Our Leadership

2020 Board of Directors

Our dedicated Board of Directors is comprised of the home building industry’s leaders in their respective fields. We strive to plan and deliver timely and relevant programming to our industry peers to advance knowledge and provide a productive environment for mentoring and networking. We continue to invite qualified candidates to our Board. If interested or know of someone who is, please contact Board President Katja Martinez at kmartinez@jzmkpartners.com.

President – Katja Martinez- kmartinez@jzmkpartners.com
Katja joined JZMK Partners in 2000 after graduating from the University of Applied Science, Stuttgart, Germany with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Since becoming an associate/senior designer to JZMK Partners, she now holds the position of principal. With nearly 20 years of experience, Katja is involved in a wide variety of residential projects throughout California, Texas, China and the Middle East. Her innovative designs range from custom residences, recreational facilities and resort clubhouses to mixed-use facilities and high-rise residential buildings.

First Vice President – Ike Balmaseda – ikeb@idearc-ap.com
Ike Balmaseda is a partner of IDEArc Architecture and Planning. With over 30 years of architecture and urban design experience, Ike has spent more than 15 years applying his skills to rapidly growing countries, such as the Philippines, China and Mexico. Specializing in master planned residential communities, destination resorts, entertainment/retail venues, commercial/industrial centers and multi-purpose public facilities, Ike’s abilities encompass all aspects of the land design process, from the formulation of master plan concepts to detailed site development plans and “value-added” land studies.

Second Vice President – Andy Bowden – ABowden@landconcern.com
Andy Bowden is a principal at Land Concern – Landscape Architecture. Licensed in California and Colorado, Andy specializes in: master planned residential communities, assisted living, recreation facilities and residential development. He has been a member of the Council on SAGE and on its Board of Directors with the role of president in 2009-10, prior to becoming VP of Councils for the BIASC. Andy is active in the American Society of Landscape Architects and has been a two-time president of its Southern California Chapter, as well as serving two terms as Chapter Trustee. He was appointed by Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown to the Landscape Architects Technical Committee, and has served three times as the chair.

Treasurer – Joe Hammond- jhammond@rickengineering.com
Joe Hammond is a registered civil engineer with Rick Engineering Company, and a graduate of San Diego State University. His accomplished career began at Rick Engineering Company in 1988, where he has successfully managed numerous public and private land development projects throughout Southern California. Joe has been an active member of the Council on SAGE (formerly 55+ Housing Council) since 2010, and has been a Council on SAGE board member since 2012.

Secretary – Kristie Vikse- kvikse@ranchomv.com
Kristie Vikse is the development services manager at Rancho Mission Viejo, and has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years. Her experience and responsibilities include: development forward planning, Department of Real Estate budget preparation and document/disclosure processes and homeowner association management, as well as residential purchaser escrow procedures.

Mollie Carmichael- mcarmichael@meyersllc.com

Cynthia Cook – ccook@rdolson.com
Cynthia Cook is Business Development Director of R.D. Olson Construction, a general contracting firm specializing in ground up, renovations and adaptive-reuse projects in the fields of: hospitality, multifamily, senior living, timeshare, community centers, clubhouses and education. Cynthia has 30+ dedicated years of business development experience in the real estate industry, including: home builders, multifamily, senior, resort and timeshare. She is passionate about supporting industries that have supported her, which include roles as: former IPC Co-Chair of SCAA (now CAA), ULI Programs Committee member, Council on SAGE Programs Committee member and BIASC member.

Rian Graber – rgraber@meyersllc.com
Rian Graber is a Senior Consultant, Advisory for Meyers Research, LLC. with a legal background, as well as residential, mixed use and retail experience. She has been involved in the real estate industry since 2006. Rian’s experience includes due diligence, entitlement, and product programming for community developers and home builders. She has analyzed plans for age-targeted and age-qualified communities and individual project resale data to identify trends in pricing and sales volume, recommended diversified product programs and amenities for planned communities, and conducted market analysis for new homes.

Valerie Hardman- vhardman@outdoordimensions.com
Valerie Hardman is the vice president of sales and client relations for Outdoor Dimensions, a full service signage company that has served the real-estate and building industry for 48 years. Valerie also serves as vice president of councils for the BIASC’s Governing Board, as well as the Board of Directors of the Orange County BIA. She is past president and continues to serve on the boards of the Council on SAGE and the Greater Sales and Marketing Council of Southern California. Valerie is a proud recipient of the B.J. Stewart Women’s Achievement Award, the A.Gary Anderson Memorial Associate of Excellence Award and the Gwen Roseberry Award for her service to the BIA of Orange County. She also received the President’s Award from the Senior Housing Council, and was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from the Sales and Marketing Council and the 55+ Housing Council.

Gina Nixon- gnixon@tjhusa.com
Leveraging the depth of her 25+ years of experience among strategic marketing groups, Gina adds valuable perspective through complementing internal teams at such respected companies as: Newland Communities, City View, KTGY Group, CalAtlantic Homes, Meritage Homes and, most recently, Thomas James Homes for which she serves as director of marketing. She is a past president of the Council on SAGE, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute, NAHB and BIASC. Gina is a proven performer with a passion for helping others with the vision to conceptualize and execute a wide range of sales and marketing strategies designed to establish market presence, build community, and increase profitability.

Dave Pintar – dpintar@cwdriver.com
SAGE Programs Co-Chair
Dave Pintar is the Director of Project Development for CW Driver, a general contractor specializing in planning and construction. Dave is responsible for developing new business, client and industry relations, and business planning. He has been in the real estate and construction industry for more than 34 years, and began his career as a project engineer, working in operations, as well as geotechnical and material engineering, business development, and later in construction lending and risk management. Dave received his bachelor of science degree in Construction Management from California State University, Long Beach.

Julia Moore- jimnjulia@outlook.com
Julia Moore has over 30 years of experience in the property management field, primarily in the affordable housing arena. She works part-time as a Regional Manager at WSH Management, and is a licensed independent Real Estate Broker. Julia also serves as past president of the Council on SAGE of the BIA, AHMA-PSW and the Fair Housing Foundation.

Marissa Feliciano – mfeliciano@hpiarchitecture.com
SAGE Programs Co-Chair
Ms. Feliciano has over 16 years of experience in marketing and business development for design firms. She is responsible for leading business development and client stewardship for the Senior Living and Healthcare divisions and establishing a continuous and consistent brand presence for HPI Architecture. Ms. Feliciano has spoken on business development, the seller-doer model, and employee onboarding. She is proactive in finding ways to build strong relationships, to serve as a mentor and resource to others, and to promote diversity and inclusion within the A/E/C industry.[/caption]

Felesia Dailey – fdailey@mutualmortgage.com
In her business career, Felesia has a strong marketing and advertising background in both print media as well as digital marketing that expands over 25 years specializing in successful campaigns within the real estate marketing categories of business. She has previously served as a board of directors’ member for BIA Sales and Marketing Council of Orange County, Volunteer chair-person for BIA’s Project Playhouse, Committee member for “Builders for Babies” Diaper Drive and SAGE Council’s programs committee. She is a mother of three entrepreneurial millennials and recently expanded her career by joining Mutual of Omaha Reverse Mortgage.

Melissa Auten – melissa@hridesign.com
SAGE Awards Committee Chair
Melissa Auten has over 25 years of marketing and business development experience. Her professional career soared during her time at the Auto Club of Southern California, AAA’s, largest affiliate club, where she held multiple marketing and business development positions culminating as the Advertising Director for Westways magazine.She led multi-function teams that created successful ad sales, tradeshow experiences, and uniformed customer service touch points within their retail stores. She then transitioned into a position in the Building Industry Association of Southern California where she collaborated with members on countless campaigns to promote the benefits of buying new homes. From there, BIA member companies Sub-Zero Wolf and most recently Fisher & Paykel appliances, tapped into Melissa’s broad knowledge of homebuilding for the opening of their new showrooms and direct builder sales.


Past Board Member Announcements

Enjoy some videos produced by Christopher Mayer to introduce the new Board of Directors in past years!