Our roots run deep in Sonoma County, and we’re committed to rebuilding better than ever. Every member of our team is driven by the same core values that have always been associated with the Christopherson name.
Most of our local team has been working together for 20 years developing and building new homes.
The Christopherson Builders Team is comprised of a dedicated, experienced group of full-time engineers, purchasing and construction managers, construction personnel, design professionals, and an 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 guarantees a personal, interactive experience.
Nothing replaces local knowledge and experience in development and construction.
Their patience with transforming my thoughts on the rebuild to architectural and engineered renderings, to the extraordinarily well versed staff of their in-house design center, to the time they dedicated in explanation of their contractual and accounting components, to the constant updates from on-site personnel only underscored their dedication and integrity….They have become the life ring in a sea of chaos.Jim Vannucci, homeowner
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Brenda started in the real estate/construction/home building industry in the early 1980’s 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 wild fires 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 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.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Vice President of Construction
Jim Hakel is vice president of construction for Christopherson Builders. Jim has extensive experience building new home subdivisions and commercial construction. Jim has successfully built multiple subdivisions and was recognized for his success by the Home Builders Association in 2002. Jim has a degree in Business Management from San Jose State University and Green Building Certification from Sonoma State University. We are excited to have Jim on the Christopherson Builders team, leading the team who executing rebuilds for our community.
Amy Christopherson Bolten
Director, Broker Associate
Amy was raised in real estate. As a child, Amy spent weekends viewing new home developments and visiting open houses, and as an adult, worked 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. Currently, Amy is the broker of record for Christopherson Properties.
(707) 484-6558 | BRE# 01886457
Sales & Marketing Coordinator, Realtor
We are so pleased to have Ginger on the team as our Sales and Marketing Coordinator! 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. With a background in property management, her 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 holds her license currently.
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 with the Girl Scouts of Northern California as an adult member.
(707) 584-6377 | Cal DRE# 01988531
Howard Pedersen recently was promoted to Operations Manager. Howard returned to the Christopherson Team as Purchasing Manager in early 2018, bringing years of experience in building quality homes back to help with the rebuild efforts in Santa Rosa. Howard works in tandem with Bob Fortney, also Purchasing Manager, where he manages plan review with vendors, pricing, and negotiation of subcontractor contracts. He works with all facets of the company including finance, estimates, design, and construction. Howard is welcomed back to the Christopherson Team where he was an integral asset with Christopherson Homes for nearly 12 years from the late 1990s up until the real estate downturn in 2009. During the downturn Howard and his family moved to Chico, Calif. where he and his wife built homes. This spring, inspired by the opportunity to help rebuild his home town, he returned to the local team where working together is like second nature. Howard was born and raised in Santa Rosa, Calif. and his passion for the construction industry started at a young age where he began designing plans in his teens. Howard is happy to be back in Santa Rosa, working with the Christophersons, and doing his part each day to return fire survivors to their homes.
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.
Senior Construction Manager
Craig joins the team with 34 years experience in the building industry. Craig worked with Christopherson Homes for 25 years previously as a trade partner and then moved on exploring opportunities as a sub-contractor for the past nine years. Craig came back to the Christopherson team because of the solid leadership and his desire to help the community rebuild. Craig is originally from Maine but has been local in Santa Rosa since 1987. In his off time he enjoys classic cars, gardening, and loves some good food and wine.
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 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.”
Eric Rakowski joined Christopherson Builders as a Construction Manager for Solano County. He is currently working on the LNU fire rebuilds in Vacaville. Eric began his career in construction at the age of 16 and has since worked in the building industry as an owner, innovator and manager for 38 years. His focus has been primarily remodels and new construction although his career has taken him to some interesting places.
Eric began his career at a lumber yard/home center on the South Side of Chicago. Over the years he has specialized in all aspects of residential building from purchasing, kitchen/bath design, estimating, doors/windows, roofing and insulation. At the age of 21 Eric started his own deck and fencing company which grew into one of the top three highly-rated deck/fencing companies in the City of Chicago. Eric was featured on HGTV’S New Spaces and Old Spaces and received recognition on an episode of Modern Marvels for a deck/dock project he completed on Indiana Lake in Monticello Indiana. This project was also featured in top ten decks in Better Homes and Gardens. In his spare time Eric is a family man who goes fishing when he can find the time.
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.
Lou Casazza is currently a Construction Manager in Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa as well as surrounding areas including Napa Valley. He has over 10 years of experience in construction management. Lou has successfully completed many projects in both Sonoma and Napa counties, including two Tubbs fire rebuild projects and a custom spec home for Upper Valley Development in Kenwood, California. Through the years Lou has established a solid reputation where past employer Burbank Housing, requested Lou return to supervise the construction of two phases of homes built as a self-help program where 60 families participated in the construction of their own homes. Lou’s specialty was quality control along with handling CBC and HERS inspections. In addition he has acted as Project Manager and Superintendent on several multi-family interior renovations comprised of 180 units with pricing up to $3,000,000. Past clients include Greystar, BRE Properties and AIMCO. Lou resides in Middletown, Lake County. His personal interests include music, auto racing and road trips with friends and family.
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.
Design Studio Manager
Kelly Gray-Jones is the Design Studio Manager for Christopherson Builders. In this role Kelly is responsible for helping guide new home clients through their interior and exterior selections process to design their dream home. She also maintains the libraries of selections which encompass over a thousand new choices ranging from tile and flooring, to appliances, paint and roofing.
Kelly comes to us with a wealth of experience in showrooms, including cabinet and countertops, flooring, plumbing, tile and stone. She has a BFA from the Academy of Art University with an emphasis on Interior Architecture and Space Planning. Kelly has worked on a varying range of projects in residential, commercial and hospitality. Before coming to Christopherson Builders, Kelly worked on residential interior design projects out of her home studio.
She’s is thrilled to be part of the talented Christopherson Builders team and is enjoying the group of people she works with, the fast-paced environment, and is passionate about helping to rebuild Sonoma County. Kelly is a Sebastopol native and lives in a home she designed and built in Graton.
We are excited to announce Marlo Pedersen is back on the Christopherson team working in the role as Purchasing Coordinator. Marlo’s knowledge of the construction industry and familiarity with the company makes her the ideal person for this complex and fast-paced job. In her role, Marlo obtains bids from subcontractors, evaluates suppliers, communicates the findings with the purchasing team, and keeps jobs and bids moving down the pipeline. In addition, she issues contracts to subcontractors, assists in purchasing duties for finish items, and works on contracts and pricing for options and change orders.
Marlo previously worked for Christopherson Homes in the early 2000s as a purchasing agent so being on the team is familiar and rewarding to her. Recently she was living and working in Chico, Calif. where she is originally from. She and her family moved back to Chico to be close to family where she and her husband built homes for the past decade. Now, Marlo is happy to be back in Santa Rosa working with people she knows and appreciates. She says she couldn’t ask for better employers and people to work. We’re so glad you’re back on board, Marlo!
Operations Executive Assistant
Kp has worked with us in different companies and capacities since 1993. That’s 25 years with Christopherson!
When she first started, she worked to establish budgets for the sales and marketing departments. Over the last two and half decades, the business and her role has evolved. Now, she is often the first point of contact for new clients. When people call in to rebuild their home, sell their lot, or buy a spec home, Kp is the main point of contact. She does research on the client, such as looking at their lot and any drawbacks to building. As Brenda Christopherson’s right-hand employee, she gathers the information needed for Brenda to meet with new clients one-on-one. Kp assists Brenda with various projects depending on the day, including marketing, working with architects, contacting media outlets, and more.
Permit Coordinator/Administrative Assistant
Deb’s career in Sonoma County began in 2016, primarily supporting consulting senior engineers in geotechnical and testing/Special Inspection services, and grew rapidly to become a Project Accountant and Project Manager Assistant specializing in project coordination, Client services, technical writing, and general support services. Her early administrative support career was spent in San Francisco’s Financial District supporting a high-profile bank executive for almost a decade before migrating into the food and beverage/hospitality industry overseeing a family’s small business growing enterprise and corporate entities for over 13 years. In her free time, Deb is an active certified Sonoma County Master Gardener volunteer and Project Lead as the newsletter editor.
Loyola Marymount University
- Bachelor of Arts, European Studies (International business, marketing)
- Minor, Business Administration
New Home Warranty Technician
David Haase is Christopherson Builder’s New Home Warranty Technician in Fountain Grove, Santa Rosa and surrounding areas. He has 20+ years of experience in construction which began at age 12 working for this father during the summers. His expertise is new construction, remodels and renovations. Over the span of his career David’s been employed as a Finish Carpenter for BF Builders in Lakeport, CA and an Assistant Superintendent for Oakmont Senior Living Construction, Windsor CA. David was born in Reno, Nevada and raised in Sonoma County. He currently resides in Coffey Park, Santa Rosa. His personal interests include watching and playing sports, traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
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!
Christopherson Builders is proud to announce Kass Hutchins is back with our team, focusing on marketing, merchandising and branding. Kass is excited to be back with a company she aligns herself with values and our “family” culture Christopherson has always instilled in the “team”. She is proud to be back contributing to our mission of putting people first and rebuilding our community
Kass will be assisting with sales research, model homes, sales office set up, general marketing and branding efforts. Her diverse knowledge and previous experience in the real estate and building industry make Kass a welcomed addition the Christopherson Builders Team.
She previously worked for Christopherson Homes, starting as Brenda Christopherson’s assistant and working her way to marketing supervisor during her 13 year tenure. Kass also worked for a commercial real estate company in office management, plus a contractor and property management company.
Working part time as an accounting intern at Christopherson Builders, Hannah has been a real asset in supporting the purchasing and accounting departments. She assists both teams with invoice data entry, tracking insurance certificates and pre-lien notices as well as writing purchasing contracts. She recently obtained a license in commercial drone photography which she hopes to utilize in her current role. Hannah is also a student earning a degree in business & finance. Before moving back to Sonoma County she lived and worked in Fresno, CA as an EMT. She gained a wealth of life experience through EMS but realized she needed an education and more exposure to new opportunities before she could make decisions regarding her career path and become the person she would like to be. Christopherson Builders has opened a door for Hannah to learn, grow and evolve while working with an incredible team.
In her free time you can find Hannah in the outdoors enjoying sunny days at the coast or hiking the many trails throughout Sonoma and Napa counties or relaxing with family and friends.
Nick is currently a construction laborer with Christopherson Builders. He supports the construction team in building homes in Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa.
He is new to the construction industry and is enjoying the on the job training working with experienced Construction Managers. In his spare time Nick gardens, spends time with family and friends and loves running with his dog. He also spends summer days at the lake in Hidden Valley.
Realtor Services / Our Sales Team
Realtor, Resales and New Construction
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 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.
(707) 486-8727 | BRE # 00958526
Realtor, Resales and New Construction
Henry "Spud" Davis, Jr.
Realtor, Resales and New Construction
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
Realtor, Resales and New Construction
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