Alaska Land Title Association Committees

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall work to increase and maintain membership to help the Association’s efforts to bring continuing education and important legislation to title and escrow professionals. In addition, the Committee considers all applications for membership, makes a recommendation of approval or rejection thereof, and transmits the application, together with a report thereon, to the Board of Directors.

Convention & Education Committee

The Convention & Education Committee shall be responsible for all education of the Association and all educational seminars for the membership and/or financial community. It shall work to secure a location for the Association’s annual convention and will coordinate speakers to discuss topics relative to the industry.

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee shall strive to secure the enactment, repeal or defeat of legislation, as directed by the Board of Directors. It shall keep the Association informed of all pending and enacted legislation which affects the title industry.

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee shall maintain awareness over the Bylaws of the Association so that these provisions serve the Association in meeting the purposes of the organization. The Committee shall consider all proposals to amend, and may on its own, propose amendments to the Bylaws of the Association.

Ways & Means Committee

The Ways & Means Committee shall work to provide fundraising, as necessary, to accommodate the funding of programs and/or activities approved by the Board of Directors.

Website & Social Media Committee

The Website & Social Media Committee shall work to implement and/or maintain an Internet Website and/or a Social Media presence for the Association. The Committee shall monitor the effectiveness of these sites and suggest ways to improve them, as well as utilize the sites to promote the activities and professionalism of the Association.

Board of Directors

Crissy Haman

Office: President

Yukon Title Company

crissy@yukontitle.com

(907)  456-3474

612 Gaffney Road, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Committee Membership: Legislative

Nichole Smith

Office: President-Elect

Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska

nicholes@fidelityak.com

(907 )277-6607

3150 C Street, Ste. 220 Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Bylaws, Website/Social Media

Janelle Keller

Office: Secretary/Treasurer

Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency

jkeller@alyeskatitle.com

(907)339-8862

3801 Centerpoint Drive, Ste. 102 Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Website/Social Media, Ways and Means

 


 

About Crissy Haman:

 

Crissy Haman began her title career in 1991 for a company in Kalispell, Montana. Upon returning to Fairbanks in 1993, she was hired as a Title Assistant with Yukon Title Company, Inc. Over the next 10 years she held various positions in the Title Department, eventually becoming a Senior Title Officer. Wanting to increase her knowledge of the industry, in 2003 she transitioned to a position as an Escrow Officer and within 2 years became the Escrow Department Manager. Crissy is currently the Chief Title Officer and Vice President of Yukon Title Company and handles all the company’s commercial transactions. She has been on the Alaska Land Title Association Board since 2015.

 


 

About Nichole Smith:

 

Nichole Smith is a Title Officer with Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska. She holds 19 years’ experience in the industry, beginning her career in Colorado before moving Alaska in 2002. Nichole has held various positions in the title department and has worked with numerous underwriters, most currently Stewart Title Guaranty, Fidelity National Title Group and Chicago Title. She has a BS in Biology from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and has been on the Alaska Land Title Association Board since 2016.

 


 

About Janelle Keller:

 

Janelle Keller is a Title Officer with Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency. A lifelong Alaskan, Janelle was born in Nome, Alaska and has lived in Anchorage since 1991. She graduated from East High School in 2001 and shortly thereafter started her career in the title industry. In her 15+ years in the industry she has held positions in the recording, customer service and policy departments, while continuing a primary focus on examining titles for both residential and commercial transactions.

 

Janelle is a recipient of the October Research Top 40 Under 40 awards and has served on the Alaska Land Title Association Board since 2014, currently holding the position of Secretary/Treasurer. In her free time, Janelle enjoys getting outside and spending time with her friends and family.

Colleen Sullivan

Office: Former President

First American Title

csullivan@firstam.com

(907)789-5252

8251 Glacier Hwy #A, Juneau, AK 99802

Committee Membership: Ways and Means, Legislative

Mary Ann Rowe

Office: Executive Director

mackierowe@acsalaska.net

Karen Bridendolph

First American Title

kbridendolph@firstam.com

(907)786-9580

3035 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Ways and Means, Membership

 


 

About Karen Bridendolph:

 

Karen Bridendolph has worked in the title industry since 1984. Hired as a receptionist, she quickly advanced to positions as a Recorder, Policy Typist, Title Examiner, Title Officer and Chief Title Officer. She has experience in all aspects of title ranging from posting, recording, foreclosures, examining to issuance of title policies. Karen is currently the Title Operations Manager for First American Title and has been on the Alaska Land Title Association since 2014.

 

Karen is a lifelong Alaskan, she was born and raised in Anchorage and has lived there most her life. During summers, she enjoys riding her motorcycle with friends and playing league horseshoes.

 


 

About Colleen Sullivan:

 

Colleen Sullivan is the Branch Manager for First American Title in Juneau. Her 30 years in Alaska brings 3 years of mortgage loan experience and 27 years in the title insurance industry. She primarily works as a Title Examiner and Branch Manager for First American, but does not hesitate to jump into Escrow when duty calls.

 

Colleen is the Past President of Glacier Valley Rotary and has served twice as President of the Alaska Land Title Association, her most recent position held in 2016.

 


 

About Kimberly Glisson:

 

Kim’s work experience is 27 years in Title Insurance & Escrow and various positions in the loan areas of Banks – from servicing to Lending Assistant. She has worked for Alaska Escrow and Title Insurance Agency for 13+ years and for First Bank, National Bank of Alaska and Washington Trust Bank.

 

Currently, beginning in March of 2008, she became the General Manager for Alaska Escrow and Title Insurance Agency and oversee 3 offices. The main office in Ketchikan and Escrow Offices in Juneau and Sitka.

 

She has been on the Alaska Land Title Association Board since 2008, and President for the 2014-2015 session. She was on the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 6 years and President for the year of 2011 and was involved with their Events Committee for 8 years, helping organize such events as the 4 th of July Parade, the Annual Awards Banquet and Enchanted Forest Dance and Auction.

 

She also volunteered for and helped organize other community events such as the March of Dimes Scrap-A- Thon, Distinguished Young Women of Alaska and the Home Builders Trade Show.

Kimberly Glisson

Alaska Escrow and Title Insurance Agency, Inc.

kimberly.glisson@akescrowtitle.com

(907)225-9077

2030 Sea Level Drive, Ste. 201, Ketchikan, AK 99901

Committee Membership: Convention/Education

Howard Hancock

Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska

howardh@fidelityak.com

(907)277-6626

3150 C Street, Ste. 220 Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Convention/Education, Legislative

Chris Hough

Stewart Title of Kenai

chris@stewartkenai.com

(907)260-8031

35096 Kenai Spur Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669

Committee Membership: Membership, Website/Social Media

 


 

About Cathy Palmateer:

 

While working as a legal assistant focusing primarily on foreclosures, Cathy got to know and appreciate the title industry. When presented the opportunity to work in the title industry, Cathy happily accepted a position in the title department. Shortly after starting her career, Cathy transitioned to the escrow side of business, holding various positions until becoming a Senior Escrow Officer. Retirement was cancelled when she was presented the opportunity to become the Operating Manager of Mat-Su Title Agency, LLC. With over 20 years’ experience in the title industry, Cathy is honored to be on the ALTA Board.

 


 

About Chris Hough:

 

Chris is the President of both Stewart Title of the Kenai Peninsula in Soldotna and Kachemak Bay Title Agency in Homer. His family has been in the title insurance business since they founded Kachemak Bay Title Agency in 1977. Chris works in both title and escrow as needed between the two companies. He has a BS from Montana State University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

 

In addition to his role on the Alaska Land Title Association Board, Chris also serves as President of the Rotary Club of Soldotna, Vice President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula and Director for the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District. He is an active and involved community member who enjoys traveling, playing sports and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their two children, Tanner and Lily.

 


 

About Howard Hancock:

 

Howard Hancock is the Chief Title Officer for Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska, LLC. He has lived in Anchorage since 1965. A graduate of West Anchorage High School, with attendance at the Anchorage Community College and University of Alaska. Howard joined the title industry in 1981, starting out as a Posting Clerk, and has held various positions, including Recorder, Title Plant Manager, Title Examiner and Title Department Manager. As Chief Title Officer, Howard provides underwriting support and training for the title department staff, with a focus on examining title to commercial transactions. Over the years he has worked in offices in Anchorage, Mat-Su and Kenai. He has served as a board member of the Alaska Land Title Association and NeighborWorks Anchorage Home Ownership Center Advisory Board. Howard enjoys hunting, fishing and riding snowmachines and ATV’s with his family in the great Alaskan outdoors.

Cathy Palmateer

Mat-Su Title Agency, LLC

cathyp@matsutitle.com

(907)376-1826

1981 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy #100, Wasilla, AK 99654

Committee Membership: Convention/Education, Membership

Bobbi Hamilton

Yukon Title Company

bobbi@yukontitle.com

(907)456-3474

612 Gaffney Road, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Committee Membership: Bylaws

Laurie Downing

Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency

ldowning@alyeskatitle.com

(907)339-8848

3801 Centerpoint Drive, Ste. 102 Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Membership

 


 

About Laurie Downing:

 

Laurie Downing is the Title Manager for Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency, Inc. Her career in the real estate and title industry began in 1978 and covers the Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley areas. In addition to being a Title Officer and Escrow Officer for commercial and residential transactions, Laurie has been an assistant to a real estate agent and for several years owned a company which performed flood hazard determinations for lenders.

 


 

About Bobbi Hamilton:

 

Bobbi Hamilton started her career in title insurance with Yukon Title Company, Inc. in September 2001. Hired as a Title Assistant, she has since held various positions with the company including Customer Service Representative and currently, Senior Title Officer.

 

Bobbi volunteers as an affiliate for the Greater Fairbanks Board of Realtors and is active in her daughter’s school and theatre group. The Alaska Land Title Association welcomed her to the Board in 2017.

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