Kara Helta


Kara Helta grew up in Burleson, Texas. Graduating Highschool at just 16 years old, she then attended Texas State University from 2003-2007. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Criminal Justice. During her senior year of college, she attained her Real Estate License and began working in Residential Property Management. While managing a Residential Property Management Company she started My New Braunfels Vacation.

In 2016, Kara attained her Texas Broker’s License and began working alongside investors, purchasing and selling investment properties.

Kara resides in Buda, TX with her husband and her four children ranging from 14 years old to 6 years old. Kara’s passion beyond Property Management and Real Estate rests in the simple things; family, traveling, and a good book!  

Kara maintains memberships in the following organizations;

  • Central Texas Board of Realtors
  • Austin Board of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Texas Association of Realtors
  • New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
  • Business Network International (BNI)

Jessica Johlke

Director of Operations

Jessica was raised in Leavenworth, Kansas and after high school, moved to Pennsylvania where she attended Pennsylvania State University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science with a Major in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management, with a Community and Commercial Option. Jessica moved to Austin, TX late 2013, and began with My NB Vacation in the summer of 2014 as a Reservation Manager. Throughout many years within the company, she’s taken on numerous roles and is now our Director of Operations.

When she’s not working with My NB Vacation, you can find Jessica cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs or hanging out with her husband and sons, Arthur & Leo, at The Container Store.

Jedidiah Duer

Reservations Manager

Jedidiah Duer was born and raised in North East Texas. After living in several different cities across the state he chose New Braunfels. The amazing atmosphere and his love of the Hill Country drove his passion for recruiting every family member and friend to come visit!  

Jed and his husband, Josh, operate four of their own short term vacation rentals in the area, which allowed him to gain a wealth of knowledge in the business. In 2020 he started working with My New Braunfels Vacation as a quality inspector and was given the opportunity to join the Reservation’s team. Jed’s most important role is working to ensure guest expectations are not only met but exceeded with care and compassion. In his free time he enjoys thrift shopping, searching for amazing deals, and collecting LEGO! 

Mariah Goodnight

Warehouse Manager

Mariah is our Warehouse Manager and handles everything from laundry to cleaning to getting everything ready to go! You will find her at the warehouse day and night! 

Karen Naugle

Guest Concierge 

Karen is our Guest Concierge, and a smiling face you may quickly catch while out on property.

Quality Specialists

  • Linda Perez
  • Alyssa Hanson

Cleaning Company Owners

  • KO Cleaning 
  • Misty Hamb 
  • Clean Freaks
  • Jazzy Cleans
  • Dolores Rodriguez
  • Rachel Slye 
  • Fairy Dust Cleaners

Maintenance Personnel

  • Greg Nunn - Greg is our River Road groundskeeper (aka lifesaver)! If you’re staying at Tiki on the Guad during the week, you’ll most likely run into Greg.
  • Will Estrada - Will has been a trusted maintenance personnel for My NB Vacation since we began! Whether it be big or small, Will is on it!
  • Gary Gilbert - Gary is our tried and true local Canyon Lake specialist when it comes to maintenance! An all around great guy!
  • Mike Abernethy - Mike is a certified HVAC technician, plumber, and handyman rolled into one. If you have a tough project, he’s your guy!

Preferred Vendors

Below are vendors that are My NB Vacation approved, reliable companies, that’ll get it right the first time!

  • Lux Appliance
  • Graves HVAC
  • Ott Plumbing
  • Connally Plumbing
  • Gold Star Pest Control
  • The Key Depot