Emily Bonavia

A native of Wichita, Emily Bonavia returned to her roots in 1999 after raising her two sons, Anthony & Nick, primarily in sunny Central Oregon. The family has cattle timber property in northeastern Oregon and are partners in River Bend LP, a major development.

With the sale of the Nevada operations (held in Emily’s family since 1962), she and Nick invested in commercial and multifamily residential properties in Wichita. They also acquired the Garvey Center, which was built under Emily’s entrepreneurial father and grandmother, Willard and Olive Garvey.

Willard is also noted for the development of commercial, single, and multi-family residential housing, and office and mixed-used buildings in Wichita during his 55-year career as a builder. He was also instrumental in encouraging a sister-in-law, Shirley Garvey, to build and name the James Garvey International Student center for WSU.

Following in her father’s footsteps to enhance the community by supporting education and the arts, Emily became a patron of WSU’s School of Dance and set up a scholarship dubbed the “Lulu Bonavia Dance Scholarship” for out-of-state dance majors at WSU (2004). She also served seven years on the WSU Performing Arts Angels board from its inception (2013-2020), helped to create a state-of-the-art dance studio (2020), and was a founding member of Tallgrass Film Association, which presents its all independent film festival every October.

Emily and Nick carry on the family’s entrepreneurial roots through Bonavia Properties, teaming up with PAR (Mark Farha and Brock Oakes) on renovating student apartments near WSU with their Shocker Living properties endeavor, and have subsequently become managing partners in PAR.

Emily finds plenty of time to read, while trying to keep up with her family and their dogs (Nick’s Westie, Molly!) and some friends. Her son, Anthony, completed his degree in engineering at WSU and now lives in Eagle (Idaho) with his wife Trisha. Emily enjoys being a grandmother to their 5 delightful children!

Nicholas Bonavia

Nick has served as President and CEO of Bonavia Properties since 2014. He has been involved in the family business most of his life as an advisory director, director, investment manager and managing director. He was pivotal in the company’s disposition of assets in Nevada and the acquisition of properties in Wichita, Kansas City, and Colorado.

Nick studied Social Sciences at the University of Southern California and received his Bachelor of Arts in 2002. After an internship with Morgan Stanley, he worked in the financial sector in Los Angeles facilitating projects around the Pacific Rim from Vancouver to Japan, China, Vietnam, and Thailand.

In 2007, Nick moved to Wichita to become more involved in the family business where he developed a passion for the community and is enthusiastic about community outreach programs. His interests include church activities, golf, music and sports. When not out and about, Nick enjoys walking his dog, Molly, and reading.

Tom Kennalley

Tom is a Certified Public Accountant and serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Bonavia Properties. He has over 25 years of senior level financial leadership, including 15 years experience as a CFO.

Kennalley’s previous industry experience includes hotel development and operation, fast food franchise operation, and the development and operation of franchised rent to own stores. He began his career with a national CPA firm, where his experience included several years of serving as the auditor of Garvey Industries, a predecessor to Bonavia Properties.

A lifelong resident of Wichita, Tom earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Wichita State University. In keeping with the Company’s philosophy of giving back to the community, Tom has been active in many service organizations including the Wichita Rotary Club, Music Theater of Wichita, and Tallgrass Film Association.

Tom’s outside interests include cycling, sailing, and supporting the Wichita State Shocker basketball team as a long-time season ticket holder.

Anthony Bonavia

Anthony serves as the Director of Western Development for Bonavia Properties. Anthony was involved in the family ranch and timber operations in Northern Nevada and Oregon from a young age through his late twenties holding various positions from ranch hand to Vice President of Operations to Managing Director. While living in La Grande, OR, where he was overseeing the family operations in the region, Anthony met his wife, Trisha. Around 2006, Anthony and his family left the family business to pursue their own interests with forays into farming and heavy construction.

In 2011, Anthony started studying engineering at Montana State. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State in 2015. After graduation, Anthony and Trisha settled in Boise, ID where they enjoy the active lifestyle and vibrant community with their five children.

Anthony’s passionate about the outdoors and especially enjoys skiing, camping, backpacking and being a mountain bike coach for the Ambrose School where his kids attend. He is an active member in his local church, Valley Life Community Church, participating in community outreach, evangelism, teaching, and discipleship. As an avid reader he tries to keep perspective by adhering to what Charles Spurgeon once remarked, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.”

Rachel McFadden

Rachel started as the Financial Archivist for Bonavia Industries, has served in various roles, and now serves as the Project Manager for Bonavia Properties.

Miss McFadden attended WSU and earned her B.A. in Social Work. Rachel became licensed through the State of Kansas and worked in the not for profit sector for approximately 5 years before returning to school and obtaining a Masters in Library Sciences and Information Management.

Rachel loves music, attending many local live shows, reading, and has served on the Board of Directors with a local outreach organization. She is also an avid cat enthusiast!

Sara Thomas

Sara works with the Bonavia team and various property managers to furnish and decorate new rental properties. She believes that her sense of comfort, artistic touches, and attention to detail make the Bonavia properties a place that will not get overlooked by prospective tenants.

Sara, a lifelong Kansas resident, has an Associate’s degree from Independence, KS. She has also taken additional business classes, art classes, and completed her Real Estate licensing in
2016. Mrs. Thomas is a mother of 3 and enjoys gardening, painting, and weekends fishing with her husband of 15 years.