But, did you know that she earned a college degree in economics in only three years? She graduated from college at age 20. By age 22, she completed her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
“I guess some people might think that I’m an overachiever, but I enjoy motivating myself to reach my goals,” Katrina said.
Katrina grew up in San Diego’s Rancho Penasquitos community and graduated from Mount Carmel High School (class of 2003). After high school, she was accepted to Humboldt State University in Northern California. Over the three years, her class load was between 20 and 23 units per semester. Plus, throughout college, she worked part-time selling washers and dryers on commission at a Sears store in Eureka, Calif.
“My college advisor told me that it was impossible to graduate in three years, that it couldn’t be done,” Katrina said. “That’s all I needed to hear. I viewed his statement as a challenge.”
Soon after Humboldt State, at age 20, Katrina began working in commercial real estate with a mortgage servicing company in 2006. She was in charge of commercial leases, approving short sales, foreclosures, REOS and modification with such clients as Citibank. After she returned to San Diego, she got a job with iFreedom Direct’s mortgage call center specializing in VA loans. She completed 50 VA loans that year (iFreedom Direct Corp. is a direct lender of government mortgage loans, it also operates under the names Freedom Direct, Veterans First Mortgage and Veterans First). Katrina received the company’s top rookie sales award the first year she began loan originations.
Katrina is currently with the American Pacific Mortgage’s San Diego branch office and specializes in VA loans. “My mom served in the Navy for 20 years and my grandfather was a Marine for 30 years, so I enjoy doing whatever I can to support the military,” Karina said.
Katrina’s father was born in Germany and her mother was born in Okinawa, Japan. They met while both were serving in the U.S. Navy. Katrina is an only child. Several family members work for the San Diego Police Department. An aunt is a police officer on school campuses, an uncle is a detective and another uncle is a sniper on the SWAT team. Her grandfather also retired from the SDPD after he retired with the Marines as a sergeant major.
Katrina loves to travel. Last year, she visited Ireland, Finland and Estonia. Previous trips have included Turkey, Greece, Egypt and throughout Europe. “I have visited about 15 or countries so far, and I’ve got a long list of many more on my bucket list,” she said.
She recommends never missing a YPN and PSAR event. “Soon after getting involved, I met some amazing people who took an active interest in helping me with my career, I was so grateful,” Katrina said. “PSAR is a terrific association. Our members are motivated to be successful. They will make the effort for one-on-one time with other members. I love that tight-knit sense of community.”