480-344-1951 | 275 E. Rivulon Blvd., Suite 300, Gilbert, AZ 85297

Introducing The TK Team

If you’re searching for home financing assistance, you’re looking for a partner you can trust. But partner is a title that needs to be earned, not given. We hope to earn your trust, and become your loan partner – in fact we’d love to be your lender for life!

Our team, the TK Team led by Senior Loan Officer Tara Krieg, shares a common goal – to help you improve your financial situation with regard to your home/property needs. Whether you’re looking to get a better interest rate on an existing home loan (refinance), qualify for a first or your next mortgage, or finance an investment property, we’re here to help you move forward towards a better future.

We always put the best interest of our clients first. Our aim is to put you in a position where you have all the information you need, so you can make an informed decision about your loan/mortgage options.

Choose to work with us and you’ll find us to be a confident, committed team. We’re personable, realistic, and above all, professional. We’ll work hard to put you in a position where a positive result is not only realistic, but achievable and manageable in the long term. We want you to feel confident in your choice, so read on to get to know us all a little better.

Tara Krieg

Tara Krieg

Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer | NMLS 215386

It may seem strange for a Senior Loan Officer with Amerifirst Financial Inc. to suggest that my primary job is to listen, but it’s true. My commitment to personalized customer service starts by fully understanding your specific needs and individual situation. This is not a job where ‘one-size-fits-all’.

I’m passionate about helping others achieve their dream of home ownership; I truly love what I do because it gives me the opportunity assist my clients in all the areas of their life that affect credit and finance. From credit education, to budgeting, to overall mortgage planning – I need to understand your personal situation before I can help provide a solution – and that’s why listening is step one.

My approach includes an evaluation of the big picture – your overall financial situation; I then build a mortgage plan that complements your goals. Whether you’re purchasing or refinancing the home of your dreams, my objective is to structure a mortgage finance plan that lowers costs and saves you money over the long term. With a full menu of loan programs to work from, I can tailor loans and services to meet your needs while providing you with the best possible customer service in the industry.

Licensed to provide mortgages and loan programs for home owners and buyers within Arizona, I have over 12 years’ experience in all aspects of real estate finance, real estate investing, mortgage planning, and business planning. My specialties include loan origination, credit education, mortgage related financial consulting and planning, and personal coaching of Junior Loan Officers.

I’ve found that my broad experience is very beneficial to clients when discussing all aspects of their finances. Prior to joining the mortgage industry exclusively ten years ago, I worked in credit card services (from collections to customer service) and in retail banking. My previous role was a management position at Washington Mutual.

I mentioned the need to be a good listener.  I have plenty of practice at home with my four children; two girls and two boys ranging in age from 17 to 6. And yes, I do have my hands full. Born in Spokane, WA, but raised here in Metro Phoenix, AZ, I come from a large family by today’s standards – there were six of us kids in total, four boys and two girls. We all still live here in Arizona and we gather together often.

When not working or wrangling children, I love hiking, boating and being outdoors. I did some backpack hiking in my late teens/early 20’s and look forward to the day when my life slows down enough that I can get back to that again.

It’s a huge accomplishment for me to see my borrowers achieve their goal of homeownership; whether  it’s the thrill of buying your very first home, or the excitement of moving up the ladder into your forever home, it’s my pleasure and honor to be a part of the process. I love what I do and plan to ride out the rest of my career doing what I love.

That’s my story, I’d love to listen to yours. Please contact me today at tkrieg@amerifirst.us.

Megan Paeth

Megan Paeth

Processor | NMLS 1394059

I joined the TK Team in March 2015. As a Loan Officer Assistant, I like to think that I help fulfill the dreams of homeowners by delivering exceptional service, walking them through the entire process from start to finish. Once Tara has met with the borrower for a loan consultation, I am responsible for quickly submitting a complete loan file to processing and effectively closing the loan on time.

I work diligently with our clients to obtain all documentation and requested items, doing my best to ensure an on-time closing, and a smooth transaction for all parties involved (clients, real estate agents, and the title company).

Born and raised in Arizona, my family and I live in Mesa. My husband Ray and I married in December 2012. I have a son, Jayden, who was born in 2006 and a daughter, Kiki (woof woof). I graduated from ASU in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, and I enjoy camping, escaping the heat in the summer, spending time with family, and cooking!

Ann Whaley

Ann Whaley

Processor Assistant

I joined the TK Team in September of 2016. I’m typically the first person that new clients speak to when they call the office, as I handle all incoming calls. I manage Tara’s calendar and set all appointments, and call all our clients, helping to manage our client database. I confirm our clients’ authorization to pull their credit, and ensure every client confirms their appointment, knows what documentation to bring, and how to get to our office for meetings!

In 2015 my husband Wes and I moved to Arizona from Colorado for a career change and to have my family all in one state. We have two children – a son and a daughter. I owned my own nail business for 26 years, and have previously worked as a processor in the title business. I have always been interested in the mortgage industry. I love interacting with people, building trust and friendships through the mortgage process to help customers realize their dreams of owning a home.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family, playing golf, going to the movies and entertaining.

Sheena Petersen

Loan Partner | NMLS 1905793

As the newest my member of the TK Team I couldn’t be more excited to join the AmeriFirst family. My role as the TK Team’s Loan Officer Assistant allows me to provide a personalized touch to the homebuying process. I am passionate about helping people, and joining this team affords me the opportunity to assist others in the process of landing their dream home. I will be the first point of contact to address all initial home buying questions, assist with applications, and facilitate client relationship management.  

I first met Tara over sixteen years ago. I was her nanny, helping her with her young children while I was going to school.  Life has come full circle and as I became ready to enter the Financial Industry, I couldn’t imagine a better example of compassion, dedication, knowledge, and expertise than Tara and her team.  

Outside of the office I stay very busy with my husband, our three children, and our boxer Lucy.  Some of my favorite things are the Green Bay Packers, golfing, anything Disney, and all things food and drink related!  My husband and I are passionate about fitness, traveling, and loving every day together in life’s adventures.

Tara Arreguin

Loan Partner

With a background in Banking, Lending, and Real Estate, I’ve always had a passion for helping people reach their financial goals and dreams. I’m so excited that I now get to do that as part of the TK Team! I’m looking forward to sharing in all of the exciting moments our clients experience from the time they go under contract to the time they get their keys.

Born and raised in Seattle, WA, I moved to sunny Southern California where I obtained by Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University. It’s also where I met my husband Alex. We got married in 2002 and moved to Arizona shortly after. We have two teenage girls, Alexis and Gabriela, and a fur pup named Charlie. When we’re not working or watching Volleyball tournaments, we love to travel and break bread with friends!

And yes…another Tara.

Chad Krieg

Relationship Manager/Loan Officer | NMLS 1720201

Chad joined the team in 2018 as a Relationship Manager and Licensed Loan Officer. With a background heavily weighted in technology as well as sales, marketing, business analytics and project management, Chad adds a new range of expertise to the TK Team. Over the years he has worked with businesses ranging from small startups to enterprise level operations in every industry imaginable. Using his experience, he helped companies solve complex business problems using custom software and technology developed from the ground up. This experience gave him a passion for his client’s businesses that are second to none. Chad will stop at nothing to make sure our referral partners are able to achieve their business goals and build a successful brand.

When he is not hard at work, Chad loves to fish, hunt, snowboard, dirt bike, camp, play guitar…you get the idea. If it’s exciting, chance are he likes it. He does all of this with his amazing family of four kids and his wife Tara (Yes, that Tara) 😀

Email Chad

Alyssa Anderson

Administrative Assistant

I joined the team July of 2020. My role as the Administrative Assistant includes, but is not limited to, giving outstanding service in being the first person clients speak to, scheduling appointments, tracking leads etc. I am very passionate about helping people and really appreciate the vision the TK Team has here. Working with clients is very personalized and it’s fulfilling to see home owners’ given the opportunity to achieve goals, whether through purchasing a new home or refinancing a current one.

Arizona has been my home for the past nine years. Outside of work, I also really love learning about a multitude of topics, adventures in the outdoors and art. My dream is to become an artist someday, whether that’s through finishing my college degree at MCC/ASU, or continuing to pursue creativity in my spare time.

Contact the TK Team Today

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with the team, or get started on your loan application, email us or call us at 480-344-1951 with any questions.

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