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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. 


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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Lacey Nichols

Escrow Officer and Marketing


Meet Lacey Nichols, an adaptable individual with a diverse background that spans various locations and professions. In 2022, Lacey relocated from the scenic landscapes of Hawaii to the charming town of Brenham, as her husband concluded an impressive 20-year career in the Air Force.

Professionally, Lacey has navigated the realms of real estate in Hawaii and currently serves as an escrow officer. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a Master's degree in Administration, her commitment to continual learning and professional development is evident.

Originating from a small town in Northern California, Lacey spent their formative years on a ranch, raising animals, riding horses, and playing sports. Cultivating values that continue to shape her character and work ethic.

Upon marrying her husband Lacey embarked on an exciting journey that led them to Germany. During their time there, Lacey served as a banker for military members.

Prior to marriage and her international experiences, Lacey spent two years playing junior college basketball and softball, ultimately earning a scholarship to play softball in Indiana. After her time in Indiana, Lacey moved back to California, where she met their husband.

Following her overseas endeavors, Lacey and her husband spent two years in Arkansas, where she served as an assistant manager at Regions Bank. With expertise in lending and home equity loans Lacey became a valuable asset to the banking community.

Family remains central to Lacey’s life, as they proudly parent three children aged 5, 8, and 10. The joys and inspirations provided by their children motivate Lacey to strive for excellence both personally and professionally.

As an escrow officer Lacey is passionate about helping ordinary individuals achieve homeownership. Her dedication to assisting people in realizing their dreams of owning a home reflects a commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of those they serve.

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