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...

Jaime Catelli Davin - VP of Operations

Jaime Catelli Davin

VP of Operations

In addition to having completed many customer service courses, Jaime holds a B.S. in Business Management from Rhode Island College.  Her demonstrated mastery of operation standards serves her well in her role here at Equity National Title.

Her responsibilities include monitoring multiple channels of contact ... 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 - Service Team Leader

Ashley LaFerriere

Service Team Leader

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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Laura Swenson, Esq. - Service Team Leader

Laura Swenson, Esq.

Service Team Leader

Laura graduated from Assumption College, with a B.A and went on to get her law degree from New England Law Boston, J.D. Law. She's a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the U.S. District Courts. She loves nothing more than finding solutions to problems in situations ... Read more...

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 - Service Team Leader

Lianne Pettit

Service Team Leader

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

Melissa started down her path with a Bachelor of Science in Psychological Studies from the University of Connecticut, following it up by being certified as a paralegal.

Degree in hand, Melissa went to work in various roles over the course of 12 years in the real estate industry ... Read more...

Kathleen Jefferson - Service Team Leader

Kathleen Jefferson

Service Team Leader

A student of Culinary and Business studies at Johnson and Wales University, Kathleen 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, Kathleen currently leads the Quality Control, Scheduling, and Partner ... Read more...

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