Our Lending Team

Feel free to email us any time at homeloans@dakotalandfcu.com.

 

Maddie Engen
Mortgage Loan Officer
Branch Location: Watertown
NMLS #: 1874474
605-412-2415
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Having spent most of her professional life working for the State of South Dakota in Economic Assistance and as a Career Advisor, Maddie made the switch to Dakotaland in which she continues to help people in her community.  Maddie strives to make her community a better place; whether being a part of multiple organizations, volunteering her time or helping people to find their perfect home.  She knows there are a lot of different emotions tied to buying a new home or going through the loan process in general.  She will be there to guide you step by step making the process as smooth as possible.

A Minnesota native, Maddie graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato. While there, she met a guy named Matt from the Watertown area, fell in love and got married. They have two young children and like anyone with kids, she spends much of her free time at their activities. She also enjoys golfing, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.

Danielle Engels
Danielle Engels
Mortgage Loan Officer
Branch Location: Brookings
NMLS #: 1619449
605-412-2417
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Communication and customer service are just a couple of Danielle’s key attributes that drive her success as a Mortgage Loan Officer.  Previous to Dakotaland, Danielle was a realtor for 6 years.  She knows what it takes to have a smooth loan process because she’s seen it done from multiple angles.  Danielle immerses herself into each loan because she’s a problem solver and thoroughly enjoys going along for the ride with the members she serves. Seeing the process to the end brings her the same joy our members experience.

Danielle has a degree in International Business from Northern State University.  She lives in Volga with her husband Curt and their two kids, Trystan and Tenley. Away from the office, Danielle has impressive culinary skills, like canning and baking. When not in the kitchen or running after her children, Danielle enjoys playing league volleyball, hunting and family adventures.

Crystal Hofer
Mortgage Loan Officer
Branch Location: Huron
NMLS #: 1864180
605-412-2890
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After a very long successful career in retail management, Crystal joined the Dakotaland mortgage team because she saw an opportunity to grow as a person and grow her career. She wants to make her community the best it can be and sees home-ownership as that vehicle. Her strong work ethic and dedication to those she works with makes her a great choice for those that may not know what loan program is best or how to even start the process. She’s committed to making it as easy as possible.

The Oldham-Ramona High School grad is proud to be a SDSU Jackrabbit. Crystal made her way to Huron after college where she married her husband Ryan. They had a Christmas baby in 2012, daughter, Layne. Three years later comes a son, Reed, and a new house (financed through Dakotaland, of course!) In her free time Crystal likes to travel, camp, spend days at the lake, watch movies and be with family and friends.

Emmy Lebert
Emmy Lebert
Mortgage Loan Officer
Branch Location: Brookings
NMLS #: 1515074
605-412-2418
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When working with Emmy, know that you are working with someone who’s thorough and detailed. She has over 13 years of banking experience ranging from retail, audit/compliance, and lending.  Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, refinancing, or looking to consolidate debt, Emmy will find the program that best suites you.  Saying she is passionate about helping members in an understatement.

Emmy grew up in Arlington, SD and attended South Dakota State University where she earned a degree in Consumer Affairs – Financial Planning.  She’s a mom, so time away from Dakotaland is spent with her son, Briggs, with family or friends, or on the golf course.  Emmy is very active in her community. Some of the highlights include volunteer teaching for Junior Achievement. She’s a member of Arlington American Legion Auxiliary, and a gives her time to a variety of fundraising events around the Brookings community.

Thomas Myers
Thomas Myers
Mortgage Loan Officer
Branch Location: Huron
NMLS #: 1613007
605-412-8382
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Tom is as solid as they come when it comes to member service and the customer experience. He spent 30+ years in the food services industry owning and operating various establishments. To be successful in a service industry business, the customer experience has to be at its best at all times. So treating Dakotaland members well right from the start and through to the closing comes very natural to Tom.

It’s rumored that literally everyone in Huron knows Tom. If you don’t know him, he was born and raised there. His three grown children have made him a three-time grandpa! He’s very handy around the house, whether it’s home improvement projects or cooking. He’s got a very smooth golf swing, and he loves traveling the world with his wife, Tammy.

Jared Reno
Jared Reno
Mortgage Loan Officer
Branch Location: Huron
NMLS #: 1429235
605-353-8731
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Jared has a very diverse professional background in the finance industry ranging from consumer lending to credit card customer service and sales to being a finance manager at a car dealership, just to name a few. By far, mortgage lending is the most challenging and rewarding! Helping people navigate through the multiple loan programs offered at Dakotaland gives Jared many options to help members realize their dream of home ownership.

Being a Huron native, Jared went to nearby Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell where he graduated with a Business Administration Degree. Fifteen years later, forgetting how much he loved homework, Jared went back to college, while still working full time, and graduated with his MBA from DWU. His wife and two kids got used to letting people know that “Dad is home doing homework” while they were having fun without him. Outside of work Jared enjoys following his kids’ multiple activities, participating in CrossFit with his family, taking vacation adventures, and not doing homework. He is also known to do some grilling and is rumored to make some tasty Chicken Parmesan!

James Salinas
Mortgage Loan Officer
Branch Location: Huron
NMLS #: 1880768
605-412-2881
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James earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern State University where he studied Mathematics and Economics. After college, James and his wife Emily returned to their hometown of Huron and James began managing a local wireless communications retail location. There, he won the business of his customers by putting their needs first and making sure his store delivered an excellent customer experience, and is now looking forward to delivering that same level of service to the Dakotaland membership.

James and Emily purchased their first home in the summer of 2019, with Dakotaland of course! From that he learned how important it is to keep the mortgage process smooth and simple, and is looking forward to helping members streamline the purchase and refinance of their homes. Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing his guitars, reading, and playing sports.

Gary Weckwerth
Gary Weckwerth
Business Dev/Mortgage Loan Officer
Branch Location: Watertown
NMLS #: 1713549
605-412-2416
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Gary’s professional career is peppered with variety and lots of experiences. From twelve years in television broadcasting to 26 years as a sports marketing executive. He’s also pushing almost twenty years in real estate in South Dakota. Gary managed a mortgage team for a large South Dakota bank and was executive vice president of a title company in Sioux Falls.

Gary and his wife Ann, reside in Watertown. They have two grown children living in the Denver area. Outside of the office Gary likes all sports, but might favor hockey and baseball just a bit more (having owned and managed the Sioux Falls Stampede and Canaries). He likes television/movies (go figure, also being a former TV anchor). Living at Lake Kampeska rumor has it he fishes a lot…but reports are there’s not a lot of catching going on. And don’t forget golf, something he’s been playing since he was 10, and is still chasing that elusive hole-in-one.

Mark Peterson
Mark Peterson
Construction Loan Specialist
Branch Location: Brookings
605-353-8747
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When you are working towards building your dream home, Mark’s 30 years of construction background is extremely beneficial. Mark is here to make sure you have all the bids to make your dream come true and hopefully on budget. Mark will work with you to ensure all the details are included in the pricing from the contractors.

When not at DFCU, Mark’s time during the school year is spent attending Deubrook Area High School sporting events, cheering on the two youngest of four children. In his spare time, Mark and his wife Janelle like to go golfing and camping, and enjoy spending time with family and friends as much as possible. They also enjoy the weekends that they get to spend with their grandson, Jay, who lives near Mitchell.