MEET #TEAMMONTICELLO

Monticello takes great pride in hiring, training, and retaining hard working, honest, and sophisticated realtors. We invite you to meet our Capital Region realtors!

Here’s what our agents love about #TeamMonticello!

Realtor in Albany NY Alexander Monticello

Alexander H. Monticello, Esq.
Owner and Principal Broker
518-227-0718
Alex@MonticelloNYS.com 

Alexander is a New York State licensed real estate broker and New York State licensed attorney. In 2017 Alexander was nominated as an Inman Innovator, for one of the most innovative marketing programs.  A life long upstate New Yorker, Alexander has lived and worked in the Capital Region since 2005. He has extensive experience advising some of New York’s most accomplished and influential leaders. In addition to practicing as a real estate broker, Alexander has over a decade of political and government experience negotiating significant legal, economic, and contractual issues. He served on the Executive Board of the Lark Street Business Improvement District in Albany. Prior to founding Monticello, Alexander practiced as an associate broker with Judy Rosen Real Estate, served as treasurer of Capital Hill Condominiums, Inc., and worked as a law clerk for E. Stewart Jones law firm. Alexander believes in supporting our community institutions, which is why he raises money for the Capital Roots, underwrites WAMC public radio, and donates to the Albany Art Barn.  Monticello contributes thousands of dollars every year to support these and other worthy community initiatives.

Alexander earned a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University, magna cum laude, and a J.D. from Albany Law School, Senior Editor of the Albany Law Review. Alexander holds the following licenses and memberships.

  • New York State Licensed Attorney
  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • American Bar Association Member
  • New York State Bar Association Member
  • Albany County Bar Association Member
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Nirisa Adams
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
518-526-3440
Nirisa@MonticelloNYS.com

Nirisa is a New York State Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker. With a background in Non Profit and Human Resources/Recruiting, Nirisa is a self motivated professional, and brings extensive negotiation and problem solving skills to Real Estate. She is committed to ensuring a positive home buying and selling experience, while providing a high level of professionalism to her clients.

Nirisa is passionate about social causes in the community. In her free time, she volunteers at various local organizations including Regional Food Bank, Soup Kitchens and Habitat for Humanity. Nirisa resides in Clifton Park, NY with her husband and their dog. She received her BA in International Relations from University at Albany and an MBA from The College of Saint Rose. Nirisa is also fluent in Nepali, Urdu, and Hindi languages.

 
Nirisa holds the following licenses and memberships:
  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Watch Nirisa’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Robert Bayruns
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-637-8864
RobertB@MonticelloNYS.com 

 

Robert is a New York State Licensed Realtor. He graduated from The University at Albany, with a BA in Economics and a minor in Business in 2020. With prior experience in both Real Estate Marketing and Transaction Coordinating, he is familiar with the Real Estate world and he is passionate about helping people find their perfect future home. Robert also has experience in retail, the restaurant business, and the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Robert loves watching sports, working out, and spending time with friends and family in his spare time. He actively volunteers with the Special Olympics and with the local homeless population. Having been born into an Air Force family, Robert grew up in various states on the West Coast and in the Adirondacks before settling in the Capital Region, where he currently lives in Clifton Park with his girlfriend and two cats.

Robert holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Nicole Burns
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-986-4199
Nicole@MonticelloNYS.com

 

 

As a local of the Capital Region, Nicole believes this area has something to offer for everyone! 

Nicole graduated in 2010 from Hartwick College with a Degree in Business Administration. While attending Hartwick, Nicole had the opportunity of studying abroad to various countries and have a strong appreciation for culture. Nicole currently works in Human Resources where she is passionate about Value, Trust, and Integrity – all things she practices daily. 

Over the last few years, Nicole has volunteered at the Schenectady Community Ministries Lunch Program. She strives to give back to the community in any way that she can.

In Nicole’s spare time, she enjoys being active, traveling, attending concerts, and sporting events as well as spending time with friends and family in addition to her Boston Terrier, Cody! 

Nicole currently resides in Rotterdam, NY. As a homeowner and landlord, Nicole’s goal is to consistently provide a genuine, knowledgeable, and exciting experience for her clients.

Nicole holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Richard Caliendo
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-944-1138
Richard@MonticelloNYS.com

 

 

Richard holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Christina HirazumiChristina Hirazumi
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-330-9288
Christina@MonticelloNYS.com

Christina was born and raised in Albany, New York. Currently, she resides in Saratoga Springs with her husband and three children. Christina specializes in international relocations with Global Foundries and other international employers. She is proud to call the Capital Region her home town. First licensed in 2005, Christina has been helping people through the process of buying and selling their homes for many years. With her deep understanding of the Capital Region and international experience, Christina has become skilled at navigating cross country and cross cultural connections.

Learn more about Christina here.

Christina holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Sales Person
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Albany High School Graduate
  • A.S. Business Communication Hudson Valley Community College
  • New York State Licensed Massage Therapist

Sara Keller
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-316-3308
SaraK@MonticelloNYS.com

As a Licensed Real Estate Agent who has lived in the Capital District for most of her life, Sara has the local knowledge and expertise to help make sure your next real estate transaction is a perfect fit.

Outside of real estate, Sara is a massage therapist and a mom of two who loves to hit the gym or any type of fitness class that challenges her! She is also a former ballet and jazz teacher and has recently taken up latin dancing.

With more than 28 years in the service industry Sara knows the importance of listening to her clients and putting their needs and goals first. Whether you are entering the real estate market for the first time, upgrading, downsizing, or looking to sell a treasured home that holds so many memories, Sara is here to help!

Sara holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • New York State Licensed Massage Therapist

Watch Sara’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Stela Koeva
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-694-1027
Stela@MonticelloNYS.com

 

 

Stela is a New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. With a fresh outlook on the Real Estate business, Stela is committed to delivering outstanding service matched with knowledge and hard work for her clients. Stela enjoys being part of Team Monticello!

Professional, dedicated, and strong negotiator are some of the keywords used by clients to describe Stela.

“All members of Team Monticello work alongside and combine their efforts and expertise to help each and every client achieve their real estate goals. Whether my clients are looking to buy, sell or invest, I always keep their best interests in mind, work around the clock and communicate continuously throughout the entire process!”

Originally from Bulgaria (Europe), Stela moved to the United States at the age of 21 and has lived in Saratoga Springs, NY since then. While still in Bulgaria, Stela attended one of the most prestigious universities in the country and graduated with a B.S. degree in English and History Education. Prior to Real Estate, Stela has been focusing on a career in Hospitality and managed a couple of hotels in the Saratoga County region.

Stela holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors Member

 

 

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Landrum
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
845-825-2979
Elizabeth@MonticelloNYS.com

Elizabeth is a world traveler who knows the importance of home wherever that may be. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2016 with a degree in English Literature and uprooted to the West Coast where she completed her MBA from George Fox University in 2019. While on the West Coast, she explored the great Pacific Northwest geographically and occupationally. She had the opportunity to work in the public sector as a literature and philosophy teacher in a rural school and also worked with Fortune 500 companies managing their accounts.

At the forefront, Elizabeth has always been drawn to Real Estate as she is focused on the value “home” and believed in the power of “tending one’s own garden.” Her passion for home extends to the desire to see others settled in their own little Eden. 

Elizabeth’s core values are self-expression, community, and wholeheartedness, which she expresses through her excessive baking, gardening, kayaking, and reading. Elizabeth is a strong proponent of living life courageously and with an open heart.

Elizabeth holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Bradd Larson
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-495-3969
Bradd@MonticelloNYS.com

Bradd is a New York State licensed realtor. He has a degree in Computer Information Systems and has nearly two decades of IT Support. Bradd also owns rental units and has a solid understanding of remodeling homes. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a home, or begin your rental career, Bradd is extremely capable and ready to guide you toward success. 

Bradd has lived and worked in the Capitol Region his entire life. He and his wife of almost fifteen years enjoy getting out in the community, from visiting local restaurants and state parks to picking apples when Summer turns to Autumn. Bradd and his wife also enjoy watching sporting events, evenings around the fire pit with friends and Sunday dinners with family. 

Bradd holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Jesse Leder
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-469-3577
Jesse@MonticelloNYS.com

Jesse is a New York State licensed realtor. He has a background in Consulting and Human Resources and graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a BS in Business Administration and from Union with a Masters in Business Administration. 

Jesse is originally from upstate New York but lived in New York City for over 10 years before returning to Saratoga Springs, where he currently lives with his fiance and their french bulldog, Amelia Peppercorn.

Jesse is driven to help clients find their dream home while making the Real Estate process stress free and enjoyable.

Jesse holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Associate Broker, Monticello Licensed Real Estate Broker

Christian Malanga, Esq.
Associate Broker
518-417-2313
Christian@MonticelloNYS.com 

Christian is a New York State licensed associate real estate broker and New York State licensed attorney. He has spent most of his life living and working in the the Capital District. In addition to practicing as an associate real estate broker, Christian has provided legal counsel as an Associate Counsel to the New York State Assembly and as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department. In addition, he currently volunteers with the Albany County Bar Association providing assistance to those unable to afford an attorney.

Christian earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University at Albany and a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, where he served as a Senior Note Editor for the Western New England Law Review.

Christian holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Attorney
  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Albany County Bar Association Member
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

 

Jessica Mavrofridis
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-265-9010
Jessica@MonticelloNYS.com

Jessica grew up on a farm in Duanesburg, NY where my parents had a successful asbestos removal company. She grew up around construction and has a vast knowledge of the workings of most construction projects. Jessica graduated from Albany Academy for Girls. She prides herself on being a little bit country, but city savvy at the same time. Jessica has always had a passion for music, playing guitar and singing at many local area venues, and even hearing some of my originals being played on the radio.  

Jessica currently resides in Rexford, NY with her husband and four kids. They love to travel and are always up for new adventures together. Jessica is a self-proclaimed DIY enthusiast and shares most of her trials and tribulations on Instagram, and also enjoys storying the details of everyday life along the way.  

Jessica has spent many years turning their house into a home and she enjoys finding new projects to tackle. When she’s not renovating a bathroom or redecorating a bedroom, you can find her on the sidelines cheering on her kids at their games or strolling the aisles and scoping out the deals at my local Target. Jessica has always had a love of real estate and finds herself very eager to help others find their perfect house to call home! 

Jessica holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Michael Pandolfo
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-518-466-2128
Mike@MonticelloNYS.com 

Mike Pandolfo is a lifelong resident of the capital region. Married, with two children, he lives just outside of Saratoga Lake. He and his family have been a part of the Hudson Valley Consortium – a private schooling group – since his children were young. They play a huge role in the organization as treasurer and registrar, and Mike has even taught a few classes.  In his down time, Mike loves the outdoors and spends many summer weekends in the Adirondacks.

Mike was a business owner for 14 years in the food service industry before entering into the Real Estate field in 2014.  Being a business owner and operator, Mike learned that people are priority number one. Mike was often up early and spent time prepping right after the business day ended for the following day. He felt that those years helped him understand that people are a priority- especially in real estate.

Mike feels that it is important to slip ourselves into the position of the customer. It is a hectic, stressful and overwhelming experience when buying or selling a home. Being the person who walks with them through the process and always being available is what Mike prides himself in.

Watch Michael’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Sharon Phanisnaraine
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-881-6577
Sharon@MonticelloNYS.com 

Sharon was born in Suriname, South America and she grew up in Astoria Queens. She graduated from Long Island City High School. After graduating High School, Sharon moved to Schenectady, NY. She married her amazing husband, Andy. Together, they have three beautiful children who inspire them to live the best life possible! 

Sharon was an entrepreneur who operated her own cleaning company and she knows the importance of customer service. She lives by and values integrity, compassion, respect and growth. She loves reading, learning, traveling with her family, and being involved in her kids activities. Sharon enjoys being of service to her family, friends and the community. 

Sharon believes one of the most serious and rewarding decisions one can make is purchasing real estate and part of making that dream come true is her reason for starting a career in real estate. Sharon also speaks and understands Dutch and Hindi.

Sharon holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Nicole “Niki” Reed
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-588-7207
Niki@MonticelloNYS.com 

Niki Reed is a licensed real estate salesperson from upstate NY whose background is sure to bring passion and dedication to her clients. Niki has been involved in the performing arts since the young age of four. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University in 2007, where she studied Theatre and Dance. During her time at Binghamton University she spent her college years invested in “Children’s Dance Theatre” appointed as a performer, choreographer, costume designer, and student manager.

Since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, Niki has successfully flourished multiple businesses in upstate NY. Niki’s passion for teaching and the arts led her to opening two performing arts schools, and a touring workshop company. Niki’s students have gone on to study dance and theater on the collegiate level, with many of her students now teaching their own classes and working professionally in the arts industry. 

Aside from her businesses, Niki’s two young sons have given her an unmatched drive for success. Her experience as a business owner and a mother has shaped her with the unique abilities needed to take on the Real Estate industry. Providing the best experience and guidance possible for her clients is at the top of her priorities, and she looks forward to making those genuine connections.

Niki holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

 

Verushka Rosemblum-Freire
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
215-870-7113
Verushka@MonticelloNYS.com 

Verushka was born and raised in Puerto Rico and she lived in Philadelphia for ten years and moved to the Capital Region in 2015. She received her BA in Psychology in 2014 and MA in Criminal Justice in 2016. Verushka previously worked in the mental health field, retail and business management, and mortgage correspondence. She is also fluent in Spanish and English. 

Verushka loves this industry and profession because of the flexibility and the opportunity to make someone’s buying and selling experience simple, enjoyable, and as least stressful as possible. 

Verushka loves the area and she thinks it’s a perfect place to raise her family and is close to major cities, beaches, lakes, and so many family-friendly activities! She is a wife, a mother, and has a chocolate lab named Moose. 

Verushka values her family more than anything and she loves spending quality time with them and seeing a smile on her boys’ face is the highlight of her day. She loves adventuring with her boys, visiting new places, working out, connecting with new people, obsessed with all things pineapple, and she enjoys trying new “kid science experiments.”

Verushka holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

 

Yassir SoffanYassir “Yaz” Soffan
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-635-3040
Yaz@MonticelloNYS.com 

Yaz is a New York State licensed realtor. Yaz has nearly a decade of IT experience supporting computer users and their needs around the Capital Region. Yaz is not only a realtor but he is also a real estate investor, owning multiple rental units. Whether you are looking to buy your first home or your next investment property, rest assured in knowing Yaz has the experience. Yaz enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle and is an avid runner – finishing the Boston Marathon in 2010. Yaz earned a B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Westfield State College and an Associate’s Degree in Small Business Management from Holyoke Community College. Yaz is also a Microsoft Certified System Engineer.

Yaz holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer

Karen Totino
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-573-6846
KarenT@MonticelloNYS.com 

Karen Totino is a licensed real estate agent whose core beliefs are purpose, passion, and service.  She graduated from Russell Sage College with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and spent ten years helping individuals maximize their potential and function.  In 2009, she opened Green Conscience Home, a retail showroom that features sustainable and non-toxic interior finishes and home products, with the belief that our homes impact our health and well-being – not only physically, but financially, mentally and spiritually as well.  She has developed expertise in building science, high-performance homes, home remodeling, and full-scale renovations.

Karen is an active member of Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association, where she is co-chair of the Green Building Science Group and a founding member of Profession Women in Building. She is on the board of Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature), and she is a certified Aging in Place Specialist.

Karen was born and raised in Saratoga County and currently resides in Ballston Spa with her husband and two daughters.  Her hobbies include weight training, enjoying live music, cooking (and eating), playing tennis and being outdoors as much as possible with her family and dog Jordi!

Not only will Karen provide extensive knowledge to the home buying and selling experience, she will bring trust, compassion, and a sense of joy and excitement to the process as well!

Watch Karen’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Savannah Whitney
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-391-5333
Savannah@MonticelloNYS.com

 

 

Savannah received her New York State Realtor License in 2019. She currently works as the Director of Operations and practices with her real estate license. She enjoys learning about all of the different parts of real estate. Savannah received her undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Business and Management in 2020. As a current student in her last semester, Savannah is studying at RPI in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. 

Savannah is familiar with the Capital Region area and she grew up in East Greenbush with her family and childhood friends. She loves the area because of its location and close proximity to New York City, Boston, Long Island Beach, Lake George and so much more! 

She takes great interest in traveling and cooking her favorite healthy meals. Savannah has restaurant experience while waitressing throughout college. Honesty, integrity and, being a good genuine person is what she values in life. Savannah is close with both of her parents, two brothers, two nieces and, one nephew. She currently lives with her boyfriend of two years in East Greenbush.

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors Member

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