Our Team

Meet The Michelle Clark Team

Michelle Clark has put together a tremendous sale force.

Each associate and assistant offers their own unique brand of expertise, integrity and enthusiasm making The Michelle Clark Team the top choice for buying and selling real estate in Wrightsville Beach, Landfall, Wilmington and all of New Hanover County.

Michelle Clark

Email: mclark@intracoastalrealty.com
Mobile Phone: 910-367-9767
Fax: 910-509-7042

An Ohio native with a BBA from Ohio University in General Business, Business Pre-Law, and Human Resource Management and a minor in Political Science, Michelle gained her own Southeastern real estate experience using her strong background in sales and negotiations from working with a telecommunication company’s real estate division.

Since becoming a broker at the Wrightsville Beach Intracoastal Realty office, Michelle has received several professional designations, including that of an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist (ALHS). Being a specialist ensures she offers a high level of service unique to both buyers’ and sellers’ needs when it comes to a luxury investment. Michelle is also a Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), which allows Michelle to better work with buyers and sellers of short sale properties and keeps her up with current market conditions to offer her clients the best possible service. Michelle became a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) as well, where she gained a deeper understanding of the real estate needs and desires of customers aged 50 and older.

Honesty and integrity are important values that she uses daily; it is evident in Michelle’s work ethic as well as the service she provides for the community. While working hard for clients, Michelle also balances her time with many local organizations, including the American Heart Association Heart Walk, the Women’s Impact Network (WIN) as well as in Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW), and an active member of Wrightsville United Methodist Church. She is a Leadership Wilmington Alumni and was commissioned in 2015 to be a Stephen Minister.

When Michelle isn’t working you may find her boating, walking, playing tennis, doing Pilates, traveling, enjoying fine wine, or perhaps driving her 1978 Pontiac Trans Am (aka “Bandit”). She supports the UNCW Seahawks, but roots most enthusiastically for her favorite professional football team, the Cleveland Browns. Her interactions with clients don’t end when the keys are handed over; Michelle makes it a point to help people moving to the area get acclimated and find groups and people with similar interests and hobbies.

Wendy McElhinney

Email: wendym@intracoastalrealty.com
Mobile Phone: 910-515-5495

In 2012–after 17 years as a real estate broker in Manhattan – Wendy, along with her husband, John, and two daughters, Avery and Cuyler, decided to make life at the beach permanent. The McElhinneys live in Landfall and are members of the Country Club of Landfall and St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Wendy recently joined the Michelle Clark Team and looks forward to calling Wilmington home…and saying goodbye to winters!

As a Managing Director at Cassidy Turley, Wendy was part of a top producing team responsible for more than 2 million square feet with clients in every top tier city east of the Mississippi. Her strong organizational skills and client relationship experience have produced valuable business associations and, more importantly, lifelong friends.

Wendy is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree and has an MBA from George Washington University. She also has an Advanced Professional Certificate in real estate from New York University.

Wendy’s professional affiliations include Wilmington Regional Associations of Realtors, National Realtors Association, and Cape Fear CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women). Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for the YWCA and the Architectural Review Committee for Landfall. She’s thrilled to be working for the Michelle Clark Team and is ready to assist along every step of the way to buying or selling a home in the region.

Amy Formanek

Email: amyf@intracoastalrealty.com
Mobile Phone: 336-553-8298

Amy Formanek, a New Jersey native, lived in the North Carolina communities of Chapel Hill and Greensboro, before making Wilmington her home in 2012. Although relatively new to the Wilmington real estate market, she has had extensive experience as a real estate professional while living in New Jersey.  Amy is excited to be working with the Michelle Clark Team at Intracoastal Realty in the Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington areas. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, our team offers concierge real estate service every step of the way.

Amy brings her infectious winning attitude into all she pursues.  Her ability to listen and understand the needs of her clients and her high levels of energy and optimism are her best attributes. She is a very active member of the Landfall Country Club, participating in numerous tennis and golf groups as well as social happenings. Amy is involved in many volunteer organizations as well as Newcomer groups both here in Wilmington and in Landfall. She loves staying active through Pilates, yoga, and barre fitness exercises, and manages to find time to teach what she loves at Axis Fitness and Conditioning. On the weekends, Amy might be spotted paddling around Harbor Island, walking the Loop or beach with her Sheepadoodle, Hadley, shopping the local farmers markets, or listening to local bands at Airlie Gardens.

Amy invites you to call her with any of your real estate needs, whether they be buying, selling or relocating. She’s ready and willing to help you through every step of the way!

Patti Santomassi

Email: pattis@intracoastalrealty.com
Mobile Phone: 230-505-3868

Having lived in Wilmington from 2006 to 2008–at which time Patti and her husband decided to move back to Darien, CT, and open a successful restaurant–Wilmington soon called Patti back to the area. In 2012, she decided to make Wilmington her home once again.

Upon their return, she and her husband went into private business as owners of Beach Bagels as well as the Donut Inn. Having been in the food business for more than 14 years, they decided it was time for a change and to pursue other business ventures. During this time, Patti opted to pursue her personal career in real estate. Her and her husband’s lifestyle has provided the opportunity to make contacts with many families in the community who were either buying a new home or selling a home.

They currently reside in Landfall and are active members of the Landfall Country Club, where they enjoy playing golf and tennis as well as many of the other club activities. She has two sons; one is enrolled at Cape Fear Community College and the other is in Cape Fear Academy. As an active member of the community, Patti is ready and willing to help you acclimate to the area and ensure you’re a true local in no time.

Linda Woods

Email: lindawoods@intracoastalrealty.com
Mobile Phone: 910-233-8900
Fax: 910-509-2144

Linda is a native of Georgia. She received a BBA in Finance and studied law at Georgia State University. She had a legal and corporate career in Atlanta for many years and managed the Intellectual Property portfolio at BellSouth Corporation’s international headquarters until 2001, when she fell in love with Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

Linda has extensive experience in contracts and negotiating skills, which makes real estate a natural second career. Her eye for quality and design complements residential sales; she knows the market very well after 15 years as a local broker. Linda coordinates and manages all aspects of real estate transactions to achieve a smooth closing. Along with the exceptional people and resources of Intracoastal Realty and the Michelle Clark Team, she will make sure goals are met with the highest level of comfort possible.

Linda holds designations as an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and e-Pro. She has done a lot of volunteer work including a few years as a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children, and served on the New Hanover County Board of Equalization and Tax Review mediating appeals. Linda enjoys traveling, especially Italy, and was an avid snow skier in the past.

Nikki Hawthorne

Email: nhawthorne@intracoastalrealty.com
Mobile Phone: 910.297.7223

A Wilmington resident for nearly two decades, Nikki Hawthorne prides herself on knowing the community.

Since 2004, she and her husband have run one of Wilmington’s most successful recruiting companies, giving her an opportunity to work with many newcomers to the area. During this time, she often helped new arrivals find a career and neighborhood, an experience that has honed her relationship skills as well as her understanding in the delicate balance involved with negotiation. Previously she was a leading sales executive with a major international pharmaceutical company and has a BS in Psychology from Lynchburg College in Virginia.

Nikki values her customers’ time and makes a point always to be available for calls and meetings. Customer care is a priority for her, and she believes this helps to set her apart; these values certainly make her a perfect fit for the Michelle Clark Team. Nikki is an expert on the entire Wilmington area but is particularly passionate about the Landfall, Wrightsville Beach, and Mayfaire areas. Nikki, her husband, and two kids enjoy living near the beach and soaking up all that Wilmington has to offer. When not working, she enjoys boating, biking, and staying active with her family. As a member of the Country Club of Landfall and a volunteer at St. Mark Catholic School, Nikki is immersed in this wonderful community she calls home.

Kelly Strickland

Email: kstrickland@intracoastalrealty.com
Mobile Phone: 910-612-6537

A North Carolina native, Kelly Strickland has lived from the capital to the coast! After living in Raleigh and on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks, Kelly attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and soon found her home in the Cape Fear Region. Here, she’s become a member of the Wilmington regional Association of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors, with special certification in home staging.

Kelly’s zest for the coastal lifestyle and her love for the outdoors naturally led her to the position of Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator for the town of Wrightsville Beach, a position she held for nearly 10 years. In addition to her work at the park, Kelly has planned and coordinated numerous programs and special events for all ages. Strong communication and excellent organizational skills have followed Kelly into the real estate business. Personable and focused, Kelly genuinely likes working with people and always strives to provide the very best services for her clients.

If you are interested in sports, Kelly can direct you to the right team or fitness class! She truly understands the importance of teamwork and how, working together, she can facilitate a wonderful experience for you and your family in buying or selling your home in the area.

Larisa Gadalla

Email: lgadalla@intracoastalrealty.com
Mobile Phone: 910-777-4882

A recent transplant to Wilmington, Larisa Gadalla has been involved with the real estate business for more than 10 years, bringing a wide array of expertise and experience to the Michelle Clark Team and the Wilmington area in general.

When Larisa and her husband relocated to the area approximately four years previously, she was given the opportunity to join the Michelle Clark Team as an administrative assistant and closing coordinator. In her past experiences in the Charlotte, NC, market, Larisa worked all sides of the business, from marketing director to office coordination and personal assistant to several top-notch real estate agents in the industry.

Currently residing in the Carolina Beach area, Larissa enjoys spending her spare time out and about with her husband and two dogs: Maggie, a chocolate lab, and Penelope, a boxer pit mix.

Larisa’s experience makes her a premier resource in buying and selling a home, and an asset to the Michelle Clark Team; she’s thrilled to help you find your next home, or make your current one available to its future owner!

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The Michelle Clark Team

The team’s combined experience in real estate and related fields makes each associate a capable and dedicated asset. Acquaint yourself with us and find your agent today.