Meet Our Team


Gilda Zaragoza

Principal | Managing Broker

“Real Estate is an asset that you can feel, touch, and be passionate about.”

Gilda Zaragoze likes to tear things down and build them back up. For a living. We’re talking about houses. 

Building. Buying. Selling. Dealing. Investing. The whole package.  

Gilda is fast becoming an influencer in the Denver Real Estate market and is working on developing an amazing team of individuals who share her enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit 
and vision. 

Gilda didn’t set out to be in the Real Estate Industry. 

After graduating from New York University(NYU) she went to work in the world of high finance for BlackRock. 

While she excelled in the Management Group working with Institutional and International investors, her heart just wasn’t in it. But she did take her love for numbers with her when she left. 

Gilda wanted to be part of something more tangible, and she found her passion in Real Estate.

She enrolled in the University of Denver(DU) for her graduate studies earning her MS in Real Estate and Construction Management. During her studies she did her first “scrape” – turning an old home into a magnificent, modern duplex and hasn’t looked back since.

She has created a niche for Invalesco as a “Development and Realty Boutique.” 

Gilda is on the founding board of the Young Leaders Council of the Metro Denver Home Building Association. She is also a Certified New Homes Sales Professional. 

Monica Santiago

Office Coordinator | Real Estate Advisor

MONICA SANTIAGO is the Office Coordinator and a Real Estate Advisor at Invalesco helping with the daily duties of supporting Invalesco’s growing Realty Team. She is excited to be a part of this innovative firm and brings first-hand knowledge from her personal real estate experience in investing, fix and flips, fix and holds, appraising and managing rental property.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1999. She worked in various accounting positions before becoming a Certified Residential Appraiser and working in that field for 16 years.

Monica has also had her real estate license since 1998 and worked with various real estate brokerage companies assisting home buyers and sellers.

Monica started investing in real estate in 1993 and has built a real estate portfolio specializing in single family attached homes. She brings a lot of experience and investment savvy to our team!

Jeff Cornelius

Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Jeff Cornelius ensures that all the innovative things we do at Invalesco Real Estate reach a wide audience and that our Advisors have best-in-class assets to help market their properties and themselves. 

Jeff’s love of real estate and architecture began at a young age with a huge bin of LEGOs. Upon realizing his love for architecture did not necessarily transfer to the skills for architecture, Jeff majored in Advertising /Communications at the University of Texas in Austin.

After visiting Colorado for the first time in the summer of 1994, Jeff fell in love with its mountains, micro-brews and adventurous spirit and moved here in 1995. Jeff’s marketing career began at Karsh & Hagan Advertising and has included stints working for Ringling Bros. Circus, Disney on Ice, Radio City Entertainment, CBS4 and as a partner in another successful Denver communications agency for many years.

Jeff is also an active real estate investor and developer, having flipped homes, renovated two of his own residences and partnered in two commercial mixed-use developments in RiNo. In 2017 Jeff started his own marketing consulting agency to focus on industries he is passionate about: real estate, health & wellness, and sustainability. Jeff serves on the board of VOC, Colorado’s leading statewide stewardship organization, and is inspired by Invalesco’s collaborative mission. We truly are Stronger Together.

Kim Bontrager

Team Development

KIM BONTRAGER  is head of Team Development at Invalesco Real Estate. In this role, Kim identifies and fosters relationships with Advisors that embody Invalesco’s core values of expertise and collaboration. Additionally, Kim designs a robust and enriching education and event curriculum for our team that is ever-evolving. Through this program, our Advisors stay at the forefront of the Real Estate industry.

Since 2005, Kim Bontrager has been working in sales, consulting, and business development in the Real Estate, Title Insurance, and Financial Services Industry.  Her designations over the past 13 years include licenses for her Series 6, Series 63, Life Insurance, Title Insurance, Real Estate, and Notary. While earning these designations over the years, she also worked in inside sales, outside sales, in a virtual sales role, as well as held key roles in networking and professional groups.

Her extensive training in sales includes working with and consulting hundreds of professionals in the real estate, lending, banking, and the financial services industry. Kim has a dynamic outlook and perspective for best practices in business through real world experiences.  She brings this expertise to Invalesco to establish our core team and provide them the correct tools to continue to thrive. 

Kris Little


Kris is originally from Texas and has lived in Denver since 2008. She’s been a bookkeeping whiz since the age of 18 and keeps all of Invalesco’s books in top shape. Asked what the favorite part of her job is, she quickly replies “making order out of chaos.”

Outside of work, Kris is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged members of our community and various civic causes. Which may explain why her spirit animal is a cat; a fiercely independent animal, but one that also enjoys naps in the sun.

Kris is also passionate about travel and she and her husband travel to Ireland each year to celebrate their Irish heritage. When in Colorado, you’ll find her on any number of patios soaking up the Colorado sunshine.