With close to 25 years of experience in financial services-related industries, it is no wonder that Tania Walker has the knowledge needed to lead mortgage loan originators to success. Tania has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Western Michigan University and is a member of the Colorado Association of Mortgage Brokers (CAMB), as well as a member of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association (CMLA). Tania’s experience includes work as a processor and then as a sales representative at a title insurance agency , an operations manager at a closing services company, a retail loan officer, a wholesale account representative, and most recently, as a mortgage loan originator with licensure in 42 states.
Tania has an extensive training background and expertise in the area of regulatory compliance, which makes her an asset to loan originators learning the mortgage business and ensuring they understand how to remain in compliance with the law.
Bill Pellow joined the OnCourse Learning instructor team in 2015 and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the mortgage industry. Bill started his mortgage career as a Senior Loan Consultant with a large mortgage company, closing over 30 loans a month. He then continued his career with the same company as the Director of Web Sales, a position in which he managed a team of 20 loan officers.
In 2004, Bill started his own mortgage company and oversaw a group of eight loan consultants. Bill currently owns and operates a small realty firm of five realtors.
April Brandimarte has worked in the mortgage and related industries for over 20 years, with 18 years devoted directly to the loan origination process. Her knowledge and experience on the front end of the mortgage transaction is extensive and includes management of the process from origination through post closing. April’s experience is broad and includes familiarity with origination, processing, closing, underwriting, warehouse line management, training, sales, title insurance/settlement, and notary closing. April is also familiar with compliance issues in the industry, as well as required conduct for mortgage licensees, which makes her an ideal instructor of pre-licensing courses. Because her experience is broad and well-rounded, April offers a unique prospective from a transactional level to those who are seeking a career in the mortgage industry.
April has instructed loan originators in a live setting since the passage of the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (SAFE Act) in 2008, which resulted in the mandate of education and testing requirements for mortgage loan originators, and as an online instructor since 2013. Her favorite part of the mortgage profession is the opportunity to help people on a daily basis, and April enjoys preparing individuals for success in the mortgage industry through course instruction.
Jim Wiltse has been an NMLS-approved mortgage instructor since 2010. He began his career in the financial services industry in the 1990s, working in both insurance- and mortgage-related fields. Jim is certified by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC), a program endorsed by over 40 jurisdictions throughout the United States and Canada, a clear demonstration of his expertise in the field of education.
Jim is a native mid-westerner who transplanted to the Pacific Northwest after spending over 20 years as a professional photographer traveling through almost the entire United States.
Nancy Ballotta has been leading mortgage loan originators as a pre-licensing education instructor for OnCourse Learning since 2012. Nancy has over 15 years of experience as a loan officer and served as branch manager for several years. With a plethora of industry expertise, Nancy is the ideal candidate to teach newly-licensed mortgage loan originators about the history and current state of the mortgage marketplace.
Nancy currently resides in Oregon, where she enjoys playing competitive billiards.
Currently a senior loan officer for a mortgage company in Pennsylvania, Michael Rey has close to 20 years of experience in the industry, including positions with several other mortgage companies. Michael is knowledgeable about issues pertaining to the industry, including those that are especially relevant to mortgage loan originators entering the profession. In addition, Michael spent time working as an admissions representative, in which he delivered presentations, ensured compliance with state and federal regulations, and maintained relationships with students.
Michael’s mortgage knowledge, paired with his experience in education, makes him an ideal instructor for both new and existing mortgage loan originators. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh.