Home is more than an address. It’s a feeling of comfort and belonging. At Bonaventure, 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 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, MBA CPM
Sarah Bernier, MBA CPM is best known for building strong teams with members who consistently perform at the Best In Class level. Sarah is a nationally recognized expert in affordable housing and speaks at industry conferences on affordable housing issues. She brings 27 years of experience to her role as Senior Director of Operations and Support at Bonaventure Property Management. Her areas of concentration are in: Affordable Housing – Tax Credit; Property Management Operating Systems, New Technology Initiatives for BPMS, Landlord Tenant Legal matters including Reasonable Accommodation and Modification Requests, our 24/7 Bonaventure Call Center, Acquisitions/Dispositions and anything that supports the property management group to achieve their Best in Class goals. 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 and a Masters of Business Administrations in Real Estate from the School of Business and Economics at Longwood University. Sarah was awarded the 2020 Bill Bessenfelder Core Values Award, the 2021 Region of the Year and the 2021 Corporate Team Member of the Year from Bonaventure as well as the 2020 Virginia Apartment Management Association Corporate Team Member of the Year.
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
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.
Yaw Opoku-Boakye, CAM
Yaw Opoku-Boakye, CAM, brings over 16 years of experience to his role as a Regional Property Manager for Bonaventure Property Management. Yaw worked for Home Properties, Bell Partners, The Bernstein Companies and Acento Real Estate Partners prior to joining Bonaventure in 2021. Yaw has experience in various submarkets in multiple states including Virginia, D.C, Maryland and Georgia. Yaw is adept at leading large teams, establishing culture and promoting high-performing individuals. Yaw holds a degree in Residential Property Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
April Henn brings over 15 years’ experience to her role as Regional Property Manager for Bonaventure Property Management. She worked for Pegasus Residential, Kettler Property Management and Accolade Property Management prior to joining Bonaventure in 2022. April has solid experience managing all phases of multi-family assets to include new construction, building renovations, property acquisitions and due-diligence projects. April is known for leading with integrity and driving her team to peak performance.
Tovah Garnett brings 18 years of experience to her role as Regional Property Manager for Bonaventure Property Management. Tovah began her career as a leasing consultant in Michigan before relocating to Richmond, VA where she expanded her career with multiple developers and management groups across several markets in Virginia. Tovah has proven success in various aspects of property management including acquisitions, value-add programs, lease-ups, and affordable housing. She is known for her work with national, state, and local apartment associations and helped develop the local Next-Gen program to encourage and mentor rising stars in the industry. Tovah holds a degree in Business and Real Estate from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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.