Loan Officers

HomeStar has supported homeownership since 1946. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or an existing homeowner looking to refinance, our Loan Officers are Here For You on your homeownership journey. Reach out to a Loan Officer today!

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Dawn Shreffler

Dawn Shreffler

Loan Officer

NMLS: #1572867
Email: Email
Phone: (815) 937-3888
Fax: (815) 935-9459

Chebanse resident from 1994 - 2016
Bourbonnais resident since 2017


As a one-time underwriter, I understand the complete loan process. I’ve been in banking since my first position as a teller so I am uniquely qualified to understand all types of customer needs. HomeStar provides an incredible positive atmosphere that also supports leadership and teamwork making it easy to join the team as a Loan Officer.

My advice to all looking to engage in home buying, I say - pay off your debts before you try to take on a mortgage and make sure you save up for a nice down payment. Save the difference between your rent and what you think your mortgage payment will be so you know what that’s going to be like before you commit. I truly get joy out of seeing first time home buyers succeed at doing this prior to diving in. Seeing them through the process, from filling out the loan application to signing the papers with a smile on their faces and with emotion gives me sincere pride in working at HomeStar every day.

I look forward each day to going to work with such a caring group of people and in such a positive atmosphere – I am so glad to be working at HomeStar and as a customer, I know you will like working with us too!


Mike Nilsson

Mike Nilsson

Assistant VP/Specialty Lending

NMLS: #767643
Email: Email
Phone: (815) 468-2783
Fax: (815) 468-2371

Manteno resident since 1991

When the 21st Century began, I got my start at HomeStar. It is truly a pleasure to work at HomeStar, the #1 Home Loan Lender in Kankakee County. We are able to offer mortgage solutions for all shapes and sizes, and at competitive rates. From assisting active duty or military veterans to guiding first time home buyers, or refinancing, we offer the experience, products and service to help make home ownership a reality.

I see people every day and the first thing I ask them is, "what would you like your payments to be monthly." I then work backwards from there to find the numbers that will work within the necessary budget. Seeing my eagerness and wanting to be able to offer more people the home buying experience, HomeStar charged me with initiating the opportunity to offer FHA, VA and USDA Rural Development loans to our customers. Proudly we offer these loans and HomeStar supported that charge every step of the way.

I’ve been told that my quiet enthusiasm is often contagious and that has made my fit with HomeStar all the more ideal particularly with my coworkers that I call my work family.