Steadfast Living

Leadership Team


The Steadfast Management Company team consists of six senior executives with average experience of 15 years. These multifamily professionals bring extensive knowledge and experience across a variety of disciplines and provide the strategic direction of the management company. As a team, they play an essential role in Steadfast’s operational excellence.

Steadfast Living
Christine Schoellhorn Executive Vice President, Property Management

As Executive Vice President for Steadfast Management Company, Christine is responsible for driving profitable growth and enabling operational excellence for 35k apartments nationwide. Christine brings 25 years of broad management experience comprised of property and business operations, marketing, training, recruiting and business development. Known for her strong track record of operational excellence, innovative problem solving, and talent development, Christine held previous senior leadership roles with The Irvine Company, BRE Properties, and Greystar. An inspiring leader whose core competencies encompass development, garden, mixed use, high and mid-rise, HOA/fractured condo, lender-owned, senior housing and bond financed real estate, her strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to solving business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally have reshaped Steadfast Management Company. Christine earned her MBA at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and holds the Certified Property Manager designation through IREM.

Steadfast Living
Carlos Ortiz Senior Vice President, Property Management

Carlos has over thirty years’ experience in the industry and has worked in multiple capacities, including Senior Regional Manager for BRE Properties and VP of Operations for United Dominion Realty Trust.  Mr. Ortiz is involved in several community based organizations and has held positions with the Washington Multifamily Housing Association and Salinas Affirmative Action Committee.  Mr. Ortiz also holds a California Real Estate license.

Steadfast Living
Stephanie Suemnick Senior Vice President, Property Management

Stephanie began her career specializing in lease up development deals with JPI over 11 years ago. She held the position of National Director of Training for 5 years and currently oversees property operations and specializes in transition execution. Stephanie is the Senior Director of Real Estate in Southern California and oversees five local regional managers in nine major submarkets. Stephanie is a Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management.

Steadfast Living
Julie Phan Vice President, REIT Operations

Julie joined steadfast in 2013 and brings with her over 16 years of experience working for other large private and public companies including The Morgan Group Inc., Riverstone Residential and Greystar. Having managed both fee and owner managed real estate, Julie now oversees assets within the REIT portfolio and offers expertise in renovations and new development as well as lease-up strategies that have previously resulted in quick stabilization and positioning of assets for sale. A graduate of California State University, Los Angeles majoring in Business Administration, Julie also received her Certified Apartment Property Supervisor (CAPS) designation in 2015.

Steadfast Living
Celeste Schweizer Vice President, REIT Operations

Celeste joined the Steadfast in 2015 and offers extensive experience in private owner and REIT management with expertise in repositioning troubled assets, conventional and fee management, bond financing, major capital projects including interior and exterior renovations, due diligence, acquisitions, lease ups, re-positioning and re-branding.  Prior to joining Steadfast, Celeste served as Regional Manager for Greystar and Wesley Apartment Homes, Regional Vice President for Fifteen Asset Management and General Manager for Equity Residential Properties.  Celeste has won numerous industry awards and holds a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM®) designation from the Atlanta Apartment Association.  Additionally, Celeste is a licensed Georgia realtor and member of the DeKalb Board of Realtors. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw State University.

Steadfast Living
Robert Gasteiger Vice President, Marketing

Robert joins the Steadfast team after spending 10+ years working on the supplier side supporting multifamily owners and operators in the development of comprehensive marketing campaigns that helped to maximize their print and digital footprints. In 2013, Robert was selected to spearhead the creation of Steadfast’s marketing department from the ground up.  Today, Robert’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the development and execution of all marketing and branding strategies that enhance the visibility and presence of the Steadfast Living brand within the respective markets where Steadfast owns and manages properties. Robert is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton, with a degree in Business Administration and emphasis in Marketing.

Settling Down In the South?
Moving to the Midwest? Working out West?
We've got an apartment home for you.
Tour our communities here