Meet Our Team
Management Maintenance


Brooke Thacker

Brooke Thacker is the Property Manager for all of Great Eastern's Charlottesville properties. Brooke started at GEMC as a Leasing Consultant in 2013 and has risen in rank several times since.

She is a native of Charlottesville and graduated from Albemarle High School. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their three girls (one boy on the way!), playing outside, taking them to the local park and family date nights on Fridays.


Elizabeth Conover

Elizabeth graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication in 2019. Shortly after graduating, she moved to the Charlottesville area in hopes of finding her calling in life. Having spent several years working in retail, she had wanted to work for a company where she could utilize the skills and knowledge she had previously obtained. While still being able to expand her horizons and learn new and exciting things. Outside of work, Elizabeth spends her time painting, writing, and spoiling her dog Archie.


Danielle Pendergrass

Danielle grew up in the busy city of Raleigh, NC before moving to the Charlottesville area in 2020. She spent several years working as a licensed hairstylist before making the transition to property management in 2021. Since then, she has learned so much about the industry and really enjoys helping people find their home. Outside of work, you may find her hiking in Shenandoah National Park with her dog Copper, or teaching group fitness classes at some of the local gyms.


Nina Jabar

Nina is our newest member of the Great Eastern Management Company family. She serves as the Leasing Consultant and Marketing Coordinator here at GEMC. She is local to the Harrisonburg area and is currently studying Marketing and Business Administration at Northern Virginia Community College. Nina started her career in property management as a Leasing Consultant and enjoys working at a company that values growth within the property management industry.

In her free-time, Nina enjoys traveling and working out as well as health and wellness. She is very excited to be a part of the team here at Park Apartments and can’t wait to meet you all!


Ruth Alvarado

Ruth Alvarado has worked for Great Eastern Management Company as a part-time leasing consultant since 2001. She was born in Guatemala, where she lived until 1999, when she moved to Charlottesville with her husband and three sons. Ruth works full time at CFA Institute, in the Credentialing Department. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her three grown children when possible. Ruth has recently taken a few Project Management courses, and received the CAPM® and PMP® designations from the Project Management Institute.


Ron San Miguel

Ron San Miguel is the Maintenance Supervisor for Great Eastern Management Company. He has a combined 20 years' experience. His career in property management began in Maryland where he was a Maintenance Technician for 8 years and then started his career with Great Eastern as Maintenance Technician and in 2018 he was promoted as the Maintenance Supervisor for all Charlottesville Great Eastern properties.

When he isn't working, he like to keep his cars in shape and cleaned, collects watches (specialty g-shocks), spending time with his dog and watching Coming to America, which is his all-time favorite movie.


Nathan 'Mo' Simmons

Nathan Simmons (Mo) is a Maintenance Technician who started his career with Great Eastern Management Company in 1995 at Colony Hilton in Newport News. When Great Eastern decided to sell this community, Mo was offered to transfer to our Charlottesville properties. He gladly accepted, packed up his wife, two sons and a daughter and left the waters of Newport News to the hills and mountains of Charlottesville.

When he isn't working he likes spending time with his two adopted children and twin grandsons.


Andrien Johnson

Andrien Johnson is a Maintenance Technician who started working in the tech field at a young age in 2011. He obtained his Tech 1 certification and in 2012 he obtained his Tech 2 certification. He went to school from 2013-2015 for his electrical certification. He has worked in the maintenance field since 2013 and joined Great Eastern Management Company in 2017.

He loves spending time with his children and family.


Mike Cobbs

Mike Cobbs joined Great Eastern Management Company in April 2014 as a Maintenance Technician. He has been in the maintenance field for 18 years. Mike, is primarily the maintenance technician for our residential properties located downtown and our commercial spaces.

Mike is the proud father of two boys and one girl. In his spare time he like to go four wheeling and dirt bike riding/jumping and raising his chickens.


Roland Poindexter

Roland Poindexter started his career with Great Eastern Management Company 26 years ago as the Janitorial Technician. He was promoted to a Maintenance Technician after 4 years. Roland is our go to guy if you need help with anything and he always has a smile on his face. His favorite saying is "I am here till 4:30."

He was born and raised in Albemarle County, played football for Albemarle High School. Roland has been married to his lovely wife for 21 years. His favorite pastime is hosting party bus trips to different casinos.


Ralph Carter

Ralph Carter, a seasoned maintenance technician, has proudly called Charlottesville, Virginia home for the past two decades. Before joining the maintenance team in 2021, Ralph had a background in construction, contributing valuable experience to our team. His enthusiasm for being a maintenance technician lies in the fact that each day presents a new challenge and an opportunity to learn something different.

When not engrossed in troubleshooting and repairs, Ralph can be found indulging in his favorite hobby—fishing—casting his line into the depths in pursuit of relaxation and enjoyment.


Angel Franco

Meet Angel Franco, a skilled maintenance technician with a passion for precision and a heart rooted in family. Originally from Harlem, New York, Angel found a new home in Charlottesville eight years ago.
Angel's journey as a maintenance technician began with his fascination for fixing things and helping his community. His attention to detail and commitment to excellence have earned him a reputation for reliability among our residents.
Outside of his busy work schedule, Angel's world revolves around his family which consists of his wife of 21 years and two teenage sons. He also enjoys a good football game and cheering on his favorite team, the Washington Commanders.


Derek Collins

Derek Collins, a proud Charlottesville native and our newest maintenance technician, is ready to make a mark in his hometown. Derek's journey in the world of maintenance is complemented by a background as an electrician, bringing a unique set of skills to the table.
Outside the realm of wires and circuits, Derek enjoys watching football and cheering on the Dallas Cowboys in his free-time.
As a Charlottesville native, Derek is deeply rooted in the community, and his commitment extends beyond his professional life. He takes pride in contributing to the maintenance and upkeep of the very place he calls home. Derek's friendly demeanor and local insights make him not just a skilled technician but also a valuable member of the community.