Born out of a love relationship with the 100-year-old farmhouse Rick and Ellen Belliveau bought after moving to Maryland, Rick combined his electrical engineering knowledge, US Navy submarine experience, and natural teaching ability to conduct pre-purchase home inspections for friends and relatives. He attended the Property Inspectors Training Institute course and quickly pursued the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) membership and certification while doing many more inspections on a part-time basis. The growing demand for his inspections resulted in a career move from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to a full-time inspections service.
HHI now averages more than 1,000 inspections a year. Over the years, it has added inspectors, with a current corps of six trained, certified, and licensed home inspectors, and a full-time office manager to quickly meet callers’ needs.
With a current corps of nine trained, certified, and licensed home inspectors, HHI has the capacity to handle several thousand inspections per year. The full-time office staff works like a rapid-response team and is available to quickly meet your needs. In addition to pre-purchase home inspections, HHI offers pre-listing, maintenance and light commercial inspections as well as radon, mold, lead and deck inspections.
Rick Belliveau is the owner of Highland Home Inspections, which he began in 1989. He is a 1978 graduate of Clarkson University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduating, he served as an officer in the Navy on a nuclear submarine. After a five-year tour in the Navy, he joined the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel where he worked for 13 years testing and evaluating submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Rick enjoys theology, reading, watching movies, traveling and working on his house. With over 30 years of inspection experience, Rick has seen just about everything; however, his love for what he does enables him to approach each inspection with new interest and enthusiasm. Rick and his wife Marcy live in Highland.
Barry Hoskins has been with Highland Home Inspections since 2000 and is our most senior inspector after Rick. He is highly respected and sought after by many realtors and previous clients. Formerly an art teacher at River Hill High School, he is an outdoorsman with experience in all kinds of outdoor sports including biking, camping, and white water canoeing and rafting. His interests and knowledge are so wide and varied that everyone finds something in common with him. Barry’s teaching experience makes him an exceptional inspector with first-time home buyers. He is our go-to guy when it comes to identifying which type of animal might have been in a house based on what it left behind. Barry and his wife Linda live in Carroll County and have two children.
Dave Hughmanick came to Highland Home Inspections in 2012 after investing over 20 years of his career in business management. Dave has also worked in home remodeling, reconstruction, and real estate staging. Dave’s DIY father taught him the skills of construction, roofing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, and concrete work, and landscaping. Growing up with an engineer for a father was the perfect training ground to plant seeds of curiosity about how things work. And living “with an old house” sets the perfect ground work for evaluating and inspecting homes for our clients. Dave, who has also served as a college Communications instructor, is a natural teacher which makes him a good fit for first-time home buyers.
Jamie Columbia joined Highland Home Inspections in the spring of 2014. As an inspector, Jamie enjoys the “teachable moments” that routinely arise during inspections and explaining how a home’s systems work. A 1996 graduate of Salisbury University, Jamie’s prior work experience includes program management with the Howard County YMCA and the Columbia Gym in Clarksville as well as seven years of experience teaching first grade, second grade, physical education, and technology in public and private schools. In his free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with his two children, playing basketball, and mountain biking.
JD Pyle joined Highland Home Inspections in March 2015, bringing with him seven years of professional home inspection experience. When asked about a favorite aspect of his job, he immediately responds, “I love meeting new people every day in the field; no two days are exactly alike.” Prior to becoming a home inspector, JD worked three years in professional kitchens as a chef; he holds an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Stratford University and a B.S. in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. In his spare time, JD enjoys cooking, traveling, brewing his own beer, and his family. He and his wife Cheryl have three children and live in Frederick County.
Dan Floyd joined the Highland Home Inspections team in 2016 after working five years in residential construction, remodeling, and carpentry and nearly ten years in sales and management. For Dan, home inspections is a natural fit with his expertise in home construction and extensive customer service skills. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, running, and spending time outdoors. A Howard County native, Dan and his wife Sarah have three daughters and live in Dayton.
Mike Shepherd joined Highland Home Inspections in 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Information Systems Management and has 40 years of federal service as a systems engineer. Mike brings a wealth of technical skills and lifelong experiences in home repair and renovation. Mike has resided in Maryland since 1981, where he met his wife Paula and raised their two children. His hobbies include travel, hiking, and carpentry. Complementing his technical skills, Mike’s extensive travel abroad has given him the social skills needed to work well with people of many cultures.
Andres “Andy” Vergara joined Highland Home Inspections in the summer of 2017. He is a proud U.S. Navy veteran, where he served as a Nuclear Reactor Operator onboard an Aircraft Carrier. Andy has nearly two decades of experience working in power plants and utilities generation facilities overseeing various aspects of operations, construction, and heavy equipment installation and commissioning. Andy is also a licensed First Grade Stationary Engineer, Universal Stationary Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technician, and holds an Associate’s in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, a B.S. in Computer Science, and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Andy and his wife Janet have two children and live in Owings Mills. When he is not inspecting, Andy and his family enjoy traveling the country in their RV.
Kevin Kunzelman joined Highland Home Inspections in 2017. Prior to this Kevin spent over 30 years working for a privately held lumber company in Chelsea, MI. Kevin’s experience in the lumber company span from home financing, new construction builds, certified Anderson window and door repair, and window sales. Kevin and his wife built several spec houses in Michigan, where Kevin served as his own general contractor. He brings a wealth of real life experience and construction knowledge to each of his inspections. Outside of work Kevin enjoys horses, golfing, cooking, and spending time with his family. Kevin and his wife Leah have three children and live in Glenwood.
Mike Burns has been working as a home inspector in the Greater Baltimore-Washington area since 2015 and joined Highland Home Inspections in 2019. In addition to being MD licensed and ASHI certified, Mike holds a Level 1 Infrared certification. He enjoys interacting with his clients, explaining house conditions and issues, and making sure their questions are answered and concerns addressed. Previously, Mike worked as a “punch-out” man for two residential construction companies, identifying and correcting issues during all stages of construction. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland in 1979 and draws on 30 years of professional experience in Christian ministry and higher education. He enjoys boating, fishing and hunting. Mike lives in Eldersburg with his wife, Lori. They have four grown children and five grandchildren.
Debbie DeSena maintains the office and has been with Highland Home Inspections since the summer of 2012. She has experience in real estate, a background in industrial sales, and a degree in Chemical Engineering. Debbie is excited to serve, quick to respond, and friendly and intent on excellent customer service. She grows a diverse vegetable garden and enjoys raising chickens. She and her husband, Jonathan, live in Ellicott City with their three daughters.
Julie Lewis started working part-time in the office during the summer of 2017. She enjoys scheduling and providing excellent customer service, and has a Master’s degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University. She has over 15 years of experience in office management and also works as the Operations Manager for a local IT company. Julie lives in Elliott City and enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and their three children, especially cheering on her kids during their soccer games and swim meets.
Tom Belliveau has been with Highland Home Inspections since he graduated from UMBC in May 2015 with a degree in Mathematics. Tom teaches high school math at a local private school and also enjoys doing part-time business development and administration for Highland Home Inspections. Tom is married to Lindsay Anne and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, an occasional video game, and playing guitar. Tom and Lindsay Anne entered the world of real estate by building their own tiny house from the wheels up!