Meet the Team

Alan P. Cross – President
Alan Cross started his career with Pacific Savings and Mortgage Corporation in 1983 and, at the time of its purchase by Sun Life Trust in 1990, held the position of Vice-President, Finance. In 1986 he received his CGA designation. From 1991 to present, Mr. Cross has been active with First Circle Financial, a company he founded, which specializes in mortgage portfolio management and mortgage banking.
Anna Solnickova – Vice President, Finance
Anna Solnickova started her career with First Circle Financial in 2010 as Chief Accountant upon completing a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Accounting at Douglas College. In 2013 she received her CGA designation and was promoted to Controller. In her current role as Vice President, Finance she oversees the administrative and financial operations of the Company, including supervision of the administrative team, systems development and implementation, audit and record keeping, internal accounting, and investor and banking relations. In her spare time she volunteers for the Terry Fox Foundation as a Spokesperson and Run Organizer in her community.
Stephen Cross Stephen Cross – Vice President, Mortgage Lending and Operations
Stephen Cross holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Thompson Rivers University, is a licensed sub-mortgage broker in the Province of British Columbia and holds an MBI certificate from the Mortgage Brokers Institute of British Columbia. Stephen started his career at First Circle Financial in 2011 and currently serves as Vice President, Mortgage Lending and Operations. In this capacity he oversees mortgage lending, mortgage operations, portfolio management and strategic planning. He is a proud member of the Mortgage Brokers Association of British Columbia and Mortgage Professionals Canada.
Jason Parlee Jason Parlee – Vice President, Mortgage Lending and Business Development
Jason Parlee has spent most of his 20-year career in the real estate and mortgage industries. Upon graduating from the Real Estate Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology, he worked with Royal LePage Commercial (now Cushman Wakefield) and Anthem Properties. He then transitioned into the mortgage industry as a mortgage broker with Spectrum Canada, handling bank and credit union mortgage declines and later became Business Development Manager for AGF Trust (now B2B Bank). Based upon a solid professional background in alternative lending, Jason was asked to join RBC’s Alternate Mortgage Solutions program in 2008, working with mortgage specialists to provide branch and private banking clients with alternative mortgage solutions. With his extensive skills and experience in the alternative lending space, he joined First Circle in 2015 as Mortgage Officer. He currently holds the position of Vice President, Mortgage Lending and Business Development; Jason is passionate about providing lending solutions to the broker community.
Iva Carlisle – Assistant Underwriter
With over 20 years of financial industry experience, Iva Carlisle joined First Circle Financial in 2015 as Mortgage Administrator. Soon thereafter she was promoted to Assistant Underwriter as a result of her strong background in retail and business banking and passion for delivering excellent customer service to stakeholders. In this role she assists our underwriters by liasoning with mortgage brokers and legal professionals to ensure loans are approved and funded in a timely fashion. In her personal life, Iva enjoys spending time with her young son, baking, walking, traveling and visiting friends and family.
Tanya Didyk Tanya Didyk – Chief Accountant
Tanya Didyk joined First Circle Financial in 2014 as Mortgage Administrator and was promoted to Chief Accountant shortly before completing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Strategic Human Resource Management from Capilano University. In her current role she is responsible for all accounting tasks pertaining to our two Mortgage Investment Corporations. Outside of work, some of her hobbies include participating in fitness classes, yoga and volunteering for various organizations around Vancouver.
Olivia Klose Olivia Klose – Mortgage Administrator
Olivia Klose completed the Swiss State-Certified Diploma in Domestic Economy of Large-Scale Operations in 2003 and subsequently added a Federal Graduate Degree in Restaurant & Hotel Management. Relying upon her strong customer service skills obtained by working as Operations Manager in high-end establishments in both Canada and Switzerland, Olivia joined First Circle Financial in 2015 as Mortgage and Investment Administrator. In this role she handles the ongoing administration of existing loans and assists our investors with opening plans and completing subscription documents. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor sports, reading, travel, culinary arts, and volunteering as a Food and Beverage Event Organizer for the North Shore Christian Centre.