Board of Directors

B. Penny Woods

B. Penny Woods, owner of BPW Appraisal & Realty Service based in Pleasanton, CA, has been working as an appraiser for the past 30 years, coming from a background of property management and real estate sales. She got her start in appraising by working for a fee appraisal firm; obtaining appraisal experience with both residential and small commercial properties. In 1994 she started her own firm and now does only residential appraisal work. Penny specializes in the unique and unusual properties, completing assignments for lender financing, probate, divorce, estate planning, litigation & expert witness testimony, earth movement, fire damage, and insurance claims. She is excited to have been a founding member of the East Bay Chapter of REAA and believes that the class information, variety of different people, and the industry networking that REAA provides to its members are invaluable in our changing work environment. When she has time away from the appraisal industry, she can often be found working in local community theater.



Bill McKnight

Vice President

Bill is a Sacramento, CA area appraiser and an activist in the appraisal profession. A few years ago he started the online Real Estate Appraisers Forum.  As REAA's Political Liaison, Bill monitors legislative changes that affect the appraisal industry on a state and national level.  Bill is also active with the Sacramento Association of Realtors and says that his involvement with Realtor organizations gives him a broad view of the profession and unique access to industry leaders.




Emilie Barnes

April Medina

I am currently an independent fee appraiser and I do mainly lender work with an occasional private appraisal.  I have been a REAA member since approximately 2005.  Proudly serving on the Sacramento Board as the Registrar since January 1, 2013.  I have stepped away from that position beginning 2016, and I am on other committees for the Sacramento Board.  I was elected to the Corporate Board for the 2016 year forward. I have been appointed the Secretary for our Corporate Board.  I am honored to serve our members.

In my spare time I spend time with my precious grandchildren and walk my rat terrier, Gretta, on the walking trails near my house.  My husband and I are looking forward to more travel this year. 

Mark Lindsay

Mark Lindsay

Mark has been a licensed appraiser for 23 years. His career started with a small independent firm in San Rafael, California. Shortly after licensing in 1991, he worked for Bank of America as a staff appraiser, senior appraiser and finally on special projects for the national appraisal group. He took a position with Irwin Home Equity as the manager of the appraisal department managing appraisal services and reviews for retail, wholesale and correspondent lending in 31 states. A desire to work closer to home brought him to Washington Mutual where he won 2005 Kudos award for production, a nationwide recognition for the top 1% in the company. With a variety of production, review and credit risk experiences gained in the prior years, he is self employed since 2005.  His firm specializes in Marin County valuation projects.  Mark was the founding vice-president of North Bay Chapter and has served as a director on REAA Corporate Board since 2010.


Julie Areias


I have been an Appraiser since 2004.  Owner of Julie Areias Appraisals, Inc since 2004.  I worked as a staff appraiser for RELS for 2+ years from 2011 to 2014 before returning back to my own business.  I am a Certified Residential Appraiser completing assignments for lender financing, probate, divorce, estate planning, litigation & expert witness testimony.  I service Fresno, Madera and parts of Tulare Counties.




Brenton Aichroth

Brenton is a Certified General Appraiser with 25+ years of appraisal experience.  He graduated from California State University Sacramento (CSUS) with a BS in Business Administration. He completed concentrations in both Real Estate/Land Use Affairs and Finance.  He also earned a Minor in Economics.  Upon graduating from CSUS he was hired by Ousley and Associates as an Appraiser Trainee. He then went on to appraiser positions with California Federal Savings & Loan (Cal Fed) and Steve Walkup & Associates. He is currently the principal of Brenton Aichroth & Associates. His appraisal experience includes complex SFR's, FHA appraisals, REO properties, apartment buildings, mixed use properties, appraisal reviews as well as completing assignments for Attorneys, CPAs/Financial Planners and Realtors.  Brenton is also a licensed Real Estate Broker.

Brenton lives in Walnut Creek with his wife Nancy and son Zachary.


 Robert Borgognoni


Robert has spent over 30 years in the real estate industry beginning as a real estate broker and shortly thereafter becoming a professional real estate appraiser. His career began after college in San Diego where he apprenticed with a prominent appraisal firm before moving to the Bay Area. In his capacity as a Certified General Appraiser, he has focused primarily on commercial real estate while preparing several thousand valuations and reviews related to residential, commercial, industrial, multi-family, and mixed-use properties.

Over the years, Robert has worked as an independent fee appraiser and as a staff appraiser for several different lenders while assisting as a trainer to many new appraisers coming into the profession. Most recently he has served in the capacity as an appraisal department manager and review appraiser for national lender and community bank before retuning to private practice in 2012.

Van Wolslagel


 Van has been a California guy all his life being raised in what he calls the “OC” next to the beach which allowed him to surf, work, attend college in @ Fullerton and @ Biola Univ. with a short break for the Vietnam war from 1968-1971. After I left the Army, a friend introduced me to real estate. My first Real Estate job included Sales, Appraising, Loan Application, Escrow management and HUD REO control officer all in one while making a whopping $800-$1000 mo. And even having money left over for my wife and I to move to the San Bernardino Inland valley. I left Sales, Loans and Escrow, but I never left appraising as I really new I fit well into the valuation side of real estate, learning new markets and areas, back then it was a regular thing for one day to be in San diego, the next in Los  Angeles, and even a week end jaunt to the East Bay San Francisco area and turn times, 1-6 weeks depending on the work load and no one called to ask “where's my appraisal?"

Van has owned and operated his appraisal and home inspection business over 40 years and am still looking forward to each day doing the same. Being involved in the REAA allows me to interact with persons in my same field of endeavor enabling myself and other members to exchange appraisal, ideas and challenges through a one to one or group interaction that I can't really get without the membership.

Joe Lynch

Joe is a certified residential appraiser with more than thirteen years experience valuing properties in the Sacramento region and outer northern San Francisco Bay Area.  Before entering the appraisal field, he worked as a business analyst at a large music and video distribution company and was a consultant for Microsoft's public sector sales division.  He developed and taught the class "Pivot Tables for Appraisers" and will be working on other Excel classes this year.  He is an affiliate member of the Yolo Board of Realtors and was scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 131 in Woodland for way too long.  When not appraising, Joe bikes, camps, backpacks, and watches Manchester United soccer games.



Name Email Work # Cell #
President: B. Penny Woods (925) 485-0641 (925) 683-0344
Vice President: Bill McKnight

(916) 743-7085  
Secretary: April Medina

(916) 702-9984  
Treasurer: Mark Lindsay

(415) 272-4081 (415) 272-4081


Name Email Work # Cell #
Julie Areias (559) 250-5374  
Brenton Aichroth (925) 256-6919  
Robert Borgognoni

(707) 539-4172  
Van Wolslagel

Joe Lynch (530) 304-8471  



Chapter Representatives

Name Email Work # Cell #


Budget Committee

Director: Mark Lindsay

Members: Julia Areias

Chapter Handbook Committee

Director: Bill McKnight

Members: April Medina

Education Committee

Director: Robert Borgognoni

Chairperson: Vicki Keeler

Marketing & Chapter Development

Director: Brenton Aichroth

Members: B. Penny Woods

By Laws Committee

Director: B. Penny Woods

Members: April Medina

Strategic Planning

Director: Mark Lindsay

Members: Bill McKnight, Joe Lynch

Political Outreach

Director: Bill McKnight

Members: Mark Lindsay, Joe Lynch

Website Committee

Director: Joe Lynch

Members: Bill McKnight