Meet the HNB Team

At Happy New Beginnings, our entire company is built around the client: your Real Estate goals, your dreams, your happy new beginning. We want to make sure you get what you are looking for.  It is our intention to make the complex process of buying or selling a home as seamless as possible.

Our team has been serving home buyers and sellers in the greater Richmond Virginia area for over a decade, with over 40 years of combined Real Estate experience.  All of our REALTORS® are 24/7 full-time, experienced, and proactive professionals.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or seller, experienced home buyer and seller, conducting an estate sale, and/or relocating to Richmond, Happy New Beginnings is ready to help!

Bernice Sim

REALTOR®, SRES®, Team Lead

Bernice is the enthusiastic creator and founder of the Happy New Beginnings Team. She relocated from Boston, and before that Toronto, and has lived in Richmond for over a decade. She moved to Richmond partially for the awesome Real Estate, the weather, the beauty, and absolutely loves “the river city.” For this reason, she finds herself often helping people who are also relocating, as she understands what they are going through. Although she lives in the West End, she has helped move people all over and still marvels at the array of different neighborhoods in RVA.

Lately, she has helped numerous estate sale transactions and loves to help in and oversee the transformation of a house as it “gets ready for market.” Her special skills involve marketing, social media, and negotiation.

For fun, she loves to swing dance, host board game nights and enjoys kayaking. She has three sons and two dogs.

Catherine Curran

REALTOR® ABR®, SRS®, I Am Tourism Ambassador

Catherine was born and raised in Delaware and moved to Richmond to attend the University of Richmond. She graduated as a double major with Honors in both English and Psychology and a concentration in French. She worked in advertising for 10+ years most notably at The Martin Agency and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Brandcenter.

Catherine and her family have lived in almost every area of Richmond – the Fan, Church Hill, Southside, Bellevue, the West End and Short Pump so she has a terrific working knowledge of homes in the Richmond area. In her spare time, Catherine loves to travel (especially if there is a beach involved), read, garden and catch up with friends. Catherine is excited to bring these diverse experiences to the table in her real estate career. She is detail oriented, focused and works hard to get a “win-win” outcome for all of her clients. Catherine looks forward to helping your family find their best life by assisting you in your next real estate transaction.

Nikki Asbell


Nikki is originally from Illinois but has lived in: Puerta Vallarta, Mexico; Platteville, Wisconsin; Cape Gerado, Missouri; Greensboro, North Carolina; and now Chester, Virginia since 2014. Nikki was in the restaurant industry for over 20 years working her way to the Regional Manager. When she decided to pursue Real Estate she knew it was the best decision she ever made. Nikki’s true calling is working with first-time homebuyers were helping her clients understand the home buying process, getting them excited about shopping for their next home, and helping them imagine themselves in some of the homes is such a joy. The true gift, she says, is at the closing table when she sees how happy and accomplished they feel receiving the set of keys to their first NEW HOME.

Nikki played volleyball and softball throughout high school and college and still loves playing to this day. Nikki also likes to golf but her true passion is spent with her two little girls Lillian and Madisyn.

Marisa Jones


Marisa was born here in Richmond, VA, and grew up in Columbia, SC. She moved back to Virginia to be near her family and go to college. After college, she started her own clothing boutique where she was able to provide for many all around the country. Marisa was always interested in Real Estate and decided this was going to be the career for her. She has always stood by her goal to help as many people as possible ease through the home buying and selling process. She takes charge in her role to be as informative, communicative, and even fun during the whole process. Marisa believes it’s important for clients to have someone with their best interest in mind, who will advocate for them and their family so that when it’s over they are overjoyed with their new HOME! Marisa works to achieve just that! Her clients are always a priority! Real Estate has become a true passion and bestows their ability for her to truly serve her clients’ goals and next big steps in their life.

For fun, Marisa loves to travel and make day trips to new experiences with her two children, Reagan and Rowan. She loves exploring small businesses, and local restaurants and providing help to those in need. “See a need and fill it.”

Vicki Huber


Vicki was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and has lived there all of her life except for about twelve years in Virginia Beach, VA. She graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Marketing and has been using it ever since.

After spending most of her life in Wholesale Sales and Management in corporate America with well-known gift and accessory brands, she decided to take a journey into her real passion…HOMES! She feels most satisfied when she prepares a home for sale through staging and marketing and provides a successful transaction to the seller and buyer. With this purchase being one of the most significant in her clients’ lives, she understands the importance of communication, transparency, and honesty. One of her biggest thrills is handing the keys to her buyer at closing!

Vicki also works with investors to find a “diamond in the rough” and has managed the renovations and which leads to a profitable sale. She is a Joanna Gaines “wannabe”…without the stardom!

Emilie Dube

Team Administrator and Operations Manager

Emilie is the Team Administrator and Operations Manager with The Happy New Beginnings Team.  She grew up in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, but has lived in Lawrence, Kansas, Germantown, Tennessee, Las Vegas, Nevada, and now Glen Allen, Virginia.  Emilie spent 20 years in the fitness industry teaching all kinds of group exercise classes, was a personal trainer, and yoga instructor.  Emilie retired from the fitness industry in 2017, spent a few years in the healthcare industry, and has been involved in real estate for the past 3 years. The real estate industry has been a great place for Emilie to utilize her customer service, organizational, and management skills.

Her greatest accomplishments are her 3 children she shares with her husband, Todd.  Foster is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army National Guard, Max is studying Computer Science at VCU, and Phillip plays football for the Wildcats at Deep Run High School.  For fun Emilie enjoys volunteering with the Deep Run High School Athletic Boosters, spending time with family and friends, shopping, reading mystery novels, weight training, and relaxing with her 3 dogs.

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