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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Stephanie Rae Brande is a native Southern Californian born in Fallbrook, California. She is a self-taught artist and has a deep love and appreciation of nature and the beautiful elements that living in such a diverse environment offers. With experience in both land and residential sales, Stephanie is knowledgeable in guiding clients through all stages of buying and selling real estate and providing valuable resources. She is dedicated and strives to ensure every sale is a smooth transaction. Stephanie Rae Brande is proud to be a part of a dynamic team at one of San Diego County’s leading backcountry brokerages. Whether you are planning to purchase or sell she will be happy to assist!
Nathalie is in her first year at Red Hawk. She is a graduate of SDSU where she majored in Finance. Prior to becoming a realtor, she worked for twenty years at a law office where she honed her negotiation skills. She is confident that this talent will transfer well into her real estate endeavors.
Her roots are from New Orleans which explains her affinity for music and food. She met her husband, Robert George, a long time Julian resident, and has gratefully made Julian her home since 2005.
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.
As a lifelong resident of San Diego county, Lisa grew up in Lakeside and now calls the backcountry home. After enjoying a 16 year career in health care as a Registered Nurse and administrator, Lisa entered the real estate profession and joined Red Hawk Realty in 2017. With an inherent desire to help others, extensive leadership skills, and a passion for life-long learning Lisa is continually striving to deliver the best possible experience to her clients. Through the National Association of REALTORS® Lisa is certified as a Green Designee, having completed education in green real estate principles specific to energy efficiency, green home building and sustainability. She is a member of the local, state and national associations of REALTORS®. She loves animals and all things outdoors and enjoys hiking, gardening and a good history book.
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.
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.
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 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.
Kat Forcadas is a video producer, writer, and digital marketing specialist for Red Hawk Realty. A few years back she left the fast lane of Los Angeles, where she was a TV producer and writer, for the backroads of the San Diego backcountry. There, a new chapter for family, lifestyle, and creativity began. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Kat grew up loving nature and 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 telling its stories. 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 has worked extensively in traditional and digital production, enjoys creative collaborations, and connecting through visual storytelling. She also 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 thing is adventuring with her son and daughter. Side note: when you’re up in Julian, stop by the Julian Hard Cider tasting room and tell them Kat sent you.
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 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.