What We Do
Title Insurance Experts in Northeast Minnesota
For reliable, experienced title experts, choose one of Northeast Title Company’s two locations in Ely and Virginia, MN. We pride ourselves on providing clients with a smooth closing process and peace of mind. The staff at each of our locations is knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate, which allows them to be able to navigate easily between realtors, buyers, sellers, mortgage lenders and developers. We provide support through the entire closing process and offer thorough title report services.
Scroll through our team members below, and feel free to directly contact them with any questions.
Ely Office (Ely & Surrounding Areas)
Angie Mikulich – Closing Agent / Manager
Angie Mikulich is the Office Manager and Closing Agent in the Ely office of Northeast Title Company. She has been a part of the company’s family since 2005.
Angie’s love of numbers and people made the choice to be a Closing Agent an easy one.
“I enjoy the closing process from the beginning of a file until the buyer is in their new home and after. I have met so many wonderful people over the years. I really enjoy being a part of their journey to a new home, cabin or selling a home they have been in for many years. Being a licensed closing agent has been very rewarding. I am able to live in a beautiful town and enjoy time with my daughter and husband.”
During her free time, Angie loves spending time with friends and family. In the fall, she and her husband enjoy grouse hunting, and she organizes a very successful RGS Grouse Banquet.
Rae R. Bentz – Attorney on Staff
Attorney Rae R. Bentz practices in the areas of real estate, family law, criminal law, probate, estate planning, guardianship, and personal injury. Rae is certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Real Property Law Specialist. He holds more than 20 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate transactions.
Rae understands the importance of a real estate transaction to an individual, as it is often one of the biggest investments a person makes. He also recognizes that probate can be an emotional process, as it involves the loss of a loved one, estate planning, family and criminal matters and a great deal of trust between the attorney and client.
Rae represents individuals during some of their most critical and often stressful life transitions. He also provides successful and aggressive criminal defense services. With over 20 years of criminal defense experience and 13 years of prosecution experience, Rae thoroughly understands Minnesota’s criminal procedures.
Elizabeth Hubbard – Closing Agent
Elizabeth Hubbard is a Closing Agent in the Ely office. She was born and raised in the Ely area and is very thankful to have found a career that keeps her close to her family and friends. She has been a part of the Northeast Title Company family since March of 2014. Elizabeth started out as a closing assistant, but her drive and motivation to learn new tasks quickly led her on the path to becoming a closing agent. The things she enjoys most about her job are the constant changes and new opportunities to grow and learn.
Elizabeth loves the outdoors and in her spare time you can find her in the woods with her husband, Josh and their three chocolate labs, Teke, Winnie and Cub. Hunting and fishing as well as hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing are among the many activities that she enjoys. When she is not busy outdoors with family and friends her greatest joy is traveling and taking any opportunity she gets to explore new places.
Shonna Kowarsch – Closing Coordinator
Shonna Kowarsch is a closing coordinator in the Ely office. She started her journey with Northeast Title Company in December of 2016. Shonna’s friendly, outgoing, and charismatic personality makes her a valuable asset to our Northeast Title team. She enjoys learning the ins and outs about the closing process and strives to become a closing agent in the future. Shonna enjoys going hiking, kayaking, and camping with her dog, Zoey, and loves to spend time with her two nephews. Shonna has a passion for sloths and Harry Potter, and desires to visit every national park in the U.S.
Cook Office (Cook & Surrounding Areas)
Sharon Maronick – Closing Specialist
Sharon Maronick was born and raised on the Iron Range in Pike Sandy. She is glad to be back to living on the same land she was raised on, now residing with her husband, five children and one grandchild.
In 1986, after college, Sharon began her journey in mortgage working in the Twin Cities area. Then, in 1995, she moved to Colorado so she could take time off to raise her children. She soon decided that she didn’t want to raise her children in Denver, so in 2003 she moved back to the Pike Sandy area. She then resumed her work in mortgage by working for a mortgage broker. Sharon began working at Northeast Title Company at the Virginia office in 2006, and she now works in the Cook office.
Sharon enjoys camping, fishing, gardening and reading, when she isn’t enjoying all of her children’s sporting events.
Virginia Office (Virginia & Surrounding Areas)
Jodee Micheletti- Owner
Jodee Micheletti was born and raised in Northern Minnesota and now lives in Embarrass, MN with her husband and three children. Embarrass is centrally located between her Northeast Title Company offices in Ely and Virginia.
Right after college Jodee began her career in real estate by working for different title companies located on the Range. She also spent time as manager of a real estate office in Ely. Working in a real estate office allowed Jodee to gain a great deal of experience learning all aspects of the industry. She became owner of Northeast Title Company in April 2004. Within three years she had tripled the size of the company by opening a location in Virginia in 2005 and a Cook office shortly thereafter in 2006.
For over 20 years, Jodee has worked in real estate and she truly enjoys what she does. As a highly motivated and ambitious person, she loves the challenges her position presents to her. Real estate is her passion, and she is dedicated to giving her employees an enjoyable and rewarding work environment. She is determined to provide quality customer service as well as support her local communities.
Jodee loves the outdoors as well as camping, fishing, hunting and spending quality time with friends and family. She is passionate about music and poetry and spending time engulfed in a good book.
Sharrie Houdek – Administrative Specialist
Sharrie Houdek was born in Duluth, MN and raised on the Iron Range. She has lived in other parts of Minnesota and is happy to have recently moved back home to the Iron Range to be closer to family and friends.
Having various jobs throughout the years, Sharrie recently retired from Lake County Ambulance before joining Northeast Title Company Team in 2013. Having bought and sold several homes over the years has proved to be a useful experience to Sharrie. She is very excited to take on the many challenges of this position at Northeast Title.
Sharrie enjoys many outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. She loves to travel, croquet, stamp, scrapbook photos and spend as much time as she can with family, friends and spoiling the grandchildren.
Dennise Line – Business Administrator
Dennise Line was born in Duluth, MN and now lives in Hoyt Lakes. Her two sons are ages 22 and 27. Dennise has worked in customer service and has experience working with the public, as she held diverse management positions at White Community Hospital in Aurora and Vi’s Pizza in Biwabik and has a wide variety of experience in customer service and working directly with the public.
She started working at Northeast Title in May of 2012 and welcomed the challenge to learn. Her position has become a very important part of her life. Dennise is dedicated and determined to do the best job possible for her clients.
Dennise loves to cook, read, and spend time with her children. She loves animals and being outdoors.
Abby Edwards – Closing Assistant
Abby has been working for the Northeast Title off and on since she was 16, doing various things. While
for years she was only around the office during the summer, she has finally decided to stay awhile! Abby
has spent a lot of timing working up at the front desk as an administrative assistant and she’s currently training and assisting with closings.
Her childhood was spent in Embarrass, MN and she graduated from Mesabi East in 2017. While working
full time, she is also pursuing a degree in Digital Media Marketing. In her spare time she likes to take
pictures and make music.
Leah Henry – Closing Assistant
Leah was born in the Twin Cities and moved up North with her family at about 4 years old. She was raised in Aurora, Minnesota and currently resides there with her husband, 2 children and their dog.
After high school Leah got her CNA license and worked as an activities aid. After 8 years of working in the nursing field, Leah was ready for a career change. Welcoming the challenge of a new career path, she has been very successful in her new position. Starting out as an Administrative Assistant and has quickly moved up to the Closing Assistant role.
Outside of work Leah enjoys time with her family and friends. She loves to read and spend time outdoors. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include camping, fishing, and sitting by a campfire!
Ailie Marsyla – Administrative Assistant
Ailie is the most recent staff member to join Northeast Title. She is a full-time student at Bemidji State University, working towards her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in accounting and project management. Her degree will be completed December 2020.
Ailie is excited to be a part of our team and looks forward to her journey here at Northeast Title. She is a dog-mom to her pug named Norman and they are both life-long residents of Eveleth. Ailie is very close to her family and plans to stay in the area to be near her parents, sister, brother-in-law, 5 nieces, and 1 nephew. In her free time, Ailie enjoys, reading, cooking, and the outdoors – including – any type of fishing, hunting, hiking, and kayaking. She likes to keep her life busy and is always ready for a new adventure.
Nathan Houdek – Title Examiner
Nathan Houdek started at Northeast Title Company’s Ely office as an Office Assistant in 2004. He is now the Title Examiner for the Ely office and Virginia office and has helped the company get to where it is today.
Originally born in Northern Minnesota, Nathan has lived in many places throughout Minnesota, (not necessarily by choice), and now resides in Mountain Iron, MN with his beautiful wife and two wonderful children.
In the summer, Nathan enjoys camping with his family and friends and can usually be found playing his guitar by the campfire. He also loves attending concerts and festivals and has been known to sing a karaoke song or two.
Merella Marsyla – Legal Assistant
Office: 612 13th Street South Virginia, MN 55792
Merella joined the Northeast Title team in March of 2018. She has been a legal assistant for 30 years, working in the fields of real estate, estate planning, corporate law, and collections throughout her career. Merella was born to work in real estate. She enjoys the real estate arena, including research of land records, clearing title issues, and working with Buyers and Sellers to successfully complete real estate transactions. Merella has been a life-long resident of the Iron Range. She and her husband live along Elliott Lake, South of Eveleth. She has been married for 36 years, and although her and her husband appreciate the peacefulness of their “empty nest”, they enjoy the chaos and fun times with their grandchildren (5 of which live next door)! In addition to her family, Merella enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming, 4-Wheeling, pontoon cruising, and road trips. As for her culinary skills, her grandson once told her, “You’re the best cooker, Grandma.”