Home is more than an address. It’s a feeling of comfort and belonging. At Bonaventure Property Management, our residents trust us to build and manage communities where they’ll feel connected to their neighbors, free to live a carefree lifestyle complemented by amenities that add interest and enjoyment to their daily lives. Our team of dedicated professionals is passionate about home. Make it yours. Trust Bonaventure.
MEET THE TEAM
The Bonaventure Property Management Executive Leadership team is composed of dynamic and knowledgeable property management professionals whose dedication and passion guide our communities to the benefit of our residents, employees and investors.
With nearly 30 years of professional experience in the multifamily industry, Valecia Maria Suser leads the Bonaventure Property Management division as Vice President of Property Management. To this role, Valecia brings executive-level expertise in new construction, lease-ups, acquisitions, renovations, repositions, and financially and physically stressed assets. Her marketplace knowledge spans the Mid-Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana. Valecia is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Florida State University. A respected leader in the industry, Valecia sits on the Virginia Tech Property Management Advisory Board.
Sarah Bernier is best known for building strong teams with members who consistently perform at the highest level. Sarah is a nationally recognized expert in affordable housing and speaks at industry conferences on affordable housing issues. She brings 25 years of experience to her role as Regional Property Manager at Bonaventure Property Management. Her areas of concentration are in: Affordable Housing – Tax Credit; Project Based Section 8; Housing Choice Voucher; Public Housing; RAD Conversions; HOME Funds; and Rural Development. She earned certifications as a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), Assisted Housing Manager (AHM), Blended Occupancy Specialist (BOS), holds a Fair Housing License as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, minoring in Business Management. Sarah was recently awarded the 2020 Bill Bessenfelder Core Values Award.
Jennifer Ritter, CAM, is a Regional Property Manager with Bonaventure. She began her career with the company in 2012 as a Leasing Consultant and has over 8 years of experience in the multifamily housing industry. Her hard work and dedication to Bonaventure’s Core Values quickly catapulted her through the ranks to her current position where she is responsible for the physical and financial oversight of her portfolio. Jennifer has a variety of experience working with both conventional and tax credit communities. She is known for her attention to detail and commitment to driving performance.
Robert Speck, CPM, brings 20 years of experience to his role as Regional Property Manager for Bonaventure Property Management. He began his career at several high-profile properties in the Washington, D.C. market before accepting a position with Bonaventure in 2016. His broad experience includes new construction, conventional, tax credit. He has worked in urban and suburban settings throughout multiple states including Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina. Robert is known for his focus on building teams and promoting high-performing individuals. Robert holds a degree in Residential Property Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Angela Chichester, COS, brings over 20 years of industry experience to her role as a Regional Property Manager with Bonaventure. She began her career as an Administrative Assistant before moving into Operations. There, the desire to excel quickly moved her through the ranks. With experience in both private companies and REITs, Angela understands the balance between delivering superior customer service and strong financial performance. She holds a Real Estate license in both the state of Maryland and District of Columbia.
Elizabeth Bogue began her career in property management as a Leasing Consultant while attending the Virginia Commonwealth University. She joined the company in 2015 as an Assistant Property Manager where she assisted in managing a multisite, renovation project. As a result of hard work and dedication she quickly rose to the position of Property Manager where she gained valuable experience with new construction assets. It wasn’t long before Liz realized her passion was in the marketing side of the industry. As Bonaventure Property Management’s Marketing Manager, Liz is responsible for the marketing and advertising efforts of the portfolio’s 5,000+ units.
Maureen Forshey brings nearly two decades of experience to her role as Director of Talent Development for Bonaventure Property Management. She has led leadership teams, created staff training programs, and devised operational systems for firms that manage nearly every style and category of residential development. In her current role with Bonaventure, Maureen is responsible for creating content and managing the process of the talent development department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Human Resources from Strayer University.
Courtney Jean Mayo
Courtney Mayo currently serves as the Systems and Processes Manager for Bonaventure Property Management. She joined the company in 2016 as a Leasing Consultant before transitioning to Property Support Manager Lead where she led a team responsible for managing delinquency and bad debt, processing final account statements and training on policies and procedures. In her current role, Courtney’s areas of concentration are the processes and workflows within the software systems Bonaventure uses. Courtney is a 2010 graduate of Radford University with a B.S. degree in Communications and a Minor in Marketing.
John Schojan is the Service Director at Bonaventure Property Management. His responsibilities include leading the training programs for the property service teams, as well as overseeing both the Regional Service Managers and Roving Service Team. John has over 30 years in the multifamily industry and began his career at the entry level groundsman position. With each position John held on the way to his current role, he gained valuable knowledge and a deep respect for each service position. John prides himself on creating a service team that takes ownership of their properties.
OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
At Bonaventure, we believe in communities.
Building them. Nurturing them. Supporting them.
Bonaventure’s social responsibility outreach program, Bonaventure Cares, focuses on efforts that promotes the fabric of our local community, as well as the wider global community. Your Community is Our Purpose.
December 2020 - Aura at Quarterpath Blood Drive
Aura at Quarterpath is hosting a blood drive to give back to our community during what will be a crucial time this holiday season.
November 2020 - Virtual Thanksgiving Potlucks
Thanksgiving Potlucks have been a long-standing tradition within Bonaventure. Though we were not able to gather in large groups this year, our teams were able to get together virtually to celebrate through a Zoom lunch with a game of holiday trivia and a grab and go lunch for our Bonaventure Construction team. In addition to celebrating with our BonaFam, we were also able to collect canned goods for our local food bank.
October 2020 - Bonaventure Cares SWAT Team
Bonaventure was featured at #entrataconnect! CEO, Dwight Dunton, discussed our Bonaventure Cares team and Entrata donated $10,000 to the cause! The Bonaventure Cares SWAT Team consists of employees in each department, in every region, to support fellow team members in the event themselves or anyone in their household is ill or hospitalized.
September 2020 - Tidewater Headquarters Learning Space & Casual Fridays for a Cause
We opened our Tidewater Headquarters as an available off-site learning space complete with socially distanced work stations and proctors to help facilitate online classes
Casual Fridays for a Cause: We have raised over $2100, with most donations going to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
July 2020 - #BonaventureCares Covid Relief
The onsite teams delivered toilet paper and masks to all of the residents as part of our #BonaventureCares Covid relief efforts.
June 2020: Rebuilding Together Alexandria-DC
June 2020: Rebuilding Together Alexandria-DC transforms neighborhoods into vibrant places – restoring pride, dignity and hope. Bonaventure’s Investments Team participated in the charity’s first-ever Trivia Night that raised $2,200.
May 2020: Transitions Family Violence Services
May 2020: Transitions Family Violence Services, Safe Harbor, Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc. and the Samaritan House. Bonaventure accepted the Multifamily Snowball for Good Challenge, donating $5,000 to support this group of local non-profits that provide safe housing for victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking.
April 2020: Community Business COVID-19 Relief
Bonaventure Property Management created a giveaway for residents that supported several local businesses in each region, purchasing $4,500 in gift cards to assist local businesses that are critical to local lifestyles and our region’s economy.
November 2019: Del Ray Business Association
Bonaventure was a “Finisher” sponsor of the 44th Annual Alexandria Turkey Trot presented by the DRBA, whose motto is “Where Main Street Still Exists.”
August 2019: The American Red Cross
August 15, 2019: The American Red Cross and Bonaventure registered 19 donors and collected 18 pints of blood for donation. Our donor's generosity impacted up to 54 lives.
May 2019: Hampton Roads Heroes at Home
May 2019: Hampton Roads Heroes at Home offers programs for local military members and their families. Bonaventure participated in a 24-hour yoga marathon with all proceeds benefiting the charity.
January 2019: Australian Red Cross
To show our support for the communities and wildlife affected by the Australian bushfires, we donated 100% of the application fees collected on January 10th to the Australian Red Cross for disaster relief fund.