Name: Michael Catalano
Title: President
Duties: Strategic & Leadership Development, Operations Management.
Goal: To provide excellent customer service, to manage properties efficiently, to maximize the investors return, to provide tenants with quality housing.

Mike grew up in real estate and property management and learned at the age of 10 how to take a maintenance call. Mike has over 20 years’ professional experience in all facets of real estate and property management.

He is currently the CEO of NextGen Property Ventures, Inc., with offices in Roseville, CA & Real Estate Connections in Los Gatos, both real estate investment and property management firms. Mike sits on the boards of Fourandhalf, an internet marketing company specializing in property management and of HappyCo, a mobile application for property inspections. Mike is a sought after industry speaker on the topics of property management firm acquisitions, real estate investments, and real estate marketing best practices. He is a member of NAR (National Association of Realtors) and CAR (California Association of Realtors), and NAPRM (National Association of Residential Property Managers).

After Hours: Mike grew up in Saratoga and has family ties to Santa Cruz. Mike is married with 2 children and in his “free time”, he enjoys golf, coaching his kids’ sports teams, and relaxing with his family.


Name: Kathleen Richards
Title: Director
Duties: Director of Business and Employee Development
Kathleen has lived in the Santa Cruz area for over 20 years and holds a BA in Int’l Studies/Economics and an MS in Management/Organizational Development.

Kathleen teaches Property Management Classes at Cabrillo College for the Do-It-Yourselfers and has been an expert witness for court cases. Check out her short property management video tips on our website and like us on Facebook Portola Property Management.

Kathleen holds the following professional designations:

CCRM(CA Certified Res Mgr) from CAA
MPM & RMP (Master Prop Mgr) & (Res Prop Mgr) from NARPM

Kathleen has held various local and state board positions from Education Chair to President with NARPM since 2007 and continues to be active in the field of Property Management through teaching and writing. Kathleen holds membership in NAR-Nat’l Assoc of Realtors, CAR-CA Assoc of Realtors, SCAOR-Santa Cruz Assoc of Realtors.CAA-CA Apt Assoc., and NARPM-National Assoc of Residential Property Mgrs.

Sue Gross

Name: Sue Gerwin
Title: Client Care/Office Manager
Duties: Provide Excellent Customer Service and Office Support
Experience: 11 years in customer service, admin support positions, 10 years as business owner and operations manager, 10 years experience in commerical and residential leasing.
After Hours: Cooking & Camping.


Name: Sarah James
Title: Maintenance Coordinator / Accounting Assistant
Duties: Coordinate all Work Orders, Support Accounting and Operations departments
Experience: Marketing & Video Production, Event Planning, Administrative experience.
Education: UCSC graduate with BA in Business Management, and a BA in Film & Digital Media
After Hours: Enjoys going to spin class, crafting and loves cats. Volunteers at the SC Animal Shelter.


Name: Fred Thompson
Title: Maintenance Professional
Duties: Support Portola PM Owners/Tenants with their maintenance requests and provide excellent customer service.
“I am the “MacGyver” of Property Maintenance, providing creative solutions to all your unique property needs.”
Experience: Over 10 yrs experience in residential remodeling, repair, and property management in Santa Cruz County.
After Hours: Scuba diving, RV camping, and enjoying the local music scene with my wife & friends.

Steve Thompson

Name: Steve Thompson
Title: Construction Specialist – The guy who does the stuff no one else wants to do.
Duties: Construction and maintenance
Experience: Over 30 years of general building construction and maintenance.
After Hours: Spending time with Heidi, enjoying life’s adventures along the way. Surfing, Biking, Scuba Diving, Camping, and traveling.


Lillian Molda

Name: Liliane Molda
Title: Resident Pre-Inspection Coordinator
Duties: Pre-Move-out Inspections
Experience: Licensed Realtor with Lawrie & Lawrie, property management experience
After Hours: Spending time with family, friends, and enjoying the beach and nature