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GKAR Committees

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.

2020 Descriptions & Rosters


Advocacy Committee

Chair: Patrick Bird
Vice-Chair: Nita Snyder
Director Liaison: Colleen Dawson
Staff Liaison: Callie Reed
Schedule: Every other month; 1st Monday at 1:00 pm

Meet the NAR minimum standards for participation in 2020 Calls for Action of 20% by enrolling 3 new Brokers to NAR Broker Involvement Program; exceed RPAC Goal set by NAR by 120% by hosting two participation fundraisers; provide endorsement of State and local legislators; and host semi-annual Legislative Update Forums open to all Members.

Patrick Bird Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Colleen Dawson RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Tammy Dykema Jaqua, REALTORS®
Jason Machnik Herbert Machnik Law Firm
Nita Snyder Honor Credit Union
David Wells Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI


Community Relations Committee

Chair: Shelby Meyer
Vice-Chair: Charles Bradford
Director Liaison: Lisa Faber
Staff Liaison: Angela McMillan
Schedule: Monthly; 1st Friday at 10:00 am

Coordinate, promote, and participate in Community  Events – Walk to End Homelessness; Bowl for Kids’ Sake; Habitat for Humanity; and Day of Service for Veterans.

Audrey Andrews Lake Michigan Credit Union
Justin Baldwin Lukeman Group
William  Barber Keller Williams Kalamazoo
Charles Bradford Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®
Cameron Cavanaugh Five Star Real Estate
Lisa Faber Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®
Lindsay Flynn Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Stephanie Goldsberry Century 21 Affiliated
Maggie Harma Independent Bank
Joe Huizar Consumers Credit Union
Alex  Jeffries Century 21 Affiliated
Ryan  Maneke Arbor Financial Credit Union
Shelby Meyer Five Star Real Estate
Peggy Napier Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Jodi Noble Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®
Cherish Paska Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Kelly Patterson Next Door Photos Kalamazoo
Kathi Vlachos KALSEE Credit Union


Grievance Committee

Chair:  Jim Cash
Melody Stirk
Staff Liaisons: Heather Atteberry
Schedule: As needed

Screen/investigate for the Professional Standards Hearing Panel. Following review, determine 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.



Membership Committee

Chair: Steven Revor
Director Liaison: Paul Valentin
Staff Liaison: Heather Atteberry
Schedule: Monthly; 2 Wednesdays prior to the Board of Directors' meeting

Support and promote Membership through New Member Orientation and the New Member Welcome Program.
Review new GKAR REALTOR® and Business Partner Membership requests, provide a New Member Welcome program, and promote the value of GKAR Membership.

James Cash Kalvan Realty
Tammy Dykema Jaqua, REALTORS®
Stephanie Goldsberry CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Marissa Harrington Five Star Real Estate
Amy Krumm Five Star Real Estate
Justin Lennon EXP Realty LLC
Jodi Noble Jaqua, Chuck REALTOR®
Joe Proctor Carlson REALTORS® & Development
Steven Revor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Gloria Royal ERA Reardon Realty
Jennifer Valente Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Paul Valentin Jaqua, REALTORS®
Tim Vanderberg Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Bev Wrubel Five Star Real Estate


MLS Committee

Chair: Scott Kellogg
Vice-Chair: Carl Phalin
Director Liaison: Tim Brown
Staff Liaison: Sam Bartlett
Schedule: Monthly; 2nd Tuesday at 1:30 pm
Develops, interprets, and enforces MLS policies and rules.
Provide solutions for streamlining MLS system.
Tim Brown RE/MAX of Kalamazoo
Barbara Carpenter Golden Star Realty
Jennifer Copeland Five Star Real Estate
Kerry Keefer Fischer Five Star Real Estate
Scott Kellogg Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Amy Krumm Five Star Real Estate
Marcia Miller Marcia Miller Realty, LLC
Kimberly Moberg RE/MAX Advantage
Carl Phalin Jaqua, REALTORS®
David Phillipson Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Cheryl Schulz Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Thomas Seelbinder Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®
Sarah VandenBerg AmeriFirst Appraisal Divison
Jason Veenstra EXP Realty
Martin Wagar Wagar & Associates


Professional Development Committee

Chair: DeAnna Phillips
Michele Brown
Staff Liaisons: Callie Reed
Schedule: Monthly; 1st Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Objective: Coordinate Professional Development Committee Presents series.
Holly Babb Arbor Financial Credit Union
Michelle Bennett-Siwula CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Michele Brown RE/MAX Advantage
Amy Hamilton Jaqua, REALTORS®
Marissa Harrington Five Star Real Estate
Rich LaPorte CENTURY 21 Affiliated
Twala Lockett-Jones Lockett Jones Realty Group
Jessica MacDonald GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Joe Nespodzany ServiceMaster of Kalamazoo
DeAnna Phillips Five Star Real Estate
Julie Reisner Five Star Real Estate
Steven Revor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Pam Roberts Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Jennifer Valente Evenboer Walton, REALTORS®


Professional Standards Committee

Chair: Rick George
Debbie Giddings
Staff Liaisons: Heather Atteberry
Schedule: As needed

Provide a pool of panel members to hear matters of alleged Code of Ethics violations by REALTOR® Members and hear disputes regarding commissions. Committee Members must have been a REALTOR® Member for a minimum of five years and attend additional education.



Risk Management Committee

Chair: Gregory Miller
Vice-Chair: Carol Oudsema
Director Liaison: Suzzette Deaux
Staff Liaison: Sam Bartlett
Schedule: Monthly; 2nd Friday at 8:30 am 

Review and revise standard forms, contract language, and disclosures.
Provide GKAR Members Forms Update session by individual or panel.

Dawn Bradley Devon Title Company
Michele Brown RE/MAX Advantage
Lee Crossley Chuck Jaqua, REALTOR®
Suzzette Deaux Jaqua, REALTORS®
Curt Dinkelmeyer Devon Title Company
James Douglass RE/MAX Advantage
M. Charles Etter M. Charles Etter P.C.
Collin Forrest Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
J.R. Fulton No-Frills Realty
Joe George J.A. George & Assoc., LLC
Janis Havice Lakes & Country Real Estate In
Woody King Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Jason Machnik Herbert Machnik Law Firm
Gregory Miller Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices MI
Carol Oudsema Greenleaf Realty Properties
Brandon Rausch Acura Real Estate
Joseph Richards Keller Williams Kalamazoo
Al Rowe RE/MAX Advantage
Suzanne Sloan RE/MAX Advantage

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