Meet Our Staff
Evident Title Insurance is a unique blend of highly dedicated and experienced professionals who are always prepared to meet and exceed customer requirements and respond quickly to any type of closing-related situation that might occur.
HEADQUARTERS - Cedar Grove, NJ
Michael T. Carella
President\CEO, Title Officer
Michael T. Carella is an experienced professional who has been in the Title Insurance industry since 2002, shortly after receiving a bachelor's degree from The University of Maryland. Michael he is a licensed Title Producer and Notary Public. His interest in the real estate and financial markets inspired him to start his first title agency in 2003. After 3 years, he decided to use the business skills he learned at the University of Maryland to start his own independent title agency and in October, 2005 Evident Title Agency, Inc. was born. Michael turned his business from a one man title agency, to a full service title insurance and settlement agency. Evident Title Agency Inc. now has an office in Cedar Grove New Jersey and two offices in New York, Brooklyn and Manhattan. In addition to servicing all of New York and New Jersey, Evident Title Agency, Inc. has the capability of handling title insurance in all 50 states.
Michael understands that the real estate closing process can be both confusing and expensive. He strives for excellence in customer satisfaction and value. He also makes sure that all of his clients completely understand the process from start to finish and he is always available to answer client questions. Largely due to his efforts and business philosophy, the company has an "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau and is vetted through both Secure Settlements, Inc and Stewart Title's Trusted Provider Program.
John M. Bucci
New Jersey Vice President, Title Officer
John M. Bucci came to Evident Title from a prominent title agency located in northern New Jersey. He is experienced in both residential and commercial transactions, and is a valuable asset to our growing New Jersey Settlement Department. Working in the real estate industry since 2000, he is a licensed Title Producer and Notary Public and is willing to provide additional effort to ensure that every transaction is closed in a professional and efficient manner.
John understands developing relationships with clients and the importance of providing exceptional customer support, which is the key to succeeding in this industry today. He effectively assists our customers in all closing aspects of purchase or refinance transaction.
John is also a graduate of Gordon College located in Wenham, MA, where he majored in Business Administration, with a minor in Economics.
New Jersey Vice President of Operations
Danielle Esposito possesses over 15 years of experience in the title agency field. A graduate of William Paterson University, she started as an entry-level employee. As a result of her work ethic, attention to detail and professional drive, she has worked her way up to the position of Vice President of Operations of the New Jersey branch. Danielle has proven to be an invaluable asset of the company as she oversees day to day office operations, the scheduling of closings, task distribution and the Settlement Department.
Post Closing\Policy Department
Taryn LoCascio has been employed with Evident Title since 2006 and is in charge of issuing final title polices for the New Jersey Office. Prior to her employment at Evident Taryn taught middle school special education for seven years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and a Master’s degree in Special Education. Taryn is a mom to two small children, a licensed real estate agent with Garden State Realty in Hoboken, NJ and a New Jersey Notary.
Marybeth Wallace, Esq
Senior Counsel\Title Officer
Marybeth Wallace serves as senior counsel at Evident Title Agency. With a BA from the College of the Holy Cross, Marybeth went on to earn an M.B.A. from Fordham University while working in commercial real estate at Citigroup in Manhattan. Marybeth later went on to earn her law degree from Fordham University and upon graduation worked for a mid-size law New Jersey law firm practicing corporate law and real estate. Eventually, Marybeth went out on her own starting her law practice specializing in residential real estate. While she continues to run her own practice, Marybeth became a licensed title officer four years ago and worked as a settlement attorney for a large northern New Jersey title company before joining Evident.
Marybeth is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York and the United States Supreme Court.
Senior Title Officer
John Hughes brings to Evident more than 20 years of experience reading, analyzing and underwriting commercial and residential real estate titles throughout New Jersey.
Identifying complex title issues involving the vesting of title, easements and restrictions, estates and trusts, tideland and riparian issues are just the beginning as John’s forte is making the most complicated problems simple and solvable so even the most complicated transaction close quickly and easily.
Formerly employed as a Senior Title Officer for Vested Land Services, Land Title Agency, LandAmerica Financial Group and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, John has written title insurance for every major underwriter.
Largest Transaction to Date: Major Atlantic City Casino - $1,075,000,000.00 mortgage.
Most Complex Search: Fairview-Edgewater Tunnel Project – two counties, fourteen municipalities and a subterranean tunnel 2 & ½ miles long beneath Fairview and Ridgefield.
Craziest Deal Ever: Ask him about the “Murder Title”
Real Estate Paralegal\ Settlement Department Manager
Michael Melfa has been working in the industry since 1996. He spent over a decade as a paralegal in a busy Bergen County attorney’s office before transitioning to the title end of the real estate transaction. Prior to his employment with Evident, he worked for a prominent title agency in North Jersey for over 7 years. Mike is a graduate of Ramapo College in New Jersey where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Real Estate Paralegal\Closing Coordinator
Kristen Connerat has been in the title industry since 2013. She works daily on inputting orders, preparing files for settlement, and post-closing matters. She strives to always provide the utmost in customer service in all the work she does. Kristen is a 2010 graduate of Moravian College where she received a B.A. in history and a 2013 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where she received her Paralegal Studies certificate.
Real Estate Paralegal\Closing Coordinator
Michelle Chessari is our newest paralegal. Prior to joining Evident Title Agency, Inc. she worked for a bank attorney in New York for over 7 years. She graduated from Alfred University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and from Marist College in 2009 with a ABA certification in paralegal studies.
Real Estate Paralegal\Closing Coordinator
Lauren Lutz is a Business Management graduate of Kean University. She began her real estate career working as a legal assistant in a local law firm and later ventured into an accounts payable position under a different trade. She has recently returned to the real estate industry pursuing the title end as one of our newest paralegals. Lauren is thrilled to be a part of such an energic and vastly growing company.
Post Closing Coordinator
Debbie Masters has been employed with Evident Title since June 2016. Debbie runs the post-closing department and is in charge of sending out disbursments on all closed files. Her attention to detail ensures every file is processed and closed out correctly. Prior to joining the Evident Title team, she worked as a real estate paralegal for over 25 years for several real estate attorneys in the area. She is a graduate of Montclair State University.
Heather Trujillo was born into a family of surveyors, making her an ideal fit for our office. Not only did she attend Rider University, but Heather also took some time off of school to travel and lived in Southern California for a year, before moving back to New Jersey. While answering the phones, monitoring emails, and greeting face to face visitors at the front of our office, she also assists in pre- and post-closing matters and document preparation throughout the life of each file. Heather understands that customer service is among the most important responsibilities of our company and exemplifies that quality above and beyond expectations. She takes pride in making our clients feel comfortable and excited for their transaction. To say Heather is excited to be on board here at Evident Title would be an understatement, and she looks forward to becoming an integral part of the company.
Rosemary Watkins, Esq
Licensed Sales Representative\Legal Counsel
Rosemary Watkins, Esq leverages her extensive legal and title expertise to generate new business, oversee customer service and coordinate settlements. Prior to joining Evident Title, she not only work for Stewart Title's direct operations, she also operated a private legal practice and served as president, counsel and title officer for Sage Title Agency, Inc.
Rosemary received her Bachelor of Arts from Neumann University and her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. She holds a Title Insurance Producer License in the state of New Jersey and bar admissions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Licensed Sales Representative
Joseph Deluca is a graduate of Rutgers University, first graduating class at Cook College, degree in Environmental Science. He has also worked as a Title Searcher for over 30 years, through quality work and service has achieved excellent client retention. In addition he has been licensed title producer for 10 years.
Joseph has an expertise in Hudson County title, especially in the developing areas near on the Hudson River in Hoboken, Jersey City and North Bergen.
Expert in title where riparian claims are in question.
Now a Member of LeTip of Upper Montclair NJ
Mary Ann Drozd
Licensed Sales Representative
Mary Ann Drozd comes to us from Advantage Abstract in Rahway, NJ. She has been in the title industry for over 25 years, primarily centering her efforts in the Union County area. Mary Ann, being semi-retired, continues to be very active in meeting her clients every need. She has been an active and valuable member of the Evident Title Agency, Inc. team since joining Evident in 2016
Newton Office, NJ
Kathleen (Kathy) Parker
Branch Manager, Title Officer
Kathy Parker a graduate of Dover Business College, started title searching during high school summers and eventually worked full time for her sister, an independent title searcher, for almost 11 years. She became a licensed title producer in 1993 and, along with her mother who was also in the title industry since the early 70’s, opened Countryside Title Agency. When “from the title search to the final title policy and everything in between” became impossible for a small agent, merging operations with Evident Title Agency made perfect sense. She now manages the Newton branch of Evident Title Agency concentrating on what she loves best about the business, title searching and reading.
Carolyn Niemis has been in the Title Insurance business for over 25 years. What began as a part time job doing cover records for her sister's independent title searching business, "Lora J. Musilli & Associates", blossomed into a full time career in the industry. In 2000, her mother retired from the agency which she founded, known as "Countryside Title Agency." Carolyn obtained her producer's license and jumped on board while her sister Kathy took over the reins for mom. Now both employed at Evident Title Agency as Title Officers, they have years of experience to bring to the table-everything from the title search to the settlement, or as they refer to it as "everything from soup to nuts!"
NEW YORK OFFICES
New York Vice President of Operations
Tigran Sahakyan, New York's Vice President of Operations has been reading and clearing titles since 2004. He handles the Company's important reading, production, closing and recording issues, among other things. He is a dedicated, motivated, and experienced individual who responds to customer demands with expertise and promptness. Tigran resolves large and complex title issues, both residential and commercial.
He consistently makes sure that customers are satisfied with the Company’s work. Tigran is well-known to provide accuracy and efficiency in everything that he does. He provides clearance to attorneys, closers and other companies.
Closing Department\NY Division
Julia Baumblit is a reliable, motivated and dedicated individual. She has been doing title work for a few years, both residential and commercial. Her day to day responsibilities include preparing title reports, preparing closing packages, talking to clients, resolving title issues and making sure everyone’s needs are met.
Tatiana Miller joined Evident Title Agency in 2015. She holds a Master Degree in Journalism, and linked to it English and French Translator Degrees in Sphere of Professional Practices. In 2016 she successfully completed a course of study in real estate subjects approved by the Secretary Of State of New York in New York Real Estate Institute. Tatiana is a Certified Title Closer and Notary Public. Her wide range of responsibilities include: processing new orders, reading and providing title reports, as well as preparing and delivering property reports and name runs, violations, judgements and liens searches, municipalities. Tatiana Miller is a responsible, dedicative and hardworking person who completely fulfills the requirements of her position and continues her professional growth in title industry.
Almast Braunzbourg is a clearance officer at Evident Title Agency Inc. Her desire to professionally grow is obvious day by day. She is a responsible and diligent person and has great organizational skills. She successfully handles clearance issues, provides the clients with title bills and kindly gives a quick response to every single client’s questions and requests. Almast is also the head of the Post-closing Department. She believes that good quality service is an important factor in meeting client’s needs. Almast works with FDIC, Banking Departments tracking down satisfactions of ancient mortgages.
Almast has a Ph.D. and prior to her employment at Evident she worked as a university professor for many years.