• Donn Bree

    Co-Owner/Broker

    Self-employed since 1977, Donn’s responsibilities include the organization and operation of Interstate Funding Group and Red Hawk Realty. In addition to the typical functions of a real estate broker, Donn also specializes in real estate investment consulting and asset management. His areas of real estate expertise include land, agricultural, residential, commercial, and investment property. Donn began his finance career packaging business loans in the early 1980’s and established Interstate Funding Group in 1990. Donn holds several professional designations, including certified EcoBroker® status. Donn provides expert assessment, valuation, and independent consulting services for wide range of real estate and business related issues on an hourly rate basis.

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  • Meriah Druliner

    Co-Owner/Managing Broker

    Meriah Druliner, operating partner, oversees all facets of the brokerage from team leadership, marketing and business relations to sales, financial management and risk management. Meriah grew up in the backcountry of San Diego County on beautiful Palomar Mountain living a completely self-sustainable lifestyle. A graduate of University of California, San Diego with a BA in Political Science and a UCSD certificated paralegal, Meriah received her real-world education as a business owner, opening a restaurant in Santa Ysabel’s Lake Henshaw area at the age of 23. For 10 years, she owned and operated a successful business, in terms of both reputation and financial health. Upon the sale of her business, Meriah began a fulfilling career the real estate industry. With a long history in the San Diego Backcountry, Meriah is very familiar with the area and all that it has to offer. Despite selling the restaurant, Meriah has a true passion for cooking and it continues to be her favorite pastime. She also enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

  • Kent Dover

    Marketing Associate/Real Estate Agent

    Native to the San Diego Backcountry, Kent Dover is a multi-faceted team member with strong ties to Julian & the surrounding areas. As a local Landowner, Artist, Craftsman, in addition to holding a Real Estate License with Red Hawk Realty, Kent has developed an eye and talent for revealing and accentuating potential in properties of all caliber. Kent comes from a local family of Real Estate Investors & Renovators and holds a strong background in various Academic & Practical Studies. With Real World sensibilities stemming from Client-Service related endeavors, Kent is a clear communicator and advocate in his representation of clientele. As a Certified Drone Pilot & Photographer, Kent is equipped to show listings in their true colors. Lastly, and most importantly is Kent’s dedicated fiduciary responsibility to all Red Hawk Realty clientele.

  • Danielle Knight

    Marketing Associate/Real Estate Agent

    Danielle grew up on a beautiful, self-sufficient, off-grid 90 acre ranch on Palomar Mountain in the backcountry of San Diego County. Leaving home after graduating from Julian High School, she attended University of California at Riverside where she enjoyed courses in Anthropology and Religious Studies. After college, Danielle resided in the metropolitan areas of Riverside County for several years. Longing for space, peacefulness, and friendliness of a quiet rural community, she and her beloved husband decided to move their family to the country setting of Warner Springs where they now reside with their two beautiful daughters. Danielle has always had a love of animals and the country lifestyle allows the freedom to provide a home to many animals, as well as fulfill her dream of living a more self-sufficient and off-grid lifestyle, similar to how she grew up. Her friendly personality, communication and organizational skills, and personal knowledge of the area make her a true asset to the Red Hawk Realty Team and clients. CA DRE#02106225

  • Jim Kylstad

    Real Estate Broker Associate

    Jim has been licensed as a Real Estate Broker for more than 30 years and has joined Red Hawk Realty as a Broker Associate. During his career in the Real Estate Industry, Jim has been actively involved; Including: Title Insurance, Escrow, Private Mortgage Insurance, Banking, Mortgage Banking, Land Acquisition, Development and Sales, Franchising, and Venture Capital.

    A native of North Dakota, Jim was raised with a love for the land on a family farm where he learned the value of hard work. He continues his involvement in cattle ranching as a partner of J2K Land & Cattle. He is excited to bring his experience and passion for the real estate industry to Red Hawk Realty and is thankful for the opportunity to be associated with the No. 1 team of professionals in the Backcountry under the leadership of Donn Bree.

    Jim is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Marketing. He and his wife, Barbara, have lived in San Diego for more than 40 years; they have 6 children & 6 grandchildren. Jim’s passion for the Backcountry, his experience in the Real Estate Industry, together with the support of Red Hawk Realty, makes them an excellent choice for all your Real Estate needs.

  • Kat Forcadas

    Creative Director - Real Estate Agent

    Kat is a real estate agent and a digital marketing specialist, video producer, and writer for Red Hawk Realty. Kat has lived in the San Diego backcountry for over ten years after choosing the country road lifestyle over the fast lane of Los Angeles where she was a TV producer and writer. In the Julian area, Kat has raised her children, started and grown businesses, and continues to be a very active member of the community. She has been very involved in the promotion of local businesses, celebrating the people and heart of the area, and has deep connections, friendships, and professional relationships. For over three and a half years, Kat has worked with Red Hawk Realty showcasing and celebrating the lifestyle and properties of the San Diego backcountry. Alongside owners Donn Bree and Meriah Druliner, Kat has walked and learned about these unique properties and what makes them so special, beautiful, and complex. She truly understands why expert knowledge and special care is essential and what every client deserves. She is also a highly skilled marketing professional dedicated to you and your needs. It is an honor for her to help you find and live your dream and will use her skills and passion to do so. In addition to this, Kat has a wealth of knowledge on the breadth of life in the San Diego backcountry including having a business, raising a family, schools, service providers, events, and activities.

    Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Kat grew up loving nature and enjoyed time spent on her family’s hobby farm near the gateway to the Rockies. Kat has a great love of the San Diego backcountry, its natural beauty and lifestyle. She received her BA from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in Communications and her MA from San Diego State University in TV, Film, and Digital Production. Kat enjoys the San Diego county lifestyle from beach to mountain, its outdoor activities, music, food, farms, events, wine tasting, and craft community. Her absolute favorite things, her son and daughter.

  • Starlene Bennin

    Real Estate Agent

    Star Bennin is a California native.  She has been a part of the Marine Corps family since 1991 and served one enlistment and retired with her husband.  Just as she served in the marines with integrity and honor, she now brings the same commitment to her real estate clients. Star has been in real estate for 14 years with great experience in sales, property management, short sales and REO (banked owned).  She is a loving mother of 3 and is actively involved in Warner’s Elementary PTCC. Star and her family moved to Ranchita C.A. in 2014.  Star holds a Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation providing additional knowledge on technical subjects and the fundamentals of real estate. In addition, Star brings her clients the leverage that her brokerage, Red Hawk Realty, widely recognized as the area experts, provides as well. For your next real estate transaction, call Star Bennin.

  • Diane Means

    Real Estate Agent

    I'm a native to Southern California and along with my husband Don, fell in love with Santa Ysabel, bought a piece of it in 1987, and have lived in the backcountry ever since. I'm a college grad with a BS degree and mother to four sons, two of whom are Julian grads, and 4 grandchildren. Married 40 years, I worked in my family owned manufacturing businesses for over 15 yrs doing marketing and sales after the boys graduated. We have lived in Pauma Valley and Ramona, which gives me a pretty fair knowledge of the back country. My husband Don and I have bought and sold million dollar properties personally; and after we sold the companies, I thought I would get my real estate license and put the knowledge acquired from our personal experience to work. Real estate allows me to work around my family, which comes first. I love the wide open spaces God created, working in the dirt, dogs and horses as well as backcountry neighbors who are always there to help. Golf is my sport of choice (hiking 2nd) and can tell you of some of the best courses to play in San Diego.

  • Angela M. Acosta

    Real Estate Broker Associate

    Angela grew up in Warner Springs and moved from the area after attending Julian High School for college. She has her degree from Stanford University in both Studio Art and German Studies. After travelling & living in Chicago, Berlin, Leipzig, and a short career as an event photographer and video editor, Angela returned home to the back country of San Diego. Angela loves an art project, a challenge, and is currently rehabbing several old homes and a commercial property in the area. She loves design, anything old, and especially film, so it is no surprise she is raising her two hilarious little boys with their father, the cable guy. Though she still gets the travel bug regularly, she is happiest working, cooking and cleaning here at home.

  • Tyler Stamets

    Real Estate Agent

    Tyler is a Julian native who ran off to follow his dreams in the entertainment industry. After graduating from the University of California at Irvine he enjoyed a successful 15 year career with the Walt Disney company. He has made his return to the backcountry to spend more time taking care of his family. Tyler’s passion for exploring the San Diego backcountry in pursuit of the best food, beer, art, outdoor activities and unique experiences that the area has to offer as led to his love of local real estate; he is especially keen on helping new residents pinpoint the backcountry locale that perfectly matches their needs & interests. Tyler’s creativity, keen business sense, and commitment to customer service make him an ideal back country real estate agent.

  • Maya Streamer

    Real Estate Agent

    Maya Streamer is a lifelong resident of the Warner Springs-Aguanga area. Her real estate expertise is in rural, recreational, retirement, and ranch properties. Maya’s large family is well known throughout the area. Her self-employment background as a Holistic Health Professional has resulted in Maya’s keen understanding of the investment side of real estate transactions, while her knowledge of the region makes her the area expert in property values.

  • Gina Norte

    Real Estate Agent

    Gina Norte is a San Diego County native and longtime backcountry resident. She and her family are fully involved with the San Diego backcountry community and local Warner School District. Gina represents both buyers and sellers with local, professional knowledge of San Diego’s beautiful backcountry. She works hard at being available, attentive and detail oriented for all her clients, as well as being a resource to new backcountry residents. Gina is an avid hiker and has a passion for the all things outdoors. Specializing in ranches, homes, land and loans. Member NAR, CAR, NSDAR.

  • Stacy Ambler

    Real Estate Agent

    Stacy Ambler has resided in San Diego her entire life. Her early career experience began in the administrative facet of business with Red Hawk Realty in 2002. Stacy has been a multi-million dollar producer since becoming a licensed Realtor®. Her attention to transaction details and follow-up has resulted in a loyal and diverse client base. Stacy is skilled in all areas of real estate and sells throughout San Diego from the back country to the coastal communities. Stacy became a broker associate in 2018.

  • Jenna Mendenhall

    Real Estate Agent

    Since 2001 Jenna has been a licensed real estate agent. She worked for Prudential in Ramona for a short time before deciding to hang her license closer to home. Jenna is a straight shooter with a knack for entrepreneurship. In addition to being successful in real estate, Jenna has built and run multiple businesses including: a local restaurant, a private hunting club and a beef business that sells in Whole Foods stores across the nation. She started her first business at the young age of 23 years old. Jenna is a leading business professional with over twenty years of experience keeping clients happy. She knows what it means to work hard and is not afraid to get her hands dirty.

    Jenna moved to the back country as a child in 1990, she has been residing there ever since. She was raised in Julian. When she graduated high school she decided to commute to college rather than move to the big city and leave her town behind. Jenna has strong ties to the community and knows better than most what an incredibly special place it is. After experiencing the tragic loss of her husband, the town’s people rallied around her and her daughters. It was in those moments that she knew that she’d never want to leave.

    Jenna lives completely off grid with her daughters in their home on Palomar Mountain. Her girls are seventh generation Palomar Mountain natives. Jenna is extremely knowledgeable of the area’s history, land and what it takes to live a sustainable lifestyle in this area. In her free time Jenna enjoys assisting the locals in gathering and branding cattle, volunteering at her local community church, hiking and backpacking throughout southern California, cheering her daughters on in their extracurricular activities and traveling the world. Jenna has been fortunate enough to visit many beautiful countries and meet the locals in several towns, but she remains convinced that there really is no place like home and that San Diego’s backcountry is paradise.

  • Kelly Groppo

    Transaction Coordinator/Real Estate Agent

    Kelly is a native San Diegan and now resides in Scripps Ranch. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in finance and economics. Kelly began her real estate career 15 years ago with a focus in real estate financing and has been with Red Hawk Realty for 9 years. Kelly’s education and experience qualify her as a Real Estate Investment Counselor. Kelly is currently our in-house Rock Star Transaction Coordinator.

  • Jake Swenson

    Real Estate Agent

    Growing up in the beautiful San Diego County backcountry communities of Palomar Mountain and Fallbrook ignited Jake Swenson’s innate passion for the rugged outdoors and nurtured his appreciation for the rewards of country living. As a graduate from University of Pacific with a degree in real estate and finance, Jake embarked on a nearly 10-year career in the fast-paced world of commercial real estate with experience ranging from industrial and retail property development to nationwide online auctions for all commercial product types.

    Never forgetting his roots and love of the backcountry, his journey evolved with the adaptation of his professional experience and skills and a redirection toward the fulfilling niche of rural real estate by joining the Red Hawk Realty team. Specializing in farm and ranches, mountain retreats, vacant land and recreational properties, Jake’s professional and educational experience combined with area knowledge and a love of the great outdoors positions him as an expert in the field ready to serve all his client’s real estate needs.

    Jake currently resides in Fallbrook with his wife and two children and enjoys hunting, fishing, surfing and snowboarding among other outdoor pursuits.

  • Nichole Denmark

    Director of Marketing/Office Manager

    Nichole Denmark is a Tribal Member from the local Santa Ysabel Reservation, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel. Nichole proudly boasts 20+ years of service in her community working in administration, construction, social services, child development, food/customer service and marketing. She serves as a voice for local youth and parents serving as Vice President of the Indian Advisory Committee at Warner School. Nichole’s deep roots in her culture and community fit right in with Red Hawk Realty’s knowledge and hope for preservation of the pristine backcountry. She enjoys helping people, beading, fundraising, volunteering, cooking and spending time with her two children and family.

  • Liz Pannell

    Accounting

    Liz Pannell is the organizational maven supporting our real estate practice. Her experience includes a long stint as an executive assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of a major hospital district. Liz manages the money and procures resources for our corporation. In addition to her responsibilities as our staff accountant, Liz contributes significantly to our grass roots marketing program.