Our Team of Experts

Republic Land & Title, Inc. was originated on November 12, 1996. Our underwriters are Old Republic National Title Insurance, Inc. and First American Title. We have 21 employees, (nine closers and twelve processors).

Marielena (Mari) Kroger

Agency Manager/Licensed Title Agent/Bilingual - Woodlands Pkwy

Mari Kroger came to Republic Land & Title in 2007 as a closer and became our agency manager in 2011.  She has worked in the title industry since 2004, and prior to that Mari worked 8 years as office administrator at one of the largest top-producing Re/Max franchises in the State of Florida. She has a Bachelor’s in Education and is a licensed cosmetologist.  Mari was born in Cuba and at 15 months of age her family moved to the United States where she lived in California and later Puerto Rico.  She moved to Florida in 1992 and has lived in Palm Harbor ever since.  During her free time, Mari and her husband enjoy spending time at the beach, cooking and entertaining with friends.  She has one son and two Beagles named Lucy and Ethel. 

Patricia (Trish) Stophel

Licensed Title Agent - Woodlands Pkwy

Trish Stophel is a Licensed Title Agent and Closer at Republic Land & Title, Inc. Trish began working in the Title industry in 1996, became a Licensed Title Agent in 2007, and joined our company in 2010. She successfully handles commercial and residential transactions but is also very efficient at handling mobile home closings. Trish is a dedicated professional with strong work ethics. She prides herself in great customer service and always goes the extra mile whether it is with customers or coworkers.  Originally from Hubbardston Michigan, Trish moved to Florida in 1989 where she later met her husband. She is the proud mother of four beautiful girls and in her spare time she enjoys the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Loretta (Laurie) Morris

Licensed Title Agent - Woodlands Pkwy

Laurie Morris is a Licensed Title Agent and Closer with Republic Land & Title, Inc.  Laurie began her journey in the Title Industry in 1990, when she worked her way from receptionist to processor to closer within one year.  In 2000 she became a Licensed Title Agent.  Her level of closing expertise spans Residential, Commercial and  Refinance transactions. Laurie is very accommodating with her customers and a team player with her coworkers.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved to Florida in 1981. Laurie has one son and is also a proud grandmother of two beautiful grandsons. 

Jeri Cantie

Licensed Title Agent - Woodlands Pkwy

Jeri is a Licensed Title Agent and Closer at Republic Land and Title, Inc. She began her journey in the Title Industry in 2002 as a receptionist and processor, but within the first year advanced to become a Closer. When things slowed down in 2007, Jeri went back to school to become a medical billing specialist. In 2013 she happily returned to our industry and became a Licensed Title Agent in 2015. Jeri is originally from Algonac, Michigan and moved to Florida in 1992 as a computer network administrator.  She is a proud mother of two sons and in her free time Jeri loves to golf and spend quality time with her family.

Diana Granados

Title Processor/Bilingual - Woodlands Pkwy

Diana Granados is a Title Processor at Republic Land & Title, Inc., and joined our company in 2017. Diana started her career in the title industry in 2014 as a receptionist and advanced to processor shortly after.  She was raised in Westchester, New York by Colombian parents, speaking only Spanish until she entered second grade in primary school.  Seeking warmer weather, in 2011 Diana moved to Florida. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently finishing her degree in business and administrative management.  She enjoys nature walks, hikes with family and friends, as well as playing soccer, tag and other fun activities with her niece and nephews. And being the nice aunt that she is, she kindly lets them win.  

Kathy Gill

Receptionist/Processor - Woodlands Pkwy

Kathy Gill joined our team in March 2015 and assists the escrow team processing files. Prior to relocating to Clearwater, Florida, Kathy worked as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of Public Works in her hometown of East Greenbush, NY.  In the evenings she attended classes at Bryant & Stratton College for Medical Coding. Kathy married her “high school sweetheart” and they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary touring around Italy for two weeks! They have been blessed with two children and six grandchildren.

Mary Lehman

Licensed Title Agent/Sales & Marketing - Woodlands Pkwy

Mary Lehman is a Licensed Title Agent and joined Republic Land & Title, Inc. in 2019 as Sales and Marketing representative.  Mary began her career in title insurance in 1985 and works closely with our four offices to provide the best customer service and assure client satisfaction.  Additionally, she enjoys supporting Realtors and Lenders by providing timely educational programs and proven sales tools to help them with their business.  Originally from Wisconsin, Mary came to Florida at age 19 seeking a suntan, stayed, and received an Associate’s Degree from St. Petersburg College.  She has one grown son who has gifted her with two funtastic grandsons – the loves of her life! In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time in the Florida Keys with her grandsons and their parents, attending outdoor art festivals, walking and ballroom dancing. 

Chelsea Pagillo

Receptionist/Processor - Woodlands Pkwy

Chelsea Pagillo is a Receptionist/Processor at Republic Land & Title, Inc.  Chelsea has worked in the Title Industry since 2015 post-closing files on the Bank and Lender side, and recently joined us in May 2019.  She was raised in Millville, NJ, where she worked for Walgreens for 5 years, just ahead of moving to Florida in 2015.  She has passed her real estate course and her next step is to get licensed.  She has 2 furry babies named Bailey and Luna, and enjoys fishing, baking and spending time with family and friends.  Chelsea and her husband reside in Pasco County. 

Rebecca Cressy

Title Processor and Closer - Woodlands Pkwy

Rebecca Cressy is a Title Processor at Republic Land and Title, Inc.  In 2003 she relocated to the Tampa Bay area and began her journey in the Title Industry.  Having successfully worked all positions in our industry, we were pleased to have Rebecca join our team in 2016.  Adding to her well rounded background, Rebecca has also worked in the Mortgage Industry and other Financial Services.  Rebecca was born in Jersey City, but currently lives in Trinity with her husband where she enjoys serving and volunteering wherever she is called. 

Barbara Grant

Licensed Title Agent - Tampa Rd

Barbara Grant is a Licensed Title Agent and Closer at Republic Land & Title, Inc.  At age 18, Barb became one of the youngest employees to work in our industry as a receptionist, thus began her career which started in 1984.  Barb became licensed as a Title Agent in 1993 and joined us in 2014.  Barb keeps her focus on working hard and providing top customer service.  It is her goal to always deliver a pleasant closing experience for everyone.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Florida right out of high school with her parents.  Barb and her husband recently celebrated their 37-year wedding anniversary, they have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.  In her spare time, Barb enjoys the beach, shopping and spending time with her family.

Nicole Catanese

Licensed Title Agent - Tampa Rd.

Nicole Cantanese is a Licensed Title Agent and Senior Closer. Having worked in the title industry for over 12 years, Nicole has a deep understanding of our industry having begun her career in abstracting title, then processing, and ultimately closings. In 2016 she became a Licensed Title agent. With her expertise, she smoothly handles all types of real estate closings, including short sales!  Her priority is to handle each file with the highest standards of care, accuracy and courtesy.  She is self-motivated and possesses excellent communication skills. Nicole has an Associates in Business and is currently attending school to become a paralegal. Originally from Buffalo, New York, she moved to the Tampa Bay area when she was just 8 years old.  True to her Italian heritage, in her free time Nicole loves to cook and socialize with family and friends.

Jessica Smith

Title Processor - Woodlands Pkwy

Jessica Smith is a processor at Republic Land & Title, Inc.  Jessica’s passion for all aspects of real estate law led her to her current position with our company in 2018.  A self-proclaimed “real estate nerd” Jessica finds it easy to come to work every day to serve an industry that she enjoys.  She obtained her Associate’s Degrees in Liberal Arts and an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Pasco- Hernando College.  Jessica continued her education earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Saint Leo University, graduating Cum laude.  In 2018, Jessica became a Florida Registered Paralegal.  Outside of work she loves spending time with her daughter, dogs and listening to music.   

Michelle Byers

Title Processor - Tampa Rd

Michelle Byers is a Processor with Republic Land & Title, Inc.  Michelle joined our family in 2016 and brought with her 26 years’ experience in processing and closing all types of real estate transactions. Originally from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where she began her career in the title industry, she relocated to Florida in 1998 – fishing and the beaches are her motivation.  In 2009 she went back to college and obtained her Associates Degree in Science.  She has a beautiful little girl named Maleah who was born in 2009 and enjoys their fun family time and getaways to Disney.  Additionally, Michelle is a HUGE animal lover and a die-hard Steelers and Penguins fan.

Joann Ball

Title Processor - Spring Hill

Joann Ball is a Processor with Republic Land & Title, Inc.  Joann joined our Spring Hill office in 2017 and brought with her 29 years of experience in processing, abstracting, short sales, REO’s and collections.  Joann is self-motivated and enjoys the attention to detail in her work.  Originally from Manville, New Jersey, she and her high school sweetheart, Mike, moved to Florida and were married a short time after arriving in the Sunshine State.  Joann likes cooking, live bands, going to the beach, and spending time with her dogs and grandchild. 

Walta Lateer

Licensed Title Agent - Spring Hill

Walta Lateer is a Closer at Republic Land & Title, Inc., and joined our Spring Hill office in 2017.  She was licensed as a Title Agent in 2015 and has over 30 years’ experience in our industry.  Walta began her career right out of high school working as a receptionist and file clerk and over the years advanced into processing, post-closing and ultimately a very knowledgeable closer. Originally from Middleton, NJ, she moved to Florida in 1983 and made Spring Hill her home in 1998. In her free time, Walta enjoys crafts and remodeling projects at home, which she affectionately calls, “her zoo”.  Full of life her home includes dogs, cats, kids and a new grandson. 

Nicole McCormick

Licensed Title Agent - Spring Hill

Nicole McCormick is a Licensed Title Agent and Closer at Republic Land & Title, Inc.  Nicole has worked in the title industry as a closer since 2003, and joined our family in 2018.  Her extensive experience includes processing, post-closing, REO’s, short sales, and she was licensed as a Title Agent in 2010.  Although originally from Brooklyn, NY, she moved to Florida in 1993 during the “No Name Storm” and has made Hernando County her home since 1999.  Nicole is a self-starter, detail oriented, and her East Coast wittiness contributes to her easy rapport with all her customers.  Outside of work Nicole loves spending time with her daughter and doggies; and her hobbies include golf, crochet, needlepoint and counted cross stitch. 

Pam Stas

Receptionist/Processor - Spring Hill

Pam Stas is a receptionist and processor with Republic Land & Title, Inc.  Pam joined our Spring hill office in 2015, where she specializes in customer service and her organizational skills shine.  Prior to moving to Florida, Pam and her husband owned two Re/Max offices in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin for ten years.  Originally from LaGrange, Illinois, Pam and her husband have 5 children and 12 grandchildren, who keep their lives very interesting!  In her free time, she loves to entertain, play cards and games, quilt and scrapbook.  She is known for her great sense of humor and award-winning smile.  

Suzy Hall

Licensed Title Agent - Trinity

Suzy Hall is a Licensed Title Agent at Republic Land & Title, Inc.  Since 2003, Suzy has worked in several arenas of the Title and Mortgage industries, and this valuable experience continues to serve her daily in her position as a Closer.  Suzy joined our Trinity office in 2016 and became a Licensed Title Agent in 2019.  In addition to her extensive background in our industry, Suzy previously held a position as Director of Personnel Training and Post-Closing Manager; and worked for one of the largest lenders in the United States auditing foreclosure files.  Originally from Illinois, her family moved to Florida while she was in elementary school and she considers the Sunshine State her home.  Suzy is known for her sunny disposition and enjoys going to the zoo with her high-school sweetheart husband and their beautiful daughter, laughing with friends at Tampa Bay Lightning games, and photography.