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  • Meet The Team

    Featured Agents

    Yelena Crawford

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3572083

    Yelena fulfilled her life long dream of relocating to the sunshine state from Michigan. This down to Earth, mid-western lady is no stranger to the stresses of relocation and is thrilled to assist others in also making their dreams a reality! She graduated from Full Sail University with a B.S. in Entertainment Business, is a Certified Whole Life Healing Coach, and a 400 Hr. Certified Yoga Teacher. With her professional and holistic background she has learned that facilitating a deep understanding of her clients needs and nurturing them through all stages of the process is an absolute necessity. Yelena began her career journey in the hospitality industry - working her way all the way up to fine dining mixology where impeccable service to her guests was an understatement. “My experience in the service industry has been tough as nails, but I’ll tell you what… it has truly molded me into the person I am today. I believe it gives you humility, grace, tact, and a true desire to serve and provide people with the best experience possible,” Yelena says. She spent 5 years working for Audi of America where she was a Team Leader in their Digital & Social Media division assisting with customer resolution & retention and marketing efforts. This led her into a liaison role where she acted as an intermediary between Audi top Executives and their dealership network to ensure Audi drivers all across the country were coveted and treated like family! These experiences have helped Yelena master the art of bridging connections between others in a seamless and trustworthy manner which is what’s necessary to execute the close of any real estate transaction. What’s most important to Yelena is the mind, body, spirit connection - she makes it a daily priority to incorporate all of these elements by pouring into herself with healthy foods, meditation, yoga & exercise, riding her bike, and getting some ocean/salt water therapy whenever possible! “If I want to truly show up in the best way for my clients, the relationship has to start with me. This is why health of the mind, body, and spirit is what I center my days around!” says Yelena. With a passion for dogs, crafting up fabulous cuisines in the kitchen, making herbal medicines, and interior decorating - Yelena’s warm, domestic charm will fuel the passion behind everyone’s buying and selling experience. If you’re looking for a REALTOR that’s humble, friendly, reliable, with a strong attention to detail and excellent ability to negotiate - give Yelena a call today!

    Jessica Dunnam

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3567863

    Introducing your enthusiastic and committed realtor in beautiful Florida! Focusing on Sarasota and Manatee County, I am determined to meet my clients' needs and my extensive knowledge of the real estate market set me above the rest. Raised in a family rooted in business, I have always possessed an entrepreneurial mindset and a genuine passion for assisting others. After obtaining a degree in Business Administration, I acquired crucial experience in sales, marketing, and customer relations. As a native to Florida and a licensed Florida Realtor, I am now fully dedicated to helping you achieve your real estate aspirations. Whether you're searching for your ideal home, selling your present property, or exploring investment opportunities, I am prepared to be your dependable ally. My expertise, prompt communication, and friendly demeanor will ensure your real estate experience is truly enjoyable. Reach out to me today – I am eager to assist you in embracing the captivating charm of Florida!

    Laura Fulwider

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: 3213030

    Laura is licensed as a Florida Real Estate agent for Preferred Shore Real Estate representing buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate on Florida's Gulf Coast since 2008. Knowledgeable and personable, Laura is a true professional in the industry. Her sales history and winning results prove that the home buying or selling process can be easy and seamless. Originally from Bradenton, Florida, a 7th generation Floridian, and graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, she is an expert on the Tampa Bay lifestyle. Laura, her daughter and Golden Retriever currently live in St. Petersburg, where she enjoys the outdoors, culture and dining that "The Burg" has to offer. Laura began her real estate career in 2007 working for a National home builder where she gained valuable experience in sales, marketing, and model home staging and design. After the birth of her daughter, her real estate career transitioned to working for National real estate brokerages on the Gulf Coast and she quickly gained success in the industry. Laura's overall knowledge of the Gulf Coast real estate market, local neighborhoods and competition provides innovative insight for her clients while her caring,charismatic personality and passion for helping people produces stellar agent/client relations. Most recently, Laura's love for home design and staging has extended her the opportunity to specialize in investor purchase's and renovation/flip properties with access to the off market inventory. Now teamed up with Preferred Shore Real Estate, Laura is excited to offer progressive, innovative marketing providing an international outreach in a winning team environment that rises above and beyond what all other brokerages and agent's offer. Laura has vast knowledge and past sales history in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee & Sarasota counties. Two convenient Preferred Shore offices are located in Sarasota and St. Petersburg to serve her clients. Whether you're a first time home buyer, seasoned investor, or international client Laura's process and approach makes it simple with a network of top Tampa Bay area professionals ready to assist and lead the way! * Member of the National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, Realtor Association of Sarasota & Manatee & Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

    Jana Marie Gouwens

    Real Estate Specialist


    Jana Marie Gouwens stands out strongly with a fiery passion for helping people sell their homes and families to find a place to call home. Jana Marie highly values the confidence and trust her clients place in her to help them through real estate transactions, and goes over and above to meet and exceed their expectations. As a Sarasota native, born and raised, Jana Marie derives immense satisfaction from successfully helping her clients settle in Sarasota & Manatee Counties. She nurtures a deep love for Sarasota & Bradenton, not only for being her home but also for its beauty, people who forge a strong community, and a warm and welcoming togetherness that she loves welcoming her clients into. Jana Marie draws on her extensive knowledge of the local market to give her clients valuable insights about neighborhoods and local amenities, empowering them to make well-informed decisions. A great and empathetic listener, Jana takes time to understand clients’ needs, owns your vision, and goes the extra mile to deliver efficient, need-based solutions.

    Emily Grace

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3506826

    As a Manatee/Sarasota local for over 15 years, and an experienced real estate professional, I appreciate and value the trust my clients place in me & through communication, transparency, and strong negotiation skills. I want to make my home area yours as well. This recipe has propelled me to become a top performer at MWPG. My goal is to ensure my clients are happy in their decision, while providing my expertise of knowledge and understanding the local area. I am a proud mom to 3 wonderful children. In my free time, I love to explore everything that our little piece of paradise offers, from the beach taking in a sunset, paddle boarding, kayaking, taking nature walks with the kids, or volunteering at my children’s school.

    Allan Livesey

    Real Estate Specialist


    As a 20+ year resident of Sarasota, Allan Livesey has deep roots in the community and a profound understanding of the local real estate landscape. Beyond his expertise in architecture and construction, Allan has also made a name for himself as a skilled custom home builder, contributing to the development of unique and exquisite properties. With over 8 years of experience as a licensed realtor, Allan possesses a comprehensive grasp of the intricacies involved in real estate transactions. Notably, his involvement in buying, rehabbing, and flipping properties for sale has provided him with valuable insights into the market dynamics and trends. Having a thorough knowledge of the neighborhoods and surrounding areas, Allan is well-equipped to identify the most suitable properties for his clients, matching their preferences and needs with the perfect locations. Combining his extensive background in design and construction with his real estate acumen, Allan offers a rare advantage to his clients. His profound understanding of home construction and inspection serves as a valuable tool to ensure that his clients make informed decisions when buying or selling a property. Beyond his professional competence, Allan is known for his personable and easy-going demeanor. He establishes genuine connections with his clients, making the real estate journey a pleasant and stress-free experience. If you're seeking a realtor who can offer a unique blend of architectural expertise, construction knowledge, and a keen eye for real estate opportunities, Allan Livesey is the ideal partner. Allow him to put his passion and experience to work for you, guiding you through every step of your real estate journey and helping you find the perfect place to call home.

    Kendall R. Lutz

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3546602

    Kendall’s transition from the Windy City (Chicago) to the Gulf Coast was motivated by a desire for a change of climate and a chance to immerse himself in the vibrant community of Sarasota. This change wasn't just about swapping cityscapes for ocean vistas; it was a deliberate pursuit of a lifelong passion for real estate and a commitment to helping others find their own piece of paradise. Kendall understands that a luxury dream home is not just a transaction, but an embodiment of personal dreams and aspirations. With an approach rooted in empathy and understanding, he strives to make every step of the buying or selling process seamless and enjoyable. Kendall is not just a realtor but a savvy digital communicator. Leveraging platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and TikTok, he artfully blends his deep knowledge of luxury real estate with his engaging personality, providing followers with a glimpse into the world of exquisite properties and the Sarasota lifestyle. Through captivating posts, virtual property tours, and insightful market updates, Kendall ensures that clients and enthusiasts alike are well-informed and inspired.

    Brady McCabe

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3570880

    Raised in northwest Bradenton, I have lived in Manatee County for 40 years. I am married with three children and we enjoy boating and spending time at our home in the country. I am a retired Lieutenant from the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and also spent several years involved with public safety technologies. I enjoy working on all things mechanical, especially in my shop with my son, Blake.

    Paula McCabe

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3494293

    I wasn't born here but I was definitely raised here. With over 44 years of residing right here in the local area, I have witnessed the growth of the Sarasota and Manatee Counties. For years I have seen neighborhoods start, evolve, diminish and be revamped again. To say I can guide you in the direction of your new home desires, well that is a given. I grew up in Manatee county, I left once to experience the world from a soldier's perspective. A veteran of the US Army and strongly support our military 100%. I am not a stranger to the Real Estate world, but a lot of experiences from previous careers & businesses, are what make me great at what I do. I feel customer service is the most important focus of my business and I achieve that with being available, kind and honest. Last but never least, I'm a mother of 3 children and married to the most supportive husband a woman could ask for.

    Ania McGinty

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3489100

    Ania moved to the Sarasota area from the East Coast of Florida and immediately realized she couldn’t miss the opportunity to work in such a unique real estate market. Her previous career as a luxury travel manager in a high-pressure industry were the perfect steppingstones into real estate. She acquired and mastered a diverse set of skills which she has been able to translate into real estate providing exceptional service to her clients. Responsiveness, working with tight deadlines, and attention to detail are areas in which Ania excels that enables a smooth process from beginning to end. Her sales history and proven results show that buying or selling a home can be easy if you have proper guidance and expertise to assist you along the way. She is excited to build relationships with clients and brings a unique perspective to real estate at Michelle Ward Properties Group at Preferred Shore Real Estate. A native of Belarus, she loves to travel, connect with people from different cultures and is fluent in both English and Russian.

    Zsofi Parrag

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3492010

    My family and I live in the Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch area. I really enjoy doing all the activities that this area has to offer. We like going to the beach on the weekends and trying new restaurants with friends. I moved to the Sarasota area over a decade ago, I know the emotional and logistical weight of relocating. I am very committed to listening to your needs and trying to match you with the perfect home in the best neighborhood. Whether you are a first-time buyer or investor, I am here to keep the process fluid, successful, and as low-stress as possible. When you list your home with me I have the best team to work for you. We create the best photos, videos, and marketing. I expose your home locally, nationally, and internationally to give you the best presentation possible. My clients say my best qualities are punctuality, listening, and responsibility. I honestly enjoy what I do and I am happy to sell your home or find you a new one whenever you are ready! This is Sophie Parrag with Preferred Shore Realty and I am looking forward to working with you :)

    Mary Romac

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3465939

    Jacob Stinton

    Real Estate Specialist

    License Number: SL3569528

    Michelle Ward

    Real Estate Specialist | Team Lead

    License Number: SL3274126

    As a real estate professional, Michelle Ward has masterfully embodied her “client-first” approach which is illustrated by her high-quality network of repeat clientele and long-term real estate relationships. Michelle’s approach incorporates an individualized plan for each specific client, placing an emphasis on listening and communication. She effectively approaches each client’s needs, which will, in-turn, produce higher than expected results in the least amount of time. Always driven to excel, Michelle’s in-depth community and market knowledge allows for effective strategies and negotiations, but it is her 15 year entrepreneurial nature and years of operating a multi-million dollar Construction business that gives her the edge to success with her clientele. “My clientele are well seasoned in real estate success. They know what they want and I am just a tool at providing them streamlined, financially smart options to meet that goal,” says Michelle. “The purchase of a home in Florida is a financially sound investment, if you know where to find the best deals.” My specialty is in marketing and negotiations. I also have extensive experience in residential & commercial design, and function and can give excellent advice with regards to renovations, marketing, landscaping, building materials and value. Finding quality properties is my forte. I live and specialize in the Sarasota, Bradenton area, as I find it one of the most desirable places on the Gulf Coast to live. Hard Worker my motto is “DO IT NOW.” You need only ask me once and I’m on it. No other realtor will work harder for you- from shaking the bushes for unlisted homes for your review, to helping you maximize the value of your property for the least amount of money, I never stop!! Michelle Ward is constantly building her reputation, which is critical to the buyers and Sellers of real estate. Michelle is a well-experienced personal consultant who consistently delivers the results the most affluent of home buyers and sellers demand.

    Shannon Welling


    Let’s face it…most folks come to The Sunshine State for the sun and the sea. And those are the exact two things that have kept this native Floridian here for the duration.  Shannon Welling, a true native Floridian, understands the allure of The Sunshine State like no other. For years, she has basked in the Florida sun and savored the beauty of its seas, making her a steadfast resident. As a licensed real estate agent for more than 16 years, Shannon brings a wealth of experience to the table. Her background in marketing, particularly in photo and video production, ensures that your property is presented in the best light, capturing its essence like no other. Beyond her professional expertise, Shannon's personal passions align perfectly with the Florida lifestyle. As an avid boater and certified SCUBA instructor, she knows the waters like the back of her hand. In fact, for the last four years, she has proudly held the title of a Florida licensed yacht sales associate, a testament to her dedication to helping you embrace every facet of the Florida dream. Shannon's commitment extends beyond finding your dream home; she might even help you discover the perfect vessel to accompany your coastal living adventure!
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