Our Team

Our Team

We believe that if you want homeowners, lenders and real estate agents to have a good experience, we need to hire good people who can deliver on that priority. Our team is made up of hardworking, talented people who share our values and work hard every day to make sure our mission to deliver an excellent experience to everyone at the table is fulfilled.

James K. O'Donnell, Esq. - President

James K. O'Donnell, Esq.

President

Jim's been at the helm for over 20 years. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Rhode Island College and went on to law school at Suffolk University. Before coming on board at Equity, he worked in customer service and sales capacities and spent 8 years in politics and ... Read more...

Benjamin Pettit, Esq. - VP Corporate and Legal Affairs

Benjamin Pettit, Esq.

VP Corporate and Legal Affairs

Benjamin graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.A and went on to get his law degree from Roger Williams School of Law. He's a member of the MA, RI and OK state bars and he holds title licenses in DC, NY, OK and RI. Benjamin is also a ... Read more...

Jenn Pensa - Chief Operating Officer

Jenn Pensa

Chief Operating Officer

Jenn Pensa joined Equity National Title Company as Chief Operating Officer in 2021. In this leadership role, Jenn  manages day-to-day operations of the business, strategically optimizing systems, technology and production processes. Pensa comes to Equity National Title with decades of experience overseeing people and implementing operational systems. She was ... Read more...

Mike Krone, Esq.  - SVP, Corporate Development

Mike Krone, Esq.

SVP, Corporate Development

Mike graduated from Boston University with a B.A. and went on to get his law degree from New England Law School. He's a Member of the  Massachusetts Bar, The Bar for the United States District Court and The Supreme Court of the United States Bar. Mike ... Read more...

Ashley LaFerriere - Director of Settlement

Ashley LaFerriere

Director of Settlement

Ashley got her paralegal degree from the University of Rhode Island. She is a Notary in RI and MA as well as a Rhode Island Continuing Education Instructor. Ashley is outgoing, determined, patient and ambitious, which makes her a perfect fit as our Business Development Coordinator. 

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Ana DaSilva - Purchase Officer

Ana DaSilva

Purchase Officer

Ana has been with us for a long time, and has fulfilled many different roles for us over the years—eventually growing into the position of purchase officer. She always wants to learn more and has enjoyed getting to experience many different aspects of working at Equity. Aside from ... Read more...

Lianne Pettit - Director of Pre-Closing Operations

Lianne Pettit

Director of Pre-Closing Operations

Lianne has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant College with a double major in Management and Marketing and a minor in Psychology. If that's not impressive enough, she cut her teeth in business by opening her own restaurant with her husband where she learned how to ... Read more...

Chris Merolla - Production Team Leader

Chris Merolla

Production Team Leader

Having worked as a loan officer for years before joining Equity, Chris understood the importance of not just closing loans quickly, but with accuracy. In his four years at Equity, he’s brought both valuable insight and empathy – putting it to work for everyone at the table.

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Diana Abdalla - Purchase Officer

Diana Abdalla

Purchase Officer

Ambition drives Diana. With a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Rhode Island College, Diana has worked her way up the ranks into current her position at Equity. From the mailroom, to post closing, to settlement coordinator, to purchase officer, she’s shown how hard work and ... Read more...

Brian Gagnon - Controller

Brian Gagnon

Controller

Brian has a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Rhode Island and has risen to the occasion since starting at Equity. His attention to detail and love for analyzing numbers and budgeting is what makes him a perfect match as our Accounting Manager. Though Brian ... Read more...

Melissa Avila - Customer Success Manager

Melissa Avila

Customer Success Manager

With 17 years of industry experience, Melissa’s compassionate and collaborative approach consistently delivers positive customer experiences. Her expert communication skills and wealth of title knowledge serve to strengthen the B2B relationships here at Equity. After studying psychology at UConn, Melissa's career began at a small local real estate ... Read more...

Kathleen (Kat) Jefferson - Director of Settlement

Kathleen (Kat) Jefferson

Director of Settlement

A student of Culinary and Business studies at Johnson and Wales University, Kat learned how much she enjoyed being a service to others both in her community and beyond.

A member of the Equity family for four years, Kat currently leads the Quality Control, Scheduling, and Partner ... Read more...

Anthony LaPia - Chief Sales Officer

Anthony LaPia

Chief Sales Officer

Anthony LaPia is Equity National’s Chief Sales Officer. In this role, he leads our go-to-market efforts with a focus on delighting our customers through strategic partnerships that demonstrate Equity’s unique value. As a leader, Anthony is a committed coach who’s passion is to help others exceed ... Read more...

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