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My Professional Educator Graduates Six for First-Ever Certified Closing Professional Credential

Offit Kurman Financial Institutions Regulatory, Wayne Watkinson, Named in My Professional Educator


June 24, 2019| Metropark, NJ My Professional Educator, an online mortgage industry training school, has announced its first graduating class for the first-ever Certified Closing Professional credential.

The graduates completed a 17-course program with exams, as well as a 75-question final exam to earn the credential. The courses were taught online by industry experts from mortgage, legal, title and government regulation backgrounds. Instructors included Wayne Watkinson, a former New Jersey Banking Department official, Peter Stevens; a former Deputy Insurance Commissioner from Utah, Pamela Michaels; an attorney with a subsidiary of Stewart Title, Scott Olson; a former staff member to Rep. Barney Frank who assisted in the Dodd-Frank legislation; and others. The course director, Kenneth Donohue, is a former HUD Inspector General under Presidents Bush and Obama.

The first class of Certified Closing Professionals are:

  • Stuart K. Olds Esq., Richmond, Ky.
  • Michael W. Epright Esq., Haddam, Conn.
  • Christina M. Collier Esq., Cornelius, N.C.
  • Elsa Holder, Paralegal, Bouhan Falligant, Savannah, Ga.
  • Kristen Cappitelli, Good to be Home Closings, Belvidere, N.J.
  • Sal Cataldo Esq., Sayville, N.Y.


More than 70 professionals are currently studying and completing courses to achieve the credential and become part of the second graduating class. The course is currently being reviewed by multiple states to qualify for continuing education credits for the real estate, legal and title industries.

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Wayne Watkinson is an attorney whose practice, since 1996, has concentrated on representing mortgage lenders and brokers and depositories in compliance, transactional, corporate and litigation matters. In addition, he assists clients in establishing mortgage companies, in obtaining mortgage banking licenses throughout the country, in preparing for and responding to state licensing examinations, and in defending administrative enforcement actions.


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