The Michigan Realtors® Leadership Academy develops leaders who have demonstrated leadership potential through job-related and community activities, creating a network of industry experts across the state who are actively involved in improving our Association and profession.

The purpose of the Michigan Realtors® Leadership Academy (MRLA) is:

1) Identify emerging Realtor® leaders and potential Association leadership;
2) Empower those individuals to maximize their leadership potential;
3) Encourage those individuals to effectively participate in Association committee/leadership roles;
4) Ensure those individuals are avid advocates for the real estate industry.

Who should apply?

Ideally, applicants may have served on the Local Realtor® level and/or have potentially had some experience at the state (Michigan Realtors®) or national (NAR) level. Applicants will have demonstrated an energetic commitment to expand their knowledge and involvement in the industry.

As only a limited number of participants will be selected annually, applicants who are not selected for a given year are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

What is the commitment?

To graduate from MRLA, the participant is required to attend all sessions

  • Session 1: 2023 Achieve - JW Marriott Grand Rapids
    Wednesday, January 25 – Thursday, January 26

  • Session 2: 2023 Broker Summit/Fair Housing Session - The Westin Book Cadillac
    Thursday, April 27th – Friday, April 28th

  • Session 3: Legislative and NAR Leadership Session - Michigan Realtors® Headquarters
    Tuesday, June 6th

  • Session 4: 2023 The Convention - Detroit Marriott at The Renaissance Center
    Tuesday, September 19 – Wednesday, September 20

All confirmed dates will be announced to accepted participants.


Questions? Contact:
Michelle Brant, Member Experience Project Manager

Class of 2023

Todd Waller, Ann Arbor Area Board
Suzzette Deaux, Greater Kalamazoo Association
Wanda Williams, Greater Lansing Association
Michael VanderWoude, Greater Regional Alliance
Gino Tozzi, Grosse Pointe Board
Melissa Vandercook, Jackson Area Association
Danielle Stepp, Lenawee County Association
Donald Putkela, Livingston County Association
Andrea Belding, Montcalm County Association
Ann Peterson, North Oakland County Board
Lisa Wright, Southwestern Michigan Association
Linda Sherwood, Water Wonderland Board
Mark Oegema, West Michigan Lakeshore Association

Class of 2020-2021

Hassan Ahmad, Dearborn
Melissa Botsford, GMAR
Michele Brown, GKAR
Karin Buda, SWMAR
Aaron Fox, GLAR
Kittyanne Hudson, Jackson
Renae Johnson, GMAR
Rachel Major, GRAR
Bryant Mitchell, GRAR
Tracy Rose, Ann Arbor
Jaye Sanders, GMAR
Kellie Sergent, Traverse City
Devon Smith, GMAR
Carrie Vos, GRAR

Class of 2018

Jenifer Rachel, NOCBOR
Jack Brown, AAABOR
Toni Jennings, GMAR
Larry Henney, GMAR
Tracey Hernly, GLAR
Ursel Mayo, Grosse Pointe
Roger Kopernik, Water Wonderland
Patty Lauten, SWMAR
Chase Gonion, ETAR
Renee Malburg, MOMBOR
Shane McKenzie, Livingston
Judy Jordan, BCAAR

Class of 2017

Pam Bartling - Greater Metropolitan
Al Block - Greater Metropolitan
Rob Buelow - West Michigan Lakeshore
Kamal Cheeks - Detroit
Lisa Coe - Grand Rapids
James Cristbrook - Greater Metropolitan
James Dewling - Livingston County
Jodie Franklin - Ann Arbor Area
Pete Holoway - Greater Lansing
Alan Jeffries - Greater Kalamazoo
Esther Leonard - Battle Creek Area
Marianne McCreary - Livingston County
Frank Rhames - Lenawee County
Mark VanDusen - Southwestern Michigan

Class of 2016

Robbin Barnes - Greater Metropolitan
Nicole Bartolomucci - Livingston County
Ashley Dietch - Grand Rapids
Terry Frewen - Greater Lansing
Chris Germain - Upper Peninsula
Karen Greenwood - Greater Metropolitan
Karla Huitsing - Grand Rapids
Stephanie Jones - Upper Peninsula
Greg Miller - Greater Kalamazoo
Debi Raymond - East Central
Natalie Rowe - Greater Kalamazoo
Fred Pickens - Detroit
Michelle Teitsma - West Michigan Lakeshore
Katie Weaver - Greater Metropolitan