YPN - Young Professionals Network


The South Tahoe Association of REALTORS® YPN – standing for Young Professionals Network, but also YOUR Professional Network, as all ages are welcome – was launched in 2019. This group collaborates with STAR’s Education and Community Involvement Committees to bring educational and networking opportunities to members as well as the opportunity to gain experience and leadership growth in the association.

2024 Young Professionals Network (YPN)

Sarah Benedict – 2024 YPN Chair

Sarah was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe with Realtors for parents. She graduated from the University of Oregon and traveled for a few years before returning to Tahoe. Sarah was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the South Tahoe Association of REALTORS® as well as the Meyers Community Foundation and has a passion for volunteering in her community. When she isn’t working you can find her hiking, mountain biking, or riding her snowboard, anything that can get her into the backcountry.

More about Sarah:
2022 Rookie of the Year award recipient from the South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

2022-2024 Director, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS® Board

2023 Education Chair, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

2023 Vice-Chair, Young Professionals Network (YPN), South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®


Dessi Starhovska – 2024 YPN Vice Chair

I have a background in marketing and communications and take a strategic yet personable approach with all of my work and voluntarism.  Being a Tahoe local, I understand first-hand the value of owning property in such a beautiful and desirable area, and am aware of how complicated buying and selling here can be.  I’m dedicated to learning and doing all I can to make it easier and smoother for everyone in this market.  On a personal level, I love travel, fitness, the outdoors, nature, and adventure.


More about Dessi:

2023 YPN Wake Up & Wind Down Director, South

2024 Education Chair, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®


Dylan Hastings -2024 Immediate Past STAR YPN Chair

Following a life-long dream, Dylan Hastings now calls the Lake Tahoe area home. His enthusiasm, dedication and high level of integrity are valuable assets he brings throughout a real estate transaction. He is backed by a family of accomplished REALTORS® in both Lake Tahoe and San Diego, CA. Prior to working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Dylan attend William Woods University on a Baseball Scholarship, where he holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. During his undergraduate program, he completed his internship at Pinnacle Real Estate Group of Lake Tahoe for the summer of 2014. During his senior year at William Woods University, he started working towards his MBA, on which he built his own Real Estate Agency for the Greater San Diego Area. In 2017 during his first year of real estate, Dylan won South Lake Tahoe Association of REALTORS® (STAOR) "Rookie of the Year" for his all his involvements and enthusiasm. In 2019, Dylan was voted in by other local REALTORS® to the Board of Directors for STAOR. From there, he spearheaded the Education Committee, participated in community involvement, and after 2 years on the Board, Dylan took up the position of Vice President for STAOR. In 2024, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS® initiated Dylan Hastings to become the President of the association. Dylan Hastings is one of the most involved REALTORS® you will meet and has more experience than other REALTORS® you'll talk to. After you have spoken to Dylan, you will know you are in the best of real estate hands.

Accomplishments & Involvement
2024 President, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®
2023 YPN Chair, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®
2023 President-Elect, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®
2022 Vice Chair YPN, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®
2021 Vice President, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®
2018-2020 Director, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

Stephanie Breiling

I’m a new Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Drysdale Properties.  I’ve lived in Tahoe for about 7 years now and have recently gained my certification as a South Tahoe Association of REALTORS® Area Specialist. 


Living in Tahoe has really increased my admiration for the environment we live in, and the exposure I’ve received working as a real estate agent, has really opened my eyes to the great responsibility we hold as a community to take care of it.  I thoroughly enjoy taking advantage of the best that Tahoe has to offer, such as hiking, snowshoeing, or kayaking around the lake.  As a resident of Tahoe, I am constantly grateful for how fortunate we are that this land is so incredibly accessible for all to see nearly every beautiful acre. 

With the influence I have been granted in my position on the South Tahoe Association of REALTORS® YPN, I would love to bring more awareness to the various environmental and wildlife programs that are in place around the lake, what we can do to support them, and then to share their achievements. As a Realtor with a platform to communicate with the public, I look forward to conveying the relevance and significance these programs and policies place on property owners of Lake Tahoe as well. 

Growing current levels of interest, engagement, and admiration for the favorable aspects of Tahoe living (that I care so deeply for) is a vital goal and part of my involvement with the YPN.

I’m excited to expand my influence in local communities while placing a creative and artistic flair to all things I do. There are so many fabulous and meaningful ways our community takes care of this place we call “home,” and I can’t wait to learn more and get involved!

More about Stephanie:

2024 Communications & PR Committee Graphic Designer

2023 Communications & PR Committee Chair

2023 Rookie of the Year Award Winner


Casey Dattola

Casey Dattola is a 10 year South Lake Tahoe resident and has been in Real Estate for 2 years.  She is an associate of Chase International.  Casey is excited be to joining YPN for the first time this year.  She is looking forward to networking with other local, statewide, and national YPN agents.  Together, she hopes to create more opportunities for education and community involvement.  When Casey has a moment to unplug from real estate, she enjoys getting outside and exploring the Sierras.  She feels eternally grateful to live, work, and play in one of the most people places on earth.

More about Casey:

2021 Rookie of the Year Award Winner


Aaron Hinson

Born and raised just outside of Baltimore, MD I moved out to Colorado in 2010 and started to love mountain life and snowboarding leading me to move even further west to South Lake Tahoe in 2017.  I started in Mortgage Lending in 2005 and have been at it non-stop since then.  Having worked for a few large “retail” lenders over those years, I began to focus on building my own company as an Independent Mortgage Broker able to work with dozens of wholesale lenders to get clients better deals due to lower margins and a leaner operation with no middle management.  I’m very passionate about providing my clients and partners the very best service and mortgage options.  What started in January of 2020 as just myself and my dog Luna has grown to 11 employees with offices in South Lake Tahoe, CA, Zephyr Cove, NV, Denver, CO and Frisco, CO.  My daily focus as an Independent Mortgage Broker is saving our clients money, providing a smooth & pleasant transaction, and creating long lasting relationships in the community.  Our internal motto on how we treat our clients, partners and our communities is #lunalove.  Outside of “mortgaging” my main interests are snowboarding, music and travel/adventuring with my girlfriend.  I love being involved with the STAR YPN because of the great folks and the positive impact we have on our community.

More about Aaron:

2022 Community Service Award Winner


Cassidy Jackson

Cassidy Jackson is a South Lake Tahoe native.  She speaks lake, mountains, and forest and is happy to share her local lore.  A 2018 graduate of San Diego State University, Cassidy has a degree in Business Marketing.  Her post-graduation path first led to Hollywood, where she worked at a creative agency that created high-end trailers for motion pictures and TV.  Working on diverse projects with complex components and rigid timing issues prepared her well for the real estate world. While in Hollywood, she developed strong working relationships with blue-chip clients like Warner Brothers, Disney, HBO, and Netflix.  Cassidy is forward-focused, highly motivated, and has a desire to flawlessly execute every big and little detail so your buying or selling transaction can be as seamless as possible.


Dana Johnson

It was through Dana's previous Construction and Project Management career that she discovered her passion for architecture and interior design.  Since starting real estate and partnering with her husband in May of 2021, she has successfully aided in the closing of over 200 transactions.  As a life-long inhabitant of Reno and Lake Tahoe, Dana shares her local knowledge, engineering education, and strategic insight with their clients who have the vision to build, remodel, or prepare a home for sale.  When time allows, she enjoys yoga or Pilates, spending time with her family, and fishing, hiking, and mountain biking throughout the Sierra.  She is a caring and committed member of the community and is excited to use this opportunity with YPN to add value in any way she can.

Accomplishments & Involvement

2023 Community Involvement Vice Chair, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

2023 Community Service Award Winner

2022 Scholarship Chair, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®


Kelli Potts

Kelli is a long time South Lake Tahoe local with a passion for helping people and being outside. When she isn't helping people buy and sell homes, she can be found hiking with her dogs, biking, paddleboarding, snowboarding, or any other outdoor activity you can think of.  With any extended time off she travels with her husband and would love to go anywhere she hasn't been yet.  Her heart truly lies in helping locals find housing.  She's currently working with the Saint Joseph's Community Land Trust, by representing a local family, in their purchase of the affordable housing, new construction homes project in Al Tahoe.


Kili Rahbeck

As a REALTOR®, I take full responsibility to make sure each family is completely happy when all is said and done.  I am an advocate for my clients’ best interests as well as my community’s where I am a Planning Commissioner for the City of South Lake Tahoe.


From my razor-sharp research and marketing talent to my ability to bring the right people together, I enjoy the challenges that result in win-win situations for all involved.  Within my professional career, I match my passion with a deep admiration for my community – the respect for which is what motivates me on a daily basis.  


Balancing my love of the Sierra, you can find me outside rock climbing, mountain biking and enjoying long days on the Lake. I pride myself on being personable and always productive!

Accomplishments & Involvement

Started STAR’s YPN

Created the Annual Wish Tree Project that benefits Boys & Girls Club

Past President 2021, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

YPN Chair 2022, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

YPN Chair 2023, California Association of REALTORS®

2019-2023 Community Involvement Committee Chair, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

2021 REALTOR® of the Year, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

2019 Community Service Award Winner, South Tahoe Association of REALTORS®

2018 Rookie of the Year Award Winner


Karina Skiladz

Hi!  I'm Karina.  I moved to Tahoe from Brooklyn in 2017, and have loved it ever since. Enjoying the mountains is an important part of my life- skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.  I have been a REALTOR® for just under a year and am excited to learn from others and engage in our community through YPN.

More about Karina

2023-2024 – Tour Director

2023 Rookie of the Year Award Winner

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