Our Team


Melissa Canavos

Safe Harbor Title Company President Melissa Canavos is known for her ability to find solutions when commercial real estate transactions get complicated.  Her very wise mentor taught her right from the beginning:  “there’s no such thing as un-insurable title.”  She strives to find business oriented solutions that satisfy and protect her clients.

A licensed title insurance agent, Melissa served on the Board of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Richmond for six years and was elected board president in 2013. She was honored by CREW Richmond as one of the “Top 25 Women to Watch in Richmond Commercial Real Estate,” and is a member of the VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) School of Business Real Estate Circle of Excellence. Melissa is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute of Virginia, the Virginia Land Title Association and the American Land Title Association. Melissa graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Government & Politics. She lives in Henrico, Virginia with her two children.

Director of Business Development

Mary Brown Broughton Leachman

As Director of Business Development, Mary Brown Broughton Leachman builds lasting relationships with top real estate professionals in Virginia and beyond. She previously held positions as Real Estate Manager/Vice President in the Corporate Real Estate Group of SunTrust Bank, as well as an Executive Recruiter for staffing firm Durrill & Associates. A graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a B.A. in Marketing Communications, Mary Brown spends most of her time outside of work chauffeuring around her two active children


Residential Settlement Officer

Terri N. Hitt

The most rewarding part of being a residential settlement officer, Terri Hitt says, is seeing purchasers close on their first home. “There is a gleam in their eye and a pep in their step as they walk out of our doors with the keys to their new home,” she says. Terri works in our Fredericksburg office and will graduate from Ashford University in 2017 with a major in social and criminal justice and a minor in early child development. She’s passionate about spending time with her family, especially making memories with her many nieces and nephews.

Vice President and Senior Underwriter

Angela D. Molin

Angela D. Molin has more than a decade of experience as a title insurance underwriter specializing in commercial real estate. Based in Yorktown, she works closely with clients and title insurers to close complex deals nationwide. Angela attended Christopher Newport University, where she received a B.S. in Governmental Administration with a concentration in Legal Studies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Administrative Assistant

Kathleen Edwards

Based in our Yorktown office, Kathleen Edwards prepares commercial files, corresponds with clients and assists the underwriters daily. Kathleen is a military spouse and spent many years moving throughout the United States and Europe. They eventually moved to the Tidewater area, where her husband retired from the military, and have lived in Yorktown for 18 years. Kathleen spends her free time with her husband and three children.

Residential Transaction Coordinator

Karla L. Smith

After more than 12 years in the banking industry, Karla Smith decided to step out on faith and try something new. She now handles the disbursing of residential files after closing for Safe Harbor Title, and is responsible for getting all payments and monies out in a timely manner, ensuring a smooth and successful closing for the clients. Karla attended Virginia Commonwealth University and has one son, Kamron Tucker. On Sundays, you’ll find her singing with the Praise Team at her church.

Commercial Transaction Coordinator

Candace M. Winston

Candace Winston joined Safe Harbor in 2013. She started as a receptionist/assistant, then was promoted to residential transaction coordinator. She’s currently a commercial transaction coordinator, managing multimillion-dollar deals both in the Richmond region and nationwide. Candace, who holds a B.S. in Business Management and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, specializes in disbursing commercial files, coordinating recordings and preparing settlement statements for all commercial transactions. Outside of work, Candace loves spending time with her husband, Kavon, and their two children Kiyah and Kavon Jr.

Residential Settlement Officer

Amanda Nester

Amanda Nester joined Safe Harbor in 2016 as a Residential Settlement Officer, helping make the process of buying a home as low-stress as possible. “It’s nice to see people realizing their dream of owning a home, and being able to be there when they get the key!” she says. Amanda holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She and her husband have two young sons, Hunter and Hudson, and they spend most weekends at the pool or enjoying the outdoors.

Residential Operations Manager

Kenitra Lee Newton

In 31 years in real estate closings, including 22 as a title insurance underwriter, Kenitra Newton has seen it all. She’s still thrilled every time she gets to help a home buyer’s dream come true. “There’s nothing like home,” she says. Kenitra holds a business degree from the Burdett School of Business. She treasures the time spent with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.

Commercial Underwriter and Transaction Coordinator

Cindy Keyser Balsly

Cindy Balsly started her career as a real estate paralegal, handling all aspects of the settlement process. In 1999, she expanded her expertise by obtaining her title insurance license. With more than 20 years combined experience in both underwriting and settlement, she brings her vast knowledge, attention to detail and genuine love for the real estate industry to every transaction. Cindy holds a B.A. in English from Christopher Newport University. Outside of work, you’ll find her watching football, camping and enjoying the beach with her husband and three boys.

Assistant Transactions Coordinator

Ryan Michelle Payne

Ryan Payne began her career in real estate as an assistant property manager and leasing agent for a Richmond apartment complex. She joined Safe Harbor Title in 2016 as an assistant transactions coordinator, handling communication and documentation for real estate transactions. Ryan is pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration from Stratford University.

Transaction Coordinator

Marie Walker Jennings

Marie Jennings worked for Southern Title Insurance Corp. for 38 years and then went on to work with The Wilton Companies before joining Safe Harbor Title. Marie’s long experience in the field has given her a wealth of knowledge in title insurance and accounting. She has warm professional relationships with local Realtors, mortgage companies and attorneys, particularly in her hometown of Mechanicsville. Marie spends her free time renovating her rivah home and researching her family tree.

Residential Settlement Officer

Lettie Stanley

Lettie Stanley joined Safe Harbor Title Company in 2017 as a Residential Settlement Officer for the Richmond, Virginia location. Her specialties include seller side transactions for both foreclosures and short sales and is passionate about making each closing a success! Lettie went to college in Charlottesville, VA and has over 25 years of experience in real estate. In her free time, Lettie enjoys the outdoors with her family and pug “China”.