Meet The Team

If you are looking to start your home buying journey, have questions about loan options or need help with your account, our team of experts are here to support you.

Loan Officers

Kevin Heffernan

Branch Manager
(619) 900-1818
kevin@mhslending.com
NMLS# 1049299

Kevin currently serves as a Branch Manager for Military Home Spot Lending. Originally from St. Louis, he has lived in Southern California since 2012. With more than 8 years of experience helping Active Duty, Veterans, and their families use their VA Loan, he takes great pride in delivering world class customer service. Since 2014, Kevin has helped over 400 families buy or refinance their home using the VA home loan. His passion for educating others on the benefits of the VA loan ensures his clients are informed, empowered, and prepared when it comes time to purchase their new home. Kevin turns what most believe to be a stressful process into a positive experience that they will remember for years to come. In his free time, Kevin enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing golf, and watching Pittsburgh Steelers football!

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Caleb Whisman

Production Manager / Army Veteran
(619) 900-1819
caleb@mhslending.com
NMLS# 1293292

Caleb Whisman, Army Veteran, and former Deep Sea Diver, has made it his mission to aggressively serve his fellow brother, and sisters in arms on their journey to home ownership. He is well known for his ‘brotherly’ attitude, and step-by-step guidance through the escrow process. He fully believes that the home buying process can be stress free, and completely enjoyable, and he strives to make every purchase or refinance successful in this way. During his free time, Caleb enjoys all water activities and playing baseball. Boomer Sooner!

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Merry Cristiani

Loan Officer
(619) 272-2293
mcristiani@mhslending.com
NMLS# 1717999

Merry is an experienced & dedicated loan officer who is committed to providing her clients top notch customer service. With a background in finance and non-profit work, Merry is uniquely positioned to help each of her clients reach their home loan goals. Always going the extra mile, Merry serves her clients with integrity, warmth & consistent communication. As a VA home loan specialist, she loves working directly with her community members, in particular active duty members, veterans, and their families.

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Joshua Deleon

Loan Officer
(808) 895-4343
jdeleon@mhslending.com
NMLS# 1540815

Josh is from Kona, Hawaii but has called San Diego home for the past 8 years. With over 5 years of experience, Josh is dedicated to helping veterans achieve their dream of homeownership by providing outstanding customer service while ensuring the home buying process is easy from start to finish. He enjoys working with veterans because it is a privilege and honor to help those who sacrifice so much for everyone else. In his free time, Josh loves going to the beach, playing volleyball, basketball, and spending time with his wife and 1-year-old son.

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Jessica Palmer

Loan Officer
(210) 742-7474
jpalmer@mhslending.com
NMLS# 527704

With over a decade of experience in the South Texas mortgage industry, Jessica has a well documented track record of ensuring her clients receive the best mortgage to fit their specific needs. Jessica, along side her team, are committed to delivering a stress-less mortgage experience with no surprises. She specializes in VA loans, VA jumbo loans and ensuring Veterans are able to use their hard earned VA benefits. As a Gold Star Family member it was a simple decision to dedicate herself to serving the needs of other military families through the home loan process. Jessica is committed to going the extra mile for each of her clients, because she knows the meaning of service. Jessica is a native Texan and currently lives in New Braunfels with her husband and furry dog kids. She loves spending time with friends and family, relaxing at the lake, staying involved in her community and is always excited for football season!

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Mariano Dowgaluk

Loan Officer
(831) 325-1249
mdowgaluk@mhslending.com
NMLS# 1104979

Mariano has worked in mortgage lending since 2003 – initially as a Processor, and currently as a Loan Officer. He is knowledgeable, friendly, humble, and always available. When he’s not busy at work making homeownership dreams come true, Mariano spends his time at home with his two boys, Enzo & Luca (ages 5 and 1), and his gorgeous wife, Maria Teresa.

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Sabrina Barella

Loan Officer
(619) 729-3990
sbarella@mhslending.com
NMLS# 2122096

Sabrina was born and raised in San Diego CA. She comes from a background in Marketing, Customer Service and PR. She is passionate about the work and volunteering she has done in helping Military and Veterans since 2004, including traveling the country on a Salute Across America tour in 2019. Sabrina volunteered with the USMC Wounded Warrior battalion and USO San Diego for over a decade helping with numerous events and teaching classes on relationships and communication. She is passionate about bringing authentic, clear communication, compassion, integrity, fun, clarity and ease to the home buying process for her Military family. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with select non-profits which serve Military and Veteran causes, especially around suicide prevention. She finds joy in and recharges by having fun with friends and family, horses, movies, camping and hiking. Sabrina's favorite saying: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jason Gibson

Loan Officer
619-736-8671
jgibson@mhslending.com
NMLS# 1311102

Jason has over 12 years of experience in the mortgage industry. He has been fortunate to have many roles allowing him to understand the process from start to finish. He has a passion for helping others fulfill their dreams of homeownership. Originally from Iowa, he was stationed in San Diego during his time in the Marine Corps, and has been here ever since. During his free time he enjoys running, the beach, watching The Office, and spending time with his wife, Madie, and two daughters, Lucy and Winnie.

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Support Team

Michael Lammers

Support/Processing
619-900-1830
mlammers@mhslending.com
NMLS# 1507461

Michael Lammers was born and raised in the Midwest, but took a job in San Diego four years ago. He enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and just interacting with the community. The best part of interacting with the community is the honor of helping some community members buy homes, especially those who helped protect it.

Hong Nunns

Support/Processing
(619) 728-7620
hnunns@mhslending.com
NMLS# 1870981

Hong joined the Military Home Spot Lending team in August, 2019. She has a diverse background in finance and IT, and is a Navy Veteran. Having used her VA home loan benefit to purchase multiple homes, she knows how to provide veterans with a smooth and stress-free home buying process. Hong lives with her husband and two sons in San Diego. When she is not busy chasing them around, she enjoys playing video games, reading or baking.

Gage Murphy

Support/Processing
(619)728-7620
gmurphy@mhslending.com
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As a California native, born and raised in San Diego, Gage Murphy has a passion for helping his community achieve affordable home ownership. Joining the mortgage industry in 2018, Gage has excelled in assisting clients experience a smooth and seamless outcome throughout their mortgage process. As a member of the MHS Lending team, Gage is ecstatic to work alongside veterans and assist them in obtaining their dream home or refinancing an existing mortgage. In addition to his passion for helping his community, Gage is a sports fanatic. Some of his favorite activities include: watching baseball, basketball, and football, playing golf, hiking, or biking along the beach. Gage loves his community and looks forward to working with you!

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