Meet the Staff

First-class service. First-class knowledge. A first-class experience.

We are staffed and operated by people who understand that each customer is special and individual attention is necessary to satisfy each unique financial situation. That's why at First Class Mortgage, we have simplified the mortgage process.


Brady Day Owner

NMLS# 206008

ABOUT: Brady was born & raised in Aberdeen, SD. He moved to Maple Grove, MN in 2002. He married his wife, Kim, in 2004. They have 3 children; two sons, Jackson & Hudson and daughter Emerson.

EXPERIENCE: Brady, along with his business partner, Casey Van Winkle, opened the doors of First Class Mortgage’s Maple Grove office in 2006. Brady has been a loan originator since 2001.

EDUCATION: B.S. Marketing, Northern State University, Aberdeen SD.

OTHER THAN WORK, BRADY ENJOYS: Spending time with his family, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, attending sporting events & concerts, and is still aiming for that first hole in one on the golf course.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Brady enjoys helping home buyers achieve one of the most important financial goals which is affordable homeownership. He also gets excited working with current homeowner’s refinance their current mortgage to help them improve their overall financial situation.


Casey Van Winkle Owner

NMLS# 323964

ABOUT: Casey was born and raised in Aberdeen, SD. He moved to Maple Grove in 2006 to start First Class Mortgage. Casey and his wife Caitlin have their hands full with their three kids Sullivan, Cooper, and Maisie.

EXPERIENCE: Casey, along with his business partner, Brady Day, opened the doors of First Class Mortgage’s Maple Grove office in 2006.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Finance and a minor in Economics, St. Cloud State University, Summa Cum Laude

OTHER THAN WORK, CASEY ENJOYS: Being with family and friends. Casey is also actively involved with Maple Grove Rotary and CROSS Services.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY AND WHY? He would donate to CROSS's Peace of Mind Housing Fund to ensure every family has a roof over their heads.

MY SECRET TALENT IS… He can smoke a mean rack of ribs!


Jerry Peters Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 480200

ABOUT: Jerry grew up on a dairy farm near Sauk Centre, MN and has lived in the northwest suburbs for the past 20 years. He and his wife Stacie have two girls, Lindsay and Merrit.

EXPERIENCE: Jerry has been a mortgage originator for over 20 years and owned his own mortgage company before joining the First Class team.

EDUCATION: B.A. in Economics with a minor in Finance, Moorhead State University.

OTHER THAN WORK, JERRY ENJOYS: Jerry enjoys golf, cooking, cheering for the University of Minnesota hockey team, and spending time with his family.


Daniel Christians Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1402835

ABOUT: Daniel was born in Oceanside, CA but raised in Southwestern Minnesota. He moved to the Twin Cities in 2005 and lives in NE Minneapolis with his daughter and very old dog.

EXPERIENCE: Prior to joining First Class Mortgage, Daniel practiced law in the fields of business and immigration law. He remains active in the legal community as a licensed attorney.

EDUCATION: J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, Cum Laude; B.A. in History and Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, Cum Laude

OTHER THAN WORK, DANIEL ENJOYS: Spending time with his daughter, reading, writing, gardening, trying to keep plants alive, and traveling. He loves going to Twins games when it’s warm out and watching Kansas Jayhawks basketball when it’s cold out.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN GROWING UP? I wanted to be a journalist growing up. I love to write, read and do research work. This eventually morphed in to me wanting to be an attorney.


Brenda Van Winkle Office Manager

NMLS# 322264

ABOUT: Brenda grew up in St. Charles MN. She currently lives in Dayton, MN with her husband Robbie, son Calvin and daughter Quinn

EXPERIENCE: She has been part of the First Class Mortgage family since 2009.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Social Work and a Minor in Child and Family Studies, St. Cloud State University.

OTHER THAN WORK, BRENDA ENJOYS: Brenda’s passions include working on projects around the house, spending time with her friends and family and attempting DIY projects.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY AND WHY? If Brenda won the lottery, she and her husband would take part of the winnings and book a cruise for their closest friends and family. Once they got back to reality, she said her accountant husband would make sure they invested money and spent it wisely. This includes giving back to church and community and investing in their future family and education. She would plan to keep working (but no more than 40 hours a week) and would ultimately set herself up to retire extra early! The dream of a lake cabin and boat would also become a reality much sooner in life. Oh, the things she could do…



Susan M. Smith Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1207502

ABOUT: Susan grew up in Minnetonka and lived in the Southwest suburbs until she and her husband, Rob purchased a house in Maple Grove in 2002. She has two children, Jackson and Melayna.

EXPERIENCE: Susan has been in the mortgage industry for over 15 years and finance industry previous to that. She joined the First Class team in June 2014.

EDUCATION: Susan attended Hennepin Technical College for Dental Assisting.

OTHER THAN WORK, SUSAN ENJOYS: Susan spends her free time with her children & family and also loves to bake, cook, entertain, spend time with friends and will try to make anything she sees on Pinterest.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN GROWING UP? An Elementary School Teacher – she loves kids!


Bobbi Sondergard Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 322970

ABOUT: Bobbi was raised in Princeton, MN. Bobbi along with fiancé Jason and their two daughters Taylor and Brooklyn live in Rogers MN.

EXPERIENCE: Bobbi has been a very important member of the First Class Mortgage team since 2008 and has been in the mortgage industry since 2001.

OTHER THAN WORK, BOBBI ENJOYS: When she is not working Bobbi enjoys playing golf, watching hockey, and spending time with friends and family.


Jolene Youngblood Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 926485

ABOUT: Jolene is originally from New Ulm, MN and currently resides in Robbinsdale, MN with her husband Chase and their two kids, Aleyna and Boston.

EXPERIENCE: Jolene started her mortgage career at ING Direct in St. Cloud while attending college, before joining the First Class Mortgage family in 2012.

EDUCATION: Associates in Sales Management, St Cloud Technical College

OTHER THAN WORK, JOLENE ENJOYS: In her free time, she loves to travel, visit local breweries, and go thrift shopping.


Kevin Criter Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1539667

ABOUT: Kevin grew up in the small town of Chilton, WI and currently resides in Maple Grove, MN with his wife and twin son and daughter.

EDUCATION: B.S in Sport Management, University of MN, Minneapolis.

OTHER THAN WORK, KEVIN ENJOYS: Attending concerts, playing golf, traveling, but most of all he loves spending time with his family and friends. As an avid sports fan he loves cheering on the Packers, Brewers, Gophers, and Wild.



Sheri Anderson Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1549482

ABOUT: Sheri grew up in Maple Grove. She lives in Otsego with her husband Steve, their son Theodore and daughter Evelyn.

EXPERIENCE: Before joining First Class Mortgage, Sheri managed a day spa located in Maple Grove.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Business Management and Minors in Speech Communications and Human Resource Management, MSU, Mankato.

OTHER THAN WORK, SHERI ENJOYS: In her free-time, she enjoys home DIY and decorating projects, antique shopping, visiting wineries, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Sheri enjoys talking to all of the clients via phone and meeting them in person. She finds it exciting to get to see people go through the process that leads them toward saving or purchasing a new home. She said that it's great working for a company that genuinely cares about their clients and looks out for their best interest!


Austin Criter Closing Assistant

NMLS# 1866470

ABOUT: Austin is originally from Chilton, WI and currently resides in Maple Grove, MN.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Business, emphasizing in Marketing and Human Resources, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN GROWING UP?: I wanted to be an architect. I really enjoyed drawing and designing different creations when I was a kid.


Toni Weinzierl Mortgage Assistant

ABOUT: Grew up in Maple Grove, I currently live in Monticello with my husband Jake, my son Michael and my dog Hank.

OTHER THAN WORK TONI, ENJOYS: When I’m not working you can catch me cooking, gardening or on the lake fishing. I also enjoy doing DIY house projects!

FUN FACT: I am a repeat chili cook off Champion.


Emily Kastendick Mortgage Assistant

ABOUT: Emily was born and raised in Albertville and currently resides in Loretto with her fiancé Brandon, daughter Delilah and two dogs Angus and Benelli.

EXPERIENCE: Emily's previous career experience is in the sales and service industry, with a focus on administration.

OTHER THAN WORK, EMILY ENJOYS: Summer weekends up at her cabin in Palisade, MN, spending quality time with her daughter and browsing at target with a coffee in hand.


Mike McGrath Loan Processor

NMLS# 2063321

ABOUT: Mike grew up in Rogers and currently lives in Bloomington. He is close with his family and enjoys spending time with his three younger sisters and cat Stella.

EDUCATION: Attended the University of Minnesota Duluth and finished his degree through the University of Phoenix.

EXPERIENCE: 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry, prior to starting his career with First Class Mortgage.

OTHER THAN WORK, MIKE ENJOYS: Anything related to motorcycles and watching the Bikes play when they aren't breaking his heart!


Jake Danielson Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 2025218

ABOUT: Jake grew up in Montevideo and currently lives in Maple Grove with his wife Brooke and their daughter Luella and son William.

EDUCATION: Double majored in Athletic Training and Exercise Science at Minnesota state University -Moorhead

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB: Jake loves being a part of a family and teamwork oriented company.

OTHER THAN WORK, JAKE ENJOYS: Chasing his toddler around and spending time with his family. Jake also likes to watch all MN spots and is a die hard fan!


Gerald Schaefer Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 2015309

ABOUT: Gerald was born in Hibbings and grew up on Swan Lake in Pengilly, MN. He currently resides in Ham Lake with his wife Back and children Knowles and Cora.

EDUCATION: Gerald spent two years at University of Montana, in Missoula (Geology) and then finished his BA in Advertising from the Art Institute International, Minnesota.

OTHER THAN WORK, GERALD ENJOYS: Golf, fishing, hunting, canoeing, playing volleyball and coaching/playing hockey with his kids.


Nicole Fiksdal Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1953663

ABOUT: Nicole lives in Big Lake with her husband, Evan and two boys Owen and Brayden and dogs Marley and Koda

EDUCATION: Nicole attended St. Cloud State University and received her Bachelor's Degree in International Business.

OTHER THAN WORK, NICOLE ENJOYS: Spending time with her family on their boat and camping during the Summer/Fall months. In the winter they love to ice fish, sled, snowboard and visit indoor waterparks.


Dulcea Arden Mortgage Consultant

NMLS# 1091306

ABOUT: Dulcea lives in Buffalo with her husband John, son Magnus and Daughter Berit

EXPERIENCE: Dulcea has previous experience in mortgage, marketing and event planning.

OTHER THAN WORK, DULCEA ENJOYS: Exploring the outdoors with her family - camping, hiking and bowhunting. She is also an avid cook and bleeds purple for the Minnesota Vikes!


Lance Skellenger Loan Processor

ABOUT: Born and raised in Hopkins and currently resides in Bloomington.

EDUCATION: Lance is a MSU, Mankato Alumni

OTHER THAN WORK, LANCE ENJOYS: Rugby! Lance played for 10 years and throughout college. He also loves to watch all MN sports.


Macena Kaiser Administrative Assistant

ABOUT: Born in Wilmar and currently lives in Buffalo. She has a crazy black lab named Ragna.

EDUCATION: Recent graduate from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelors in Business and Economics

OTHER THAN WORK, MACENA ENJOYS: retail therapy, spending time and spending time up at her lake home!

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As a locally owned company, we are staffed and operated by people who understand that each customer is special and individual attention is necessary to satisfy each unique financial situation. That's why at First Class Mortgage, we have simplified the mortgage process.

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