Ellie Adams is the Executive Assistant to Buchanan Street Partner’s CEO, Robert Brunswick. Additionally, she is responsible for managing all marketing activities and furthering Buchanan’s brand through public relations and industry events.
Prior to joining Buchanan, Ellie spent 8 years at Colony Capital in the Asset Management Group. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Arizona State University.
Shana Baker manages & oversees Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting. In addition, she administers all functions relating to Risk Management and Human Resources. Shana Baker has over 18 years of experience in real estate. Prior to joining Buchanan Street Partners, Shana was employed at The Brookhollow Group for 7 years. She reported directly to the CFO, and was responsible for all accounting and reporting. Shana graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is very involved with giving back to the community, and currently serves on the board for Buchanan Children's Charities and is the President of the PADRE Foundation.
Carol Avellino is responsible for the Information Technology at Buchanan. She is a certified Project Manager and has over 20 years of information technology experience. Her background includes working with Disney, Pioneer Electronics and CalAtlantic Homes. Carol is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona.
Deborah Broughman is responsible for cash management, accounting and financial reporting for Buchanan funds and private placements. Prior to moving to investment accounting, she was responsible for Buchanan's corporate accounting. Deborah has over 20 years of accounting experience in real estate, including property and asset management, development and construction. Her background includes working with Birtcher Real Estate Group and The Koll Company. While at Koll, she managed the accounting process for their commercial real estate portfolio. Deborah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in Business and Accounting.
Richard Rishko is responsible for the fund accounting and financial reporting of various investment vehicles, as well as additional ad hoc reporting responsibilities. Richard has over 8 years of experience in accounting, with the last two plus years at Buchanan Street Partners. Prior to joining Buchanan Street Partners, Richard was a supervisor at RSM LLP where he focused on assurance services for publically traded companies. He has provided auditing as well as advisory, SOX compliance, transaction and operational improvement. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a concentration in Accounting. Richard is a licensed CPA in the state of California.
Karisa Pickup is responsible for fund accounting at Buchanan. Before Buchanan Street Partners she was an accountant at Mariman & Co., a multifamily real estate acquisition and investment company where she was responsible for the corporate and property level accounting and reporting.
Karisa graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and is currently a CPA candidate.
Lauren's responsibilities include managing companywide reporting and yearly third party audits. She assists with due diligence and the closing of real estate debt investments on behalf of Buchanan Mortgage Holdings (BMH). Additionally, she supports Timothy Ballard, President of Buchanan Street Partners.
Prior to joining Buchanan, Lauren worked in marketing & communications for Cardiac Science, Inc. and Memorex Products, Inc. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. She is a licensed California Real Estate Salesperson and also a licensed California Notary Public. Lauren is a member of the NAIOP Young Professionals Group.
Leesa Loefke manages the operations for Buchanan's headquarters in Newport Beach, California. As such, Ms. Loefke is the first point of contact for all clients, visitors, and vendors. She provides essential support to the Buchanan team by coordinating schedules, supplies, resources and facilitating the smooth operation of the office. She also assists the Corporate Controller with various accounting and human resources support, as well as the Marketing team on special projects.