2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2023 PRESIDENT

Kay TOLENTINO

TRADEMARK REALTY | OWNER/ BROKER

Marie “Kay” Tolentino has more than 20 years of real estate experience. Over the last two decades, Kay has seen the real estate process through various lenses: escrow officer, loan originator and processor, signing agent, investor, and real estate broker. With such a wealth of knowledge, Kay has become a valuable resource to clients and real estate professionals.

Kay can be counted on as a trusted real estate advisor. Kay is known for her dedication to her client’s needs. She knows there is always an answer for every real estate situation and will find a creative solution when necessary.

Kay is currently a Board Director for the Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS. She is a volunteer leader for her church and Troop Leader for her daughter’s Brownie Scouts troop. Kay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.

2024 PRESIDENT-ELECT

LAURA KINKADE-WONG

THE KINKADE GROUP AT DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

Lauren Kinkade-Wong, GRI, is a Broker Associate and Team Leader of The Kinkade Group at Douglas Elliman. She began working in the real estate field in 2005 in mortgage loans and worked her way up to the company’s vice president over the course of 10 years. Originally licensed in real estate in 2007, she became a full-time REALTOR® in early 2018.

Lauren finds her background in the mortgage industry to be extremely helpful to buyers and sellers alike. She has always loved being a part of the real estate industry but specifically loves being a REALTOR as she works hand-in-hand to help make her client’s real estate dreams a reality.

Lauren has been honored with many accolades, including being named “Power Player” and “Dynamic Woman” in real estate in Modern Luxury’s Angelino Magazine, and won the Douglas Elliman President’s Award in 2021.

In her spare time, Lauren loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Foothills Association of REALTORS® and serves as a Douglas Elliman Elevate representative for the Pasadena and Monrovia offices.

PFAR TREASURER

Jon BUTLER

BROKER OF RECORD | DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

Jon Butler is the Vice President and Broker of Record for Douglas Elliman Real Estate in California, supervising 23 offices and 700+ top-producing Douglas Elliman agents. A native of Iowa and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Luther College, Butler, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a dual minor in economics and music. After a year-long lap around the globe, two years of accounting and finance work in Minneapolis, and three subsequent years as a touring production manager based out of Los Angeles—Butler dove into the Southern California real estate market, bringing his high-energy, enthusiasm, and positive outlook to a struggling, declining market. Joining Teles Properties in Beverly Hills in 2012, Butler focused on default services and gained invaluable experience selling bank-owned homes (REO), assisting homeowners with short sales, and completing 2,500+ BPO’s (Broker Price Opinions) for the banks. In a short period, he built a strong clientele of regular and luxury buyers, investors, and sellers—from the Westside to the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. 

In 2014, Butler took his command of real estate contracts and exceptional client relations to use when he took over as Managing Director of 3 offices in San Gabriel Valley. Then, in 2016, Butler took over as Vice President and Broker of Record for all of Teles Properties. Since the strategic acquisition of Teles Properties by Douglas Elliman Real Estate in August 2017, Butler took over as Vice President and Broker of Record for all of Douglas Elliman Real Estate in California. Butler is ecstatic to be a part of an amazing luxury brand that also represents the largest independent real estate broker in the US and the most the productive agents of any company in the nation. 

 

PFAR SECRETARY

EDDIE RAMIREZ

DEASY PENNER PODLEY | PASADENA

Eddie Ramirez believes maintaining a top & respected position in real estate requires an honest & personal touch with clients and business colleagues. These honest and lasting personal connections require trust & loyalty, and it’s what drives business forward. Protecting clients’ interests and facilitating their requests & needs are always the top priority. 

Eddie was raised in Southern California and has lived most of his adult life in the San Gabriel Valley, which has allowed him to gain excellent local knowledge of all the surrounding communities, including his hometown of Eagle Rock.

After nearly 20 years in the financial industry, Eddie packed up all the financial knowledge and obtained his real estate license in 2012, and joined RE/MAX Premier Properties. Eddie consistently achieved the prestigious RE/MAX 100% Club Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 before moving to Podley Properties in 2018. Eddie achieved Podley’s Circle of Excellence in 2018 and has maintained top producer status every year after Podley Properties merged with Deasy Penner in 2019 to become DPP Real Estate.”

PFAR DIRECTOR

KENDYL YOUNG

GLENDALE DIGGS | BROKER/ OWNER

Kendyl Young is a 36-year veteran Realtor, semi-retired owner/broker of DIGGS, and co-founder of ADU DIGGS, a company providing high-end ADUs without the high-end price or hassle. Young holds a BA from UCLA and the ADU Specialist and SRES credentials. She has taught for CRS and GRI. Kendyl is an in-demand speaker with multiple appearances on Inman Connect, CAR ReImagine, Performance Coaching, and Glendale Tech Week stages. She has guest lectured for UCLA and USC School of Business and contributed to multiple real estate books and national magazines. Kendyl is an ADU evangelist- educating and inspiring everyone on how to use ADUs to improve lives, solve housing needs, and create generational wealth.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

SARAH MOORE

DILBECK | ESTATES DIRECTOR/ SALES MANAGER 

Sarah Moore is dedicated to providing top-notch service to her clients. An expert negotiator with superior knowledge of the area, her goal is to navigate the transaction as smoothly as possible with the best possible outcome for her client.

Born and raised in Pasadena/South Pasadena, Sarah graduated from California State University at Northridge, earning a business degree with an emphasis in real estate. She was an annual scholarship for warded the San Fernando Board of Realtors, Land Use Institute, and Appraisal Internships. In addition, Sarah is a nationally recognized potter in the Arts and Crafts style and has built and marketed the highly coveted Sassafrass Pottery.

Her love for art and architecture has made for a natural transition to her career as a Realtor. Working as an Estates Director, she is a California Association of REALTORS® State Director, Certified International Property Specialist, and Senior Real Estate Specialist. Her excellent service has resulted in wonderful reviews from her past clients. She has been awarded the Dilbeck Platinum Advantage Award for superior customer service on multiple occasions. In her spare time, she mentors new agents, teaching them the ropes in this challenging business.

 

PFAR DIRECTOR

HAZEL PERERA

SARKISSIAN + PERERA | BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY

Hazel Perera specializes in residential real estate in Pasadena and the surrounding communities. As a Pasadena native, she is attuned to the subtleties of the community and is an area expert.
 

Hazel’s main objectives are to help clients assess their real estate goals and develop a strategic plan to allow them to reach those goals efficiently.

Exceeding client expectations is a top priority for Hazel. Her pledge to clients is an unwavering partnership, as she negotiates and problem-solves on their behalf. Hazel combines her passion for helping people and attention to detail with integrity, efficiency, and a commitment to excellence. She offers the utmost in client-focused service and professionalism.

With over 25 years of experience in real estate and customer service, Hazel brings depth and breadth to each transaction. Her real estate career includes appraisal, residential property development, and commercial property management. She also has sales experience with a Fortune 500 company and extensive IT knowledge, giving her the cutting edge to bring clients the latest technology and web presence. She holds a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business & Economics from Westmont College.

PFAR DIRECTOR

SID KARSH

SID KARSH REAL ESTATE 

Sid Karsh has been involved in the real estate business for over 50 years, first in corporate real estate as president of two land development companies.

In 1995, he joined Keilholtz Realtors as a broker associate in his hometown of La Cañada Flintridge. In 2006, Sid formed Sid Karsh Real Estate.

Sid has served on almost every committee in PFAR, which includes: Professional Standards (Chairman), Grievance, Local Government Relations (LGR), and Budget and Finance. He has also been Treasurer of PFAR for three years and served many terms on the PFAR Board of Directors. Named REALTOR® of the Year in 2007, Sid was an Ombudsman, 2019 PFAR Treasurer, an Ethics Advocate, and 14- year key contact for State Senator Carol Liu. 

His most famous clients were Nancy and Ronald Reagan.

PFAR DIRECTOR

LEE CUELLAR

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY | Pasadena Market Center

Lee Cuellar is a Realtor® with Keller Williams. Although Lee’s specialty and passion are for mid-century modern architecture, he helps people buy and sell all kinds of real estate. Lee has served as a Director for the California Association of Realtors® and is currently an Ethics Advisor and Ombudsman for the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors®. 

Before becoming a Realtor, Lee worked in various professions, including music and merchandise licensing, highlighted by representing the most successful brands, which included Baywatch, Mortal Kombat, Lowrider Magazine, and Arnold Schwarzenegger films Terminator 1&2. Short Sale/REO certification and BPOR (Broker Price Opinion Resource) certified.

Specialties: Architectural properties. Docent/House Captain for the Pasadena Heritage Organization for 11 years.

PFAR DIRECTOR

Nathan Stark

CHICAGO TITLE | Glendale Office

Bio coming soon…

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