National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals

Leadership

Board of Directors
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Founder/President & CEO

Jeff Berger

Jeff Berger is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker and resides in Jupiter, Florida. Jeff serves on the 2016 Florida REALTORS Diversity Committee, is a member of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, and is a member of the Florida Realtors. Jeff is a dedicated advocate for LGBT equality and in May of 2007 with a vision of advocacy and business he founded NAGLREP, the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals. Jeff studied marketing at Boston University School of Management. Prior to his career in real estate and marketing, he worked in the financial services industry as a stockbroker in lower Manhattan during the 1990’s.

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Director

Janis Lippman

Janis Lippman is an award winning Realtor with RE/MAX serving Jamaica Plain / Boston, Massachusetts. Janis is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Greater Boston Association of Realtors – and Committee member/Technology Committee 2010. In 2004, after 20+ years of management experience in the theatrical industry (last position held was Director of Operations for Clear Channel Entertainment), Janis decided to put her love of New England architecture to the test by joining her partner, Ellen Grubert, in her already established real estate business.

Her board experience includes the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition – board member 2003 -2009, board president 2007-2009. Her activism highlights include Coldwell Banker Cares – active participant in several fundraisers, Home for Little Wanderers – Toy Captain for last 3 years for annual toy drive for homeless children, Silent Spring Institute – Founding member, Event member for the Susan Bailis dinner, Supporter of: Human Rights Campaign, Fenway Community Health, Pine Street Inn, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, GLAAD, & Mass Equality. Janis also is involved with Aids activism including Volunteer/Community Servings, Volunteer/Boston Living Center, Volunteer/AIDS Action Committee, participated in the first Boston to New York AIDS Ride 1995. Janis has a degree in Business Management, BS degree/Northeastern University.

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Director

Bruce Williams

Bruce Williams is a Broker in Greensboro, North Carolina. Bruce is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Realtors, and is a board member of the National Association of Realtors Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity Committee.

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Director

Eric Axelson

Eric Axelson is a REALTOR with Keller Williams Realty in Philadelphia, PA. Eric’s focus is on representing distinctive historic, architecturally significant and luxury properties throughout the Philadelphia region, including the southern part of New Jersey. A self-described technology guru, he is very comfortable using all manner of technology to be as responsive as possible to his clients’ needs. Eric is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® (PAR), Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® (GPAR), National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP). He also serves as a member of the Business Issues Subcommittee, Legislative Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS® (PAR), and he is a District Trustee of the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS® (GPAR). In addition, Eric is a member of the following GPAR committees and taskforces: Member Government Affairs Committee, Member REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), Member Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee, Member REALTOR® Awards Taskforce.

Eric’s interests outside of real estate include architecture, design, history, reading and the great outdoors. He enjoys caving (spelunking), hiking and kayaking and once went cold-water, open-sea kayaking off the coast of Rhode Island in an attempt to seal-watch. Animals and wildlife are an important part of Eric’s life. Specifically, he rescues Saint Bernards. He currently has a four-year-old Saint Bernard named Ella. She can be found keeping him company and napping around his home office.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of NAGLREP is a collection of individuals who bring unique knowledge and skills which complement the knowledge and skills of our Board of Directors in order to more effectively market and govern NAGLREP.

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Kerry Donovan

Vice President, Global Marketing at HSF Affiliates LLS which operates three real estate brands: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. Based in Irvine, California, Kerry is responsible in part for the successful launch of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand which was introduced more than 3 years ago.

Kerry received his MBA in marketing from University of Southern California and his BA from Boston College. His early career was spent in the advertising industry in account management with top advertising firms : J. Walter Thompson and Young & Rubicam. He was a Product Manager at Mattel and Director of Marketing at The Los Angeles Times and the Automobile Club of America. In the real estate category, he was Marketing Director with Coldwell Banker and a Vice President of Marketing with Coldwell Banker’s NRT.

A native of Boston’s North Shore, Kerry resides in both Pasadena, CA and on the Pacific Riviera in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Leadership

Monty D. Smith

Senior Vice President, Company Generated Business for NRT – the nation’s #1 ranked residential brokerage company 19 years running. Smith has responsibility of NRT’s three major “company generated” business segments – Relocation/Affinity, Internet, and Powered by Zip/ZipRealty Residential Brokerage. Together, these channels brought 42,210 closed transaction sides representing over $15 billion in volume in 2015.

Smith began his real estate career in 1992 with Burnet Relocation. He was promoted to Vice President of Client Development in 1994, and three years later, he was named as President of Burnet Relocation. Additionally, he assumed the responsibilities of Vice President for Coldwell Banker Burnet Home Services in 2000. Smith was named NRT’s National Senior Vice President of Relocation and Client development in 2002.

A resident of South Orange, NJ, Smith was a member of the Google Real Estate Advisory Board and the Trulia Advisory Board, and is currently on the DotLoop Advisory Board. He is a member of Worldwide ERC (WERC), holds the Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) designation and in 2016 was a recipient of a WERC Meritorious Service Award. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Florida.

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Jennifer Castejon

Strategic Marketing Director for First American Title. Jennifer has held this role for the past 11 years with responsibilities for managing all specialized market initiatives including: Hispanic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, Asian Indian, LGBTQ, generational marketing & other programs.

Prior to coming to First American, Jennifer worked as a Business Advisor & Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua for three years. She dedicated herself to helping women create and grow small businesses. After returning to the U.S., she earned her MBA with a specialization in International Marketing from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in International Business.

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Tricia McClung

Business Information Officer at SunTrust Morgage. Tricia joined us from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she served as Assistant Director, Mortgage markets. During a career that spans more than 25 years, Tricia has been accountable for creating and leading highly motivated and effective organizations that design, develop and implement business and technology solutions to meet organization goals. As a market leader in the Single Family Mortgage Business developing and delivering technology solutions, she gained invaluable management experience in the areas of sourcing, affordable lending, origination, secondary marketing, securitization, often managing multi-million dollar operating and technology budgets. In addition to working for the CFPB, Tricia has worked at HUD, FHA, the National Association of Realtors and Freddie Mac.

She has earned industry recognition as a Top Ten Mortgage Technologist. “Top Manager During Tough Times,” as well as being published and quoted in a variety of publications and blogs including the Urban Institute Forum on Disruptive Mortgage technology, the eSignature podcast for the National Association of Realtors, the Washington Post, Diversity Journal and more.

Tricia’s commitment to diversity was acknowledged in 2011 by Diversity Best Practices. As a dedicated ally to the LGBTQ community, she was honored with the “Above and Beyond Award” in the Executive Sponsor & Champion Category for her many years as sponsor of Freddie Mac’s Lambda diversity network.

Policy Committee

The NAGLREP Policy Committee is a collective of leading national members with a mission to affect housing policy as it relates to equality for the LGBT community.

NAGLREP publishes the following Policy on behalf of our membership

Resolution Concerning Federal Fair Housing Law for LGBT Community

Whereas, federal law protects certain classes from discrimination in all aspects of housing;
Whereas, the LGBT community remains a frequent target for discrimination;
Whereas, free and fair housing is the foundation of a thriving economic market; and
Whereas, a majority of the states of the union do not provide any fair housing protections to members of the LGBT community; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Board of Directors of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) prioritizes as a policy proposal, the addition of LGBT protections to the federal Fair Housing Act; and
Resolved, further, that NAGLREP work with the National Association of Realtors and Civil Rights non profits to push for LGBT inclusion in federal fair housing laws.

Resolution Concerning LGBT Protections at HUD

Whereas, there are no federal laws protecting the fair housing rights of LGBT people;
Whereas, the only federal agency that has previously adopted guidance protecting the equal rights of LGBT people is the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD);
Whereas, HUD’s new leadership under Secretary Ben Carson and President Donald Trump have raised concerns about their commitment to LGBT equality;
Whereas, the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) is a stakeholder at HUD; and
Whereas, HUD maintains some authority to protect and defend the equal housing rights of the LGBT community; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Board of Directors of NAGLREP prioritizes as a policy proposal, monitoring and working with HUD staff and leadership to ensure protections for the LGBT community are not rolled back or negatively impaired in any way.

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Chair – John Graff

John spent over a decade working in politics and government before starting his current career in real estate. John is presently a member of the NAR Public Policy Coordinating Committee and a member of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors Public Policy Committee. Most recently John served as policy director for the nation’s second largest school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District. John’s previous positions include administrator and analyst at the Democratic National Committee, office manager & scheduler for a member of the House of Representatives, and community organizing on several state and federal campaigns in Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.

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Co-Chair – Angela Jones

Prior to becoming an award winning REALTOR in Washington DC, Angela’s career included 12 years as a broadcast journalist and 16 years as a public relations professional. She currently serves on the 2017 NAR State and Local Issues Policy Committee, is the 2016 Past President of the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS, and served on the 2016 NAR Diversity Committee.

Committee Members

Mark Achkin
Glenn Allen
Eric Axelson
Terri Bass
Gene Brake
Dwayne Carte
Patti Chafitelli
Della Davis
Timothy Garvey
Brenda Giacumbo
Jan Carolyn Hardy
Mark Hess
Matt Hoedt
Allen Kavanaugh
Barry Kramer
Byron Lohman
Joe Lupariello
Tracie Mayo
Bob McCranie
Gonzalo Mejia
Stephen Nikkola
Richard Parillo
Josh Pennington
Geoff Rosenberger
Lynn Shepodd
Todd Shipman
Chris Slinker
Brad Speck
Kevin Stern
Michael Stump
Christopher Suranna
Alex Tooke
Hank Vogt
Wade Williams
Wayne Woodyard