MEET THE STAFF
The Bureau of Real Estate Services (BRES) manages the Commonwealth's real estate portfolio and assists state agencies with transactional and strategic planning services to help customers meet their real estate needs.
Holly Law Eve, Director
Holly Law Eve has been with the Division since August 2008. Prior to that, she was the Real Property Manager for the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, served as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and worked for over 20 years in the corporate & commercial real estate finance industry. Her experience includes: corporate property management; commercial/construction loan origination, administration and servicing; lease and site acquisition negotiation; recovery management and liquidation of non-performing loans and real estate owned assets.
Holly received her bachelor's in business management and finance with a minor in community health from Virginia Tech and her master's in real estate valuation from VCU. She is a member of the Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Business Real Estate Circle of Excellence, the Richmond Real Estate Group, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Council, and has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in the real estate industry. Holly is a lifelong Virginia resident who enjoys water sports and is an Emergency First Responder Instructor and an Advanced Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Karl Saimre, BRES Director
Karl Saimre has been a member of the BRES team since July 2010 and serves as BRES Director. Prior to joining BRES, Karl spent two years in residential real estate and five years with a commercial real estate firm in California focusing on commercial leasing, property management and new development.
Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Karl holds an operations management degree from the University of Delaware, an MBA from the University of Hawaii and a master's of international management from Thunderbird Global School of Management.
Kimberly Avis, Leased Real Property Manager
Kim Avis joined the BRES team in September 2019 and serves as the Leased Real Property Manager. Prior to joining BRES, Kim spent 13 years at Virginia Tech managing the university’s portfolio of leased properties. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Elon University and a Master in Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech.
Lynda Colgin Capehart, Lease Administrator
Since 2008, Lynda Capehart has served as a Lease Administrator for BRES. In this position, Lynda manages a portfolio of 245 leases collecting, organizing, abstracting, processing payments, and maintaining rental and other pertinent information. Prior to coming to BRES, she worked for Circuit City Stores Inc., where she served part of her tenure as a Property Administrator.
Denise Coover, Business Manager
Denise Coover has served as the Bureau's Business Manager since 2007 and heads up the Lease Administration Team. Prior to coming to BRES, Denise worked 18 years for Circuit City Stores Inc., as the Manager of Property Management in the Real Estate Department. She has completed the Managing Virginia Program.
Georgiann Davis, Real Estate Coordinator Senior
Georgiann Davis joined BRES full-time in August 2014 as the Bureau's Real Estate Administrative Assistant. She has more than 30 years of experience as an executive/administrative assistant with the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise, VCU Health System and other companies in the Richmond area.
Melissa Desmond, Transaction Manager
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Melissa Desmond has been a Transaction Manager with BRES since 2011. Prior to her tenure, Melissa served as a Real Estate Manager at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Working as the chief contact between VDH and BRES, Melissa brings customer agency experience to her position. A state employee since 2008, Melissa has two decades of commercial real estate experience. She has an associate's degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Karen Scott Field, Lease Administrator
Karen Scott Field has served as a Lease Administrator for BRES since 2009. Prior to coming to BRES, she worked two years for CarMax Auto Superstores Inc., as a Property Administrator and 15 years for Circuit City Stores Inc., as the Assistant Property Manager. Karen has over two decades' experience in property management.
Mason Caperton Hood, Senior Transaction Manager
Originally from Charlottesville, Mason Caperton Hood joined DGS in 1990. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with an interdisciplinary degree in urban studies (planning) and has worked in some aspect of the real estate industry since graduating. Having seen the Commonwealth's approach to real estate transform to its current structure, Mason brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to BRES.
Hugh C. Hubinger, Senior Transaction Manager
Hugh C. Hubinger, originally from Wilmington, Delaware, has worked for BRES since 2007. A Senior Transaction Manager, Hugh's primary responsibility is the sale of surplus real estate, which has generated $65 million in sales of surplus property during his tenure. Hugh has 15 years' experience in commercial and business lending and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond.
Celeste Matney, Transaction Manager
Celeste Matney joined BRES in 2017. She is a Transaction Manager of wireless communications infrastructure and the acquisition of real estate leasehold and fee interests on behalf of the Commonwealth. Celeste began her career in the private sector legal and real estate fields. Prior to joining BRES, Celeste served several years in the public sector with the Virginia Department of Transportation acquiring real estate interests and relocating displaced individuals and businesses for road construction and maintenance projects. She was an honored recipient of the 2008 Federal Highway Administration award for Streamlining and Integration for her contribution to the Grundy Flood Project. Celeste earned a bachelor’s in political science from Appalachian State University and her master’s in business administration from King University.
Jeannie Minyard, Transaction Manager
Born in Ruston, Louisiana, and raised in Dallas, Texas, Jeannie Minyard joined the BRES team as a Transaction Manager in 2014. She previously served in Commercial Development at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport assisting with the real estate development of over 4,000 acres planned for retail, restaurant, office, industrial and hospitality development outside the central terminal area. Prior to her role at DFW Airport, Jeannie worked with the management and marketing/leasing groups at Holt Lunsford Commercial, a North Dallas commercial real estate service and investment company. Jeannie also has 11 years' experience with Citi Financial managing a portfolio of REO assets. Jeannie holds a bachelor's of business administration degree in real estate from the University of North Texas.
Debra Montgomery, Real Estate Coordinator
Debra Montgomery joined BRES in May of 2018. She holds an Associate’s of Arts and Science degree with a concentration in business administration from John Tyler Community College and relocated back to Virginia from Northeast Florida in 2015. Debra has over 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry including lease administration, retail leasing, and property management.
Sarah M. Murman, Transaction Manager
Serving as a Transaction Manager for BRES since 2007 Sarah Murman has nearly three decades of real estate experience. Before coming to BRES, she served as a property manager and a realtor. She has her bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her associate's degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She also earned a designation as a Real Property Administrator "RPA" from the Building Owners Management Institute (BOMI) organization.
Michael C. Nolan, Owned Real Property Manager
Mike Nolan joined BRES after a rewarding and diverse stint in the fast-paced world of New Jersey land development and real estate. He brings over 30 years' experience in land development, construction; acquisition, conveyance and leasing; site planning design; and land use/zoning review and approvals and has expertise in land title and use rights including various forms of ownership, easements, grants, licenses, encumbrances, use restrictions and zoning rights. Previously, Mike was a partner in an engineering and architecture firm, served as chairman of his local Zoning Board of Adjustment and worked for a commercial real estate broker.
Melissa Sampery, Transaction Manager
Melissa Sampery joined BRES in October 2012 and now serves as a Transaction Manager. Melissa is a lifelong Virginia resident who has dedicated her education and career to real estate. Melissa holds a bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in real estate and urban land development from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a master's degree in real estate valuation from VCU's Graduate School of Business. Melissa has experience in new home sales and commercial retail and office leasing.
Sara Snelson, COVA Trax Database Manager
Sara Snelson, born and raised in Pennsylvania but a resident of Richmond since the '80s, joined the Division in 2010 and comes from the non-government sector with long-term experience in the real estate industry. Having worked in various real estate related positions, she gained valuable skills and knowledge which she now applies in her role as the Database Manager and IT Liaison for the BRES team, specializing in the new COVA Trax asset management system.
Seletra Sutherland, Transaction Manager
Seletra Sutherland joined BRES in September 2015 after a career in the private sector real estate industry. As a licensed real estate broker, she brings over 10 years' experience in commercial and residential acquisitions, sales, property management and leasing. She owned and operated a real estate firm that specialized in assisting with the development of commercial mixed-use historic renovation properties. Seletra holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is pursuing a master of public administration degree from VCU's Graduate School of Government and Public Affairs. Seletra brings a customer-centered approach to her role as Transaction Manager with DGS.
Robert Suydam, Transaction Manager
Rob has been with BRES since September 2017 and has worked for the Commonwealth for over 25 years. Prior to coming to BRES, he was a Forestland Conservation Specialist for the Virginia Department of Forest, where he negotiated and developed perpetual conservation easements on approximately 20,000 acres of land. Robert has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) and a Master’s Degree in Science, majoring in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. He spends a great deal of time playing outside. His interests include cycling, remote control sailing, climbing, hiking, and paddle boarding.
Tesa Vonburg, Business Systems Analyst
Tesa Vonburg, born in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Northern Virginia, has over 15 years of experience working in various IT roles supporting business systems software for the military, federal, state, and private sectors. Prior to coming to BRES in 2017, Tesa served as a Senior Business Systems Analyst with AT&T since 2013. Tesa has an Associate's Degree from Northern Virginia Community College and continued her education at Strayer University, pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Information Systems.