About GKAR


GKAR Member involvement is the lifeblood of the Association, serving and executing the vision for the Association, in alignment with the Bylaws, Strategic Plan, and National Association of REALTORS®' Core Standards.

2018 GKAR Committee Descriptions (View 2019)


(Formerly Governmental Affairs)

Chair: Natalie Rowe
Vice Chair: Charlie Bradford
Director Liaison: Jill Kingsbury
Staff Liaison: Callie Reed
Schedule: Every other month; 1st Monday at 2:00 pm
Currently Serving: 8 REALTORS®; 2 Business Partners
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Meet the NAR minimum standards for participation in 2018 Calls for Action; exceed RPAC Goal set by NAR by 110%; provide endorsement of State and local legislators; and host quarterly Legislative Update Forums open to all Members.

Community Relations 

Chair: Kathi Vlachos
Vice Chair: Ben Barber
Director Liaison: Lisa Faber
Staff Liaison: Angela McMillan
Schedule: 1st Friday at 10:00 am
Currently Serving: 10 REALTORS®; 7 Business Partners
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Coordinate, promote, and participate in Community Programs – Walk to End Homelessness; Bowl for Kids’ Sake; Habitat for Humanity; and Day of Service for Veterans.


Co Chair: George Betten
Co Chair: Tammy Graham
Schedule: As needed
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Screens complaints for the Professional Standards Hearing Panel. Following review, it determines the proper course of action on any formal complaint from the public or Membership. Committee Members must have been a REALTOR® Member for a minimum of three years and attend additional education.


Chair: Nate Brussee
Vice Chair: Josh Nagy

Director Liaison: Linda K. Hazelhoff
Staff Liaison: Heather Atteberry
Schedule: As needed


Chair: Jennifer Copeland
Vice Chair: Jason Veenstra
Director Liaison: Dennis Bronson
Staff Liaison: Sam Bartlett
Schedule: 2nd Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Currently Serving: 13 REALTORS®; 2 Business Partners
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Develops, interprets, and enforces MLS policies and rules.

Provide solutions for streamlining the MLS system. 

Professional Development

(Formerly Education)

Chair: Jim Cash
Vice Chair: Ellen Horkey
Director Liaison: Jeff Lee
Staff Liaison: Callie Reed
Schedule: 1st Friday at 8:30 am
Currently Serving:REALTORS®; 5 Business Partners
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Coordinate Professional Development Committee Presents series topic include – National Speaker: Tony Rubleski, State Advertisement Law and Social Media, REALTOR® Safety, and Appraisals.

Professional Standards

Co Chair: Nancy Whitney
Co Chair: 
Rick George
Schedule: As needed
Provides a pool of panel Members to hear matters of alleged Code of Ethics violations by REALTOR® Members and to hear disputes regarding commissions. Committee Members must have been a REALTOR®  Member for a minimum of five years and attend additional education.

Risk Management

Chair: Lee Crossley
Vice Chair: Jim Douglass
Director Liaison: Paul Valentin
Staff Liaison: Callie Reed
Schedule: 2nd Friday at 8:30 am
Currently Serving: 13 REALTORS®; 4 Business Partners
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Reviews and revises standard forms, contract language, and disclosures.

Provides GKAR Members Forms Update session by individual or panel. 

 Advocacy Committee

 Member Name Role Office
Natalie Rowe Chair/Vice Chair RE/MAX Advantage
Charlie Bradford Vice Chair Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®
Jill Kingsbury Director Liaison Five Star Real Estate 
Callie Reed Staff Liaison GKAR
Michele Brown Member RE/MAX Advantage
Colleen Dawson Member RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Tammy Graham Member Jaqua, REALTORS®
Andrea Herron Member Apollo Home Mortgage
DeAnna Phillips Member McGrath Real Estate Group
Julie Reisner Member Five Star Real Estate
Nita Snyder Member Honor Credit Union


Community Relations Committee

Member Name Role Office
Kathi Vlachos Chair KALSEE Credit Union 
Ben Barber Vice Chair Keller Williams Kalamazoo Market Center
Lisa Faber Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS®
Angela McMillan Staff Liaison GKAR
Audrey Andrews Member Lake Michigan Credit Union
Charlie Bradford Member  Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®
Lindsay Flynn Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Stephanie Goldsberry Member CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Crystal Haydo Member Allen Edwin Realty
Courtney Howrigon Member Ron Jackson Insurance Agency
Joe Huizar Member Consumers Credit Union
Alex Jeffries Member CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Ryan Maneke Member Arbor Financial Credit Union
Shelby Meyer Member Five Star Real Estate
Peggy Napier Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Elyce Rosenbach Member AmeriFirst Home Mortgage
Jodi VanderWeele-Noble Member KALSEE Credit Union

Grievance Committee

 Member Name Role Office
George Betten Co Chair Betten Real Estate
Tammy Graham Co Chair Jaqua, REALTORS® 

Membership Committee

 Member Name Role Office
Nate Brussee Chair West Michigan REALTORS®
Josh Nagy Vice Chair Evenboer-Walton, REALTORS®
Linda K. Hazelhoff Director Liaison Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Heather Atteberry Staff Liaison GKAR
Eric Graham Member Five Star Real Estate
Amy Krumm Member RE/MAX Advantage
Luke Schrader Member Keller Williams Kalamazoo
Tami Wolthuis Member Jaqua, REALTORS®


MLS Committee

 Member Name Role Office
Jennifer Copeland Chair Five Star Real Estate
Jason Veenstra Vice Chair EXP Realty
Dennis Bronson Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS®
Sam Bartlett Staff Liaison GKAR
Tim Brown Member RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Steven Gerike Member Lakes and Country Real Estate
Marissa Harrington Member Five Star Real Estate
Kerry Keefer-Fischer Member Five Star Real Estate
Carl Phalin Member Jaqua, REALTORS®
David Phillipson Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Steven Revor Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Tom Seelbinder Member The No Problem Listing Company
Suzanne Sloan Member  Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®
Kathy Smith Member Jaqua, REALTORS®
Sarah VandenBerg Member AmeriFirst Home Mortgage Appraisal Division
Martin Wagar Member Wagar & Associates, Inc


Professional Development Committee

 Member Name Role Office
Jim Cash Chair Kalvan Realty
Ellen Horkey Vice Chair Keller Williams 
Jeff Lee Director Liaison Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Callie Reed Staff Liaison GKAR
Jacki Allen Member ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo
Holly Babb Member Arbor Financial Credit Union
Michael Hussar Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Jessica MacDonald Member GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Carol Oudsema Member Greenleaf Realty Properties
DeAnna Phillips Member Evenboer-Walton, REALTORS®
Julie Reisner Member Five Star Real Estate
Lyle Schenck Member Jaqua, REALTORS®
Tami Slocum Member ERA Reardon Realty


Professional Standards Committee

 Member Name Role Office
Rick George Co-Chair J.A. George & Associates, LLC
Nancy Whitney Co-Chair Cornell & Associates


Risk Management Committee

 Member Name Role Office
Lee Crossley Chair Jaqua, REALTORS®
Jim Douglass Vice Chair RE/MAX Advantage
Paul Valentin Director Liaison Jaqua, REALTORS® 
Callie Reed Staff Liaison GKAR
Jared Arnold Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeService
David Clark Member Nederveld
Brett Cummings Member Willis Law
Suzzette Deaux Member Jaqua, REALTORS®
M. Charles Etter Member M. Charles Etter
Collin Forrest Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Rachel Foster Member Warner Norcross & Judd
J.R. Fulton Member No-Frills Realty
Greg Miller Member Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Carol Oudsema Member Greenleaf Realty Properties
Brandon Rausch Member Acura Real Estate
Joe Richards Member Keller Williams Kalamazoo Market Center
Al Rowe Member RE/MAX Advantage
Suzanne Sloan Member Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®

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