Mitch moved to Arizona from Brooklyn, New York in 2013 with his wife, Meredith (both teach in the Art Department at Arizona State University), settling into the Encanto historic district near downtown Phoenix. Mitch teaches Drawing as Seeing and Thinking. Studying the ins and outs of unique architecture is a key component of this popular and eye opening class.
In 1997 Mitch earned a double degree in Fine Art and Biology from the University of Colorado and went on to earn a Masters in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Kansas. The day after graduation, he moved to New York City to open an art gallery with some friends. While in NYC, Mitch lived and worked as an artist. Socrates Sculpture Park, Pollock-Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Ford Foundation, and Andy Warhol grants have supported his work. He exhibits nationally and internationally in galleries, art fairs, and museums. The DUMBO arts festival (NYC), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (AZ), Doosan Gallery (NYC), Center for Cultural Innovation in San Jose (CA), as well as universities around the country and art fairs around the world have hosted Mitch for presentations on his work.
In 2017 Mitch earned a Masters in Landscape Architecture from ASU. One of his favorite experiences with the program was travelling with architect Marthe Rowen to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco to teach drawing. Marthe taught the undergraduates and he taught the graduate students. Travelling through these countries to visit iconic architecture and gardens highlighted the special relationship between a home and the outdoors around it. Mitch is always excited to find the perfect indoor/outdoor living experience, and to that end, furthered his education by pursuing his Arizona Real Estate License.
Mitch’s life has always centered around art and design. While most kids were drawing monsters, he was dreaming up floor plans for the ultimate home! His ongoing experience in the Art and Design industries coupled with his experience as a REALTOR® with azarchitecture/Jarson & Jarson brings those dreams to a whole new level.
Mary has been selling real estate for 25+ years, with 1,600 transactions closed, totaling over $735 million in sales. She specializes in single-family homes, condominiums, and new construction development. Her strengths in determination of value and negotiating strategy instill client confidence and ease the surrounding process. Mary focuses on achieving the best possible outcome for her clients while maintaining an understanding of the emotional and financial demands of each transaction.
Mary has built a loyal clientele by demonstrating exceptional market knowledge, outstanding customer service, together with the utmost integrity. Mary prides herself on her client-centric philosophy which requires continual honing of skills and adaptive ways of doing business. She stays ahead of the curve on market inventory and employs the most current technologies and systems to identify and close on prime opportunities while negotiating the best possible results.
It is Mary’s mission to ensure each client receives an unparalleled amount of personal attention, diligence, and industry expertise. Her clients have peace of mind and confidence that they are working with a professional who has their best interest at heart. She is focused on building long-term relationships. Her interaction with clients doesn’t end at the closing table—it begins there.
Mary holds two brokers licenses: Arizona since 2005, and Illinois since 1986.
Mary is married and currently has one Irish Jack Russell Terrier, “Finn”. She and her husband, Randall, have designed and built many new construction homes. Mary is a supporter of many programs bringing food and art programs to children in need. She is also a supporter of Curt’s Café, a program designed to work with at risk youth. She has supported and worked with many organizations that encourage racial equality in our world. She also supports programs that help our seniors age in place with grace and dignity.
Arizona Broker’s License
Member of Scottsdale Association of REALTORS®
National Association of REALTORS®
Illinois Broker’s License
Chicago Association of REALTORS® Top 1%
SRES designation, Senior Real Estate Specialist
Mary Ann Kelley
November 2nd, 2018
Mary Ann Kelley has called the “Valley of the Sun” home for 33 years. Her career as a real estate professional was a direct result of her personal successes in residential real estate complemented by skill sets achieved over her colorful career path.
Professionally, Mary Ann has enjoyed positions in the fields of Hospitality Management, Law, and Advertising. A graduate of Cornell University with a Business degree, Mary Ann held management positions with Hyatt Hotels and The Waldorf Astoria Collection’s Arizona Biltmore Resort in Food & Beverage Operations, Catering Sales & Purchasing. These roles demanded excellence in communication skills, task orientation, and customer service.
In the 1990’s, Mary Ann obtained an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Sciences. She worked in the Commercial Litigation departments at Snell & Wilmer and Beus/Gilbert. Keen attention to detail and systematic organization of materials was critical to her success.
Mary Ann has a passion for all things “real estate”, endeavoring in her own remodeling projects, interior design, and landscaping. Over the years, she has collaborated with general contractors, designers, and numerous trades. It seemed only natural that Mary Ann obtained her real estate sales license and enter an industry that she loves.
Having worked in the Luxury Real Estate market for 15 years at two highly acclaimed brokerages: Coldwell Banker Success (where she enjoyed a banner “rookie” year with top production), and as an Associate Broker at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty “Private Client Group”, Mary Ann delivered impeccable service and representation. She continues to work with passion, integrity, and commitment.
Mary Ann enjoys hiking, fitness, and gardening. She and her husband, Bruce, live in Paradise Valley. Their grown children live in New York City and Los Angeles. A friend to the community, Mary Ann has been involved in numerous professional and service organizations.
Professional & Personal Associations:
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s President’s Circle; Top 5%
Luxury Home Tour Board Member 2013 – 2018
Luxury Home Tour Co-Treasurer 2016
Dream Home Tour Director 2014
Luxury Home Tour Chairman 2013
Luxury Home Tour Director 2011
Luxury Home Tour Statistician 2008 – 2010
Scottsdale Association of Realtors, Member
National Association of Realtors, Member
Cornell & Notre Dame Clubs of Arizona
Valley Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Arizona
St Vincent De Paul Society Volunteer
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Volunteer
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-day walker; 180 Miles +
Phoenix Rescue Mission Volunteer
Brophy Mother’s Guild Lifetime Member
Paradise Valley Women’s Association: Evening Social & Fashion Show Chair
PVCC Nine-Hole Group
Brooke is a proud Phoenician of 37 years with extensive knowledge of Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Midtown and Uptown Phoenix.
Brooke has gained a great customer service background throughout her career, beginning in the hospitality industry, owning her own newspaper for 15 years, and most recently spending 20 years in the Real Estate Education industry. She brings this emphasis for great customer service to every client with the mission to make every transaction as smooth as possible with great communication and service.
Brooke is excited to join the azarchitecture team and shares their passion for great Arizona architecture. She particularly enjoys Mid-century Modern, contemporary and historic district architecture, and is even restoring her own modern ranch in the Willo historic district in downtown Phoenix.
When she’s not restoring her home, Brooke enjoys yoga, theater arts music and scuba diving in far off islands.
Brooke shares her home with her husband, Nate and her two children, Jack and Ava. They all share a passion for animal rescue and have two rescue dogs and a rescue cat.
November 2nd, 2017
Monica moved from Fairfield County, Connecticut to Tucson in 2006, seeking wide-open spaces and a bucolic place for her children to attend high school. In keeping with her eclectic background and creating “something” from the humdrum, Monica’s decision to migrate fit right in with her history of bold moves, albeit quite a culture shock coming from the New York City area!
She arrived in Scottsdale four years ago and has spent the last seven years in real estate. Monica focused on working with investors, supervising projects, and relocating people to Arizona from far-away places with the same idealized vision she shared toward the Valley of the Sun. She has a background in property management and is dedicated to a high level of professionalism and accountability – just one part of her bright personality with a “no-drama” approach that goes the extra mile with her clients.
Monica has a passion for learning about other cultures and excavating new places. History, music, food or art usually have a part in what she calls fun.
A well versed professional, Tricia was a designated relocation specialist in Seattle, Washington, representing clients from Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft, and other major northwest companies. She is a skilled negotiator rooted in a fast paced market where homes often sell in just DAYS!
A past resident of Arizona for 25+ years, and an owner of a local architecture firm, she and her late husband counted architectural icons Ralph Haver, Al Beadle, and many others as personal friends! She is delighted to call Arizona her home once again!
Tricia shares a high level of ethics, creativity, and enthusiasm, as well as deep personal knowledge of architecture.
When she is not out selling iconic homes, Tricia enjoys fine art painting focusing primarily on portraiture.
Lori is a rising star in the industry; a REALTOR® whose vibrant enthusiasm fills a room. She is also a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) with strong ties to our community, and volunteers with many organizations throughout Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Lori is a second generation Arizonan and has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from ASU (Go Devils)! After graduation, she became a professional graphic and mural artist. She then moved to Hudson Valley, NY where she was an Art Specialist/Craft Shop Manager in the Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division at West Point Military Academy, which serves the cadets, soldiers, families, civilians, and veterans of the West Point Community.
Lori returned to Phoenix in 2010 and became a licensed practitioner through The Centers for Spiritual Living. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Consciousness Studies through The Holmes Institute. She is a revealer of hidden potential in people, empowering others with positive energy and proven leadership.
Lori’s intuition, professionalism and personal commitment is evident through the stellar service she provides her clients. She has won several awards for outstanding service, including a Merit Award for sales. Her mission is to serve with joy as a beneficial presence in the world.
Lori has been married to her longtime sweetheart, Tom, since 1983, and has three accomplished, grown daughters and two dogs. And get this: she’s the grand niece of ET Wright; if you aren’t familiar with him check out our blog post! She is passionate about unique Arizona homes and is inspired when homes are preserved and reimagined for future generations.
November 1st, 2017
Kristen Ashhurst is an East Coast native with a strong connection to the arts. She has lived all over the world and traveled even more extensively but has found a love for the quality of life and “dreams made possible” in the Valley of the Sun. She has a long, extensive career in the hospitality industry as well as in sales. These experiences have helped to shape her connection to clients and willingness to go the extra mile for those she encounters.
When Kristen first started in real estate, she knew she wanted to grow and learn as quickly as she could in this new industry. Shortly thereafter, she saw Alison Hamlet speaking at a forum and decided instantly that this was the person she could learn best from and assertively asked for help and the opportunity to work together. For the past few years, the two have built many joint client successes as a result.
Kristen also has a unique and highly creative spirit with a heart for animals and an ear for music. She is trained as an Opera singer at the New England Conservatory and the University of CA, Irvine and performed in many venues. Although her team is still awaiting her to burst into song during a signing, they see her “creativity of thought” in action daily. She is a nature lover, truly outdoorsy and an adventurer at the end of the day, pushing herself to new heights, whether running a 200 mile team relay race or hiking to the top of Mount Sinai in Egypt. For her clients, this “Just Do It” attitude establishes a mentality of success as Kristen finds out-of-the-box ways to problem solve for them.
Bridget is Alison Hamlet’s Transaction Manager and “organizer extraordinaire of all things”! The two met when she decided to move to Arizona from Nevada when her husband got accepted into law school. Bridget hired Alison as her real estate agent in Arizona to buy her a house, and she was sold on the process and experience. The rest is history.
At that time, Bridget was inspiring high school mathematics students in her advanced classes. Though she loved the challenge and opportunity to work with high school students, she dreamed of venturing into the business world and diversifying her skills. She has been a real estate investor since she was in her early 20’s! Her background in teaching and as a serious athlete taught her to be a successful communicator, great at building relationships and a team player with a strong will to win! Although highly analytical and smart, she has a creative side as well that compliments the Alison Hamlet team. When the opportunity arose to work with a highly qualified business professional like Alison, Bridget jumped in with both feet. When you choose to hire the Alison Hamlet team, you are signing up with a group that will both meet your goals and exceed your expectations.
Alison graduated from the University of Arizona, earned a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University and moved to the Phoenix area in 1995. In architecture school she embraced form and function and fell in love with the idea of design and it’s ability to enhance one’s life. From cool contemporaries to charming historic homes, Alison is able to see and bring to life the unique story behind each property. Alison is passionate about sustainable living. She actively serves as a GREEN designated REALTOR® and supports the US Green Building Council in its efforts to bring more high-performance home education to the real estate industry and consumers. She is a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and the Paradise Valley Luxury Home Tour.
Business person first, REALTOR® second, Alison is “serious as the day is long” in her approach to her clients’ success. Beginning her career as an award-winning political science teacher, she transitioned to the pharmaceutical industry and rose through the ranks to an executive leading mergers, acquisitions, organizational development and labor negotiations. In that fast-paced, high-octane world, she developed the ability to quickly assess needs and find effective solutions and strategies. With this fine-tuned skill set, she has taken the real estate industry by storm. Alison believes that architecture can transform peoples’ lives and her number one goal is to develop that WIN for her clients.
Alison shares her own home with her husband and daughter, two rescue puppies, two rescue tortoises, and her chickens. Urban farm-life is her sanctuary, along with many other adventures, including traveling and discovering new places and people all over the world.
January 17th, 2017
Kathy has been licensed since 2004 and active in the real estate business since 2006. She takes pride in delivering a high-level of customer service to her clients and is also an active user of ZIllow Premier Agent which brings her professionalism to an even broader audience. Dedication to service is more than just lip service with Kathy: she is committed to answering phone calls and promptly responding to all text messages and emails! Tech-savvy, she often shares images and videos to help her out-of-state clients. Kathy holds REALTOR®, ePro, CHMS, RSPS, CPRES, SRES, and PPS designations.
You’ll find her always on the move: holding open houses, or busy working on marketing for her listings while interacting with sellers, buyers, and renters. “I really enjoy analyzing pricing, and coming up with strategies to target the right buyer for each house”, and finding just the right home for buyers? “The best part of the job!”.
Arlee has spent her life studying, acquiring, appreciating, and selling her passion: fine design and unique lifestyles. From her early days at UCLA where she studied environmental design, to her days selling Knoll residential and commercial furniture, to her own firm – It’s All About Time, LLC, – which managed outsourced concierge and management projects for more than a dozen high and mid-rise residential condominium communities, Arlee has shared a keen appreciation for design and managed to couple it with her professional approach to customer relationships.
In her current position at azarchitecture Arlee specializes in urban lifestyle properties – homes, condos, and town homes – in Phoenix, Scottsdale, PV, and Tempe. She is an avid collector of contemporary art and photography, and has been a longtime member of Contemporary Forum and InFocus support groups at Phoenix Art Museum. She, her spouse Phyllis, and Terriers Henry and Lucy, live in a historic home in the Biltmore area. Arlee will make it her personal mission to help you locate your own perfect lifestyle environment here in the Valley.