Suzanne is a Bay Area native born in Berkeley. She has an MA in Art History from UC Berkeley. Her early working years were spent as a theatre costumer for Bay Area Shakespeare festivals and 9 years in the textile industry working for a local textile manufacturer.
She moved to KQED where her love of project management began. She organized the first “green” pledge drive in the nation and helped KQED down a carbon neutral path.
Following her interest in climate change awareness and social responsibility, Suzanne became a Project Manager for Celery Design Collaborative and Free Range Studios, local creative agencies specializing in social justice, corporate responsibility and animal rights. Over the last six years she had led many sustainability, branding/marketing campaigns and web development projects for clients from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. She is certified as a PMP (Project Management Professional) and a SCM (Certified Scrum Master).
Suzanne’s past volunteer experiences include audience development for Berkeley Art Museum/ Pacific Film Archive, committee leads for Association of Moving Image Archivists, Silent Film Database Project, a summer at the Venice Biennale with the Australian Pavilion, an intern at the Wollongong City Gallery, Australia, and as a board member for Project Tango. She’s currently a member of CERT (Community’s Emergency Response Team) Pleasant Hill, and a volunteer with the Contra Costa Humane Society.
In her free time, she squeezes in as much gardening, camping, ice skating, hiking, cycling, textiles, tango dancing, and Pilates as she can.
Cheryll is a Bay Area native, returning 20 years ago after time out for living in Las Vegas, Nevada and Iowa City, Iowa. She spent 20 years teaching college composition, rhetoric, speech, and literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a variety of community colleges, and the University of Iowa. Her goal was always to teach not just communication through the written and spoken word, but also that everyone has a voice if only they learn to use it.
After leaving teaching, Cheryll began a new career in college textbook publishing, first as a development editor and then as a project manager. She produced primarily math titles, including the best-selling calculus series in the world. As textbook sales began to decline, Cheryll moved on to manage Ebooks, websites, videos, and animations.
Tenacious and organized, Cheryll is happiest when she is handed a disorganized project with many moving pieces for her to make sense of. One of her fondest dreams is to tour all the restaurants in the world, copyediting their menus as she goes.
Now moving into her third career, Cheryll is using her marketing and writing skills to manage the marketing collateral for The Gunderman Group. A resident of Alameda, she enjoys cooking a good meal, reading a good book, and meandering along the Alameda Shoreline path with her husband, Randy and her dog, Roxy.
Ivy is an experienced social media and PR professional originally from Southern California. She has developed successful social media campaigns for broadcast media, software, clean tech, networking, and events organizations. Ivy brings deep knowledge of social media, promotions, and community engagement across a wide range of platforms. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in media studies, and studied economics at the Institute for Humane Studies, Cato University, and the Foundation for Economic Education.
In addition to social media marketing, Ivy is experienced in managing PR for several different companies. She spearheaded the PR campaign for a solar desalination company as they launched a $10 million investment crowdfunding campaign. Ivy has helped clients secure press with National Geographic, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg, and more.
Ivy previously lived in Washington, DC, where she served as copy editor and reporter for the NOVA Fortnightly newspaper while writing for Savvy Biz Women and Oatmeal Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, performing standup comedy, gardening, and blogging.
As an operations manager, Dede brings to The Gunderman Group decades of experience as a Realtor, accomplished real estate investor, and seasoned executive. She has worked as a Realtor since 2003 and has renovated three of her own properties, making her deeply familiar with the strategy and attention to detail required for preparing homes for market. Earlier in her career, Dede worked and lived in Scotland as a Management liaison; in that capacity she honed her organizational, listening and customer service skills and is deeply committed to completing tasks the right way with a high degree of quality and efficiency.
Dede is a native of San Francisco and has lived in Alameda since 1996. In Alameda, she has been deeply involved in the community, particularly through the school system, where she has served on the boards of her children’s schools. She’s also volunteers and supports the Alameda Association of Realtors, Alameda’s Architectural Preservation Society, Alameda Family Service, the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Alameda Food Bank and Alameda Midway Shelter.
In her free time, Dede travels extensively and enjoys art, cinema, live theater, and staying fit by going to the gym and hiking. She is a graduate of San Francisco City College, where she studied Business Administration.
Casey, as his friends and family call him, is a Bay Area native, born in Oakland and raised in Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda. He has a B.A. degree in Architectural Studies from Connecticut College, and while attending a summer architecture and planning program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, his career path shifted from architecture to urban planning. From there, he spent 15 years with the City of Oakland Planning & Building Department.
Casey has been renovating and building new construction projects for 16+ years and buying and selling real estate for 13 years, with an eye for obtaining ways of gaining instant equity within a property. Casey has incredible knowledge of Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda neighborhoods and future development projects in the area.
With his unique combination of experience in architecture, urban planning, and real estate, Casey brings particular expertise to The Gunderman Group.
Casey lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter in their 1970’s contemporary designed home, next door to the modern home he designed and built for his father. Casey enjoys writing screenplays, children’s stories, and nonfiction real estate development literature; he is currently working on a book about condominium development. He also enjoys travel photography.
Jan was raised in Seattle, and when she tired of the rain eight years ago, she moved to the sunny East Bay. Her adult children and baby granddaughter all live within walking distance of her 1885 Victorian in Alameda, and she feels truly blessed!
Jan attended the University of Washington, earning separate degrees in English Literature, Painting, and Surface Design. She made a successful career as a full-time studio artist for 25 years, working with galleries worldwide, being represented by the Seattle Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery, and doing many private commissions and public works projects. Jan’s work hangs in many private collections. She was honored also to be on the Faculty of Pratt Fine Art Center in Seattle, teaching figure drawing and printmaking.
Locally, Jan shows her work at the Gray Loft Gallery in Oakland, which was just voted “The Best Fine Art Gallery in Oakland” by Oakland Magazine for the second year in a row.
As a byproduct of her art degrees and passion for design, Jan built four homes from start to finish in Seattle and on Camano Island. She is energized by the process: acquisition, financing, planning, design, and of course the “art part”. These experiences have given her a deep understanding of buying and selling and of how to succeed as a creative investor. Her goal is to impart her knowledge and expertise to her clients and to make every transaction as smooth and fun an experience as possible!
Jan held a real estate license in Washington State for 20 years and earned her California Brokers License seven years ago. She has listed and sold many homes in the Oakland, Claremont, Alameda and Piedmont markets, and has many happy clients and a long list of referrals. She loves her job and is very proud to work on David and Andrew’s team—the best of the best!
Johanna is a Bay Area native, having lived here most of her life (currently in Alameda and previously in Oakland, Tiburon and San Francisco). Her vast knowledge of neighborhoods, schools, recreation, transportation, entertainment, and cultural events helps her clients zero in on just what they’re looking for, and her command of the ever-changing real estate market conditions is an asset to The Gunderman Group on both the buy and listing sides.
Outside of real estate, Johanna’s passions run the gamut, from hunting for vintage relics to snowshoeing. She also has a keen interest in history, home renovation, environmental protection, and viticulture.
Alison has always been driven by a fascination in people. The process and challenge of connecting people with homes energizes her. She feels honored to be helping people at such large, transitional moments in their lives. Since getting her Real Estate license in 2015, Ali has closed over $60 million in transactions with The Gunderman Group. She brings patience, tenacity, strategy, and humor to the process, and loves the ever-changing landscape of the East Bay market.
A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Ali followed her passions to theater in New York City, fronting a big band in Austin, Texas, and writing a screenplay. She fused her creativity and business savvy on the development side in advertising, both at J Walter Thompson in New York, and BBDO West in San Francisco.
Alison lives with her husband and three teenagers in Albany. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Mr. Magoo, yoga, loves to read, and will beat you at Scrabble any day of the week.
Though Rachel spent her childhood in New York’s beautiful Hudson River Valley, she now considers herself a bonafide Californian, having lived here since 1999. At the age of 20, armed with a college degree and having no idea what to do next, she headed west to San Francisco.
In 2008, following several years of research, Rachel founded her artisan jam company, Blue Chair Fruit, an exhilarating and life-changing endeavor that challenged her in every conceivable way. She was incredibly lucky to fulfill a lifelong dream in 2010 when the first of her three books, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook, was published and nominated for a James Beard Award. Rachel’s roles in her business included author, owner, jam maker, manager, mentor, art director, editor, branding wizard, teacher, and face of the business, appearing on Martha Stewart and in countless publications. Rachel continues to offer jam-making classes at Preserved in Oakland.
Rachel eventually hungered for something new, and real estate called to her. After spending the first year and a half of her real-estate career as our team’s marketing manager, she achieved her dream of being an agent on our team. She could not be more thrilled to be working with her dear friends Andrew and David and with her phenomenal colleagues.
In her early days, Rachel studied art through Pratt Institute in Tuscany, worked as an HIV test counselor in San Francisco, did musicology research at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and spent a year studying French literature at the Sorbonne. She holds a degree in French Studies from Smith College.
Nowadays, in her spare time, Rachel can be found enjoying her friends, cooking or mixing craft cocktails, biking, doing Pilates, or snuggling with her two dogs. She is an avid film, theatre, and concert goer, San Francisco Symphony subscriber, and San Francisco Zen Center member. She lives with her husband and beloved partner of 14 years, Mark, in a beautiful ivy-covered 1907 house in Oakland.
Hans grew up in the Seattle area and is one of the nation’s most accomplished rowers. He’s the very definition of a team player: He competed as a Team USA athlete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earned a spot on the national USRowing team (representing it at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships), and was a two-time collegiate National Champion with the University of Washington. There he earned a BA in Business and focused on entrepreneurship. Through rowing, he has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, although now he makes his home in Alameda.
These days he’s known for his commitment to CrossFit and ultimate frisbee, and for making a mean risotto.
Jodie grew up in Connecticut and has been living in California for almost twenty years. She attended college in Virginia, but left school to start a family. Introduced to California by her then husband, she’s lived in Sacramento and Berkeley, and happily moved to Alameda five years ago.
Jodie has been working as a Transaction Coordinator since 2009. Prior to that, she was an Executive Assistant to a top-level manager at World Savings Bank. When WSB was sold, her manager went into real estate. Jodie was asked her to join him and his partner, opening a small real estate company. Jodie was their Office Manager, Executive Assistant, Project Manager, and Transaction Coordinator.
Being a single mother to a 14-year-old doesn’t leave much in the way of free time, but when she can manage it, she likes to read, garden, kayak, and most of all, spend time with her son.