About GKAR

Board of Directors

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The GKAR Board of Directors are official representatives of GKAR and are responsible for the activity, strength, and viability of the Association. Directors are elected by the Membership to serve the Membership.



Suzzette Deaux, President
Member Since: 2003
Board Term: 5/2017-2018
Accolades: January - May 2017 President-Elect; 2015-2016 Treasurer of GKAR Board of Directors; 2015-Present, serves on GKAR's Risk Management and Budget and Finance Committees; 2014 Appointed Sales Manager of Jaqua, REALTORS®

"Serving on GKAR's Board of Directors gives me the opportunity to offer my time and talents to the Members of our Association. My goal is to continue to improve the services the Association offers while being fiscally responsible to our Members."

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Bill Evenboer, President-Elect
Evenboer-Walton, REALTORS®
Member Since: 1987
Board Term: 2017 - 2018
Accolades: 2012 President of GKAR; Board of Directors; 2008 - 2010; Treasurer of GKAR Board of Directors; Evenboer-Walton, REALTORS® Broker/Owner


Shelly Pattison, Treasurer
RE/MAX Advantage
Member Since: 2003
Board Term: 2017 - 2018
Accolades: 2016 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."


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Dennis Bronson
Member Since: 1995
Board Term: 2017 - 2019
Accolades: GRI; Broker

"I serve on the Board for the betterment of the Association and all REALTORS®."


Lisa Faber
Member Since: 1996
Board Term: 2017 - 2019
Accolades: ABR; CTA

"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."

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Linda K. Hazelhoff
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Member Since: 1997
Board Term: 2016 - 2018
Accolades: REALTOR® for 21 years; GKAR Member for 21 years; Associate Broker for 19 years; GRI; GRI II; GRI III; CRS; ABR; SRF; e-PRO; Green; CTA; Served on GKAR Grievance and Professional Standards Committees, and Serves on Advocacy and Professional Development Committees

"I have dedicated my professional life to my clients and customers as well as to the Members of GKAR. I am passionate about this industry and have made a long-term commitment to GKAR by serving on panels and committees for the past 19 years."


Jill Kingsbury
Five Star Real Estate
Member Since: 1993
Board Term: 2017 - 2019
Accolades: ABR; CRS; Has served on the GKAR Board of Directors for 3 years

"I serve on the Board to stay informed about my profession and to represent my fellow GKAR Members regarding real estate changes. As a Board Member, I am able to network with my peers who care about GKAR and its future."

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Jeff Lee
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Member Since: 1990
Board Term: 2018 - 2020
Accolades: Coming soon...

"It is through association with fellow professionals that we may elevate our skills and abilities. There is no better place to do this than the Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS®.  Membership has many privileges and one of those is to serve. I am happy to promote Member representation at the Board level."

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Cheri Schulz
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Member Since: 1999
Board Term: 2016 - 2018
Accolades: CRS; ABR; SRS; ePRO; 2013 GKAR REALTOR® of the Year

"I have a strong desire to continue my service as a Director to represent Membership and explore ways to implement productive change. I believe it is important to present fresh ideas to the Board's table that will benefit the entire Membership- from small independent offices to large franchise offices. I consider it an honor to serve on the GKAR Board."


Paul Valentin
Member Since: 2004
Board Term: 2016 - 2018
Accolades: ABR; CTA; Serves on a vibrant board of a Kalamazoo County local bank

"I am a REALTOR® who cares."

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Marty Wagar
Wagar & Associates
Member Since: 1972
Board Term: 2018 - 2020
Accolades: Coming soon...

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

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Joy Watts
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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, 19+ years as a REALTOR®, 19+ 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."



Meeting Minutes

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Past Presidents

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