• Donn Bree


    Self-employed since 1977, Donn Bree’s responsibilities include the organization and operation of Red Hawk Realty. Donn began his finance career packaging business loans in the early 1980’s and established Interstate Funding Group and Red Hawk Realty in 1990. Donn’s professional career has been a pursuit merging his personal and professional interests including his love of rural environments, natural sciences, and the technical aspects of real estate.

    As a three-sport athlete and lifelong mountaineer, Donn has learned the value of preparation and hard-work as it relates to proven results. Born into a Central California ranching family, Donn lives and embraces the rural real estate lifestyle in which he practices his profession. Among his favorite downtime activities are his passion for music as a songwriter, singer and performer, and engaging in work on his backcountry farm.

    University of San Diego
    Coleman University
    Union Institute
    Bachelor of Science
    Doctor of Philosophy & Natural Science

    Real Estate & Investment Consulting
    Asset Management
    Environmental Site Assessment
    Residential, Land, Commercial & Investment

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  • Meriah Druliner

    Co-Owner/Managing Broker

    Meriah Druliner grew up and currently resides in the backcountry of San Diego County on beautiful Palomar Mountain living a completely self-sustainable lifestyle. For 10 years, she owned and operated a successful restaurant business, in terms of both reputation and financial health. Upon the sale of her business, Meriah began a fulfilling career in the real estate industry which has led to a strong passion about all types of real estate, building relationships and helping people achieve the lifestyle they aspire.

    With a long history in the San Diego Backcountry, Meriah is very familiar with the area and all its rewards. Despite selling her restaurant, Meriah has a true passion for cooking, and it continues to be among her favorite pastimes. She also enjoys hiking, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

    University of California, San Diego
    Bachelor of Arts & Certificated Paralegal

    Marketing Management
    Legal & Financial Risk Management
    Client Relationship Management
    Residential, Land, Commercial & Investment

  • Kelly Groppo

    Operations Manager

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Marketing Associate/Real Estate Agent

    Kat Forcadas is a dedicated realtor and digital marketing specialist for Red Hawk Realty where she carefully crafts impactful marketing strategies and campaigns for clients. Kat is known for her knowledge, client care, and deep community connections and involvement. In 2010, she left Los Angeles, where she was a TV producer and writer, for Julian to help launch Julian Hard Cider and where a new chapter of family, lifestyle, and community involvement began. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Kat grew up loving nature and her time spent on her family’s 140-acre hobby farm near the gateway to the Rockies. Kat has always loved connecting and creating and she brings this passion to her work at Red Hawk Realty. Kat has a great love of the San Diego backcountry, its natural beauty, adventuring in it, its people, and its beautiful properties. She is a long-time resident of Wynola and an area expert who also lives part-time in the Loma Portal area of Point Loma. This makes her a valuable asset in providing client care up and down the hill. Kat 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 has worked extensively in both traditional and digital production and uses these skills to enhance the reach and impact for Red Hawk Realty Clients. Kat enjoys the San Diego county lifestyle from beach to mountain including ocean fun, hiking, music, food, events, wine tasting, and exploring. What she loves most is time with her son and daughter Landon and Leah who were raised in Julian and attended Spencer Valley School. Kat is a devoted mom, real estate professional, marketing expert, business owner, and local. She has just what it takes to sell your home or property or help you find your new dream one. Kat is here to help make your tomorrow happen together with ease, skill, and care.

  • Starlene Bennin

    Real Estate Agent / Property Manager

    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.

  • 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.

  • Jake Swenson

    Real Estate Broker Associate

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Liz Pannell

    Accounting/Office Manager

    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.