Realtor Bios

We hope you’ll enjoy this page which can acquaint you with our real estate professionals. These men and women offer a deep commitment to customer service, whether you wish to buy or sell your home. They know how to make your real estate transactions go smoothly, and offer friendly and knowledgeable advice every step of the way. Feel free to reach out to any of our professionals; they each have their own websites to serve you.


Amy Corrine Garvey

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson


 My value as a Realtor in this area is found in my attentive nature, fiscal responsibility, willingness and commitment to offering the best possible service.  My background ranges from Personal and Commercial lines insurance agent to management of acoustic bands both at home and on the road, office management of an architectural firm and management of a family owned blacktop business as well as tending bar for many years.   Having this expansive background provides a well-rounded working relationship in real estate.
After living in the Ohio River Valley for years, my husband and I have returned to his roots of New York to start a new chapter in the Hudson Valley in Stone Ridge.
I am a Licensed Professional Real Estate Salesperson, a member of the Hudson Valley Catskill Region Board of Realtors, New York State Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors.  I look forward to bringing my expertise to you.


Anna Barcone - Office Manager

Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker

17 Years of experience!! Anna Barcone has lived in Ulster County and the surrounding Hudson Valley for over 30 years and has watched the area grow and develop into the beautiful community that she calls home. Anna has been in the real estate industry since 2000 starting as a receptionist for an Ulster County real estate firm, she obtained her salespersons license in 2002. She has dedicated her entire professional life to real estate and believes the Hudson Valley to be the greatest place to live, work and play. Today she is an accomplished associate broker and office manager at one of the top ranking real estate companies in the area.

From the years of dedication and service to real estate industry, Anna has built a great business of referrals from people that have used her services and trust her enough to have her help out their family and friends. She finds helping first time home buyers the most rewarding but enjoys working with buyers and sellers on every level. Anna is a full time Real Estate professional and is a member of the Ulster County Board of REALTORS®, New York Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. Anna is committed to making your real estate transaction a pleasant and rewarding experience.


 Ryan Basten

Ryan Basten

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

I am a lifelong Ulster County resident with family roots dating back to farming in Marbletown, in the 1600s.  I grew up in Stone Ridge, and spent much of my time either in my grandmother’s kitchen or exploring our homestead property and the remnants of the family farm that ceased operation in the 1960s.  I appreciated at a young age all that Ulster County has to offer, the rich heritage, the community, the landscape, and realize now, more than ever how lucky I am to call this place my home.

After graduating high school at Rondout Valley I worked with local photographer, Jim Smith, and quickly understood what it takes to run a successful small business. Our work together brought us in and out of NYC, to Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. I learned about people and the importance of strong relationships in business, and in life.  Working in numerous cities throughout the US was especially rewarding.  I experienced what a diverse culture we have here in the states, and only through my travels did I truly realize what idyllic beauty lies here at home in Ulster County.

In 2008, I earned a degree in Automotive Technology from Colombia/Greene Community College and started a new career in the auto industry. My passion for all things automotive, my experience in business and with people quickly manifested into a service management job at Prestige Toyota in Kingston, NY. I very much enjoyed developing a large customer base and servicing the greater communities automotive needs at Toyota.

Now, with a vast knowledge of the area, real estate is an exciting progression for me. I enjoy working in my home town with people I know, and always look forward to meeting new clients. For buyers, sellers and investors alike, helping clients achieve their real estate goals is my purpose and my pleasure.  Thank you for reading my profile and your interest in Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Nutshell Realty, and please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I look forward to your call.

My best, Ryan Basten


Steven Cohen

Steven Asher Cohen

Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker

My value as your realtor is my ability to deliver results that surpass your expectations. When you choose me as your licensed real estate associate you benefit from over 25 years of business experience, as well as my passion for real estate and my desire to make your real estate transaction a successful one. My approach is to conceptualize your objectives in big-picture terms, with immediate clarity for navigating the necessary details to achieve the best possible outcome. I embrace your stated objectives with a commitment to identify which, among many possible results, stand to deliver you the greatest benefits. After purchasing my home in the Hudson Valley in 1999 I have come to love the area and after 10 years of being a “weekender” decided to make it my full-time home in 2009. Whether buying or selling, my enthusiasm for the area coupled with my eagerness to fulfill your wishes will bring you the results you want.


Derek Flynn

Derek Flynn

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

After more than 20 years as an executive at Food Network, I have launched a new career in real estate.

I’ve always been interested in real estate - as a homeowner, investor and serial renovator. I spend much of my free time hiking, gardening and cooking, and I really appreciate all the Hudson Valley has to offer.

My husband is a writer and editor on real estate, home design and gardening, and together we maintain an 8-acre former chicken farm in Stone Ridge and an apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.

As Vice President of Culinary Production at Food Network, I was the liaison to the outside design team that planned and oversaw the construction of the new 6,000-square-foot production kitchen in Chelsea Market.

Let me show you the Hudson Valley I’ve come to love after nearly 20 years of living here. Selling your home? Let me show you what creative marketing, staging and presentation can do.

Kevin Frederick

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson


I have spent much of my life traveling and living in many places throughout the country and decided five years ago to become a full-time time resident of the Hudson Valley in Stone Ridge .  I recently joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nutshell Realty team and have never looked back. 

I spent many years working as a producer for corporate tradeshows and product launches, including the Canon Expo at New York Cities Javits Center both in 2010 and 2015.  I have been a producer and production manager for touring theatre and a production designer for cable news during the presidential debates and conventions throughout 2016.  I have had the luxury of being involved with people in business practices throughout life and learned the most important element of any transaction is to listen to people and read between the lines.

Selling real estate in Sarasota Florida for a number of years I learned that the clients real needs and desires must be cultivated as soon as possible.  Bringing about a successful transaction between buyers and sellers is not only important but also fundamental to the business relationship.

I have been successful so far, selling raw land and houses, listing property and renting homes.

Let me get to know you and understand what you want to do here in the Hudson Valley.  Buy or sell, weekender or full time resident, I will spend my time working for you.


Kimberly Kulp

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

I have lived in the Hudson Valley all my life and I know this area offers a wonderful quality of life for families as well as second home buyers. My enthusiasm for the area and my love of meeting and working with new people make me an excellent choice to help you with your real estate needs. When working with a buyer and seller, I am committed to quality service striving to make the real estate process easy to understand. My goal is to bring each and every transaction to a successful and happy conclusion.


Doug Grunther

Douglas Grunther

Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker

I moved from Manhattan to Ulster County in the early 1980's to help launch WDST-FM, Woodstock's first radio station. Over the past 20 years I've hosted a number of radio talk programs and currently host a weekly Sunday morning talk program, "The Woodstock Roundtable," featuring nationally known authors, artists, musicians, health practitioners, and people who like to laugh.

When Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nutshell Realty opened for business I was encouraged to get a real estate license and I've really loved the work. The communication skills and extensive network of contacts and relationships I've built up through my radio career serve my real estate customers and clients very well.

I'm very persistent and honest and enjoy working with Nutshell Realty because of their successful track record (fastest growing agency in Ulster County) and their high ethical standards.



Thomas Jackson

Licensed Real Estate Broker

Thomas Jackson is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and co-owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nutshell Realty. He has been a licensed real estate professional since 1994 and considers ethical standards, competence and compassion to be the most valued attributes of a successful broker. Company management duties are shared with co-owner Tim Sweeney, who founded Nutshell Realty, Inc. with Tom in 2002.

Tom is also currently employed by the County of Ulster as Director of Real Property. Based on his experience as a Licensed Land Surveyor, having spent 14 years as the managing partner of a local surveying firm, he brings to our company an extensive knowledge of property. He loves helping clients to understand the importance and value that the attributes of land bring to any real estate transaction.

Tom’s professional background includes many years of experience in municipal planning and government, including 10 years as Supervisor of the Town of Marbletown. He also served on the town Zoning Board of Appeals, Community Development Committee and Zoning Advisory Committee.

Tom’s daughter, Anna Barcone is a Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and serves our company as Office Manager. Anna and Tom have joined forces to work for their mutual clients as an effective team, bringing over 34 years of collective experience in providing real estate services.


Brian Mathews

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

I understand what it takes to get from dreams to reality on your home buying and selling journey.  Trust me to provide you with the benefits of my professional working relationships and knowledge of the Hudson Valley.

Over twenty-five years in local banking, specifically residential mortgages, provided lots of experience and knowledge to help achieve your real estate goals.

I’m a founding board member and current President of the Rosendale Theatre Collective. Proud of our  community theatre and all the volunteers who support it and make it run!



Deborah Medenbach

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson


What makes me the right agent to welcome you into the Hudson Valley? Let's start with the creative insight that helped my husband and I take a rundown former resort and turn it into a soothing, warm environment where year-round tenants stay for years at a time. We raised our children here, who now have purchased homes of their own to raise the next generation in the Hudson Valley. 
As a former journalist with more than 20 years' experience, I've explored and written about countless aspects of the Hudson Valley area for newspaper and magazine coverage and continue to represent musicians and filmmakers with media relations for special projects. I was press director for the Woodstock Film Festival, helping filmmakers from all over the world connect with audiences and media against the jewel-toned backdrop of a Catskills autumn. 
I led hikes along the Shawangunk Ridge for the Mohonk Preserve and enjoy slow ascents of the Catskill Mountains. I'm currently an officer and conference organizer for the Kingston Sailing Club and was an Adventure Sail Skipper for the National Women's Sailing Association. I lead kayak trips and nature painting expeditions and served on the 2017 Bicentennial Organizing Committee for the Thoreau Society. I know our environment is precious and Ulster County is a leader in preserving the natural beauty, health and sustainability of this unique place. Let me help you find your home here! 



Laurel Sweeney

Laurel Sweeney

Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker

Welcome to 2020!  I am looking forward to a new decade and helping my clients with their real estate needs. 
With 18 years of experience in Real Estate, I know what you need, and you will get it from me!  I will use my advanced negotiating skills on your behalf and be always available for your questions, obtain information and put you at ease as we move through the process.  I have a comprehensive list of resources and will be with you every step of the way.  You are my top priority from start to finish.
My professional career has taken many turns from critical care nursing, to medical sales and marketing, to real estate since 2002.  There are some clear similarities in the industries in that it's all about helping people!  I equally enjoy working with sellers and buyers of real property throughout all of the Mid-Hudson Valley.  I take your goals and objectives very seriously and will work diligently to help you achieve them. 
Along with my husband Tim, I have a strong commitment to the community.  I serve as a board member of the Mohonk Preserve as well as Vice Chair of SUNY Ulster's Foundation. This community service, coupled with ongoing support of the Rondout Valley Growers Association, The Episcopal Church of Christ the King in Stone Ridge, Rondout Valley Food Pantry, and other like organizations, complement the networking and marketing that has been a key factor in my real estate achievements.   I enjoy volunteer service along with gardening, cooking and everything our area has to offer.  It’s an amazing place to live!
My 2019 sales volume, including non-MLS transactions, was $25.3 million – that’s a quarter billion of sales from my relationship with 59 buyer and seller clients.  I am the #2 broker in our area with over 650 active agents and have been awarded an Ulster County Board of Realtors Top Producer award every year since 2004.  I proudly serve my diversified client base which is reflected in the wide range of homes sold from a $155k ranch to a three-million-dollar historic estate on the Hudson.  Regardless of budget and scope, all my clients can expect and enjoy my full dedication to their cause.
I gained the Berkshire Hathaway Chairman’s Platinum Circle award, distinguishing me as a sales professional in the top one percent of the national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network.  I serve on several New York Association of Realtor (NYSAR) state committees, as well as UCBR's strategic plan committee and professional standards committee. 
Let’s connect soon to explore how I can help you and let’s have some fun while buying or selling real estate!


Timothy Sweeney

Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker

Tim, along with Tom Jackson and Laurel Sweeney, started Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nutshell Realty in 2002. With 35 years of extensive sales and marketing background, Tim is the perfect person to market your home. Tim is expert in all aspects of the real estate transaction, enjoys bringing sellers and buyers together, and has been awarded an Ulster County Board of Realtors Top Producer award for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Tim was also awarded Realtor of the year by his peers in 2009.

Tim is currently on the SUNY Ulster Board of Trustees, the Ulster County Multiple Listing Service Board of Directors, the Rondout Valley Business Association Board of Directors and is a past President of the Ulster County Board of Realtors. This community service, coupled with his tireless support of Mohonk Preserve, the Rondout Valley Growers Association, The Episcopal Church of Christ the King in Stone Ridge and Habitat for Humanity compliment the networking and marketing that Tim does so well. Call Tim today to find out how you can best work together.