Profiles of the 2013 Local REALTORS of the Year

by MAR Staff | Oct 21, 2013
 

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PROFILES OF THE 2012 LOCAL REALTORS® OF THE YEAR
 
Berkshire County Board of REALTORS®
Chapin Fish Brockman Real Estate, Monterey

Chapin Fish is the Immediate Past President of the Berkshire County Board of REALTORS® and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2004. Fish is the Chair of the Strategic Planning and Litigation Committees. He is also a member of the Professional Standards, Nominating, and Administration Committees and serves on several task forces. At the state level, Fish has been a member of the Board of Directors and served as an Alternate Director. In 2012, he was a member of the Government Affairs Committee.

Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®
Joan Witter, CRS Sotheby’s International Realty, Osterville

Joan Witter is a past President of both the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CC&IAOR) and the Cape Cod & Islands Multiple Listing Service, Inc. She is currently a member of the CC&IAOR Executive Committee and Events Committees. She is also a member of the Policy Manual Task Force. At the state level, Witter is currently the Cape Cod & Islands Region Vice President, a member of the Executive, Communications and Forms Committees. At the national level, Witter is on the Board of Directors of NAR.

Eastern Middlesex Association of REALTORS®
Jacquelyn Santini, CBR, GRI. SRES RE/MAX ENCORE, Wilmington

Jacquelyn Santini is a past Vice President of the Eastern Middlesex Association of REALTORS® (EMAR). She is also currently the Chair of Government Affairs and Legislative Issues Committee and Chair of the RPAC Committee. She is also an instructor for New Member Orientation and has served on several other committees in the past. At the state level, Santini is currently an Alternate Director and a three-year member of the Government Affairs Committee. She has attended the MAR Conference, REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill, the NAR Mid-Year Legislative Meetings and the NAR Convention.

Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®
Michael DiMella, CBR, LMC Charlesgate Realty Group, Boston

Michael DiMella is currently President-Elect of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR). He is member of the GBAR Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Rental Services Presidential Advisory Group. At the state level, DiMella is a member of the Board of Directors and is a recent graduate of the MAR Leadership Academy. DiMella is a member of the NAR Leadership Academy Advisory Board and Immediate Past Chair of the NAR Meeting & Conference Committee. He was named a REALTOR® Magazine “30-Under-30” in 2008.

REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley
Christine Garstka Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Longmeadow

Christine Garstka is the Chair of the Community Service Committee for the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley (RAPV). She also is a member of the Golf Tournament Sub Committee, Fantasy Auction Sub Committee and the Public Image Task Force. In 2013, she was also the organizer of the RAPV’s Comedy Night. At the national level, she has attended the NAR Annual Convention and is a RPAC Major Donor.

REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts
Frank Bertolino Keller Williams Realty, Newburyport

Frank Bertolino is the President of the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Nominating Committee. Bertolino is also a member of the Greater Newburyport Association of REALTORS®. At the state level, Bertolino serves as a member of the MAR Board of Directors. Bertolino attended the National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Conference prior to serving as President. He is also active in the Salisbury Lions Club where he was President for five years and is a decorated U.S. Army Veteran.

Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS®
Lee Joseph, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Worcester

Leona “Lee” Joseph is Chair of the Professional Standards Committee for the Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS®. In addition, she is an Alternate on the Board of Directors, and a Mediator. At the state level, she has been a member of the Professional Standards Committee and a Professional  Standards Panelist. Joseph is also a member of the Builders Association of Central Massachusetts and a founding member of the Hanover Theatre.

Greater Fall River Association of REALTORS®
Jenny Pappas, CBR, LMC RE/MAX Right Choice, Fall River

Genevieve Pappas is a current Director of the Greater Fall River Association of REALTORS®. She is also the Co-Chair of the Education Committee and responsible for providing monthly continuing education credit classes. Pappas is also a member of the Affiliate Committee and regularly attends events held by the City of Fall River on building and home ownership issues. At the state level, Pappas is a regular attendee of the MAR Conference & Tradeshow.

Greater Newburyport Association of REALTORS®
Craig Holt RE/MAX on The River, Newburyport

Craig Holt is the Immediate Past President of the Greater Newburyport Association of REALTORS® (GNAR) and is a member of the Education Committee. He has also served as GNAR President two times previously and is a past member of several GNAR Committees. At the state level, Holt is a member of the MAR Board of Directors, and recently served on the Government Affairs Committee. At the national level, Holt has attended the NAR Mid-Year Legislative Meetings.
 
Greater New Bedford Association of REALTORS®
Linda Hopps Coldwell Banker Hopps Realty, Dartmouth

Linda Hopps is the President of the Greater New Bedford Association of REALTORS® and a member of the Community Service Committee. In her role as President, Hopps ran the day-today operations of the Association for the six months of 2013 prior to hiring an Executive Officer. She previously earned the New Bedford REALTOR® of the Year award in 2005. Hopps is a member of the MAR Board of Directors and has served on the Forms, Business Planning, Government Affairs and Professional Standards Committees.
 
Northeast Association of REALTORS®
Mary O’Donoghue, CBR, CRS, GRI

Prudential Howe & Doherty, Andover Mary O’Donoghue is the Immediate Past President and Secretary of the Northeast Association of REALTORS® (NEAR), a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Political Involvement Committee. She also successfully assembled a Search Committee and hired a new CEO in the last months of her term. At the state level, O’Donoghue is a member of the Board of Directors, the International Committee and the MAR REALTOR® Party Initiative PAG.

North Bristol County Association of REALTORS®
Nelson Matos, GRI RE/MAX Welcome Home, Taunton

Nelson Matos is President of the North Bristol County Association of REALTORS® and member of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. He has also served as Chair of the Professional Development Committee and as a member of the REALTOR® Affiliate Committee. At the state level, Matos is a member of the Board of Directors and regularly attends the MAR Conference & Tradeshow. At the national level, Matos has attended the NAR Annual Convention.

North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®
Christina Sargent, CBR, GRI Foster-Healey Real Estate, Leominster
Christina Sargent is President of the North Central Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (NCMAR). She is a Director and member of Executive and Finance Committees. She is also a member of the Member Services, Technology and Government Affairs Committees, and the Scholarship, Top Producer, Strategic Planning and Young at Heart Committees. Sargent is the current President of the Charitable Foundation of NCMAR. She is a member of the MAR Board of Directors. She has attended the National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Conference and the NAR Convention.

North Shore Association of REALTORS®
Jason Parisella, CBR, CRS, GRI, GREEN, LMC Keller Williams Realty, Beverly

Jason Parisella is Immediate Past President of the North Shore Association of REALTORS®. He is an Association Director, Chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Merger Work Group. He also recently participated in the Pinnacle and Synergy programs. At the state level, Parisella has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2011. At the national level, Parisella has attended the NAR Mid-Year Legislative Meetings and the NAR Convention. Parisella is also a RPAC Sterling R and a member of the President’s Circle.

Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS®
Denbeigh Forbes, CBR, GRI, SRES Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Plymouth

Denbeigh Forbes has been an active volunteer at the Plymouth & South Shore Association of REALTORS® (PASS) for several years. He founded the Equal Housing Opportunity Committee in 2004 and served as its Chair through 2012. Still an active member of the Committee, Forbes continues to work to heighten REALTOR® awareness of fair housing issues and brings current information and speakers to PASS on a regular basis.