Ryson Vacation Rentals Management Team
Martha Overton – Vacation Rental Manager
Martha has been with Ryson Vacation Rentals as the Vacation Rental Manager since February 2013. Martha has over 35 years of financial services industry experience. Martha is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and has lived in Galveston for over 30 years with her family. Martha loves to travel and experience new places and cultures. She and her husband recently lived in Costa Rica for six years where she managed a fishing charter business. Martha is a sun and pool lover and you will find her floating her free time away on the island.
Christine Bauder – Property Acquisition Manager
Christine has been with Ryson Vacation Rentals since February 2013, bringing over 20 years of real estate brokerage and mortgage brokerage experience to Ryson. A graduate of Texas A&M University, licensed real estate broker, and a Certified Tourism Ambassador, Christine appreciates all aspects of the hospitality industry. Christine began in the reservations department, worked as an assistant manager of vacation rentals and now is in vacation rental property acquisition. Christine enjoys eating out at Galveston’s unique restaurants, volunteering with the Girl Scouts of America, and shopping local estate and garage sales.
Alex deSteiguer – Operations Manager
Alex came to Ryson Vacation Rentals in May 2013. His previous experience in management has been a useful addition to the Ryson Vacation Rentals operation department. Alex comes from a long history of world travel through the oil services industry having been born in Saudi Arabia and living in Liverpool, England. Alex is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe. He moved to Galveston and met his lovely wife, a native Galvestonian. Alex spends his free time golfing at Moody Gardens Golf Course and enjoying quality time with his young family on the beach. The office loves when Alex brings baby Banks to work with him.
Amy Voigt – Director of Marketing
Amy joined the Ryson team in February 2015 and has 10 years of marketing experience specializing in graphic design. She graduated from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. Amy strives to provide the best personal service to all of Ryson’s owners and guests and has earned her Certified Tourist Ambassador certification. Amy is a member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe. Amy and her husband recently purchased their first home. She enjoys interior decorating, spending time with her loved ones, and every style of dancing. Amy spends her time on the island frequenting the beach, Galveston’s Schlitterbahn Waterpark, and shopping in the Historic Strand District.
Liz Overton – Gulf Coast Concierge General Manager
Liz joined Ryson Vacation Rentals in April 2013 and has 10 years experience in real estate and property management. Liz received her real estate license in 2006, completed an Associate’s Degree from Galveston College and is nearing completion on her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences. Liz is a BOI and Certified Tourism Ambassador. Liz has worked in multiple aspects of the vacation rental department. She is currently developing Ryson’s newest venture, Gulf Coast Concierge (GCC) services. Liz lives in the Historical Strand District and enjoys the experiences of living downtown in a thriving art, dining, and shopping area. She also volunteers with students and family services.
Ryson Vacation Rentals Reservations Team
Linette Devoe – Guest Services Representative
Linette has been with Ryson Vacation Rentals since September 2014. Linette came to Ryson with an extensive background in Galveston hospitality experience. She is a BOI (Born on the Island) and graduated from the local Ball High School. Linette has three adult children and two precious grandchildren. Linette loves to cook and bake, read, and confesses she will never again stay on the island for a hurricane like she did with Ike. Linette enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and that makes her an outstanding guest services representative.
Tausha Jebbia – Reservationist
Tausha is Ryson’s most experienced vacation agent having joined Ryson Vacation Rentals in March 2010. Tausha previously worked for the vacation rental company that Ryson absorbed that year. Tausha is a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Tausha is a native Galvestionian (BOI) and started her family on the island. She enjoys eating at local restaurants and the Galveston nightlife. Tausha spends her free time on her boat saltwater fishing, shark fishing, and gigging for flounder in the bay marshes.
Ellen Monfort – Reservationist
Ellen has been with Ryson Vacation Rentals since February 2013. Ellen is a proud 6th generation graduate of Texas A&M University (Whoop!) in the Maritime Studies program with a minor in Anthropology, a Certified Tourism Ambassador, and a member of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce C-Crewe. Ellen has worked in vacation rentals on Galveston Island since 2010. Ellen is an active volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and enjoys fishing along the Texas coast. (Don’t forget to ask her about a fishing charter!) Ellen also enjoys looking for island treasures and attractions to enhance her guests’ island experience.
Laura Sommer – Reservationist
Laura has been with Ryson Vacation Rentals since February 2014, when she made a career change from nursing to hospitality. Laura has been a Licensed Vocational Nurse for over 20 years and is transitioning into the real estate field. Laura is Certified Tourism Ambassador and a top producer at Ryson Vacation Rentals. Laura is a new IBC (Islander By Choice), enjoys saltwater fishing, and antiquing. She is also a proud, active grandmother and loves to dote on her family.
April Garza – Reservationist
April joined the Ryson Vacation Rental team in April 2016. Born and proudly raised on Galveston Island, April is your local BOI, and graduated from Ball High School. April earned her real estate license in 2012, and started working in the vacation rental industry that same year. During her free time, April enjoys shopping, relaxing, and spending quality time with her family, but most of all, just simply loves meeting and helping others. As a Certified Tourism Ambassador, April appreciates the value of customer service to deliver exceptional vacation experiences and is ready to serve you!