Our Team

Our Team - Pat_Gillespie



Pat Gillespie is the chief visionary, founder and president of Gillespie Group. Under Pat’s leadership, Gillespie Group has been at the forefront of development and property management, and is recognized as a driving force for progress in Lansing and throughout the state.

Known for his multifamily and mixed-use developments in the Greater Lansing area and surrounding markets, Pat is a respected leader. With his heartfelt mission to motivate and energize Mid-Michigan communities, Pat is recognized for his focus, enthusiasm and ability to bring his unique perspective to life.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Pat supports his alma mater through speaking engagements and attending sporting events. His expertise is put to good use, by engaging audiences at MSU’s School of Planning, Design and Construction, Land Policy Institute and Building Construction Management department when called upon. Pat enjoys sharing his insight with students and faculty.

As a passionate participant in Metro Lansing’s growth Pat holds board positions on the Prima Civitas Foundation, Sparrow Foundation, Lansing Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee and MEDC’s Redevelopment Ready Communities Advisory Council.

Celebrating 20 years in the industry, Pat has advanced over thirty (30) real estate developments.  He is an advocate for urban renewal through activism and revitalization projects.  His efforts are designed to affect positive change and make a lasting commitment to communities with each development.

Our Team - Rachel_Michaud


Vice President

Rachel Michaud is the Vice President of Gillespie Group. An asset to the industry for more than 20 years, she joined the team at Gillespie Group in 1998. She brings with her vast experience in Real Estate, Marketing, Sales and Management. Her responsibilities include oversight of all day-to-day business operations of Gillespie Group; all leases, overall asset management and equity services. Since the inception of her career at Gillespie Group, she has aided company growth of a staggering 750%, with a portfolio growth from 214 units to more than 1,500 and more than 400,000 square feet of commercial property in 15 short years.

Rachel attended Western Michigan University where she initially began her career in the real estate industry. Upon completion of her education, Rachel pursued an interest in real estate in East Lansing, Mich., and has remained an active participant in the community. Rachel taught Junior Achievement for five years and continues to support the JA program. Additionally, she has worked with multiple groups such as March of Dimes, McLaren Foundation (as a Board member), Women’s CEO Network, Capital Area Women & Lifestyle Editorial Board and Volunteers of America.

Rachel is an avid MSU fan and resides in East Lansing with her husband, Greg Michaud, and their two children.

Our Team - Jen_Charette


Director of Property Management and Operations

Jennifer joined Gillespie Group in 2002 as a leasing associate, and was promoted to manager of Westbury Lake Apartments in 2003. In 2007 she was promoted further as Regional Manager, where she oversaw 450 high-end rental units and over 40 for-sale homes. In 2011, she was promoted to Operations Manager and mostly recently to Director of Property Management and Operations where she oversees the property management division along with human resources management and marketing strategies for the company.  Gillespie Group’s pursuit of continuing progress in Michigan and the creative, energetic people she works with are just two of the many reasons Jennifer enjoys working for the company.

Jennifer grew up in East Lansing and attended Hope College, where she graduated Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics. She also has her real estate salesperson license for Michigan, and is a member of the Property Association of Mid-Michigan. Jennifer sits on the Alumni Board for Lansing Catholic High School, and is a member of the Junior League of Lansing where she is on the leadership council.  She loves MSU sports, Polish food and songs from the ‘90s.

Our Team - Tricia_Walthorn


CPA - Director of Finance

Tricia joined the Gillespie team in 2010 as the company’s first director of finance. In this role, Tricia manages and oversees the finance and accounting related functions of the Gillespie Group properties and developments, including financial reporting, compliance and strategic development.

Prior to joining Gillespie Group, Tricia began her career as a CPA with Plante Moran, PLLC, one of the nation’s largest and most highly regarded CPA firms, where she specialized in the real estate and construction industry. Until her recent role with the Gillespie Group, she consulted independently with companies in the Lansing area, serving as interim controller/CFO.

Tricia is a native of the greater Lansing area and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University. She is a certified public accountant (CPA), licensed in the state of Michigan. Tricia previously served on the Finance Committee for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), and was a Controllership Task Force member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA).