Our Professional Apartment Locators


Todd Van Doren
General Manager & Senior Apartment Locator
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The complete apartment locator, Todd leads the J. Ellis office providing the team with support, experience, and lots of love! He loves helping people find one of life’s basic human needs; shelter! With 25 years of experience both locating and owning his own apartment locating service, Todd provides a level of expertise that is unsurpassed in apartment knowledge and locating skill. He encourages the J. Ellis team and reminds them that a quality performance starts with a positive attitude.

When he is not finding customers a new rental home, you will find him engaged in baseball with his son, or enjoying his daughter’s most recent animated creations. Todd’s passion is his family, wife Shelly and twins, son Scott and daughter Sloan. The Van Dorens love attending ball games, serving at church, and holidays with grandparents. Life is good; they feel blessed.


Danielle Donahue
Senior Apartment Locator Professional
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Danielle is the most senior apartment locator at J. Ellis with over 15 years of helping apartment hunters in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro find the perfect home. She hails from Chicago via her hometown in Camanche, Iowa. Danielle is all about people and loves the challenge of finding renters that unique and special apartment home. She also is committed to husband, Chris, and her two children. She currently serves as the president of their grade school PTF at Lakeland Christian Academy. Danielle loves to travel, loves to party and loves those stinking Chicago Bears.


Marisa Maenza
Senior Apartment Locator Professional
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Energy, responsiveness and enthusiasm are the words to describe this veteran J. Ellis Apartment locator. Marisa specializes in upscale and urban apartment homes but also knows where those “real deals” are located in case you are on a budget. She understands the frustrations of looking for the right apartment for yourself or family and loves to find the best rental for your lifestyle and your pocketbook. Marisa enjoys travel (Las Vegas, Baby!), spending time with husband Chris, and relaxing (er, actually partying!) with friends. You will love working with Marisa because she won’t quit till you find the right place to call home.


Kimberly Davenport
Senior Apartment Locator Professional
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Kim has been in the multi-family apartment business for decades! She is a graduate of Lewisville High School and made her home in Highland Village beginning in 1973 with her family from California! She has loved seeing the changing demographics of Dallas/Fort Worth over the last 30 years. Kim is crazy about her two young grandchildren and three children. She keeps planning to move to the country, but the city calls her home, every time. Kim is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and holds a Business Degree from University of Texas at Arlington. She loves sports, traveling, dining out, and new movie premieres.


Brandi Spates
Apartment Locator Specialist
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With over two years of experience as a licensed Realtor in the state of Missouri, Brandi moved to Texas and transitioned from residential home sales to apartment locating. Although new to the world of apartment locating, Brandi is eager, willing, and ready to help you find your next apartment home! Living near Downtown Dallas enables her to provide her clients with first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to live in Uptown, Downtown, and surrounding areas.


Jodi Killingsworth
Senior Apartment Locator Professional
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With 35 years helping choosy renters find the perfect apartment home, Jodi is a veteran apartment locator professional. She loves a challenge and will gladly help renters with credit and rental history issues. She always puts her prospects needs first before her desire to earn a commission. Jodi has been married for 30 years to a wonderful man for whom she continues to have a deep love! She has one daughter and one grandson. Jodi loves working in the yard and caring for her flower garden.

Dani Collier
Apartment Locator Specialist
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An apartment onsite veteran with many years of leasing and property management experience, Dani now uses that cumulative apartment industry experience to help apartment seekers locate their new home. And HOME is what Dani wants to provide for each customer. She believes that an apartment IS a real home, not just a temporary dwelling. And she strives to help every customer find that special place that will feel, well, homey!

Dani has a daughter studying at the University of Texas and another who is pre-school and still at home. She is driven to work hard for you to pay college tuition and day school! Most of all, Dani loves the thrill of seeing someone find that new apartment that is home.

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Dana Schreiner
Internet Coordinator and Locator
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As head of the J. Ellis Support team, Dana is often the first person a new client may speak to. Her passion to help you find the perfect new rental apartment can be heard in her caring voice and follow through. Dana is a hippie at heart, and technically a California native, but enjoys the conveniences of a modern world, and the large state of Texas. She is very much like her mother, which is wonderful, and terrifying. She enjoys photography, Pinterest, and quiet evenings at home with her boyfriend, while she attempts to learn to cook vegetarian.


Loretta Taylor
Office Manager/Accounting Services
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Loretta has been the company office manager and financial services director for over 15 years. She is also responsible for major projects and risk management. She remains the pulse of our company and is the go-to person if you need to find the whereabouts of boss, broker, and company owner Rick Ellis. Loretta and her husband, Gary, are extreme NASCAR enthusiasts and are die-hard Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fans. Loretta says the only thing better than auto racing are her eight grandchildren!


Rick Ellis, CPM
Founder and Real Estate Broker
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Seeing a need for a more professional and friendly approach to locating, Rick began J. Ellis Apartment Locators in 1985. J. Ellis grew and quickly became the preeminent apartment locating service in the Lewisville, TXplex. Rick is an “apartment expert” and consultant who provides an array of services to the multi-family industry nationwide. He lives in Coppell with his wife, Diane, and caviler spaniel, Marley. The couple love travel, music, and being with their four children and large extended families. Rick teaches in Volgograd Russia twice a year, religiously follows the Dallas Cowboys, and chooses Monday as his favorite day of the week! Preferred vice: coffee!

Most important, the J. Ellis team of apartment locator professionals has identified the most desirable apartment communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are able to match all apartment seekers with a new rental home that best fits their lifestyle…and their budget. Let us help you find your way through the confusion of online apartment advertising and listings. We are your unbiased source of apartment information in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We have done the apartment shopping for you. Save time. Save money. We look forward to serving you.