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Geneva Winkelmann

Manager/Escrow Officer


Geneva began working for Brenham Abstract in 2014. Prior to becoming the Manager, she has worn many hats in the company. From order set-up to policy production, she has done a little bit of everything. Geneva was born and raised in Brenham. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Sam Houston State University in 2009.  While Geneva now holds the role as Manager, she still enjoys being in the closing room. Meeting new people and listening to stories about their homes, old and new, is one of the best parts of her job. She appreciates the small role she plays in every transaction. Geneva and her husband, John, have three fur-babies who they love spending time with!  They all enjoy being outdoors. Every summer they head to the mountains for some hiking! Geneva’s favorite place to visit, so far, is Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Geneva loves her hometown and being able to give back to her community. She and John are both actively involved in their home churches, Brenham Presbyterian Church and Christ Lutheran Church. Geneva also teaches dance and enjoys participating in events celebrating Brenham’s history and working with the youth of the community, such as Local History Day and Maifest. 


Steven "Payne" Schuelke

Research and Escrow Officer


Payne has been with Brenham Abstract since September of 2019. Payne’s primary expertise is in the Abstracting/Examination department and Title Commitment production. He is also a licensed escrow officer and assists with closings.  Payne has been in the Title industry since 2018. Before coming to Brenham Abstract, he worked in the Abstracting Department at Chapin Title in Sherman, Texas. Payne is committed to providing excellent customer service to all customers and understands how important it is to provide a service that enables people to insure their most valuable asset. Payne is a Texas State Bobcat, Class of 2017. He is a husband to Elizabeth Schuelke, a 5th grade teacher at Brenham Middle School. Payne and “Lizzie” welcomed their first baby, Kennedy Jane Schuelke, in October 2021. They have thoroughly enjoyed living, and now raising their daughter, in Brenham and Washington County.

“You can tell that the people of this community are the kind of people who would give you the shirt off their back.” – Payne

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