Through Vetted VA™, Christopher Griffith is working for Veterans who want to use the VA Home Loan Guarantee to purchase their home – and take control of their lives.
He is a Marine Veteran, entrepreneur, educator, motivator, and a “nobody from nowheresville.” Christopher understands personally what the VA Home Loan Guarantee can do to change lives for the better; that’s why he is dedicating his time to creating a better solution that will make it easier for Veterans to get the mortgage they want with all of the perks they desire. He is bringing awareness to the fact that service and integrity are missing from the practice of real estate, mortgage and lending in the United States. This does not mean every single individual working as a broker/mortgage originator, but rather the system that has evolved into a feeder system for large banks and small predatory lenders.
Not only does Christopher make a commitment to share community-building exercises and stories, but he’s also deft at it. He has become a top thought leader in the community of Veteran advocates through his prolific use of media. The beauty of the Internet is that you can build a voice for your business and community without spending a dime, which is exactly what Mr. Griffith has done. The amount of time and effort he puts into helping his neighbors and his community is bountiful. He truly believes in the power of giving and goes all out.
He saw the opportunity to build something different, something special, something built on common principles based on relationships. Christopher also builds trust, which forms strong family-like bonds between clients, brokers, friends and neighbors that will last a lifetime.
Nathan Knottingham, Vetted VA™
Nathan Knottingham is a speaker and consultant, a business builder, and a seasoned entrepreneur. Nathan’s passion for good education and protection for consumers is apparent in all he does. He’s committed to helping businesses and individuals grow through targeted content strategies and marketing automation, but he is an extrovert at heart who loves to connect with people and build community through creating genuine relationships.
Before graduating with his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Corban University, Nathan had already dove headfirst into the real estate industry as a loan officer. After completing college, he continued to set out on an ambitious adventure where he educated himself in every aspect of making a successful real estate transaction happen. Over the course of Nathan’s career, he has fulfilled the role of a leader in many different ways. From being the President of McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce to Vice President of Training and Development at Knowledge Coop, Nathan has mentored and supported people to help them see the potential in themselves and others to accomplish great things.
He’s dedicated to helping people get real about what it means to live their life on purpose and striving toward the things that matter most. When Nathan isn’t found serving his community, he is spending time with his wife and two children. He is a loving husband and father who enjoys reading, playing music, and woodworking.
Brandi Alongi, Vetted VA™ Operations Manager
After completing nearly twelve years in the United States Air Force, where she performed scheduling and administrative work beginning at just twenty years old, Brandi found passion and purpose in her role at Vetted VA™.
As Operations Manager, she has expertly utilized her extensive administration experience, applying her skills to completing vital daily backend tasks, including responding to emails, coordinating calendars and schedules, and performing necessary website updates.
However, it’s through her work in member management that Brandi’s passion for connecting and serving fellow Veterans shines through. By answering their questions and ensuring they receive the help and support they need throughout the application process, she is proud to protect her military family from being taken advantage of when securing these vital home loans.
Brandi’s professionalism and dedication are apparent in every interaction as she shares her knowledge and her own Vetted VA™ success story with others to equip them with the information and confidence they need to achieve their goal of homeownership.
Shonita “Nita” Wade is a retired Air Force Veteran of twenty years, Veterans’ advocate, and Education and Training programs expert with sixteen years of experience in Instructional Design, Training Program Management, and Business Operations in both Department of Defense and Government Contract organizations.
She is a true professional with a proven record of dedicated service to our country and experience in various mission development programs. She started her military career as a B-52 Bomber mechanic and has since held several positions in education and training development, resource management, and senior leadership. She holds an MBA in Project Management from the University of Arkansas, a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from the University of Arizona Global Campus, and additional certifications in project management, human resources, and instructional and graphic design.
Nita is a lifelong learner, mentor, and Veterans’ advocate. She is dedicated to her family, a servant of the Veteran community, and believes in leading with integrity, educating with empathy, and training with trust.
Nicole Hoem is a business professional and educator with 30 years in residential finance and real estate development sectors. As a life-long learner, Nicole has accumulated extensive knowledge and developed in-demand skills in her field. As a Trainer & Instructional Designer, she shares a wealth of experience and skills through a variety of channels to reach a wide audience in need of advanced training resources. Working independently, or within a team of experts, Nicole delivers insightful and enjoyable coursework throughout the country.
Nicole’s extensive background in the mortgage industry allows her special expertise into the needs of leadership as well as sales and operations employees. She strives to enable others with her stories as a compliance underwriter and QC auditor. Nicole is committed to guiding teams to achieve top performance while maintaining a path of compliant, best practices.
By pairing this invaluable experience with her passion for design and striking attention to detail, Nicole creates unique training content to coordinate strategies to meet learning objectives. She holds an MBA from Colorado State University and certification in Adult Education in the Workplace as well as notable education and experience in resource development and corporate strategy.
The beautiful northern Colorado Rockies is home for Nicole and her soulmate husband of 35 years. She enjoys spending time singing and playing piano, being outdoors hiking and fishing, especially with their two grown sons. You may even catch her performing on stage with their band, Travelin’ Hoem Band.
Kason Martin, Vetted VA™ Video Editor
Kason Martin is a former quarterback from the University of North Texas. He graduated with a degree in media arts and is currently pursuing his master’s in education administration from the University of Tiffin. His hardworking mindset and grit was built from being a student athlete. His video editing creativity stems from his love for music and playing instruments.
While Kason started pursuing his master’s degree, he began video editing for his father-in-law, a Vetted VA professional. Through that connection, Kason started editing videos for Vetted VA and is now the full-time editor.
Kason found a passion for serving his community through video editing. By helping veterans fully understand the excellent benefits at their fingertips, he has uncovered a new desire to give back to the veterans serving our country.
Barbara Martin, Vetted VA™ Media Manager and Content Creator
Barbara Martin is hard-working and passionate about all she does. Barbara’s passion for learning new things and perfecting them is apparent in her actions. She enjoys bringing ideas to life and sharing them with others. She is committed to educating and aiding the community in any way possible.
Before graduating with her Master’s Degree in Management and Health Administration from the University of North Texas, Barbara played five years of college volleyball. Her experience as a leader, organization skills, and time management shines through in the quality of her content. After graduating, she pursued a job as a mortgage assistant focused on customer care and continued her career as an entrepreneur.
Her desire to help others and serve the community is prevalent in her work and field of choice. Barbara continues to pursue new knowledge. When she is not working, she spends time with her husband and their two dogs, hiking, singing, or working out. She strives to better herself for her family and those around her.