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Caleb LeGrand, CMPS

Mortgage Planning Specialist

Caleb LeGrand headshotCaleb is a graduate of Bob Jones University with a degree in Accounting. Caleb began his career as a practicing accountant for Deloitte and later Dixon-Hughes before entering mortgage banking in 2006. Mortgage banking and helping clients make informed decisions on their mortgage is not only Caleb’s profession, but his passion.

Caleb says, “I’ve got the best job in the world. Every day I get to help people achieve their dreams by
helping them structure their mortgage in such a way to help them reach their short and long term wealth goals, and share in the American dream of owning a home.”

Melissa Fowler

Approval Partner

Melissa Fowler headshotMelissa is the Approval Partner for Caleb LeGrand at Benchmark. She works with our clients on the front end and completes all of the initial reviews of applications. Melissa has 13 years of Mortgage and Banking experience. She is originally from Washington State and relocated to Wilmington, NC, where she started her career.

After being promoted, Melissa moved to Greenville, SC, where she met her husband, started a family and is now a proud mother of two boys. Melissa says, “I believe that a home is where the heart is and it’s so exciting that I get to be a part of one of the first steps in helping so many people make a home.”

Melissa Calhoun

Production Partner

Melissa Calhoun headshotMelissa is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She joined the team in 2017, bringing 15 plus years of Mortgage and Banking experience. Originally from Anderson, SC, she moved to Greenville after graduating and met her husband, Jason. They now live in downtown Greer with their two children, Graham and Sophie. Melissa enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. Being a huge sci-fi fan, she also spends time forcing her family to watch cheesy sci-fi films…

Niki Young

Loan Coordinator

Niki Young headshotNiki is a Greenville, SC, native and has been in banking since 1995. Prior to coming to Benchmark, she worked locally as a personal and small business banker. In her free time, Niki enjoys riding her bike on the Swamp Rabbit Trail as well as spending time with friends, family and her little dog, Derby. One of her favorite quotes is, “Life is precious, so use your days wisely”.

Lenny Paredi

Marketing Coordinator

Lenny Paredi headshotLenny is one of the set up processors for Caleb LeGrand at Benchmark. Lenny started in the mortgage industry almost a decade ago at Teachers’ Federal Credit Union based on Long Island, NY. His years of service at TFCU helped him to develop the necessary skills to uncover the needs of his clients and executing a plan that meet those needs.

When not working, Lenny and his wife enjoy traveling, especially cruising. There is nothing better to recharge your batteries than some relaxing time at sea. Lenny says, “On any given weekend, you can find my wife and I strolling along Main St. Downtown enjoying the many eateries and shops.”

Kelly Patton

Loan Coordinator

Kelly Patton headshotKelly is a graduate of the California State University of PA with a degree in Secondary Education, English. She has been in mortgage lending since 1992. As a former underwriter, her knowledge of loan guidelines and excellent communication skills are an asset in keeping all parties updated and help present loans in a manner that facilitates speed and accuracy for a quick loan approval. According to Kelly, “The secret of success is organization.”

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys running, reading, spending time with her husband, Jason, and their daughters, Alex and Sydney. She is an avid fan of collegiate and professional tennis and all Pittsburgh professional sports teams.

Amanda Hoover

Loan Coordinator

Amanda HooverAmanda is a Graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Marketing. She brings a wealth of experience by serving over 10 years in the banking industry. Amanda says, “Buying a home is one of the most exciting experiences that you will ever have and I am so happy that I get to be a part of the process.”

When not working, Amanda can be found feeding her coffee addiction or answering the question “why” for the eleventh-bajillionth time.

Jennifer Johnson

Loan Officer Coordinator

Jennifer Johnson headshotJennifer is a South Carolina native, born and raised in the Upstate. She is a graduate of Clemson University and a proud supporter of the Clemson Tigers. Jennifer comes from a financial services background where she worked for nearly 10 years before joining the Caleb LeGrand team at Benchmark as the Closing Coordinator.

When she’s not assisting clients with the mortgage process, Jennifer and her husband Scott enjoy traveling throughout the United States and abroad. She is passionate about exploring different places, sampling unique cuisines and meeting new people. Jennifer constantly reminds herself that, “Nothing is worth it if you aren’t happy” and strives to “Always be the kind of person that you would want to meet”.

Heather Cook

Loan Originator Assistant

Heather Cook headshotHeather joined our team in 2016 and is excited to be a part of Team LeGrand. She is an Ohio transplant who fell in love with South Carolina in 2002 and is proud to call Greenville home for the last 12 years. She has a Master’s Degree in English but has worked in the financial industry for 13 years.

In her spare time, Heather likes baking, cycling, hot yoga, traveling and taking her dog, Casey, for long walks. Her favorite quote is, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice: Get busy living, or Get busy dying.” – Shawshank Redemption

Sherry Rae


Sherry Rae headshotSherry joined the Benchmark Team as an administrative assistant in 2017. She has several years’ experience in the mortgage and insurance industry. Even though Sherry is a native of Northeast Georgia, she is proud to call the Greenville area her “home”. She enjoys being outdoors with her husband and loves to play soccer and basketball with her two boys. Sherry says, “I enjoy getting to know people throughout the mortgage process. It is a privilege to help them while on the journey to making home ownership a reality.”

Sandra Higginbotham

Marketing Coordinator

Sandra HigginbothamSandra is the Marketing Coordinator for Caleb LeGrand at Benchmark. Prior to joining Benchmark, Sandra retired from teaching after 30 years of service. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida and Grand Canyon University, where she earned her Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. She brings with her a passion for helping people achieve their goals and dreams. Sandra says, “Buying a house is simply the starter kit for building a home.”

Sandra’s happy space is any day she gets to be outside working in her garden. Just when she thinks she’s done there is a new plant found or a new idea to try. There is nothing like watching something take root and grow!

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