Our Team

Salvatore Balsamo
Operations & Underwriting Counsel Sole Owner


Sal is a Graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law with an undergraduate degree from Marquette University. After serving as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force for five (5) years, Sal practiced residential real estate in excess of eight (8) years. During that time, he closed more than 8,000 residential and commercial real estate transactions. As a result, Sal is a great resource for underwriting questions or to assist with a problem in the closing of a particular transaction. Sal is our Underwriting Counsel, assisting with a myriad of complex legal issues in both the commercial and residential contexts.  Since moving over to the title insurance side, he has forged terrific relationships with our Underwriters.

Sal has a wonderful wife, Zoe, and a beautiful daughter, Isabelle.


Christine Bruns
Sales and Marketing Charlotte Region

Christine holds a BA in Interpersonal Communication from the University of Central Florida. She began her career as a licensed title agent in Orlando, Florida.  She moved to Charlotte, NC in 2005 where she continued her title insurance career as a marketing representative for a local title insurance company. Christine has two wonderful daughters:  Taylor and Kendall.

Landis Sinnett
Sales and Marketing Raleigh Region

Landis Sinnett is a graduate of Peace College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management. After college, she obtained her Broker’s license and worked as a Real Estate Professional.  She soon became a multi-million dollar producer with Pulte Homes in Raleigh. Now as a valuable member of the Barrister’s Team, Landis plays an active role in new client development for the Raleigh region; always keeping customer satisfaction as a number one priority. Landis lives in Raleigh with her husband Bryan and daughter Brynner.

Holly Steiner
Sales & Marketing Charlotte Region

A graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, Holly moved to Charlotte in May 2012 from New York City where she was employed in the fashion industry. Holly has previous experience in the general casualty insurance and mortgage industries, but is new to the title insurance business. Originally the Manager of our Customer Care Team, Holly has transitioned to a member of our Sales Staff with her primary areas being located in the Greater-Charlotte area. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the city, trying new restaurants and going to the beach.

jenniferJennifer Conrad
Sales & Marketing Triad Region

Jennifer is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Horticultural Science.  After college she moved to Atlanta, GA where she was a sales manager for a transportation company.  She moved back to her hometown of Winston-Salem, NC in 2011 to be a sales manager for a medical supply company. Although Jennifer is new to the title insurance industry she has over eight years of sales experience. Jennifer lives in Winston Salem with her husband DJ and their son Hank

sumner-juneSummer Hogan
Sales Support

Summer is a native of Charlotte and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Summer Hogan joins us after several  years as a practicing paralegal in Charlotte. Prior to working as a paralegal, Summer was a closing coordinator in the new construction department of a local Charlotte-based real estate firm.  All told, Summer has been in the real estate industry for more than 10 years.  Consequently, she has extensive knowledge and experience in the real estate industry. Summer started with our Customer Care Team, moved into Underwriting and is now assisting our Sales Team. She lives in the Lake Norman area with her son, Liam.

Jennifer Briggs
Customer Care Team Manager

Jennifer joined us from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System where she served in a support role for Kindergarten through Third Grade.  Jennifer is originally from Pennsylvania, but has been in Charlotte since 2006.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Art from Butler County Community College (Pa). Jennifer has a great attitude and is a very determined person.  She enjoys working with and providing excellent service to our customers in our day-to-day operation. Her primary focus is looking up prior policies, which she does with great efficiency and tenacity. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys reading and watching TV, but her real passion is working with animals.  She volunteers much of her time to Recycled Pets, a nonprofit animal rescue located in Rock Hill

Lee Houghton
Customer Care

If you recognize Lee’s last name, that is because she is Maria’s youngest child.  Lee is our utility person.  She helps out in a myriad of different ways, making all of our lives immeasurably easier.

You might find her on the other end of the phone on occasion if you call in or she might be the person helping you find a policy.

Lee is a graduate of Mallard Creek High School.


Tiffany Storms
Customer Care

After graduating from UNC-Charlotte in December of 2014 with a BA in Mathematics, Tiffany joined a commercial restate company whose overall goal was to provide excellent customer service support to the property management division and to their tenants. That dedication to customer service is still strong in her and she enjoys being a part of the Barristers Team.

Her main objective is looking up prior policies and being a enthusiastic voice on the other end of the phone when you call our offices.

In her spare time Tiffany enjoys being outside, reading and art.

Cinthya Dasilva
Customer Care

Cinthya is a Teammate on our Customer Care Team.  Cinthya was born in New Jersey, but spent most of her childhood in Miami, Florida. She is the oldest of three girls.  Cinthya moved to Charlotte in 2007. When she is not answering the phone or finding a policy for our customers, she is attending classes with the end goal of obtaining a BS in Dental Hygiene.  In her free time, Cinthya enjoys paddle boarding on Lake Norman, hiking in the mountains, playing piano, and going on walks with her three “fur babies”; Cindy, Snowball, and Charlie.


Keairra McGuire
Customer Care

Keairra is a teammate on our Customer Care Team.  Originally from Charlotte, she is a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School.  Keairra is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree from CPCC in her “spare time”. She has a background in sales but is now interested in seeing how far title insurance can take her! She is a huge fan of Halloween and loves the beach.  Once you interact with her, you will know what we already do. . .she is super friendly, talkative, hard working and a little hyper. When she is not in the office, she is at home enjoying time with her cat, Boo, or taking weekend getaways to the beach.

Maria Houghton
Residential Underwriting Mgr. Underwriter

Maria was a paralegal for ten years leading up to her current position with Barrister’s Title.During that time, she has performed all of the duties incumbent on a real estate paralegal. Her experience makes her a valuable resource for paralegals who may need assistance with their day-to-day tasks such as working with SoftPro, disbursement of funds or drafting legal documents.

Candice Mott
Commercial Underwriting Mgr. Underwriter

Candice joined us from Chicago Title and brings years of experience and a winning attitude. Her primary focus is Commercial Underwriting. Candice is originally from Alabama where she began her career in the title insurance industry. After moving to Charlotte in 2001, she continued her career with one of the largest underwriters in the U.S. She has over 15 years experience, with a background in commercial as well as residential underwriting. As a lacrosse mom, there’s little free time, though Candice enjoys being at the field watching her son Ryan play, and her husband John coach.

Vanessa Nabors

Vanessa Nabors is originally from New Jersey.  She moved to Charlotte in 2002 and has truly enjoyed the South.  She has been in title insurance since 2002.  Vanessa’s first job in Title insurance was with Chicago Title, but you may remember her from her time at Colonial Title. Vanessa spends her free time with her husband.  They enjoy camping, skiing, hiking, outdoors, riding their motorcycle, and relaxing on rainy days. Vanessa joined our team in January of 2012.

Emily McIntyre

Upon obtaining her Paralegal degree, Emily took a position working at the Office of Juvenile Justice where she was a court secretary and interacted with attorneys, judges, court counselors, parents and children.  She eventually became a real estate paralegal, which has been her career path for the last fifteen (15) years until joining our Agency. Emily grew up as the child of an Active Duty Army Member.  Growing up, she lived in numerous places, but has been in Charlotte for the past twenty (21) years. She is the mother of three wonderful children, two girls and one boy. Emily has an AAS in Paralegal Technology from Central Piedmont Community College. She is currently pursing an AAS in Criminal Justice from CPCC as well as completing a BS in Business Administration with Capella. In her free time she enjoys watching Investigation Discovery, Snapped, Deadly Woman and Law & Order. Her favorite author is James Patterson. Her experience with the Office of Juvenile Justice fostered a passion for working with at-risk children.  Emily has a true passion for helping children and people in need and volunteers twice a month at Urban Ministry.  She hopes to open an at risk group home for children someday.

temuTemu Deans

Originally from Arizona, Temu started her career in the title insurance industry with Capital Title, before moving over to Chicago Title.  In 2009 she moved to Harrisburg (NC) and transferred to the Charlotte branch of Chicago Title. She has over ten (10) years of experience in the title industry with significant exposure to both commercial and residential underwriting. Temu currently resides in Concord with her husband and two sons, Seth and Vincent.  She likes to spend her free time with her family going to the beach, the Drive-In Theater, Carowinds and camping.

Kate Foshee

After graduating from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, Kate moved to Charlotte in 2011 and became an underwriter at Chicago Title.  As a Political Science major concentrating in Pre-Law, Kate loves working in the legal field and the title insurance industry. During her free time, Kate continues to pursue her love of the legal system by volunteering with the Guardian ad Litem program in which she advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system.  She also enjoys travelling, watching her husband, Chris, play rugby with the Charlotte Barbarians, and is a huge Alabama football fan.

Julie Merrell

Julie is originally from Ohio.  She is a graduate of Ohio University.  She and her husband moved to Charlotte in 2007. Julie was a teacher for six years in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. She enjoyed her time as a teacher, but is excited about her transition into the title insurance business. Julie lives in Huntersville with her husband and two young boys. With three boys at her house, they spend most of their time together outdoors. Their favorite thing to do is swim, ski and boat on Lake Norman.

Kristen Moorefield

Kristen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  She completed her coursework in December of 2014, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics. Kristen is the youngest of five girls and is originally from New York, but moved to Florida at age thirteen (13).  She has been in Charlotte since 2011.


Amy Mills

Amy is originally from New Port Richey, Florida, having re-located to North Carolina in August of 2016. She has a wealth of experience with real estate having previously worked with both settlement attorneys and Title Companies in the State of Florida.

Amy is the proud Mother of three wonderful children and is blessed with three grandsons.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, camping, hiking and visiting theme parks.