meet our team of
real estate support
We are pleased to introduce you to our team of Real Estate Support Professionals. The hardworking individuals dedicated to the success and growth of your real estate business.
CONNECT WITH AMANDA
Amanda Churchwell founded The Churchwell Group in 2012 to assist Realtors with transaction coordination; adding a listing coordination division in 2014 and marketing services in 2017. With many years of experience as a Realtor herself, she knows the intricate details involved in a Real Estate transaction. Her extensive background in customer service and sales drive her passion for connecting with other professionals and building a strong rapport quickly. Her experience includes not only selling real estate, but also broker compliance, training new agents and assisting with brokerage office management.
Amanda created the company out of the desire to work from home to improve the quality of life for her family, and she quickly realized that she could share this same opportunity with other talented professionals – and this is what gets her up every day!
Amanda’s personal mission is to improve the quality of life for everyone her business touches and to provide opportunity for growth and personal development for as many people as possible. At home, you will find Amanda along with her two daughters, son, and amazing husband having a dance party in their living room or snuggled up on the couch watching a movie.
Karen Patterson, Director of Talent Acquisition
Working in the industry for 40+ years, first in the field of accounting and then in real estate office management, Karen learned excellent computer skills and the ability to navigate websites and software and learn new programs and sites with ease. Karen has exceptional organization skills, time management, and communication skills, which are crucial in business. Her ultimate goal is to help her clients sell more real estate by getting their binding contracts to the closing table on time.
Karen has a wonderful husband, son and a daughter, both business owners, and 6 beautiful grandchildren. From dance to gymnastics to plays, they keep her entertained and she loves every minute of it. In her ‘spare’ time, Karen enjoys photographing these beauties as well as other family members, and also gorgeous landscapes and sunsets along with scrapbooking events. Her family’s annual vacation at the beach is the highlight of her year.
Megan Waelde, Director of Operations
With a banking management background of 12 years, Megan brings her love of direct customer service plus her enthusiasm for numbers to the dynamic, ever changing role of Director of Operations. Prior to The Churchwell Group, she served as the Accounting Manager for a property management company where she learned the ins and outs of the real estate world. She joined The Churchwell Group as a Listings and Marketing Coordinator. Her experiences helped her bring her new role to life in the organization.
Megan believes in customer service first. She’s always striving to better help her clients reach the next level in their business. She stays on top of news and trends to make sure the products and services are beneficial and up to date. She thrives on efficiency and is a true advocate of personal development and is always looking for ways to grow herself and the business.
Megan lives in East Cobb with her husband, two young boys, dog, cat and hamster. In her free time…wait, what free time?! On weekends, you’ll find her on all the sports fields, hiking, camping, or visiting local festivals. She is an active member of her church and looks for any excuse to visit her favorite vacation spot, the sandy white sugar beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Her daily routine always consists of gratitude, goal setting, and some form of exercise, might it be running, high-intensity interval training or weight training.
Trish Hanke, Director of Marketing
Growing up in the real estate world, Trish spent her youth helping out at her parents’ real estate company in the Branson, MO. This was where she found her passion for marketing. Trish’s professional background includes seven years producing national golf talk radio shows for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, as well as leading a full-service marketing firm as Director of Marketing.
In 2011, Hanke launched ish Marketing, a small-ish marketing company that works hand in hand with clients to grow their business – building brand awareness and increase sales. Her areas of focus include brand development, marketing strategy and graphic design, with a special passion for helping real estate agents spend their marketing dollars wisely! She is active in the community and enjoys spending quality time around the dining table playing board games with her husband and their two adorable and spirited kiddos.
Lydia Waters, Transaction Coordinator
Lydia’s ability to multi-task and stay organized and her desire to always improve help drive her role as Transaction Coordinator. She loves helping people, working with people, and also likes working behind the scenes…so being a transaction coordinator is a perfect fit for her! Lydia stays busy with her 2 beautiful, crazy, and funny kids. Family is very important to her and she decided when she had her second child that she would stay home with them instead of returning to her position as a teacher in a very high-risk school where she worked for 5 years. She enjoys UGA football and going to her son’s t-ball and soccer games.
Beth Neal, Transaction Coordinator
As Transaction Coordinator, Beth helps her clients from the time a listing is under contract to closing day. Her organizational skills and attention to detail help keep the closing process easy for all parties involved. Prior to joining The Churchwell Group in 2014, Beth was a Pharmaceutical Vaccine Specialist with Merck & Co. Inc. Beth is an active member at Dunwoody United Methodist Church where she helps co-chair Moms On The Grow circle and sits on the Consignment Sale committee. Married to her husband, Ryan, they have two children, Harrison and Harper.
Brandy Robbins, Transaction Coordinator
After graduating from the University of West Georgia with a degree in Criminal Justice, Brandy started working for Cobb County Juvenile Court. She went on to help develop the Juvenile Drug Court Program in Cobb County and was one of the three original drug court probation officers. She later contracted with the Department of Family and Children Services and worked with children in foster care, their biological parents and their foster families. After a break from that, she started working for The Churchwell Group. Being a transaction coordinator is perfect for because she loves organization, timelines and the communication with the agents and their clients. Brandy loves being a mom to 4 and making memories with her children. When she’s not working, she spends most of her time at the ballpark and traveling around GA and surrounding states to her son’s baseball tournaments. She also enjoys spa days, traveling, shopping and spending time with friends.
Sandy Gramling, Transaction Coordinator
Sandy loves to help others behind the scenes, which is one of the many reasons she is an excellent transaction coordinator. She and her husband, Scott, live with their 3 wonderful children. With a passion for helping others, she serves in many capacities at her church and loves helping her best friend with her catering business whenever she can. In her free time, Sandy enjoys sweating it out at the gym, getting lost in a good run and all things crafty.
Jennifer Natonio , Listing and Marketing Coordinator
From the beautiful white sandy beaches of Destin, FL, Jennifer lives and works remotely. She spent 15 years, prior to her move to Destin, in the heart of Brookhaven GA. There, she and her husband raised two children. Now she is the proud parent of a daughter, who competitively dances, and a son, who plays travel soccer. Before coming to work with The Churchwell Group, Jennifer graduated from the University of Central FL with her teaching degree and taught elementary school before opening an in-home daycare for ten years. She loves helping agents with the details of getting their clients home listed and marketed.
Tina Rhodes, Transaction Coordinator
Prior to joining The Churchwell Group, Tina worked as an office manager for a financial advisor based in Cordele, GA. Her favorite part of being a transaction coordinator is the flexibility to provide excellent support to her clients as well as taking care of her family. Tina grew up in Marietta, GA, but currently resides in Pitts, GA with her husband, Danny, and 3 of their children, Olivia, Isaac, and Ian. Their oldest son, Tyler, resides in Alabama with his wife. A few of her favorite things involve cooking, spending time with her family, attending church where her husband is the Lead Pastor, enjoying a 5K race a few times a year. In her downtime, she enjoys small home improvement projects, such as furniture refinishing, decorating and painting.
Nancy Tate, Transaction Coordinator
Coming from a background of government employment, as well as starting, owning and operating a small business for over 15 years, Nancy loves her work with The Churchwell Group. Her communication, organizational and time management skills, as well as her attention to detail are very beneficial in her position in the organization. As a transaction coordinator, she strives to help realtors grow their own business. She and her husband are recent empty nesters and are active in their church. Nancy also serves as an officer on the Homeowners Association Board for her neighborhood. She is the mother of three wonderful adult children and grandmother to one. Her greatest joys are the moments spent with family.
Marie Johns, Transaction Coordinator
Marie became a part of The Churchwell Group team in 2017. She believes her expert talent lies in the work she does behind the scenes to make sure each transaction is a great experience for all involved. Outside of work, Marie is a full-time mom to two young daughters that keep her busy with gymnastics and school activities. Marie takes pride in delivering her very best and has a great sense of accomplishment in her work, both as a mom and Transaction Coordinator!
Brandi Williams, Transaction Coordinator
Brandi loves her role as a transaction coordinator and has a great passion for helping her agents excel in their businesses. Prior to joining The Churchwell Group, Brandi worked as the Team Lead of the Operations Department for a large IBM distributor for 10 years. Her background in the tech world has given her experience with customer service, problem-solving, computer skills, and has helped her become a master at multi-tasking and organization. Brandi is married to her husband Gabe and together they have 2 children, Troy and Lana. Her little energetic ones keep her busy and on her toes at all times! Brandi and her family love being outdoors and enjoy everything from simple backyard fun, to camping in the mountains, to relaxing on the beach and everything in between! Brandi loves to travel, see live music, and read when she finds the time.
Trisha Eskridge, Transaction Coordinator
Trisha can be described as an organized, kind, and helpful person, making her an exceptional transaction coordinator. Trisha and her husband have four children, three boys and one girl. She enjoys crafting and camping trips to the lake – her happy place. Trisha is also the Founder of a non-profit organization in Kentucky called Parents Left Behind, Inc. which was inspired by her passion for helping those who are grieving.
Melinda Coker, Transaction Coordinator
Melinda helps her clients get from contract to close efficiently and with ease. Her background in compliance, attention to detail, and organizational skills are tremendous assets for her clients. She enjoys helping others and finds pride in contributing to her client’s success. Melinda is married and has two young girls who are the reason she decided to work from home for The Churchwell Group. Melinda enjoys spending free time with family and friends, cheering on the GA bulldogs, being creative, and making memories at their favorite place, the beach.
Ana Rodriguez, Transaction Coordinator
Ana Rodriguez coordinates closings in Georgia, Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. She is a New York native who thrives in a fast-paced environment, which makes being a transaction coordinator the perfect job for her! Her love for Real Estate began after purchasing her own home in Johns Creek. Ana realized how important the home buying & selling process is and wanted to help make it as seamless as possible for others. Ana holds a degree in Education (which she attributes her immense patience and poised demeanor to) as well as a degree in Business Management. When Ana is not working, she and her husband Jorge keep busy with their children, Christopher and Ariana. Ana is involved in the PTA at her children’s school and loves to stay active with her family!
Kaylie Xiao, Listing and Marketing Coordinator
Kaylie values giving high-quality service to ensure satisfaction for all her clients. Previously a teacher and a volleyball and softball coach, she understands the importance and desire to have more time to spend with friends and family outside of work, and it is her mission to help her clients achieve that! Kaylie enjoys spending her weekends with her husband, Brook, and their golden retriever, Ollie, exploring downtown Franklin, TN where they reside. They often travel home to Livingston, TN to visit with family and watch college football. Other hobbies include teaching kickboxing and boot camp at a local YMCA, playing disc golf, traveling to Colorado to ski, and painting.
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