About GKAR

Board of Directors


Jeff Lee 2019

Jeff Lee, President
Berkshire Hathaway HomeService MI
Member Since: 1990
Board Term: 2019 - 2020
Accolades: CRS; GRI; ABR; Broker Associate with 31 years’ experience; 10-year Berkshire Hathaway Legend Award; 2018 BHHSMI REALTOR® hall of fame.

“Serving as the GKAR 2020 president is a privilege and a way to confirm the importance of our members. By serving our members we are serving our industry, our state, and our community.” 


Rick Crepas, President-Elect 
Member Since: 1996
Board Term: 2019 - 2021
Accolades: REALTOR® with 24 years of experience; GKAR Board Member for 9 years; Served on Budget and Finance Committee, Membership Committee, Community Relations Committee, Advocacy Committee, Grievance Committee, and Professional Standards Committee.

"As the 2020 President-Elect, I am dedicated to ensuring our Membership is served at the highest level through supporting our current President and Board. I look forward to being your 2021 President -Working together for your success."


Shelly Pattison, Treasurer
RE/MAX Advantage
Member Since: 2003
Board Term: 2019 - 2020
Accolades: 2016 - Present Michigan REALTORS Who Care Board of Directors; 2013 President of GKAR; 2012 President-Elect of GKAR; 2012-2013 Budget & Finance Committee; 2006 - 2011 Director At Large; 2003-2014 Commercial Committee; 2003-2014 Community Relations Committee; 2008-2013 Numerous Task Force Committees

"Serving on the GKAR Board of Directors is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I believe that everyone should have a voice and I am honored that I get to serve and represent our REALTORS® and their needs."


 Tim Brown 2019

Tim Brown
RE/MAX of Kalamazoo 
Member Since: 30+ years
Board Term: 2019 - 2021
Accolades: Certified Residential Specialist, GRI; GKAR REALTOR® of The Year 1991 & 1998; MLS Committee; MichRIC® Director representing GKAR and its Treasurer for several years, serving 11 Associations on flexMLS. 

Colleen Dawson
RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Member Since: 2012
Board Term: 2020
Accolades: ABR; CRS; SRES; Associate Broker; Served as Vice Chair of GKAR Membership Committee; Also served on GKAR Advocacy, Grievance, and Professional Standards Committees; President, Women's Council of REALTORS®, Southwestern.

Suzzette Deaux
Member Since: 2003
Board Term: 2020-2022
Accolades: CRS; ABR; SRS; RENE; 2019 Board of Directors; June 2017 - December 2018 President; January - May 2017 President-Elect; 2015-2016 Treasurer of GKAR Board of Directors; serves on GKAR's Risk Management 2016 - present and Budget and Finance Committees 2015-2018 and 2020; Instructor, Michigan Real Estate Academy (MREA); Associate Broker & Sales Manager of Jaqua, REALTORS®

"I look forward to continue working on behalf of our Membership. My goal is to continue to improve the services the Association offers while being fiscally responsible for our Members."

Lisa Faber 2019

Lisa Faber
Member Since: 1996
Board Term: 2020
Accolades: ABR; PSA; Served on GKAR Community Relations Committee 2008 - Present; GKAR Board of Directors 2013 - Present.

"As a Board Director, I enjoy being a voice for our GKAR Members and providing our Membership with the resources they need to achieve their personal and professional goals. It has been a pleasure to serve since 2014."

Rich LaPorte
Century 21 Affiliated
Member Since: 2003
Board Term: 2019 - 2021
Accolades: MLS Committee; Risk Management Committee; Grievance Committee; Professional Standards Committee; 2014 Early Adapters for flexmls; Former Instructor at Michigan Real Estate Academy
Paul Valentin
Member Since: 2004
Board Term: 2020-2022
Accolades: Coming soon...
Jason Veenstra
EXP Realty, LLC
Member Since: 2009
Board Term: 2020-2022
Accolades: 2020-Present: GKAR Director-At-Large; 2020-Present: MichRIC Manager, 2019-Present: Budget and Finance Committee; 2018-Preset: MLS Committee, 2018-Present: Numerous Task Force Committees;2014-Present: Rental Property Owner's Association (RPOA); 2014-Present: Kalamazoo Area Rental Housing Association (KARHA); e-Pro; 10+ Years as a REALTOR®; 10+ Years as a Member of GKAR

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Marty Wagar
Wagar & Associates
Member Since: 1972
Board Term: 2018 - 2020
Accolades: Certified Real Estate Appraiser IFA-S – RAA Designations; REALTOR® Emeritus; 2004 GKAR President; GKAR Director 11 years ; Member MLS Committee 20 Yrs; Michigan State Appraisal Board Member 2017-2020; Member, McKissock School Advisory Board; Con-ed instructor Northern Michigan University ;Real Estate Broker license 35 yrs

"I serve to give back to a profession that has treated me well."

Joy Watts 2019
Joy Watts
Berkshire Hathaway HomeService MI
Member Since: 1998
Board Term: 2018 - 2020
Accolades: Broker Forum Facilitator, Professional Standards Committee Chair, Grievance Committee Member, Budget & Finance Committee Member, Associate Broker, e-Pro, 20+ years as a REALTOR®, 20+ years as a Member of GKAR

"I serve on the GKAR Board to ensure our Members have an Association that operates with transparency, fiscal responsibility, and seeks continuous improvement in the way it supports the success of all Members."



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Past Presidents

2019: Bill Evenboer
2018: Suzzette Deaux
2017: Suzzette Deaux 
Natalie Rowe
2015: Greg Miller
2014: Dan Jaqua
2013: Shelly Pattison
2012: Bill Evenboer
2011: Nancy Fish
2010: Lee Crossley
2009: John Buttery
2008: Gary Brown
2007: John Jackson
2006: Earnie Best
2005: Rick Hoffman
2004: Marty Wagar
2003: Al Rowe
2002: Rich Kurth
2001: Wayne Wilkinson
2000: Jim Rigdon
1999: Vicki Peck
1998: E'Toile Libbett
1997: Bob O'Reilly
1996: Sue Cornell
1995: Al Rowe
1994: Nick Pratt
1993: James E. Walker
1992: Lonnie L. Palleschi
1991: Gary E. Clay
1990: Kathy A. King
1989: Patrick L.D. Stanley
1988: Phyllis A. Bogren
1987: E. Michael Kilbourn
1986: Woody L. King
1985: Lonnie L. Palleschi
1984: William H. Reed
1983: Kenneth M. Bertolissi
1982: G. Dudley Cutler
1981: Samuel H. Cupps
1980: Charles A. Foscardo
1979: Thomas J. Tobin
1978: John H. Moore
1977: Robert L. Walton
1976: Frank Stokes
1975: Jerry M. Carlson
1974: Rod O'Brien
1973: Philip P. Perry
1972: John W. Bosch
1971: Lowell I. Swanson
1970: John B. Olheiser
1969: Meryl Weimaster
1968: Robert Steinman
1967: Philip C. Keelan
1966: Dale O. Wheeler
1965: Bruce R. Perry
1964: Robert E. Greene
1963: B.W. Borkenstein
1962: Robert E. Early
1961: Tyrus R. Carter
1960: C. Ray Clapper
1959: Clarence Hawthorne
1958: Orville B. Schroeder
1957: Orville B. Schroeder
1956: David R. Satin
1955: Lowell A. Swanson
1952-1954: Edgar G. Minckler
1951: Hugh K. Nicolls
1950: Carroll Hickok
1948-1949: Frank A. Saville
1946-1947: Arthur C. Early
1943-1945: Leman R. Wilson
1938-1942: Harry A. Hurni
1936-1937: W.H. Vanderbilt
1933-1935: Arthur C. Early
1931-1932: Walter E. Allen
1926-1930: L.C. Wright
1922-1925: Sanford Wiltsey
1921: Oscar E. Burnham
1921: L.E. Shirley
1920: Sanford Wiltsey
1918-1919: Leroy Hornbeck
1916-1917: A.C. Corstange
1914-1915: Harry Den Bleyker
1911-1913: E.W. Vosburg