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Amerifirst Welcomes New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager

Amy Jarnagin will lead efforts to continue building a more diverse and inclusive culture representative of the communities where we live, work and serve. 


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KALAMAZOO, MI (June 18, 2021) - Amerifirst Home Mortgage welcomes Amy Jarnagin as its new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and Business Development Manager.


In this new role, Jarnagin will oversee the company's DE&I efforts, provide strategic leadership on the expansion of diverse market segments and work with internal team members and leaders, stakeholders, and communities to ensure DE&I practices are present in every facet of the company's culture and operations.


Jarnagin has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry. Most recently, she spent 16 years with Wells Fargo, where she was responsible for developing and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives, leadership development programs, and strategic efforts.  

"Amy is an outstanding addition to our team. She has a proven trackSandra-Cartwright record of cultivating relationships and promoting positive change, and we're excited to have her leading our continuous efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive culture that is representative of the communities where we live, work, and serve."


-Sandra Cartwright, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources

Jarnagin says she learned the value of inclusion as a child growing up in her parents’ household.

“My parents showed me how to include, support, and advocate for people who weren’t normally included, supported, and advocated for,” she said. “As I got into leadership and saw that not everyone had a similar experience in their background, I became interested in the field. Here at Amerifirst, I already have a sense of belonging, and I’m excited to support and lead specialized efforts that will have an impact on our everyday lives and advance us toward our mission.”


Since joining the company last month, Jarnagin has unveiled the new Amerifirst Diversity Statement that exemplifies the organization's expectations.


Amerifirst Diversity Statement:

Consider us family. We thread diversity, equity, and inclusion into our guiding principles like DNA. Diversity values and welcomes difference. Equity ensures everyone an opportunity for equal footing. Inclusion fosters a safe, nurturing, and success-building environment for all. Welcome Home. 


About Amerifirst Home Mortgage

Amerifirst Home Mortgage, a division of Amerifirst Financial Corporation, is a full-service residential mortgage originator and servicer. As an advocate for affordable homeownership and a mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, the company consistently ranks as a top producing lender of FHA and USDA Rural Development loans. It employs over 900 team members and operates in branches across a dozen states throughout the U.S. and is recognized by Inc. 5000 for its 78 percent growth for six consecutive years. Committed to operating by a strong set of core values, it has ranked as a Best & Brightest Company to Work For in the Nation for the past six years and was named a Best Mortgage Company to Work For in 2021. It is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan.




Janet Veach
Janet Veach
Janet Veach is the Communications Specialist for Amerifirst Home Mortgage. As the former Communications Director with the Alzheimer’s Association in Central Illinois, she believes that building strong relationships leads to dynamic partnerships that can dramatically improve our neighborhoods and communities. The mother of three sons, she has heard many a good story, and specializes in creating content that educates, communicates our core values and promotes genuine relationships with our customers.

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