The Collingwood Group is a team of seasoned professionals who have been deeply engaged in business and financial management, domestic and international secondary markets, federal procurement, risk and loss management, mortgage origination and servicing, property management and disposition, technology development and marketing, capital markets and capital raising activities, and communications and public policy.

The range of the team’s experience is extraordinary.

Collingwood Executive Management

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Tim Rood is the Chairman of The Collingwood Group, which he co-founded in 2009. Mr. Rood was co-founder and managing director of the firm’s predecessor company, Capital Financial Solutions. The Collingwood Group’s primary focus is in the financial services sector, and the firm offers advisory and consultative services combined with access to decision makers, financial sponsors, corporate boards, and senior industry executives.

Mr. Rood brings more than two decades of mortgage industry and entrepreneurial experience to The Collingwood Group. He advises organizations to optimize the business opportunities and to mitigate and manage the risks in and around Washington, DC. Mr. Rood is a sought after and regular contributor to various national media outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg Television, FOX Business News, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the American Banker.

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Brian O'Reilly is President of The Collingwood Group, which he co-founded in 2009. O’Reilly was co-founder and managing director of the firm’s predecessor, Capital Financial Solutions. Earlier he was Fannie Mae’s Director of Automated Underwriting and Risk Management Solutions, where he managed several customer-facing technologies and the development and launch of the company’s anti-fraud solution. Before joining Fannie Mae, O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel to Mortgage Capital Investors and practiced law with several international law firms.

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Thomas P. Cronin, CMB is a Managing Director of The Collingwood Group, a Situs Company.

Prior to the merger of Collingwood into Situs, Cronin served as Partner and Managing Director of Collingwood, with responsibility for Industry, Corporate and Government relations, as well as Business Development opportunities on behalf of clients. Cronin has more than 40 years of mortgage banking experience.

Much of Cronin’s focus has been on the performance and oversight of mortgage products and securities for the benefit of investors, private issuers, mortgage servicers and all effected government sponsored enterprises and regulators. Specific areas of concentration are in the Servicing and Capital Markets.

For over twenty years, Cronin held leadership posts with the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the country’s leading trade organization for the Housing Finance Industry on who’s Board of Directors and both Residential/Commercial Boards of Governors he has served.

A Fellow of the Society of Certified Mortgage Bankers (Master), Cronin also served as Vice President and Treasurer for the MBA.

Collingwood Managing Directors

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Ericka Bartsch is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group.  Prior to joining Collingwood, Bartsch worked for Fannie Mae as the Vice President of the Single Family Credit Operations Division. In this role, she was responsible for leading the credit operations teams in mortgage insurance recoveries and servicer advanced recoveries with the mission to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to US housing and mortgage markets. Earlier in her career at Fannie Mae, Bartsch held the role of Vice President of Single Family and Credit Finance. In this role, Bartsch assumed increasing levels of accountability as part of overseeing financial activities, including budgets and administrative expenses and assessing financial implications of various single family products. She built dashboards, oversaw various financial disclosures, and forecasted financial results used to manage business.

Karen Garner is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group, which she joined on January 1, 2012, following Collingwood’s acquisition of her firm, GWN Consulting.  Her areas of expertise include risk analysis, FHA lender approval, project management and lender monitoring, and she is adept at conducting training for a variety of private and public sectors, completing studies and writing technical reports based on her knowledge and experience.

Prior to founding GWN Consulting, Garner was a Partner and Project Director at Walker & Co., LLC, where she led the Government Services Practice.  The firm had contracts with the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) which included compliance reviews of FHA’s Single Family claims and Ginnie Mae (as a subcontractor), single family supplemental claims processing, the MIP call center and the FHA Lender Approval’s LASS contract. She also conducted research and prepared studies and procedures for USDA’s Rural Development Single Family Loan Guarantee Program.

Before joining Walker & Co., Garner was a federal government employee, serving 23 years at HUD where she held various management positions in the Quality Assurance Division and the Office of Lender Activities and Program Compliance, and was Director of the Lender Approval Division. During her public and private sector career she has planned and completed on-site compliance reviews covering loan origination, servicing, loss mitigation, claims and Ginnie Mae.  At HUD she also served as the Director of Loan Guarantee for the Office of Native American Programs.

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Paul Mullings is Managing Director of The Collingwood Group which he joined in 2015. Mullings supports the firm’s Business Advisory and Risk Management and Compliance practices. He has over 30 years of experience in mortgage banking. Prior to joining The Collingwood Group, Mullings served as Senior Vice President of Single Family Business at Freddie Mac where he provided strong and effective leadership during the unprecedented market and organizational upheavals. Earlier he was Senior Vice President, Manager Mortgage Finance for JP Morgan Chase. In that role Mullings re-established the multi-billion-dollar Private Label Mortgage-Backed Securitization Program and was responsible for the formalizing, strengthening and managing relationships with Government-Sponsored and Government Agencies to significantly improve profitability and streamline loan origination process.

Collingwood Vice Presidents

Stephanie Schader is Vice President of The Collingwood Group.  Prior to joining Collingwood, Stephanie Schader has more than 20 years of experience in the housing finance industry, working in both the government and private sectors. She was the Program Development Manager in Ginnie Mae’s Office of Issuer & Portfolio Management and is responsible for MBS program policy and product enhancements; strategic alignment with partner agencies; and implementation of enterprise priorities. Her expertise includes policy and regulatory development, analysis, monitoring and the development of training and presentations related to policy updates and revisions. Prior to joining Ginnie Mae, Stephanie served in the Office of Single Family Program Development at FHA. Her private sector experience includes all phases of mortgage loan production including management of origination production, processing, compliance, licensing, underwriting, closing, shipping and servicing. Stephanie has a Master’s in Business Administration from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Colorado.

Claressa Johnson is Vice President of The Collingwood Group. Prior to joining Collingwood, Johnson served as the Compliance Manager for Freddie Mac. In this role, she was responsible for managing audits of mortgage servicers that participated in the Making Home Affordable (MHA) mortgage loan modification program, to validate compliance with Department of Treasury requirements. Earlier in her career, Johnson held various roles developing operational audit programs to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. Johnson holds a Masters of Science in Database Systems and Security.