Carrie Tackett Named a Finalist for the 2022 Women in Housing Awards

Safeguard in the News
August 26, 2022

Source: DS News

Safeguard Properties Carrie Tackett, Business Development has been named a finalist for the 2022 Women in Housing Awards.  Carrie has been nominated and named a finalist in for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award, honoring women executives that are driving charitable initiatives and making a positive difference.

Carrie was nominated due to her involvement in multiple charitable efforts within the industry.  Carrie serves as a member of the Veteran’s Financial Service Advisory Council (VFSAC).  Through the VFSAC’s strategic partnership with Operation Homefront, the needs of veterans in relation to housing and critical services are addressed.  She was also integral in cultivating a relationship between Safeguard Properties and the Military Warrior Support Foundation, where the Safeguard vendor network is used to renovate homes to be gifted to wounded veterans and their families.  Carrie has been a member of  AMDC since 2019, working to promote diversity within the mortgage industry.

Also of note, Laura Flood, AVP Investor Compliance, Safeguard Properties was a nominee in the Rising Star Executive Award category, and Elizabeth Squires, AVP Client Account Management, Safeguard Properties was a nominee in the Authentic Leader Award category.  Congratulations to all three women; Safeguard Properties is honored by your representation within the industry!

Meet the 2022 Women in Housing Awards Finalists

On September 20, the mortgage and housing industry’s women business leaders will be recognized and honored at the 2022 Women in Housing Leadership Awards.

Once again hosted during the annual Five Star Conference and Expo, the Women in Housing Awards will be presented across five categories: the Rising Star Executive Award, the Trailblazer Award, the Corporate Social Responsibility Award, the Authentic Leader Award, and the Laurie A. Maggiano Legacy Award, named for the industry icon who passed away in 2018.

The finalists for each category of these awards were chosen from a list of hundreds of nominations received from across the industry. They were then voted on by a panel of industry professionals including Five Star’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Here are this year’s finalists in each category.

The Rising Star Executive Award: This award recognizes young women leaders who, while still early in their careers, have demonstrated an outstanding capability to lead and drive progress. (up to 10 years’ industry experience)

Rosa Arriaga, VP Loan Administration, Mr. Cooper

Joette Bonin, VP, Fay Servicing, LLC

Leah Goldmintz, VP, Capital Markets, CoreVest Finance

Kate Mossop, VP & Portfolio Product Owner, Single-Family Servicing Products and Offerings, Freddie Mac

Lauren Shea, Chief Credit Officer, Temple View Capital

The Trailblazer Award: This award honors women leaders who have broken barriers and served as a catalyst for change within their organizations.

Jaime Burgess, VP – Default Servicing, Mr. Cooper

Kimberly Hare, President, Fay Servicing, LLC

Sherri Higuera, SVP, Servicing Technology, The Money Source

Kelly MacDonald, Group VP, Director of Default and REO, M&T Bank

Cecelia Raine, VP, Servicing Strategy & Integration, Freddie Mac

The Corporate Social Responsibility Award: How are you and your organization giving back? This award recognizes women executives who are driving charitable initiatives and helping our industry make a positive difference.

Darcy Chapman, VP, Strategic Partnerships,

Tamara Gifford, Director, Community & External Relations, Ocwen

Toniqua Green, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Mr. Cooper Group

Dana Stephenson, Consumer Direct Onboarding Manager, Caliber Home Loans, Inc.

Carrie Tackett, Director of Business Development, Safeguard Properties

The Authentic Leader Award: Nominees for this award should demonstrate exemplary leadership, serving as both a business leader and a role model for their colleagues, and earning the admiration and respect of their peers in the process.

Shayna Arrington, Chief Compliance Officer, The Money Source

Jennifer Corcoran, SVP of National Operations, Caliber Home Loans, Inc.

Mieke de Boer, SVP, Mortgage Default Fulfillment, Truist

Tess Siwa, SVP Operations, Constructive Capital

Judith Tribble, SVP, Chief Compliance Officer, Lakeview Loan Servicing, LLC

The Laurie A. Maggiano Legacy Award: The award recognizes women whose accomplishments have left an indelible impact on the industry and positively influenced homeownership within the past year (minimum 20 years’ consecutive industry experience).

Christina Harrington, President and Co-Founder, Usherpa

Melissa Kozicki, Director of Compliance, Mortgage Cadence

Miriam Moore, President of Default Services, ServiceLink

Dawn Svedberg, VP, Head of Fintech Product Sales, Tavant

Sandra Thompson, Director, FHFA

2022 Women in Housing Nominees

The following professionals were nominated by colleagues, peers, and employers for being champions of women in the industry, as well as for the dedication they take in their roles. Though our selection committee had the arduous task of selecting only 25 finalists from the impressive list of nominations that came in, we would be remiss if we didn’t honor and recognize the full list of women lauded by the industry

Danielle Arena, Realtor Associate/Branch Leader, Century 21 Action Plus Realty

Kristen Bachich, Manager, Corporate Communications, Ocwen Financial Corporation

Shawn Buchan, Team Owner, Shawn Buchan Group

Shellie Burton, VP Escrow, Mr. Cooper

Alicia Byrd, Bankruptcy Operations Manager, Flagstar Bank

Marlene Chaker, CEO/Founder, AAA AMC

Tai Christensen, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Director of Government Affairs, CBC Mortgage Agency

Karin Collins, VP, Foreclosure at Fay Servicing, LLC

Rachel Cunningham, Director of Customer Success, Sales Boomerang

Labrescia Dawson, CEO, Dawson Realty and Mortgage

Leisha Delgado, Founder & CEO, Hello Solutions

Jennifer Dobron, VP Foreclosure, LoanCare

NIchole Donald, Manager Community Relations, Mr. Cooper Group

Shaylene Ernisse, Realtor

Rosalie M. Escobedo, Director of Business Development, Mackie Wolf Zientz & Mann, P.C.

Susan Falsetti, Managing Director, Origination Title & Close, ServiceLink

Laura Flood, AVP, Investor Compliance, Safeguard Properties

Erika Garcia, COO and Managing Partner, Precedent Management, LLC

Tanya Garcia, National Director of Construction Operations, SMS Assist

Sally Garrison, Managing Member, The Mortgage Law Firm

Johanna Granados, Account Executive, Verisk

Ingrid Jaschok, EVP Online Operations,

Jiya Jose, Director, Project Management Office, Ocwen Financial Corporation

Tawn Kelley, President, Taylor Morrison Home Funding

Erica LaCentra, Chief Marketing Officer, RCN Capital

Rosemary Lally, Chief Information Security Officer, Altisource

Maria Lamas, VP, Associate General Counsel, Mr. Cooper

Christina Leckie, Professional Services Manager, Fiserv

Barb Liberto, Community Lending Florida

Andria Lightfoot, Chief Customer Officer, SimpleNexus

Laura MacIntyre, President, DIMONT

Jocelyn Martin-Leano, President, Rushmore Loan Management Services

Linda McCoy, President, National Association of Mortgage Brokers

Cheryl Messner, EVP of Customer Success and Experience, Sales Boomerang

Tricia Migliazzo, SVP, Sales, Lenders One/Altisource

Elizabeth Morales, Chief Marketing Officer, Applied Business Software

Margaret Morgan, Senior Client Representative, Equity Valuation Partners

Tania Murray, Texas Area Manager, New American Funding

Beth Northrop-Day, VP and Assistant General Counsel, U.S. Bank

Laird Nossuli, CEO, iEmergent

Jackie Oliver, SVP, Associate General Counsel, Mr. Cooper Group

Tiffany Pierschbacher, Realtor, Shawn Buchan Group

Fiona Rice, Software Development Engineer, Team Lead, Fiserv

Dawn Robinson, SVP Regional Manager, PrimeLending

Ruth Ruhl, President, Ruth Ruth, P.C. Attorney at Law

Valerie Saunders, VP, National Association of Mortgage Brokers

Abigail Schuettinger, Director of Operations, Altisource

Christine Seeger, VP Customer Experience, Ocwen Financial Corporation

Karen Shields, SVP of Default, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing/Caliber

Leanne Shultz, Instructional Designer, LoanCare

Elizabeth Squires, AVP, Client Account Management, Safeguard Properties

Jennifer Stoops, EVP of Corporate Development, Park Avenue Properties, A PURE Company

Cassandra Swartz-Dixon, VP & Assistant General Counsel, RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing

Annabelle Tanguilan, Assistant Manager, Customer Care Center, Ocwen

Maureen Tejada, SVP, Enterprise Risk Management, Ocwen Financial Corporation

Trinity Weekes, SVP Loan Administration, Specialized Loan Servicing

Donita White, External Audit Manager, LoanCare

Whitney Wince, Senior Director of Foreclosure, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing

Ramie Word, SVP Customer Care & Client Delivery, Mr. Cooper

Robin P. Wright, Managing Partner, Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP


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Alan Jaffa

Alan Jaffa is the chief executive officer for Safeguard, steering the company as the mortgage field services industry leader. He also serves on the board of advisors for SCG Partners, a middle-market private equity fund focused on diversifying and expanding Safeguard Properties’ business model into complimentary markets.

Alan joined Safeguard in 1995, learning the business from the ground up. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2002, and was named CEO in May 2010. His hands-on experience has given him unique insights as a leader to innovate, improve and strengthen Safeguard’s processes to assure that the company adheres to the highest standards of quality and customer service.

Under Alan’s leadership, Safeguard has grown significantly with strategies that have included new and expanded services, technology investments that deliver higher quality and greater efficiency to clients, and strategic acquisitions. He takes a team approach to process improvement, involving staff at all levels of the organization to address issues, brainstorm solutions, and identify new and better ways to serve clients.

In 2008, Alan was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business in its annual “40-Under-40” profile of young leaders. He also was named a NEO Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® finalist in 2013.


Chief Operating Officer

Michael Greenbaum

Michael Greenbaum is the chief operating officer for Safeguard. Mike has been instrumental in aligning operations to become more efficient, effective, and compliant with our ever-changing industry requirements. Mike has a proven track record of excellence, partnership and collaboration at Safeguard. Under Mike’s leadership, all operational departments of Safeguard have reviewed, updated and enhanced their business processes to maximize efficiency and improve quality control.

Mike joined Safeguard in July 2010 as vice president of REO and has continued to take on additional duties and responsibilities within the organization, including the role of vice president of operations in 2013 and then COO in 2015.

Mike built his business career in supply-chain management, operations, finance and marketing. He has held senior management and executive positions with Erico, a manufacturing company in Solon, Ohio; Accel, Inc., a packaging company in Lewis Center, Ohio; and McMaster-Carr, an industrial supply company in Aurora, Ohio.

Before entering the business world, Mike served in the U.S. Army, Ordinance Branch, and specialized in supply chain management. He is a distinguished graduate of West Point (U.S. Military Academy), where he majored in quantitative economics.



Sean Reddington

Sean Reddington is the new Chief Information Officer for Safeguard Properties LLC. Sean has over 15+ years of experience in Information Services Management with a strong focus on Product and Application Management. Sean is responsible for Safeguard’s technological direction, including planning, implementation and maintaining all operational systems

Sean has a proven record of accomplishment for increasing operational efficiencies, improving customer service levels, and implementing and maintaining IT initiatives to support successful business processes.  He has provided the vision and dedicated leadership for key technologies for Fortune 100 companies, and nationally recognized consulting firms including enterprise system architecture, security, desktop and database management systems. Sean possesses strong functional and system knowledge of information security, systems and software, contracts management, budgeting, human resources and legal and related regulatory compliance.

Sean joined Safeguard Properties LLC from RenPSG Inc. which is a nationally leading Philintropic Software Platform in the Fintech space. He oversaw the organization’s technological direction including planning, implementing and maintaining the best practices that align with all corporate functions. He also provided day-to-day technology operations, enterprise security, information risk and vulnerability management, audit and compliance, security awareness and training.

Prior to RenPSG, Sean worked for DMI Consulting as a Client Success Director where he guided the delivery in a multibillion-dollar Fortune 500 enterprise client account. He was responsible for all project deliveries in terms of quality, budget and timeliness and led the team to coordinate development and definition of project scope and limitations. Sean also worked for KPMG Consulting in their Microsoft Practice and Technicolor’s Ebusiness Division where he had responsibility for application development, maintenance, and support.

Sean is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Masters in International Business from Central Michigan University. He was also a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force prior to his career in the business world.


General Counsel and Executive Vice President

Linda Erkkila, Esq.

Linda Erkkila is the general counsel and executive vice president for Safeguard and oversees the legal, human resources, training, and compliance departments. Linda’s responsibilities cover regulatory issues that impact Safeguard’s operations, risk mitigation, enterprise strategic planning, human resources and training initiatives, compliance, litigation and claims management, and mergers, acquisition and joint ventures.

Linda assures that Safeguard’s strategic initiatives align with its resources, leverage opportunities across the company, and contemplate compliance mandates. Her practice spans over 20 years, and Linda’s experience covers regulatory disclosure, corporate governance compliance, risk assessment, executive compensation, litigation management, and merger and acquisition activity. Her experience at a former Fortune 500 financial institution during the subprime crisis helped develop Linda’s pro-active approach to change management during periods of heightened regulatory scrutiny.

Linda previously served as vice president and attorney for National City Corporation, as securities and corporate governance counsel for Agilysys Inc., and as an associate at Thompson Hine LLP. She earned her JD at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Linda holds a degree in economics from Miami University and an MBA. In 2017, Linda was named as both a “Woman of Influence” by HousingWire and as a “Leading Lady” by MReport.


Chief Financial Officer

Joe Iafigliola

Joe Iafigliola is the Chief Financial Officer for Safeguard. Joe is responsible for the Control, Quality Assurance, Business Development, Accounting & Information Security departments, and is a Managing Director of SCG Partners, a middle-market private equity fund focused on diversifying and expanding Safeguard Properties’ business model into complimentary markets.

Joe has been in a wide variety of roles in finance, supply chain management, information systems development, and sales and marketing. His career includes senior positions with McMaster-Carr Supply Company, Newell/Rubbermaid, and Procter and Gamble.

Joe has an MBA from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University’s Honors Accounting program.


AVP, High Risk and Investor Compliance

Steve Meyer

Steve Meyer is the assistant vice president of high risk and investor compliance for Safeguard. In this role, Steve is responsible for managing our clients’ conveyance processes, Safeguard’s investor compliance team and developing our working relationships with cities and municipalities around the country. He also works directly with our clients in our many outreach efforts and he represents Safeguard at a number of industry conferences each year.

Steve joined Safeguard in 1998 as manager over the hazard claims team. He was instrumental in the development and creation of policies, procedures and operating protocol. Under Steve’s leadership, the department became one of the largest within Safeguard. In 2002, he assumed responsibility for the newly-formed high risk department, once again building its success. Steve was promoted to director over these two areas in 2007, and he was promoted to assistant vice president in 2012.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Steve spent 10 years within the insurance industry, holding a number of positions including multi-line property adjuster, branch claims supervisor, and multi-line and subrogation/litigation supervisor. Steve is a graduate of Grove City College.


AVP, Operations

Jennifer Jozity

Jennifer Jozity is the assistant vice president of operations, overseeing inspections, REO and property preservation for Safeguard. Jen ensures quality work is performed in the field and internally, to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. Jen has demonstrated the ability to deliver consistent results in order audit and order management.  She will build upon these strengths in order to deliver this level of excellence in both REO and property preservation operations.

Jen joined Safeguard in 1997 and was promoted to director of inspections operations in 2009 and assistant vice president of inspections operations in 2012.

She graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in business.


AVP, Finance

Jennifer Anspach

Jennifer Anspach is the assistant vice president of finance for Safeguard. She is responsible for the company’s national workforce of approximately 1,000 employees. She manages recruitment strategies, employee relations, training, personnel policies, retention, payroll and benefits programs. Additionally, Jennifer has oversight of the accounts receivable and loss functions formerly within the accounting department.

Jennifer joined the company in April 2009 as a manager of accounting and finance and a year later was promoted to director. She was named AVP of human capital in 2014. Prior to joining Safeguard, she held several management positions at OfficeMax and InkStop in both operations and finance.

Jennifer is a graduate of Youngstown State University. She was named a Crain’s Cleveland Business Archer Award finalist for HR Executive of the Year in 2017.


AVP, Application Architecture

Rick Moran

Rick Moran is the assistant vice president of application architecture for Safeguard. Rick is responsible for evolving the Safeguard IT systems. He leads the design of Safeguard’s enterprise application architecture. This includes Safeguard’s real-time integration with other systems, vendors and clients; the future upgrade roadmap for systems; and standards designed to meet availability, security, performance and goals.

Rick has been with Safeguard since 2011. During that time, he has led the system upgrades necessary to support Safeguard’s growth. In addition, Rick’s team has designed and implemented several innovative systems.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Rick was director of enterprise architecture at Revol Wireless, a privately held CDMA Wireless provider in Ohio and Indiana, and operated his own consulting firm providing services to the manufacturing, telecommunications, and energy sectors.


AVP, Technology Infrastructure and Cloud Services

Steve Machovina

Steve Machovina is the assistant vice president of technology infrastructure and cloud services for Safeguard. He is responsible for the overall management and design of Safeguard’s hybrid cloud infrastructure. He manages all technology engineering staff who support data centers, telecommunications, network, servers, storage, service monitoring, and disaster recovery.

Steve joined Safeguard in November 2013 as director of information technology operations.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Steve was vice president of information technology at Revol Wireless, a privately held wireless provider in Ohio and Indiana. He also held management positions with Northcoast PCS and Corecomm Communications, and spent nine years as a Coast Guard officer and pilot.

Steve holds a BBA in management information systems from Kent State University in Ohio and an MBA from Wayne State University in Michigan.


Assistant Vice president of Application Development

Steve Goberish

Steve Goberish, is the assistant vice president of application development for Safeguard. He is responsible for the maintenance and evolution of Safeguard’s vendor systems ensuring high-availability, security and scalability while advancing the vendor products’ capabilities and enhancing the vendor experience.

Prior to joining Safeguard, Steve was a senior technical architect and development manager at First American Title Insurance, a publicly held title insurance provider based in southern California, in addition to managing and developing applications in multiple sectors from insurance to VOIP.

Steve has a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in Ohio.