Property Management Since the mid-1970s

About Our Legacy

D & G Equity Management is one of the largest and oldest property management companies in Sonoma County. D & G was founded in 1982 by owners Michael DeProto, a licensed California real estate broker, and Patricia Gerlach. Michael and Patty, a husband-and-wife team, built the business from the ground up into the vibrant, successful full-service property management company it is today. Their two daughters, Jill and Ellen, have joined the family business. Jill is also a licensed real estate broker.

We have an important role in our community to provide healthy housing to qualified individuals. D & G knows the important role of conscientious property management and is committed to ensuring that we provide excellent customer service. Our extraordinary staff is dedicated to finding the best home for our customer and the best tenant for our client.

We have long term clients whom have been working with us since the company was founded and continue their loyalty to this day. We feel having a line of open communication with both our clients and tenants is one of the many reasons for our longevity.

Our high expectations inspire our clients to improve their properties. Maintaining and upgrading the properties attracts the desirable, happy tenant. Our experience is that a happy tenant will take care of the property as if it were their own.

We have several, innovative ways of advertising D & G. Beyond our own, always current, website:; we place our listings on numerous websites. We personally take the photos of each home, capturing the features that a qualified individual is seeking. We create the ads ourselves, with a keen eye to making sure that all photos represent the property accurately. We take pride in the presentation of all our homes.

D & G and Russian River Vacation Homes staff members connect with our community by being volunteers in many organizations, from the local radio station and nonprofit agencies, to our Rotary club.

For further information please contact the following:

Our Team

Michael DeProto – CEO, Managing REALTOR®/Broker & Commercial Property Services

License #01920878

I have been managing property in Sonoma County for 40 years. As a licensed real estate broker and active community member it has been my goal to provide safe and clean homes and commercial spaces that make people happy to be in them.

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I have been instrumental in renovating many properties, most recently the renovation of a large block of storefronts in Guerneville. It is my goal to enhance the owners investment in the property and the tenants enjoyment of it. I am a member of several community organizations including local chambers of commerce and real estate industry groups. I have been a member of Russian River Rotary for over thirty years, where I have served as President, secretary, and treasurer and worked to increase its fundraising and contributions to schools and students. I am proud of the longevity and growth of my property management business and have clients who have been with us for over thirty five years.

2016 Member of North Bay Association of REALTORS® and BAREIS MLS

Office: 707-869-0808 ext 103

Fax: 707-869-1739

Michael DeProto

Patricia Gerlach – President & Accounting

As the co-founder of D&G Equity I have worked for the last 40 years to maintain the records for our clients. We have instituted many innovations in our tracking and accounting programs. I have gone from pen and paper to state of the art database systems. Through all the changes it has always been my goal to strive for the highest degree of accuracy and clarity.

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I am an active member of the river community. Over the years I have participated in local organization including Guerneville School’s GATE program, and River to Coast Children’s Services, where I am presently the board treasurer. My greatest pleasure is to gaze off my deck at the beautiful redwood forest that surrounds me and know that this is truly my home.

Office: 707-869-0808 ext 104

Fax: 707-869-1739

Patricia Gerlach

Jill DeProto – Manager, REALTOR®/Broker, Property Management Services

License #01173800

I joined D & G Equity Management and Russian River Vacation Homes in 1986 — just in time to get a crash course in property management during a major flood! During my four decades as Manager of D & G Equity Management, our family business has expanded to include the Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Wikiup, Windsor, and Rohnert Park areas. It has become the “go to” Property Management Company in West County.

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As both a licensed California Real Estate Broker and a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), I work with homeowner clients to improve their properties. That and building relationships with “blue ribbon” tenants are the most rewarding aspects of my job. As of April 2018, we added sales to our list of services offered. Having the property management experience provides me with a wealth of knowledge needed to be successful in the field. Whether people are finding a rental property or purchasing a house, I hold the highest level of fiduciary relationships with my clients, customers, and tenants, and it gives me great reward when they find the place they can call home.

Most people know of my passion for food and wine, horses and community service. I was a professional barrel racer and horse trainer early on and was crowned Rodeo Queen in my district in 1981. Beginning in 2005, I was a member of the Russian River Rotary Club and of the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Club from 2006 to 2011. I served as president from 2008 to 2009 and as Rotary District 5130 Assistant Governor from 2010 to 2011, organizing several large district events during my term. I was also honored in serving as the Rotary District Governor’s Aid. The highlight of my Rotary membership was organizing local events, including the Community Holiday Dinner where I put my culinary education to use.

These days, I am focused on the ever-changing field of Property Management and keeping current with all the Tenant/Landlord laws that come with it! And, I remain dedicated to our community.

2016 Member of North Bay Association of REALTORS® and BAREIS MLS

Office: 707-869-0808 ext 107

Fax: 707-869-1739


Jill DeProto

Sherry Garcia – Front Desk Receptionist and Social Media

My name is Sherry Garcia and I have been a resident of Guerneville since 2002. I was born in Sacramento and moved around most of my child hood and found that my life brought me here on the Russian River. I have the beautiful Redwoods surrounding me and the river around the corner. I am in love with my small town and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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I met my husband here and got married in January 2005 in Tahoe. We have three fabulous children who love to play sports with and are on our local schools teams. My hobbies include: reading, watching movies, going out with my friends and taking my kids and participating in their sporting events. We rented a home from D & G back in March of 2016 and then later joined their team. I love working with the various types of homes. The area offers a lot of unique properties with the original craftsman style to tree houses, river front and mountain side properties.

Office: (707) 869-0808 ext 106

Fax: (707) 869-1739

Sherry Garcia

Pete Gilmore – Maintenance Supervisor

Hello, my name is Pete Gilmore. I moved to California from Pennsylvania in 1985. I have spent over two decades working as a specialty contractor, fabricating natural stone slabs. In this capacity, I was able to work on projects as far away as Jakarta, Hawaii, Canada and various points on the East Coast. 

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Upon leaving the contracting and special project trades, I found myself drawn into the music industry. I became a Customer Service representative for a music venue owned by a member of the Grateful Dead. After ten years, the venue closed and I decided to return to my tradesmen roots. I started doing vacation home inspections with Russian River Vacation Homes and transitioned to D & G Equity Management. My new goals include being an approachable and helpful Maintenance Manager while becoming an integral part of D & G Equity and the community. I look forward to working with the many clients, owners, residents, tradesmen, and contractors.

I have lived in Forestville since 2004 with my wife, who is a Winemaker. We don’t think we could live anywhere else. Our backyard literally ends at the banks of the Russian River with amazing views, surrounded by towering redwoods. My hobbies include; backpacking and mineral collecting. I also have a home art studio, where I hand sculpt stone wine racks out of Amber Onyx that I gathered from the Uinta mountain range in Utah.

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Locally-Driven Sonoma County Property Management Services

High Ethical Standards

Our business was born and has grown with the highest level of ethical standards in the industry.

Building & Retaining Relationships

It’s proven when D & G is building relationships because we retain Clients who hired us decades ago still to this day.

How We Value Properties

We value and take care of properties as if they are our own. We understand our neighborhoods and protect Client’s investments.


We’ve Been in Business for Over 45 Years

You’re contacting a company that’s family-owned and local since the mid-1970s.

Our Clients are Loyal and We are Loyal Too

We have been working with some of our property owners and maintenance experts ever since we opened our doors.

We Lead With Our Values

Our customized services are more than rent collection and tenant placement to us – we are all about your success.

We Care about Our Community

Our team volunteers in many organizations, local radio, nonprofits, and Rotary Club.

We are Passionate about Building Relationships

Investing in and maintaining owner and tenant relationships makes us stewards of property ownership.

You’ll Love Our Unparalleled Service

Our talented team takes care of your unique needs every step of the way. We work hard to exceed expectations.

 See What People Are Saying About Us

Aug 24, 2023
Google - Russ
I’ve been renting from D&G for the past 3 years or so. And It has been nothing but a positive experience for me. They have been very prompt about fixing things that breakdown or are not right .And recently I had some surgery which incapacitated me for a few months. Jill was kind enough to hook me up with an agency to help pay my rent for a few months while I recuperated. I whole heartedly reccomend D&G . Regards Russ Darden
Aug 19, 2023
Google - JoAnn
Excellent, professional yet friendly communication and service. Thank you!
Jul 19, 2023
Google - Ron
We have used D&G Equity Management for close to 20 years to manage our 12 unit apartment complex. They have always conducted their business professionally and expeditiously. We would heartily recommend them for any of your managerial needs. Ron Bartholomew
Business Owner replied on Oct 11, 2022:
Hi Ron,

Thank you for the review. We thank you for using our management services for all these years.

Jill DeProto, Broker #011743800
D & G Equity Management, Sales, Maintenance
Jun 16, 2023
Google - RJ
Maintenance team was great and responded to request quickly. Tech that came out was great and above put safety first..... Great job to entire team!!
May 16, 2023
Google - Ursuline
D&G Equity is an excellent property management company, with a very professional and knowledgeable staff. They have managed my property for over 30 years.
Apr 24, 2023
Google - Ida
I am thoroughly enjoying my new home! A charming country gem in the city that I found through D&G Equity Management. Thank you to all the team members at D&G Equity Management.
Apr 20, 2023
Google - Spinning
Wonderful experience all the way around! Jill and Michael are great communicators and helped us every step of the way!
Business Owner replied on Apr 21, 2023:
We wish all the success and we are here for whatever can help make that happen!

Jill DeProto, Broker #01173800
D & G Equity Management
Mar 24, 2023
Google - Sean
We have been doing business with D&G for over 30 years! Always prompt and professional. Would not manage a property with out them.
Mar 22, 2023
Google - Michele
D & G Equity Mangement has been always supportive and available for any tenant needs that have come up. Appreciate their professionalism.
Business Owner replied on Mar 23, 2023:
Thank you Michele! We enjoy having you as one of our residents!
Jill DeProto, Broker #01173800
Mar 18, 2023
Google - Mary
For many years D&G Management has efficiently met the needs of my rental property. D&G is well-established and knowledgeable about the community.
Mar 18, 2023
Google - Vikki
We've been working with D&G for over 10 years and they have done an excellent job of managing our home.
Mar 14, 2023
Google - William
Jill and Sherry are always attentive to the needs of our tenant and our requests also...........They are very prompt in addressing issues and responding to inquiries. J & D have provided us with several resources for repairs and upkeep that have worked out beautifully. My husband, Bill and I highly recommend them.
Business Owner replied on Sep 16, 2022:
Hi Bill and Carol,

We are touched by your outstanding review. Our job is to uphold the highest fiduciary relationship with our clients and get the best value and fair costs. We enjoy working with you both!
Jill DeProto, Broker #01173800
D & G Equity Management
Feb 13, 2023
Google - Chuck
The D and G Equity staff have been doing a GREAT job for me over the years. They are very responsive and attentive to me.
Business Owner replied on Feb 15, 2023:
Thank you Chuck for the review. You and your sister have been a long term client for years and we appreciate your commitment to us over the years!
Jill DeProto, Broker #01173800
Jan 13, 2023
Google - Jake
The initial rental process was fast but we really felt that there was a customized experience for us! We had all our needs met and found a place that’s amazing for us. Thank you so much D&G!
Dec 13, 2022
Google - Sarah
I am very happy with my house as well as working with D&G. I have had very few problems, but when I do D&G has handled things quickly and efficiently.
Business Owner replied on Dec 14, 2022:
Thank you Sarah for the wonderful review! We appreciate you!

Jill DeProto, Broker #01173800

Nov 17, 2022
Google - Sarah
Jill Deproto and her team are true professionals! They did an incredibly thorough job in screening and selecting a tenant, as well as provided top notch property marketing. I trust her and her team to manage my property, while being fair to tenants and protecting my interests.
Business Owner replied on Nov 18, 2022:
Thank you Sarah! Love all the hard work you put into your rental and making it a home that attracted the ideal tenants!
Jill DeProto, Broker #01173800
Oct 29, 2022
Google - Minh
Been working with them for almost two years now. Friendly staff and super helpful. Quickly respond to your need and accommodating. Thank you.
Oct 19, 2022
Google - Susan
Once again D&G has found me a wonderful tenant with a minimum of stress. The tenant expressed to me what a great experience he had dealing with D&G and I concur. Professional and thorough in presentation of my property, vetting of tenants and follow through. Many thanks.
Business Owner replied on Oct 1, 2022:
Thank you Susan. We love working with you and all your participation in assisting us!

Jill DeProto, Broker #01173800
D & G Equity Management
Oct 16, 2022
Google - Gary
I have used D&G for over 20 years. They are fantastic. We have multiple rental properties, which are in the river area and Santa Rosa. D&G takes care of everything in the most professional way. I would not change. They have a tough job.
Sep 20, 2022
Google - Kourtney
Jill is absolutely Stellar! She is not only a knowledgeable professional, but she also a very personable and genuinely caring person. She is skilled and diligent and the whole process/experience for us was efficient and enjoyable because of her. Thanks again Jill, you are appreciated!
Business Owner replied on Sep 21, 2022:
Thank you Kourtney, you both really made my job easier!

Jill DeProto, Broker

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D & G Equity Management
14080 Mill Street
Guerneville, CA 95446

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D & G Equity Management
P.O. Box 418
Guerneville, CA  95446

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