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 13 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 eight years.
Class: Foreclosures: Friday, July 16, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
Tom Biegler has been working to serve those in the real estate industry since 2002. Tom is a producing branch manager with Mission Mortgage, a local lender based in Washington, D.C. During the many years working in the industry, Tom has developed an extensive knowledge in the following areas of real estate lending: conventional, FHA, VA, jumbo, portfolio lending, renovation and construction, as well as commercial and development finance. He has volunteered on multiple REALTOR® associations' education committees. Tom has enjoyed serving as an instructor in continuing education for over 10 years.
Class: D.C. Fair Housing: Friday, July 16, 1:30-4:30 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
Thom Brockett is a second-generation REALTOR®, trainer, business coach and photographer. A licensed broker in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., Thom currently serves as the sales manager for Long & Foster’s Park Potomac office. As a life-long trainer and consultant, he coaches, mentors and trains agents at all levels. Thom is an ombudsman for Maryland REALTORS®, adjunct professor at Montgomery College, a consultant for The CE Shop and currently serves as a GCAAR instructor and on its Professional Standards Committee.
>NVAR Sales Contract Review: Monday, July 12, 9 am-12 pm (3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. and VA licensees)
>MREC Required Supervision: Wednesday, July 14, 1:30-4:30 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD Topic I-All brokers, branch office managers, and team managers; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
>D.C. Ethics Update: Saturday, July 17, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
Deirdre P. Brown is the president of Lexicon Title Services. She has over 15 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 three years.
Class: D.C. Legislative Update (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
>Monday, July 12: 1:30-4:30 pm
>Tuesday, July 13: 5:30-8:30 pm
Jamica Browne is a mortgage advisor with Caliber Home Loans, Inc. where she specializes in residential financing. She has over 15 years of experience in empowering current and potential homeowners with products, tools and strategies that will help achieve sustainable homeownership. She has earned a Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University, served on several GCAAR committees and has been an instructor for 10 years.
Class: Financing Issues Update: Tuesday, July 13, 1:30-4:30 pm (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
Roger Carp has been a residential REALTOR® for over 40 years. He spent the last 12 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.
Class: MREC Brokerage Relationships: Friday, July 16, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD-Topic H and 3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
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.
>D.C. Fair Housing: Monday, July 12, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
>GCAAR Sales Contract Review: Wednesday, July 14, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees)
>Negotiating Multiple Offers: Wednesday, July 14, 1:30-3:30 pm (2.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
Christopher B. Darby is a founding member of Counselors Title, LLC and a principal in the law firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC, with experience in residential and commercial real estate transactions and the resolution of contract issues. Chris entered 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, the D.C. Land Title Association and GCAAR, where he has served on the Forms Committee since 2001. Chris was honored by GCAAR as its 2007 Affiliate of the Year for his service to the real estate community.
Class: D.C. Legislative Update: Friday, July 16, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
Andrew C. DiPaola is an attorney at KVS Title in Washington, D.C. He has been in the title business for over nine years and has conducted countless settlements. He has experience reviewing sales contracts, curing title defects and preparing legal documents for real estate transactions. Andrew has served on the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) Standard Forms Committee and Attorney Roundtable and teaches a variety of continuing education classes to REALTORS® in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He received a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and is admitted to both the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.
Class: Dealing with Death: Who's the Client?: Tuesday, July 13, 9-10:30 am (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for VA licensees)
Tara Furges Houston is an associate broker with eXp Realty, LLC where she specializes in global luxury real estate. She has over 16 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.
>Virginia Ethics: Monday, July 12, 1:30-4:30 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for VA licensees; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
>Maryland Fair Housing: Tuesday, July 13, 1:30-3 pm (1.5 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic C; 1.5 ELECTIVE hours for D.C licensees)
>Virginia Agency: Friday, July 16, 1:30-2:30 pm (1.0 REQUIRED hour for VA licensees and 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for D.C. licensees)
Eric Garrett is the Technical Development Trainer for Home Land Environmental. He is an accomplished real estate inspection professional with over a decade of experience, specializing in septic evaluations, well yields, radon measurement testing, mold sampling and water quality testing. He has thorough knowledge of the real estate transaction process, septic and well regulations in Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as environmental constituents. He is a licensed pump Installer through the Maryland Department of Environment’s State Board of Well Drillers and is an active member of several REALTOR® associations. As the former vice president of Maryland Onsite Wastewater Professional Association (MOWPA), he was a strong voice for the real estate community.
Class: Introduction to Septic Systems: Thursday, July 15, 11 am-12:30 pm (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees)
Amy Goldstein is the vice president of BMIC Mortgage, Inc. and has been a mortgage broker for the past 20 years. She specializes in all types of mortgage transactions, including those for first-time, move-up and luxury homebuyers. Amy has been teaching mortgage finance for GCAAR since 2019.
Class: Mortgage Basics: Tuesday, July 13, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees; 2.0 ELECTIVE hours for VA licensees)
Dana Hollish Hill is a REALTOR®, broker and coach at JPAR Stellar. Dana lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland and 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. Dana currently serves as the chair of GCAAR's Grievance Committee and has served on the Education and Forms committees as well. She has been instructing for GCAAR since 2014.
Maryland Code of Ethics (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic D; 3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
>Monday, July 12, 1:30-4:30 pm
>Wednesday, July 14, 9 am-12 pm
D.C. Fair Housing (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
>Saturday, July 17, 1:30-3:30 pm
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 17 years.
Class: How to Do 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges: Tuesday, July 13, 1:30-4:30 pm (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
Alex Jaffe is the branch sales manager of First Home Mortgage in Chevy Chase, MD. He runs the four-person Alex Jaffe Team, has worked as a loan officer for over 14 years and became a GCAAR instructor over three years ago. Alex has been ranked in the top 200 nationally in loan production and was awarded a key to the city by the D.C. Housing Finance Agency.
Class: Advanced Real Estate Finance: Thursday, July 15, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees)
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.
Class: Maryland Legislative Update (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic A; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
>Wednesday, July 14: 5:30-8:30 pm
>Thursday, July 15: 1:30-4:30 pm
Michael McNamara currently serves as vice president at Southern Trust Mortgage, where he specializes in credit and credit scores. He has over 30 years of experience, including 25 years working directly at a credit reporting agency. His is also the current president of the Maryland Mortgage Bankers and Brokers Association and has been teaching REALTOR® continuing education classes in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida for over 15 years.
Class: Credit Reporting and Scoring: Monday, July 12, 5:30-7:30 pm (2.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
A practicing attorney for over 30 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, and he chartered and 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 and D.C. Bar Associations and the United States District Courts for both jurisdictions, as well as many other local and state associations.
Class: Maryland Legislative Update: Monday, July 12, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic A; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
Bob Pettis is an associate broker with Long and Foster Real Estate, where he specializes in residential brokerage. He has over 30 years of real estate experience, including over 25 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 serves 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 12 years.
Class: Maryland Fair Housing: Saturday, July 17: 1:30-3:00 pm (1.5 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic C; 1.5 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
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 30 years working with sellers, buyer and investors. He currently teaches principles and practices, credit, finance investing and continuing education to various audiences.
Class: MREC Brokerage Relationships: Friday, July 16: 1:30-4:30 pm (3 REQUIRED hours for MD licensees-Topic H; 3.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
Stu Reynolds has been the principal broker of Reynolds Real Estate for the past 35 years. He is the former chairman of the District of Columbia Board of Real Estate Appraisers. He enjoys bringing his unique and engaging style to his Real Estate Sales and Appraisal classes, which he has been teaching for over 30 years.
>Renting to Persons with Various Needs: Tuesday, July 13, 5:30-8:30 pm (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)
>D.C. Ethics Update: Wednesday, July 14, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
>D.C. Ethics Update: Thursday, July 15, 1:30-4:30 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for D.C. licensees)
Ned Rich is an associate broker with Washington Fine Properties. He has over 33 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.
>MREC Brokerage Relationships: Monday, July 12, 5:30-8:30 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD-Topic H; 3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
>Maryland Code of Ethics: Saturday, July 17, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 REQUIRED hours for MD-Topic D; 3 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
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 recently concluded his three-year term 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 four years.
Class: Avoiding Settlement Pitfalls: Thursday, July 15, 9-10:30 am (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for VA licensees)
Timothy Sessing is a founding partner of Adams, Morris & Sessing. He attended the George Washington School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate in 1996. He practices law in Maryland, D.C. and the Federal Courts of Maryland and D.C. He is also a member of the Bar Associations of Montgomery County and Frederick County, Maryland. Timothy primarily focuses on the practice areas of bankruptcy, creditor issues, probate, estate planning, wills, short sale negotiations, loss mitigation and business law.
Class: Basics of Real Estate Bankruptcy: Thursday, July 15, 11 am-12:30 pm (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for VA licensees)
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 ten 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.
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 28 years and has been instructing continuing education classes for REALTORS® for the last 25 years.
Class: Maryland Fair Housing: Thursday, July 15, 9-10:30 am (1.5 REQUIRED hours for MD-Topic C; 1.5 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
Marty Stanton, a principal with KVS Title, has more than 25 years of experience as a mortgage banker and title attorney. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and earned his Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law. He is admitted to the Virginia State Bar, the Maryland State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar, and he has served on several GCAAR committees. Marty focuses his time on conducting residential and commercial real estate settlements and teaching continuing education courses for real estate professionals.
Class: Contracts, Settlements & Disclosures: Tuesday, July 13, 9 am-12 pm (3.0 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees)
Sandra Stewart is the district manager of Coldwell Banker Realty – Greater Washington Region, where she manages multiple real estate offices in D.C. and Virginia. She has over 20 years of real estate experience and has a degree in electrical engineering. She has earned the At Home with Diversity® certification, the Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designations and was recognized by Coldwell Banker’s executive leadership as a Top Performing Manager. She currently serves on the Diversity Committee for NAR, the Forms Committee for GCAAR and is presently serving her final year as a GCAAR Director. She is the Mid-Atlantic Ambassador of NRT’s National Diversity and Inclusion Team and was recently inducted into Northern Virginia’s National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Ms. Stewart has a passion for education and professional growth and has been instructing for 10 years.
>Virginia Fair Housing: Wednesday, July 14, 1:30-3:30 pm (2.0 REQUIRED hours for VA licensees; 2.0 ELECTIVE hours for D.C. licensees)
>Virginia Legal Update: Thursday, July 15, 1:30-2:30 pm (1.0 REQUIRED hour for VA licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for D.C. licensees)
>Virginia Mandatory Contract Review: Thursday, July 15, 3-4 pm (1.0 REQUIRED hour for VA licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for D.C. licensees)
Kevin Wheeler is the business development manager at 123JUNK. Kevin currently sits on the Young Professionals Board for A Wider Circle and was the 2020 Young Professionals Network (YPN) Chair for GCAAR. He has been teaching the Working with Hoarders course for four 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: Tuesday, July 13, 3:30-5 pm (1.5 ELECTIVE hours for MD and D.C. licensees; 1.0 ELECTIVE hour for VA licensees)
Chanin Wisler is a licensed loan officer within Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, with 18 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: Advanced FHA Financing: Wednesday, July 14, 5:30-8:30 pm (3 ELECTIVE hours for MD, D.C. and VA licensees)