Meet Your Professional Property Management Team
You can trust our experienced, highly-trained staff to get you the best return on your rental property. Here are the dedicated people who work hard for you every day.
Darus Trutna, President
Darus Trutna has been a licensed Broker since 2010. He founded Real Property Management Humboldt in 2012 and joined forces with Professional Property Management in 2015. He is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers and has earned the designation “Professional Residential Manager.” Prior to Property Management, he served as a Combat Engineer Sergeant in the United States Army, completed two deployments: Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom, and was awarded an Army Commendation Medal while serving overseas with the Multinational Force and Observers organization in Sinai, Egypt. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he graduated with honors from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and was awarded “Man of the Year” from the School of Business. Darus enjoys teaching Property Management Workshops for local Realtors, serving on the Small Business Development Center Board of Directors, and being an active supporter of entrepreneurship in our community.
Sheila Bearden, General Manager
Sheila Bearden has been a real estate licensee and manager with PPM since November 1989. She has worked in the management field for more than thirty-five years. She manages client and tenant relations, handles Unlawful Detainers, oversees human resources and directs office administration. Sheila has been an active member of Soroptimist International of Humboldt Bay since 1993, having served in many offices including President. She is a member of the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Honored as the 2003 Realtor of the Year by the Humboldt Association of Realtors for outstanding service to the real estate profession and to the community. She is active with the association and has served as the chairperson of the Equal Opportunity Cultural Diversity committee. She is a current member of the Budget & Finance committee. Business member of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce, and the North Coast Employers Advisory Council.
Henry Hammacher, Director of Operations
Henry Hammacher is a licensed real estate broker and has served as the Director of Operations at Real Property Management Humboldt since 2013. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is passionate about building Real Property Management and going the extra mile for all of our clients. In the little time that he is not serving clients, he enjoys focusing on health and fitness, playing basketball and softball, and spending time with his wonderful girlfriend (who wrote this) and his Doberman, Moose. He is a member of the Humboldt Association of Realtors and active member of the community, encouraging community engagement by everyone in our company.
Susan Whiteside, Executive Assistant
Susan Whiteside is a licensed Realtor® at Professional Property Management and Real Property Management Humboldt. Her main goal is to assist in the day to day operations of the company. She is also actively involved in the Human Resources department and the Legal department. Susan has been in property management for over thirteen years. She has experience in all areas of management, including residential and commercial. She loves dogs, horses, hiking, camping, and photography. She grew up in New England and Southern California, but has made Humboldt County her home since 2004. When she isn’t at the office, she enjoys being at home with her family, or out on the trail.
Brittany Stuckey, Marketing Manager
Brittany Stuckey has worked in property management since 2006 and has been with RPM since 2013. She has had a variety of experience in property management from maintenance to property assessment and now serves the company in strategic marketing and business development. She is an alumna of Humboldt State University, with degrees in Communication, Art Studio, Social and Behavioral Science and is certified in Graphic Communication. She is a former Research Fellow, leader of the debate team and teaching associate in the Department of Communication. She is an award-winning photographer and graphic designer for her exhibited works such as Mythos of Memory. Her research delves into rhetoric and public discourse, Mythos, visual rhetoric and new medias. She is co-author of a 2016 academic article “Parameters of Dissemination: Validity of Concurrent Technology Platforms Sharing the Future Economy”, the 2015 article “The World Will Little Note”, among others. She is also Marketing Coordinator for the Nonprofit, Beyond Bullies, current member of The Humboldt Fellowship for Our Realization of a Greater Era, Next Generation Eureka and she used to make lame jokes on stage – now she mostly makes them in meetings.
Susanne Spencer, Controller
Susanne Spencer is the Controller serving the Real Property Management accounting team with over eleven years experience in accounting. She has dedicated that experience to serving RPM since 2012. As a lead accountant, she manages the Accounting Department. Previously she has shared her talents as an interior designer and enjoys art and history. She was born and raised in Eureka and looks forward to serving the community she loves for years to come.
Leslie Nicholson, Accounting Specialist
Leslie Nicholson was born and raised in Humboldt County on a dairy farm in Ferndale, CA that was started by her Great-Grandfather. She received a degree in Computer Applications and Office Systems from College of the Redwoods. She began working for the company in 2001 and supports the company as an Accounts Receivable representative, conducting vendor correspondence, and she processes the monthly owner statements. She is the former State Officer and majority member of Humboldt Assembly #216, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG). A community service based organization for girls between the ages of 11 and 20. It gives girls the opportunity to learn leadership and organizational skills that are need to to succeed. She is a twenty year member of Ferndale Chapter #23, Order of the Eastern Star (OES). She has served as the chapter president 3 times and as the district supervisor once in 2004. Eastern Star is also a community service organization. She enjoys gardening, sewing and reading, spending time outside and with her family.
Kate Cincoski, Project Administrator
Kate Cincoski has ten years of customer service experience including teaching, retail, and employee training. She is an alumna of Minnesota State University, Mankato, degree in Fine Arts with concentration in ceramics and emphasis in drawing. She received the distinction of the Mankato Undergraduate Research Grant in 2013. Her undergraduate degree created an interest in process innovation and development in both art and business. Kate is a transplant in Eureka, moving here from Minnesota in 2015. She enjoys the variety of outdoor activities in Humboldt, from hiking the hills to exploring the 110 miles of coastline.
Abra Labarre, Commercial Leasing Agent
Abra Labarre has lived in Humboldt County since 1996. She achieved her BA in Liberal Studies at HSU in 1999. Abra got her Real Estate Salesperson license in 2006 and began working with Prudential Redwood Realty where she assisted buyers and sellers with the sale of their properties for 5 years. Abra studied classical ballet for over 25 years and had the pleasure of partnering with Darus Trutna in several dance pieces presented by North Coast Dance starting in 2001. In 2012 Abra began working in property management with Darus Trutna who established a local Real Property Management franchise. In 2015 RPMH merged with and then acquired Professional Property Management. Abra is originally from the high desert of California. She believes that good property management services provide a stabilizing effect for communities and it is her goal to help RPMH/PPM provide the best property management services possible. Prior to working in real estate and property management, Abra began teaching Pilates and Yoga at Healthsport which she still does. Also, Abra has an extensive background in caregiving, having cared for many Humboldt County residents in various settings (Adult Day Health Care, IHSS, HCAR, Remi Vista, in private homes and with Hospice of Humboldt). Having worked in real estate for over 10 years, and as a caregiver and exercise instructor, Abra is well equipped to assist clients with their property management needs.
Nadia Duerson, Leasing Coordinator
Nadia Duerson has been working in administration for twenty years. She was born in Camp Pendleton, California and grew up all over the states with military parents. She spent her 20’s and 30’s in Indianapolis, Indiana where she enjoyed being the personal assistant to the president of a small company and managed three apartment complexes prior to moving back to California and serving the Real Property Management team. She considers herself a great meld of the Midwest and the West Coast- which means she is a corn fed ‘down home’ free spirit. Her hobbies include writing, photography, listening to live music, and sitting oceanside for hours, waiting to see whales or mermaids. As of yet, she has only seen seals and surfers.
Not photographed (yet.)
Jason Gaspay, Accounting Specialist
Jason Gaspay joined the team as an Accounting Specialist in December 2016 having relocated to Humboldt County from the Sacramento area. He is currently enrolled at College of the Redwoods and is pursuing a bachelors degree in accounting. When Jason is not counting beans for the RPM accounting team, he can be seen pumping iron at the gym or on a brisk walk through the redwoods. He has a unique sense of humor and, being indifferent to mainstream society, he considers himself a contrarian, deliberately doing the opposite of what others do; even if it is to his own detriment.
Michael Burkhart, Property Supervisor & Commercial Leasing Agent
Not photographed (yet.)
Alicia Johnston, Leasing Coordinator
Alicia has been a valued member of the Leasing Team since 2014. Prior to working with our company, she worked for a local law firm where she cultivated a skill set that supports her in putting transactions together today. A Humboldt Native, she loves serving the community and helping our clients find housing. She is a mother of 2 beautiful children and a lovable dog, too. She is a diehard San Francisco fan and dominates the work Fantasy Football league. She loves Mexican food and makes a killer enchilada stack to eat with her Go Girls. Go Giants!
Amy Cilley, Leasing Coordinator
Marlene White, Property Supervisor
Nick Foti, Maintenance Manager
Sasha Rodriguez, Maintenance Coordinator
David Ross, Site Inspector
About Real Property Management Humboldt
At Real Property Management Humboldt in Eureka CA, we proudly stand behind our reputation as a locally preferred property management company. Our unique capabilities enable us to manage your Humboldt rentals with the same expertise and reliability that we employ on a national level. This mix of local market knowledge and nationwide reach are what set us apart in the property management industry.
Your local Real Property Management teams consist of highly-trained experts in every aspect of property management, including marketing, leasing, maintenance, collections, evictions, accounting, inspections, and legal compliance.
Our rental properties management includes keeping owners up to date with the status of their property through the regular inspections we conduct and an online portal that owners can easily access. As one of the preferred apartment property management companies in Humboldt County, we screen applicants to find the best renters for each property to reduce vacancies and other potential problems.
We value our ability to be responsive to the needs of both owners and tenants.
For the best Eureka and Arcata property management and for anywhere else in Humboldt County, Real Property Management Humboldt provides the details, management and insight on your properties that our competitors can’t.
Real Property Management Humboldt is the local expert.
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