About

Our Logo + Philosophy

Throughout history, the acorn and the oak tree have been synonymous with strength, growth, and refuge.  Legend has it that by placing an oak branch or even an acorn in one’s home, the property will always be protected.

Much like the humble acorn and the mighty oak, Acorn + Oak Property Management is founded on the simple principles of persistence, fortitude and assurance.  Our company’s goal is to provide reliable + professional service to our community’s property owners, investors, and tenants alike.  We are committed to protecting our clients’ most valued investments, providing our renters with comfortable spaces to call home, and supporting our local businesses + organizations.

Meet the Team

Michelle Ketchum

Michelle Ketchum

Broker in Charge
     919.675.1444 x 10
     michelle@acorn-oak.com
    Read Michelle's Bio
    A Michigan native, Michelle has called North Carolina home for the last 15 years. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she majored in American History and Creative Writing. Michelle has been an active property manager and Realtor since 2009. As a long time Durham resident, she loves all that makes up the Bull City—the fantastic food, the cozy pubs, and most importantly the momentum of a community that’s pulled itself up by the bootstraps. It’s not unusual to catch her renovating her historic home, playing in the garden, checking out a new band at Cat's Cradle or brunching at Rue Cler with a good book.
    Brett Lam

    Brett Lam

    Broker
       919.675.1444 x 11
       brett@acorn-oak.com
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      Originally from Kalamazoo, MI, Brett travelled and lived coast to coast before returning to where his heart is in Raleigh, NC. Growing up with parents who owned and operated their own small business, Brett joined Acorn + Oak to fulfill his dream of being part of a small but growing local company. As a property manager, he goes above and beyond for his clients and tenants, working until the job gets done. In his free time Brett enjoys playing soccer, running, cheering on both Detroit and Carolina sports teams, and a good karaoke bar.
      Daniel Woodward

      Daniel Woodward

      Broker
         919.675.1444 x 13
         daniel@acorn-oak.com
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        Dan may very well be the happiest, friendliest person in all of North Carolina which is why he was brought on as our first employee way back in 2013. Once our superstar office manager, he got his Real Estate License in 2015 and has been helping clients manage their properties with his positive can-do outlook ever since! Hailing from the great state of California, Dan has lived in the Triangle since 2010. He's an amazing artist (both visually and musically) and can make a mean sushi roll.
        Adam Hedrick

        Adam Hedrick

        Broker
           919.675.1444 x 16
           adam@acorn-oak.com
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          Originally from Lexington, NC or as some people refer to it, "The Barbecue Capital of North Carolina", Adam is a 2007 graduate of North Carolina State University. Since graduation, he has been a licensed Realtor and has been managing all different types of investment property in four different counties across the great state of North Carolina. With a passion for real estate and working with people, Adam joins the team with knowledge and education in property management, valuation and appraising. He enjoys anything outdoors: snow skiing and backpacking in the mountains, golfing in the Piedmont, and fishing and kayaking on the Carolina coast. In his free time, Adam, an Eagle Scout, also enjoys volunteering as an Assistant Scoutmaster.
          Lynlee Maddren

          Lynlee Maddren

          Broker
             919.675.1444 x 19
              lynlee@acorn-oak.com
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            A Mississippi lady through and through, Lynlee received her undergraduate degree in International Studies & International Business and her MBA from Mississippi College. She worked in fundraising and sales before following her love for real estate and joining the team at Acorn + Oak. A newlywed, Lynlee spends her free time checking out local breweries with her husband, Dave, teaching and training her new pup, Dixie, and baking scrumptious sweets to share with others.
            Will Spence

            Will Spence

            Broker
               919.675.1444 x 20
                will@acorn-oak.com
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              A sixth generation Raleighite, Will knows the City of Oaks like the back of his hand! He’s seen the city grow leaps and bounds over the years, and frequents the many restaurants, museums, and hot spots the area has to offer. Throughout college at NC State, Will helped his family grow their real estate investments, and master the skills it takes to make a business profitable.

              With over a decade of property management under his belt, Will specializes in Multi-Family Property Management, working with clients who own 20 or more rental units (Apartment complexes, Townhome Communities, & Student Housing Developments). If you have questions about your current or prospective multi-unit investment, please feel free to reach out to Will directly, and he will be happy to help!

              Derek Schoenrock

              Derek Schoenrock

              Broker
                 919.675.1444 x 22
                  derek@acorn-oak.com
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                A true Texan at heart, Derek grew up around the great city of Dallas, where “the stars at night, are big and bright”. He is a 2011 graduate of Texas Woman’s University, where his studies included both Business and History. After graduation, Derek went into restaurant management before finding his passion in property management. He joins the Acorn + Oak team with experience in both brokerage and multifamily property management. Derek is an avid sports fan for his hometown teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks, as well as those Tar Heels since moving to Chapel Hill with his wife, Sarah. In his free time, he enjoys training for half marathons, trying out local Mexican food, and long hikes with his wife and two dogs, Sherlock and Madison.
                Stephen Vick

                Stephen Vick

                Broker
                   919.675.1444 x 23
                    stephen@acorn-oak.com
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                  Born and raised in Durham, Stephen knew the Bull City before it became the sought after destination it is today. He can tell you where every four-wheeling trail used to be and, after years of research, has found the best fishing holes in the area (which he probably won't share!) After graduating from Appalachian State University and spending time in the mountains, he lived a few years at the NC coast but ultimately realized his heart was in Durham - halfway between the mountains and the sea. Stephen worked in logistics for the last decade so efficiency is his middle name. As a property manager, he's eager to please both his clients and tenants with his expert problem solving skills. When not solving problems, he's on a boat fishing…but won't tell you where!
                  Ariel Kanaby

                  Ariel Kanaby

                  Broker
                     919.675.1444 x 17
                      ariel@acorn-oak.com
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                    Wake County home-grown, Ariel knows the Triangle like the back of her hand. After managing a restaurant through college, Ariel received her real estate license in 2015, leading her into what is now a passion for property management. She has a desire to create relationships with great clients and offer great customer service. Ariel loves sports (Go ECU Pirates!) and frequents the local Durham Bulls Baseball games. In her free-time, she loves marathon training/racing, checking out local breweries, and loving on her two 'bully rescues, Sunny and Cooper.
                    Nicole Galiger

                    Nicole Galiger

                    Broker
                       919.675.1444 x 24
                       nicole@acorn-oak.com
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                      Nicole escaped the cold winters of Kalamazoo, Michigan and has called North Carolina home since 2004. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, majoring in German and International Studies and earned her Master's Degree from Georgia Tech in International Studies. Prior to real estate, she taught English as a Second Language to all ages - Kindergarten through adult. Nicole loves a good challenge and has worked to help people in real estate since 2016. Currently, her free time is spent attending soccer or basketball games for her 3 boys, walking her cute Shepard/Husky mix Roxy, and hiking with her husband and kids. She also loves to fix up furniture and all things fitness. As a property manager, Nicole works energetically to help clients and tenants with her excellent customer service.
                      Lisa Reitzes

                      Lisa Reitzes

                      Broker
                         919.675.1444 x 26
                          lisa@acorn-oak.com
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                        Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Lisa lived in New York City for almost 12 years and spent seven years in the fashion industry, working as an agent for hairstylists and makeup artists and in fashion show-event production. Longing for a slower pace of life, Lisa moved to Chapel Hill in 2011 and couldn't imagine a better place to raise a family. In 2016, Lisa's long time interest in real estate lead to her "flipping" her first house and shortly after, she acquired her real estate license. In her spare time, Lisa loves spending time with her husband and two young children, taking long walks with her boxer, Freddie, trying out all the yummy new restaurants around the Triangle, and traveling the world.
                        Carrie Kavadias

                        Carrie Kavadias

                        Broker
                           919.675.1444 x 27
                            carrie@acorn-oak.com
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                          Carrie called South Florida home for most of her life, but has NJ blood running through her veins. Over a decade ago, she was drawn to the Triangle by way of NC State University (Go Pack!!), and hasn't looked back. Carrie comes to Acorn + Oak with 12 years of multi-family property management experience. Nothing is more important to her than serving others, and leaving people happier than how she found them! Carrie’s second name is "Mom" and she notes that her "greatest achievements" are her two incredible kiddos. She is a lover of art and photography, and enjoys both live music and sporting events! She has even been spotted coaching her daughters basketball team - as if life as a Property Manager weren't enough!
                          Jacqueline Ng

                          Jacqueline Ng

                          Broker
                             919.675.1444 x 33
                              jacqueline@acorn-oak.com
                            Read Jacqueline's Bio
                            Jaqueline’s interests and background are multicultural and diverse. She came to the United States from Hong Kong during her last years of high school and has called NC home ever since. Her knacks for interior design and her experience interacting with international investors provide a perfect complement to her role in property management.

                            A graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Graphic Design, she has always loved interior design and renovations, even taking a stab at flipping houses and managing her own mountain cottages as a rental. When not assisting clients, she enjoys Latin dancing, working out, world travel and outdoor activities.

                            Sarah Leahy

                            Sarah Leahy

                            Office Assistant
                               919.675.1444 x 0
                                sarah@acorn-oak.com
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                              Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Sarah has worked in property management since college and strives to contribute to the organization and functionality of this company. Recently graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in Sociology, she understands people, from infancy to the golden years. In her spare time, Sarah loves hiking and camping, taking care of the children at church, and playing her French Horn.
                              Jeffrey McLaughlin

                              Jeffrey McLaughlin

                              Office Assistant
                                 919.675.1444 x 0
                                  jeffrey@acorn-oak.com
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                                Jeffrey comes to us from Virginia’s capital city, Richmond, where he studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and enjoyed the life in The River City until 2016. Now with a fiance, a baby, and a dog in tow he has come to NC to settle down and is excited to make a home for his family in the Raleigh/Durham area. With a background in managing property on a small scale he’s ready to learn and expand his experience here in Durham. When not working he can be found spending time with his family exploring nature trails or at the local hobby shop playing board games.
                                Cierra Lopez

                                Cierra Lopez

                                Agent Assistant
                                   919.675.1444 x 30
                                    cierra@acorn-oak.com
                                  Read Cierra's Bio
                                  Cierra loves to see other people smile and be happy, especially when she's the cause of that smile! Cierra has been in customer service for 13+ years and has really fine-tuned her people skills as a result. Of course, it's easy to have good people skills when you love people! Prior to A+O Cierra had her own wellness-focused personal training business, but has chosen to step back and enjoy fitness as a passionate hobby while she pursues a career centered around real estate. She and her husband, Danny, are new to the triangle area, recently arriving from Bend, Oregon. They love North Carolina and the fine people that reside here! Cierra's other interests include adventuring, reading, taking walks, playing guitar, cooking- primarily food of the Thai variety, and daydreaming about dogs.
                                  Sam the Dog

                                  Sam the Dog

                                  Company Mascot
                                     Whistle and call my name
                                      Learning to use computer
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                                    The perfect mix of Golden Retriever and Chow, Sam is a Durhamite through and through. As a stray, she was picked up in downtown by the Animal Protection Society of Durham in early 2011. Not long after, she was adopted by our Broker-In-Charge and has been a loyal friend ever since. Sam’s presence is a constant + welcomed reminder to happily greet each new person we encounter, take long walks, and to always be ourselves. She enjoys naps, rope toys, and cheese.