Began her career in business at Bankers Trust Company in 1978, after graduating from Vassar College in 3 years. While working at Merrill Lynch, Arlene decided to leave finance and become a real estate agent.
In 1985 Arlene began her career in real estate. She spent fifteen years, working for Distinctive Properties and then Prudential Properties, learning and mastering the Short Hills, Millburn market.
In 2000 Arlene moved to Weichert Realtors where she has remained, producing over 1.25 billion dollars worth of real estate transactions in 18 years.
Arlene has received many industry accolades. Ranked #1 Agent in Millburn/Short Hills market for 13 years! 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018. Meaning she represented more buyers and sellers than any other agent in Millburn-Short Hills!
She was also named the #1 Agent in the National Company of Weichert, Realtors for 13 years meaning she is #1 out of approximately 18,000 agents! Arlene’s 34 years of experience and expertise is simply unmatched. She is incredibly patient and will move heaven and earth to help you!
Arlene is a supporter of the Valerie fund, St. Barnabas Hospital, AJC- Global Jewish Advocacy, Paper Mill Playhouse, Robin Hood Foundation, Millburn Film Festival, Family Promise, and the Cyan Gray Foundation. The cause closest to her heart is Avon Walk for breast cancer. She has helped raise $150,000 to date & walked 39 miles in Santa Barbara in 2012, in San Francisco in 2013, in Chicago in 2014 (where her daughter, Trish, was the keynote speaker), and will be walking in New York in October!
Giving Back to The Short Hills Millburn Community
The GonnellaTeam is committed to supporting charities and non-profits that make the world a better place, both locally and nationally. We focus on three areas that are most important to us; Children, Health, and specifically Cancer related issues as they are closest to our heart, and Local charities, as we believe in giving back to the community that we’ve raised our families in and have loved for 30+ years!
- Millburn Film Festival
- The Valerie Fund
- The Robin Hood Foundation
- Newark Academy Student via the Newark Academy Winter Benefit
- Success Academy Charter School
- Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills
- Millburn Sports Foundation
- The Friendship Circle
- Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills
Local & The Arts
- Millburn Volunteer First-Aid Squad
- Paper Mill Playhouse, local theater
- AJC – Global Jewish Advocacy
- Caroline Dorfman Dance Company
- Down the Block, Inc., organization that can step in to pay a bill for a Township citizen experiencing unforseen financial need
Cancer / Health
- Cyan Gray Hope Foundation
- CANCERcare of New Jersey, Help and Hope Walk NJ, supports cancer research and development of cancer medications
- The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at St. Michael’s Medical Center
- Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Research
- NEXT for Autism
- Millburn Public Schools via the Department of Special Services for parental and professional development promoting Autism Awareness
Graduated from Princeton University in 1976 and built a four bedroom colonial in Brewster, Cape Cod with his father.
He gravitated to Wall Street in 1977 and traded for institutional desks at Salomon & CSFB until 1994. Tom then made the switch to Financial Advisor and was employed by DLJ and Morgan Stanley until mid-2007.
Tom teamed up with Arlene, his wife of 31 years, in 2007 and has enjoyed his new career as a Realtor.
Tom’s use of thorough mathematical comparisons, complete knowledge of the Short Hills vicinity and detailed knowledge of construction bring a tremendous added value to our clients.
After graduating from Vassar College in 2003 Tricia worked in feature film production. Originally working for Michael Mailer Films in NYC and then, after moving to LA and earning her MFA from the prestigious USC Peter Stark Producing Program, for Miramax Films and most recently as a creative executive at Walt Disney Motion Pictures.
In 2011 Tricia was diagnosed with breast cancer but she didn’t let it get her down. While fighting her own battle she decided to help others fight theirs and has raised over $150,000 for the Avon Foundation to-date. Walking 29 miles in Santa Barbara in 2012 and 39 miles in San Francisco in 2013, Tricia walked 39 miles again in 2014 in Chicago to raise funds for Avon. In Chicago, Tricia was the speaker for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Tricia departed Disney and Los Angeles cancer-free in early 2013 to join the Gonnella Team. Tricia is involved with fundraising for St.Barnabas Hospital Cancer Center and The Valerie Fund. Tricia knows the true meaning of living and truly wants to help people find the home that fits their lives.
Lauren earned her degree at Middlebury College in 2005. She then went on to earn her Master’s in adolescent education. Lauren taught English Language Arts for 8 years and coached basketball in the Bronx before moving back to New Jersey with her husband to raise their daughters. Lauren and Brian were drawn to Summit because of the amazing schools, community and, of course, the proximity to Grandma and Grandpa. Lauren is a member of the YMCA, organized a co-ed adult basketball team, coached YMCA youth soccer, organized a neighborhood block party, and founded Green Summit NJ to encourage residents of Summit to take steps towards sustainability. Lauren has taken her children to wonderful mommy and me activities in the area such as music, art, storytime, gymnastics and swim class. Her experience settling in here with children will be hugely beneficial to our clients looking to make Millburn, Short Hills, or Summit their home.
Jenni received her Bachelors degree in Merchandising Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. After graduating with honors, Jenni sharpened her skills in investing, negotiating, and client relationships in world offinance. Her first position was at the Marwood Group/US Imaging where her top client recruited her to become a Corporate Bonds Broker at Cantor Fitzgerald. Jenni finished out her finance career at Wunderlich Securities.
Most recently, Jenni has found a way to combine her passion for design, architecture, and keen negotiating by buying, renovating, and selling homes with her husband. The experience of designing, and selling homes has allowed her to connect with clients on a personal level.
Jenni resides in Milburn, NJ with her husband, Joe, and her son Wyatt. Wyatt has a little brother on the way!
Amy brings a rare combination of analytical, real estate and sales experience to her role as a Sales Associate with the Gonnella Team at Weichert, Realtors Short Hills office.
In 2009, Amy became a New Jersey real estate salesperson, primarily because of her passion for real estate and love of her community. She enjoys meeting new people, envisioning a home’s potential, and exceeding her clients’ high expectations.
Beginning her career in public accounting, Amy gained detailed knowledge of all types of business operations. She later worked in the private sector for both a real estate investment management company and a real estate law firm. After a decade on the business side, Amy pursued a career in telecom sales where she immediately excelled. As a top producer, her superior performance earned her President’s Club recognition each year.
Amy attributes her success to her attention to detail, real estate knowledge, business acumen, and most importantly, the trust she earns from her clients.
Amy joined the Gonnella Team in 2016 because it shares her client-focused philosophy. Amy will work tirelessly to ensure that her clients find homes that meet their needs and fulfill their dreams!
A native New Yorker, Amy and her husband moved to Short Hills in 2004 to raise their young daughter. They are active members of the Short Hills community.
Lorraine comes to real estate with a background as a professional photographer. She loves working with buyers and sellers and helping them during this very important life decision. She works with sellers to showcase their homes with exceptional photography, staging and the latest social media. She takes great care getting to know buyers and fulfilling their wish lists. Lorraine is a determined negotiator, dutifully bringing transactions to close. Before getting her real estate license, Lorraine worked with a developer on residential rehab projects, overseeing design choices and gaining a general knowledge of construction. She enjoys sharing her firsthand knowledge with clients and helping them see past minor issues with homes and realize their renovation dreams. When Lorraine is not helping buyers or sellers she is spending time with her two children, enjoying great design, and taking a lot of pictures!
Prior to moving to the states, Gigi majored in dentistry at the Aegean University in Izmir Turkey, where she had her first son and worked as a dentist. When she learned that she was having a second child, Gigi and her husband decided to move to the United States so her children could live a more successful life. Gigi’s family traveled the states, seeing which states satisfied their needs. They finally settled in Northern Virginia where she had her third and final son. The children got their suited education and Gigi worked as a substitute teacher and a real estate agent for the Weichert Company for a short time, while her husband worked as an architect in Turkey. When her second son Alan, was accepted into NYU, the family decided to move to the New York City suburbs. Because Gigi loved fashion, she worked as a stylist for the Ralph Lauren Company, where she met Arlene as a customer. She was then inspired by Arlene to go back to the real estate business.
She now lives with her husband and youngest son Alek while her oldest son, Art, is studying medicine in the University of Virginia and Alan is in New York City pursuing his dream of becoming a writer.
Stephanie is a sales professional with over 25 years of experience. She is extremely well-trained in both client services and areas of negotiation. Stephanie is dedicated to client satisfication with every interaction. She works extremely hard so that her clients are thrilled with her services!
Tom Daly joins the Gonnella Team with 38 years in institutional fixed income sales behind him. Tom joined Salomon Brothers in Philadelphia upon receiving his BS with honors in finance and economics in 1976 from Drexel University. Tom has also worked at Nomura Securities International, Morgan Stanley and Bank of New York Mellon. He specialized in the sales of both residential and commercial mortgages and mortgage backed securities. He is reuniting with Tom Gonnella Sr. after 30 plus years. Having overseen the construction of 3 of his own homes from architectural design to finished product, Tom has detailed knowledge of the process. Through blending his experiences in finance, client relations and negotiation he is uniquely positioned to be an effective force for his clients in their pursuit of the perfect home. In Tom’s leisure time, he enjoys tennis, golf & international travel!
Joanna Shirin joins the Gonnella Team (Short Hills, NJ) with over 20 years of Interior Design experience working on large scale projects in NY, NJ and beyond.
She brings to her clients attention to detail, strong work ethic and extensive expertise in Home Construction, Interior Design, Project Management and Staging.
Joanna is a classically trained artist and the founder & principal designer of Joanna Shirin Design Studios, Inc.
She has always gravitated to the arts, and so unsurprisingly studied in Jaņ Rozentāls Art School in Riga, Latvia (her hometown) and then in the Latvian Academy of Fine Arts, just prior to moving to New York City over 27 years ago.
Her love for capturing stories of places and people who occupy them led her to pursue a BFA in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC.
Joanna works incredibly hard for her clients, and is excited to bring that same passion into the real estate world, to help clients find their dream homes and achieve their home buying & selling goals!