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INSTRUCTORS

Lisa Bosse, Esq.

Lisa Bosse is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. As Managing Attorney of Capitol Title's Rockville Office, Lisa conducts closings, and reviews contracts and title abstracts while providing advice and counsel to real estate agents, buyers and sellers. Lisa is a member of the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) and currently serves on its Public Policy committee. She also conducts numerous training classes and continuing education seminars for both GCAAR and individual real estate offices. Lisa is licensed to practice law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia and is a member of the Maryland Land Title Association.

Thom Brockett

Thom Brockett Licensed as a broker in Maryland, DC, and Virginia since 1988, Thom Brockett is a second generation REALTOR® affiliated with the Potomac / Cabin John office of Long & Foster. Thom has been a Managing Broker for Long & Foster, Weichert, and WC & AN Miller, and the Training Director for Long & Foster's Montgomery County Regional and DC Regional Training Centers. Thom is a GRI, SHS, Senior Instructor for GCAAR, Advance Open Water SCUBA instructor, Integrity© Business Coach, Buffini & Company Mentor, and served on the Buffini & Company Advisory Board for the 100 Days to Greatness® program. Thom is a past member of the Grievance Committee, a current member of the Contract and Clause and Education Committees and is in his second year as a member of the GCAAR Board of Directors.

Prior to real estate, Thom was the Manager of Training Principles and Design and the Associate Marketing Director for an international training and consulting firm.

Thom lives in Potomac with his wife, Jennifer. Together, they peacefully coexist with their children Adam and Taylor; basset hound, Buster; Bruiser the Pug; two turtles; Daisy the Dynamic Parakeet; Garcia the Hateful Conure, and a fish.

Mary Chieppa

Mary Chieppa Mary Chieppa, Associate Broker GRI is currently an instructor for Maryland, DC and Virginia Continuing Education classes, GRI, ABR & MRP designation courses. She was previously the Education Manager for the NRT MidAtlantic Region of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate for Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia and Delaware. She recently celebrated her 30-year anniversary in Real Estate. She acted as Corporate Trainer for her company for over 25 years teaching the Pre-licensing course, Continuing Education classes, Agent Training Modules, Production-based Workshops and Exam Prep classes throughout Maryland, Virginia and DC. Specialty topics include contracts, agency, test taking, fair housing and ethics violations, consultations and presentations, pricing and preparing for the market and business planning. Outside of the classroom, she is happiest with a paintbrush in hand on behalf of her special event decorating company or spending time with her kids and grandkids.

Christopher B. Darby, Esq.

Chris Darby Christopher B. Darby is a founding member of Counselors Title, LLC and a principal in the law firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC (formerly Darby, Nalls, Smyth & Muldoon, LLC). Prior to founding Counselors, Darby served as a settlement attorney, office manager and the Director of DC Operations for Universal Settlements.

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®. Chris is also an active member of the local real estate community with service to and membership in DC Land Title Association, and the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) where he has served on the 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 specializes in residential and commercial real estate transactions and the resolution of contract issues.

Christina Daves

Christina Daves Christina Daves has trained thousands of real estate agents across the country about getting highly visible and becoming THE go-to agent in their community. She uses a combination of social media and publicity, using them together for maximum exposure. Agents leave this training armed for success! Christina will inspire you by sharing her own entrepreneurial journey and ultimate accomplishments. She offers real stories on how to reach goals using simple, yet proven, tactics that have catapulted her businesses, and helped a host of other agents achieve success.

Christina's energy is infectious and her passion and perseverance ignite the audience with actionable lessons they can incorporate into their real estate business that very day. She is the best selling author of PR for AnyoneTM: 100+ Affordable Ways to Easily Create Buzz for Your Business, and also hosts a regular segment on Good Morning Washington.

Dan Deist

Dan Deist Dan Deist is the President of Top To Bottom Services, a home inspection company based in Montgomery County, Maryland. Prior to starting his own business, Dan was the Vice President and Director of Operations for Fiserv Securities, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. He is a Business Management graduate from the University of Maryland University College, and is currently a registered business mentor for their Business Graduate program. Dan finds fulfillment as a business coach for the Millionaire Inspector Community (MIC) where he is helping other companies grow million dollar firms.

Dan started his home inspection company, Top To Bottom Services, in 2004 out of his Gaithersburg, Maryland home. Over the last 14 years, he has grown his business and added new services, expanding this once "one-man operation" to nearly 40 employees. Dan's close friends jokingly refer to him as a "Serial Entrepreneur"; Dan also owns a mold and odor franchise through Green Home Solutions and Real Estate SignTraker, a real estate sign installation business which has installed more than 36,000 signs. A few years ago Dan also started licensing his proprietary sign management software, SignTraker Technologies, to users throughout the United States and Canada, to manage their sign business.

Dan is happily married to his wife, Mariken, since 1993. They have two boys, Harrison and Chase, and enjoy camping, outdoor activities and traveling.

Melinda Estridge

Melinda Estridge Melinda Estridge has always been passionate about helping others achieve their goals. Just a little over 30 years ago that same passion led her to pursue the practice of real estate. Working tirelessly to assist buyers in finding their dream homes – and in helping homeowners sell their properties for top dollar, Melinda has quickly risen in the ranks to become one of the top REALTORS® not only in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area - but nationwide as well!

Bob Evans bio coming soon...

Suzanne Feinstein

Suzanne Feinstein Suzanne Feinstein has been a Settlement Attorney for over 20 years and with RGS Title since 2006. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. Prior to Law School, Suzanne earned her B.A. in Political Science and Women's Studies from Boston University graduating magna cum laude.

In addition to conducting settlements, preparing contracts and other legal work, Suzanne has served on the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) Public Policy and Forms Committees. She is a member of the Montgomery County and the Maryland State Bar Associations.

Alix Fequiere bio coming soon...

Brandon Green

Brandon Green Brandon Green is the co-founder and managing partner of Keller Williams Capital Properties, a network of seven market centers in and around Washington, DC. Brandon is also a partner at MG Residential, a nationally ranked sales team responsible for $130 million in volume in 2016. He is a proud member of the Executive Leadership Team of The Menkiti Group, which is an integrated real estate services firm committed to enhancing the fabric of life in America's neighborhoods through strategic development, management, and sales of residential and commercial property.

Dana Hollish Hill

Dana Hollish Hill Dana has connected hundreds of people and families with great homes. As a full time real estate professional since 2001, she has the skills to advise you on strategy, protect your interests, preserve your confidentiality and bargain hard on your behalf. In 2015 she started the Hollish Hill Group, a referral-based real estate business built on a commitment to Honesty, Integrity, and Service that Cannot be Better.

The Hollish Hill Group, a team of accomplished real estate professionals who focus on Sellers, Buyers and Delivering Results, is part of the Keller Williams Capital Properties Brokerage, where Dana serves as an Associate Broker and is on the Agent Leadership Council. She also teaches real estate classes at Keller Williams and for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS®, and serves as the Chair of GCAAR's Education Committee.

William V. Horan (Bill)

Bill is the president of Realty Exchange Corporation, a family-owned qualified intermediary for 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, which was founded in 1990. An officer of Realty Exchange Corporation since its inception and its president since 2009, he has successfully guided thousands of clients across the country in structuring and implementing their exchanges.

Bill is a graduate of George Mason University and holds the prestigious Certified Exchange Specialist® designation from the Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA). Also a past President of FEA, he currently serves on its board and is actively involved with its government affairs committee, which monitors federal and state activity impacting 1031 exchanges. As an approved continuing education instructor in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and DC, Bill has taught thousands of real estate agents, accountants, lawyers, and investors how to effectively complete 1031 exchanges.

Tara Furges Houston

Tara Furges Houston Tara Furges Houston is the Founder and CEO of Houston Consulting Group & Associates, LLC, a consulting practice with a mission of helping others build their legacies. She practices real estate with EXP Realty as the current Associate Broker (Former State Managing Broker) in DC and Maryland; and as the Compliance Broker in Virginia. Alongside her husband, Michael, she serves as a Regional Leader and ambassador for the brokerage. Tara and Michael train, lead, and coach their personal agent group of over 65 REALTORS® (spanning six different states) to build successful real estate businesses. As a result of Tara's leadership, EXP has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two years here in the DC Metro and has been named as one of the "Top Places to Work in the DC Metro" by The Washington Post for two years in a row!

Tara has co-authored two books - The Confident Woman (chapter titled "Eagles Don't Need Parachutes") and Overcoming the Good Little Girl Syndrome (chapter titled "Saying No without Guilt"). Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Tara served as an educator for over 20 years in roles such as Teacher, Principal, and College Professor. She has a documented success of using creative teaching methods to ensure participants leave her classes and workshops energized and empowered with knowledge.

Bridget McGee

Bridget McGee With more than 18 years in the mortgage business, Bridget McGee saw clients, REALTORS® and fellow loan originators working really hard and still struggling financially. Bridget was always fascinated by energy work, studying various energy modalities for over 25 years including Law of Attraction, meditations, visualizations, and emotional freedom technique. She saw improvement in many areas of her life, including her marriage, using these techniques personally. Though she shared with close family and friends, she always kept her "woo woo" side separate from her "real job." She knew that there had to be a way to integrate both sides of what she loved!

Bridget McGee, known as the the Maryland Mortgage Mama, finally got tired of the roller coaster income, getting rid of debt only to see it creep back up, working all the time and not getting paid her worth. She wanted to know why she and so many heart-centered professionals struggled financially. In early 2015, she become one of Margaret Lynch's Rockstars on a Mission and became a certified Tapping Into Wealth Coach. In less than 2 years she has not only doubled her personal income and increased her short and long term savings significantly, she has eliminated over $20K in personal revolving debt. She is on track to double again this year! She loves to share what she has learned and has helped many clients and friends break through blocks to increase income, lower stress, release fears, increase productivity and bring in more fun!

Bridget has always had a personal goal to come from a place of contribution. She teaches continuing education and personal development classes to Real Estate agents and groups all over the state of Maryland. Though many of the classes are focused on mortgages and getting mortgage ready, her favorite classes to teach help the attendees to set and achieve outrageous goals!

Jill Pogach Michaels, Esq.

Jill Pogach Michaels Jill Pogach Michaels, the managing partner and founder of The Law Offices of Jill Pogach Michaels and Michaels Title and Escrow, began her legal career as a litigator for one of the region's most prestigious law firms, Saul Ewing. She graduated with Honors from The George Washington School of Law in DC. Ms. Michaels is licensed to practice law in Maryland, DC, and the US District Court of Maryland. The Law Offices now has several attorneys and staff fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. In June 2007, the firm pioneered the practice of loss mitigation for homeowners and has successfully negotiated countless short sales throughout the DC Metropolitan region. The firm continues to have tremendous success obtaining loan modifications, motions to stay and other foreclosure defense, bankruptcy as well as residential and commercial contract disputes. Michaels Title & Escrow conducts residential and commercial settlements in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

In 2015, Ms. Michaels received the Client Distinction Award and in 2013, Ms. Michaels received an award for being one of the Top Lawyers in Maryland for highest in ethical standards and professional excellence. She is a proud member and active participant in the Greater Capital Area (GCAAR) and Prince George's County (PGCAR) Associations of REALTORS®. Ms. Michaels was named GCAAR Affiliate of the Year for her valuable teaching, training and dedication. She has served on the GCAAR and PGCAR Education Committees, and the Contracts and Clauses Committees, whose role is to draft and revise the contracts for real estate agents in Maryland and DC. She is also on the Property Management Committee for GCAAR. Ms. Michaels instructs hundreds of REALTORS® on The Maryland and NAR Code of Ethics and conducts orientation for GCAAR new members.

John Nalls, Esq.

John Nalls, Esq. A practicing attorney for over 20 years, John G. Nalls, Esquire is a founding member of Counselors Title, LLC as well as the Law Firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC (formerly Darby, Nalls, Smyth & Muldoon, LLC). He is also the Managing Attorney of the Counselors Title Friendship Heights Office. Immediately prior to founding Counselors, John was a principal in the Law Firm of Ridgway, Griffin, Kestner, Smyth, Stanton and Nalls, Chartered and served as Attorney Manager for the Bethesda office of Universal Settlements, a position he held since September of 2001. During that time, John managed one of Universal's most successful offices and established solid relationships with real estate professionals in one of the most competitive markets in the city by providing quality continuing education and exceptional legal support.

Paul Nowacek bio coming soon...

Dave O'Brien bio coming soon...

Robert L. Pettis, Jr.

Robert L. (Bob) Pettis, Jr. Robert L. Pettis, Jr. (Bob) has been a certified real estate instructor in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for over ten years teaching numerous professional continuing education courses, many of which he personally developed. He is an Associate Broker with Long and Foster Real Estate, and has over 30 years of residential brokerage experience. Bob teaches New Member Orientation and Continuing Education courses for GCAAR, and is a member of the Maryland Real Estate Educators Association (MREEA).

Bob is also a licensed structural engineer in four states. His qualifications and experience as a licensed structural engineer are invaluable in representing clients and working with students, with issues related to the practice of real estate including residential design and construction, contracts, agency, disclosure, and inspection. He is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), Maryland REALTORS®, and Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR), and holds NAR's Accredited Buyer's Representative, Certified Residential Specialist, and GREEN professional designations. He has received numerous sales awards, including GCAAR Top Producer Award, and is a member of Long and Foster's Hall of Fame.

Bob holds a degree in Architectural Engineering, and Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Structural Engineering from Northeastern University.

Teresa Rainey bio coming soon...

Randy Rothstein

Randy, a Washington, DC native and former REALTOR®, opened Paragon Title in the spring of 1981. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University in 1972, and his J.D. from Southwestern University in 1979. Randy is admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars. His area of practice has always been Real Estate Settlements.

When he is not conducting closings, Randy is constantly involved in the education of our Real Estate Community, regularly giving seminars to REALTORS®, and participating on the Contract and Clause Committee for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS© (GCAAR). Randy has been recognized for his service to the community and the real estate industry, by being presented with the Affiliate of the Year and Treasured Years of Service Awards by GCAAR.

Jenn Sherwood bio coming soon...

P. Joy Siegel, Esq.

P. Joy Siegel, Esq. Joy has conducted over 15,000 real estate settlements throughout the course of her career and brings that experience to work with her every single day. This level of experience makes unraveling tricky title matters or resolving potentially sticky situations second nature. It is Joy's priority to make sure all parties have an excellent settlement experience, and the reason why buyers and sellers request her again and again. Second only to handling settlements, Joy's love is being a real estate continuing education instructor. Teaching dozens of classes per year, her goal has always been to make the toughest required classes the most enjoyable.

Joy has worked with the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® Contracts and Forms Committee for over 10 years, and was named the GCAAR Affiliate of the Year for 2014. A native Washingtonian, Joy received her JD from American University and is a real estate attorney for the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as a licensed title agent in Virginia.

Sarah Slotnick

Sarah Slotnick Sarah Slotnick joined Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation in 2016 and assumed the role of Regional Marketing Director for the Mid-Atlantic region in 2018. Sarah specializes in branding and marketing and prides herself on thinking about the big picture while ensuring those she works with have all the marketing tools they need to elevate their individual business models. She truly believes that successful marketing and communication provide the foundation for lasting business relationships. When not working, Sarah enjoys exploring all that D.C. has to offer and spending time with her friends, family and labradoodle.

Sandra Y. Stewart

Sandra Y. Stewart Sandra Stewart is a native Washingtonian and graduate from The Catholic University of America with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Sandra is a trusted professional that has managed a successful career in real estate and program management for over 25 years. She is a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and licensed to provide real estate services in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. Sandra is currently affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as the Branch Vice President of their Arlington Regional Sales Office located in Arlington, Virginia. She currently serves on the GCAAR Education Committee and teaches New Member Orientation and Continuing Education courses for the association.

Kevin Wheeler bio coming soon...

Brian Willingham

Brian Willingham Brian Willingham has been in the mortgage industry for over 15 years. For most of that time he has been a mortgage banker, but Brian has also worked different areas, including construction lending and mortgage modifications. Brian's expertise is working with customers to find the best program to fit their financial situation and goals, taking the time to find out what is important in the short and long term for each customer individually. He takes pride in providing the highest levels of communication and customer service for every individual while still offering highly competitive interest rates. Brian is a graduate of the University of Maryland and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He was born and raised in Montgomery County, and currently lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Ana, and their children, Grace and Thomas.

Nate Winston bio coming soon...

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