Vanessa Dimond
Vanessa DimondLoan Officer / Owner
NMLS# 195537

Born in Rockford, Illinois in 1967, I lived primarily in the Chicago area, save brief times in New York and North Carolina. In 1984 I began school at the University of Wisconsin and spent my second year at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I graduated with a major in international relations and a minor in economics.

On a whim, I moved to Taos in 1989 while visiting during spring break. I met Ted at the Taos Inn and it didn’t take long to become his wife and stepmother to Risa and Corey. Together, Ted and I had Erica and Claudia, adding to the family we have raised together for over 20 years.

Taos took me very much by surprise. I spent the first couple of years with difficulty imagining how I could acclimate and live in a small community after coming from Chicago. Now, I am unable to imagine living elsewhere. The community Taos has provided for me and my family is invaluable and irreplaceable. My interests, not in order of preference, are skiing, tennis, travel, gardening, cooking, and reading.

My career in the mortgage industry began 20 years ago in the support position of loan processor, working my way up to include management, loan officer, and eventual business owner. I enjoy the ever-changing aspect of the industry – whatever happens on Monday could be negated by Friday. Solving problematic and challenging situations is my favorite part of this work. I look forward to having the opportunity to help you with your mortgage needs.

AJ Davidson
AJ DavidsonLoan Officer
NMLS# 1876190

I was born in Hobbs, New Mexico in February 1988. When I was two, my family moved to Amarillo, Texas where I was raised. However, I spent a lot of time skiing in New Mexico. I attended Texas Tech University until 2010, and then after college I decided it was time to get out of West Texas and into the mountains.

I moved to Taos in 2010 to work on a farm and I fell in love with this place. Subsequently, I decided to take a job working for Taos Ski Valley as a snowmaker and on the terrain park crew. This is when I was fully exposed to how amazing the culture and community is in Taos. I have definitely done the Taos hustle, working as raft guide, window washer, and bartender. There was also a little time away from Taos where I worked as a sea kayak guide in Washington and as a farmer in California, but the land of enchantment kept calling me back. When I returned, I worked at the restaurant Medley where I was the bar manager for four years until the opportunity for employment at Dimond Mortgage arose. I am thankful and blessed to have a new career that I love.

Moving back to Taos permanently in 2015 was the best decision of my life. It led to me falling in love with my wife Leah, and we now have a beautiful two-year-old son, Alesso, who has brought so much joy and love into our lives. Taos is where we want to grow as a family and also help grow our community. That is why I value the opportunity of being a loan officer. I want to honestly help people purchase homes responsibly. I look forward to guiding anyone in need of help to navigate the mortgage world for many years to come.

Erica Dimond
Erica DimondOffice Manager

I was born and raised in Taos, NM and am beyond thrilled to call it home once again. After high school I left to Portland, OR for college and finished my degree in Albuquerque, NM. I then moved to Seattle to be with my high school sweetheart, Shea, where we spent three years living in a studio apartment, walking to work, and tasting our way through the city. At the end of 2017 home began to call and we decided to pack up our truck and come back to the high desert mountains. In September of 2019 Shea and I married in the back yard of my parents’ house in the town we both grew up in.

Before starting my employment at Dimond Mortgage I worked for Shea’s stepdad who is a CPA. After receiving my degree in English and Psychology it took me by surprise how much I love working with numbers. There certainly is beauty in the patterns and answers they can provide. From a restaurant manager and preschool teacher to a bookkeeper and office manager I am excited for all this life has to offer and am happy to be of help to anyone and everyone on their own journey.

Julia Shang
Julia ShangAdministrative Assistant

When you spend your days waking up to the soft, golden lights of a New Mexican dawn stirring to life the slumbering mountain peaks outside your window, or find yourself unwinding after a long day to a sunset as brilliantly colored as a bright array of precious gems, you can’t help but fall in love a little more each day with the “Land of Enchantment.” The diverse community of Taos, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, offers even more than a magical landscape as it has truly earned its nickname, the “Soul of the Southwest” for being a special place that nurtures the creative spirits of all those who cross its path or call it home.

Currently an undergraduate student at UNM-Taos, I will be staying here in Taos to pursue an online Bachelor of Social Work degree. Ultimately, I hope to graduate with my Master of Social Work and a law degree in order to become an attorney who specializes in child and family services. I am an active member of the community as I volunteer for various non-profits during my free time, and I am a busy student at UNM-Taos where I currently serve as the President of the Student Government Association.

Not only has Dimond Mortgage been supporting me in my pursuit of a higher education, but it has also been teaching me a set of valuable professional skills that will carry over into my future career. My hope is to stay and grow with the wonderful group of professionals here at Dimond Mortgage, serving the needs of our clients with the utmost detail and efficiency, for many years to come.