Executive Team

SARAH LASH

Sarah is owner of a private law firm and serves as Affiliated Managing Director at SBA Loan Documentation Services.  Sarah focuses her legal practice on the banking & financial services industry, representing clients ranging from local credit unions to national banking institutions. She has appeared in both state and federal court and has experience in bankruptcy matters, residential and commercial mortgage foreclosure cases, title claims, breach of contract actions, consumer compliance, and replevin/detinue matters.

In addition to Sarah’s experience in general creditor’s rights, she focuses her practice on SBA related transactional and compliance issues. Having experience in both the liquidation and transactional side of SBA Lending, Sarah has a unique perspective on both the preparation and defense of loan documentation terms. Having worked with some of the largest SBA lenders for over a decade, as well as, SBA district counsels throughout the United States, Sarah brings a vast amount of SBA experience and knowledge to SBA Loan Documentation Services, LLC. Sarah has written many articles regarding SBA related compliance and regulatory issues and is a regular at the annual NAGGL conferences.

Prior to forming her own law practice, Sarah was a partner in the Banking practice group of a Midwest-based law firm where she managed their New York Office, as well as, a team of attorneys in their Chicago office.

NAYDINE VARELA

Naydine is the Director of Loan Documentation at SBA Loan Documentation Services, LLC (SLDS).  In her role as Director, Naydine helps coordinate a seamless SBA loan closing experience on behalf of Closing Managers and their teams at both financial institutions and Lender Service Providers (LSPs).  This includes anticipating any issues or concerns they may face as part of the loan closing process, as well as accurately preparing loan documents for SBA 7(a) loans.  Naydine’s team of former Bank Closers and packagers follow all state-specific and Federal regulations and nuances while adhering to each lender’s unique policies and procedures to ensure that loan documents are compliant with the SBA’s SOPs, as well as any jurisdictional requirements.  Naydine has dedicated two decades to the customer experience, 15 of those specializing in Government Guaranteed Lending as a seasoned SBA Closer at a variety of financial institutions, some of which include top-performing SBA lenders.  She has also spent meaningful time doing loan servicing, portfolio management, work-out and liquidations.  Naydine is passionate about training and mentoring members of her team, equipping these individuals with the skills and qualities to meet the specific needs of each client on a consistent basis.  Naydine provides an intimate boutique client experience with “service” at the forefront of everything she does, distinguishing the SLDS team from other firms and documentation providers in the SBA space.