Meet our MLOs

Here at Alltrust we have a strong team of Mortgage Loan Originators here to guide you through your mortgage application process. Let us introduce you to our team.

Michael Gago joined our team as the Chief Lending Officer (CLO) in July of 2018. He has an extensive background in various aspects of consumer, residential, wholesale, and commercial lending; financial management; asset management; and financial analysis. Michael works to develop and implement products and services for Commercial, Residential, and Retail Lending and maximizes portfolio growth through effective planning, development, and implementation of lending strategies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bryant University and an MS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Bentley University.

Lea M. Benson joined our team in May 2019 as an Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator. She has over 40 years of real estate and mortgage lending experience, most recently as a Mortgage Consultant at Bristol County Savings Bank. Lea takes pride in working with her customers to find the right mortgage program to suit their needs and enjoys providing exceptional customer service. She is a resident of Falmouth and is involved in several community organizations including the “Courtyard Gives Back” annual family fundraiser and “WeCan” Women’s Empowerment Cape Area Network.

Stephanie Buzzell joined our team in October 2019 as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Stephanie has over 25 years of mortgage lending experience. Her most recent role was as a Mortgage Loan Officer at Somerset Federal Credit Union. Buzzell enjoys working with members to help them find the right mortgage program to suit their needs and finds special enjoyment in helping first time homebuyers attain their dreams of home ownership.

Jean Correia joined our team in January 2018 as an Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator. Jean brings 36 years of experience in the credit union industry; nineteen of those years directly as a Mortgage Originator and a Business Development Officer. She is responsible for the growth of residential lending throughout the South Coast region and neighboring Rhode Island. Jean, a resident of Westport, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Providence College. She has also received the Five Star Home Professionals Award as published in the Rhode Island Monthly magazine 5 years in a row – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Raymond Goulart joined our team in May 2019 as an Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator from Santander Bank with over 23 years of residential lending experience. He enjoys assisting his clients realize their dreams of home ownership, whether renter becoming a first-time homebuyer or someone looking to refinance their existing home. Ray is a resident of Rehoboth and enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys coaching his kid’s little league games and participating in local middle school and high school events. He is fluent in Portuguese and graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Abel Macedo joined our team in May of 2021 as a Mortgage Loan Originator. He has 19 years of retail banking and lending experience. His most recent role was as Mortgage Development Officer/Assistant Vice President at Santander Bank. Macedo enjoys being able to help people realize their dreams by providing them the best possible options and helping them save money. Abel was educated in Portugal and has completed Omega Performance Training, Edge Advanced Sales for Business, and Xinnix Edge for Mortgages. He loves to cook for friends and family and go for rides along the countryside and along the ocean in his free time.

Kevin A. Melo joined our team in January 2019 as a Residential Mortgage Loan Originator. Kevin has over 23 years of banking and mortgage lending experience. He enjoys getting to know his customers and helping them find the best program to make their dream of homeownership a reality. Kevin graduated from Bristol Community College, Salem State University, and from the New England School for Financial Studies at Babson College. He is involved with the Dartmouth Planning Board, is a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Association and the New Bedford Yacht Club. A life-long resident of Dartmouth, Kevin can often be found hiking the Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust trails with his wife and 2 children.

Sherice Riel has joined our team in May 2021 as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Sherice has over 9 years of retail banking and lending experience. She enjoys the fact that she can help her members build or buy their dream home by finding the best financial solution for them and help them save money in the process. Sherice has a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in Finance with a minor in Economics. She is a co-organizer of the Women Strong event in RI that donates all funds to Gloria Gemma, a Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Riel currently lives in Cumberland, RI with her husband and two beautiful daughters. She enjoys cheering on the Bruins, being outdoors, gardening, and going for walks in her spare time.

Timothy Souza has joined in May 2021 as an Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Loan Originator. Tim has over 17 years of lending experience. He enjoys being able to find the best financial solution for the member whether it be buying a home, refinancing, or helping someone put their finances in place. It is a great feeling for him to know that he impacted someone’s life in a positive way. Tim has a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State University. He is also heavily involved in his community, both where he lives and where he works. He coaches his son’s baseball team in the Freetown Lakeville Athletic Association and is an active member of Junior Achievement, as a Titan Challenge Business Mentor. He also is an active affiliate member of the Realtor Association of Southeastern Massachusetts, One Southcoast Chamber of Commerce, The Southeastern Massachusetts Business Network as well as participates in the Credit for Life initiative program at most high schools in the Southcoast.

If you are looking into beginning the mortgage application process or have questions about applying for a mortgage or refinancing, contact one of our highly qualified and helpful mortgage loan officers today. They will be happy to help you find the best option for you and your financial needs.