Meet the Team

Real Estate is Our Passion

At Athena Real Estate Group, we are passionate about what we do. Sharing our enthusiasm for real estate and our love for our families, neighbors, and communities comes naturally to us. We are truly committed to helping our clients successfully navigate property purchases and sales. Our service area includes all of Southeastern Minnesota, including the South Metro.

Homeownership is a Right!

Homeownership is a right, as far as we are concerned. We are on a mission to make it happen, whenever possible, for our clients. To assist in that goal, we have assembled a team of industry professionals from various fields of expertise. We will pair you up with the agent best suited to your individual needs, and together we will work to make your home buying or selling dreams come true. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or developer, we look forward to serving you!

Meet Our Team


Kristina Wheeler – MN REALTOR®

Hello! So nice to “meet” you! I have been a licensed agent since 2011, and I have loved every minute of it!  I studied Mass Communication/ Marketing at RCTC. Having served as a legal assistant to a real estate attorney allows an edge when it comes to the value, I provide my clients. I recently was blessed and surprised to have won top Individual Agent for 2020 within my office at Keller Williams Premier in Rochester, Minnesota.

I truly have a love and passion for helping individuals and families buy and sell homes, whether it’s the first time or the 100th!



Helping others, a knack for vision, and an obsession with looking at houses is what got me into Real Estate! Born and raised in the Winona Area, I was always obsessed with Real Estate, maybe due to the fact that I need to remove my shoes and socks to count how many times I have moved. That and I love seeing the potential in properties, whether brand new or borderline historic. After going through the process of buying and selling my own homes I thought, “Hey, I would be good at that!” A sit-down and conversation with a few members of Athena and I knew this was the career and the Team for me! After working in healthcare/elderly care for over a decade, I’m excited for the future with Athena! I even get the privilege of working with my husband every day! I am currently licensed for all Wisconsin transactions and look forward to being able to help all of my Wisconsin Clients. Besides my husband, I enjoy time with my two children Chloe and Lincoln and our fur babies! Can’t wait to work with you!


Heidi Skogerbo – MN REALTOR®

I have been in the real estate world for about 13 years now. I was raised in Kasson, Minnesota and graduated from KM High School in 2006. After that I went to MSB college for my bachelor’s degree, then found my way to a local real estate company, acting as Transaction Coordinator for a few years. I was presented a job opportunity at Think Mutual Bank as a teller, then moved up to a Closing Coordinator in the Mortgage Department.

I soon realized that I wanted to be in the front-facing world of real estate, instead of behind the scenes. I completed my classes and received my license while I was pregnant with my youngest child. I still reside in Kasson along with my 2 kiddos, and I do all that I can to support our local community. Although being on the PTA board, raising 2 children in hockey, and selling real estate can be a lot on one plate, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I look forward to helping you with all of your real estate wants and needs.


Raychel Ptacek – MN Realtor®

My passion for Real Estate comes from my love of all things home.

It started with a love of art -painting in particular.

Knowing I wanted to keep that one component as more than just a hobby, a certificate in Interior decorating seemed the most direct route to further myself. With the market crash in ‘08 and the new options for online DIY my options quickly dwindled. I chose to vacate my plan and continue in the service industry learning great customer service, quick multi-tasking and an ongoing list of other skills.

I firmly believe the only constant we have in life is change. With that came marriage, home ownership and 3 children in less than 3 years. Whooo! This is where I personally experienced chaos needing to meet calm. It’s hard to be ready for a “Go and do” kind of life when material things start piling up in your space. I like to go and do, my family does too!  So we purge, organize and revamp for the present.

This is when a job, with growth, in a direction I could use all my skills in, came along. Home Helping with Rescued Room. Stepping stones. A reminder that I love to work hard. I love gaining strength in knowledge. On to my second stepping stone with the Rescued Room, Professional Organizing. This position reminded me to be flexible- live in the present- be present and realistic.

All of these actions have placed me here. Ready to help you in a big way. Making my life long goal of being an agent become a plan instead of a possibility.


Octavio Cortes – MN REALTOR®

I was Born in Michoacán, Mexico, and have called Rochester home since 2000. I graduated in 2011 from Mayo High School. A father of one very energetic and loving 3 year old, who shares my first name but goes by his middle name Alexander. My wife Allison and I are extremely excited to be adding another addition to the family in January 2022. I’ve been in customer service since I was old enough to have a job, mainly as a waiter. You can expect me to use all I’ve learned from working with and for people, to benefit our clients. My main goal is to make your experience buying or selling a home a fun and smooth process. Even though Minnesota has been home for the majority of my life, My roots are still deep within my Mexican culture, with Spanish being the language primarily spoken at home growing up, I am looking forward with helping anyone who speaks Spanish. Since buying our first home last year, I became very interested in the many benefits of owning real estate. So make sure to give me a call or send me a message with any questions you may have.


Tamika Harcey – MN REALTOR®

Hi! My name is Tamika. I grew up around the small town of Plainview where I graduated from P-E-M. After high school I worked in lawn care, landscaping, and as a driver/mover at Midwest Moving Company.  I always loved putting in the hard work and long hours every chance I got. I went from a driver/mover to a sales representative for the moving company. It didn’t take me long to really enjoy the sales position. I am always filled with joy when I get to help our amazing customers and make the moving process less stressful whenever possible. 

In December of 2022 my amazing big sister (Carley Eichmann) represented my fiancé Avery and I in purchasing our first home. This is what made me want to get into real estate. I enjoyed the process so much and couldn’t get real estate off my mind. I’m excited to start my career with such an amazing team and help you all with your real estate needs!

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and fur babies. Avery and I have two energetic dogs. We often enjoy the simpler things in life including sitting around campfires, fishing as much as possible, and hiking with the pups. Although we enjoyed adventuring out west in Idaho we just couldn’t stay away from Minnesota. Minnesota has always been my home and I have so much love for it. I can’t wait to help you buy or sell a home that you love in the great state of Minnesota!


Paul Ebner – MN REALTOR®

What a rollercoaster ride it’s been so far! After growing up just outside of the Twin Cities, I moved to Winona in 2001 to attend Winona State, studying Mass Communications and Dance (yes, you read that right). After finding nothing in the workforce that seemed to excite me, I went back to sales which I had begun a career in at the age of 14, where I sold camera supplies and film for my dad. After more than a decade selling everything from promotional products, radio advertising and cars – I decided why not go all the way to the top and work in Real Estate. After purchasing 2 homes and selling one, I enjoyed the process and working with our agent so much, I wanted to bring that experience to people as well! Not only do I get to help people find their homes, but I get to do it alongside my wife! When not handling real estate adventures, you may catch me on the early morning airwaves of 101.1 The River, singing my lungs out in a Karaoke Bar, or NOT acting my age with my two children Chloe and Lincoln! I’m over the moon excited to help you with all your Real Estate needs!



I grew up in the beautiful little town of Byron, and graduated from Byron High in March of 2012. I met my husband, Isaac, the same year and we have been inseparable ever since. Together we have two beautiful little girls named Emmalyn and Irelyn as well as a bulldog named Roofus and two cats, Waffles and Bandit . Our little family moved to Hastings, Mn in the fall of 2020. As a family, we love to spend our time cooking or boating on the river. In our household, we are HUGE sports fans. As soon as football comes around, we eat, sleep, and breathe all things Vikings.

The start of 2022 brought a couple opportunities for me as I became a Certified Lash Technician as well as a Licensed Real Estate Agent. Being a stay-at-home mom is an absolute blessing but I was ready to help my husband provide for the family and find a career that I feel passionate about. Not to mention, my husband is a Land Surveyor Crew Chief and I love having a career that works hand-in-hand with his profession. Though I am new to all of this, I feel confident in my knowledge and have an amazing team to guide me. I look forward to growing my skills and helping you find your dream home. SKOL!


Donna sylvester – MN & WI REALTOR®

Experienced Real Estate Agent with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Skilled in Sellers, Buyer Representation, Real Estate Transactions, Real Estate License, and Property Management. Strong real estate professional with over 18 years of experience.