2024 Leadership (Officers & Directors)

President & NAR Director (Small Boards)

Gen Distance | Gen Next Real Estate, LLC

Gen Distance has been a REALTOR since 2006 and is the Owner of the indie firm GEN NEXT. Gen is a graduate of Hampton University and The George Washington University Law School. In addition to being the 2023 Board President, she represents Connecticut's Small Boards on the National Board of Realtors (NAR) and a 2023 Director of CT REALTORS. Gen is also PSCS trained currently serving as Tribunal Member on CT REALTORS Statewide Professional Standards program. Gen is also serving as Co-Chair of CT REALTORS Risk Reduction Committee. Gen actively engages in community service though the Lower Fairfield Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Omicron Upsilon Omega. Gen serves as the President of the Chapter’s charitable foundation partner.

VP/President Elect

Kathleen M. Granath | Coldwell Banker Realty

Kathleen has lived in Darien with her husband for 28 years. Ten years ago she decided to become a REALTOR. Kathleen loves making connections between people and things. As an Irish Dance Mom, she helped many girls find and sell their used dresses. It’s the same feeling she gets when finding her clients the home of their dreams - pure JOY. Prior to her REALTOR career, Kathleen was Manager of Creative Services and Ad Sales at MTV. Additionally, Kathleen was the manager of Marketing at Tribune Broadcasting New York. All of the skills learned while marketing and selling television have added value to her real estate career selling and marketing homes. Kathleen has been trained as a Global Luxury Specialist and was welcome as a member in the Coldwell Banker 2020 International Diamond Society.

Treasurer

Stephan von Jena | William Pitt Sotheby's

With more than twenty-five years of international business marketing and high-value sales experience, coupled with his local real estate investment and construction knowledge, Stephan brings a wealth of skills and local resources to the table. Stephan is a member of The Darien Board of Realtors, The National Association of Realtors, The Connecticut Association of Realtors, The Darien Multiple Listing Service, New Canaan Multiple Listing Service and the SMART MLS. Stephan is an active member of the New Canaan YMCA, The New Canaan Exchange Club, the Darien Historical Society, has coached in the Darien Youth Soccer, Baseball & Football leagues, and participates in several charitable causes throughout Fairfield County.

Director

Gaynor Brennan | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Gaynor has been passionate about Real Estate his entire life. He has been in the Real Estate business for 9 years representing buyers and sellers and is a life long area resident. His experience shines through with his in-depth knowledge of the Darien, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Rowayton, Norwalk, Westport and Wilton real estate markets.

Director

Robyn deCastro | Brown Harris Stevens

Originally from Cincinnati, Robyn has been an active real estate agent since 2009, currently at Brown Harris Stevens. She has lived in Darien for over 20 years with her husband, has raised two children in the Darien community and been active in many local organizations. Prior to her career in real estate, Robyn worked in finance at Banc of America Securities and General Re Financial Products in New York City. She attended Boston College where she studied Economics and received her MBA in Finance from New York University. Robyn loves introducing new buyers to all that Darien and Fairfield County have to offer as well as helping local buyers and sellers to successfully navigate the often complex market. She is also a member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, Darien MLS and Connecticut SmartMLS.

Director

Meghan Gatt | William Raveis

Meghan has been a REALTOR for more than 18 years and serves the Darien and Rowayton communities and also surrounding towns. Her experience and success reflect her depth of local knowledge, understanding of buyers and sellers needs and her desire to help her clients successfully navigate challenging and changing market conditions. Meghan graduated from Georgetown University and after 10 years of working in Public Relations in New York City, she moved to the suburbs where she raised her 4 children.  She loves helping first-time home buyers discover the joys of our lovely towns.

Director

Robin Stineman | William Pitt Sotheby's

Robin is a REALTOR with 12 years experience in Lower Fairfield County. Robin and her husband, John, raised three daughters in Darien and guided them through the excellent Darien public school system. She has served on the boards of the Center for Hope, the National MS Society, Tokeneke School, Middlesex Middle School and Darien High School, Safe Rides, the Tokeneke Club and the Garden Clubs of Darien and Rowayton. In addition to her local expertise, she also has some international experience, having invested in and refurbished property in County Clare, Ireland.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Irene A. LaRusso | Darien Board of REALTORS®
Business: 203-655-3700

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 35 years. Ms. LaRusso is also a Notary Public appointed by the State of CT with a Term expiring 8/31/2029. 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, Kayaking local rivers and Long Island Sound, volunteering at local animal shelters, spending time with her family and hiking with her Golden Retriever “Bear”.

TERM EXPIRES:

12/31/2024 - Gen Distance, Kathleen Granath, Stephanie O'Grady
12/31/2025 - Robyn deCastro, Arianna O'Malley, Robin Stineman
12/31/2026 - Gaynor Brennan, Meghan Gatt, Stephan von Jena

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