Our Staff

Dedicated and Experienced Home Lending and Advising Professionals

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff has many years of experience helping West Virginia families plan for and finance the home of their dreams. We are here to answer your home buying questions, help you improve your financial stability, and get you mortgage-ready and on the road to home ownership. With the many resources at our disposal, our expert staff is here to make your home buying experience as smooth as possible. We look forward to helping you.

The Dedicated Staff of the HomeOwnership Center

Kate Somers - Executive Director - HomeOwnership Center

Kate Somers
Executive Director
(304) 636-9115, ext. 10

Kate became the HomeOwnership Center’s Executive Director in February 2016. Most recently she served as Program Manager for Highland Community Builders, where she was responsible for sales, marketing, financing and customer relations for the Highland Meadows neighborhood. Prior to that, Kate was employed by the HomeOwnership Center from 2004-2008 as a Housing Counselor. Kate moved to Elkins in 2004 from New Mexico, having run the homeownership program for the Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership for five years.

Kate resides in Elkins with her husband and two children. She is a member of the Elkins Planning Commission and serves on the board of directors for Highland Community Builders and the Elkins Otters Swim Team.

“I am so pleased to be back at the HomeOwnership Center. We have caring staff who go the extra mile with every customer to help them realize their dream of home ownership. It is great to be a part of an organization that is making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families, and really, on the community as a whole.”

Tawnya Holbrook - Home Ownership Advisor - HomeOwnership Center

Tawnya Holbrook
Loan Originator
NMLS #364774
304-636-9115 ext. 14

Tawnya Holbrook joined the HomeOwnership Center, Inc. in 2008 as the Housing Counselor, and became a Loan Originator in 2011.  Tawnya has worked in the housing industry since 2001 when she obtained her West Virginia Real Estate licenses and later became an Associate Broker.  Tawnya is a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator in the state of West Virginia.  She holds a Professional Certificate in Homeownership and Community Lending through the NeighborWorks Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling, along with certifications in Homeownership Counseling, Pre-Purchase Homeownership Education and Post-Purchase Homeownership Education.  As the Loan Originator at the HomeOwnership Center, Tawnya will help you find the best loan for you and your new home. 

Tawnya enjoys camping and boating with her family.  She resides in Randolph County with her husband, son and her 3 fur babies, Roxie, Milo and Ginger. 

“I love having a career where I truly feel like I’m making a difference in my community.  Nothing is more fulfilling than seeing my customers achieve the dream of homeownership”.

Carrie Shupp - Home Ownership Advisor

Carrie Shupp
Home Ownership Advisor
(304) 636-9115, ext. 13

Carrie joined the HomeOwnership Center in July 2017 as its Home Ownership Advisor. Carrie started her career in banking, then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and worked in the Social Work field for over 15 years, serving various populations. For 3 years, Carrie worked for the State of WV in the Office of Finance and Administration with the Title IV Program. Carrie is a WV native who grew up in Tucker County and relocated to Randolph County in 1993, where she continues to reside. Carrie serves on the Randolph County Humane Society Board of Directors and is the Owner/Operator of WV Dirty Girl Pottery.

“West Virginia is a unique state, with many hardworking people who may believe that homeownership is out of their reach. My goal, as native of this state, is to break through that ideology and help people on their path to homeownership.”

Contact us today at 304-636-9115 to schedule an appointment or to discuss how we can help you.