HEATHER SKENDER-NEWTON

Broker & Owner

Learn more about Heather here!!


 ANNE GARRETT

 Administrator

Anne was born and raised in Cookeville. She loves living in the Upper Cumberland and she and her rambunctious 10 year old son Max love to explore the local creeks and hunt for fossils and geodes.  She first met Heather when she and her family purchased their first home in June of 2008 and Anne was so impressed that she jumped at the chance to be part of Heather's team in 2012!   Helping Heather's clients during one of the most stressful events of life is something that she enjoys. Being a part of Heather's team while her business grew to the point of starting Skender-Newton Realty is something she is proud to be a part of! 


MICHELLE DANIELS

REALTOR, Operations Manager

Having been raised in the Upper Cumberland and the historic town of Granville, Michelle was privileged to enjoy the beauty this area has to offer. After graduating Tennessee Tech University in 2004 with a degree in Marketing, she began her sales career. In 2008, she received her real estate license and began selling real estate full time.  She joined Heather prior to the opening of Skender-Newton Realty and now helps manage the day to day operations of the business.  


TYLER WILSON

REALTOR, Buyer's Specialist

Tyler Wilson was born and raised here in the Upper Cumberland area. He graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a Degree in Marketing in 2008. After graduating college, he lived abroad. Once he returned to the area, he decide to start his career in real estate. He obtained his real estate license in 2013 and strives to help people make this beautiful area home.


MISSY HANEY

REALTOR, Buyer's Specialist

Missy Haney moved to the Upper Cumberland area 17 years ago. She and her husband, Eric, have been married for 20 years and have four beautiful children. They moved into the Cookeville area from East Tennessee. Missy obtained her real estate license in 2013 and is one of the founding members of Skender-Newton Realty. Missy takes pride in being a Buyer's Agent and specializing in her buyer's needs. She has a passion for helping people and prides herself in having a servant's heart. When she meets her clients she gladly calls them friends after working together. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and attend her boy's football and wrestling sporting events and activities. She also has English Bulldogs and loves her four-legged family members! Call her today or stop by the office to chat with her, she would love the opportunity to be your buyer's agent!


JOHN ROSS WATKINS

Buyer's Closing Coordinator

John Ross Watkins was born and raised in the Upper Cumberland. He is originally from the city of Livingston, where he graduated from Livingston Academy in 2006. John Ross has always had a passion for real estate, and loves to help clients. He is one to make the client's experience of buying your home a simple and easy process. 


BRANDI MANISCALCO

REALTOR, Buyer's Specialist

Brandi moved to Cookeville from the gulf coast area in the fall of 2005. She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 27 years and they have three children together: Cameron, Demi, and Luke. She and her husband have built and sold several homes together since living in Tennessee. Brandi is a Buyer's Agent and specializes in finding the perfect property to suit your needs. When not showing property, she loves to travel and spend time on the lake with friends and family. Give her a call today, and she will help you find the perfect home you're looking for!


LYNDIE SHEWMAKE

Listing/Marketing Coordinator

Lyndie was born and raised in the Upper Cumberland.  She was born in Livingston and at the age of five moved to Cookeville.  Lyndie has been working in real estate for ten years and loves the real estate profession. 


HEATHER CONNER

REALTOR, Listing Specialist

PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor)

e-Pro (Tech-Savvy REALTOR)

SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification)

MRP (Military Relocation Professional)

Heather and her husband, Jonathan, were born and raised in Jackson County and continue to live there with their children: Bryce, Jackson, and Ella. When she's not at work, she enjoys the outdoors, working on her small farm, and spending time on the lake with her family. Being a lifelong resident of the Upper Cumberland, she carries the knowledge of the market to help anyone who is considering selling their home! So, if you want to sell your home for top dollar, give Heather Conner a call. She is eager to help you through the process! 


JENNY HOLMES

REALTOR, Listing Specialist

PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor)

Jenny is a home-grown Listing Specialist, born and raised in Cookeville. A graduate of Cookeville High School and Tennessee Tech, and she couldn't imagine being anywhere else! Jenny and her husband, JP, have three amazing children: Nathan, Connor, and Katie. Jenny brings loads of laughter, an upbeat attitude, and fun to the SNR office. She looks forward to helping you with your next move.


KATY FARLEY

REALTOR, Listing Specialist

PSA (Pricing Strategy Advisor)

SRS (Seller Representative Specialist)

SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification)

Katy was raised in South Carolina, but with her family being from the Manchester area, she was excited to claim Cookeville as her home. She moved here in 2015 to be with her husband, Brandon Farley, who was born and raised in the area. Since then, she has graduated from TTU in 2016 in Business Management and grew their family by one with a son, Ripken. She, then, ventured into real estate in 2017. Katy is very eager to provide you with the best experience while selling your property!


RYAN W. RISHER

REALTOR, Buyer's Specialist

Born and raised in the Upper Cumberland, Ryan has always been proud to call this area home. He and his wife Devin, along with his twin sons Ashton and Ethan who are in elementary school, are very involved in both their church and community. Ryan has a passion for people and serving others. He prides himself in excellent service, and quick follow up. He is ready to help you find your home, land, or commercial property. Come on by or call him today!


TAMMY JO ATKINS

REALTOR/Buyer's Specialist

e-Pro (Tech-Savvy REALTOR)

Tammy is a real estate professional specializing as a Buyer's Agent at one of the top firms in The Upper Cumberland. She was born and raised in the Cookeville/Baxter area and lived here all her life except for a few years spent in the Nashville area. She obtained her real estate license in 2012 and thoroughly loves her job.  She has three children and is a BeBe to some very special littles. She is also a dog mom to two cute pups.

In her practice of real estate, she is well known for great customer service, communication, attention to detail, and ensuring a positive experience for all parties. She thoroughly loves her work and enjoys the fantastic people she gets meet everyday. 'I have the best job in the world. It's like I'm hitting the lotto every day; you just never know what will happen when you go to work in the morning, and to me that's very exciting.'

She loves Tennessee: the people, seasons, culture and all the outdoor activities available to us.

In her free time, she loves to read, hit the gym, catch a game, pet some dogs, watch a movie, go to the lake, meet up with some friends and talk about life and browse the local stores to find some neat treasures.


AMANDA EDWARDS

REALTOR, Listing Partner

Originally from The Sunshine State, Amanda and her husband relocated to the Upper Cumberland area in 2017. Shortly after their move, Amanda transitioned into the real estate industry, beginning her journey with the Skender-Newton team, where she has been able to help sellers navigate the selling process as a listing specialist. Located in Sparta, Amanda and her husband own and operate Edwards Sheep Company, where they breed, raise, and sell commercial and registered sheep to exhibitors across the country for exhibition. In the winter of 2020, Austin and Amanda welcomed their first bundle of joy, Aiden. Amanda is excited and eager to work alongside you as your expert in the market! 


 

CALE DOWNARD

REALTOR, Customer Care Team

Cale moved to Cookeville a couple of years ago as a student at Tennessee Tech University and fell in love with the city and the people in the community. He enjoys playing disc golf or doing anything that gets him outdoors, and he is an active member in his local Church. Cale has a servant natured personality and wants nothing more than to help people better their lives. 


 

STEPHANIE VANSTRATUM

REALTOR, Buyer's Agent For Tammy Atkins

Stephanie is a lifelong resident of Cookeville, and has grown up loving the community. She is an active member of a local church and blessed to be able to serve on mission trips around the world. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters, relaxing on the lake, and traveling. She has a heart to serve, and is excited for the opportunity to serve the Cookeville community! She is excited to help you get into a great investment!


 

LINNEA CHURCHILL

REALTOR, Buyer's Agent for Ryan Risher

Linnea is originally from Franklin, TN and moved to Cookeville to attend Tennessee Technological University in 2017. She is a recent Tech grad with a degree in Human Ecology: Housing and Design. She loves meeting new people, and she has an eye for design. In her free time, she likes to visit new places, hang out with friends and family, lead Bible studies for young women in her community, and relax at the lake. Linnea is very organized, positive, and caring. She loves seeing families turn houses into homes and bringing smiles to their faces.


 

LINDSEY BRUCE 

REALTOR, Listing Specialist

Lindsey Jade Bruce was born and raised in the Upper Cumberland area. She graduated from Tennessee Tech University with a degree in Business/Marketing and joined the real estate industry with an extensive background in sales, marketing, and customer service. Lindsey has an enthusiastic, can-do attitude and she is ready to put her skills and knowledge to work for you! In her free time, you'll find her spending time with her husband, trying to keep up with her three young boys, learning something new, and relaxing on the lake.


LINDSEY HALL 

Seller's Closing Coordinator

Lindsey was originally born in Atlanta, Georgia. She and her family moved to Cookeville, Tennessee in 2019 for a career change and fell in love with the area. Lindsey graduated in 2008 from The Tennessee College of Applied Technology with a Dental Assisting license and worked in the dental field for 15 years. Through her transition into real estate, Lindsey has fallen in love with her position and looks forward to helping others through their property closing process. 


BRANDON FARLEY 

REALTOR/Buyer's Specialist

Brandon Farley was born and raised in the Upper Cumberland area. He left after high school to continue his baseball career at Arkansas State University. After college, he continued to pursue a career in professional baseball for four years after being drafted by the San Francisco Giants. Since coming back home in 2015, he has worked extensively in sales, marketing, and customer service in the automotive industry. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son playing golf, training the youth in the area on their athletic capabilities, and drag racing at Buffalo Valley.  Brandon is a very driven man who is extremely knowledgeable of the Upper Cumberland area. He is ready to work on your behalf to find your dream home!


HANNAH ISTVANKO

REALTOR, Executive Assistant 

Hannah is from Miami but considers herself a Cookeville native. She graduated with a degree in History from Tennessee Technological University in 2016. In 2021, she decided to find a home within the Skender-Newton team. Like Skender-Newton Realty, integrity, hard-work, and service are all keystones in Hannah's life. Hannah enjoys reading, being with her family, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and German Shepherd. 


CHALLICE LEDFORD 

REALTOR, Buyer's Agent for Tyler Wilson

Challice was born and raised in Livingston, TN. She decided to move to Cookeville in 2016 and pursue a Bachelor's degree at Tennessee Tech University. She graduated with an Exercise Science degree in May of 2020. She worked in athletics throughout her college career, and you can often catch her either playing a sport or watching one in her free time, specifically Tennessee Vols football. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, going on road trips, and trying new restaurants. Challice is charismatic and is excited to help you with your move to the Upper Cumberland area.


EDEN DAVIS

REALTOR, Listing Specialist

Eden and her husband, Craig, relocated from Northern California to Cookeville after a wildfire suddenly altered the direction of their lives. Eden and Craig’s two boys, Aaron and Bryce are both quite athletic and enjoy the outdoors. When not at work or attending sporting events, Eden loves exploring the many beautiful parks, restaurants, and microbrews in the City of Cookeville. One of Eden and Craig’s passions is real estate investing, owning both short-term and long-term rentals in the area before relocating their family here. Eden’s experience and passion to help others realize success in real estate drive her to be an invested party in the sale of your home or property. 


CERINA CRAIG

REALTOR, Buyer’s Specialist

Cerina, along with her family, has been a resident of Cookeville for over twenty years. She and her husband have built five homes together, all in different areas of Putnam County. Cerina is originally from Kentucky and shares a love for outdoor adventures as well as the surrounding lakes, Center Hill, Dale Hollow, and Lake Cumberland. When she's not at work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, soaking in the sunshine, traveling to new places, and supporting our local university. When looking for property, don’t overthink it! Let Cerina do the real estate thinking for you!   


KARA HOWARD

REALTOR, Buyer’s Specialist

Kara and her husband, Jared, have lived in Middle Tennessee for the past nine years and currently reside in Smithville with their two children, Emma Kate and Sutton (and their cat, Totes). They enjoy participating in sports, swimming, kayaking, visiting waterfalls in Putnam and White County, and boating on Center Hill Lake. Kara and her family love shopping locally and finding new places to eat in and around Cookeville! She is also passionate about leading a young adults group at her church in Sparta. Kara graduated in 2008 with a degree in Marketing and Sales and carries 20 years of successful selling experience. She is committed to helping you find your new home and will provide you with the utmost professionalism, communication, and dedication when doing so! Are you interested in making the beautiful Upper Cumberland area your new home? Contact Kara, and she’ll love to help you with a positive buying experience!


JUSTICE RICHMOND

Assistant to Heather Conner

Justice was born and raised here in Cookeville, TN. She loves meeting new people and helping people in any way she can. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband Eli, her German Shepard, Stella, her family, and going to Church. Justice is very caring, organized, and positive. She is excited about learning all things real estate and being able to excel in this career.


SARA CHAMBERS

Marketing Director

Sara was born and raised in Cookeville, TN and graduated from TTU in 2020 with her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. She and her husband, Dylan, spend their free time volunteering in the community, exploring Tennessee's parks, and spoiling their 3 dogs.


ELISA BRAGGA

REALTOR, Buyer's Specialist

Elisa is a Chicago native who came to the South to run SEC cross-country and track and fell in love with the people and the weather. She and her husband, Matt, met in college and have two children, a dog, and a hedgehog that make their home full of life! Her husband coaches baseball at TTU and they love cheering on the Golden Eagles at all sporting events. Elisa has worked in the corporate world and owned multiple businesses. She has always had a heart for serving others!