Our People

Lana Jern - Owner / Licensed Mortgage Broker

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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Jason Kauffman - Owner / Licensed Mortgage Broker

Jason Kauffman – Owner / Licensed Mortgage Broker

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

I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, but moved to Colorado in 1995. 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 well over 1700 loans, I have a knowledge base that spans just about every loan program available. I think 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 buyers later in the loan process. This tends to lead to a smoother and faster loan process.

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 on one of Colorado’s many great trout streams tossing one of my homemade flys around.

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.


Jason Henkel - Licensed Mortgage Broker

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.


Barb Van Horn - Loan Officer / Loan Specialist

Barb Van Horn – Licensed Mortgage Broker / Loan Processeor

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

For over 12 years, Barb has processed Conventional, FHA and VA mortgage transactions. She is also a proactive communicator and prides herself on friendly personal customer service. Barb ensures that our customers and real estate partners receive pleasant and consistent home financing experiences.

In 2009, Barbara obtained her Colorado Mortgage Brokers license. At the time, it was unprecedented in Colorado for mortgage processors to obtain the necessary education and certifications to become a licensed professional. The benefits of her effort have not only allowed her to originate, but increased our teams resources and enabled us to continue improving our customer service experience.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Barb resides in Austin, TX with her husband, Todd. Barbara enjoys spending time with her five nieces, road trips in and around the Colorado Rockies, exploring her new home in Austin, TX and sharing batches of her latest homemade wines with friends and family.


Amber Kahlich - Senior Loan Processor

Amber Kahlich – Loan Operations Manager

Born in Colorado Springs, I moved throughout the country as an Air Force child; settling back in the roots of my home state 7 years ago. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Business Marketing. I have been in the mortgage industry since 2004.

I enjoy using my knowledge about the mortgage industry to enhance each borrowers experience in the loan process. I take pride in the steps of putting the puzzle pieces together to make each loan a success.

I adore spending time with my husband Blake and my daughter Addison. You can often find us out on a trail or savoring some good food and a glass of wine at a local eatery.


Christie Schwartz - Assistant Loan Processor

Christie Schwartz – Licensed Mortgage Broker

A Colorado native with her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Christie is one of Uptown Mortgage’s newest loan officers. Prior to entering the mortgage industry she worked as an elementary school teacher for Jefferson County Schools. She has been working with Uptown since 2013.

As a licensed mortgage broker Christie’s infectious personality and desire to understand peoples’ needs lends itself perfectly to her job of helping all her borrowers make an intelligent decision when it comes to choosing the right mortgage. She enjoys each opportunity to interact with people and assist them in the exciting (and sometimes scary) process of purchasing a home.

A spirit of adventure has always motivated her and in her free time she loves exploring the Colorado outdoors with her dogs and husband.


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