The Nomadic Team

Joe Rieling

Co-Founder and President

I am privileged to own and operate Nomadic with my Business Partner and brother Ben.  We started developing Nomadic Real Estate’s Business model in 2005 and have employed a 24/7 mentality to build the company over the last 11 years into an industry leader within the Residential Property Management field.

I graduated the University of the South with an Economics degree but entered the Property Management realm as a consultant traveling domestically to help turnaround troubled multi-family buildings. In 2004 I moved to Washington DC to take a position as Director of Leasing Services for Kay Management who owns and operates 36 multi-family communities and over 12,000 units. 

Washington DC is officially home despite being New Jersey born.  I currently reside in Logan Circle and when not working (rarely happens) you will find me running the National Mall in training for my first marathon in New York City 2016 with the goal of besting Ben’s New York Marathon time of 3 hours and 1 minute. As the worst cook in the Metro DC market I also enjoy testing out all of DC’s great restaurants. When time permits I am an avid traveler and always in pursuit of planning the next journey.

I am very excited about the great team of people we have in place and the future of Nomadic Real Estate.

Ben Rieling

Co-Founder and COO

As co-founder of Nomadic Real Estate I take immense pleasure in seeing our business continue to grow and thrive in the local DC market. My brother Joe and I have grown Nomadic from the ground-up and our passion and desire to excel has never been higher. My current role of CFO/COO allows me to have total control of Nomadic’s operations and oversee the development of our employees.

I am a proud father of two young boys and I love spending my free time coaching their flag football team and practicing ice hockey. Ryker and Gunner are wonderful sons and whether we’re zip lining in our backyard or roller skating to the local park we’re constantly on the go.

I received my associate’s degree from Wake Forest University. While playing football for two years I maintained a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll both seasons while achieving the team’s highest GPA my second season. I finished my collegiate career at University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in real estate from the Terry School of Business while earning summa cum laude honors with a 4.0 GPA.

Experiencing and enjoying the growth of Nomadic Real Estate and my two sons continues to be my two greatest pleasures and goals in life.

Ray Minarcik

Associate, Turnover & Property Management

A New Jersey native, I joined the Nomadic team in 2013 after obtaining my M.A. in Corporate and Public Communications. As the senior property manager, it’s my goal to ensure both tenants and clients alike have a positive rental experience through strong communication, same-day responsiveness, and attention to detail.

Away from the office, I volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician at my local first aid and rescue squad where I have been a member at for over ten years. I also enjoy hiking, playing with my rescue dog Riker, and enjoying all the sights that the DMV has to offer.

Jay LaValley

Associate, Administration & Client Acquisitions

Joined the Nomadic team in 2013, I strive to strengthen and lead a talented group of hard working individuals who desire not only to meet and satisfy client expectations, but go above and beyond, and do what others in the industry either refuse  or are unwilling to do.

Since 2000, graduated with an Economics Degree from the University of Massachusetts, attended law school and became Vice President for a boutique law firm in Boston, ventured as an entrepreneur in Baltimore and now strive to gain a Masters Degree in DC.

Life outside of Nomadic, I am the Chairman of a 15 member Executive Board ‎based in Baltimore with over 3000 members and growing.

Sy Gezachew

Associate, Accounting

I have been with Nomadic since January 2016 as a Staff Accountant. My role, however, encompasses more than my listed title as I am always involved in different areas of the company. This has allowed me to work with everyone at Nomadic; to understand and appreciate everyone’s role and provide a great experience to our clients and tenants. I enjoy the industry and working for the best property management company in D.C.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin and moved to the Washington metropolitan area in the early 2000’s. I love spending my free time with my family – especially at the National Zoo – being taught by my 5-year old son about all the animals that share this world with us.

Frank D’Angelo

Associate, Sales & Marketing

I was born in New Haven, Connecticut but the only thing I miss besides my family, is the pizza; Frank Pepe’s of course. I came to D.C. to attend the Catholic University of America where I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy, and continued to make this city my home.

I discovered my passion for sales and marketing while in the bartending industry during college and shortly after, and never looked back. I take great pride in the work I do at Nomadic Real Estate as the Sales and Marketing Associate and nothing brings me more pleasure than watching our clients find the peace of mind they have been looking for in a property management company.

When I do have some free time I like to toss the rugby ball around the pitch, catch a film, or read just about anything I can get my hands on. My passion for real estate has continued to grow and I found myself taking courses at night and now I am a fully licensed agent in Washington DC which allows me to assist our clients in more ways than ever.

Jenna Rieling

Leasing Manager

Having grown up in New Jersey, Georgia, California, I now call Washington DC my home. I joined Nomadic in the Fall of 2016 and am proud to work in the family business with my brothers Joe and Ben. My role is to work with clients in the leasing phase get their property rented and to help prospective renters find their perfect home.

I graduated from American University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Health Promotion. In my spare time, you’ll find me running, having completed three marathons including Boston. I am looking forward to my next challenge in the ultra-marathon arena.

Elizabeth Fuhr

Operations Administrator

I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri (Go Cardinals!) but I spent my formative years in Annapolis, Maryland where my family still lives. I graduated from James Madison University in May 2012 with a degree in International Affairs

Before starting at Nomadic, I was a retail manager where I gained valuable experience in a leadership role while perfecting my customer service and teamwork skills. I look forward to bringing the knowledge and experience I have gained in my collegiate and professional life with me to the team at Nomadic.

Outside of I work enjoy outdoor activities and traveling, especially to our national parks. I spend weekends on my bike, hiking, or exploring new parts of our area. I find that no matter how long I have been in DC there is always something new to discover!


Ted Williams

Staff Accountant

I am from upstate New York originally, but have moved around and lived in North Carolina and Long Island. After working in logistics, then commercial construction, I have moved to D.C to take on a position as the second staff accountant at Nomadic.

I am currently finishing my degree, a dual major in accounting and finance. I strive to apply my knowledge to real world problems and provide the highest attention to detail to all our clients and tenants.

Almost every day after work, I am exercising in one way or another. I love watching and playing competitive sports. I also enjoy going on walks with my retired racing greyhound, or taking in all the history of the D.C area.

Devin Henry

Leasing Manager

Though I grew up in a small town in Northern New Jersey, I’ve spent the past 7 years making DC my home. Eager to experience city life, I moved to DC for college, and graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Philosophy and Public Affairs.

After college, I briefly endeavored to enter the diamond industry and accrued several gemology credentials. Seeking something more dynamic, I eventually turned to work in the small business arena, executing sales and digital marketing strategies for my family business. Seeking to apply what I learned, I eventually ventured back to my lifelong passion: Real Estate.

When not working, you can find me playing fingerstyle guitar in my Columbia Heights backyard, snowboarding (ideally in Colorado), or exploring the beautiful streets of DC while taking in all the stunning architecture this city has to offer.

Joe Stapleton

Turnover Agent

Relatively new to DC and originally from Syracuse, NY; I’ve gained experience from my positions at firms, primarily in the construction and real estate industries. My experience in Construction Management, Sales and Leasing real estate has been cultivated over the years through Project Management and RE Agent roles. I currently hold my real estate sales licenses in NY, PA, MD, and DC is coming soon.

My role at Nomadic involves providing our client’s and tenant’s with a seamless move-in/out. The turnover role is a critical aspect to the beginning and end phase of each lease and sets the tone for the entire experience. I strive to provide our client’s and tenants with an unmatched property management experience through strong communication and a relentless work ethic.

When I have some downtime I always like to have something fun planned for the weekend. I enjoy hiking the VA trails, weekend getaway trips, skiing whenever possible and Syracuse University basketball!

Judy Thomas

Administrative Assistant

Originally a native of western Pennsylvania, I’ve lived in the DC-Baltimore area for over ten years now and am happy to call such a vibrant area home. In my past lives, I’ve worked in building materials manufacture, retail sales, event management, and education. I’m pleased to join Nomadic’s administrative team for sales and marketing.

I attended West Virginia University, where I studied International Relations and I’m currently examining grad school history programs.

I love being outdoors and take full advantage of this region’s excellent hiking and camping options. If I’m not outdoors, then I’m generally found in either a bookstore, a board game store, or a yarn store, spending entirely too much money on my hobbies.

Joseph A. Samuels II

Leasing Agent

I have always been captivated with the development of cities, particularly of Washington DC when I visited with some from friends while in college. At East Carolina university, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning while also a member of the men’s track team, where I hold a school record and obtained a conference championship.

By way of military and corporate roles I’ve found my way back to real estate and DC by way of Nomadic real estate as your Leasing Agent, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I aim to extend that gratitude, dedication, and commitment to you through your interaction with me in finding your perfect rental home.

I balance my work life at Nomadic with my Family, dj-ing cool tunes, or studying the economy and financial markets.

James Hendrickson

Staff Accountant

I am privileged to join the Nomadic team and its Accounting Department. As a Staff Accountant, I will join my colleagues to provide the highest level of service to our clients while bringing my energy and enthusiasm to the office.

I come to Nomadic after time in the U.S. Navy and as a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. During my time in school, I studied economics and business giving me a strong foundation financial background alongside the added benefits of a liberal arts education.

When I am not in the office, I can be found fishing, reading or training my Brittany pup.

Renarta Jones

Turnover Agent

Born and raised in the DMV, I am happy to call Maryland my home! My Husband Khalil and I recently celebrated our 8th anniversary and together we have two boys, Kaseem & Riyadh (10 & 7), and a little girl, Suehaila (3). As you can imagine, my kids keep me very busy and on my toes! Our little family of five enjoys amusement parks, summer vacations and the outdoors.

In December of 2016, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management, along with certificates in Management Foundations, Technology Core Concepts, and Database Systems.

Outside of being a Stay at Home Mom to my kids for a few years, I have an administrative background; I am passionate about providing great customer service to clients; and I am passionate about working in the commercial and residential fields of property management. I am excited to be a Turnover Agent at Nomadic Real Estate because I can use my education and experience to create a great customer service experience to my clients.

Ramatu Kamara

Leasing Agent

I was born in the West African country of Sierra Leone. At the age of 7, my parents and four siblings moved to Maryland. I grew up in Maryland and furthered my education in Washington DC studying Psychology. As a professional, I’ve worked in investment property for over 5 years, specializing in customer service. I enjoy the daily interaction with different personalities and people.

Upon joining Nomadic, I have found my passion in leasing. Finding a home can be a stressful endeavor, my role allows me to walk clients through the leasing process and relieve clients’ stress in the search. I’m looking forward to learning and contributing my talents to Nomadic.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors, tasting unique foods, shopping, and volunteer with youth in the city. I am excited to start with Nomadic and build a long lasting career!

Jahmahl Pardner

Turnover Agent

After a few years of moving around the country, I settled in D.C. and just joined the Nomadic team in 2017. I was born and raised in Rochester, NY, a place that shaped me from a young age. After finishing my high school career, I started undergrad and my first year of NCAA football at the University of Pittsburgh. After a quick start to my athletic career in Pittsburgh, I then transferred to Towson University, where I received my BS in Communications. After a couple years of strengthening my skills, I was able to go back up and play at a higher level of football at the University of Memphis. I spent almost a year living in a brand new city, starting my Master’s in Communications, and finally finding my football home.

Following that short, but great time, I found my way to D.C in pursuit of a NFL contract. Although my dream for football is still very strong, I also found a passion for learning and growing in real estate. My goal as a turnover agent is to create a calm environment during a highly stressful time. My experience as team leaders over the years has taught me how to handle transitions and how to guide people. I strive to provide extensive support to the clients and team members here.

Vanessa Wilson

Turnover Administrator

I am happy to be a member of the Nomadic Turnover team as the Turnover Administrator. I am a graduate from Norfolk State University, “BEHOLD! The Green and Gold!” My role as Turnover Administrator leverages my housing management, commercial operations, and administrative experience to support the Turnover team and provide communication; ensure seamless support, and continue our commitment to excellent property services for our clients and tenants.


Returning to the DMV has rekindled my interests in the fantastic, wonderful, fun things this area has to offer. You can find me on the Metro, going to the Smithsonian’s, movies, and restaurants. I will get involved with some community outreach projects, but for now I am enjoying sharing good food and times with my family and friends. My plan is to work hard to contribute to the continued success and excellence of Nomadic Real Estate as we GROW our network of clients, tenants, and team family.

Sarahi Gutierrez

Leasing Manager

Raised in sunny Southern California, I am relatively new to DC and ecstatic about experiencing seasons! I decided to live my first year in DC in the heart of China town. With the Michelin guide in my hand, I am excited to explore DC’s culinary culture. I’ve had a pretty interesting career path ranging from working banquets at Disneyland to working in a punitive segregation ward as a Mental Health therapist.

With a mission to help people in crisis, I attended Columbia University for my Master’s in Social Work. I am passionate in helping others build lives worth living and am excited to explore mental health in the corporate world. I am excited to join the Nomadic Family and bringing my experience to our families.

In my free time you can find me attending a hot yoga class, running, camping or hiking. I enjoy exploring new culinary treats that are gut friendly and promote natural healing.

Donovan Woodberry

Leasing Agent

I was born in South Carolina, but moved here from Louisville, KY. At the University of Louisville, I studied Pre-Law and loved every minute of it.  I am also a Job Corps graduate.  I got my certification in Office Administration, which I studied in the state of Kentucky as well. I have much experience working with people to provide comfort and positive decisions.  I have worked for the Courtyard Marriott for the past 5 years. That experience has transferred well over into my job with the company as a leasing agent. I have the experience to know and understand what it is like looking for a place to stay and call home.  

In my spare time I love to read and blog about fashion.  My favorite books are history especially, ones of our productive past.  I am a part time stylist when I’m not finding homes.  I love taking clothes and pairing them together to make outfits for any occasion. From styling individuals to helping individuals find a place to call home, I love helping people. I am excited to work with this great company for years to come.

Ross Welch

Sales & Marketing Representative

Recently relocating to Washington, DC, I have found a home at Nomadic. Born and raised in sunny Manhattan Beach, California, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated college from Birmingham Southern College located in Birmingham, Alabama. At Birmingham Southern I compete on the Men’s Basketball team where I was a 3 year starter, all-conference player, and led the country in 3pt percentage. Sports have shaped who I am and each day I strive to improve in my role.

Upon graduation, I moved back to Nashville where I worked with In this role I was responsible for maintaining units, acquiring leases, and marketing our service within the Nashville market. This experience in property management and leasing led me to Nomadic. My goal at Nomadic is to build our online presence and continue to drive in more leads.

In my spare time you can find me at the local park playing pickup basketball or coaching. My passion for the game has urged me to get involved in the youth. I look forward to  discovering and exploring the different neighborhoods in DC. I hope to make my mark at Nomadic and continue to grow in the real estate industry.

Christopher Jolly

Turnover Agent

Being a Washington, DC native I still find myself taking in new views of the city and the ways it has grown over the years and is still currently developing. I have always had a passion for running. I run around Downtown DC and strive to be competitive in any field I am in. I participate in a few races each year, frequenting a few run groups. I dislike walking as I can not go places as fast as I can running. Recently, I have learned to swim and my stroke is still a work in progress.


Currently working as a Turnover Agent, I give all of the people I work with, clients and tenants, the best customer service. I continuously work towards being better and more organized. I pride myself on my problem solving abilities and great intentions for myself and others.


I love the way this company is focused on being the best in the industry, and I am lucky to be contributing with these efforts. I like to get up early, seize the day and stay motivated to make the most of each day as I am a morning person.

Alexander Iraola

Leasing Administrator

I am thrilled to be a new part of the Nomadic team at such an exciting time for the company as it continues to grow.  I have lived in the Montgomery County area for my whole life. I attended Gonzaga College High School in our nation’s capital and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. When I am out of the office I am exploring any and every outdoorsy opportunity available including but not limited to kayaking on the Potomac River.

Elijah Taylor

Leasing Agent

I’ve always had a passion for real estate and all the opportunities that come along with the business.  I found my love for leasing in my hometown of Philadelphia the summer of 2012. Since then I’ve worked in real estate in some way shape or form. I moved to the DMV in the early part of 2017. I am loving every minute of experiencing the diversity, history, and culture of this area.

My time with Nomadic has been nothing but amazing! Working with this team has fortified my love for real estate and leasing! The vast architectural differences within the DMV, have increased my professional palette. From the row homes and condos of D.C to the town houses of VA and MD, I always have an interesting workday. Helping others find their perfect home makes for a very fulfilling career.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am very active and competitive especially when it comes to sports. My favorite pastime without a doubt is basketball. I look forward to finding a good recreational league and I’m even considering joining a softball team.