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Michelle J. Adams, Esq.

Founding Partner
Adams, Morris & Sessing

Melissa G. Brault, Esq.

Attorney
KVS Title

Thom Brockett, GRI, AHWD

Sales Manager
Long & Foster Real Estate
Deirdre Brown Headshot

Deirdre P. Brown, J.D.

President
Lexicon Title Services

Jamica Browne, MBA

Mortgage Advisor
Caliber Home Loans, Inc.
Roger Carp Headshot

Roger Carp, CRS, CRB, GRI

Mindset Coach
Carp For Success, LLC
Mary Chieppa Headshot

Mary Chieppa, ABR®, C-RETS, GRI, MRP, PSA, RSPS, SRES®, SRS

Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker
Owner
Plan2Pass Real Estate School

Christoper B. Darby, Esq.

Founding Member
Counselors Title LLC
Principal
Paro & Drazin LLC

Gregory E. Flynn, Esq.

Founding Member
Flynn Title Group
Tara Furges Houston Headshot

Tara Furges Houston, CIPS, AHWD, PSA

Associate Broker
eXp Realty, LLC

Dana Hollish Hill, ABR®, GRI, AHWD

REALTOR®, Broker & Coach
JPAR Stellar
Bill Horan Headshot

William "Bill" Horan, CES® 

President & Owner
Realty Exchange Corporation
Jill Malloy Headshot

Jill Malloy, ABR®, SRS, SRES®, AHWD

National Real Estate Expert
The CE Shop
John Nalls Headshot

John G. Nalls, Esq.

Owner & Managing Attorney Counselors Title, LLC;
Founding Member
Pardo & Drazin, LLC
Bob Pettis Headshot

Bob Pettis, ABR®, CRS, GRI, AHWD

Associate Broker
Long & Foster Real Estate
David Politzer Headshot

David Politzer

Broker of Record
Keller Williams Legacy
Ned Rich Headshot

Ned Rich, CRB, GRI

Associate Broker
Washington Fine Properties
Rob Rothstein Headshot

Rob Rothstein, Esq.

Attorney
Paragon Title
Cris Sgrott Headshot

Cris Sgrott, CPO®, CPO-CD®, SMM-C®

Owner & Founder
Organizing Maniacs®, LLC
Collen Smyth Headshot

Colleen Smyth, Esq.

Owner & Attorney
Counselors Title, LLC
Sandra Stewart Headshot

Sandra Stewart, CRS, GRI, AHWD

District Manager
Coldwell Banker Realty - Greater Washington Region

JD Teitelman

Mortgage Loan Officer
First Savings Mortgage
Kevin Wheeler Headshot

Kevin Wheeler

Business Development Manager
123JUNK
Chanin Wisler Headshot

Chanin Wisler

Senior Loan Officer
First Washington Mortgage

Michelle J. Adams is a founding member of the law firm of Adams, Morris & Sessing. She has practiced law for over 25 years in Maryland and D.C. and has focused on loss mitigation/foreclosure prevention for over 14 years. Michelle has helped thousands of homeowners either modify their loans, fight back against lenders when a home was wrongfully foreclosed or transition from homeownership through a short sale. She is an active member of the Foreclosure Prevention Project, represents pro bono foreclosure and tax clients through Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services and has been teaching classes on short sales and foreclosure for nine years.

Class:
Foreclosures: (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
> Tuesday, July 12, 5:30 pm – 8:30 p.m.

Melissa Giove Brault is an attorney with KVS Title, LLC where she specializes in settlements, contract analysis, and handling a myriad of settlement issues. She has over 30 years of legal experience including 8 years as a litigator, 10 years writing appellate briefs, and over 10 years handling the legal side of real estate transactions. She is a member of the Maryland Bar and GCAAR and has been instructing for over 5 years.

Class:
Contracts, Settlements & Disclosures: (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees)
> Tuesday, July 12, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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Thom Brockett is a second-generation REALTOR®, trainer, business coach, and photographer. A licensed broker in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, Thom currently serves as the sales manager for Long & Foster’s Park Potomac office. As a life-long trainer and consultant, he trains, coaches, and mentors agents at all levels. Thom is an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College, an Ombudsman for the state of Maryland, a consultant for CE Shop, an instructor for GCAAR, and a member of the Professional Standards committee.

He lives in Potomac with his wife, Jennifer, and together they peacefully coexist with their children, Adam, and Taylor; Mr. Mason, the adorable pug; Garcia, the hateful conure; Cary, the red-eared slider turtle; and an occasional fish.

Classes:
D.C. Broker Supervision, Tuesday (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. Broker licensees; 3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. Salesperson licensees)
>July 12, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
>Friday, July 15, 9 a.m.-noon
D.C. Ethics Update, (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees, NO ELECTIVE CREDITS)
>Wednesday, July 13, 9 a.m. – noon

 

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Deirdre P. Brown is the president of Lexicon Title Services. She has over 20 years of experience in the local real estate market. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the David A. Clarke School of Law. She serves on the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® (DCAR)  Public Policy Committee and has been instructing at GCAAR for five years.   

Class
D.C. Legislative Update (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
>Wednesday, July 13: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Jamica Browne is a mortgage advisor with Caliber Home Loans, Inc. where she specializes in residential financing. She has over 16 years of experience in empowering current and potential homeowners with products, tools and strategies that will help achieve sustainable homeownership. Her Vision is to go from Price to Advice. She has earned a Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University, served on several GCAAR committees and has been an instructor for 11 years.

Class:
Financing Issues Update: (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
>Wednesday, July 13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

Roger Carp Headshot

Roger Carp has been a residential REALTOR® for over 40 years. He spent the last 13 years as a manager and has served as a mentor to many of the top agents in the area. For GCAAR, he has served nine years on the Professional Standards Committee, three years on the Grievance Committee, one term on its Board of Directors and as an instructor for many years. Currently, Roger is a Mindset Coach, helping REALTORS® achieve their true potential by teaching them to shift their beliefs and habits to align with their biggest goals. 

Classes:
MREC Required Supervision: (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD Topic I – All brokers, branch office managers, and team managers; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Monday, July 11, 9 a.m. – noon
MREC Brokerage Relationships and Disclosures: (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD-Topic H and 3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Wednesday, July 13, 9 a.m. – noon

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Mary Chieppa is an associate broker with Coldwell Banker and the owner of Plan2Pass Real Estate School. With over 30 years of sales, training, coaching and managing, Mary has led training throughout the DMV area. Mary further serves as an instructor for numerous designations and certifications both locally and nationally. In addition, she has written several online CE courses. Mary holds numerous designations and certifications including ABR®, C-RETS, GRI, MRP, PSA, RSPS, SRES® and SRS. 

Classes:
When Price Meets Preparation (2.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
>Monday, July 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
D.C. Fair Housing (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees, NO ELECTIVE CREDITS)
>Thursday, July 14, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
D.C. Ethics Update (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees, NO ELECTIVE CREDITS)
>Thursday, July 14, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

A native of the Washington area, Chris entered into the title business in 1998 after receiving his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar Associations and enjoys regularly teaching continuing real estate education courses for local realtors as well as a Real Estate Transactions Law class at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Chris is also an active member of the local real estate community with service to and membership in D.C. Land Title Association and the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) where he has served on the Forms Committee (formerly Contract and Clause Committee) since 2001. Chris was honored by GCAAR as its 2007 Affiliate of the Year for his service to the real estate community.  He is experienced in residential and commercial real estate transactions and the resolution of contract issues. Licensed to conduct closings in D.C., MD and VA, Chris specializes in D.C. specific matters including; land development, condominium conversions and TOPA.

Class:
D.C. Legislative Update (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees, NO ELECTIVE CREDITS)
>Tuesday, July 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

Greg Flynn is a founding member of Flynn Title Group, which handles settlements throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Ryan, Judge of the Circuit Court and then became a Senior Litigation Associate with one of the area’s largest law firms before founding Flynn & Rismiller, LLC.

Mr. Flynn is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Association, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association, Catholic University Lawyering Skills Program, District Court Mediation Program (State Certified Mediator), Montgomery County Lawyer Referral Service — Past Chairman, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, Maryland Land Title Association, and the Judicial Selections Panel. Greg regularly instructs for GCAAR and has developed many classes as and for continuing education for REALTORS®. Greg is also active in the GCAAR community having served on several committees including Forms.

Class:
The Ins and Outs of Contracts (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees)
> Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 

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Tara Furges Houston Headshot

Tara Furges Houston is an associate broker with eXp Realty, LLC where she specializes in global luxury real estate. She has over 17 years of experience, including being the founding broker of eXp Realty, D.C. She has earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and Certified International Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designations, as well as the At Home with Diversity® and Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certifications. She serves as a board member of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) USA D.C. Mid-Atlantic Council, as well as a board member of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Greater Capital Area. She has been instructing for over 20 years, including having served in roles as a college professor and public-school administrator. 

Classes:
Virginia Mandatory Contract Review (1.0 REQUIRED hour for VA licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for D.C. licensees)
> Friday, July 15, 10 – 11 a.m.
Virginia Agency (1.0 REQUIRED hour for VA licensees and 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for D.C. licensees)
> Friday, July 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Virginia Ethics (3.0 REQUIRED hours for VA licensees; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Friday, July 15, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Dana Hollish Hill is a REALTOR®, broker and coach at JPAR Stellar Living in Gaithersburg, MD. Dana leads the Hollish Hill Group, which is committed to honesty, integrity and service. She proudly serves the communities in D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia, where she holds her broker license. She has been a full time REALTOR® for over 20 years and has earned her Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designations and the At Home with Diversity® (AHWD) certification. Dana currently serves on GCAAR’s Professional Standards Committee and has served on the Education, Form and Grievance committees as well. She has been instructing for GCAAR since 2014.

Classes:
D.C. Fair Housing (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
>Monday, July 11, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Maryland Code of Ethics (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic D; 3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
>Wednesday, July 13, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

 

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William “Bill” Horan is the president and owner of Realty Exchange Corporation, a qualified intermediary for Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges which has successfully structured thousands of exchanges since 1990. Bill has held the designation of Certified Exchange Specialist® from the Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA) since 2003 and was FEA’s president for its 2013-2014 term. He also received its President’s Award for outstanding dedication and service twice. Bill has been instructing in the subject of 1031 exchanges for over 18 years.

Class:
How to Do a 1031 Like-Kind Exchange (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
>Monday, July 11, 9 a.m. – noon

Jill Malloy Headshot

Jill Malloy is the National Real Estate Expert with The CE Shop, where she advises on curriculum development in continuing education, as well as pre-licensing courses. She has over 45 years of experience in real estate sales, management and education. She has earned the Gold Standard Instructor certification from the Real Estate Educators Association and is an approved instructor for several designation and certification courses recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®, including ABR®, SRS, SRES® and At Home with Diversity®. She has been instructing for over 35 years.

Classes:
Maryland Legislative Update (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic A; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Monday, July 11 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
D.C. Property Management (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. Broker and Salesperson licensees. NO ELECTIVE CREDITS)
>Wednesday, July 13: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
>Friday, July 15: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

John Nalls Headshot

A practicing attorney for over 32 years, John G. Nalls, Esquire is a founding member of Counselors Title, LLC, and the law firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC. He is also the managing attorney of the Counselors Title Chevy Chase office. Previously, John was a principal in the Law Firm of Ridgway, Griffin, Kestner, Smyth, Stanton and Nalls, where he served as attorney manager for the Bethesda office of Universal Settlements. In addition to being a member of GCAAR, he is a member of the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia Bar Associations and the United States District Courts for Maryland and DC, as well as many other local and state associations.

Class:
Maryland Legislative Update (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic A; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Friday, July 15, 9 a.m. – noon

 

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Bob Pettis is an associate broker with Long and Foster Real Estate, where he specializes in residential brokerage. He has over 35 years of real estate experience, including over 30 years as a licensed structural engineer in Maryland and several other states. He has earned NAR’s Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), and GREEN designations and the At Home with Diversity® certification. He is also a lifetime member of the Long and Foster Chairman’s Club Hall of Fame, recipient of GCAAR’s Top Producer Award and recently served as a member of Maryland REALTORS®’ Legislative Committee. Bob is licensed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia and has been instructing for over 13 years.

Classes:
Maryland Fair Housing (1.5 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic C; 1.5 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Wednesday, July 13, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
MREC Brokerage Relationships and Disclosures (3 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic H; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Thursday, July 14, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

David Politzer Headshot

Since joining Keller Williams Legacy in 2015, David Politzer has served as the basics training coach, the compliance director and most recently, the broker of record. David’s main goal is to keep the licensees familiar with the rules and regulations of the Real Estate Commission, as well as to provide guidance on contracts and difficult transactions. A real estate broker and title agent licensed in Maryland, Florida, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, he has spent the past 34 years working with sellers, buyer and investors. He currently teaches principles and practices, credit, finance investing and continuing education to various audiences.

Classes:
Maryland Legislative Update (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic A; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Tuesday, July 12, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
MREC Brokerage Relationships and Disclosures (3 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic H; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Tuesday, July 12: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Ned Rich Headshot

Ned Rich is an associate broker with Washington Fine Properties. He has over 34 years of experience in residential real estate. Ned’s involvement in real estate extends out into the community. He has served two terms on the GCAAR Board of Directors, sat on the GCAAR Grievance & Professional Standards Committee and was a member of the MRIS SAC Committee. Licensed since 1987, he holds associate brokers’ licenses in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and has earned the Graduate, Realtor® Institute (GRI) and Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designations. Ned has been instructing for over 20 years.

Classes:
Maryland Code of Ethics (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD-Topic D; 3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Thursday, July 14, 9 a.m. – noon
> Friday, July 15, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Rob Rothstein Headshot

Rob Rothstein is an attorney at Paragon Title, where he specializes in contract law and real estate settlements. Rob has over 10 years of experience as a leader of Paragon Title and currently serves on GCAAR’s Public Policy committee. Rob was previously a member of GCAAR’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) and served for three years on GCAAR’s Forms committee. He focuses his practice on closings in the DMV and further elevating Paragon’s eClosing portfolio. Rob has been teaching for GCAAR for five years.

Class:
Avoiding Settlement Pitfalls (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for VA licensees)
> Wednesday, July 13, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Cris Sgrott Headshot

Professional organizer, speaker and author, Cris Sgrott, CPO®, CPO-CD®, SMM-C® came to the organizing profession by accident when she was downsized by the economy fifteen years ago. Searching for an outlet to foster her intuitive nature, embrace her desire to help people, and utilize her natural ability to help clients with brain-based challenges, she founded Organizing Maniacs in 2007. She is a member of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals), and IOCDF (International OCD Foundation). She earned her Master Trainer certification from ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) and was selected to do after-care for the TV show, Hoarders, on A&E.

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Colleen Smyth is an owner and attorney with Counselors Title, LLC in the Kentlands office, specializing in real estate settlements. She has been practicing in this area for 29 years and has been instructing continuing education classes for REALTORS® for the last 26 years.  

Class:
Maryland Fair Housing; (1.5 REQUIRED hours for MD-Topic C; 1.5 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Tuesday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. – noon

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Sandra Stewart is the District Manager of Coldwell Banker Realty – Greater Washington Region.  In this role she performs the duties of Branch Vice President of the Arlington Sales Office and is currently the Mid-Atlantic Ambassador of NRT’s National Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team where she helps cultivate a culture of DE&I within the Coldwell Banker Mid-Atlantic sales offices. Sandra is a native Washingtonian and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from The Catholic University of America.

She has over 22 years of real estate experience, has earned the At Home with Diversity® certification, the Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designations, and has been recognized by Coldwell Banker’s executive leadership as a Top Performing Manager. Sandra served as a GCAAR Director 2020-2021 and continues to be an active leader in the real estate community.  She currently serves on the Forms Committee for GCAAR, the Diversity Committee for NAR, is the Treasurer for the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance’s DC Chapter, and 2022 President-Elect for the Women’s Council of REALTORS® – Greater Capital Network.  Ms. Stewart has a passion for education and professional growth and has been instructing for 12 years.

Classes:
Maryland Fair Housing (1.5 REQUIRED hours for MD-Topic C; 1.5 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Monday, July 11, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Virginia Fair Housing (2.0 REQUIRED hours for VA licensees; 2.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
> Thursday, July 14, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Virginia Legal Update (1.0 REQUIRED hour for VA licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for D.C. licensees)
> Thursday, July 14, 4 – 5:00 p.m.

 

JD Teitelman is a home mortgage loan officer with First Savings Mortgage, where he specializes in first time homebuyer financing and bridge loans. He has 15+ years of mortgage industry experience. In 2017, he was awarded GCAAR’s Affiliate of the Year and this year he serves on the YPN Committee. When he is not working, he is trying to accomplish his goal of visiting 100 countries and rooting for his Washington Nationals.

Class:
Understanding Mortgage Pre-Approval (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees (1.0 ELECTIVE hour for VA licensees)
> Wednesday, July 13, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

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Kevin Wheeler Headshot

Kevin Wheeler is the Business Development manager at 123JUNK. Kevin currently sits on the Young Professionals Board for A Wider Circle and the GCAAR Community Service Committee. He was also the 2020 Young Professionals Network (YPN) Chair for GCAAR. He has been teaching the Working with Hoarders course for six years. He brings his experience working with these types of clients to the class, as it is a regular part of his business.

Class:
Working with Hoarders (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for VA licensees)
> Monday, July 11, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

 

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Chanin Wisler is a licensed loan officer within Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, with 20 years of experience. Chanin has lived in the Maryland/D.C. metro area her entire life and is a University of Maryland alumna. Chanin is recognized as a National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) Lending Integrity Professional and teaches several finance courses for GCAAR, DCAR and MLTA (Maryland Land Title Association). She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the lending process, credit, and guidelines so that REALTORS ® can be even more of an asset to their clients.

Class:
Understanding Credit Reporting (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. licensees; 2.0 ELECTIVE hours for VA licensees)
> Tuesday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. – noon