Meet Our Team
Michelle was raised in Attleboro, Massachusetts. She graduated in 1988 from Boston University with a degree in Communications. She has been in the association management business in Florida since 2004 and currently holds a Florida CAM license. Michelle has worked in Venice, Manatee and Sarasota counties extensively. Michelle opened Sunstate Management Group in March of 2009 and is the sole owner in Sunstate Management Group. Michelle has completed five (5) of the Community Associations’ Institute classes in preparation for her PCAM case study. She is well versed in management of homeowner associations, condominium associations and co-operatives in the State of Florida. Michelle has worked with over 250 different associations on the West Coast of Florida. Michelle has extensive knowledge of Florida Statute 720 for homeowner’s associations as well as 718 for condominium associations in Florida.
Michelle resides in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and two Labrador Retrievers. She loves walking her dogs, experimenting with various recipes with her husband – Ed – the award winning Barbeque Chef. Michelle and her husband enjoy Sunday cookouts at her home with friends and family.
Betsy was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated in 2013 from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while working full time in the property management business. She graduated with a degree in Business Management. Betsy resides in Sarasota and moved to Sunstate Management Group during our 2014 expansion. Betsy has worked in Accounting and Property Management for more than (10) years and has been with Sunstate Management for (5) years. She has extensive experience with developers, rental properties, homeowner’s associations and condominiums.
In her spare time, Betsy enjoys football, running and walking her puppy.
Brian was raised in Sarasota, Florida. He graduated in 1992 from Manatee Community College now known as the State College of Florida. Brian has 1 daughter Children and 2 grandchildren. Brian resides in Sarasota, Florida and has been a part of the Sunstate CAM Team since 2013 and was one of the first managers at Sunstate. Brian received his Community Association Managers License in 2012 and has been working in Property Management since 2010.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys jogging, fishing and watching Florida Gators Football.
Christopher Carrillo joined the Sunstate Accounting Team in 2019.
Christine was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to Sarasota in 2013. Christine has 6 years of property management experience. From working in the Preservation Department for Bank Foreclosed homes, to on site Management, Christine uses her skills to lead teams to ensure communities are the best they can be.
In her spare time, Christine enjoys outdoor adventures with her young daughter, Annabel. Some of her favorite things are coffee, sunshine, the beach and Steelers football!
DJ Jordan joined the Sunstate Administration team in April 2019.
Ed was raised in Tallahassee, Florida and moved to the Charlotte County area in the 70’s. Ed has worked for many years in the customer service industry and brings a vast knowledge of both the geographical area we service and customer service excellence to Sunstate. Ed started working with Sunstate Management in 2011 as the Head of Sales and VP of Operations and has seen Michelle, Lynn, and Betsy through every facet of the company’s growth. Ed has been with Sunstate since the beginning and is happy to be taking a more active role in property management.
In his spare time, Ed enjoys football, barbeque cooking at home with friends and family.
Helen was raised in New Jersey. She graduated in 1995 with a B.A in Business Studies Finance Track. Helen has two children and two grandchildren. Helen currently resides in Charlotte County. Helen has worked in Property Management since 2016 and she has been a part of the Sunstate team since 2016 as well.
Helen enjoys traveling, crafts and reading a good book at the beach.
Irene Carruolo also followed Michelle from a previous management company and joined the Sunstate Team in 2011. Irene has very extensive property management experience.
JoAnn Finnell joined the Sunstate Administrative Team in 2013 and is the team member to Lynn Lakel.
Lindsey was raised in Englewood, Florida. Lindsey graduated from Florida State University in 2005. Lindsey has two kids and currently resides in Sarasota. Lindsey has been a part of the Sunstate Team since 2012. Lindsey received her Community Association Managers Licenses in 2017 and has been working in Property Management since 2012. Lindsey is also the team member to Brian Rivenbark and Michelle Thibeault.
In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys going to Disney, reading and spending time with her kids.
Lynn was raised in Frederick, Maryland. She graduated in 1965 from Henry C. Conrad High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Lynn has 3 children and 15 grandchildren who all reside in Mokena, Illinois. Lynn resides in Venice, Florida and moved back from Illinois in 2011 to help Michelle expand Sunstate Association Management Group. Lynn has worked in property management since 2004. Lynn received her Community Association Managers license in 2010. She has extensive experience with large and small associations in the Venice area.
In her spare time, Lynn enjoys kayaking, going to the beach with her Yorkie and quilting.
Nicole moved to Florida from Pittsburgh, PA in 2013. She has a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Carlow University and has worked at Sunstate since 2014. Nicole chose portfolio management because it allows her to work directly with residents. She enjoys helping provide solutions for community needs, so residents can enjoy living in their neighborhood. Nicole is married with three children and one pup. She enjoys the beach, traveling and Steelers football!
Rochelle Ashley joined the Sunstate Administration Team in 2018 and is the team member to Nicole Banks.
Teri Lennon was apart of the Sunstate Administration team in 2015 but took a short break and returned to our team in November 2019.
Sunstate Management has a total of 33 employees, 7 Licensed Community Association Managers and 5 Accountants. There are 15 onsite employees that are Maintenance, Boat Captains or Caretakers.