2020 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.
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.
Mary is a REALTOR® with Halstead CT LLC and a longtime member of the National Association of Realtors® , the Darien Board of Realtors® and a recently elected member of the Darien Board of Directors. She was born and raised in Connecticut and has lived in Darien for over 40 years, her children attending Elementary, Middle and High school here. Mary enjoys gardening, Long Island Sound boating and fishing and summertime fun on Nantucket with her family.
Bryan Morris is a REALTOR® with Compass with over 15 years of experience and services the town of Darien and its surrounding communities. Prior to this, Bryan worked as an attorney and is a licensed attorney in Connecticut, Pennsylvania & New Jersey. Bryan previously served as a director on the Darien Board of Realtors® from 2015-2017 and was a past President in 2016 and 2017. Bryan hails originally from Philadelphia and is an alumnus of Penn State University. When he isn't donning his real estate hat, Bryan loves to travel, watch television, and enjoys dancing.
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.