2019 Leadership (Officers & Directors)
Julie Peters is the current President of the Darien Board of REALTORS® and a 20 year resident of Darien. She has been a REALTOR® since 2005 and she is also a member of CT REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, New Canaan Board of REALTORS® and three multiple listing services. Julie is originally from Southern California and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Her three boys have attended all levels of the Darien Public Schools. She loves to travel in her free time and is an avid tennis and platform tennis player.
Deb Brennan is a life-long area resident living in Darien CT. Debbie currently serves as Vice President of the Darien Board of Realtors having served as a Director the year prior. She has been a realtor for 15 years working at the Darien office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties servicing Darien and surrounding towns. Debbie enjoys her partnership with her son, Gaynor, selling real estate. She is a graduate of the Univ of CT with a BA Degree in Economics, has two children and is a boating, golf, tennis and paddle tennis enthusiast.
Stephan von Jena is a full-time real estate professional with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, and has served as a Director on the Connecticut Association of REALTORS® and an officer of the Darien Board of REALTORS®. He is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, Darien Association of REALTORS®, New Canaan Association of REALTORS® and three of the states’ Multiple Listing Services. He and his family have lived in Darien for more than 25 years, with all three children having attended the Darien school system. Stephan’s philanthropic interests include membership in the New Canaan Exchange Club and the Stamford New Covenant House Kitchen. He enjoys reading, golf, tennis, fly-fishing and all types of boating.
Rita McKenna Marber has designed, built, staged and renovated numerous homes during her 30 years as a Darien resident. She received her certificate of Interior Design from Fairfield University in 2010 and is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She has been a REALTOR® since 2012. Rita serves on the Board of Family and Children’s Agency, enjoys tennis, reading and singing with Harmony on the Sound, an a cappella group that competes on an international level. She has two daughters.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Hazelton is a Realtor® at Houlihan Lawrence with more than 10 years experience in the Darien area. She served as board president in 2018 and is a former executive member of the board at the Darien YMCA. She serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals Board in Darien and is a mother of four kids, all products of Darien public schools. Originally from the Midwest and a graduate of the University of Miami, Ohio, she has called Darien home for almost 18 years.
Ruth Anne Ramsey is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker with over 30 years of experience. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Darien Historical Society and formerly served on their Board of Directors. She has served on Darien’s Affordable Housing Commission and has been a member on the Darien Zoning Board of Appeals for over 10 years. Ruth Anne Graduated from Darien High School as did her son, Christian.
Jeanne Hurty is a REALTOR® with Halstead CT and has been a REALTOR® for 25 years serving Darien and the surrounding communities. She has been a resident of DARIEN for 31 years, raising her family there. She currently serves as First Vice President of the Greenwich Kennel Club and is a former board member of the PBGV Club of America. She’s been involved with The Good Dog Foundation and their pet therapy program. She competitively shows her Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV) dogs and enjoys gardening.
Meghan Gatt has more than 13 years of experience as a REALTOR® with William Raveis Real Estate in both the Darien and Rowayton offices. She is a volunteer with the Open Door Shelter and the Norwalk Public Schools. Tennis, paddle tennis, gardening, running, and her four children are her passions outside of Real Estate.
Meredith H. DeRosa is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty and has been in real estate for over five years. Prior to that, Meredith worked in Private Client Financial Services, as well as the non-profit sector in home health care. Having grown up in Darien, Meredith returned to the area after graduating from the University of Notre Dame and settled here with her family. Married and a proud mother of two, Meredith is a representative of the Notre Dame Club of Fairfield County, is Vice President of the Board of Directors of ElderHouse, an adult daycare center serving lower Fairfield County, and an active participant in her children’s school’s parent association.
Irene A. LaRusso, Executive Officer and Certified Professional Standards Administrator, oversees the daily operations of the Board of REALTORS® and the Multiple Listing Service for more than 29 years. She is also a member of CT REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. An avid ice hockey fan and former member of USA Hockey, Irene enjoys attending NY Ranger games, volunteering at local animal shelters and spending time with her family and her Golden Retriever “Bear” who can be found at the Board office. Come by and say hello. Irene is also a certified Notary Public, appointed by the State of CT, with a term expiring in 2024.