Our Team

Our roots run deep in Northern California, and we’re committed to building better than ever. Every member of our team is driven by the same core values that have always been associated with the Christopherson name - honesty, responsibility and doing things the right way. We are here for you.

Many of our team members have been working together for over 20 years, developing and building new homes.

The Christopherson Builders Team is comprised of a dedicated, experienced group of full-time engineers, construction managers, purchasing professionals, estimators, construction personnel, design professionals, and exceptionally knowledgeable finance and administrative team eager to assist and support efforts to bring clients their dream homes.  Our teamwork and all-inclusive project management guarantee a personal, interactive approach to building your home.

Nothing replaces local knowledge and experience.

 

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Keith Christopherson

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Keith Christopherson

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
email keith@christophersonbuilders.com

Keith began his career in Real Estate and Construction in the 1970s as an apprentice carpenter.  In 1978 he co-founded Christopherson Construction with his wife, Brenda, which evolved into Christopherson Homes several years later.

During Christopherson Homes early days Keith ran a home-framing crew of roughly 80 carpenters and laborers, framing homes for other Builders and Developers, and was building small developments and building on scattered lots. By 1990 Christopherson Homes was being recognized as a leading builder in the Santa Rosa area, having completed several developments and earning a growing brand based on honesty, quality, great architecture, leading a quality team, and providing value for its shareholders and investors.

Over the following years Christopherson Homes successfully built thousands of homes in more than 60 developments in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Solano, Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, and Glenn Counties, through two Operating Divisions, one located in Santa Rosa and the other in Roseville.

Some highlights of awards and recognition Christopherson Homes received over the years:

  • Received the coveted “Best Community of the Year” from the Sacramento Building Industry for “The Avenues” which was the company’s first venture into the Sacramento market with 162 new homes and eight model homes.
  • Received the JD Power Award in 2004 for best among Bay Area Homebuilders and ranked third in the United States in Customer Satisfaction.
  • Christopherson Homes was rewarded the North Bay Area’s “Best Builder Award” for many successive years which is voted upon by readers of Sonoma Biz Magazine.
  • Christopherson Homes built a home for Habitat for Humanity in 2006 in two days.
  • Brenda and Keith were inducted into the California Building Industry Foundation’s
    Hall of Fame in 2006.

Keith’s expertise is in building and managing a highly performing company, delivering great homes and value to customers, shareholders and investors.  Keith is hands-on and is involved daily in land acquisitions, finance, strategy, planning, operations, sales, and warranty service.

Keith has been President of the Building Industry Association twice and served on the Board for many years.  He is past President of the Sonoma County Alliance, current Board Member of Community Housing of Sonoma County, specializing in building and managing housing for homeless Veterans.

Keith has also been heavily involved in other groups serving and helping Veterans and is a decorated Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Brenda Christopherson

Brenda Christopherson

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Brenda Christopherson

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
email Brenda@christophersonbuilders.com

Brenda started in the real estate/construction/home building industry in the early 1980s and is the co-founder and managing partner of Christopherson Builders as well as president of Christopherson Properties, both located in Santa Rosa, CA.

Currently, the main focus of these companies is assisting the survivors of the wildfires in Northern California, primarily in Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties. Christopherson Homes had built many of the homes which were lost and those homeowners sought out Brenda and her husband Keith to assist them with their rebuilding efforts. Once the Christopherson name was associated with these efforts, homeowners from many of the affected communities have reached out for assistance. Many of the award-winning Christopherson Homes team also reached out to help recreate the Christopherson Brand and to assist Brenda and Keith with their efforts in rebuilding the community.

Previously, Brenda was co-founder of Christopherson Homes, Christopherson Realty, and Artisan Signature Properties. All of her companies have been industry leaders in purchasing raw land, developing, designing, marketing, and selling residential real estate for more than 35 years in eight counties in Northern California amounting to more than 6,500 homes in 63 communities.

Recognized as a highly respected private builder, leader, innovator, and visionary, Brenda was the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement for Marketing Excellence for Northern California Home Builders Association. Brenda and the entire Christopherson team have been the recipient of hundreds of awards including Communities of the Year, Marketing Team of the Year, Gold Nugget, and JD Powers for Customer Satisfaction to name a few. Brenda was on the board of directors for the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and The Wells Fargo Center for 10 years as well as the YWCA and Boys and Girls club. She has always been an approachable mentor to women in the industry and received the inaugural North Bay Women in Business award. Brenda and her husband Keith were honored in 2006 with induction into the California Homebuilders Hall of Fame. They were the first husband and wife team to be so honored with this award, and Brenda was only the second female builder to receive this honor in more than 26 years.

Amy Cristopherson Bolten

Amy Christopherson Bolten

President

Amy Christopherson Bolten

President
email Amy@christophersonbuilders.com

Amy was raised in real estate. As a child, Amy spent weekends viewing new home developments and visiting open houses, and as an adult, working in new home communities with Christopherson Homes. Having seen multiple aspects of real estate through many economies, Amy understands a broad spectrum of the business. Amy has been a licensed broker for eight years and during this time purchased and sold dozens of homes.  During this time she has also worked in the field flipping nearly 50 homes.

(707) 843-0503  |   BRE# 01886457

Doug Robinson

Doug Robinson

Vice President of Operations

Doug Robinson

Vice President of Operations
email doug@christophersonbuilders.com

Doug Robinson has joined Christopherson Builders as Operations Director, and in this role he oversees our Purchasing & Estimating departments, bringing years of homebuilding experience and efficiency to our team.  Doug comes to us with an extraordinary background that spans 30+ years and crosses multiple Western U.S. states.  Doug’s pedigree includes Division President at Richmond American Homes, Vice President at JTS Communities, Director of Forward Planning at Homebound, and he is the owner of OneHome in Sacramento.  With his combined years of industry-leading expertise, Doug has successfully driven the completion of over 5,000 new homes.  Doug is a California licensed contractor, California licensed real estate broker, LEED accredited, and is certified in Xactimate estimating and HAZWOPER by OSHA.  Doug resides in Sacramento, California where he loves to spend time with his family and dogs.

Katy Dillwood 2022

Katy Dillwood

Chief Financial Officer

Katy Dillwood

Chief Financial Officer
email Katy@christophersonbuilders.com

Katy graduated with a BS degree in Accounting from University of the Pacific and is also a Certified Public Accountant. She began her career with Arthur Anderson & Co. in San Francisco, then worked for a large residential developer in the Bay Area before moving to Santa Rosa and becoming the Controller for Christopherson Homes for 20 years. Katy was most recently the CFO for Scott Laboratories, a supplier to the wine industry, and was honored to receive a top CFO award from the North Bay Business Journal. She is very excited to be back working to rebuild the community with the Christopherson team. Katy lives in Windsor with her family where she is active in the community. She has served as a trustee for the Windsor Unified School District for two terms and is a Director for the Windsor Educational Foundation. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, pets and new grandson Leo.

Dick-Carlile

Dick Carlile

Civil Engineer

Dick Carlile

Civil Engineer
email Dick@christophersonbuilders.com

Richard (Dick) Carlile, PE, a civil engineering veteran, will oversee engineering, planning and surveying operations for Christopherson Builders. Dick joins our team with decades of wisdom and proven successes with both the Sonoma County Department of Public Works as well as with his own firm, Carlile-Macy. Dick as been responsible for land planning and civil engineering for numerous projects in the North Bay area throughout the years including Fountaingrove Ranch, Oakmont and The Sea Ranch. He has completed major public and private projects with specialties in site analysis, broad community concepts, and comprehensive urban and hillside design. He has been part of our community and knows the ins and outs of Sonoma County Public Works and design like no other. Dick has a long list of generous community involvement and knowledge and we are fortunate to have him onboard.

Robert Grappo

Robert Grappo

General Superintendent

Robert Grappo

General Superintendent
email Robert@christophersonbuilders.com

Meet our fearless construction leader, Robert.  As our General Superintendent, Robert directly oversees the entire construction team, warranty operations and skilled manpower.

Robert has been in the construction industry for over 30 years and has worked his way up through the ranks over the years by showing great persistence, a diligent work ethic, and always continuing his mission to gain further expertise across the field.  He started his career in Lodi, working for a small company stocking and patching drywall.  Having gained his start in the industry, Robert decided that he was ready for more, and for the next 20 years, he worked for a well-known home builder in Sacramento.  There, he expanded his skill set across all facets of home building, starting in detailing and close-out job punch, and moving into higher level positions of Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent to running jobs independently.  In addition, he has a substantial experience as a Production and New Home Warranty Manager, both for developers and as a managing consultant to smaller niche home builders.

Robert resides in Roseville, California where he loves to spend time with his kids, dogs and enjoying life outside, actively hiking, biking, and running.

Janine Feland

Janine Feland

Accounting Manager

Janine Feland

Accounting Manager
email Janine@christophersonbuilders.com

Janine joined the Christopherson Builders team as Accounting Manager in March 2020. She began her accounting career doing accounts receivable for a Swiss-owned electrical connector company. Throughout her 14 year tenure there, she continued to advance her knowledge and quickly became an integral part of the finance team.

Janine earned her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Finance from CSU Sacramento. More recently, she furthered her education by completing a Certificate in Accounting with a Specialization in Accounting for Controllers through UC Berkeley. This extended education along with her drive for excellence have been key ingredients to her success.

While living in Windsor for more than 30 years, Janine raised her son and daughter. She was active in PTA and volunteered for many school-related events while her children attended Windsor schools. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, and looks forward to scrapbooking with a local group several times a year. Often, Janine can be found wine tasting somewhere in beautiful Sonoma County.

Ginger Susner

Ginger Susner

Sales & Marketing Manager, Realtor

Ginger Susner

Sales & Marketing Manager, Realtor
email Ginger@christophersonbuilders.com

We are so pleased to have Ginger on the team as our Sales and Marketing Manager!  Ginger’s career in Real Estate began in 2002 in Hawaii, where she was born and raised. Ginger grew up in Real Estate and she has worked in a variety of capacities, which has provided her with multi-faceted exposure and a broad understanding of the industry. Ginger holds a BA in Business & Marketing, and a background in property management, sales and leasing. Her management portfolio has included a wide spectrum of property types including Class A multi-family residential properties, business mixed-use properties, industrial warehouse complexes, office buildings, and community retail centers. Upon putting down roots in Sonoma County in 2011 and becoming a Realtor in California, she successfully explored single-family home sales for a number of years and has been a licensed Realtor for over 12 years.

Now, Ginger brings her industry experience and her background in sales and marketing to support the team. Personally, she is so excited to become part of the process that works to give back to the community that she has grown to love. In her spare time, Ginger loves to cook, work in her garden and take dance classes. She volunteers time with the Girl Scouts of Northern California as an adult member, and through her kids’ schools.

(707) 584-6377  |   Cal DRE# 01988531

Andrea Black

Andrea Black

Design & Customer Operations Manager

Andrea Black

Design & Customer Operations Manager
email andrea@christophersonbuilders.com

When it comes to making interior design selections in harmony with our clients vision, Andrea has the expertise and organization needed to help our clients achieve their dream home, inside and out.  Andrea comes from an interior design and project management background.  Over the years, she has worked on a variety of project scopes including model home merchandising, custom homes, winery tasting rooms, luxury residential staging and more.  Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCSB in Liberal Studies, as well as an AA in Interior Design, and has developed a keen eye for composition, color balance and livability.

Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, friends and four furry dogs.  Andrea is very excited to be working at such a wonderful company within the building industry.  (Thanks Andrea!)

Alex Carrero

Alex Carrero

Construction Manager

Alex Carrero

Construction Manager
email alex@christophersonbuilders.com
Ashell Cunningham 2022

Ashell Cunningham

Landscape Manager

Ashell Cunningham

Landscape Manager

Ashell Cunningham is a third-generation resident of the North Bay with a wide-ranging background in construction and landscape management. She began her career in new home sales at Christopherson Homes, quickly moved into project management, and obtained her General Contractor’s license with a focus on development. She then had the opportunity to partner with a landscape/engineering company and obtained her C-27. Raised at the knee of a Landscape professional her passion and knowledge developed to the point of becoming the sole owner of the company with a focus on Estate landscape management.

With an extensive background in all aspects of marketing properties and creating value for clients of Christopherson Properties and over 20 years in the trades, Ashell is committed to clients and the experience of creating beautiful surroundings together.  As a longtime resident, parent, grandparent, and an active part of the community the importance of honesty and follow-through is foremost. “You are only as good as your word and always be sure to give everyone a smile, happiness is contagious.”

(707) 528-9100  |   Cal DRE# 01182906

Tom Palmer 2022

Tom Palmer

Construction Manager

Tom Palmer

Construction Manager
email Tom@christophersonbuilders.com

Tom is currently a Construction Manager for Christopherson Builders working in Sonoma county on the Fountaingrove fire rebuilds. He was born and raised in San Francisco.  His first exposure to Sonoma county was as a youth enjoying life at Cloverleaf Ranch summer camp, riding and caring for horses. Tom’s family relocated to the Central Valley and after graduating High School in Fresno, Tom went on to study Business Management and Real Estate at Fresno City College. Tom has worked for over 35 years in the building industry on both residential and commercial developments. He relocated to Sonoma County in 1989 and has since worked with prominent builders in the area, including Jim Murphy and Associates. Tom enjoys building high-end quality homes, one of which was featured in The New Yorker magazine. Over the years Tom has built numerous commercial projects including wineries, financial institutions and schools; Sonoma Country Day School being his favorite. His personal interests are his 3 children and 4 grandchildren, all Bay Area sports teams, road racing and spending sunny days at one of the many beautiful Sonoma Coast beaches.

Nick Ortiz

Nick Ortiz

Assistant Construction Manager

Nick Ortiz

Assistant Construction Manager
email Nick@christophersonbuilders.com

Nick started with us a laborer, and through hard work and dedication to the team and his craft, he has been promoted to Assistant Construction Manager with Christopherson Builders. He supports the construction team in building homes in Napa and Sonoma counties and is trusted with many critical oversight activities, keeping our projects seamlessly on track.

In his spare time, Nick gardens, spends time with family and friends and loves running with his dog. He also enjoys spending summer days at the lake in Hidden Valley.  Nick is currently taking classes toward his CM designation, and his future certainly does look bright with us!

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Isaac Calderon

Framing Foreman

Isaac Calderon

Framing Foreman
email isaac@christophersonbuilders.com

Welcome Isaac!  Isaac brings 20 years of carpentry experience to our team, ensuring precise execution and quality builds.  In his spare time, Isaac enjoys cruising on his motorcycle and hiking with the family.

Karri Ferretti

Karri Ferretti

Operations Coordinator

Karri Ferretti

Operations Coordinator
email Karri@christophersonbuilders.com

Karri is a local girl, born and raised in the Bay Area.  She’s tried moving away a few times, but always comes back to the one place that feels like home – and we are glad she’s here with us.  As our Purchasing Coordinator, Karri helps our team estimate and procure all of the components needed to build a home.  She has spent many years in customer-centric industries, most recently acting as the lead customer service representative at a Swiss-based electrical connector company.  In her free time, Karri enjoys spending time with her daughter and relaxing with a good read.  She’s also a 80’s and 90’s pop culture aficionado, and loves crafting – especially Halloween costumes!

Alfredo Villagomez

Alfredo Villagomez

Construction Assistant

Alfredo Villagomez

Construction Assistant

We welcome Alfredo to our Construction Department where he functions in the important role of Construction Assistant.  Pedro joined our team last month and we are fortunate to have him on board.  You can find him working on a variety of tasks on job sites where he keeps the work flowing and tidy during all stages of rebuilding.  Alfredo is already a valued member of the team with a strong work ethic and we’re fortunate to have him on board.

He and his wife have five children and that’s what he enjoys during his off time.  Welcome, Alfredo!

Pedro Villanueva

Pedro Villanueva

Detailer

Pedro Villanueva

Detailer

Pedro joins Christopherson Builders with over 25 years of experience in construction, mainly on commercial projects.  With his experience, he has developed a keen eye for detail and timing, keeping our projects running smoothly and on time.  Not only has Pedro cultivated an innate ability to manage our timelines and those of our subcontractors, he immediately will address any item that is not living up to the bar he has set very high.  That makes Pedro an outstanding team member managing our quality control and someone who we can trust to uphold the Christopherson standards.

Adrian Reyes Martinez

Adrian Reyes-Martinez

Detailer

Adrian Reyes-Martinez

Detailer

With over ten years of experience in construction, Adrian is a key member of our field team.  As a Detailer, Adrian’s very particular and meticulous eye makes sure that our finished projects are seamless.  Adrian’s work history includes precision work such as carpentry and cabinetry, as well as heavy work such as foundation excavation and operating heavy machinery.  A bilingual team member, Adrian enhances communications across the board and no surprise as he’s also an easy-going, nice person to chat with!

Greg Mohr

Greg Mohr

Detailer

Greg Mohr

Detailer
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Cesar Guzman

Detailer

Cesar Guzman

Detailer

Cesar is from Culiacán, Sinaloa. He started in construction more than 15 years ago, he started with helping a friend then worked for Baer construction for many of those years. Cesar loves to cook, quesa birria is one of his specialties and anything seafood. Cesar has been married for 10 years and has one daughter.

Realtor Services / Our Sales Team

Brian Flinn

Brian Flinn

Realtor, Resales and New Construction

Brian Flinn

Realtor, Resales and New Construction
email bflinn57@gmail.com

It is my goal to provide the most rewarding experience for my clients when it comes to their Real Estate needs and desires. Whether buying a home, selling a home, relocating and/or growing their investment portfolio, your family’s home and future are my primary concerns! I pledge to all of my clients to provide you with the highest level of service possible, and doing so with honesty and integrity. As a proud Father of four sons, as well as a grandparent, family comes first. I look forward to helping your family realize their real estate dreams. In Sonoma County since 1990, this region is home. Our Team and company are dedicated to helping families rebuild and/or relocate after the recent fires that have devastated our communities. Feel free to contact me for a list of clients who are happy to pass on their experience with me as their Realtor of choice.

On a personal level, I have volunteered at the Redwood Gospel Mission since 2004 and since 2014 have supported Montgomery High School football as a home games announcer. Professional Affiliations and Designations include the National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors and North Bay Association of Realtors. Expect success with your family’s real estate needs.

(707) 695-SOLD (7653) | BRE# 01251116

Stephanie Pile

Stephanie Pile

Broker Associate

Stephanie Pile

Broker Associate
email stephaniepile@sonic.net

Stephanie offers over 34 years of experience in the real estate industry.  Specializing in representing buyers and sellers of residential homes, luxury estates, land, ranches and new construction.

Find your Dream Home
You need someone who knows this area inside out and has roots in our communities. Stephanie has found her clients their ideal home from Cloverdale to Petaluma, Kenwood to Bodega Harbor, and the banks of the Russian River to vistas overlooking the Pacific.

Sell your Home or Property
There are many details between the decision to sell and the close.
Stephanie will provide a personalized Market Analysis and will provide you with a clear understanding of current market conditions, trends and a comprehensive marketing plan for your property.  She will expertly guide you through all the necessary paperwork from contracts and financing to inspections and supervising the close.

Training, Experience and Community
With her long-time relationships, Stephanie has a broad array of professional services to recommend for each client, whatever their need is in preparing a home for resale, or with a newly purchased home.

In 2018 she qualified for a permit to be a vacation rental manager and currently manages several rental properties. Stephanie has sold out new home subdivisions, most recently Skyvista in Rincon Valley.

In addition to resales, Stephanie has coordinated with subcontractors, designers and landscapers in rebuilds.  She has extensive knowledge of building codes, the permit process and staging experience.

CalBre License #00958526

Kat Breithaupt

Kat Breithaupt

Realtor, Resales and New Construction

Kat Breithaupt

Realtor, Resales and New Construction
email kat@ownsonoma.com
Henry 'Spud' Davis, Jr.

Henry "Spud" Davis, Jr.

Realtor, Resales and New Construction

Henry "Spud" Davis, Jr.

Realtor, Resales and New Construction
email HenryWDavisJr@gmail.com

Henry (Spud) Davis, Jr. joined the Real Estate business in Sonoma County after a 30 year career in software engineering. Beginning at Synergy as a partner with his wife, Kat Breithaupt, and now with Christopherson Properties, Spud brings to the table his many talents in both business and construction to his real estate business. With a wealth of experience and knowledge, the benefits are many.

Born and raised in New England, Spud moved to Santa Rosa in 1993. Over the years and during the “Dot Com” craze, Spud worked for several telecommunications companies in Petaluma and then retired from Calix Networks in 2014. Since then, he has branched out in real estate specializing in Luxury Homes, Farms/Ranches/Vineyards and single family homes throughout Sonoma County.

You will be Spud’s priority.  His dynamic and integrated approach to your success is unique. His understanding of the complicated process of a sale/purchase is unmatched. All to your benefit.

(707) 753-1656 | DRE# 02012366

Karena Ranck

Karena Ranck

Realtor, Resales and New Construction

Karena Ranck

Realtor, Resales and New Construction
email Karena@homesbykarena.com

Karena is a passionate real estate professional and the peoples’ agent. She is well-known for her hard work ethic, integrity and tireless determination that ensures her clients’ goals are met. Karena understands that buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction: it’s a life-changing experience. She provides truly personalized attention to client needs, earning the trust of many. Karena’s unstoppable nature and care for people has ensured the growth of her network and resources.

With a bachelors degree in international business, Karena utilizes her experiences in the industry to give back to her community. Karena is fluent in English, Chinese Mandarin & Taiwanese. Her competence in business, locally and internationally, gives her a competitive edge and sets her apart from the rest.

Karena is dedicated to guiding her clients through every step of the real estate process. Her savvy negotiating skills get the top value from start to finish. She believes one of the most important principles in any successful business is constant and effective communication with others.

Whether you’re a first time buyer or seller, or a seasoned investor, Karena will work with you relentlessly to achieve a smooth and successful transaction in today’s competitive market!

707-543-1555 | CA DRE #02091045
Visit Karena’s website: homesbykarena.com