Meet Our Team of Highly Qualified & Experienced Agents

Contact Information

Theodore Banta III – Ted Banta,
Principal Broker
(518) 466-1219
Work: (518) 627-6290 Ext. 701
Email: [email protected]

Decker, Aaron
Cell: (518) 947-9338
Work: (518) 943-5303 Ext. 707
Email: [email protected]

Decker, Carol
(518) 965-3381
Work: (518) 943-5303 Ext. 706
Email: [email protected]

Erick Reyna
(347) 788-9081
Work:(518) 943-5303 Ext. 711
[email protected]

Hagopian, Nicolas - Nic
(518) 719-5267
Work:(518) 943-5303 Ext. 704
Email: [email protected]

Hernandez, Bridget
(518) 965-5778
Work:(518) 943-5303 Ext. 703
Email: [email protected]

McCoy-Espel, Meghan
(518) 441-9828
Work:(518) 943-5303 Ext. 709
Email: [email protected]

Pisarri, Pam
(518) 506-1554
Work:(518) 943-5303 Ext. 710
Email: [email protected]

Roman, Konrad
(917) 841-7918
Work: (518) 627-6290 Ext. 702
Email: [email protected]

Schiefer, Carol
Cell: (518) 610-1428
Email: [email protected]

Nicolas Hagopian
(518) 719-5267
Email: [email protected]

Theodore Banta III – Ted Banta, Principal Broker

Theodore Banta III – Ted Banta, Principal Broker

Ted Banta brings courtesy, commitment, knowledge, experience, and professionalism to his real estate agent services. He helps his clients every step of the way and is highly motivated to meet their goals. Ted is a licensed full-time broker/owner of Rip Van Winkle Mountain Realty(known as Rip Van Winkle Realty) and Premier Realty Services in Upstate, NY-the Catskill Region, the Hudson Valley, possessing a vast range of knowledge in the respective real estate markets.

In addition, Ted is a successful real estate investor and property manager employing such knowledge and experience to aid and guide his clients. Ted graduated from Fordham University in 1992 earning a BA degree. Thereafter, he attended Fordham University’s Graduate School. Civically, Ted serves his community in charitable roles; and politically, served the Town of Cairo as Town Supervisor. Most importantly, Ted enjoys a wonderful family with his wife & five beautiful children.

Professional Affiliations & Organizations:

  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Broker
  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Instructor
  • President of the Columbia-Greene Board of REALTORS 2011-2012
  • Member of the NYSAR Honor Society 2009-2014

Graduate REALTOR

  • H.U.D (Housing & Urban Development) Registered Broker
  • Columbia-Greene Board of REALTORS 2008 REALTOR of the Year
  • Member of the National Association of REALTORS-NAR
  • Member of the New York State Association of REALTORS-NYSAR
  • Member of the Columbia-Greene Board of REALTORS
  • Town Supervisor of the Town of Cairo 2012-2015
  • Member of the NY State Fire Prevention & Building Code Council 2015
  • Member of the Greene County’s Business Advisory Committee 2014-2017

Contact Ted: [email protected]

Cell: (518) 466-1219

Carol Decker

Carol Decker

Carol has been a licensed Real Estate salesperson for 14 years. She is good at what she does and goes go out of her way to satisfy buyers and sellers. Carol will show you a home anytime you are available, be it weekdays or weekends. Besides being a pleasure to work with, Carol specializes in foreclosures and properties and will search above and beyond to find the home you are looking for. If you are looking for a salesperson like this, Carol Decker is the one to call!

Contact Carol: [email protected]

Cell: (518) 965-3381

Erick Reyna Final

Erick Reyna

Erick Reyna is an energetic and highly motivated Real Estate Salesperson ready to serve your real estate interests whether you’re buying or selling a home or a property. Erick had a memorable experience as a first-time homebuyer gaining a great appreciation for real estate working with his agent and the seller's agent during his homebuying process. He enjoyed how knowledgeable the agents were, how well they communicated, and how confident they made him feel with every question he asked. Erick provides exceptional care and ability to his buyers and sellers so that they too may have a wonderful experience and lasting memories buying their dream home or when they’re selling their most important asset.

Erick serves his family, friends, and clients throughout the homebuying process paying close attention to the details of the process and advising accordingly. He wants buyers and sellers to feel confident that they are in good hands and that they have peace of mind. Being in the service industry prior to being licensed in real estate, Erick learned how to listen well to his customers and provide thoughtful service and recommendations. Listening well and performing his duties with care, friendliness, and professionalism is what sets Erick apart from other real estate agents.

Erick graduated from Columbia-Greene Community College with an Associate Degree in Computer Graphics & Fine arts. He applies his knowledge and love of technology to his real estate practice. Erick enjoys assisting his family and friends with their computer needs and repairs, fishing in the Hudson River, fishing and boating with friends and family in the area’s lakes, watching the water, and chatting away all while trying to catch a larger bass.

Contact Erick: [email protected]

Cell: (347) 788-9081

Bridget Hernandez

Bridget Hernandez

Bridget Hernandez is a local resident of Catskill who grew up here with her family. Bridget went to St. Patrick's school in Catskill, then went on to college in Saint Augustine, Florida where she specialized as an artist, a visual artist, and in graphic design. Bridget grew up loving houses whether it was designing the interior or fixing them up, especially the historical homes. Eventually, after Bridget graduated college, she began her dream of renovating homes and then she obtained her real estate license. Her passion is to help people find their dream home and to transition those who sell their homes with her in a caring, professional manner.

Bridget is also involved in the community. She was an art and drama teacher at Saint Patrick’s for many years while raising her son Nicolas. She served on the Columbia Greene Board of REALTORS’ Board of Directors as Vice-President and Director. Bridget also currently serves on the Planning Board of Catskill and loves working with her son – Nic – who is also licensed in real estate.

Contact Bridget: [email protected]

Cell: (518) 965-5778

Aaron Decker

Aaron Decker

Hello all, my name is Aaron Decker and I am a young driven professional in an ever-changing real estate market. I’m a born and raised Greene County Local that has a vast knowledge of the county and its surrounding areas. I started in the Fall of 2022 in real estate, but grew up in the world as both my grandmother and mother were and are real estate agents as well. My attention to detail is what sets me apart from other agents. Not only will I help guide you through the home buying process as a professional, but also as a warm smile to greet you and answer any questions you may have along the way. I strive to ensure my availability is as open as possible when meeting with clients as I know that can be stressful to schedule around busy schedules to see homes. Please feel free to reach out to me directly to learn how I can help you have fun along the way to your next home need, whenever buying or selling I’m the one for you.

Contact Fred: [email protected]

Cell: (518) 469-7403

Nathaniel Galloway

Meghan McCoy-Espel

Licensed Real Estate salesperson

If you’re looking for the Real McCoy, you’ve come to the right place. My name is Meghan “McCoy” Espel. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me. I came to Rip Van Winkle Mountain Realty with over 10 years of experience in marketing and advertising sales. That experience, along with Rip Van Winkle Realty having the latest technology in photography and videography, led me to transition from an administrative position here to pursuing a career in real estate. I grew up in Saugerties and Catskill, but have lived in all of the great regions of New York State. I attended college in Farmingdale Long Island, as well as Rochester, NY.

After college, I had the pleasure of living in Manhattan as well as traveling throughout Europe with my childhood best friend. NYC is dynamic, and all of the European countries I visited were magical, but the scenery of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains will rival almost any other.

I come from a big family, with 7 brothers and sisters, most of whom are scattered throughout the Hudson Valley and Dutchess County. Besides spending time with family and friends, I enjoy the summer days with my daughter at the different swimming holes and hiking trails. I love the fall for the foliage that is unsurpassed, and the winter for skiing and watching football!

Having such a big family taught me the importance of listening. I enjoy listening and consider it one of my greatest attributes. I will listen and learn what you want and need when purchasing your home, as well as what you want and need when selling your home.

You enjoy this great area, and let me take care of the rest.

Contact Meghan: [email protected]

Cell: (518) 441-9828

Pamela Pisarri

Pamela Pisarri

As an Associate Real Estate Broker, for over 30 years I have been devoted to providing quality service to all my clients and customers. I practice treating others the way I like to be treated and that has proven a successful way of conducting business. For honest and courteous service, please count on me.

I hold a Baccalaureate Degree in organizational psychology, which simply means that I studied in the multi-disciplinary fields of business and psychology or organizations and people. Graduating with high honors, including the distinguished Phi-Theta-Kapa, I attribute my accomplishment to base-line intelligence, diligence, competence, and good old-fashioned hard work. I have consistently conducted myself the same way in the workplace and continue as a high-achiever. I am certain that my knowledge, skills, and work/life experiences can be utilized in assisting clients and customers to achieve successful real estate outcomes.

Over 30 years in development, project management, public relations, and new media, along with skills in fund-raising complement my real estate career.

Having an awareness of the challenges pertaining to buying and selling, a realtor needs to be client-centered in order to realize client retention. Providing services and acknowledgments expediently is key to reducing attrition. Furthermore, building confidence and rapport is key. Lastly, it is imperative to work closely and successfully with the community and the municipal leaders.

  • Licensed New York State Associate Broker
  • Licensed New York State Notary Public
  • Member of the National Association of REALTORS-NAR
  • Member of the New York State Association of REALTORS-NYSAR
  • Member of the Columbia-Greene Board of REALTORS

Contact Pamela: [email protected]

Cell: (518) 506-1554

Konrad Roman


Licensed salesperson and media expert.

Konrad Roman has been creating cutting-edge sales content using the latest technology for over 19 years. He is an engineer, editor, graphic designer, cameraman, emerging technology expert, and licensed drone pilot. Konrad was embedded with troops during Operation Desert Storm, contributed to the early look of cable channels, created Sizzle Reels for every type of industry and company, and pioneered digital compression for various online delivery formats.

Konrad is a graduate of MIT and a world traveler, so he combines technical expertise with an interest and zest for life that translates into dynamic sales videos for your properties. Whether buying or selling, Konrad’s wide-ranging expertise can not be matched in helping you achieve your goals. Contact Konrad today!

Contact Konrad: [email protected]

Cell: (917) 841-7918

Lisa Stiefel

Lisa Stiefel, Associate Real Estate Broker

Lisa is a native of Greene County, as well as a successful real estate investor and property manager. Lisa understands her client's needs and is enthusiastic, diligent, and responsive. Lisa is passionate about the needs and goals of her clients and she specializes in bringing peace of mind to home sellers and buyers. Lisa does absolutely everything in her power to ensure her clients' success with high ethical standards. She has the experience and local know-how to help you make the best possible decisions. In her free time, Lisa enjoys taking her dogs on day trips, riding her bike on the Rail Trail and playing softball in the local league.

  • Member of the Columbia Greene Northern Dutchess Multiple Listing Service
  • Member of the Hudson Valley Catskill Region Multiple Listing Service
  • Member of the Esopus Business Alliance
  • Director of the Greene County Catskill Caravan
  • Member of the National Association of REALTORS
  • Rip Van Winkle Realty Social Media Promotor
  • Member of the New York State Association of REALTORS-NYSAR
  • Member of the Columbia-Greene Board of REALTORS

Contact Lisa: [email protected]

Cell: (518) 929-5559