Our Board of Directors

President

Jody O’Brien
ABR, CRB, GRI, RENE, SRS 
Senior Director of Training, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Commonwealth Real Estate
Natick, MA


Jody is currently the Senior Director of Training for BHHS Commonwealth Real Estate in Natick, MA. She has spent the majority of her career in the world of real estate and has served the industry at the national, state and local levels.  The recipient of numerous awards and recognition over her career, she is most proud of the Massachusetts REALTOR® Educator of the Year, twice.  Jody 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.  She is also a REBI certified instructor for our CRB, SRS and RENE courses.

President-Elect

Steven Pagan
ABR, AHWD, CIPS, CRB, C-RETS, e-PRO, MRP,
RENE, SFR, SRS
Owner & Team Leader, The Steven Pagan Team
Medford, NJ & San Juan, Puerto Rico


Steven Pagan is the Owner and Team Leader of The Steven Pagan Team at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors with teams in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is also the Broker Owner of the Borinquen Property Group in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Steven has earned numerous credentials from the National Association of REALTORS® and all four credentials from the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI). Over the years, Steven has held many leadership roles at the local, state, and national level and currently serves as the First Vice President for the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI), an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®, with over 34,000 members worldwide. Steven is also an instructor and a frequent speaker at real estate industry and leadership events nationwide. Steven is regularly mentioned and listed as a top real estate industry leader and an award-winning real estate professional and REALTOR®.

First Vice President

Sue Miller
ABR®, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, PMN, SFR, SRS 
Designated Managing Broker at Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group McHenry
McHenry, IL


Licensed in real estate since 1987, Sue Miller is a member of the Heartland REALTOR® Organization in McHenry County. Sue is a Designated Managing Broker for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group, the largest Coldwell Banker Franchise in the US. She is also the Immediate Past President of Illinois REALTORS® and has held numerous leadership roles, including two-time president of her local association. Her local association named her REALTOR® of The Year, and the Illinois REALTORS® selected her as their 2017 REALTOR® of The Year and 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipient. At the national level, Sue has volunteered for the National Association of REALTORS® and numerous affiliates, including the Real Estate Business Institute. A resident of McHenry, she is committed to giving back to her community and is a local Alderwoman for the city. An industry leader as well as REALTOR®, Sue is committed to promoting education, ethics, and professional development.

Immediate Past President

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

Chief Executive Officer

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

Ginny Shipe is a 34 year association veteran and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).   Since 1999, she has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI), an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS®.  Ginny was named a 2019 Newsmaker by RIS Media as an Industry Influencer. She was the recipient of the AMA’s Wayne A. Lemburg Distinguished Service Award, served as Editor of The Employment Kit – Your Career Advantage, and was selected to edit and endorse a national job search book, Mastering (and succeeding with) The Job Hunt, by MasterCard International Incorporated, where she worked with Helen Gurley Brown, then editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. Ginny has extensive experience in strategic planning, marketing, and education and curriculum development. A native Chicagoan, she is a graduate of Carthage College, and holds a BA degree in both English and Psychology.

Terms Expiring November 30, 2022

Diane Disbrow 
ABR, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, RENE, RSPS, SFR, SRS
Broker/Owner, Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty/The Bayshore Team
Tuckerton, NJ

Job Hammond 
ABR, AHWD, CIPS, CRB, C-RETS, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, GRI, MRP, PMN, PSA, RENE, RSPS, SFR, SRS, SRES
Associate Broker, Dash Realty
Austin, TX
Vilma Lopez 
ABR, AHWD, CIPS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, RENE, SRS
Broker, Omega Brokerage & Housing Solutions
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Paul Rich
ABR, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, PSA, SFR, SRS
Managing Broker/Property Manager, Rooftop Realty
Henderson, NV 
Zola Szerencses
CIPS, CRB, C-RETS, e-PRO, GRI, RENE, SRS 
Associate Broker, KW At The Parks
Orlando, FL

Terms Expiring November 30, 2023

Holly Mabery
AHWD, CRB, GRI, PSA, RSPS, SFR, SRS
Director of Brokerage Operations, EXP Realty
Peoria, AZ

Robert Morris, Jr. 
ABR/M, AHWD, BPOR, CRB, C-RETS, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, PMN, PSA, RENE SFR, SRES, SRS
VP & Senior Faculty Keynote/Instructor & Trainer, Advanced Training & Seminars, Murfreesboro, TN
JoAnne Poole
DSA, AHWD, BPOR, CRB, C-RETS, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, PMN, SFR 
Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty
Baltimore, MD
Tom Skiffington
ABR, CRB, C-RETS, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, RENE, SFR, SRS
Broker/Owner, RE/MAX 440 Realty, Inc.
Perkasie, PA
Leigh York
ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, GRI,  MRP, PSA, RENE, RSPS, SFR, SRES, SRS
Professional Speaker & Trainer, REALTOR® at Century 21 Judge Fite Company, Fort Worth, TX