Our Rental Team
Leesa Shilling was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She attended Endeavor Sports School and the University of New England and then became a para-legal with a prominent law firm in Australia for 17 years. While traveling, she met her husband in Bali Indonesia who has lived in Anna Maria Island since age 12. They both moved back to Bradenton, Florida permanently in 2007. At that time, they opened an import business on the island specializing in imported clothing, jewelry, and furniture.
Leesa started with Duncan Real Estate in February 2013 as a Vacation Rental Booking Agent. She enjoys the island atmosphere, the people she works with, and seeing the guests be happy visiting the island. Leesa has traveled the world extensively and when she is not working she also enjoys paddle boarding and running.
Reservation Manager / Sales Agent
Sybille was born in Germany and discovered Anna Maria Island in 1988. As many vacationers, she and her husband made the island their permanent home and raised their twins here. Instead of practicing dental medicine, Sybille earned her real estate sales license and acquired extensive knowledge of the vacation rental business. She first joined Duncan Real Estate as a sales associate in 2003 and returned in February 2018 as addition to the Duncan Rental Team.
Knowing the island for so many years she is very familiar with the history of Anna Maria Island, quaint side streets, best restaurants and so much more. As a former Turtle Watch volunteer Sybille is passing on her environmental concerns via her blogs on the Duncan Real Estate website. She is also involved in beach clean ups. The next one is already scheduled… please contact us for more information. If you like to read some posts in German click on Sybille’s blog or if you like to chat in German please stop by the office for a visit!
Besides being a part of the wonderful Team Duncan Sybille enjoys playing tennis at the Longboat Cedars Club, walking the beach and gardening in her leisure time.
Vacation Rental Agent/ Guest Liaison
Petra was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. She has lived in the US since 1991 after meeting her husband John at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach. Her background in fashion brought her to South Beach back in the early nineties. When her son Thor was born, she did a 180° and spent 15 years in Financial Services. Combining her first love of design with her business experience she became the first Furniture Consultant at IKEA Tampa, where she met Darcie when she helped her design her office on Anna Maria Island.
A 24/7/365 Sports Mom; John and Petra sold everything in 2015, bought a 51’ sailboat and moved to Kemah, Texas. Thor, their son, played Offensive Line at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Petra & John sailed “Synchronity” back from Texas in April 2018 and are now living at the Seafood Shack Marina, loving being back in Florida waters! Thor is now the Varsity Offensive Line Coach at his Alma Mater Manatee HS (Go Canes)!!! and John is his assistant.
When not at a sports event you can find Petra zipping around the Islands in the dinghy, traveling Europe in the summer, visiting contemporary art exhibitions, eating local foods, walking the beach and enjoying marina living. Petra is thrilled to join Team Duncan and feels it’s a dream to spend every day on the most beautiful Anna Maria Island!
Director of Maintenance
Matt grew up in southern Illinois, the oldest of five children. He attended seminary in Texas after high school.
He has been married for over 20 years to the love of his life, Misty, and the father of three wonderful children. Moving to the island was their dream and they made it happen a few years back. The only thing that comes close to his love for his family is his love of the St. Louis Cardinals!
As maintenance director Matt is diligently taking care of the all the rental properties in the Duncan Vacation program and is also offering a home watch service for absentee owners.
Tim has been a Florida resident since 1969. He became an Island resident in 2010. In 2017 he retired from a local utility company after 28 years of service. He has been a landlord, multiple property owner, and has restored and renovated a number of properties over the years. He is an avid paddle boarder, but his passion are bicycles of all types, old and new.
He joined Duncan Real Estate in 2020 and is performing maintenance repairs and other maintenance related task for our vacation rental department.
Vacation Rental Agent
Jody was born in New York and raised in Bradenton. She lived in Holmes Beach for 20 years and brought up her children. She helped launch Duncan Real Estate in 2001 but then spent 17 years in the cosmetology field. Jody returned in 2021 to Team Duncan and is working as a vacation rental agent. Besides of being a wealth of knowledge of all island topics, she is managing the cleaning and quality control of our properties.
Outside of work Jody enjoys being at home and spending free time with her children and their golden doodle Sadie.
Ellen Quigley grew up in Connecticut, and then moved to Anna Maria Island in 1989. She has worked diligently as a bookkeeper for over twenty years before joining Duncan Real Estate in 2009.
When Ellen is not hard at work, she enjoys spending time with her children and on her favorite hobby of photography in finding wonderful subjects in Manatee county’s preserves, parks, beaches and our Florida weather scenes.