Daniel Arias

Daniel Arias

Team Leader

Daniel calls Pasadena home and has been an active member of the community for many years. With over 16 years of experience as a Senior Mortgage Banker along with being featured as top producer of the month in the Mortgage Banker Association Magazine, Daniel now leads the We Fund LA team. He constantly strives to provide a product and service which exceeds his client's expectations.

  • Favorite local eatery: The taco truck on Fair Oaks & Palmetto
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: A pilot
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Barcelona
  • Currently binge-watching: Anthony Bordain - Parts Unknown
  • What I do for fun: Go flying
  • Go-to cocktail: Anything with Vodka
Leslie Black

Leslie Black

Sr. Mortgage Advisor

Leslie was born and raised in Los Angeles and is an active member of the local non-profits in our community. She has utilized her deep understanding of the communities to be a true local advisor. Leslie has spent over 10 years in the finance world and uses her in depth knowledge to provide her clients with the mortgage options that best fit their specific needs.

  • Favorite local eatery: My mom's house
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: A criminal defense attorney
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Argentina- amazing culture, yummy food, and endless beautiful scenery
  • Currently binge-watching: Narcos
  • What I do for fun: Travel to different countries and learn about their culture
  • Go-to cocktail: Spicy Margarita
Joanne Valverde

Joanne Valverde

Sr. Mortgage Advisor

Joanne was one of the few raised in Highland Park and continued her education with a Bachelors in Business from the USC Marshall School. She's a local that built up a life for herself in Eagle Rock with her husband and two children. A Northeast LA native, combined with her experience in Mortgage Banking for over 15 years, Joanne has created a full understanding of the importance of achieving the optimal finance solution for every client.

  • Favorite local eatery: Bestia
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: a travel blogger
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Costa Rica
  • Currently binge-watching: Versace
  • What I do for fun: Traveling and discovering new eateries
  • Go-to cocktail: "La Fuente" cocktail from OtoƱo
Evan Farley

Evan Farley

Sr. Mortgage Advisor

Evan was born and raised in Highland Park and grew up going to school in the Pasadena and La Canada communities. Evan graduated from the University of La Verne and incorporated his Business Administration and Management degree into his mortgage lending career. His presence in the communities has given him a full understanding of the local markets. Coming from a family with years of Real Estate experience has helped him adapt to the industry at a rapid pace. Evan uses his previous experience in Project Management and Finance so he can present his client's situation in the most strategic way.

  • Favorite local eatery: Nick's
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: The business side of a pro sports team
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Spain
  • Currently binge-watching: The Wire
  • What I do for fun: Attend sporting events
  • Go-to cocktail: Moscow Mule
Holly Gibson

Holly Gibson

Pipeline Manager

You can find Holly up in Agoura Hills working diligently with our clients and team. She has enjoyed a career in the mortgage industry for over 30 years beginning in 1989.

Purchasing a home is typically the single largest investment a person makes and the importance of long-term financial security of refinancing a home. Holly knows that every client's situation is different, and she works strenuously to make sure everything goes smoothly while always putting her client's needs first.

  • Favorite local eatery: Nishi Sushi or Health Nut
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: An event planner or private chef
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Australia
  • Currently binge-watching: Raising Dion
  • What I do for fun: Hang with my kiddos and friends and plan next projects for my home
  • Go-to cocktail: Wine
Joey Arreola

Joey Arreola

Jr. Mortgage Advisor

As a NELA native, Joey spent most of his life in Pasadena and has constantly been an active member of the community. Joey graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a B.S. in Business Management and applies his education toward his mortgage industry career everyday. He works closely with clients throughout the mortgage loan process ensuring their needs are met and provides them with a high level of personalized service. With over 10 years of experience in residential mortgage lending, Joey is dedicated to offering exceptional service coupled with integrity, experience, and reliability.

  • Favorite local eatery: Houston's
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: Volunteering in a third world country
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Lake Como, Italy
  • Currently binge-watching: Breaking Bad
  • What I do for fun: Workout, Play Poker, Spend time with loved ones, meditate
  • Go-to cocktail: Rye Old Fashioned
Aaron Aragon

Aaron Aragon

Jr. Mortgage Advisor

Aaron grew up in Downey and graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Upon graduating, he worked his way over to Northeast LA to begin his career in the mortgage industry. He started off as an intern with We Fund LA and earned his stripes to become one of our Senior Production Partners. Aaron prides himself with his strong client communication and the genuine hunger to provide success for every client.

  • Favorite local eatery: Houston's
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: A sheriff
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Seattle
  • Currently binge-watching: The Office, for the 15th time
  • What I do for fun: Movies
  • Go-to cocktail: Rye Old Fashioned
Nicole Parseghian

Nicole Parseghian

Mortgage Advisor Associate

Nicole was born and raised in Glendale. She graduated from Woodbury University with a Fashion Marketing degree and started off her professional career working for many high-end designers. After prolonged curiosity, she decided to step foot into the mortgage world and fell in love with the rapport of the business. With constant exposure from her father that has been in the mortgage industry for a few decades, it came natural for her. Nicole has utilized her creativity and quick problem-solving skills to become one of the key members of our team.

  • Favorite local eatery: Union
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: A fashion designer
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Italy
  • Currently binge-watching: Nurse Jackie
  • What I do for fun: Baking
  • Go-to cocktail: Eastside
Alina Nugent

Alina Nugent

Strategic Growth & Marketing

Originally from Orlando, Alina worked her way over to the west coast once she graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Business Management. She spent a few years managing in hospitality which is where she met the We Fund LA Team. She was drawn towards their noticeable family team dynamic and the client intimacy of the mortgage industry, which is when she decided to join our team. Alina has applied her social and innovative skills to become an influential member of We Fund LA.

  • Favorite local eatery: Marugame Monzo
  • If I wasn't in mortgage, I would be: A music tour manager
  • If I could live anywhere in the world, I'd be in: Kyoto, Japan
  • Currently binge-watching: Explained
  • What I do for fun: Surfing
  • Go-to cocktail: Aviation
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Daniel Arias - Team Leader

NMLS# 461805

323.697.3240

177 E Colorado Blvd Ste 200 Pasadena, CA

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