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Our Team

Kit MacPhersonKit MacPherson

Designated Broker/Owner

Kit started her real estate career 1980 after graduating from the University of Puget Sound. In the early 1980’s she began working in the Relocation Division of MacPherson’s Inc. Realtors. She opened their REO division and was the corporate contact for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac listing hundreds of Repossessions. She began buying real estate in her twenties and has become a successful real estate investor. This knowledge in owning and managing properties is what Kit has based the foundation of Maple Leaf Management LLC on. She believes that property managers need to listen closely and carefully to their clients and speak honestly to set realistic expectations and to help make educated decisions. She has developed a team of professionals that are second to none in the area.

Kit enjoys traveling with her family, cooking, walking with friends, laughing with co-workers and reading a good book.


Diana GustafsonDiana Gustafson

Real Estate Broker/ Property Manager

Diana Gustafson draws from her knowledge of owning rental homes. She has owned and managed her own rental houses since 2000.  A University of Washington business school graduate, she enjoyed a successful career in sales and sales management in the 80’s and 90’s and brought those skills to real estate when she became a Broker in 2010.  Diana enjoys helping people and quality customer service has always been the key to her sales success.

Born and raised in the great city of Edmonds Washington, Diana enjoys hiking, traveling, laughing with friends and family time.


Lee NicholsLee Nichols

Real Estate Broker/ Property Manager

Lee moved to Seattle in 2011 and never looked back. After twenty plus years as an account executive and five of those years in the real estate title and escrow industry – she became a tenant of Maple Leaf Management. After witnessing the dedication of the MLM team to their tenants first hand, she decided to obtain her real estate broker’s license and become a full time property manager in the summer of 2014. Lee has always been passionate about building successful relationships and believes there is no substitute for the personal touch — she now has a perfect balance by being able to see things from both the tenant and the owner’s side! Lee loves living in the Pacific Northwest. She loves to hike and the outdoors. She loves being involved with her church, laughter and visiting her daughter whenever she can in California.


Michelle Bannister (1)Michelle Bannister

Office Manager

Michelle started her real estate career with MacPherson’s Inc. Realtors in 1979. She sold real estate in the south end of Seattle and then transferred over to marketing and advertising when she moved to North Seattle.  In 1985 she married career Army officer Frank Bannister and had the opportunity to join the adventures of a military family living in New Jersey, San Antonio, Korea, Tacoma and finally Germany where her family was based for 15 years.  In 2011 she and her family moved back to Seattle and once again Michelle joined forces with Kit MacPherson and put her talents and organizational skills back into real estate working as the office manager for Maple Leaf Management.  Michelle enjoys cooking, exploring, spending time with her children and grandchildren and being a part of the Maple leaf Management Team. As office manager Michelle feels it is a privilege to be part of such a great team.


Jennifer MessengerJennifer Messenger

Real Estate Broker/ Property Manager

Jennifer started her real estate career specializing in single family residential sales in 2000. Over the years, she extended her roles to include owner, investor, construction manager, interior design and property manager.   Jennifer decided to team up with Maple Leaf Management in early 2015 to concentrate solely on property management. Born and raised in Seattle, she loves to put her knowledge of our neighborhoods to good use in her career while striving for excellence in management, marketing, and customer service. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and travel with her friends and family.


Jen-WebsterJen Webster

Real Estate Broker/Property Manager

Since 2003, Jen has proudly called Seattle home! After completing graduate school she transformed her love for this region and its people into a career in property management. In 2015 she joined the Maple Leaf team where she manages a portfolio of multi-family buildings and single-family homes. Jen’s approach to property management values local knowledge, expertise in research, and dedication to excellence in customer service. As a Pacific Northwest native, Jen enjoys hiking, sailing, reading, and, of course, a delicious cup of coffee.


Katie HamptonKatie Hampton

Property Manager

Born and raised in North Carolina, Katie has lovingly called Seattle home since Spring of 2015. After earning her Biology Degree at the University of North Carolina, she worked as a project manager in both the pharmaceutical and technology sector, focused on operational and customer service excellence. Wanting more direct customer interaction, she joined Maple Leaf Management in 2016 as a Property Management Assistant and is working on her Real Estate License. Katie brings her technological expertise and analytical mindset to the Property Management industry and thrives on finding new ways to utilize technology in optimizing the customer experience.

In her free time, Katie sings in the Magnolia Chorale, enjoys hiking and exploring all the natural wonders her new home in the Pacific Northwest has to offer.


Natalie Dalrymple Natalie Dalrymple

Office Administrator/Bookkeeper

Natalie joined MLPM in 2014 and believes she works with the greatest people – she does! After 20+ years as an Exec. Assistant, she found her dream job as our Office Administrator/Bookkeeper. Natalie enjoys spending time with family, and appreciates the wealth of experiences and successes shared throughout the MLPM team.