Our Team

CREA is a tightly-knit collection of visionary investment fund advisors, skilled developers, meticulous construction managers and dedicated operations staff, all keenly focused on the thoughtful transformation of urban infill and select suburban environments.

Leadership

John Burnham Managing Principal

John Burnham is a Managing Principal at CREA, a member of the Investment Committee, and oversees all of CREA’s acquisitions, joint venture, and disposition activities as well as strategic growth initiatives. John has developed and invested in excess of $1.5B of real estate on behalf of Bozzuto Development Company, Simmons Vedder Partners, and CREA. Prior to CREA, John was a Vice President and Partner at Simmons Vedder Partners where he was responsible for the development and acquisition of multi-family projects. John was also previously associated with the Bozzuto Group in Washington, D.C. John received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, National Multi Housing Council, and Pension Real Estate Association, and serves on the Explore Austin Board of Directors and JDRF Austin Board of Directors.

Dudley Simmons Managing Principal

Dudley Simmons is a Managing Principal at CREA, Chair of the Investment Committee, and oversees all of CREA’s acquisitions, joint venture, and disposition activities. During his career, Dudley has been directly responsible for total real estate development and investment in excess of $1.75B on behalf of CREA, Simmons Vedder Partners, and JPI Apartment Communities. Dudley attended Princeton University and received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, National Multi Housing Council, Pension Real Estate Association, and serves on the ULI Austin Chapter Advisory Council.

Stephen Clark Founding Principal

Steve Clark is a Founding Principal of CREA and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to founding CREA in 1995, Steve was a Managing Director at Harvard Private Capital Group, a subsidiary of Harvard Management Company, where he directed the group responsible for all real estate investment activities. Before joining Harvard in 1991, Steve was a partner with an affiliate of Harvard Management Company in Clark-Pilgrim Limited Partnership. From 1982 through 1989, Steve was employed by the Trammell Crow Company, where he was the partner in charge of Philadelphia commercial activities at the time of his departure. Steve received his undergraduate degree in Management Science from Duke University in 1976 and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1981. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Austin Achieve Public Schools.

Tim Clark Founding Principal

Tim Clark is a Founding Principal of CREA and a member of the Investment Committee. Before joining CREA in 1995, he was President of Helios Property Company, a developer and owner of residential, golf course and industrial properties. Prior to that, Tim was a Manager at Andersen Consulting in its Financial Services division. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Tim is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Florida’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Council of Austin and the Board of Directors for Scenic Austin, the local chapter of Scenic Texas, Inc.

Shaun Dickerson Principal

Shaun Dickerson is a Principal at CREA, a member of the Investment Committee, and is responsible for investor relations and capital markets activities. Shaun also oversees investor reporting and other portfolio management duties. Shaun previously worked at Crow Holdings in Dallas, managing investments on behalf of the Trammell Crow family and its investment partners. After completing the analyst program at Crow, she was promoted to the Portfolio Management group. Shaun is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in French. She is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Pension Real Estate Association, and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Real Estate Finance & Investment Center.

Brent Heath Principal

Brent D. Heath is a Principal at CREA, a member of the Investment Committee, and is responsible for financing, performance measurement, structuring, and valuation. Since joining CREA in 1999, he has held various accounting, financial and asset management positions within the firm. Brent received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Oklahoma Christian University, and came to CREA from Heerema Marine Contractors, an international oil services and infrastructure construction company. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Urban Land Institute.

Colleen Grahn President, CREA Management

Colleen Grahn is the President of CREA Management, a member of the Investment Committee, and oversees all multi-family operations.  Colleen brings over 25 years of experience including 19 years with Equity Residential, and 16,000 units and 45 properties during her time at Alliance Residential.  Colleen has an extensive background in property and portfolio management, multiple on-site software systems, marketing, multi-phase/new development, capital planning, budgeting, financial reporting, and collections.  As a past President of Austin Apartment Association she is active in TAA and NAA, and stays informed on upcoming trends, market conditions, and legislation.

Professionals

Bob Brown Development Manager

Bob Brown is a Development Manager at CREA, where he assists with all aspects of development, including financial underwriting, site selection, entitlement and design work, and consultant and construction coordination. Prior to joining CREA, Bob co-founded Austin based BIG RED DOG Engineering, where he served in various capacities to including board member, vice president of the firm’s Austin operation, and president of the Houston operation.  During his tenure at BIG RED DOG, Bob was a part of the senior leadership team that fueled the growth of a start-up consulting firm; taking it from a single-discipline, three-person office in Austin, to over a 100-person, multi-discipline firm with offices in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. Bob is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. He is a current member of the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.

Natalen Castrejana Director of Portfolio Optimization

Natalen Castrejana is the Director of Portfolio Optimization, a member of the Investment Committee, and oversees all asset management activities related to CREA’s real estate portfolio. Prior to joining CREA, Natalen was a Vice President at Amegy Bank focused on commercial real estate finance. She was responsible for analyzing and evaluating acquisition and construction financing opportunities for experienced real estate development companies and investors across all asset classes. Natalen is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting. She is a current member of the Urban Land Institute.

Ricky De Camps, P.E. Development Manager

Ricky De Camps, is a Development Manager at Cypress Real Estate Advisors, where he assists with all aspects of multifamily development from financial underwriting, site selection, entitlement, design as well as consultant and construction coordination. Prior to joining CREA, Mr. De Camps served as a Principal and the Director of Multifamily Development for BIG RED DOG Engineering.  Where he led the firm’s Multifamily practice throughout the State of Texas.  His significant experience as a Professional Engineer covered a wide range of assignments including the entitlement, planning, design and construction of multi-family, office, retail and mixed-use development projects. Mr. De Camps earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Florida.  He is an active member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) as well as the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) where he previously served on its Board of Directors.  He also served as a member of the City of Austin Board of Adjustment (BOA).

Laurie Caudle Executive Community Liaison, CREA Management

Laurie Caudle is the Executive Community Liaison for CREA Management and is responsible for enhancing the effectiveness of operations by assisting the executive team in human resources, recruiting, customer relations and on-site team performance. Prior to joining CREA Management, she worked in property operations for 28 years.  She is an Accredited Residential Manager, member of the Institute of Real Estate Management, and past President of the Accredited Residential Manager Committee.

Jamie Do Director of Operations, CREA Management

Jamie Do is the Director of Operations at CREA Management where she is responsible for implementing property management systems, policies, procedures and improving on site operations.  Jamie has over 15 years of experience with Equity Residential, Gables, and Alliance.   She has worked on developments and acquisitions for high-rise, mid-rise, garden style, and value add in Texas and New England.  Jamie specializes in improving operations on underperforming assets by focusing on service, creative marketing plans and reducing expenses through operational efficiencies.

Amanda Eckhardt System Support Liaison, CREA Management

Amanda Eckhardt is the System Support Liaison for CREA Management and is responsible for our online presence, social media marketing, and day to day support for software system platforms. In addition, Amanda provides support to the executive team with accounting and preparation of financial reporting.  Prior to joining CREA Management, she worked in property operations for over eight years at Milestone Management.

Sandy Eckhardt Regional Vice President, CREA Management

Sandy Eckhardt is the Regional Vice President at CREA Management where she is responsible for property operations throughout Texas and Colorado. Sandy has extensive experience in development and lease ups including Streetlights Residential development, The Kenzie, achieving some of the highest rents in the Domain at that time. Sandy is a past President of the Austin Apartment Association and currently serves as the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Texas Apartment Association.

Cindy Gerhart Tax Manager

Cindy Gerhart is the Tax Manager at CREA. Prior to joining the company in 1995, Cindy served in the tax department of Arthur Andersen & Company and also previously as bank examiner of the Comptroller of Currency for National Banks. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chase Hill Associate Director

Chase Hill is the Associate Director of the Denver office and is in charge of all aspects of development and investment, including financial underwriting, site selection, entitlement and design work, consultant and construction coordination, project financing, asset management, and dispositions. Prior to working for CREA, Chase was a Senior Analyst for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), where he worked in the Real Assets Division that manages a 15% real estate allocation for the $120 billion pension fund. Chase spent a substantial amount of his time at TRS managing a $278 million co-investment with Wood Partners, the nation’s largest apartment developer. Through this co-investment vehicle, TRS & Wood Partners developed 25 apartment communities across the county, amounting to nearly 6,000 units and over $1.3 billion in total project costs.  Chase received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance from The University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration in Real Estate Finance from The University of Texas.

Elizabeth Hermanson Accounting Analyst

Elizabeth Hermanson, Accounting Analyst, is responsible for project and fund accounting for various real estate funds managed by CREA. Prior to joining CREA, Elizabeth was an Assurance staff member with Ernst & Young. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters in Professional Accounting.  She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.

Memory Madden Fund Accountant

Memory Madden is a Fund Accountant at CREA where she is responsible for fund financial reporting as well as all aspects of development and acquisition accounting. Prior to joining CREA, Memory worked in the Audit group of the KPMG Atlanta office. Memory received her Bachelor and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.

Katelyn McKinney Sr. Fund Accountant

Katelyn McKinney is the Senior Fund Accountant, where she oversees all of the funds’ financial reporting and is responsible for all aspects of development and acquisitions accounting. Prior to joining CREA, Katelyn worked at KPMG, LLC where she audited clients with a focus in real estate and private equity. Katelyn received her Bachelor and Masters of Accountancy from Texas Tech University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.

Amber Meinzer Risk Manager

Amber Meinzer focuses on investor reporting and valuations of current investments.  Amber is also responsible for risk management for CREA’s properties and projects.  Prior to joining CREA, Amber was co-owner and President of Hill Country Concrete Products, Inc.  She graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar with an interdisciplinary major focusing on History, Spanish and Business.  Amber currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation’s Development Board.

Michelle Musil Director of Accounting

Michelle Musil is the Director of Accounting at CREA, where she is responsible for all financial reporting and accounting.  Prior to joining CREA, Michelle served in the audit function of KPMG, LLP.  Michelle received a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Urban Land Institute.

Josh Pollock Associate Director

Josh Pollock is an Associate Director at CREA, where he assists with all aspects of multi-family development and is responsible for the acquisition of existing multi-family properties. Prior to joining CREA, Josh was an associate at ARA in Central Texas, where he worked on over 150 multi-family transactions with a value exceeding $1.5 billon. Prior to joining ARA, Josh was the Research Coordinator for the San Antonio office of CBRE. Josh received degrees in Business Administration and History from Austin College. He is currently a mentor with Explore Austin and member of the Urban Land Institute.

Marjorie Randolph Accounting Analyst

Marjorie Randolph, Accounting Analyst, is responsible for individual project accounting and financial reporting for real estate funds managed by CREA. Prior to joining CREA, Marjorie was a Portfolio/Endowment Accountant for The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) and was in the Audit group of the KPMG Dallas office. Marjorie received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas.

Greg Samford Finance Manager

Greg Samford is the Finance Manager at CREA where he is involved in both the reporting and valuation of current investments. Prior to joining CREA, Greg was responsible for the budgeting and forecasting functions at Wind Energy Transmission of Texas and Hunt Consolidated. Greg graduated from Baylor in 2006 with a double major in Finance and International Business in 2006 and obtained a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011.

Kenzie Shepperd Brand Manager

Kenzie Shepperd is the Brand Manager and Administrative Coordinator for CREA where she manages all of the CREA marketing initiatives, company website, and project related marketing efforts. Additionally, she provides admin support and is responsible for all office related tasks. Kenzie graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor degree in Advertising and Business Administration.

Wendy Stephenson Valuation Manager

Wendy Stephenson is responsible for valuation activities related to investor reporting, acquisition underwriting and property taxes.  Prior to joining CREA, Wendy worked as a Senior Investment Analyst at NorthMarq Capital in Houston. Wendy is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Land Economics and Real Estate.  She is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas.

Ross Thompson Associate Director

Ross Thompson is an Associate Director at CREA, responsible for mixed-use development and acquisitions. Ross worked previously as an Associate at Makena Capital Management, a $19 billion investment management firm, where he invested $2.2 billion across various real estate property types, capital structures and geographies. Ross began his career as an analyst at CREA, and received a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jessica Villarreal Office Manager

Jessica Villarreal is the Office Manager and Human Resources contact at CREA.  Since joining the firm in 2006, she has also become responsible for administering payroll and maintaining accounts receivable and accounts payable for personal and private entities.  Jessica attended the University of Houston with a general focus in Psychology and minor in Human Development and Consumer Sciences.

Adam Wallace Development Associate

Adam Wallace is a Development Associate at CREA where he assists in all facets of new development and capital markets activities, including financial underwriting, site selection, project coordination, project financing, and investor outreach. Adam joined CREA in 2016 as a Financial Analyst, where he worked on the diligence, valuation, and financing of new investments.  Adam graduated from Amherst College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is a current member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and ULI Young Leaders Group.

Colton Westcott Property Accountant, CREA Management

Colton Westcott is the Property Accountant for CREA Management and is responsible for financial record keeping at the property level. Prior to joining CREA, Colton worked for Capstone where he managed a portfolio of 25 properties throughout Texas on both a cash and accrual basis. Colton is a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Accounting and Business Management.

Todd Worley Regional Director of Capital Projects, CREA Management

Todd Worley is the Regional Director of capital projects for CREA Management in the Texas and Colorado regions. He is responsible for the oversight of property renovations and onsite maintenance teams, and also serves as the liaison between the management team and the construction process. Prior to joining CREA, Todd worked at Lincoln Property Company for thirteen years where he specialized in capital improvements, new construction, budgeting and lease-ups. Additionally, he spent three years with LST Investments building single family custom homes and overseeing renovations.

Careers

CREA’s continued growth creates employment opportunities in every aspect of our business. Our employees are the heart of the organization, and we are committed to hiring, developing and keeping the best and the brightest. Interested in joining us? Current positions are listed below, click to see their full descriptions.

Porter/Makeready Tech: Near Downtown Austin

Maintenance Technician: Dallas, Texas