Leadership - Movement Mortgage

Leading a Movement of Change

Michelle Donnelly

Chief Commercial Officer

Michelle Donnelly

Chief Commercial Officer


Michelle Donnelly joined Movement Mortgage in March 2017 as the company’s first Chief Commercial Officer. She leads information technology, marketing, communications, and inside sales functions for the enterprise. Michelle is responsible for developing, overseeing and executing Movement’s technology strategy. She also works with senior leadership to define and implement the company’s overall customer journey and experience.

Michelle brings two decades of corporate leadership experience to the role and works across business functions to help Movement achieve its business objectives, implement commercial strategy and continue to develop as an organization. She has led the development of Movement’s proprietary sales and marketing platform, movehome. Michelle is also a highly sought-after speaker and thought leader on mortgage technology, sales and innovations. In 2019, she was named one of HousingWire’s Women of Influence.

A graduate of Harvard Business School, Michelle previously led a progressive, 20-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, one of the leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the world. Within this $21-billion enterprise, she served as an executive leader within its largest business unit, Lilly Biomedicines.

Michelle lives just outside of Charlotte, N.C., with her husband, Bob, and two sons, Jackson and Griffin. They enjoy all things sports related and being outdoors and active as a family.

John Third

Chief Innovation officer

John Third

Chief Innovation officer


Invited by friend and colleague Toby Harris to help launch a mortgage company in 2008, John Third has led the way in building Movement Mortgage into one of the industry’s most-innovative and responsive companies.

John has held a progressive career at Movement, serving as Chief Operating Officer from 2013-22, where he led mortgage operations, continuous improvement, process innovation and human resources. John has been a key driver of Movement’s trademark Upfront Underwriting and 6-7-1 Process over the last two decades.

John was named Movement’s first Chief Innovation Officer in 2022. He is known for his warm leadership style and embracing process innovations. He is an industry thought leader on the digital mortgage experience. John brings the experience of an originating loan officer to his role, which gives him the unique ability to understand mortgage transactions from a salesperson’s vantage point.

John is also a passionate advocate for Movement’s Love and Value culture and mission. He frequently asks how to make the employee experience more fulfilling, and he’s known for his generosity in developing nations such as India and Uganda, when he visits on trips with the Movement Foundation.

At home in Charlotte, NC, John is often immersed in real estate renovation projects or cheering on the Carolina Panthers.

John Third: NMLS 191454

Jason Stenger

Chief Operations Officer

Jason Stenger

Chief Operations Officer


Jason Stenger was named Chief Operations Officer for Movement Mortgage in 2022 following a seven-year run as the company’s Senior Vice President, National Director of Operations.

Jason oversees all day-to-day operations and training at Movement. He has more than 20 years of mortgage experience, supporting national mortgage operations teams ranging from $3 billion to $30 billion.

Jason has played a key role in leading Movement’s trademark Upfront Underwriting and 6-7-1 Process. He has an incredible passion for people and delivering superior customer service.

Jason is a native of New Jersey and is an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports teams. He and his wife Lisa live in Charlotte, N.C., with their two children, Colin and Mackenzie. He enjoys working out and all things sports related.

Sarah Middleton

Chief Growth Officer

Sarah Middleton

Chief Growth Officer


Sarah Middleton has worked in the mortgage industry for over 34 years, including the last 9 years as president of sales development and recruiting at Fairway Independent Mortgage. She also served as chief executive officer of Fairway’s internal coaching platform, Fairway Ignite, which she helped launch in 2016. Previous roles include leadership positions at Guild Mortgage Company and Liberty Financial Group. As an originator, Sarah holds the record for the most volume and units closed in Colorado as an individual loan officer, closing over $2 billion and 11,700 units in her career.

Sarah joined Movement in 2022 as chief growth officer. In this role, she leads Movement’s efforts to attract, onboard and develop sales leaders across the country.

Sarah loves to create, build and grow. Her passion is to help loan officers and managers dream bigger and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Based in Columbine Valley, CO, Sarah and her husband Mark enjoy hiking and spending time with their family (including a new grandbaby!).

KEVIN MCGOVERN

DIRECTOR OF COACHING

KEVIN MCGOVERN

DIRECTOR OF COACHING


Kevin has 30+ years of sales and mortgage experience as a loan officer, manager, president, founder and executive coach. He served as president of Majestic Mortgage Corporation from 1999 until 2006 when he began coaching full-time in the industry with Building Champions. In 2011 Kevin founded his own coaching company, Making Better Happen, and in 2015 he joined Fairway Independent Mortgage to launch their internal coaching platform, Fairway Ignite, which grew to 175 coaches and over 4,000 clients served.

Kevin joined Movement in 2022 as director of coaching to help others define and achieve success, professionally and personally. In this role, Kevin leads Movement’s coaching team and will develop a best-in-class coaching platform.

Kevin is passionate about giving back to others. Aside from coaching as a profession, he’s an active mentor through his church community. Throughout his career, he has worked alongside his wife, Debbie, who also joins Kevin at Movement. Kevin and Debbie live in central Florida and enjoy golfing, traveling and spending time with their three children and five grandchildren.

Toby Harris

executive vp / co-founder

Toby Harris

executive vp / co-founder


Movement’s co-founder and EVP, Toby Harris, is a driving force of the company’s leadership culture, process innovations and love for communities. In 2008, Toby joined forces with co-founder Casey Crawford to launch Movement. He brought three decades of experience to the new venture, most recently as a senior mortgage executive at National City Mortgage. Today, he’s respected as one of the driving forces behind Movement’s rapid growth as it became one of America’s 10 largest retail lenders in less than 10 years.

Toby’s influence can be seen in Movement’s 6-7-1 Process, an innovation he architected with Movement Chief Operating Officer John Third. He is also responsible for developing Movement’s servant leadership culture, taking hundreds of sales leaders under his wing over the years. He also oversees Movement’s growing joint-ventures division and continues to coach and develop leaders across the enterprise.

Toby leads Movement’s nonprofit partnership with International Cooperating Ministries, where he has overseen the construction of hundreds of churches and community centers in developing nations around the world. Toby is based in Virginia Beach, VA.

Chris Shelton

Divisional Sales Leader

Chris Shelton

Divisional Sales Leader


Chris recruits, coaches, mentors and serves loan officers. His goal is to see LOs grow their business, income and influence through production – he truly believes and is working towards Movement closing 1 out of every 10 loans in the U.S.

Any challenges that cross Chris’ path are addressed head on, and are approached from multiple viewpoints in order to identify opportunities – Chris tries to see every situation from the eyes of our incredible loan officers.

Starting in 2012, Chris came up through the ranks at Movement as a Loan Officer, Market Leader, Regional Director and now a Division Leader. After almost a decade, what gets Chris excited to work at Movement? His answer is “everything.” He loves Movement’s culture, he loves people, and he loves getting up and going to work for our LOs every day.

Chris Shelton: NMLS 116406

Matt Schoolfield

divisional sales leader

Matt Schoolfield

divisional sales leader


With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Matt works to help those around him see what is possible, and empowers them to make it happen.

Matt’s job is to look for leaders; professionals who take responsibility for their relationships, their business, their success and for those around them. He goes on to serve those people so that they can make the difference they were always meant to.

What makes Matt excited to work at Movement is that we’re a company built primarily by employees who see strength in the person beside them, and believe that together they can make a difference.

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