Board of Directors


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 is President of the East Bay Chapter. Brenton lives in Walnut Creek with his wife Nancy and son Zachary.

Joe Lynch
Vice President

Joe is a certified residential appraiser with more than seventeen 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. Go Ags.  When not appraising, Joe bikes, camps, backpacks, and watches Manchester United soccer games.  Joe is past President of the Sacramento Chapter.

Emilie Barnes

Jessica DiMaggio

Jessica DiMaggio is a native of the East Bay with a passion for local architecture, modern building methods, and analyzing market trends. She began working as the office manager of an appraisal firm in 1998. After completing her degree in Sociocultural Anthropology, she returned to appraising, enjoying the analytical nature of real estate valuation. In 2005 she earned a "Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser" credential from the state of California, and in 2008 opened her own firm, Diablo Valley Appraisals. Jessica specializes in homes located along the 680/24 corridor, unique and complex properties, retrospective estate-settlement appraisals, and market value appraisals for private party and lending purposes.  Jessica is a member of the East Bay Chapter.

Mark Lindsay

Rob Perez

Before entering the real estate industry, Rob was a M1-A1 tank crewmember in the US Army.  Rob began his career in 1998 assisting a certified appraiser while he finished his CIS business degree at the University of Northern Colorado.  He then moved to California and used his computer/networking & appraisal knowledge for a start-up appraisal company in 2002 that eventually went nationwide.  In 2006, he became an independent fee appraiser and has seen the ups and downs of the market.  Rob is also a licensed CA real estate broker, a pool shark, and a tequila connoisseur! Rob is President of the Sacramento Chapter.

Vicki KeelerVicki Keeler Education Chairperson

Vicki Keeler grew up on the tennis courts and baseball fields of Santa Barbara. Vicki holds a real estate license and has been appraising since before cell phones, which is over 30 years. Vicki and her husband Tom started out appraising in 9 counties and have paired it down to Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and parts of Yolo. Vicki works primarily with Credit Unions and specializes in Relocation appraisals. Vicki is one of the founding members of the local appraiser group that eventually became REAA. Vicki is currently Director of Education in charge of developing continuing education for appraisers. Short term goals are to continue appraising and educating. Long term goal is to hit the road with faithful side kick Kody the standard poodle. Vicki is a member of the Sacramento Chapter.



B. Penny Woods
Past President

B. Penny Woods, owner of BPW Appraisal & Realty Service based in Pleasanton, CA, has been working as an appraiser for the past 34 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 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.  Penny is a member of the East Bay Chapter.



Bill McKnight
Past 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. Go Ags.  Bill is a member of the Sacramento Chapter.


Mark Lindsay

Mark has been a licensed appraiser for 27 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 the North Bay Chapter and has served as a director on REAA Corporate Board since 2010.


Brian Melsheimer

Brian is a Certified Real Estate Appraiser and owner of Sierra Nevada Appraisal Group in Grass Valley, CA.  He attended Sonoma State University, earning a B.S. degree in Economics with an emphasis in Microeconomics and Econometrics.  Brian began as an appraisal trainee in 2003, becoming licensed in 2005.  His passion and knack for the business grew and he worked his way to a Certified Residential Appraisal License in 2006.  He became FHA Certified in 2008 and obtained a position on the VA Appraisal panel in 2016.  When he's not appraising, Brian enjoys backpacking, hiking, woodworking, and spending time with his family and golden retriever, Pliny.  Brian is the Vice President of the Sacramento Chapter.



Carolyn Richards

While practicing real estate in Visalia in the 1970’s, Carolyn was a board of directors member on the local board of Realtors, a member of the California Association of Realtors, NAR, and worked on the legislative committee which helped to create the first time home buyers program. She also assisted two general contractors in completing their home building projects between 1977 & 1983. With the real estate market still in the tank in 1981, she gravitated toward appraising. In 1985 her husband Karl shut down his cattle business and joined her in appraising. Together they started “Richards Appraisals”, have remodeled 16 houses and appraised thousands. She was the appraiser liaison to the Visalia legislative group and on the College of Sequoias foundation board for several years. In 2001 Carolyn joined the Tulare County Executives Association as their appraiser representative and has served as president 3 times. It is one of the best networking groups in the tri-county area. Carolyn has been an annual speaker for “Realtor & appraiser personal safety”, a guest speaker at College of the Sequoias, and continuously councils homeowners on cost effective ways to remodel their homes. She has been FHA approved since 1984. Her business partner/husband is a VA & FHA appraiser and together they enjoy ballroom dancing.  Carolyn is President of the Central Valley Chapter.

Executive Board Members

Name Email Phone #
President: Brenton Aichroth (925) 256-6919
Vice President: Joe Lynch

(530) 304-8471
Secretary: Jessica DiMaggio (925) 979-5034
Treasurer: Rob Perez

(916) 780-5959


Name Email phone #
Vicki Keeler (916) 764-7535
Mark Lindsay (415) 272-4081
Brian Melsheimer (530) 632-3428
Carolyn Richards (559) 288-3654
B. Penny Woods (925) 485-0641


Budget Committee

Director: Rob Perez

Members: Joe Lynch, Brian Melsheimer

Chapter Handbook Committee

Director: Joe Lynch

Members: Bill McKnight, Bruce Ford, Ken Hunsinger

Education Committee

Director: Vicki Keeler

Members: Carolyn Richards, B. Penny Woods, Bruce Ford

Marketing & Chapter Development

Director: Brenton Aichroth

Members: Vicki Keeler, B. Penny Woods, Bruce Ford

By Laws Committee

Director: B. Penny Woods

Members: Mark Lindsay, Ken Hunsinger

Strategic Planning

Director: Mark Lindsay

Members: Joe Lynch, Bill McKnight, Brian Melsheimer

Political Outreach

Director: Mark Lindsay

Members: Bill McKnight, B. Penny Woods

Website Committee

Director: Brian Melsheimer

Members: Jessica DiMaggio, Joe Lynch