (RWMI), Solana Beach, CA. RWMI is a full service Community Mortgage Banker that originates, underwrites, funds, and services residential mortgage loans in California, Oregon and Washington. Brad oversees compliance; credit; risk and treasury management; and is involved in strategic planning, business development and setting the company’s culture.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Economics from UCLA and is a licensed MLO, Real Estate Agent and General Contractor. He is actively involved in the community serving on the Scripps Stevens Center Advisory Board and the Just in Time Foster Youth Board.


Glen-CorsoGlen S. Corso, CMLA’s Executive Director, is a seasoned mortgage professional, with nearly four decades of industry experience. Glen joined CMLA in 2014 following his founding role as the first General Counsel for National Mortgage Insurance Co., one of the first new mortgage insurance companies founded in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Previously, he was co-founder of Mortgage Banking Initiatives, which created and managed the Community Mortgage Banking Project (CMBP), a public policy group representing 45 independent mortgage banking companies.Glen was also a senior Executive with PMI Mortgage Insurance Company (1998-2008), led Government Agency Relations at the Mortgage Bankers Association and was General Counsel for several mortgage banking companies. Glen holds a JD from Catholic University and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. Glen works with the CMLA Board of Directors to set strategic objectives and directs the Association’s lobbying efforts and regulatory analyses.
Robert-ZimmerRobert W. Zimmer, Head of External Affairs, is a longtime financial services executive based in Washington, D.C. He leads the strategic consulting firm, TVDC, and previously served as a staff member of the House Financial Services Committee and head of Congressional Relations for Freddie Mac.
David-HorneDavid Horne, Government Relations Representative, has two decades experience providing government relations advocacy and strategic advice. Previously, David held a number of senior housing related positions, including Chief of Staff, HUD and Chief of Staff/Senior Counsel on the Banking Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity.
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