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 Senior Regional Manager and Director of Compliance 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.
Chris Heywood is a Regional Property Manager with Bonaventure overseeing the daily operations for communities in Richmond and Northern Virginia. With over thirteen years of industry experience, he has been responsible for portfolios throughout Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Utah and most recently Texas. His dedication and determination quickly moved him through key positions including Senior Property Manager in the Mid-Atlantic. Chris has a variety of experience working with new construction, conventional, tax credit and value-add assets. His primary expertise is in lease-up and occupancy stabilization strategies.
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 Director of Marketing, 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 Community Footprint
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.
June 2021: Bonaventure Cares Wish Week Update
Thank you all for coming together to create such an incredible Corporate Wish Week! With the help of everyone’s donations, we were able to raise an astonishing $1,000 in a single week to support wish kids and their families in the Mid-Atlantic – and provide Melanie with many items from her special Amazon wish list! (Did we mention this was all accomplished in just one week?
Your generous donations will go a long way to help grant wishes for many kids in our local area, and for that, Bonaventure extends our greatest appreciation to each and every one of you.
May 2021: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Open House Fundraiser
Bonaventure was a proud Gold Level sponsor of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) fundraiser held on May 1st at Ascend Cycle studio in Alexandria, Virginia. The event included two charity DJ cycle rides, refreshments, pop-up shops and more. Thanks to the support of the sponsors, vendors, raffle donors, and attendees, the event raised over $4,500 for LLS. We look forward to participating in this event for years to come.
April 2021: Bonaventure Celebrates Earth Day
Earth Day is an opportunity for individuals and organizations like Bonaventure to join forces to create a greener planet. But how much do you know about its history and impact? Earth Day was founded in 1970 – and it led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
In support of Earth Day and Earth Month, we encourage our team members, residents, and partners to take eco-friendly daily actions like reducing paper waste, carpooling to decrease emissions, and recycling or reusing whenever possible. When we all make it a habit to support the environment each and every day, we can make a positive impact to preserve the planet for future generations.
To celebrate Earth Day, we shared daily tips on our social media pages throughout the week of April 22. In addition, many Bonaventure communities took part by providing Earth Day Kits to their residents. The kits included seeds, soil, and a care guide to keep their DIY potted plants and flowers blooming – and make their homes and communities just a bit more beautiful.
April 2021: Run to Rebuild 2021
Run, walk, or roll with Bonaventure to support Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria! Rebuilding Together DC Alexandria is a grassroots movement to rebuild lives and revitalize communities by repairing homes. They are an award-winning, mission-driven organization that rejuvenates neighborhoods in Washington, DC, and in Alexandria, Virginia.
We’re proud to invite you to join our team for Run to Rebuild 2021. It’s a virtual 5K to support homeowners with low incomes in getting the critical home repairs they need to stay safe and healthy at home.
The past year has demonstrated the importance of a safe, healthy home more than ever. We’ve all stayed home in isolation, doing our part to follow public health guidelines. But the truth is, home simply isn’t safe for many of our neighbors.
Rebuilding is everyone’s responsibility. Join our fundraising team in this virtual event, and help us support our neighbors in creating the healthy, safe homes that every member of our community deserves.
March 2021: Bonaventure Cares
The Bonaventure Design team has been volunteering with Harvesters since 2019. Harvesters is a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 760 nonprofit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children's homes, and others. Volunteers work at Harvesters warehouse sorting and packing food to distribute. Each time we visit, it’s a great opportunity to serve along-side coworkers while giving back to our community. If you’d like to help support ending hunger in our region by donating to Harvesters, please click here.
March 2021: Casual Fridays For A Cause, Q1 2021 Update
Bonaventure’s “Casual Fridays for a Cause” continues to bring in an abundance of donations. Through the efforts of our team members, we were able to raise a whopping $2,100 during this past quarter! All proceeds were sent to support two charitable organizations, Samaritan House and SCCADVASA, for their continued service of providing support to the victims of violence.
For Q2 we are excited to announce that we will be supporting the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. All donations will be in honor of one of Bonaventure’s very own team members. Our support will help to assist the research center towards finding a cure and improving care for patients with Sarcoidosis.
If you would like to donate to our cause, please use Cash App: $Bonacares.
March 2021: Bonaventure + SPCA, A little hope for our furry friends
All communities at Bonaventure are pet friendly. We recognize that our furry residents are considered family members within our communities, and we truly value their residency.
Bonaventure looked for an opportunity to support local SPCA organizations near our communities. We developed partnerships with SPCA locations in the Peninsula area of VA, Virginia Beach, Northern Virgina and Charleston, SC. Our impact was able to cover several adoption fees and medical expenses for furry friends within each community.
Please visit our social pages to read more about the individual stories of each animal we were able to assist in their journey to find a forever home.
March 2021: Bonaventure Cares
Bonaventure’s social responsibility outreach program, Bonaventure Cares, focuses on efforts that promote the fabric of our local community, as well as the wider community.
Bonaventure + SPCA = Extra Hope for Our Furry Friends
Did you know that all Bonaventure communities are pet friendly? We recognize that our four-legged residents are considered family members in our communities, and we truly value them for making everyone’s day just a bit brighter.
Because we love pets so much, Bonaventure decided to find an opportunity to support the SPCA organizations near our various communities. Our teams developed partnerships with SPCA locations in Virginia’s Peninsula area, Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia, and Charleston, South Carolina. We’re proud to say that our partnerships made it “pawssible” to cover several adoption fees and medical expenses for deserving fur-family in each community.
Casual Fridays for a Cause
Bonaventure’s “Casual Fridays for a Cause” continues to generate an abundance of donations. In Q1 2021, our team members delivered their best relaxed styles to raise $2,100 All proceeds went to support Samaritan House and SCCADVASA (South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault), two charitable organizations that deliver continued service to support victims of violence.
For Q2, we’re excited to announce that Bonaventure will be supporting the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. All donations will be in honor of one of Bonaventure’s very own team members. Our support will help assist the research center in its work toward finding a cure and improving care for patients with sarcoidosis.
Bonaventure Sponsors Local Baseball and Softball Teams
We were delighted when two local sports teams near our communities contacted us for support – and the Great Neck Baseball League in Virginia Beach and The Peninsula CoPilots Softball Team in Williamsburg are now part of the extended Bonaventure family. We’re honored to be able to accept these sponsorship opportunities and support the teams throughout their respective seasons. As a sponsor, we’ll be assisting with their day-to-day expenses, equipment, fees, and more.
February 2021: $1 for every “heart” reaction
The team at Aura at Arbordale invited their community to participate in a fitness challenge throughout the month of February. Each Friday the team hosted a Facebook Live event as they instructed and participated in a workout. Aura at Arbordale donated a $1 for each person that attended weekly and for very “heart” reaction received on Facebook. They totaled up their donations and sent them to the American Heart Association.
January 2021 - Casual Fridays for a Cause
In 2020 Bonaventure implemented Casual Fridays For a Cause. Our teams are encouraged to sport their jeans and Bonaventure swag in exchange for a donation to a local charity. From October-December our teams raised $2,891 and donated to The Foodbank of SE Virgina, Shatter the Ceiling, Another Pair and So Others May Eat.
Stay tuned for quarterly updates! If you would like to donate to our cause, please use Cash App: $Bonacares.
December 2020 - Bonaventure Cares
Bonaventure’s social responsibility outreach program, Bonaventure Cares, focuses on efforts that promote the fabric of our local community, as well as the wider global community.
Over the holidays, we participated in “Adopt A Family” through The Liberty Christmas Tree Program. The Liberty Christmas Tree Program is designed to lend a hand to disadvantaged families and older adults who are facing a difficult holiday season. We graciously filled large bags with gifts and personally delivered presents and meals to local families in need. We always enjoy the chance to giving back to our community.
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.