Meet Our New York Team

Brenda E. Levis, President

Citing a void in the New York Tri-State market for reasonably priced, high quality, destination services providers, Brenda was inspired to start up her own company. Prior to this she served as the Global Relocation Manager for Lehman Brothers in New York City, where she managed the firm’s domestic and international relocation departments as well as its corporate housing program. Brenda has twenty five years of international work/study experience, and fifteen years experience working in the expatriate services industry. Having lived in Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, she has first hand knowledge of the challenges of an international move.

Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Brenda served as an International Relocation Consultant on site at Goldman Sachs. This was preceded by tenure with an international moving & relocation company in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Brenda has been a featured speaker at numerous relocation events including the Tri-State Relocation Association, and served on the International Assignment Committee for the Employee Relocation Council. Having lived in Brooklyn and Westchester County, NY, she now makes her home in Manhattan.

Michelle Hennessey, VP, Director of Operations

The daughter of a Foreign Service officer, Michelle’s experience living abroad began when she was just four years old with the family’s first assignment in Paris, France. Her passion for foreign cultures and languages only grew stronger with each new assignment and this led her to focus her studies and her career on working with the international community. Michelle returned to France 20 years later where she obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Paris and gained valuable work experience with the International Chamber of Commerce, UNESCO and the European Union. Michelle speaks and writes French fluently.

When Michelle moved back to the U.S. in 1998, she began her career in the relocation industry with Berlitz International in New York City where she managed key global accounts and was responsible to expanding and nurturing the company’s third party relationships. In this role, she worked closely with human resources executives to provide customized services for their expatriate populations and helped to ensure the smoothest possible transitions for their people.

A Manhattanite for 8 years, Michelle now lives in Fairfield, CT with her husband Tom, and daughter Aubrey.

Kathrin Marx, Senior Client Services Coordinator

Originally from Dietkirchen, Germany, Kathrin took her sense of adventure and passion for different cultures to the skies, travelling the world as a flight attendant for Lufthansa Airlines. She went on to graduate from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich with a Masters degree in Hospitality Management. Kathrin has also had the amazing opportunity to live and work in both Venezuela and Ecuador. In 2002, she relocated to New York City and decided to pursue a career in NYC real estate.

After 8 years of guiding and advising her clients on all the ins and outs of the housing market, Kathrin joined the team at NYC Navigator. We are excited to benefit from her tremendous area knowledge and expertise. Further, she particularly understands the challenges and needs of our clients as a result of her own first-hand experience of moving to the Tri-State area from abroad. Currently residing in Jersey City with her husband and two sons…and not to be forgotten, her newest family member, Ruby, a Goldendoodle. When not navigating, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends at her second home in Columbia County, NY.

Meet Our Florida Team

Claudia Völkel-Moreán, Client Services Specialist

Born to German and Italian parents, Claudia lived in Venezuela and New Hampshire until graduating from Computer Engineering in Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas. After getting married, she and her husband relocated to Phoenix, AZ, to earn their masters degrees in International Management at Thunderbird (AGSIM) University.

Claudia spent the next 7 years in Venezuela working for Johnson & Johnson in Consumer Marketing. Following the birth of her second child, the family was transferred to Buenos Aires and later returned to Venezuela, where she worked as a Marketing Consultunt for J&J. In 2000, Claudia and her family were relocated to Miami where they currently reside.

Trying to balance motherhood and professional life, Claudia volunteers at her children's schools and also started her career as a Realtor. Having grown up in an international family, lived in different places, met so many people from all over the world, and having enjoyed it all tremendously; she feels blessed to have the opportunity to help families (and friends!) with their relocations. Her advice to Transferees: "Relocating is not easy, but it is an incredible adventure!!" Claudia is fluent in Spanish, Italian and English.

Ashton Hinrichs, Client Services Specialist

With a penchant for the arts, sciences and foreign travel, Ashton Hinrichs lived and worked in Paris for over a decade before relocating back to her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. While in Paris, Ashton obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ecole National Superieure des Beaux -Art and was an artist-in-residence at the Fondation des Etats Unis. With a Bachelor of Arts in French from Hollins University, Ashtons multilingual and transcultural backgound set the groundwork for a career in international relocation, marketing, art consulting and event management.

From Essaoura to Tokyo, Paris to Ponte Vedra, this real estate aficionado understands what it takes to conduct business in today’s fast paced, global market place. Ashton’s diverse interests reveal her inquisitive nature. Just ask her about her fossil collection, landscape exhibition in Ginza, study into the Neuroscience of Color or her transition from being a Cordon Noir to a Cordon Bleu trained chef. From the old guard to the avant-garde Ashton moves comfortably in the world of techies, academics, business people and artists.

Meet Our German Team

Andrea Simon, Managing Director

Andrea had been working in the relocation industry for many years before she and her business partner Catherine Brozovsky founded their own relocation agency in Frankfurt, BS Relocation Services. BS provides high touch relocation management and destination services.

Prior to this Andrea lived in London for 4 years where she studied Corporate Treasury Management and Finance. She worked as a Corporate Treasurer for a large global company, followed by a 6 years stay in Paris where her children were born. She learned from her own experience how to move and integrate the entire family to a new environment and workplace. She is originally from Munich, Germany and is fluent in German, English and French.

Catherine Brozovsky, Managing Director

Catherine was born and raised outside of Germany and has a very international background. She is fluent in four languages – Czech, French, English and German -. She studied Business Management in Frankfurt and then went on to work for General Electric. After her two daughters were born, Catherine worked as General Manager in a Property Development Company, where she gained ample experience in the property markets. Since then she has been working in the relocation business for many years, and now runs her own company with her business partner Andrea Simon, in the center of Frankfurt.