Property Management Personnel

Company Information

Craig M. Lessard

Director of Acquisitions

Craig Lessard joined Woodspear Properties in May of 2008. Based out of Denver, Colorado, Mr. Lessard is responsible for executing Woodspear’s investment strategy which entails sourcing new investment opportunities, performing the physical and financial due diligence, overseeing the post-acquisition renovations, and post-acquisition financial monitoring.

Prior to joining Woodspear Properties, Mr. Lessard interned with the President of Retail & Mixed-Use Development for McWhinney. Under this position he was responsible for the creating business intelligence reports and conducting competitive market research for existing and future developments. Mr. Lessard was also heavily involved in the preliminary stages of developing a $400M lodging and retail project adjacent to Disneyland in Garden Grove, California.

Mr. Lessard graduated from Colorado State University in 2008, majoring in Commercial Real Estate. His senior year he was President of the CSU Real Estate Club and was involved in several projects, most notably being a part of the CSU National Association of Home Builders student team that placed fifth in a national residential development competition. Upon graduation he was inducted into the National Real Estate Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Gamma, based on academic performance.

Zakary A. Kessler

General Counsel

Zakary A. Kessler joined Woodspear Properties as Associate General Counsel in September 2013 and was promoted to General Counsel in 2018. He is responsible for legal matters related to all aspects of Woodspear’s commercial real estate business. Mr. Kessler graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University in 2005 with a B.A. degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado Law School in 2013, graduating in the top 1/3rd of his class. Mr. Kessler is licensed to practice law in Colorado and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and serves as a member of the Real Estate Section Council of the Colorado Bar Association through June 30, 2023.

In addition to being a lawyer, Mr. Kessler has extensive experience in various areas of real estate finance. He began his career as a residential mortgage-backed securities credit risk analyst. Upon moving into the commercial real estate field, he developed expertise in analysis, modeling, and underwriting of commercial real estate while working as a financial analyst in mortgage banking and private equity. In that time, he aided in the origination of multiple commercial real estate debt and equity investments totaling in excess of $450M.

Mr. Kessler gained real estate, securities, and business legal experience while in law school by interning with the Real Estate Legal Department of Red Robin International, Inc. and clerking at Frascona, Joiner, Goodman & Greenstein, P.C. Mr. Kessler’s note, Getting One Step Closer to a Commercial eMortgage, was published in Volume 11 of the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law in December 2013. He co-authored The Attack on Colorado’s TABOR and the Threat to Other States, an Issue Paper published by the Independence Institute in January 2013.

Mr. Kessler lives in Parker, CO and spends most of his free time with his wife and four children. He also enjoys running and playing golf.

Jane Markel

Controller

Jane Markel joined Woodspear Properties in November 2023 as the Controller. Ms. Markel is responsible for financial reporting and managing the monthly accounting processes. She oversees the accounting department and works closely with property management, owners, lenders, and CPA firms.

Jane is a licensed CPA with over 20 years of multi-entity accounting experience. She began her accounting career in California working at a real estate investment company and moved out to Colorado in 2017. She enjoys creating process improvements and is committed to accurate and timely financial reporting. Jane has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, baking, tennis, and traveling.

Yoko Tanaka

Accounting Manager

Yoko Tanaka joined Woodspear Properties in March of 2024 as an Accounting Manager. She is responsible for executing Woodspear’s Accounts Payable and Receivable. She also trains, coordinates, and leads other accounting staff through the day-to-day procedures within the accounting department. Yoko has over 15 years of property accounting experience in both commercial and residential properties.

Yoko is originally from Tokyo, Japan and has lived in Colorado for 26 years. She enjoys watching sports with her husband and three children, especially the Denver Nuggets. She also enjoys going to her sons’ football games and going on family walks with their dog.

Shana Passaro

Regional Manager, California

Shana Passaro joined Woodspear Properties in February of 2013 as the assistant to the Director of Property Management. This position entailed directly supporting our 18 residential properties in marketing, training, policies and procedures, and auditing and analysis as well as providing administrative support and acting as the direct liaison between the corporate office and the property personnel. In February of 2017 Ms. Passaro accepted the position of Property Supervisor and now oversees the multi-family operations in California. In December of 2018 Ms. Passaro assumed the title of Regional Property Manager.

Ms. Passaro began her career in Property Management in 1994 starting out as a Leasing Consultant and quickly worked her way up from Leasing to Assistant Manager to Property Manager. Her early experience was with several large property management companies and included extensive training in leasing, marketing, customer service and resident retention.

Ms. Passaro attended Richland College in Dallas, Texas before relocating to California in 1994. She has actively served on her homeowner’s association in some capacity for the last 15 years. She is a mom to two adult children and has resided in Oceanside, California for the last 28 years.

Shelly Smith

Regional Manager, Washington

Shelly Smith joined Woodspear Properties in December of 2019 as the Washington Regional Property Manager.

Mrs. Smith has worked in the Property Management industry since 2003, working in all facets of leasing and management. She has over 18 years of real estate and development experience. Prior to joining Woodspear Properties, Mrs. Smith served as Regional Manager for Tarragon Property Services from 2003-2018 overseeing 3000 multifamily units. She is a seasoned leader with a track record of success and quantifiable results. She is passionate about make a positive difference for the associates and the residents. Shelly holds her Real Estate Brokers License in Washington.

In her spare time, Mrs. Smith enjoys rooting on her Seattle Seahawks, spending time with family and traveling. She is a mother of one twenty-year-old son and has always lived in the Pacific Northwest.

Tiffany Dickason

Regional Manager, Colorado

Tiffany Dickason joined Woodspear Properties in 2022 as Area Manager and was promoted in 2023 to Regional Manager. She loves to inspire staff and work with residents while overseeing the multifamily operations in Colorado.

Tiffany began her career in property management in 2002. With over 20 years of experience in the multifamily industry, she obtained her CAM in 2018 and brings a deep level of knowledge and strong management skills to her role as Regional Manager. Prior to joining Woodspear Properties, Mrs. Dickason served as Regional Manager for Botnick Realty from 2017 to 2020, overseeing operations of 2,000 multifamily units. She is passionate about making a positive difference by developing training programs to increase productivity and growth for the employees and the company.

Her experience with diverse markets and her passion for developing successful on-site teams make her a valued member of Woodspear’s management team.

Tiffany was born in Colorado and loves spending time with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and painting.

Alex Wells

Asset Manager

Alex Wells joined Woodspear Properties in November of 2017 and is based out of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Wells is responsible for the acquisitions, financial modeling, property management, and tenant improvement construction for industrial, flex, and office buildings in Woodspear’s commercial portfolio.

Mr. Wells graduated from Doane University in 2017 with a B.A. degree in Economics and Business Administration. Mr. Wells is a Nebraska native who enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and golfing with his wife and friends.

Grace Perrin

Corporate Management Assistant

Grace Perrin joined Woodspear Properties in November 2021 and works in the Colorado office. Grace supports the Woodspear corporate management team as well as the on-site property managers.

Grace graduated from Iowa State University in 2018 with degrees in Event Management and World Languages. She moved to Colorado shortly after graduating for the mountains and enjoys hiking, riding her motorcycle, and enjoying all that Denver has to offer.