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

Chris Hough

Office: President

Stewart Title of Kenai

chris@stewartkenai.com

(907) 260-8031

35681 Kenai Spur Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669

Committee Membership: Membership

Cindy Landreth

Office: President-Elect

Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska

cindyl@fidelityak.com

(907) 277-6611

3150 C Street, Ste. 220 Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Ways and Means

Lisa Phillips

Office: Secretary

Mat-Su Title Agency, LLC

lisap@matsutitle.com

(907) 376-1815

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

Committee Membership: Membership – Chair

 


 

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 the Title Operations Manager at Stewart Title of Alaska. She holds over 20 years’ experience in the industry, beginning her career in Colorado before moving to Alaska in 2002. Nichole has held various positions in the title industry and has worked with numerous underwriters. 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 Devin Hurley:

 

Devin Hurley is the President/Owner of Western Alaska Land Title Company, as well as Chief Title Officer, and is the third generation in his family to own the business. He started in the title industry in 2009 when he moved back to Alaska from Portland, Oregon where he previously worked as a T.I.G. welder manufacturing parts for stunt aerobatic aircraft.

 

Devin’s grandfather, James J. Hurley, started Western Alaska Land Title in October 1975. He purchased a title plant from Alaska Title Guaranty and brought it over to Kodiak in a camper. He saw an opportunity, as there was not a land title company in Kodiak, and went to work on getting the company started. Jim’s son, Tim, started working at the company in 1977 and took over the business in 1983. Tim has run the company for 40 years and recently handed over the reigns to the next generation. Western Alaska Land Title Company is known for being the “thousand mile” title company, serving both the Kodiak and Aleutian Islands Recording Districts.

 

Devin was elected to serve as a Board Member of the Alaska Land Title Association in 2023. In his off time, he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, bowling and spending time with family.

Stephanie Kiefer

Office: Treasurer

Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency

skiefer@alyeskatitle.com

(907) 339-8822

3801 Centerpoint Drive, Ste. 102 Anchorage, AK 99503

Laurie Downing

Office: Past – President

Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency

ldowning@alyeskatitle.com

(907) 339-8848

3801 Centerpoint Drive, Ste. 102 Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Bylaws – Chair

Lisa Morrow

Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska

lisam@fidelityak.com

(907) 457-3255

250 Cushman Street #2B, Fairbanks, AK 99701

 


 

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 Mattle:

 

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 4th 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.

Karen Bridendolph

First American Title

kbridendolph@firstam.com

(907) 786-9580

3035 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Ways & Means – Chair

Julie Strunk

Alaska Escrow and Title Insurance Agency, Inc.

julie.strunk@akescrowtitle.com

(907) 225-9077

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

Committee Membership: Website

Kimberly Mattle

Office: Past-President

Alaska Escrow and Title Insurance Agency, Inc.

kim.mattle@akescrowtitle.com

(907) 225-9077

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

Committee Membership: Convention & Education – Chair

 


 

About Lisa Phillips:

Lisa Phillips has been in the title industry for 20 years. She started her career in 1997 as a Receptionist with Title Insurance Agency, Inc. (TIA) in Juneau and over the years has worked for McKinley Title & Trust and Mat-Su Title Agency, LLC. She has held various positions including prelim/policy typing, Recording, Escrow Assistant, Title Officer, Title Manager, Division Assistant Vice President for McKinley Title and just recently has become the Office Manager for Mat-Su Title. Lisa is the immediate Past President of the Wasilla “Noon” Rotary Club, Graduate of the Rotary District Leadership Academy and past member of Mortgage Women, Juneau Chapter.

 


 

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.

 


 

About Jonette Humphreys:

 

Jonette Humphreys is a Senior Title Officer/Examiner at Stewart Title of Alaska. She holds over 25 years in the banking and lending industry, working in various positions and titles. Her career in the title industry began in 2016, which has led her to work in various positions that include Customer Service/Order Entry, Recorder and Title Officer. Jonette was elected to serve as a Board Member of the Alaska Land Title Association in 2023. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, camping, fishing, and travelling.

Jonette Humphreys

Stewart Title Company

jonette.humphreys@stewart.com

(907) 777-0505

480 E 36th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Website – Chair; Legislative

Tiffany Johnson

Mat-Su Title Agency, LLC

tiffanyj@matsutitle.com

(907) 375-1825

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

Committee Membership: Membership

Devin Hurley

Western Alaska Land Title Company

waltco@alaskan.com

(907) 486-4433

Mailing: P.O. Box 864, Kodiak, AK 99615
Physical: 314 Center Avenue, Kodiak, AK 99615

Committee Membership: Ways & Means

Nichole Smith

Stewart Title

nichole.smith@stewart.com

(907 ) 777-0514

480 E 36th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99503

Committee Membership: Legislative – Chair

 


 

About Stephanie Kiefer:

 

Stephanie Kiefer is a licensed Escrow Manager for the Anchorage Office of Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency. She started as an Escrow Officer with Title Insurance Agency (TIA) in Juneau, AK in 2005. After 4 years left to work as a mortgage loan processor for AK USA Mortgage and then worked for the State of Alaska Department of Commerce as a Document Supervisor and then a Loan Officer. After 4 years, she went back to the exciting business of Title and Escrow at Alaska Escrow and Title, and like riding a bike you don’t forget how to be an escrow officer. After a few months of being with Alaska Escrow and Title, her husband accepted a new job that brought their family to Anchorage. She then started with Alyeska Title in 2013 as an escrow officer with a focus on new construction and then became the Anchorage Escrow Manager. Her past employment included National Bank Alaska and Wells Fargo. Working as a teller, loan officer, and an operations supervisor. Stephanie and her husband Brad have been married for 30 years and have 3 boys and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to remodel her home, travel, and watch movies.

 


 

About Julie Strunk:

Julie Strunk is the Chief Title Officer for Alaska Escrow and Title Insurance Agency, Inc. (AETIA). She was born in Ketchikan, AK and graduated from Ketchikan High School. She has a BA in Graphic Design from Montana State University, Bozeman.

 

Julie started in the title business in 2003 at AETIA as a title assistant she went on to be recorder, policy typist, plant builder and title examiner. Since then she has worked as a title examiner for companies in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA until returning home in 2011 to Ketchikan and AETIA.

 

In her free time she enjoys reading, painting and traveling to amazing places all over the world.

 


 

About Cindy Landreth:

 

Cindy Landreth is a Licensed Chief Title Officer/Commercial Title Manager/Compliance Officer for Fidelity Title Agency of Alaska, LLC. Her career in the title industry began in 1976 working for Security Title & Trust, as a Posting Clerk. She has held various positions including Title Plant Manager, Reconveyance Clerk, Recorder, Escrow Assistant, Operations Manager & VP and Statewide Title Manager. She has a well-rounded background in both commercial and residential title. She is a board member of Alaska Land Title Association. Her additional work with Alaska USA Business Commercial Services department brings internal insight and experience in review of loan documentation, collateral perfection, loan disbursement and servicing. She acted as title consultant for the department and was responsible for reviewing and approving all title policies nationwide. She enjoys spending time with her Grandchildren, camping, fishing, Chief’s football and playing horseshoes for National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.

 


 

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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