Safe Harbor Title Company President Melissa A. McPherson 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.
Angela D. Molin
Vice President and Senior Underwriter
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.
Cindy Keyser Balsly
Commercial Underwriter and Transaction Coordinator
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.
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Rachel works as an administrative assistant in the Yorktown office. She works with commercial files, sends correspondence, and assists the underwriters. She is happily married to her retired Air Force husband and has two awesome daughters. After many years of moving around, she and her family settled in Yorktown and they love it. When she isn’t at the office, or at home with her family, you can occasionally find her at one of the local community theaters, either on stage performing or backstage helping or watching her daughter in one of her school plays.
Title Review Specialist
Anita Brown is a Title Review Specialist for the Commercial Department of Safe Harbor Title. She has worked at Safe Harbor Title since 2017. She works remotely from Union Grove, Alabama after her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Army. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College which was obtained while stationed overseas in Ansbach, Germany. The family fosters dogs and puppies for a local rescue on their little farm.
Ellie joined Safe Harbor as an assistant in August of 2021. She assists closers with their files out of our Richmond office. Ellie graduated from Virginia Tech and moved back to Richmond, where she was born and raised. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and hanging outdoors with her dog, Millie.
Commercial Settlement Coordinator
Virginia Duley started with us this past July and works as the Commercial Settlement Coordinator.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, she received her B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University in 2019. Currently, she is finishing her Masters in Forensic Psychology.
After needing a change in pace, Safe Harbor was the perfect place and team to join. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Mikey.
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.
Janie Elliott started her career working in a law office in 1972 where she handled residential and commercial real estate closings. She then left the law office for a short period of time and became a member of the sales management team for a local real estate company where her main duty was to assist the agents with getting their contracts to closing. However, Janie’s love for the law office brought her back to a larger office where she again handled both residential and commercial closings. Janie was then offered the opportunity to become an executive assistant to a Hampton Circuit Court Judge. She enjoys gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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Quality Assurance Officer
I have worked in Title Insurance since 1999. I started as a National Account Manager with a large underwriter. When my department was moved to Atlanta, I joined the audit department. The director of audit said, he could teach people how to audit, he could not teach people how to talk to others. Being an auditor allowed me to travel the US and meet some amazing people. When my children were born, I began reconciling escrow accounts. I spent over 15 years reconciling escrow accounts for title agents and assisting with problems. I joined Safe Harbor after reconciling their escrow accounts for over 9 years. I loved the way the company was run and knew they valued their employees.
Assistant Transaction Coordinator
Kelli Jenkins joined the Safe Harbor team in May of this year and works as an Assistant Transaction Coordinator. Kelli was born in West Point, New York and grew up in Northern Virginia. She moved to Richmond in 2004 to attend school at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Although she has lived many places she has always loved Richmond because there are so many things to do while still being central to a lot of other great places.
Kelli attended Northern Virginia Community College where she received her associates degree and then transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a degree in Business and Psychology.
Kelli always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude and believes that “you never know what kind of day someone is having and when it comes to buying or selling a home it should always be a positive experience”.
In her spare time Kelli enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and decorating her 1920’s home. She loves to explore Richmond and find new restaurants with craft cocktails and delicious food. Something interesting about Kelli is that she used to be a floral designer for weddings and events for over 15 years!
Mary Brown Broughton Leachman
Director of Business Development
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.
Jaimee Maddox started with us in 2012 and recently rejoined the Safe Harbor team after taking some time off to be with her kids. Her current position is as a Compliance Officer. Jaimee is a born and raised Richmond native and received her credentials form Radford University.
Jaimee has worked in residential Real Estate since 2006 and prides herself on insuring that her customers are happy by doing whatever is needed to keep them satisfied.
In her free time Jaimee enjoys cooking, going to the beach and trying new restaurants. She and her husband Brandon have been married for 9 years and they have two little girls together. She loves spending time with her family when she is not working.
Residential Settlement Officer
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.
Brielle Robertson joined Safe Harbor in May of 2021 for the Richmond office as the Front Office Administrator. She assists the closers with client correspondence and files. Outside of work she spends her free time hanging out with family and friends and enjoying photography.
Karla L. Smith
Residential Transaction Coordinator
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.
Candace M. Winston
Commercial Settlement Officer
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 settlement officer, 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.