Meet the Team

At Team Gwen it is our mission to…

  • Never stop learning
  • Celebrate wins and recognize the contributions of others
  • Respond vs React
  • Bring positivity to every interaction
  • Achieve success though helping others
  • Earn trust and honor our commitments

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Gwen Swain

Gwen Swain

Branch Manager | Loan Originator

Gwen understands that in this competitive market you deserve a lender who is ready and willing to work overtime to make your experience as stress-free and smooth as possible. Her team is available to work on your mortgage by phone, text, Facebook messenger, and email – even after hours and on weekends. From applying for a loan to closing on your home, they deliver five-star concierge service every step of the way.

As a top producing mortgage professional, in 2018, she was awarded the title of “Boise’s Best Lender” through the “Best of The Treasure Valley” poll. She was runner-up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Woman of the Year, and in the 3rd quarter of 2019, Gwen originated the most mortgages in Southern Idaho through Idaho Housing and Finance. More recently, she earned the title of Waterstone’s 2020 Rookie of the Year and is a member of the Presidents Club for 2020 and 2021.

In 2006, Gwen moved from her hometown of Great Falls, Virginia to the Marina District of San Francisco where she taught outdoor fitness classes until 2010 when she moved to San Diego to start her own fitness company. A few years later, she married her husband, Mark, and shortly after having their first baby, Carter, they moved to Eagle, Idaho to buy their first house. She started with Waterstone Mortgage in April of 2017 with the goal of helping other families achieve the dream of homeownership.

She is passionate about helping first-time homebuyers and families relocating from out of state take advantage of the most affordable loan programs available today. And, as a former business owner, she has an affinity for the self-employed and knows her way around a tax return.

“At the start of the process when I was referred to Gwen, she immediately calmed the nerves I had about the process and answered questions I didn’t even think to ask.  Then after we got through the initial hurdles, Kevin and the rest of the Waterstone team made the process a breeze.  Would definitely use them again and refer anybody that asked.” Dylan S.

David Hirsch

Loan Partner | Marketing Coordinator

David Hirsch is a Boise State grad (Communication) and is our Loan Partner 1, having previously held a role as a Marketing Assistant with a Top Producing Real Estate Agent here in the Treasure Valley. His experience at the Better Business Bureau makes him a dynamic outbound caller and friendly appointment manager. He also helps in coordinating closing appointments and orchestrating marketing campaigns.

“We cannot express how thankful we are for Gwen’s amazing team at Waterstone Mortgage in Eagle! With their expert assistance and guidance along with our amazing realtor, we were able to purchase our first home! They were always just a call, text or email away when we had questions. Thank you so much.” Debbie & Bill

David Hirsch

Kevin Goldkamp

Kevin Goldkamp

Loan Partner II

Kevin Goldkamp, our Loan Partner 2, has 12+ years of customer experience, and project management. Kevin works closely with our processors to manage transactions from “Contract to Closing”, and helps streamline the loan process to make it as simple and painless as possible.

“Kevin Goldkamp went above and beyond to ensure that my wife and I were fully informed throughout the refi process. I would highly recommend Waterstone and plan to use them again in future purchases!” Colin C.

Brian Maxwell

Loan Partner III

Brian Maxwell has over 15 years’ experience dedicated to customer service in key leadership, management, and sales positions. With a background in Real Estate, Brian understands the home buying & selling process, and his priority is guiding you through the steps of the lending process, in conjunction with your path to buying a home, making the process as smooth and simple as possible to help you reach your goals.

“Brian Maxwell was on top of his, and our game 100%.  The communication, coordinates, and above all, the big picture was always there. Brian made the whole home buying experience as easy as possible. Also when questions arose, he was always there to answer.” Rigo R.

Brian Maxwell

Rich Hermsen

Rich Hermsen III

Loan Partner II

Rich Hermsen joined Team Gwen as a Loan Partner II from the world of corporate business analytics in the technology and consumer packaged goods industries. His forte is building relationships with his clients and fostering a smooth and enjoyable lending process.
Rich enjoys exploring the outdoors, jamming on the drums, and playing any sport that is out there (golf is his favorite)! Rich was born and raised in the shadow of Mt. Rainer in Eatonville, WA. After graduating with his Bachelor’s of Arts from Western Washington University, he traded coasts for a Category Analyst position in New Hampshire before returning to the west as an Advertising Analyst at Yahoo, Inc in Santa Clara, CA. Rich and his wife started their family in the Bay Area, but moved to Boise in 2019 to raise their kids. He has two daughters, Sienna (5) and Sawyer (2).
As a detail-oriented individual with a solutions-driven mindset, Rich is thrilled to be at Waterstone Mortgage on a team that’s dedicated to going above and beyond to meet their client’s needs.”

“Rich was an exceptional contact within Waterstone. He was always extremely quick to respond and very knowledgeable. If I did have a question that he felt Gwen was better suited to answer (this only happened once, and was likely due to me being a first time home buyer) he was honest about that and arranged a conference call with all 3 of us. Not only was Rich responsive and knowledgeable, but I feel like him and Gwen were both genuinely excited for our family. They would check in on us to see how the house hunt was going and were encouraging. I also never felt pressured by them whatsoever, which helped reduced stress in an already stressful situation. The market being as competitive as it is in Idaho currently; I know our family was not their only customer, but I would not have ever known that. Offer letters were especially important to get quickly, and they were on it. So quick in fact that my agent even mentioned how quick Rich was to respond, which made submitting offers quickly much easier. I credit getting our dream home to Both Rich and Gwen and their incredible service.” Ben R.

Kristen Barisoff

Loan Partner | Office Manager

Kristen Barisoff is the Office Manager for Waterstone Mortgage of Eagle, Idaho and is the newest member of Team Gwen.  She comes with 20 years of administrative knowledge and over 10 years of Office management experience in the medical field. She will be answering the phones and pointing clients in the direction of who to speak with as well as keeping the day to day office operations running smoothly. Her end goal is to organize and see people happy.

Kristen was born and raised in Orange County, California and received her Bachelor’s Degree at Long Beach State University.  She is married and started her family in Paso Robles, California before moving to Meridian in 2019.  You can find her taking her daughter, Olive (10) to gymnastics and son, Porter (8) to baseball.  When she isn’t carting her kids around she enjoys family nights full of music and singing and competitive board games.

Kristen Barisoff