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

Tony Birkla, Founder and CEO of Denizen Management as well as affiliated companies Birkla Investment Group (BIG) and Novo Development Group.
Tony has been involved in all aspects of apartment acquisition, development, construction, management, and finance for over 25 years. He founded the parent company in 2007 and has guided all related companies through the ups and downs of the economy with consistent growth. Tony is responsible for strategic planning, risk management, operational oversight, and investment decisions for all related companies.
Prior to starting the BIG companies, Tony spent 10 years working with and learning from the best in the multi-family business. He earned his business degree from Indiana University in Finance and Real Estate, with a minor in Economics.
Tony is involved in the Urban Land Institute, The Penrod Society, IUPUI Letterman’s Club, and is a board member of Envision Children in Cincinnati.

 

 

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Christopher Bradburn
CFO

 

Chris Bradburn serves as CFO for Denizen Management as well as affiliated companies
Birkla Investment Group, LLC (a multifamily real estate development company) and Novo
Development Group, LLC (a general contractor specializing in the multifamily industry).
Chris is responsible for all activities directly or indirectly impacting the financial
performance and health of Denizen Management and its clients, including financial
reporting and budgeting; management of cash flow and investment activities; management
of assets and financial systems; risk management; coordination and management of
federal, state and local tax reporting; accounting personnel development and performance;
IT systems and software; contract management and related legal matters; and strategic
business and tax planning with respect to Denizen’s business activities.
Prior to joining Denizen, Chris rose to the level of Director working as a tax professional for
21 years in the Real Estate Services Group of Katz, Sapper & Miller, a top-60 public
accounting firm. During Chris’s time with KSM he worked primarily with closely-held real
estate development companies and high net worth individuals advising on tax-efficient
solutions to business problems and opportunities. Over the course of his career Chris
provided advisory services on over $7 billion in assets.
Chris earned dual BA degrees in English Literature and Philosophy, graduating with
Distinction. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Indiana, and is a member of
both the Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

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Oksana Lukjanenko
President of Property Management

Born and raised in Latvia, a small country on the Baltic Sea. Oksana grew up learning the importance of discipline and hard work. She graduated from the University of Latvia with an Accounting Degree, which subsequently earned her a scholarship to continue her education in the United States. Oksana chose the University of Cincinnati where she earned a post graduate degree in Accounting and Business Management. In 2001, Oksana began her management career in the restaurant industry. She truly enjoyed her experience as General Manager at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Oksana’s life had taught her the value of hard work and it felt rewarding to experience the result of it in a Country that is known for its history of accomplished Immigrants. In 2005 Oksana made the wise choice to further her career in the field of Property Management. Although she enjoyed commercial projects, Oksana absolutely fell in love with the residential side. Oksana knew it was her forte as she recognized a very special responsibility and the honor to serve people with providing quality, safe and well-maintained home. She quickly advanced from a Property Manager to a District Manager to a Regional Manager, VP of Operations and now as the President of Property Management with Denizen Management. Oksana holds CAPS designation and currently serves on the Board of Directors with Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, OAA Legislative Committee and as a Delegate of Ohio to NAA which provides employees and the clients of Denizen Management with an advantage of a first row seat to constant developments in the industry as well as her participation in creating local and State legislature in Real Estate, Property Management and Fair Housing sectors. One of Oksana’s greatest strengths is in building relationships and creating a bridge to problem solving and decision making to generate growth and to build value. Oksana speaks 3 languages, enjoys raising her 2 daughters, traveling, and working on continuous personal development.

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Our Management Team

Joe Colborn
Regional Manager
Dawn Fortner
Controller
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

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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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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