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Joanne Curtin Team Leader

The Curtin Team was started and continues to be operated by Joanne Curtin, along with husband and business partner, Tom.

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Joanne started her career as an Elementary school teacher. Early into her teaching career, Joanne became curious about investing and building wealth. After reading the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, she made the bold decision to leave her teaching post and move into the real estate business. Soon after, she joined Keller Williams with agents thinking big about their careers.

The Curtin Team began with Joanne selling houses in North Atlanta in 2001 and with husband Tom, they grew it into a team. From it’s start, the Team has over $620 million in home sales volume and 1,850 clients served. Growing a real estate team grew into launching a brokerage office. Joanne and Tom earned the opportunity to co-own the Keller Williams Realty Consultants Roswell Market Center after just one year with the company. That eventually grew into a mega agent team office location in the heart of their local town.

In 2018, Joanne co-founded Curtin Team Cares, a non-profit organization, as a way to assist the community in times of need. This passion for helping her local neighborhoods drives the mission to provide local support when it’s needed most and give back in her community.



 Joanne is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Masters in Education. She continues her teaching in the real estate community. Originally from Dalton, Georgia Joanne resides with Tom, their two beautiful children and dogs Fluff and Charlie in Milton.

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Tom Curtin CEO
Tom is currently the CEO of the Curtin Real Estate Team. Tom began his real estate career in 2001, building the operations side of the Curtin Team with his wife Joanne. (read more)
He applies knowledge from previous marketing positions to the real estate business. Together they have built a successful Team of agents with over $620 million in sales and 1,850 transactions and consistently ranked one of the top Teams. Tom also operates a Property Management Company, manages a real estate portfolio in North Atlanta and teaches others to create wealth through real estate. Tom is passionate about investing and helping others realize financial freedom. Tom and Joanne helped launch the Keller Williams Realty Roswell Market Center which is one of the top offices in the Southeast Region. Prior to real estate, Tom managed corporate marketing and sales for DirecTV. Because of their mutual ambition, Joanne and Tom work together in building their business and family life. They strongly believe in work-life integration and coach others to do the same. Tom has a business degree from the prestigious Honors Program at the University of Georgia and is a Roswell High School alum. When not at the office, you can find Tom hiking, watching his son play soccer, or traveling.
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Jess Garris Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Jess is deeply committed to supporting the team in achieving greater levels of success and is responsible for hiring, training, and leading additional team members to ensure all administrative tasks of each real estate transaction are completed to high standards with maximum efficiency. (read more)

Her primary focus is on building, implementing and managing all systems to ensure a smooth transaction. She is also responsible for maintaining CRM/database systems, operations manuals, department budgets, and vendor management.

Jess has been a licensed agent since 2004 and has been involved in many aspects of the industry throughout her career including residential sales, new construction, title, and rentals.

When searching to make the move from Florida to Georgia in 2012 she chose Roswell to raise her family. She enjoys spending time with her talented daughters and watching Florida State football.

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Christy Smith Director of Sales, Realtor

Christy is a Georgia Native and grew up in Marietta. She has lived in various parts of Northern Georgia including Alpharetta and Woodstock, where she now resides with her husband and daughters.

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Not new to real estate, Christy bought her first home at age 22. Christy gets real estate at a high level and as a Curtin Team client she has purchased and sold a home with the Team before joining. After working in the corporate world for almost a decade, she wanted to turn her track record of success and love for real estate into her career. Work with Christy and you’ll see why the Curtin Team trusts in her passion and dedication to helping others.

Christy loves helping clients, traveling, being outdoors, and reading, but most of all she loves spending time with her family and watching her sweet daughters grow.

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Layna Maye Account Manager
Layna began her Real Estate career as an special leasing agent in a shopping mall in Washington State. She decided to become a residential real estate agent in 2003. She has held several different positions within the industry and found a love for agent support and compliance.

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Layna strives to make sure every transaction runs smoothly and seamlessly from start to finish! She also places high importance on making every buyer and seller feel comfortable and knowledgeable through the process. When she isn't working, Layna loves to take road trips and spend as much time with friends and family as possible.  
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Melinda Nawn Agent Partner, Realtor

Melinda brings an extensive professional background from the financial services industry. Melinda transitioned to a Real Estate sales career and first joined Keller Williams Realty in Ohio. (read more)

Her husband’s job brought her to Atlanta where she quickly grew to love southern hospitality. 

Earning the respect of her clients by working tirelessly on their behalf, Melinda offers candid advice and thrives on finding buyers just the right home for the right price.  Having lived in six states, Melinda understands the relocation process.  Melinda brings contagious energy and enthusiasm and works to make her client’s experience easy and stress-free.

In her spare time Melinda enjoys travel and live music.  She lives in a “house divided” with a son at The University of Alabama and a daughter at The Ohio State University. 

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Kanani Briggs Agent Partner, Realtor
Kanani comes to real estate from a career in sales and marketing in the medical diagnostics industry and most recently as a Life and Business Strategist for women. She was a Curtin Team client when her family relocated here from New Jersey (read more)
and was so impressed with the Curtin Team's follow-up and commitment to the community that she now is part of the team! She is passionate about serving others while also making a positive impact in the world. Kanani was born and raised in Hawaii and has lived in 7 states so she is no stranger to the moving process! She has a particular interest in helping families who are relocating to our area. Kanani lives in Alpharetta with her husband, Scott, two teenage sons, Dominic and Riley, and two rescue dogs, Hutch and Rocky. Kanani is also very involved with the Young Men's Service League and enjoys volunteering in our community with her sons. Kanani blends her business background, life coaching tools, and her commitment to serving others to help others make their best real estate move. She is dedicated to making the home buying and selling process a positive experience.
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Shari Sautner Agent Partner, Realtor
Shari Sautner has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and has been in real estate since 2009. She currently lives in Crabapple/Milton with her two sons. A true “people person”, Shari’s favorite part of being a REALTOR® is the opportunity to become acquainted with many interesting people and help them realize their goals. (read more)
Shari's approach to real estate is focused on getting to know her clients as real people, and taking care of them from beginning to end. Shari believes that there is no place like home which helps her work with her buyers to find exactly what they are looking for and to advise sellers on how to make their homes more appealing.
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Shelena Walden Agent Partner, Realtor
Representing area homeowners and future homeowners, Shelena takes a partnership approach to real estate, listening to her clients’ needs and utilizing her keen negotiating skills to ensure a successful transaction. (read more)
Shelena’s 20 years of customer service experience, including 14 years with telecommunications company, AT&T, has prepared her to provide exceptional service to all her clients and customers. Always ready to help those around her, Shelena’s background in customer service and a desire to make people happy were the building blocks in decision to pursue a career in real estate. Raised in a proud military family, she has a passion for working with our veterans and ensuring they find their dream home. You can count on Shelena to be passionate, genuine, and focused throughout your process. Her natural curiosity drives her to listen and learn about people she meets. Empathetic and dependable, she will be your confidant and advocate. Shelena is originally from Clarksville, Tennessee and an alumnus of Austin Peay State University. Shelena enjoys acting and working with local charities close to her heart.
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Heather Woodruff Agent Partner, Realtor
Heather jumped in to the world of real estate in 2017, after working as a pediatric physical therapist. Throughout her career, she has been passionate about helping others and is thrilled to support her clients in realizing their dreams of homeownership. (read more)
Heather is an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Real Estate Collaboration Specialist in Divorce (RCS-D), and certified Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE). Heather's desire to become a realtor was fueled by her own home search. She realized that buyers, in particular, need smart, resourceful agents to advocate for them and will go that extra mile. Heather is a deep listener, problem solver, and seasoned negotiator. Heather grew up in upstate New York and attended Ithaca College, where she received an MS in physical therapy. When she is not house hunting for her clients, Heather loves to spend time with her daughters, hike with her dog, master bread making, or read a good book.
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Tracy Krohn Agent Partner, Realtor

As a natural caregiver, Tracy has always had a passion for helping people. Being a Buyer and Listing Specialist, she is able to guide her clients to make their real estate dreams come true. A native of North Georgia, Tracy specializes in the area including Gilmer, Fannin, and Union counties. She also represents buyers and sellers in Cobb, Fulton, Fayette, Forsyth, Cherokee and Pickens counties.

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Tracy was born and raised in the historic mountain town of McCaysville and is a direct descendant of the founder and first mayor. Tracy attended Kennesaw State University and worked as a professional nanny for over 25 years. Attention to detail and a never-ending interest in helping others meant that Tracy was perfectly suited to become the successful Realtor that she is today. She has built her business on communication, dedication, and a deep understanding of the area she loves to call home. Her clients know that they have a trusted advisor by their side who understands the market and all the variables involved in real estate transactions. Tracy adores spending time with her family and friends. She is also passionate about volunteering and has been involved in medical rehabilitation volunteering from an early age. When she is not finding the perfect home for her clients, she loves to travel, perfect her needlepoint skills, and enjoy sunsets at her cabin on Lake Blue Ridge.

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Shelbi Kelly Inside Sales Associate
Shelbi is an optimistic and enthusiastic sales professional with over ten years of experience in customer service. Her role is crucial for building long term client relationships and connecting buyers and sellers. She is skilled at developing the right action plan for each client’s specific needs and committed to helping them achieve their real estate goals. (read more)
Throughout her career, Shelbi has been passionate about listening and nurturing relationships with clients and earning their trust. She strives to be a confidant, actively listening to clients and putting their needs first. Shelbi is originally a Denver native. She recently relocated from Los Angeles to Alpharetta, where she is eager to put down roots. She enjoys planning trips to new places and spending time outdoors.
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Julia Wilcox Marketing Manager
Julia received her Bachelor's degree from Wichita State University. She has extensive experience in property management and marketing and holds a real estate license. Prior to joining the Curtin Team, she owned and operated a professional real estate photography company. Julia and her family moved to Alpharetta in 2012 as part of a corporate relocation. (read more)
Experienced and results focused, Julia is a self-directed leader with a successful track record of project management working collaboratively with clients emphasizing customer service, policy improvement and consistent high-quality product output. If you are selling your home with us, Julia is working hard behind the scene to make your property shine! Julia has a passion for supporting the team members and continuing to strengthen the Curtin Team’s respected brand with a community focus. Julia enjoys creating fine art photography, spending time with family, and travel.
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Richard Miller Attorney at Law
Richard and his team provide a friendly, stress-free closing experience for Buyers and Sellers by being responsive to your needs and addressing issues early in the closing process. They are available if any questions or concerns arise during the closing process. Their office is conveniently located at the intersection of Georgia 400 and Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta, and they have one of the best snack and drink bars you’ll find anywhere!

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Richard earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He began his law career as a litigation attorney before moving into real estate. He is active in the community and currently serves on the Residential Real Estate Subcommittee for the Real Estate Section of the Georgia Bar Association. Richard and his wife, Kris, have a daughter and three sons. His daughter, Katie, is also a team member at Miller & Associates.
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Kern Autrey Schwartz Attorney at Law

Kern is a closing attorney with O’Kelley & Sorohan and manages their Alpharetta office.

She is a Georgia native and received her law degree from the University of Georgia in 1999. After several years as a litigator, Kern discovered a strong interest in residential real estate and has been conducting closings for fifteen years in metro Atlanta.

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She loves assisting home buyers and sellers with their real estate transactions.

Kern is a graduate of Vassar College and received her master’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont. Kern worked in government relations in Washington, D.C. before returning to Georgia for law school. She is married and has three sons. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their boys and running local road races. Watch for them at your next 5k!