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Bio Lana

Lana Jern – Owner / Licensed Mortgage Broker

NMLSID: 268711
Email:  lana@uptownmortgage.com
Phone:  303-839-5262

As a loan originator with more than 18 years of experience, I have been helping buyers with their lending needs. I have owned my own mortgage brokerage firm for the last 15 years. I have extensive knowledge about programs for first time homebuyers, down payment assistance, tax credit programs, investment loan programs, rehab programs, and options for both purchase and refinance borrowers. I make it my personal goal to make sure my clients understand the entire process and that the product they select will make their investment a wise choice.

Originally from Virginia via Atlanta, Georgia, I moved to Denver in the mid 90’s. Since that time, I have enjoyed watching my children graduate from high school and college and now spend my time enjoying what Colorado has to offer. One of my favorite activities is country western couples dancing and sometimes I just can’t get enough of great country music! I also love to spend time with my family including my two grandsons Aiden and Harrison.

Working with my clients gives me great pleasure because I do all that I can to make sure they are happy with the choice they made for their loan. During the loan process, we strive to ensure that we meet contract deadlines and regularly communicate with all the parties in the transaction so everyone is aware of the progress of the loan. Real estate agents frequently comment on the high level of service I provide and appreciate my hands on approach.

The biggest compliment I get is the continual referrals and repeat business from past clients. It gives me a sense of personal satisfaction and joy to work with referrals and clients I have dealt with in the past and it inspires me to continue to strive to meet and exceed the expectations of everyone I work with now and in the future.

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Bio Jasonk

Jason Kauffman – Owner / Licensed Mortgage Broker

NMLSID: 199088
Email:  jason@uptownmortgage.com
Phone:  303-883-6776

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, I moved to Colorado in 1995 with my family. I attended Colorado State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. I found my way into the mortgage industry and have been originating loans for over 15 years.

Having closed close to half a billion dollars in residential loans, I have a knowledge base that spans just about every loan program available. The thing that separates me from other loan officers is that I pride myself on leveraging my experience to do a thorough analysis on the front end that leaves very little work for my borrowers later in the loan process. This tends to lead to a smoother and faster loan process.

As a professional and someone who cares about the mortgage consumer and the trajectory of mortgage industry regulation, I participate in advocacy initiatives at the local and national level. I was president of the Colorado Association of Mortgage Professionals (CoAMP) in 2015 and 2016, and I currently sit on the board as a past president. I’m also a member of the National Association of Mortgage Professionals (NAMB).

I spend my spare time with my wife Caroline and our two sons Aiden and Harrison. When I’m not at home with them you can usually find me rowing on one of Colorado’s many great trout streams while tossing around one of my homemade flies.

It is my goal to create a transaction that is smooth and stress free, leaving my clients thinking of me for their future mortgage needs.


Bio Jasonh

Jason Henkel – Licensed Mortgage Broker

Jason has been a loan officer in the Denver market since 1999. Prior to joining the Uptown team 5 years ago, Jason worked for one of the nation’s largest home builders for over 10 years. Whether you’re buying your first or last home, Jason has the expertise you can count on to ensure a smooth process.

He lives in Highlands Ranch with his wife Jennifer and son Preston. When not helping clients with their mortgage needs, Jason enjoys playing golf and running along one of the many trails found here in Colorado.


Jason Berman

Jason Berman – Licensed Mortgage Broker

Jason Berman began working in the mortgage industry in 1993. He founded Sierra Funding in 1995 and grew the company into one of the premier mortgage planning practices in Colorado.

In 2004, Jason was elected to the Board of Directors for the Colorado Association of Mortgage Brokers (CAMB). He served as President of the association in 2006 where he led the effort to pass minimum standards for mortgage brokers working in the State of Colorado. The regulation, passed in 2006, required all mortgage brokers within the state of Colorado to obtain federal background checks and become registered to practice origination in the state.

Jason has participated on the BBB Trade Practices Group, Colorado Housing Council, & testified before House & Senate sub-committees on the impact of pending legislation for the mortgage industry.

He also serves nationally on three NAMB committees and was appointed to participate on the Governor’s Mortgage Broker Education Taskforce to advise the Colorado Division of Real Estate on the implementation of the January 1st, 2009 requirement that all mortgage brokers take 40 hours of pre-licensing education.

Most recently, Jason has partnered up with Todd Carpenter to create REBlogWorld, a conference and exposition to be held September 19th – 21st, that will focus on blogging and social media for the mortgage and real estate verticals. It promises to be one of the largest technology gatherings for real estate professionals in 2008.

Jason resides in beautiful Frisco, Colorado.


Bio Barb

Barb Van Horn – Licensed Mortgage Broker TX and CO

NMLSID: 250051
Email:  barb@uptownmortgage.com
Phone:  303-961-0501

For over 15 years, Barbara has processed Conventional, FHA and VA mortgage transactions. Since 2009, Barbara has also been loan originating in Colorado and is now currently licensed in Texas as well. She is a full service loan originator because she has the understanding and experience of all levels and details associated with the loan process. Barbara is a proactive communicator and prides herself on friendly personal customer service, professionalism, and truly cares about her clientele. She understands that home buying is a dream for many and wants the experience to be as smooth and stress free as possible for both the buyers as well as her Real Estate partners.

Barbara loves working closely with individuals educating them on different mortgage products & programs to ensure they make the best decisions for their mortgage financing needs. It doesn’t matter to Barbara if you are a first time home buyer, someone buying an investment property, or someone looking to refinance, she takes the time to educate and advise the best option for each individual situation.

Barbara is originally from the Pacific Northwest growing up in Alaska & Oregon. Barbara and her husband Todd feel fortunate to have lived together in Oregon, Arizona, Southern California and Colorado. She also enjoys visiting her five nieces & nephew, road trips in and around the Colorado Rockies, following her favorite sports teams, and having a glass of wine with friends. Lastly, she enjoys exploring and taking advantage of all there is to offer in her current home in Austin, “The live music capital of the world!”


Nicole Bio

Nicole Reed – Compliance Manager / Licensed Mortgage Broker

NMLSID: 1549405
Email:  nicole@uptownmortgage.com
Phone:  303-888-6763

Nicole has been with Uptown Mortgage since 2015, working as the Operations and Compliance Manager. She quickly caught the industry bug and has since become licensed to originate loans in the state of Colorado. Using the skills from an extensive past in the service industry, customer service and satisfaction are her number one priorities!

Nicole is armed and ready with the skills to listen to her clients and tailor the perfect plan to each unique scenario. She understands that not every borrower fits into the cookie cutter mortgage and will work diligently to find the programs and products that suit your needs.

As an army brat to two military parents, Nicole moved around frequently as a child, but has been lucky enough to be rooted in Colorado since 1999. She tries to take full advantage of everything Denver has to offer – amazing food, endless sunshine, and close proximity to the mountains! Add the perfect glass of whiskey or wine to any of those and you have a happy lady on your hands!


Dustin Bio

Dustin Moffat – Loan Processor

Born in Utah, I have been a Coloradan since 1990. I have been a part of the Mortgage industry for 16 years and take pride in the profession I have chosen. It’s a unique experience being able to help a borrower purchase their first home or refinance their home they’ve owned for years, one that I’m happy to help with and enjoy doing. I pride myself in trying to help make the home loan process as easy as possible for our clients.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me spending most of my time with my wife Panther and our wonderful two kids. If there’s a good movie out there to see, you’ll find me at the Cineplex with a bucket of popcorn. Sometimes it has to be a movie for the kids, but I enjoy those as well.


Vanessa Bio

Vanessa Moreno Mares – Loan Setup Specialist

I was born in Arizona and moved to Aurora, Colorado in 1999. I have been in the mortgage industry since 2015, mastering the ins and outs of the loan process.

I serve as a setup coordinator, managing day-to-day operations with both purchases and refinances, and love being able to assist new and current home buyers in making their transactions as easy as possible.

On my time off, I love spending time with my husband Jesus and our two crazy dogs. You can often find us either out on a trail or having fun at a local night club.


Ashley Bio

Ashley Lukens – Administrative Assistant

I am enjoying coming back into the mortgage industry to assist and make Uptown Mortgages’ clients experience as flawless as possible. I have lived in Colorado all my life and when I’m not in the office I enjoy being outdoors, having adventures with family and friends in our beautiful state, and especially being with my two kids Lucy and Barrett.


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