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Our Team

Southern Title is managed by owner Shawna M. Vanhook; Vice President of Operations, Shenah Ball; and Abstractor, John Polk.  Southern Title, LLC has been providing title examinations, title insurance, and real estate closing and escrow services in Pulaski and the surrounding areas since 1995.  Southern Title specializes in taking the stress out of transactional real estate needs.

Shawna M. Vanhook, Owner

Shawna VanHook opened her legal practice in Somerset, Kentucky in 2023, returning to the state where she spent some of her early career and where her husband was born and raised.  VanHook earned her undergraduate degree at Purdue University in Industrial Management with a minor in Industrial Engineering and attended law school at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she also received a Certificate in Health Law. She spent the past several years working as an attorney at Stuart & Branigin LLP in Lafayette, Indiana and focuses her practice in real estate, estate planning, special needs planning, probate, employment law, medical malpractice, and civil litigation. Outside of work, Vanhook enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running. 

Shenah Ball, Vice President of Operations

Shenah Ball joined Southern Title after serving for sixteen years at Citizens National Bank in Somerset, growing her career in increasingly responsible roles from Teller to Account Services, Branch Manager to Lender.  Most recently she served as Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, and Lender with First & Farmers National Bank, also in Somerset.

A 2001 graduate of Somerset High School, Ball is a long-term resident of Pulaski County and a well-known face in the banking and lending sector.  She studied at Somerset Community College and began her career in banking in 2005.  In her spare time, Shenah enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends, especially her daughter.

John Polk, Abstractor

John has been with Southern Title for 26 years. A graduate of The University of Kentucky School of Law, he was also a practicing attorney in Somerset for 25 years. He and his wife, Sheryl Polk, have been married for 40 years and together have 5 children and 9 grandchildren.  

John’s tenure in title abstraction work and legal background make him exception at locating, analyzing and evaluating records to ensure you have all of the research necessary to make an informed decision on any property!