About Us

Denizen Management was founded upon the fundamental philosophy of caring for others. Since 2012, we’ve focused on employing quality people and designing unique systems to deliver exceptional service to properties, their owners, and residents. We are the Midwest’s premier property management company—and our experienced team is dedicated to delivering unparalleled service to maximize your property performance.

Executive Team

Anthony Birkla
CEO & Founder
Christopher Bradburn
CFO
Oksana Lukjanenko
President of Property Management
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Executive Team

Anthony Birkla
CEO & Founder

Number of years in the industry: 22

Current Position with Company: Mr. Birkla is a Principal of Denizen Management and a member of the Executive Committee

Where I was born: California

What I wanted to be as kid: Architect/Real Estate Developer

My First job: Pizza Delivery

Person I most admire: My Father

My Pets: Dog – Nikita

Cities I have lived in: ​Clovis California; Bloomington, Carmel, Greenwood and Noblesville Indiana; Cincinnati and Mason Ohio

My Dream Vacation: Tahiti and Bora Bora

What I do outside of Work: Spending time at my kid’s events, Golf and Triathlon

My Favorite Restaurant: Prime Cincinnati

Prior Work History: Prior to forming Denizen Management in 2012, Mr. Birkla began Anderson Birkla Investment Partners and Allied Diversified Construction in 2007 which provides development and construction services.   Prior to the current operations, Mr. Birkla worked for Pedcor Investments, Indianapolis Indiana as Vice President; Brisben Companies, Inc., Cincinnati Ohio as Development Manager – Midwest Region; and Flaherty & Collins Properties, Indianapolis Indiana as Vice President – Development.

Education: Mr. Birkla is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Business with a BS in Finance and Real Estate with a minor in Economics.

Associations: Member of the Urban Land Institute

 

 

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Christopher Bradburn
CFO
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Oksana Lukjanenko
President of Property Management

Number of years in the industry: 15

Current Position with Company: Ms. Lukjanenko is the President of Property Management at Denizen Management

Where I was born: Riga, Latvia

What I wanted to be as kid: Teacher

My First job: Accounting Assistant

Person I most admire: Nelson Mandela

My Pets: 2 Shiz-Tzu’s

Cities I have lived in: ​Riga Latvia, Cincinnati, and Dayton, OH

My Dream Vacation: South of France

What I do outside of Work: Raising two (2) beautiful children, traveling, practicing mindfulness, watching movies, and volunteering to help adopted children from Ukraine and their new families to overcome the language barrier

My Favorite Restaurant: Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny, Cincinnati Ohio

Prior Work History: Prior to Denizen Management, Ms. Lukjanenko has worked as a Manager for Maggiano’s Little Italy, then beginning her career in property management as an Account Manager for ABM (Liberty Mutual portfolio) in 2006. Subsequently, she joined Apollo Property Management as a Property Manager; then General Manager (three (3) properties); advancing to Regional Manager.

Education: Ms. Lukjanenko holds a BS in Accounting from University of Latvia, Riga Latvia; and a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio.  Ms. Lukjanenko is also a Certified Apartments Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS).

Associations: Ms. Lukjanenko is a member of the Board of Directors, Education and Membership Committees with the Greater Dayton Apartment Association; and member of the Board of Directors and Membership Committee with the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association for the National Apartment Association (NAA). 

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Our Management Team

Michelle Birky
Human Resources Administrator
Joe Colborn
Regional Manager
Dawn Fortner
Controller
Sara Fowler
District Manager
Sarah Harrison
Regional Manager
Ann Kesmodel
QUE Training & Development
Matthew Kukich
District Manager
Sri Nelant
Senior Staff Accountant
Michael Stone
Principal Broker
Tracy Van Osdol
Director of Operations
Jason Wiley
Staff Accountant
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Our Management Team

Michelle Birky
Human Resources Administrator

Number of years in the industry: 0

Current Position with Company:  Ms. Birky is the Human Resources Administrator with Denizen Management

Where I was born: Goshen, IN
What I wanted to be as a kid: Dolphin Trainer
My first job: Sales at a Jewelry Store
Cities I have lived in: Daytona Beach, FL
My Dream Vacation: Backpack around the world.
What I do outside of work: I love Music Festivals, Scuba Diving, and interacting with animals.

My Favorite Restaurant: La Hacienda and Gramboli’s Pizza

Education: Bachelor’s in Psychology, Purdue University

Associations: Indianapolis Zoo Volunteer

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Joe Colborn
Regional Manager

Number of years in the industry: 13

Current Position with Company: Mr. Colborn is a District Manager of Denizen Management

Where I was born: Dayton, Ohio
What I wanted to be as kid: Cafe Owner
My First job: Dietary Specialist
Person I most admire: My amazing Mom
My Pets: None
Cities I have lived in: Dayton, Piqua, Columbus, and Cincinnati Ohio; Lexington Kentucky; & Elkton Maryland
My Dream Vacation: An around the world cruise
What I do outside of Work: Rock climbing, zip line, travel, sampling coffees & wines, baking, writing, and spending time with my family.
My Favorite Restaurant: Jean-Robert’s Table

Prior Work History: Prior to joining Denizen Management in 2013, Mr. Colborn began his real estate career with Prudential One as an Ohio Real Estate Agent in 2007.  He then transitioned to multifamily management as an Assistant Manager for CORE Realty Holdings, Columbus Ohio; then a support manager for 5 properties with MAA, Lexington Kentucky.  After joining Denizen Management, Mr. Colborn advanced from Concierge to General Manager and then to QUE Training & Development.

Education: Mr. Colborn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio and an Ohio Real Estate Certification.

Associations: Treasurer of the Greater Dayton Apartment Association and Phi Theta Kapa Alum.

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Dawn Fortner
Controller

Number of years in the industry: 6

Current Position with Company: Mrs. Fortner is the Senior Accountant of Denizen Management

Where I was born: Connersville, Indiana
What I wanted to be as kid: Nurse
My First job: Kentucky Fried Chicken
Person I most admire: My Mother
My Pets: Cat – Bella Ann
Cities I have lived in: ​Laurel, Sunman, Wilkinson and Greenfield – all Indiana small towns
My Dream Vacation:  Cabo
What I do outside of Work: I love to run and crafts
My Favorite Restaurant: Outback Steak House​

Prior Work History: Prior to Denizen Management, Mrs. Fortner worked as a Firefighter I & II, EMT, Deputy Coroner and 15 years in accounting for Irving Materials, Inc., Greenfield Indiana.  Subsequently, she ran her own business and taught as a substitute teacher.  Mrs. Fortner joined Denizen Management part time in Accounts Payable while running her business; then full time and advancing to the Company’s first Staff Accountant and Senior Staff Accountant.

Education: Mrs. Fortner is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion Indiana with a BS in Business Management.

Associations: Member of the Fraternal Order of Police

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Sara Fowler
District Manager

Number of years in the industry: 7

Current Position with Company: Ms. Fowler is a District Manager of Denizen Management

Where I was born: Lexington, Kentucky

What I wanted to be as kid: Writer

My First job: Cleaning Accountants Office

Person I most admire: Oksana Lukjanenko

My Pets: Rascall, my Yorkie child

Cities I have lived in: ​Kentucky, Ohio, & Georgia

My Dream Vacation: Europe trip to Rome, Paris, Italy, Spain

What I do outside of Work: Read, Yoga, Dine out

My Favorite Restaurant: Longhorn Steakhouse

Prior Work History: Prior to joining Denizen Management, Ms. Fowler was aManager of Sleep Outfitters in Kentucky and Ohio, Sold Wedding Dresses in Georgia, Warehouse employee at Amazon.com in Kentucky, Briefly a Nurse in training in Kentucky.

Associations: Ms. Fowler is a member of the GDAA and GCNKYAA

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Sarah Harrison
Regional Manager

Number of years in the industry: 11

Current Position with Company: Ms. Harrison is a District Manager of Denizen Management

Where I was born: Toledo Ohio

What I wanted to be as kid: Famous

My First job: Fazoli’s Restaurant

Person I most admire: My Mom

My Pets: Two Mastiffs Dogs: Roxy & Kyra

Cities I have lived in: ​Toledo Ohio, Dallas Texas; and Ida and Lansing Michigan

My Dream Vacation: Cruise to Hawaii

What I do outside of Work: Motorcycle Riding, Travel, Movies, Walks in the Park with my Dogs; and Spending time with Family and Friends.

My Favorite Restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

Prior Work History: Prior to joining Denizen Management, Ms. Harrison began her real estate career with Noneman Real Estate Co, Toledo Ohio as a Leasing Agent, then Assistant Manager; joining Towne Properties, Cincinnati Ohio as a Property Manager in 2009 . After joining Denizen Management, Ms. Harrison as a result of her leadership and outstanding performance was advanced as the Company’s first District Manager.

Associations: Ms. Harrison is a member of the Greater Toledo Apartment Association

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Ann Kesmodel
QUE Training & Development

Number of years in the industry: 20​

Current Position with Company:  Mrs.  Kesmodel is  QUE Training & Development of Denizen Management

Where I was born: South Bend, IN
What I wanted to be as kid: Lawyer
My First job: Receptionist for my Dad’s dental practice
Person I most admire:  My Mom
My Pets: Chloe, my cat
Cities I have lived in: South Bend, IN, Bloomington, IN, Noblesville, IN
My Dream Vacation: Travel to Paris, France and Tuscany, Italy
What I do outside of Work: Spend time with my family, boating/water sports and travel.
My Favorite Restaurant: St. Elmo’s – Indianapolis, IN

Prior Work History: Prior to joining Denizen Management in 2018, Mrs. Kesmodel began her career as a leasing consultant for a 770 unit apartment community in Indianapolis, IN.  She continued her career at various property management companies where she held progressive management positions. She also has worked as a Training Specialist for various organizations in Leadership & Development.  Ann has her CPM® and is an Instructor for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI).

Education: Mrs. Kesmodel has her B.A in Telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Associations: Indiana Apartment Association, NAA, IREM

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Matthew Kukich
District Manager

Number of years in the industry: 33

Current Position with Company:  Mr. Kukich is a District Manager with Denizen Management

Where I was born: Ohio Valley, OH
What I wanted to be as a kid: Home Builder/Architect
My first job: East Riverpool Country Club Greenskeeper
Cities I have lived in: Pittsburgh, Columbus, Logan (Hocking Hills), Las Vegas, Cincinnati, & Dallas.
My Dream Vacation: I’ve never had one.
What I do outside of work: Real Estate Agent, Real Estate Investments

Prior work history: Property Management

Education: Columbus State Community College, Real Estate License 1996

Associations: Columbus Apartments Association, Dayton Apartment Association, Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association, Columbus Board of Realtors

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Sri Nelant
Senior Staff Accountant

Number of years in the industry: New to the industry

Current Position with Company: Mrs. Nelant is a Staff Accountant of Denizen Management

Where I was born: Eluru, India
What I wanted to be as a kid: Chartered Accountant
My first job: Administrative Assistant for a travel agency
Cities I have lived in: Eluru (India), Long Island (NY), Ashburn (VA), Bridgeport (WV), and Noblesville, Indiana
My Dream Vacation: Alaskan Cruise
What I do outside of work: Read, travel, spend time with family

Prior work history: Prior to Denizen Management, Mrs. Nelant worked as a Financial Aid officer for Salem University, WV and as Associate Director of online operations and Business Manager at Salem University in Carmel, IN.

Education: Mrs. Nelant graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Economics from St, Theresa’s College in India.

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Michael Stone
Principal Broker
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Tracy Van Osdol
Director of Operations

Number of years in the industry: 18

Current Position with Company: Ms. Van Osdol is the Director of Operations at Denizen Management

Where I was born: Indiana

What I wanted to be as kid: Flight Attendant

My First job: Mcdonalds

Person I most admire: My Mother

My Pets: None

Cities I have lived in: ​Indianapolis, IN

My Dream Vacation: Greece

What I do outside of Work: Hike, Kayak, Travel and playing with my granddaughters

My Favorite Restaurant: Ruth Chris

Prior Work History: Prior to Denizen Management, Ms. Van Osdol began her real estate career as a Development Assistant for Pedcor Investments, Indianapolis Indiana.  Subsequently, Ms. Van Osdol worked as the Office Manager and Development Coordinator for Flaherty & Collins Properties, Indianapolis Indiana; and then the Operations Director for Alderson Commercial Group, Indianapolis Indiana.

Education: Ms. Van Osdol as a degree from Professional Careers Institute, Indianapolis Indiana.

Associations: Ms. Van Osdol is a regular volunteer of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, Indiana Sports Corporation and the Indy Criterium 

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Jason Wiley
Staff Accountant
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