René Decker, CAMEx, CCAM, Chief Executive Officer
René Decker has over 25 years experience in the community management profession. As CEO he has lead the charge for PowerStone to become one of the fastest growing property management firms in Orange County by focusing on exceptional client service and building a high caliber professional management team. Rene’ is hands on in providing guidance to homeowner and developer boards of directors in all facets of community management. His experience working with all sizes and types of associations enables him to provide key insights and direction in setting long-term goals and developing the strategies to achieve them. He has received numerous awards including a Vision Award for Creation Solutions for Problem Solving, the prominent Circle Vision Award and the Vision Award for Excellence in Service. Rene’ is an active member of the Community Associations Institute and currently on the board of CACM. He graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.
“The most important thing I’ve learned in this business is that it’s not
about the forms or the process, it’s about the people – every association is unique.”
Michelle Burge, CFO, CPA
Michelle is a CPA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from San Diego State University. Michelle began her career in public accounting where her main focus was on providing auditing and tax services for homeowner associations.
She brings over 25 years of community management experience to PowerStone and oversees a team of CPA’s and Accounting Professionals in the preparation of monthly financial statements, annual budgets, banking, accounts payable and receivable, investments, internal controls, delinquencies, developer billing, and escrow processing. Michelle has been active on both the Finance Committee and Management Firm Council of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Association of Certified Public Accountants.
“I take responsibility with our communities to make sure that the
accounting is not only accurate but understandable.”
Debbie Evans, CAMEx, CCAM, Chief Operating Officer
Debbie has been in the community management field since 1989. Her experience has helped her develop a unique understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of the property management profession. She is responsible for oversight of operations, training, guidance and support to managers and staff and also works closely with homeowner and developer boards of directors to provide guidance and training in all aspects of community management. With an emphasis for promoting professionalism and increasing education she has served as a board member and former chair of CACM. Debbie has received many awards including the highest honor of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Debbie is an active member of CAI, Community Associations Institute.
“Our clients deserve the best service and I’m here to ensure that we
deliver just that.”
Kendrah Kay, CAMEx, CCAM, CMCA,
Vice President Management Services
Kendrah has spent a decade in redefining what it means to serve. She is responsible for providing the superior customer service that PowerStone is famous for, and is an integral part of the leadership team. Kendrah manages and mentors with a passion and love for what she does. She never compromises on quality and strives to find new ways to meet and exceed client expectations.
Kendrah has earned the distinguished credential of Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) and is serving as Chair of the Legal Advisory Steering Committee. She is also part of the CACM Board of Directors and has been awarded two prestigious Vision Awards in 2011 and 2015. Kendrah is an active member of the Community Association Institute (CAI) and serves as the Co-Chair for the Summer Symposium Committee. In addition, she has earned her CMCA designation.
Kendrah attended California State University, San Marcos and the University of Phoenix and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Communications and Finance.
“I challenge myself and our team every day to provide a superior level of customer service in an effort to surpass expectations set by the clients and homeowners that we serve. We are proud of what we do and we strive to be the best at it.”
Karen Kannen, Esq., General Counsel
Karen has over 20 years of community association law experience.
She is an accomplished strategist and as a member of the leadership team she provides professional due diligence on corporate governance issues. In addition to developing and implementing legal risk management programs and processes, Karen keeps the management team abreast on the everchanging laws impacting community associations and provides extensive training on minimizing clients’ risks of legal liabilities. She also conducts Powerstone’s Board Member Boot Camp program.
Karen in a graduate of Cornell University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, and graduated cum laude in 1990.
Ms. Kannen is an active member of the Orange County Regional Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and the California Association of Community Managers, as well as a member of the California State Bar.
“I’m very proactive in developing programs that help reduce the legal liabilities of our Board Members and their Associations. I’m proud of our track record.”
Gavin A. Kuehn Sr., CCAM, CMCA,
Director of Community Management
Gavin heads up the Northern California office and serves the entire Bay area including San Jose, Newark, Pleasanton and surrounding communities.
Gavin has earned the designations of CCAM, Certified Community Association Manager & CMCA Certified Manager of Community Associations. Gavin is also Co-Chair of the CAI / OC Education Committee and is active in all industry functions including acting as a speaker and educator for the CLTP Community Leadership Training Courses.
“ I think excellent service is the key to our clients’ success and so far it’s proved right every time.”
Timothy Peckham, PCAM, CCAM, CMCA, AMS, Director of Community
Tim has over 30 years of industry experience, including: oversight of operations, training, guidance and support to managers and staff and he has developed a unique understanding of the various needs and special attention that board members require. He has served successfully as onsite General Manager for over 10 years at a large age restricted gated communities in Orange County. Tim has earned the distinguished credentials of Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM), Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) and Association Management Specialist (AMS).
“I believe each community is unique and it’s important to understand what makes it special.”
Bree Harrington, CCAM Director of Community Management
Bree is an industry professional with over 18 years experience in providing superior customer service and maintaining positive client relationships for Powerstone. Bree has earned the distinguished credential of Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) and is currently an active member within the organization. In 2011 Bree was
nominated for the prestigious CACM Leadership Award Physical Management – Level II. Bree attended San Diego State University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies.
“I’m one of those people that is lucky because I truly love what I do and I get excited when I can help my communities be successful.”
Christina Mercer, CCAM, Director of Community Management
Christina heads up the San Diego County office for Powerstone and is responsible for managing all current San Diego Client Homeowner Associations. Her experience in problem solving and strategic planning has helped her in guiding her Board Members in decision making and support for initiatives that can improve the quality of life for residents. Ms. Mercer has earned the designation of CCAM from CACM, and has been nominated for Leadership and Manager of the Year through CAI. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Christina has been involved in the Community Management Industry for 15 years with over five years being in Southern California. She also volunteers at the local High School.
“I treat every one of my Associations like Family, so excellent service is always a pleasure.”
Amanda McGinley, CMCA, Director of Launch Team Services
At Powerstone, we like to put our best foot forward, and that starts with the transition process. Amanda, Director of Launch Team Services, has more than 10 years of industry experience and knowledge, which she has applied to managing the on-boarding and account set up of every new client that joins our family. In her 5 years at Powerstone Amanda has excelled as a Community Manager, Senior Manager and Launch Team Specialist. Amanda embraces the transition process from start to finish and she is dedicated to making the conversion seamless for the Board and for the membership. She is detail oriented and ensures that every account is embraced with the same care, respect and importance.
“I know that change can be difficult and that’s why I get so excited when new clients see how easy it really is to join our family.”
Kristin Lewis, CCAM, Director of Community Management
Kristin has been a respected association professional for over 10 years, serving in multiple positions, and now as a Director. She is known for being calm under pressure having worked with various Boards on difficult projects from litigation to reconstruction. She is a Board favorite who approaches her work with high energy and passion. When she’s not serving clients, she likes to travel and spend time with her family.
As a skilled manager, Kristin has earned the prestigious designation of CCAM, Certified Community Association Manager, from the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), and in 2012 was recipient of the highly respected CACM “Manager’s Choice” Vision Award voted on by over 3000 Community Managers State-Wide.
“I love to find new ways to create better service for my clients; we’re always innovating.”
Joshua Scott, CCAM, AMS, Director of Community Management
Josh has been a Community Manager since 2004 and been a part of the Powerstone family since 2015. Josh currently manages the Anaheim office. He also serves on the Board of his own homeowner association so he truly understands the expectations of clients and appreciates the work that Board Members volunteer to do for their communities.
Josh’s experience includes working with developers of new communities, high-rise management, Apartment Co-Op to condominium conversions, formation and dissolution of LLC’s.
Josh is married with two sons, ages 3 and 1. He enjoys outdoor sports and tinkering with old cars and motorcycles. As a skilled manager, Josh has earned the prestigious designation of CCAM, Certified Community Association Manager, from the California Association of Community Managers (CACM). He has also earned the AMS designation, Association Management Specialist, from the Community Associations Institute (CAI).
“I enjoy my career as a community manager as it provides me with a platform to provide courteous and professional assistance to my clients while constantly challenging myself to learn more.”
Melissa Pease, CCAM, Director of Compliance Services
Melissa oversees Compliance Services for all of Powerstone’s Homeowner Associations. Working with the Powerstone property managers she ensures that critical association data, certifications etc. are up to date and accurate. This includes management and coordination of budgets, annual audits, escrow required documents and annual Meetings.
Melissa is known for her exceptional communication and customer service skills along with possessing a very thoughtful and thorough mindset, which makes her the perfect fit for her position. Melissa has been with Powerstone since 2005 and in 2016 won Maintenance Association of the Year thru Woodbridge Village Master Associations. She has earned the prestigious title of Certified Community Manager thru CACM and has been nominated for the industry’s Vision Awards.
When Melissa is not working she likes to enjoy time on the golf course, playing tennis and cooking.
“I believe that it’s important that things get done right. I know our clients expect it from us.”
Elva Gonzalez, CMCA, AMS, Director of Community Management
Elva is an industry professional with over 25 years’ experience in providing superior customer service and maintaining positive client relationships for the communities she manages. Her professional experience includes portfolio management, supervising a team of community managers and customer service department, coaching/mentoring and training new and seasoned managers. As a Certified Association Manager, Elva works closely with homeowner board members to provide guidance and training in all aspects of community management. She is a leader in assisting boards in how to navigate through the HOA Strategic Planning process. She is focused on promoting professionalism and increasing education for the community management industry.
Elva has earned the distinguished credential of Certified Managers of Community Association (CMCA) and the Association Management Specialist (AMS) designation. She is currently an active member of the Community Association Institute (CAI) and served as Chair of the Membership Committee in 2016/2017. Elva is bilingual in English and Spanish and is a native to Orange County, California. When she is not working you can find her spending time with her family.
“The one aspect of my work that I truly love is helping board members get educated on the latest trends in association management.”
Steve Romero, CPA, Controller
Steve brings over 20 years of community management experience to Powerstone and oversees the preparation and review of over 250 monthly financial statements. He manages new client transitions to Powerstone and oversees their financial data, accounts receivable, accounts payable, budget, and banking to ensure a seamless transition.
Steve is a CPA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from San Diego State University. Steve also honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Steve enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He also volunteers as the Treasurer and Assistant Den Leader of his son’s Boy Scout Troop and coaches youth soccer teams.
“I like to feel that I’m a vital part of the client transition process when it comes to joining Powerstone and want the experience to be correct and seamless. This is one of the main reasons why HOA’s switch to Powerstone.”
Debra Roberts, Controller
Debbie is instrumental in implementing and managing procedures to ensure that clients are in compliance with their HOA documents and Civil Code. She joined the Powerstone team in 2017 bringing over 30 years of accounting focused CID experience with her. She has extensive experience working with all types of developments, from developer startups to large active adult communities. Debbie previously managed an accounting team of 33 individuals overseeing all phases of the financial process.
When she is not working she likes to spend time in the garden hanging out with her three dogs.
“Our home is probably the largest investment we will ever make. Every community deserves an experienced management team to assist with the maintenance of this asset. My goal is to provide the best customer experience in the industry.”