The Oak City Properties Team


Contact Information For Our Leasing Team Members

Brent Vaughn

Brent Vaughn

Director of Leasing, Co-Founder, Broker

Pamela Gainey

Pamela Gainey

Broker, Senior Listing Agent

Erin Jordan Darnell

Erin Jordan Darnell

Broker, Listing Agent

Contact Information For Our Property Management Team Members

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Director of Property Management, Co-Founder, Broker-In-Charge

Joanne Lastra

Joanne Lastra

Property Manager

Cindi Vaughn

Cindi Vaughn

Office Manager

Get to know the Oak City Properties Team

Brent Vaughn’s Bio

A native North Carolinian, Born and Raised in Central North Carolina Brent is an expert in Real Estate and local knowledge of the area.  Born in Nashville NC, moved to the Raleigh area in 1986 only leaving to go to college at East Carolina University.  Brent is married to a wonderful wife Abby and has a beautiful daughter named Kaylen.  Licensed to practice Real Estate in North Carolina in 2004, Brent worked in the fields of New Home Construction, General Brokerage, Real Estate Development, Auctions and Leasing.  Brent Vaughn and Jim O’Brien opened Oak City Properties in 2012 and have built a large and successful Property Management Company from scratch.  Faith, Family and providing exceptional service are just a few of the many traits that help make Brent Vaughn a successful Broker and Owner of Oak City Properties.

Jim O’Brien Bio

Jim attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the mid 1990s. After moving to Raleigh in 1996 he founded Oak City Properties with Brent in 2012 and built, according to the reviews, one of the best property management firms in the area.  Jim runs the property management side of the business and has over 20 years in the Real Estate industry in North Carolina.  Jim has 3 awesome kids with his beautiful wife Carlin.  Jim enjoys the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Pam Gainey’s Bio

Pamela “Pam” Gainey is the Senior Listing Agent with Oak City Properties. Her parents moved to North Raleigh when she was 9 months old so she will claim either her Northern or Southern sided depending on who she has to defend. She graduated from Sanderson High School in 2001 and then from East Carolina University in 2005. She started her Real Estate Career in early 2007 working for her one of her idols growing up as a buyers agent. She was the strange child who wanted to be in the real estate industry from the time she was 5 years old. In 2008, she moved into the rental side of the market and joined OCP in October 2013. While she was waiting for her career to take off her worked in HOA management for a year to experience another side of the industry. 
The most enjoyable/exciting aspect of renting homes is hearing the landlords especially first time landlords. She loves the fast pace of rentals and getting to literally meet new people every day. She does rent 75% of her homes herself so she has a hand in every aspect of her business and will more than likely meet your future tenant. As a landlord herself she understands where you are coming from, that you want to make money not lose money if possible and find the best tenant possible.
In her free time she spends time with her husband whom she has been married to since October 2010 and her two young children. If she finds a moment outside of work and her beautiful children she would love to read a book or work on many of the multiple projects that are incomplete around her home. 

Joanne Lastra’s Bio

Moved to beautiful North Carolina in 2009 to start my property management career.

In 2016 I accepted a job with Oak City Properties where I enjoy working hand in hand with our team to continue to build our portfolio and do all we can do to insure our  Owners & Tenants are taken care of and help them to know they are part of our OCP Family.

Previously, the apartment community I lead won Best of the Best in Wake Forest for 2014 & 2015 as well as the Prestigious award from J. Turner Research for Power Ranting ORA for 2014 & 2015 Ranking #64 and the only community of 40 that the company I worked for owned.

Outside of work, I have one amazing Yorkie puppy – Harley Boo and I enjoy serving with the Make a Wish Foundation. It has been an integral part of my life for 19 years.


Moving to NC was the best decision I have ever made. I have my mom, family and friends from NY & NC that are here and I continue to make many more as time goes on.


My motto has always been “Surround yourself with people who see your value and remind you of it” – My bosses tell me almost everyday what a good job I do and I appreciate that and makes me want to be the best I can be.




Erin Jordan Darnell’s Bio

Erin was born and raised in NC. She grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Western NC into a real estate family. She learned the value of hard work very early by helping her dad bail Christmas trees and “cut poke” on the tree farm. She moved to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There she received her degree in liberal arts. She moved to Raleigh shortly thereafter to begin her real estate career.

She has been a realtor since 2007. She enjoys helping homeowners in the rental process because she has been a landlord herself and she understands the demands of the property management field. With her degree in studio art, Erin has a very keen eye for interior design and staging a home to sell. She would love to help you with any of your real estate needs!

In her free time, Erin likes to return to her mountainous home and enjoy the outdoors, hike the Virginia Creeper, canoe the New River, and play with her border collie/chow mix Sofie.

Cindi Vaughn’s Bio

Cindi is the rock behind the Oak City Properties office. She quietly keeps us all in sync and manages the phones. She’s an University of Ohio graduate and been a great part of our team ever since starting with us in 2015.  And we are lucky to have her take care of all the small stuff so that we can make your investment properties produce ROI for you!