Our Team




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Jay Kalinski, JD MBA

Owner & Team Leader

Jay is an experienced and active lawyer, realtor, and military veteran, who grew up in and around Boulder, Colorado. Jay earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and most recently earned his MBA from the University of Colorado in 2020.

Jay is the owner and leader of RE/MAX Elevate and RE/MAX of Boulder. Jay also leads the Kalinski Team and has taken what he’s learned from assisting hundreds of buyers and sellers to make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Liz Pistentis

Kalinski Team Member

For the last 27 years, Liz and her family have been calling Colorado home. Before then, Liz lived in Oak Park, Il outside of Chicago and was born in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from Boulder High School, she attended The George Washington University in Washington, DC, receiving a degree in political science. Liz worked on the campaigns for President Barack Obama and Governor John Hickenlooper before joining the Colorado Tourism Office. 

Liz has been working in real estate for 7 years now, first as a broker associate with RE/MAX of Boulder and now RE/MAX Elevate. With the Kalinski Team, Liz’s focus is on buyers. Liz loves guiding them through the process of finding the right home, and her professionalism and friendly demeanor have helped numerous clients succeed in this highly competitive market. 

Liz lives in Broomfield with her husband, two children and two energetic beagles. When she’s away from her work in real estate, Liz enjoys the local dining scene, watching her beloved Chicago Cubs and volunteering with the Veteran’s Community Project in Longmont. 

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Jessica Lynch

Kalinski Team Member

Jessica was raised in the diverse and urban city of Rahway, NJ, though had her first upbringings in her birthplace of Durango, CO and then Findhorn, Scotland. For over a decade now she has been a resident of Lafayette. Here she has been witnessing the transformation of growth along the Front Range and her on-going interests in sustainable development and downtown revitalization have engaged her in these conversations and ultimately led to a career in real estate.

Jessica applies to her work that finding one’s ‘sense of place’ is a strong human emotion and the factors which contribute to that are personal and intricately responsive to our built environment. She is a graduate from Rutgers University with a degree in Landscape Architecture and as a Realtor® she sees the potential in property through these lenses, while also being knowledgeable about common residential architectural styles and keeping up with the latest trends in home design and curb appeal.

Outside of real estate, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in her community, and all things food and wine. She is passionate about adventures, always having the next trip planned whether to warm beaches, ancient ruins or modern cities.

Professionally, her desire is to find that place called home for each and every client. It is with deep pride that she provides the highest level of service in helping buyers and sellers achieve any of their real estate goals- seamlessly and with ease.

Cristi Knudsen

Kalinski Team Member

My diverse background in the corporate world, combined with my experience in client relations provided the ideal expertise and knowledge to jump start my career in Real Estate. My specialty is residential home sales

along Colorado’s Front Range. It is a pleasure to work with my clients throughout the entire home buying and selling process. My clients say that my friendly and warm demeanor coupled with a no-nonsense approach is truly unique and necessary in the Real Estate environment.

When I am not working you can find me at the baseball diamond watching my boys play ball, volunteering in the community, hiking, enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery, working on house projects, and exploring the wonderful towns of Colorado.

Melanie Beard

Executive Assistant • Kalinski Team Member

Melanie was raised in Bishop, CA – number 6 out of 8 children. Partly due to her upbringing in a large family, she loves the dynamics of being around and working with people. She is also known as the moderator and problem solver, thus real estate seemed like her natural path as a profession. The decision to move to Colorado was both daunting and exciting, but she and her family instantly fell in love with the Boulder area and immediately felt at home in Louisville. Through this experience, Melanie found her stride working with those relocating to Colorado; she knows what to look for and what her clients’ needs are before they do.

In her free time, she enjoys the many activities Colorado has to offer such as biking, hiking, and snowboarding. You can also find her either in the water or on deck at the Rec center, swimming or coaching. As a swim coach, she understands the importance of how to communicate and to ensure there is a clear understanding of the situation and expectations at hand. Melanie is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to her clients and takes deep pride in helping them achieve their real estate goals.

Kendra Wagoner

Kalinski Team Assistant

Kendra is our team assistant and transaction coordinator. She relocated to Colorado from Massachusetts and joined our team with previous real estate assistant experience. She will keep track of your purchase or sale details and deadlines while keeping you informed about your transaction and making the process smooth and enjoyable.


We give much more in value than we receive in payment.

We serve our clients better than anyone else can.


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