Meet Our Team



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Richard Cowan


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Richard Cowan is the owner of A1 Mortgage and has a passion for the mortgage business because it allows him to help others whether it be purchasing their dream home or saving on their existing finances. Prior to A1 Mortgage, Richard owned and managed several companies in the service industry. He enjoys spending free time with his wife, Kitako and their 3 daughters, Christina, Yu, and Jean and their son Joshua. His hobbies include sailing, golf and other outdoor activities.

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James Mangan

Vice President of Operations

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James Mangan has worked for A1 Mortgage since the company opened in 2007. He loves working for A1 Mortgage and has a passion for helping people reach their mortgage goals. James has a wide range of experience and knowledge in the mortgage field. He has lived in the Kansas City area his whole life and currently lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife Heather and 2 children, Kaiden and Kennedy. In his spare time, you can find him on a soccer or baseball field with his kids, watching sports, doing photography and spending time with friends and family.

Loan Officers


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Charlie Tipton

Team Manager/Sr. Loan Officer

Marty Payne a1 mortgage

Marty Payne

Team Manager/Sr. Loan Officer

Mike Cash a1 mortgage

Mike Cash

Operations Manager/Sr. Loan Officer

Robb Walter a1 mortgage

Robb Walter

Sr. Loan Officer

Rick Langley a1 mortgage

Rick Langley

Sr. Loan Officer

Wesley McDonald a1 mortgage

Tyler Ryser

Loan Officer

Vic Desantis a1 mortgage

Vic Desantis

Sr. Loan Officer

Ami Buccero a1 mortgage

Ami Buccero

Sr. Loan Officer

Melinda (Ming) Chen

Sr. Loan Officer

Wesley McDonald a1 mortgage

Wesley McDonald

Sr. Loan Officer

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Jack Chalmers III

Sr. Loan Officer

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William Reeves

Sr. Loan Officer

Growth and Development


Annette Nierman a1 mortgage

Annette Nierman

Growth and Development Specialist



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Nicole Stoppelman

Administrative Assistant

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Nicole Stoppelman is the Administrative Assistant and first welcoming face at A1 Mortgage Group, LLC where she manages the day to day activities. She also ensures the initial loan package is complete and falls under the correct guidelines upon submission to the lender. Nicole has been at A1 Mortgage almost five years and enjoys the people she works with. Nicole also enjoys being able to assist people in the purchase of their home, as well as getting to know the customers as they have become repeat clients over the years! Being able to multi-task and work at a fast pace are skills Nicole feels she has that help her excel at her position at A1 Mortgage Group.

Nicole attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri for Psychology and Dietetics. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time out doors with her husband and their dog, cooking new foods, fitness.

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Kina Gunnels

Administrative Assistant

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Kina has lived in the Kansas City, Missouri area her entire life and currently lives in Lee’s Summit with her husband Robb and their 2 sons, Tysen and Karter as well as Ali, their Boxer. If she’s not playing sports mom to her boys sports teams, she is a humanitarian who is very active in the community and on the booster board at Lee’ Summit West High School.  Kina also finds time to do social media marketing and web design and also loves to have fun with her friends and family.

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Tara Salas

Loan Processor

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Tara Salas is a Loan Processor at A1 Mortgage Group, LLC. Her duties include helping the loan officers review, manage, and send loan documents to the appropriate underwriting departments. Throughout the process, she ensures that the loan package is completed in full and complies with all current regulations and policies. Her previous experience in the financial and land title industry has given her the ability to be efficient and effective throughout the mortgage loan process.

Tara graduated with honors from Park University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Psychology. Tara enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and their two dogs.

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Shelby Stewart

Loan Processor

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Shelby Stewart is a Loan Processor at A1 Mortgage Group, LLC. Her duties include helping the loan officers review, manage, and send loan documents to the appropriate underwriting departments. Throughout the process, she ensures that the loan package is completed in full and complies with all current regulations and policies. Her attention to detail, ability to work quickly, and keen knowledge of underwriting guidelines allows her to be one of the most efficient processors in the business.

Shelby graduated from the University of Central Missouri, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Shelby’s interests include playing and watching sports (especially the royals!), hiking and the outdoors, yoga, fitness, and art. Shelby lives in Lee’s Summit with her boyfriend, Coty, and boxer pup, Scout.

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Karly McDonald

Loan Officer Assistant

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Karly has been with the A1 Mortgage team for over 2 years. She has been promoted to a variety of roles during those years that include being a Front Desk Assistant, a Loan Processor, and is now currently a Loan Officer Assistant. Karly makes sure the front end of the loan process runs as smoothly as possible which includes: submitting loans, ordering conditions, and following up with existing conditions so that loans can be closed quickly.

Karly graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Masters in Applied Health Sciences. She enjoys music, being outdoors, doing yoga, lifting, and running. Karly lives in Blue Springs with her husband, son, and boxer pup, Chief.

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Marcie Taulbert

Customer Relations Manager

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Marcie Taulbert is the Customer Retention Manager at A1 Mortgage. She believes that the most important element of business is Customer Service, and that follow up sets A1 Mortgage apart in this business. Working in the Customer Service industry for over 20 years has helped her learn to listen first and take action with what needs to get done. “I take pride in making sure our clients have an amazing experience. Being a part of this company has made that an easy task!”

Marcie stays busy outside of A1 with her husband and 3 children. She enjoys family time, vacationing and watching her children play sports.