Where we ARE


We are here for you

American Liberty’s ultimate goal is to create clients for life so that we may continue providing excellent service for many years to come. Unlike many of the larger nationwide mortgage companies that are out there, we strive to provide our clients with customer service that is second to none. In addition all your information will be kept secure and private. American Liberty Mortgage is a name that is trusted.

Denver, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

NoCo & Wyoming

Polk County - Winter Haven

Wake Forest, NC


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Our Team

Here at American Liberty Mortgage, our team is comprised of some of the most diverse, talented and energetic people in the industry.  Please meet ALM’s Branch Managers below:

Seth Gallaher
Owner of American Liberty Mortgage, Inc. / Denver Branch Manager

Seth started ALM over 14 years ago and has been originating loans for 16 years. He is hands on  in his business and incredibly passionate about returning professionalism to the industry.  NMLS: 18345

Ryan Herbig
Colorado Springs Branch Manager

Scottsdale Arizona Branch Manager

As a Colorado native, Ryan is familiar with the Colorado Springs community including neighborhoods, builders, schools, churches, and most importantly, market conditions and rates.  Ryan believes in a proactive approach to maintaining a smooth process for you, the client.  From beginning to end, Ryan oversees your transaction as if it were his own.  Rest assured that you will be given every possible loan program to reach your goals as a homeowner.  NMLS:  238361


Lew Ann Strickland
Winter Haven & Polk County, FL Branch Manager

Lakeland Branch Manager

Orlando Relationship Manager

A thirty-year veteran in the lending and finance industry, with the past 21 years in residential mortgage lending, Lew Ann Strickland has facilitated the successful closing and funding of thousands of loans. Her college studies in accounting have served her well in understanding complex financing and tax calculations and creative problem-solving strategies. After 18 years in the automotive business, from accounting to the comptroller to finance and insurance working for automotive giant, Earnest Smith, she was ready to sharpen her financing skills on a larger scale.  Unofficially, Lew Ann’s role is often the “challenge desk”  when underwriting guidelines or title regulations need deeper interpretation. She is fondly referred to as the “Loan Whisperer” by her team and is the Top Producer for government loans and units closed.  Lew Ann is a graduate of Leadership Bartow, a member of East Polk Realtor Association, and named among the “Who’s Who of American Business Women”.  Lew Ann is married to Jimmy Strickland and enjoys boating, camping, the outdoors, and anytime she can spend with her 3 grandsons.

NMLS:  391594

Tia Jaffe Sr. Loan Originator Northern CO/Wyoming AMERICAN LIBERTY MORTGAGE Northern Colorado & Wyoming

Tia Jaffee
Tia Jaffe Sr. Loan Originator Northern CO/Wyoming

As a third-generation native to the Northern Colorado & Wyoming area, I have had the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the amazing growth and development over the past several decades.  I completed my post-education at Colorado State University with a semester studying abroad at the University of Edinborough, Scotland. My passion for a career in mortgages began nearly 20 years ago as a processor, simply to learn how mortgages truly worked.  My job quickly evolved into originating loans in an effort to provide honest, truthful knowledge – along with unsurpassed service – to each of my clients.  My many years of experience and knowledge in the mortgage industry have allowed me to thoroughly evaluate each client’s specific needs in order to find the very best loan options available.   My business is simply based on referrals,  which compels me to give my very best to each and every client – every single time.

I am very grateful to have been able to raise my two beautiful children in Northern Colorado and to be able to spend my time now between Northern Colorado and the beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming. NMLS: 636438

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Laura Leavy- American Liberty Mortgage

Laura Leavy
Wheat Ridge, CO Branch Manager

I believe in the American Dream. More importantly, I absolutely believe in your ability to have the American Dream. I have over 30 years of experience that tells me that it is not IF you can purchase a home; it’s when.  And I stay with you through the entire process – turning the “If” and the “When” into a “Now”!

I have worked in most aspects of the mortgage business including processing, underwriting, originating, sales and operations management. My in-depth knowledge of virtually all loan programs guarantees the best terms possible for home loans of any size. I am passionate about my work with first-time home buyers, and about the people, families, and relationships that are based on trust and expertise. By providing highly competitive rates combined with amazing service and communication through the entire process, I have clients for life. The mortgage business is my career, I enjoy what I do, and I am excited about challenges.

In 2010 I was honored to receive the Colorado Mortgage Broker of the Year award, presented by the Colorado Association of Mortgage Professionals. I am currently licensed in Colorado (license 100023060), Texas, Arizona (license 0927159), Kansas, and Illinois.

In my personal time, I enjoy attending Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos games listening to live music and spending time with family.

NMLS: 238532

Chris Surprenant - American Liberty Mortgage- Granby/ Winter Park, CO

Chris Surprenant
Branch Manager Granby/ Winter Park, CO

Bio coming soon!

NMLS# 1069977

Steven_Dieckhaus - American Liberty Mortgage - Wake Forest, NC

Steven Dieckhaus
Branch Manager Wake Forest, NC

Steven Dieckhaus is the other Wake Forest branch co-manager. He has over 25 years of experience in the mortgage business, starting his own company in 1997, and is licensed in seven states, though only currently active in North Carolina and Florida. He bills himself as a solutions specialist, helping clients overcome credit issues to achieve their home ownership dreams. To Steven, the best of two worlds is talking with clients while holding a fishing rod.

Wake Forest, NC L -196893