Our Leadership

President

James L. Helsel, Jr., DSA, CCIM, CPM, CRB, CRE, GRI, SIOR
President, Helsel REALTORS®
Camp Hill, PA


James (Jim) has been in the real estate profession since 1975, when he started his real estate company, Helsel, Inc., in Camp Hill, PA. Since then, Jim has also worked extensively in REALTOR® association leadership, serving in several appointments on the local, state, and national levels, including President-elect of the Delaware Valley Chapter of IREM in 2017. He’s been a longtime supporter of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame in 2009. 



President-elect

Candace Cooke, ABR, CIPS, C-RETS, CRB, e-PRO, GAA, GREEN, GRI, MRP, PSA, RENE, RSPS, SFR, SRES, SRS 
Real Property Counselors, Inc.
Round Rock, TX


Candy is a passionate REALTOR® who has worked in the real estate profession for thirty-five years as an appraiser, broker, and instructor. Utilizing this knowledge and experience allows Candy to provide enjoyable education to her classes. Currently a Senior Instructor with Texas Association of REALTORS®, Candace has been awarded Educator of the Year in 2012 for the state association as well as Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Real Estate Business Institute. Candy holds two graduate concentrations through REALTOR® University as well as currently pursuing a doctorate in Adult Education through Walden University. 


First Vice President

Jody O’Brien, ABR, CRB, GRI, SRS 
The Re/Education Company
Hyannis, MA

Jody is currently a trainer and instructor at The RE/Education Company in Hyannis, MA. She has worked for small independent brokerages, large regional brokerage companies and national franchises. Throughout the years Jody has held the position of Senior Instructor, Manager of the Education Department, Liaison to the Risk Management Department, MLS Representative and Broker of Record. She has created, developed, and implemented training for agents, managers and office staff. Jody was the 2003 President of the Northeast Association of REALTORS® and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® since 1998.


Immediate Past President

Debora Weidman-Phillips, ABR, CRB, GREEN, SFR
Manager, Long & Foster Real Estate
Blue Bell, PA


Debora has been in the real estate industry nearly 25 years. In 2003, she started her first Long & Foster Real Estate office in Blue Bell Pennsylvania, which has since expanded into a total of five locations that today employ over 200 agents serving the greater Philadelphia area. In addition to REBI, Debora has served in a variety of leadership and committee positions over the years for several local and state REALTOR® associations. 
 



Chief Executive Officer

Ginny Shipe, CAE, C-RETS, RENE
CEO, Real Estate Business Institute
Chicago, IL