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Robert Meyer is a retired Command Master Chief of the United States Navy. He served 30 years with 12 of those years overseas. Now, in the mortgage industry, Robert is honored to be able to help his fellow veterans achieve the American Dream of homeownership. He believes in building lasting relationships with his customers and can offer a true understanding of the things veterans go through. When he’s not at work, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, golfing and sharpening his history knowledge.
Jason transitioned from active duty in the United States Marine Corps to Loan Officer at Veterans United Home Loans in April 2015. He wanted to use his mortgage processing and business background to serve those that served alongside him. He enjoys educating Veterans about their benefit, and unlocking the door to home ownership. Jason has been married to his wife Madie since 2012. In 2019, they welcomed their first child, Lucy. He enjoys spending time with family, running, going to the beach, and watching football.
Mark Manos is a loan officer at Veterans United Home Loans in San Diego. Mark previously worked in sales with two Major League Baseball teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics. In addition to having a wealth of financial knowledge, Mark was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, but has lived in the Bay Area before moving to San Diego. With his knowledge of California and the San Diego community, he’s a valuable asset in the homebuying process. He believes the personal relationship he is able to build with his clients goes beyond the home loan process. Mark enjoys spending time with family and his girlfriend, watching and playing baseball and pretty much anything outdoors from the beach to bike riding.
Shaun Diaz is a dedicated loan officer and has been working in the mortgage industry for the past two years. Being born and raised in San Diego, California, Shaun is a die-hard fan of The San Diego Padres, a professional American baseball team based in Shaun’s hometown. Although his grandfather served in the military, Shaun took the home-buying route and takes pride in assisting people with their home-buying process. Shaun is a seasoned loan officer, which means that he is responsible for helping his clients have their dream homes and assist them according to their financial budget. For Shaun, nothing means more than being of service to others, which is exactly what motivated him to enter the home-buying market. Like many of his hobbies, Shaun holds great passion for keeping himself fit and healthy by going for a jog and golfing quite regularly. Shaun keeps himself entertained by going to music concerts of his favorite artists. He is a big believer in spending quality time with loved ones, which is why he spends as much time possible with his family and friends. He is also a dog lover and always takes his beagle to the beach for some frolicking in the sand.
Growing up in the Midwest, Axel moved to San Diego from Chicago 4 years ago. In his time here, he’s already gotten a great feel for the city and the people in it. Having grown close with Veterans in the area, he feels confident that he understands their needs and worries during the homebuying process. Axel knows that homeownership is a key pillar to success and is excited to help as many Veterans as he can attain this goal. The ability to help others brought him to the home loan industry in the first place and is what drives him to keep working hard for new clients each day.
Jessica Zulauf is a Loan Officer with Veterans United of San Diego and is a lifelong resident of the city. Being able to serve Veterans in her hometown is an incredible honor for her and something she takes great pride in when she can get buyers into their dream homes. She is also very grateful to have a brother-in-law in the Navy who has given her great insight into military life and the struggles Veterans face back home. Besides helping homebuyers, she also loves to take care of her two dogs and do anything outdoors such as hiking, camping or going out on the beach. Most weeknights she’s either playing Volleyball or volunteering with a local dog rescue.
Danny Davis is a Loan Officer with Veterans United of San Diego and a Navy SEAL Veteran. He formerly served as a member of the Navy Special Warfare Group One with SEAL Team One where he learned great lessons of sacrifice and discipline. This is also where he learned what it meant to be depended on and how to lead by example which he now uses to shape his work with Veterans United. Danny is incredibly honored to serve a community that has done so much for him, his family and his country and pushes himself to make sure that his fellow Veterans get the help they deserve. When he’s not at work, he likes to surf, watch football and lift weights. He and his wife also love to travel, watch movies and hang with their four-legged fury family members.
Loan Officer Jake Ferguson, while new to the mortgage industry, brings enthusiasm and excitement to his role here at Veterans United. Jake has dreams of owning his own “ideal” home one day, and is glad to be in a position to help others achieve the dream of home ownership. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his girlfriend, family and dog. Jake spends his free time at the gym, reading, or planning his next adventure. He is new to the San Diego area and would love to learn how to surf!
Loan Officer Jason Brooks arrived at Veterans United as a new mortgage professional, but brings an array of experience, having purchased homes using VA, FHA, and conventional loans. Jason has been living in San Diego for about 2.5 years, and spend the last 8 before that in Colorado. A Naval spouse, he’s been through separations due to service, and he understands the sacrifices that Veterans and their families make every day. Jason is proud to serve those who’ve served, and enjoys nothing more than the smile on the face of his homebuyers when they get to pick up their keys. In addition to his passion for helping Veterans into homes, he spends most of his time taking care of his family’s home and dogs, cooking, and training in martial arts. He loves to travel, but also enjoys spending time in his own backyard.
Loan Officer David Mendez is a fresh face in the mortgage industry, but comes with a wealth of military knowledge since his dad was in the Army. His motto is “do what you say, and say what you’ll do,” and he is proud to provide accountability and transparency to his customers. David knows that purchasing a home is the biggest purchase of your life, so he’s here to help you navigate the process and let you know what to expect. Outside of work, David loves to spend time with his family and their two dogs hiking, trying new restaurants and traveling together!
Loan Officer Charles McKee came to the mortgage industry after working in healthcare for 17 years. Born and raised in Southern California, he then spent 17 years in Columbia, Missouri before moving back home in 2020. Charles loves being a resource for Veterans and enjoys assisting them in the process of building wealth through homeownership. Charles’ father served in the Army National Guard, and he’s always admired our service members for what they do for us. He’s honored to have the opportunity to give back to our Veterans! Outside of work, he loves spending time with family traveling, golfing, or just hanging out at the beach.
Melody is a San Diego native with a homegrown personality. She is the daughter of an Air Force veteran as well as a granddaughter of a decorated Army veteran. Melody has more than 20 years of experience in corporate management and customer service. She is a firm believer in making everyone around her feel like family and strives to create a relaxed setting for her clients. Melody works meticulously to ensure a smooth process from start to homeownership and beyond. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two beautiful daughters, baking and relaxing at the beach.
Kristine is a Senior Transaction Coordinator with over 10 years of mortgage experience, with the last 4 years here at Veterans United San Diego. Kristine’s father, father in law and brother all have proudly served in the U.S Navy, allowing her to understand our veteran’s needs. She is honored to serve those who have served our country and their families. Outside of work, she enjoys her time with her husband and three children.
Nicole is an Account Manager at Veterans United Home Loans of San Diego. She is a Kansas native and worked at Veterans United Home Loans, in our home office, as an Account Manager and member of the Veterans United Foundation committee before joining the San Diego Branch in 2015. She is passionate about using her skills and knowledge in her role to help active members of the military community and veterans achieve home ownership. In her time away from the office, Cole enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, beach walks, or relaxing with a good book.
Account Manager Jennifer King is an asset to the Veterans United team in San Diego bringing with her an education and background in finance and real estate. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, she’s been in San Diego for more than a year now. Jennifer is a Navy Veteran and has purchased a home with Veterans United in the past. She is excited to work behind the scenes to make the magic happen for more Veterans and service members! She values structure and communication, which make her a great addition to your loan team. Outside of work, she spends time with family at the beach, and enjoys painting and running.
Loan Specialist Mary Bedard has been in the San Diego area for 7 years, after relocating from Michigan. The granddaughter of a WWII Navy Veteran, Mary knows the importance of compassion in the VA loan process and wants to make it as easy as possible for her homebuyers. Buying a home is the biggest financial decision in our lives, and she enjoys keeping you updated every step of the way so you can feel comfortable during your journey to homeownership. Outside of work, she and her fiancé love to travel and enjoy the mountains and beaches nearby. They have one cat who traveled with Mary all the way from Michigan, and 3 barn cats.
Director of Education
Luke Turner is a Virginia native transplanted to California by his service in the United States Marine Corps. He spent twelve years in the Marine Corps. He loves being around military members and educating them on all things that will have a positive impact on their lives. Luke is passionate about getting his fellow service members into the American Dream of homeownership. When he is not at work, Luke enjoys spending time with his wife, Abby, who he has been married to since 2012 and riding his motorcycle with fellow veterans.
Lara was born and raised in San Diego. Her father served in the United States Navy for 20 years and her mother has been a nurse at the VA Hospital in La Jolla for 30 years. Lara was working as a hairstylist for nine years until an opportunity opened up at Veterans United for a Receptionist position. She has since transitioned into the role as our VUSD Office Manager. Lara believes in our mission of “enhancing lives everyday not only for her co-workers but for veterans and their families, not just in the office but in the community. Outside of work, Lara enjoys spending time with her husband, volunteering at Church, reading, and watching HGTV shows.