Meet Our Team

I cannot say enough about the members of the Victoria Carter real estate team and how beneficial they are in working with me to help provide your every need. If I had to work alone, it would be practically impossible to maintain the professional, service oriented real estate practice that I have.

My success relies on the top-notch assistance provided by Katy and Donna. With their help I am able to:

  • Keep up to date on market research
  • Remain in consistent communication with other real estate offices and agents
  • Stage and prepare showcase-quality open houses
  • Manage multiple visits
  • Prepare detailed transaction related documents
  • Provide intensive marketing support along with internet promotional campaigns

The support of my team allows me to spend more time focusing on the client – that’s you – and making your needs and dreams come true.

Being well connected to the local community, together we can help you find the reliable professionals you need to help with your home-related inquiries.

In addition to my two fabulous assistants, I have an extended team that includes a marketing and communications specialist, a graphic design consultant and a web development team to ensure that our materials and promotional campaigns are the best quality we can offer.

Katy RoessleKaty Roessle

Personal Assistant and Transaction Coordinator

Phone: (973) 376-1226  or (973) 376-4545 ext 118

Katy Roessle joined the team in 2013 as Victoria Carter’s Personal Assistant and Lead Transaction Coordinator. Katy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Studies from Ohio Wesleyan and attended graduate school in business administration in Boston before marrying her college sweetheart and moving to New Jersey. Over 30 plus years she has been a resident of Madison, Millburn, and for the past 23 of those years, Summit. While raising her two children she kept up her business skills by working part-time for various local businesses as an administrative assistant – for The Connection for Women & Children, Summit she worked as a website designer and administrator; for Commercial Design Group and Something Special Interior’s as an office administrator and design assistant; for Claremont Realty Group as full time office administrator and transaction processor.

In addition to being a licensed Realtor, Katy’s previous experiences in a variety of fields and specifically in real estate have given her the skills to properly and efficiently manage and work closely with the Victoria Carter Team. From contract to closing Katy is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the transaction. Working with clients, attorneys and agents on both sides of either a listing or a sale to make sure transactions stay on track for closing is her primary daily objective. Coordination is the name of her game, and the high volume of listings and sales provided by the Victoria Carter Team has given Katy an edge to stand out amongst the team and keep her on her game! Katy has a way of pulling the team together and making sure transactions run smoothly and efficiently.  

Karen Cummins Print 5x7Karen Cummins

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): (201) 463-0903

Karen Cummins is a Buyer’s Specialist for the Victoria Carter team and has been a resident of New Jersey since 1990. She started her real estate career in March 2011 and by June of the same year, had already sold her first home. Karen prides herself on her expertise in the northern New Jersey train line towns: Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn, Short Hills, Summit, Montclair, Chatham and Madison.

A native New Yorker, Karen received a BA in Liberal Arts from Queens College. Later, she moved to Short Hills where she raised her two sons, and it is a town she still calls home.  

With an extensive background in the garment industry, Karen has a discerning eye for quality, value and design, and she brings her savvy negotiating skills to the real estate market. The garment industry refined her organizational strengths and ability to manage transactions with many moving parts. She is known for her willingness to listen and strong communication skills.

“My talent is that I can see the bones of a home, its true potential and whether it is the right fit for a client,” says Cummins. Attentive to every detail, Karen is the consummate real estate professional.  

donna-schafferDonna Schafer

Marketing and New Listing Coordinator

Phone: (973)376-1227  or (973)376-4545 ext 125

Donna Schafer is Victoria Carter’s Marketing Assistant and New Listing Coordinator. She’s been working in real estate with Victoria for the past 13 years and has been a valuable asset to the team. As the Victoria Carter team continues to grow, Donna manages the team’s multiple websites and marketing tactics. She is responsible for compiling the team’s CMAs, listing paperwork and coordinating photos, floor plans, signage, and the marketing of new listings. She also manages, updates, and handles all of Victoria Carter’s internet marketing. Advertising for the Victoria Carter business is one of her top priorities.

Donna has not only been a great help in regard to marketing and the websites, but she has also been able to pitch in across many different areas. No matter what the task, Donna has been able to adapt and step in to help. She has always had a strong commitment to customer service and a willingness to help others no matter what the circumstances.

All in all, Donna has been an important asset to the team in many ways; she has been able to adapt and apply her many skills to different areas of work all while staying organized, calm, and always being reliable. Donna has always strived to please others and make sure life at the office is pleasant and efficient. She also strives to be successful, not only in her career but in her personal life as well; happiness and success are what she always manages to incorporate into her and her team’s daily life.

Monica Alpert

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): (626) 864-2676

Monica Alpert is a Home Buyer Specialist for the Victoria Carter Team. She currently resides in Short Hills and is highly in touch with the local real estate market trends. Monica has lived in several cities including Los Angeles, CA, Charlotte, NC, and Lima, Peru.  Having relocated several times throughout her life, Monica understands the stress that is involved in buying or selling a home as well as settling into a new community. She takes pride in offering a worry-free, first-class service to her clients.

Monica has over 12 years of combined real estate experience as a Realtor and as a homebuilder. During her time as a homebuilder, she built over 60 custom homes in Charlotte, NC. Her attention to detail, organization and perseverance led her to have a very successful business.

Monica received her Masters Degree in International Economics and Finance and her Bachelors Degree in Economics from Brandeis University. She also has a Graphic Design Degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. In order to achieve the best possible results for her clients, Monica successfully combines her analytical and creative skills. The results are impressive!

Monica is a native Spanish speaker, as she was born and raised in Peru. She is a proud mom of two 16-year-old daughters and enjoys spending her free time reading and spending time with her family. Monica’s ability to handle any transaction, large or small, combined with her dedication to exemplary customer satisfaction sets her apart. Whatever the clients’ professional needs are as they go through the gratifying process of buying or selling a home, she will be happy to assist.

Laurie NesserLaurie Nesser

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): (917) 626-1463

Laurie Nesser, formerly a sole practitioner, joined the Victoria Carter team in 2014. As a Home Buyer Specialist and resident of Short Hills she is highly involved with the local community and real estate market trends. Laurie has lived in three distinct areas of NYC (the Lower-East-Side, Murray Hill and the Upper-East-Side where her family maintains an apartment.  She also has spent significant time living in Boulder, CO.   Laurie is a good listener and understands the stress that is involved in buying or selling a home as well as settling into a new community. Her attention to detail, ability to understand what her clients truly need and her perseverance have helped her create successful relationships with her clients.  She takes pride in offering worry-free, white-glove service to her clients.

Laurie received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Hunter College and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from Michigan State University.

Laurie was born and raised in East Brunswick, NJ. She and her husband have two children; an 11-year old daughter and an 8-year old son.  Laurie enjoys spending her free time at Cross-fit, Soul Cycle and Lifetime Fitness.

Laurie’s ability to manage any transaction, regardless of size, along with her dedication to her clients’ mandates make her an excellent advocate for her clients as they move through the process of buying or selling a home.

cynthia-messinaCynthia Messina

Buyer’s Agent and Listing Specialist

Phone (Cell): (908) 380-4001

Cynthia Messina has been a real estate professional since 2005 and a member of the Victoria Carter Team since 2009.  She prides herself on taking the time to understand her clients and represents their interests at all times.  Raised in the Westfield and Summit areas, she brings her knowledge of these towns to the Victoria Carter Team.  As a current resident of Short Hills, she also offers local expertise of the Millburn and Short Hills Townships. 

Prior to being a real estate agent, Cynthia was a property investor and regularly purchased, renovated and resold properties.  This experience gave her a broad understanding of the home buying and selling process. Whether you are looking to buy or sell your home, Cynthia’s sharp negotiating skills and real estate acumen will lead to a successful experience.

debbie-millmanDebbie Millman

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): (973) 903-6525

Deborah Millman is an experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated real estate agent who always puts her clients first!  Having lived in Montclair, NJ before moving to Short Hills, she is an expert in towns along the NJ Transit Midtown Direct line  – including South Orange, Maplewood, Millburn/Short Hills, Summit and Montclair as well as the surrounding communities of West Orange, Livingston and Springfield. Deborah has a keen knowledge of these communities, including schools, transportation, community activities and most of all, real estate and the current market place!

Deborah combines an exceptional work effort with an unbelievable attention to detail to provide each client with the best service where they will be taken care of from beginning to end.  Having moved three times herself in 10 years, she understands the process completely from both the buyers and sellers personal point of view and is able to guide them with expert step-by-step advice. In addition, Deborah achieved Director’s Club status at Weichert, Realtors in 2012 for high dollar volume and has a depth of experience in a wide variety of transactions.

Deborah was born and raised in London, UK before moving to New York to pursue her Graduate education at Columbia University. After receiving a Masters in International Finance and Business, she worked in Foreign Exchange derivatives at the Bank of New York on Wall Street. Deborah takes her business acumen and financial expertise and focuses on each client in order to make their move her top priority whilst ensuring each relationship is handled with privacy and professionalism.

Deborah lives in Short Hills along with her husband and 3 children who are all currently enrolled in the Millburn School District as well as active in many town sports and activities. They are also active members at Temple B’Nai Jeshurun.

Amy BeltempoAmy Beltempo

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell):  (732) 618-5194

Amy is a native of New Jersey; she was born and raised in Monmouth County. After living in New York City for 15 years, Amy and her husband moved to New Jersey where they are raising their daughter. An active member of the community,  Amy loves the opportunity to show people all that the area has to offer.

Amy received a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island where she majored in visual merchandising and design. Prior to her career in real estate, Amy worked in New York for the growing e-commerce department of an Italian fashion house. Her roles included operations, buying, and visual merchandising, and she helped to build the web presence for one of the largest luxury brands in the world. With years of experience in corporate America, Amy learned a wealth of skills which make her a successful, tech savvy and effective real estate agent. She is passionate about selling, hard-working, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. She understands that a home is one of your most important investments and Amy’s excellent negotiation skills and strong work ethic will help to guide you through this milestone. By building great relationships with people, Amy delivers top notch customer service along with a professional, personable approach.

Arden CanecchiaArden Canecchia

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): 201-253-5209

After moving to Maplewood with his husband in 2013 from Jersey City, Arden discovered his passion for real estate and has been helping clients to realize their home search goals since 2014.

Arden was born in New York City and raised in Bergen County, NJ. He earned a B.S. from Manhattan College and has had a successful career in advertising, public relations, and most recently, in corporate events for nearly 20 years.

Through his work in events, Arden has learned how to understand his client’s needs and maximize their budget while paying close attention to the details that differentiate a good event from a great one. He plans to use those same skills, leveraging his knowledge and love of Maplewood, Millburn, Short Hills, South Orange, and West Orange, to help homebuyers find the right home for their families.

Arden and his husband live in Maplewood with their two rescue dogs.

Kathryn HandelmanKathryn Handelman

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): 201-736-5632

Kathy is happy to join the Victoria Carter Team as a buyer’s specialist. She is a long time resident of South Orange and is the proud mother of 3 children who all attend school in the South Orange/Maplewood school district. She was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Pennsylvania. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College with a BA in economics and a minor in psychology, she moved to New York City. Kathy worked on Wall Street and then on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a specialist trading assistant for a decade. After taking time off to raise children she turned toward her true love…. Real estate! Kathy’s strengths include being able to learn about what her client really wants and then translating that into the right home. She works tirelessly to find the right home for her clients.

For fun Kathy enjoys playing tennis, book club and being with her family and pets which include a dog and a bearded dragon. In the community, she also is the Director of Christian Education at the Wyoming Presbyterian Church in Millburn, NJ and a Girl Scout leader.

Donna Arace of the Victoria Carter real estate teamDONNA ARACE

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): 973-985-4232

Donna is an experienced and driven real estate agent with over a decade of experience. Born in Maplewood, New Jersey, she grew up in Springfield, moved to Millburn and now calls New Providence home. A graduate of the University of Tampa, Donna earned a degree in marketing and became a marketing specialist with Nutrisystem.

Her passion for marketing and retail background inspired Donna to join family-owned, Tedesco Realtors marking the start of her real estate career. With a reputation for exceptional client service, Donna quickly excelled as a real estate agent and is described by both clients and peers as the consummate professional. One client remarked that Donna was always, “…punctual, organized and focused on maximizing our time…” while another said, “She is passionate about her work and will always give it 110%.”

Allen Razam of the Victoria Carter TeamAllen Razam

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): 917-478-1790

A native of Israel, Allen currently resides in South Orange, New Jersey, with his wife and two children. Enjoying all that northern New Jersey has to offer, Allen spends his free time hiking with his family through the South Mountain Reservation.

With three years of real estate experience in the fast-paced New York City market, Allen is an astute and agile addition to the Victoria Carter team. Previously, he worked with Maldan Israeli Real Estate Agents. Joining the Victoria Carter Team from Brooklyn, Allen also brings a strong understanding of the challenges families encounter transitioning from urban to suburban.

Allen received a degree in Sports Therapy and Management from Wingate Institute in 1997. He has worked as a personal trainer and physical therapist, and he thrives on the opportunity to help others. Focused and hardworking, Allen prides himself on his ability to patiently guide clients through the process of buying or selling their homes. Described by his colleagues as creative, enthusiastic and witty, he works diligently on his client’s behalf from the first meeting straight through to a successful closing.

Trisha Kelly of the Victoria Carter TeamTrisha Kelly

Buyer’s Agent

Phone (Cell): 646-256-4816

A former diehard Brooklynite, Trisha relocated to Montclair, New Jersey, from the San Diego area in 2016. The move exposed her to a wide variety of houses and gave her practical experience in highly competitive housing markets on both coasts.

An alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College with a Masters in Early Education, Trisha has spent a lifetime in the arts and a decade teaching in New York City public schools. Her passion for design has led to positions with Nisonger Design and; it also prompted her to redesign her family’s center hall colonial in Montclair.

Trisha stands ready to leverage her personal experience moving to Montclair and buying and remodeling a home to provide clients with personalized service that extends well past the closing date. She prides herself on providing more than just intimate knowledge of the real estate market in Montclair, Glen Ridge, and other northern New Jersey communities along the Midtown Direct. From providing concierge-like recommendations to advising on the feel of each town in her market, Trisha truly wants to help her clients locate and settle into the community that meets their needs.

In her free time, Trisha stays busy with her husband, two young daughters and two French Bulldogs. She teaches ballet and modern dance in local youth programs and stays active in Montclair community activities and schools.


Diane PrignanoDiane Prignano

Part-time Transaction Coordinator

Phone (Cell): 973-222-1530

A New Jersey native, Diane has lived in Springfield for over 3 decades. She is always happy to advise customers and clients about the dynamic Short Hills area, with lots of up-to-date information about schools, neighborhoods, commuting, recreation and many other important facts that can help when relocating.

Diane attended Rutgers University and studied business. Before being a Realtor, she was an administrative assistant for several businesses. After receiving her real estate license in 1992, Diane found a niche is residential home sales. A concerned citizen and real estate professional, she held many leadership positions on the north Central Jersey Association Board of Realtors. She is also a notary public, a role that is helpful to many clients. All proceeds from Diane’s notary work are donated to the Valerie Fund.

In her free time, she attends broadway shows, enjoys reading, music, traveling and sports. Married to Vic for over 40 years, she has a daughter, a son and 6 grandchildren.

Diane’s hallmark is being a dedicated professional. Known for a diplomatic approach and dedication to getting the job done, she can be counted on for professional real estate advice with a friendly attitude.