Homestead Title Team

Peter Zarov | President / Attorney


Peter Zarov is the President, legal counsel, and co-owner of Homestead Title Company. Mr. Zarov is an attorney with over 20 years experience in residential and commercial real estate. As owner of Homestead Title Company, Mr. Zarov provides guidance and expertise on residential and commercial title and closing issues, specializing in complex and distressed property transactions. Mr. Zarov often teaches seminars to Realtors, lenders, and attorneys on topics including short sales, foreclosure, brokerage law, risk avoidance, and title issues. His legal experience includes complex commercial litigation, foreclosure, partnership and LLC formation, and residential and commercial real estate. His current law practice focuses on issues relating to title insurance, condominiums, and real estate agency and brokerage services. Mr. Zarov lives in Madison and is married with three wonderful boys.

 

Torey Schauff | Marketing Director


Torey Schauff is Marketing Director and focuses on business development, client relations, public relations, and marketing. Torey joined Homestead Title in March 2015 with almost 10 years of title, sales, and marketing experience. He also has over 15 years of banking experience in mortgage lending, consumer lending, and credit analysis. Torey is married and has two sons. He has resided in the Madison and Belleville area for nearly 30 years. He is an avid fan of sports, notably the Badgers, Brewers, Packers and his sons' sports.

 

Amy Gervasi | Closing Manager


Amy Gervasi is the Closing Manager for Homestead Title. She has been working in the real estate field since 1992. She started her career as a successful Realtor in the Dane County area from 1993 thru 2012. In addition, she has owned a property management/investment company and a development company which built homes and condominiums in the Madison area. And, she has been handling title and closing services as a closing officer since 2011. Amy has enjoyed the connections and friendships she has made over the years with Realtors and brokers, builders and contractors, attorneys, lenders and bankers, and all of the people she has helped with their home ownership. It has been a great journey!

Amy was born and grew up in the Madison area, left to go to college in Atlanta, Georgia then returned to attend MATC and UW Madison. She has been married for over 20 years and has 4 incredibly awesome children that keep her hopping - plus a devil dog, a cat-dog and a dog-bird. In her spare time she likes watching her kids play football, volleyball and softball, getting together with family and friends, walking the dogs at the dog park, movies, camping, going "Up North", boating, fishing, bad golfing, biking and reading a good book. She is looking forward to seeing you next time you are in the office!!

 

Kayla Johnson | Office Manager, Construction Department Manager, Title Examiner


Kayla is the Office Manager, Construction Manager and Title Examiner. She joined Homestead's team in 2012. She holds her title insurance license and is a graduate of Wisconsin Land Title Association's Title Examiner Courses. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a BA in Political Science and History. She previously worked on political campaigns and for a student advocacy group in Wisconsin. Then she worked in a Congressional office and at a public affairs firm in Washington DC.



Lena Kelley | Closing Officer


Lena Kelley is an experienced Closing Officer who has been in the title industry for over 20 years. As many title 'lifers' do, she began her career scheduling closings and typing title commitments. She was focused on gaining more knowledge and has worked in every department of the title industry finally becoming one of the most experienced and well-known real estate closers in Dane County.

She is known for her kindness, efficiency and knowledge and concentrates on easing the jitters of the first-time home buyer. Lena has earned the reputation of spoiling the realtors, lenders and clients that she has worked with over the years.

She lives in the DeForest area with her husband, Eric. They have three children. Lena's family spends most Summers at a ball park

Laura Bush | Closing Officer


Laura Bush is a Closing Officer with extensive experience in real estate. Laura started in the real estate industry in 1998 working in new home construction with a large builder as a contract review specialist, transaction manager, and office manager. She has extensive background in the administration and customer service areas of real estate. Laura joined Homestead Title in 2016 after ten years in sales, support, and customer service with two Madison Realty companies. Laura has been an active member in the real estate community since 1999 and has been on the RASCW Housing Foundation Ghoulish Gallop committee since 2007 that coordinates their 5k/10k fundraiser every October.

Laura is originally from Illinois, after a brief stop in the San Francisco area where she finished high school, she moved back to the Midwest to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Before starting her own family she was a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Sister program of Dane County. In her spare time she enjoys attending UW sporting events, and coaching her kids in basketball. She has 3 gorgeous children that keep her very busy. They live in Verona.

Chris Anderson | Closing Officer


Chris Anderson is a Closing Officer with a diverse background in business, including large corporations, non-profits, small business, government, and higher education. Having a methodical and thoughtful attitude towards business suits Chris quite well for his role. He is a successful communicator across several mediums and is intentional in his words and actions.

Away from work, he is an outdoor enthusiast both solo and with his family, a voracious reader of mostly non-fiction, a multi-instrument musician, and greatly enjoys TED Talks. He is married with two sons.

Brittany Hewitt | Closing Coordinator


Brittany is a Closing Assistant with Homestead Title. She joined the company in 2018. She has an extensive background in customer service. She has experience at a local landscape company as well as the medical field. Brittany is from the Mount Horeb area. She enjoys spending time with her young son, as well as family and friends. One of her favorite activities during the summer months is camping with her family.

Sheila Paulson | Closing Assistant


Sheila is a Closing Assistant with Homestead Title. She has an extensive background in real estate, property management, accounting and customer service. Her deep knowledge of the home purchase and sale process gives her a unique ability to assist buyers, sellers, Realtors, and lenders with understanding, caring, and professionalism. Sheila was born and raised in the Madison area and attended UW Lacrosse. She currently lives on the river in McFarland and enjoys kayaking, boating, movies, reading and spending time with her husband and 2 GIANT German Shepherds, as well as family and friends.

Lynne Deneen Hall | Title Manager/Lead Examiner


Lynne is Homestead Title's head title examiner. She was the first employee of Homestead Title when Attorney Marsha Dymzarov started the company in 1995. Lynne's prior experience was as a legal secretary/assistant for many years in law firms preceding the current law firm of Herrick & Kasdorf, LLP located on the Capitol Square. Her educational history includes a Bachelor's Degree from UW-Madison in Sociology with an emphasis in Correctional Administration. She has advanced from all-around gopher/receptionist/clerk/closing assistant with the title company to her current position of "Head Title Examiner." Lynne takes pride in her dedication to the company, and working with customers and clients in a professional and knowledgeable manner. She greatly enjoys working with people and bringing a calming influence on people in the nerve-wracking and stressful experiences that can go along with the sale and purchase of homes. Lynne's outside interests include sports -- Packers, anything Badgers, Brewer baseball, and all sorts of high school sports (as a spectator of course) -- and music, live or otherwise. Lynne resides east of Cottage Grove on a 67-acre farm that has been in her family's name since the late 1870's.

Jaime Pina | Title Searcher and Final Policy Department Manager


Jaime Piña oversees Homestead Title's final policy department. He also assists with title searches and commitments. Jaime graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, having studied mathematics. He moved to Madison in pursuit of nicer vistas (including lakes and bicycling trails). He has quite an array of skills, having worked in bakeries, museums, medical libraries, classrooms, and, currently at Homestead Title. He is an avid reader in his spare time.


Jenny Padgett | Title, Search Specialist


Jenny Padgett is a Title and search Specialist. She has also served as a Closing Officer. She has over a decade of experience in the mortgage lending arena, having a successful career in mortgage loan origination prior to her move into the title industry. Jenny's passion for service and genuine interest in each of her clients shines through as she strives to personalize each interaction for her buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals. Jenny and her husband, Jesse, and their two children are very active in sports, which keeps Jenny's family on the move.



Rachel Bartnik | Final Policy Specialist


Rachel is a Final Policy Specialist. Originally from the Detroit area, she graduated from the University of Michigan having completed studies in education, and has since worked in schools, restaurants, automotive offices, and grocery stores. Wanting to be closer to family, Rachel moved to Wisconsin and joined Homestead in the spring of 2017! She is delighted to find in Madison a refreshingly vibrant and active city, and loves to take her dog on walks around town whenever she's not cooking or reading.


Jenny Kowalski | Customer Service Specialist


Jenny is our Customer Service Specialist. She joined Homestead in 2017, and has decades of experience in customer service, primarily in the health care industry. She lives in Belleville with her husband, and they have two adult children, a son and daughter. She enjoys reading, shopping, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.