Meet Our Real Estate Agents and Staff

Buying or selling real estate in Peoria? Here’s the award-winning team of real estate agents who can make your next move a breeze.

Heather Berres
REALTOR®/Closing Coordinator, Licensed 2004, Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2012

Heather Berres - Rodgers Real Estate Group Realtor

Meet Heather, our closer. Heather joined the Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2012 as our licensed Closing Coordinator. She coordinates all activities from the date the contract is accepted until closing and works diligently with our lenders, appraisers, inspectors, the other agent on the deal and most importantly, our clients. Heather ensures each transaction progresses smoothly and seamlessly. With more than 20 years experience in and around the real estate business, she knows just what to do in every situation.

Heather was born and raised in the Peoria area, attended Limestone Community High School, and earned her Associate’s Degree in Interior Design from Illinois Central College. She earned her real estate license in 2004, then became an “Accredited Home Staging Specialist” and a “Certified Negotiation Expert” in 2008. Heather still resides in the Peoria area, where she is raising her two teenage daughters, Kayla and Emily.

Karen Duncan
REALTOR®, Licensed in 2004, Joined Rodgers Real Estate group in 2018

Karen Duncan - Rodgers Real Estate Group Realtor

Karen Duncan is our newest Buyers Specialist, selling real estate in the Peoria area since 2004 and joining the Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2018. Karen is an experienced buyers agent and she has earned the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) designation. She is passionate about helping her clients find homes that fit, and she will show as many homes as it takes to find the right one. Karen is also determined to negotiate the best possible price and terms for her clients, and to that end, she has earned the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation. She has experience in most price range as well as a wide variety of property types including land, new construction, condos and townhomes, single family homes, rental properties, short sales and foreclosures. Karen holds two additional professional credentials including Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) and e-PRO Internet Professional. She also believes it is very important to the negotiation and closing process to build friendly, respectful relationships with her fellow agents.

Karen grew up near Kankakee, IL and she has lived in Connecticut, Saudi Arabia, the UK and Switzerland. She moved to Dunlap in 1998 where she has been raising her two children, Meredith who attends the University of Alabama and Connor who attends Dunlap High School. Karen enjoys gardening, interior decorating and staging, fitness, reading and country music. She loves beach vacations and snow skiing with family and friends.

Whether you are buying your first home or your last , Karen will help you find the home that best fits you and she will work tirelessly to ensure that your home buying process is as easy, fun and hassle free as possible. If you are planning a move to or within the Peoria area, Karen would love the opportunity to put her experience to work for you and she looks forward to helping you “Make Your Move with Ease”.

Pat Hayes
Team Photographer - Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2011

Pat Hayes - Rodgers Real Estate Group Realtor

Meet our photographer, Pat. Pat brings his talent for photography to our team of real estate agents, turning a long-loved amateur hobby into a second career by making each home look its best with his photos. When he isn’t out supporting the team as our photographer, he helps the rest of the team with his courier skills.

Pat is a retiree who spent most of his career as a university career advisor for students, most recently at I.S.U. Along the way, he had a parallel moonlighting “job” as an amateur photographer. Locally, Pat took pictures of rehearsals and special events for the Peoria Ballet for several years. Golf is now his favorite pastime, and he worked part-time at Kellogg Golf Course for most of the last decade.

Pat has lived in Peoria for more than 20 years. His wife, Nancy, is a professor at Bradley University, His son, Evan, is now a student there. Pat hails from Cincinnati and is loyal to his Reds, despite being far outnumbered by the many Cubs and Cards fans here.

Karen McLaren
REALTOR®, Licensed 2000, Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2008

Karen McLaren - Rodgers Real Estate Group Realtor

Meet Karen, one of our buyers’ favorite real estate agents. Karen became a licensed real estate agent in 2000 loves what she does. Her years of experience and education make her one of our best client resources. Karen is a top-producing Buyer’s Specialist with credentials from GRI, Graduate Realtor Institute, and as a CNE, Certified Negotiating Expert, and she became a member of the RE/MAX International Hall of Fame in 2017. You’ll benefit from her integrity, energy, and strong work ethic.

Karen has an Associates degree in Textiles and Merchandising, and worked in the retail and customer service fields before transitioning into real estate. This background has made real estate the perfect fit for her. She listens to each client’s needs and will guide you through every step of the home buying journey. She loves working with first-time buyers and also has many repeat clients. Karen’s knowledge and expertise in looking at homes, writing and negotiating your offer, and coordinating all the inspections will give you confidence from start to finish.

Karen came to Peoria from Iowa in 1990. She and her husband, Tom, live in Germantown Hills with their two sons, Kyle and Noah. Karen is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Tammy Smith
Office Manager/Listing Coordinator, Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2010.

Tammy Smith - Rodgers Real Estate Group Realtor

Meet Tammy, our Listing Coordinator and Office Manager. Tammy joined the Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2010 because she was fascinated by the real estate industry. Tammy handles all administrative functions from the time our real estate agents list your home until an offer is submitted. She keeps everything on track and running smoothly. We rely on Tammy to handle all of the administrative tasks needed to maintain an efficient office.

Tammy has more than 25 years of experience in Office Manager and Administrative positions and has been working in Real Estate offices for over a decade. She attended Limestone Community High School and has taken several photography classes at Illinois Central College. She volunteers and donates to the Saddle Up for St. Jude fundraiser, Race for the Cure, and Whitney’s Walk.

Born and raised in Central Illinois, Tammy and her husband Rich still reside in the Peoria area. They have two children and two grandson.

Deanna Zimmerman
REALTOR®, Licensed 2005, Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2014

Deanna Zimmerman - Rodgers Real Estate Group Realtor

Meet Deanna, the newest member of the Rodgers Real Estate Group. Deanna joined our team of real estate agents in 2014 as a listing agent, working with many of our sellers. Since earning her real estate license in 2005, Deanna has worked with buyers and sellers. She is experienced working with investors, new foreclosures, and contract for deeds, and has remodeled and sold many homes with her husband, Eric.

Before becoming a realtor, Deanna was a mortgage loan officer for ten years. This experience provides her the knowledge to address any financing issues during the home selling process.

Born and raised in Central Illinois, Deanna currently lives in Metamora with her husband, Eric, and daughter, Taylor.