Meet Our Team
Management Maintenance


John Neal

John E. Neal is the Director of Property Operations at Great Eastern Management Company. He graduated from Mary Washington College with a B.S. in Psychology and played varsity tennis for four years. John has held positions on the Blue Ridge Apartment Council (BRAC) as both Chair and Vice Chair. He is also a current member of Places29 Hydraulic Road Community Advisory Committee (CAC), is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (VA), and a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM). John and his wife have two amazing kids whom they love to spend every possible moment with.


Isaac Bryan

Isaac Bryan joined Great Eastern Management Company in 2020 after several years working as both a project and property manager. Prior to his work in management, he was a college coach and administrator. Isaac serves as the Senior Property Manager for the residential division of the company.

Isaac earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master’s degree in leadership & administration from Taylor University. Some of his hobbies include spending time with my wife and four kids, running, carpentry, and watching sports (especially the Philadelphia Eagles).


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.


Jonathan Martin

Jonathan graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Language, Literature, and Writing. He joins the team at GEMC from a position as Leasing & Technology Manager at International House Ann Arbor, an intentional living community for international scholars at the University of Michigan. Jonathan grew up in the Harrisonburg area and is excited to return home to his friends and family down South in Virginia mountain country. He loves to talk all things geek, movies, books, and politics.


Danielle Sanders

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.


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.


Matthew 'Boogie' Batten

Matthew Batten (Boogie) is a Maintenance Technician. His interest in maintenance began at 14 years old while working for his family's construction company. After building several hundred homes over the course of 20 years while working for a contractor, he came to Great Eastern Management Company in 2014. He was crucial part of the installation of plumbing at Barclay Place and Westgate Apartments when they were first built.

The best thing about his life has been raising his two children and watching them grow up.


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.