State Legislative/Regulatory Action Comm

The purpose and scope of work of this committee is to:

  1. Obtain information on a timely basis on state legislative and regulatory proposals affecting the land title industry.

  2. Develop a program regarding the efforts the Association should undertake in connection with a particular state proposal.

    • Summarize the proposal.

    • Summarize the views of title companies operating in the state and state/regional land title association.

    • Include a report on Association staff consultation with the state/regional land title affiliated association.

    • Propose a plan of action to the Government Affairs Committee (GAC).

  3. Implement the plan of action.

    • Each plan of action should be considered and developed by GAC and approved by the Board of Governors.

    • The GAC Chairman shall be kept advised of significant developments and activities.

  4. Describe the Association's efforts in connection with particular matters at the state level by memoranda to GAC and the Board of Governors.


Sylvia A. Smith-Turk

Western Title Company, LLC - Main/Kietzke Branch
Reno, NV

Vice Chair

Elizabeth J. Wysong Berg ITP, NTP

NE Region Underwriting Counsel
Agents National Title Insurance Company
Indianapolis, IN


William Avant NTP

AVP | Area Counsel
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Birmingham, AL

Wesley Lasseigne

Area Counsel
Chicago Title Insurance Company
Birmingham, AL

O. Wesley Long

O.W. Long & Associates
Guntersville, AL

Tyler Newlon

Escrow Officer
Pioneer Title Agency, Inc.
Flagstaff, AZ

Roy V. Poll

VP Western Division Agency
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
Phoenix, AZ

Randall E. Bradley

Executive Vice President
Mother Lode Holding Company
Roseville, CA

Ken Flint

Operations and IT Manager
Provident Title Company
Sherman Oaks, CA

James O. Nelson II

Deputy General Counsel
First American Title Insurance Co (Corporate Title Division)
Santa Ana, CA

Mickey Vandenberg

Western Reg. Escrow Ops. Manager
North American Title Company, Inc.
Costa Mesa, CA

Margaret Cook

Deputy General Counsel
Alliant National Title Insurance Company, Inc.
Longmont, CO

Meghan N. Pfanstiel AICP

Executive Director
Land Title Association of Colorado
Centennial, CO

Ashley S. Fischer

Rocky Hill, CT

David H. Cox Esq.

Jackson & Campbell, PC
Washington, DC

Brian W. Thompson Esq.

Jackson & Campbell, PC
Washington, DC

Donald A. Berube

Corporate & Regulatory Counsel
Westcor Land Title Insurance Company
Maitland, FL

Deborah Boyd

CATIC Florida State Counsel
Port Saint Lucie, FL

John T. LaJoie

VP - Senior Operations Counsel
First American Title Insurance Co (Corporate Title)
Tallahassee, FL

Scott Merritt

Executive Director
Florida Land Title Association
Longwood, FL

Melissa Murphy

EVP, Chief Legal and Gen. Counse
Attorneys' Title Fund Services, LLC - Orlando
Orlando, FL

Sarah Newcomb

Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
Tampa, FL

Elyce Schweitzer

Regulatory Compliance Officer/VP
Alliant National Title Insurance
Oviedo, FL

Jennifer Wootton

Fidelity National Title Group
Jacksonville, FL

Deborah S. Bailey Esq.

Managing Member
Bailey Helms Legal
Roswell, GA

Bradley Miller

Director, Title Operations
Opendoor West, LLC
Duluth, GA

Robin Aberasturi ITP, NTP

SVP Corp Escrow Svcs/Compliance
Alliance Title & Escrow Corp.
Boise, ID

John Holt ITP, NTP

VP and Claims Counsel
Old Republic National Title Ins. Co.
Eagle, ID

Andrea S. Ewan

Dearborn Title Insurance, Inc.
Lawrenceburg, IN

Danielle L. Kaiser NTP

Regional Underwriting Counsel
North American Title Insurance Company
Westfield, IN

Randall S. Barbour

Kansas Underwriting Counsel
First American Title Co
Overland Park, KS

Shawn Herrick

Executive Secretary
Kansas Land Title Association
Topeka, KS

Dean G. Hoag Jr.

Community Title
Overland Park, KS

Michael Malone KTP, MTP, NTP

Vice President
Fidelity National Title Group
Wichita, KS

Richard Pierce MTP, NTP

VP, Account Manager
Fidelity National Title Group - Central States Agency Office
Overland Park, KS

Eric Schibi

Owner, Managing Member
Field Abstract & Title, LLC
Hays, KS

James S. Watson

Foreman Watson Land Title, LLC
Owensboro, KY

Linda Alwood

Executive Director
Louisiana Land Title Association
Baton Rouge, LA

Marx Sterbcow

Managing Attorney
Sterbcow Law Group, LLC
New Orleans, LA

Robin D. Watts

Maine State Counsel
First American Title Insurance Co (Agency Division)
South Portland, ME

Michael P. Dulin

Senior Operations Counsel
First American Title Insurance Co. (Corporate Title)
Baltimore, MD

Ruth A. Dillingham NTP

Dillingham Law LLC
Barnstable, MA

Melanie Kido

VP, MA State Counsel
Waltham, MA

Samantha Budzyn

Director of Operations
Nexsys Technologies
Detroit, MI

Nancy G. Pratt

VP Partner Relations & GA
Pavaso, Inc.
Saint Clair Shores, MI

Maura A. Snabes CLTP, NTP

VP/Sr. Underwriting Counsel
Corporate Settlement Solutions
Charlevoix, MI

Robert J. Wineman

Exec.VP, Agency Division Manager
Fidelity National Title Company, LLC (DE)
Livonia, MI

Robyn E. Anderson

Chief Cybersecurity/Privacy Cnsl

Minneapolis, MN

Alex Grundhoffer

President, Minnesota Division
North American Title Company - Minnesota Division Main Office
Bloomington, MN

Penny Reed CMB

Wells Fargo
Edina, MN

Kate Steineman

VP - Business Liaison Mgr
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Saint Louis Park, MN

Richard H. Welshons

DCA Title
Hastings, MN

David Townsend MTP, NTP

President, CEO
Agents National Title Insurance Company
Columbia, MO

William C. Gowen

Vice President
Helena Abstract and Title Company
Helena, MT

Robert J. Sewell III

Pres. of State/Ops.
Title Financial Corporation
Missoula, MT

Ellen C. Albrecht NTP

VP & Regional Underwriter
First American Title Insurance Company (Agency Division)
Omaha, NE

Deborah L. Scott NTP, TPN

Commercial Examiner
Nebraska Title Company
Omaha, NE

Marcy A. Wagner NTP, TPN

KS & NE Sales Representative
First American Title Insurance Company (Agency Division)
Omaha, NE

Edward C. Eastman Jr.

Executive Director
New Jersey Land Title Association
Freehold, NJ

Kelli Ryan Esq., CLTP

Associate Sr Underwriter
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Mantua, NJ

Bill Wooten

Vice Pres
Fidelity National Title of New Mexico, Inc.
Albuquerque, NM

Karen Gutman

VP/PA Underwriting Counsel
AmTrust Title Insurance Company
New York, NY

S. Madeleine Nagy

Executive Director
Title Insurance Rate Service Association
New York, NY

Eric Swarthout

Thoroughbred Title Services
Rye Brook, NY

Robert Treuber

Executive Director
New York State Land Title Association
New York, NY

Nancy Ferguson

VP/State Counsel
Chicago Title Company, LLC (DE)
Greensboro, NC

Wendy S. Gibbons Esq., NTP

VP/ Sr Counsel,Corporate Legal
Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
Charlotte, NC

Paula J. Bachmeier NTP

North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co.
Minot, ND

Mark Bennett CAE, IOM

Executive Director
Ohio Land Title Association
Columbus, OH

Michael J. Cantrell OKTP

Operations Manager
Wagoner County Abstract Company, LLC
Wagoner, OK

Donna Schmulbach

Title Services Manager
First American Title Insurance Co. (Direct Division)
El Reno, OK

Charles C. Cain

Executive Vice President
WFG National Title Insurance Company
Portland, OR

Maria Deligiorgis
Title Alliance, Ltd.
Media, PA

Philip S. Janny CLTP, NTP

Title Agent
Plunkett & Graver, PC
Allentown, PA

Robin Kelsh

Executive Director
Pennsylvania Land Title Association
King of Prussia, PA

Catherine LaFond

LaFond Law Group, PA
Charleston, SC

Justin Tanner

Regional Underwriting Counsel
States Title Insurance Company
Bartlett, TN

Aaron Day

Dir. of Gov. Affairs & Counsel
Texas Land Title Association
Austin, TX

Owen Girard

Title Resources Guaranty Company
Dallas, TX

James L. Gosdin

Sr. VP, Chief UW Counsel
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Houston, TX

Leslie S. Johnson

VP,Regional Underwriting Counsel
WFG National Title Company
Dallas, TX

Randy M. Lee

Sr. V.P. Government Affairs
Randy Lee Public Affairs
Austin, TX

Leslie A. Midgley CAE

Executive Vice President & CEO
Texas Land Title Association
Austin, TX

Brian Pitman

Independence Title
Austin, TX

Paul D. Pruitt

Associate General Counsel
Title Resources Guaranty Company
Dallas, TX

Mary Thomas

VP/Chief Regulatory Counsel
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
Houston, TX

Mark A. Ladd

VP-Regulatory & Industry Affairs
Simplifile, LC
Provo, UT

Pamela P. Day

Day Title Services, LC
Richmond, VA

Sean Holland

VP & Underwriting Counsel
Fidelity National Title Group
Seattle, WA

Megan Powell

Commercial Underwriter
First American Title Insurance Company
Seattle, WA

Bill Ronhaar WTP, NTP

Whatcom Land Title Company, Inc.
Bellingham, WA

Sasha M. Johnston

Sheridan County Title
Sheridan, WY


Elizabeth Blosser

Senior Director of Government Affairs
American Land Title Association
White Salmon, WA