We have 19 highly-trained and excited instructors that are geared up to bring YOU the GRI, quality education, relevant and timely infomation, and foster the professionalism that is the trademark of all REALTORS®. Read more about them below and see them in a classroom near you!
Dave Amato, PortlandDave has been in the Real Estate Industry for over 35 years. Beginning in Real Estate Loan Administration for First National Bank of Oregon; moving on to Vice-President of Finance for the The Robert Randall Co.; progressing to building homes, apartments, plexes and subdivisions on my own and continuing in the industry today as a Real Estate Broker he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge that he is able to relate to clients and studends on a routine basis.
Courses Dave Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Business Communication, Buyers, Contracts, Finance, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, REALTOR® Safety, Risk Management, Sellers|
Caralee Angell, West Linn
Caralee is local to Portland and grew up on the south side of town in West Linn. Caralee is principal broker at Stellar Realty Northwest and combines her love of sales with real estate and teaching! This combination led to teaching real estate for the Oregon Association of REALTORS®, as Caralee chose the opportunity to become an OAR instructor, and didn’t look back. In her spare time, Caralee enjoys reading historical novels, training MMA, and teaching German.
Courses Caralee Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Business Communication, Buyers, Contracts, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, REALTOR® Safety, Sellers|
Hector Ariceaga, Portland
Hector Ariceaga held a real estate license and was active, earning several professional designations. He has over 23 years of industry experience. Hector was appointed in 2002 by the President of the United States to the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, serving on the Financial Operations Committee and the Products, Services and Housing Committee.
From 1993 until 2002, Hector served as vice chairman of the board of the Housing Authority of Portland and he is a former member of the board of the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Red Cross.
Hector has a Bachelor's Degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering; a Master's degree in Business Administration and Technology Management and has completed an Exetive Education Program at Harvard Business School. He currently occupies the position of Vice President, Area Manager - Lane County for First American Title Company of Oregon.
Courses Hector Teaches:
Rod Barker, Corbett
Rodney Barker has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law with emphasis in Business Law, Criminal Law, and Family Law. Mr. Barker has a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University and holds degrees in Business Administration, Business Finance, and Business Management. Other educational areas of interest include State of Oregon Certified Mediator and Distance Learning Teaching Academy Graduate of MHCC.
Mr. Barker is a licensed Broker and Attorney and is currently Dean of Business and Social Science at Mt. Hood C.C. Additionally, Mr. Barker has 15 years of management experience. Teaching/Advising is one of Mr. Barker's passions, and he has taught at Portland State University since 2003, Eastern Oregon University, Portland Community College, and Mt. Hood Community College where he was the director of a two-year degree program “Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management."
Growing up Rodney’s parents owned a small business, Marshall’s Donuts, for 19-years. With all the family working in the business it was a natural fit for Rodney to work in the family business. The valuable experiences learned from working in a small business never left him, and now Rodney owns several small businesses including: Mustard Seed Publishing, LLC, Blinking Barracuda Property Management, LLC, Bar Exam Essentials, LLC, and Mt Hood Realty, LLC.
Helping people either sell or buy a home or business is a passion, and teaching/advising for real estate is his love.
Courses Rod Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Business Communication, Buyers, Contracts, Finance, Law, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, Risk Management, Sellers|
Jo Becker, Oregon City
A former Oregon REALTOR®, Jo was licensed for 8 years and served on PMAR's Board of Directors. For 10 years, she worked for the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, a nonprofit committed to civil rights in housing where she has trained over 10K individuals to consistently rave reviews. Her focus there was on housing providers such as REALTORS®, property managers, private landlords, etc. Jo has also studied animals and emergency preparedness since 2005. Today her career consists of an unexpected alchemy of public speaking and writing for everyone from the housing industry and utility companies to professional and volunteer disaster responders on topics ranging from critter body language and animals-in-disaster to on-the-job safety and fair housing law. Jo's themes center on overcoming fears and maintaining safety, be it personal or professional security, unfamiliar critters, or unexpected catastrophes.
Courses Jo Teaches:
Christopher Bettis, Eugene
Director & Government Affairs Chair for the National Association of Mortgage Brokers.
ONLY lender in the state that currently holds both certifications as Certified Mortgage Consultant and Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist. Plus Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist as a bonus.
Has been with wife Michelle for 24 years; & they have 2 Daughters, Rose & Hannah
His primary hobbies are submission wrestling & strongman. He says "He'll go to the mat for you!"
Courses Christopher Teaches:
|Business Communication, Finance|
Adam Bogle, Ashland
Adam has been a REALTOR® since 2003, and has spent his career keeping on top of trends in the real estate market. Adam has his GRI designation from early in his career and CRS designation since 2007. As a president of CRS Oregon, education has been a priority for Adam and he looks forward to sharing that with his students. Past President of Southern Oregon MLS, and a long time contributor to the Oregon Association of REALTORS® on the board and on key committees, Adam is a working successful Broker in the trenches and brings that perspective to the classroom.
Courses Adam Teaches:
|Buyers, Law, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, Risk Management, Sellers, Technology, Transactions|
Carolyn Bostwick, Bend
Carolyn Bostwick, a well seasoned REALTOR®, throughout her career alternates between working as a principal broker, managing and training brokers in her office to working as an agent in the field. Reviewing broker contracts and counseling for high performance and risk reduction techniques adds value to her experience. In the field experience with residential and small acreage properties, new homes and multifamily brings depth of knowledge and experience she loves to share with her fellow REALTORS®.
Service to her association of REALTORS®, always a high priority, adds the dimension gained by serving on the Professional Standards committee as member, chair and mediator. Carolyn served as President of the local association, local and state director and President of Women's Council of REALTORS® of Central Oregon and State.
Courses Carolyn Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Business Communication, Buyers, Contracts, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, REALTOR Safety®, Transactions|
Barbara Canaday, Oregon City
Barb Canaday (Realtor, ePro) is a Principal Real Estate Broker with 24 years industry experience, and has been a Platinum member of the Million Dollar Club and the RE/MAX Executive Club. Barb is the Managing Principal Broker and Senior Portfolio Manager for Relay Resources, a nonprofit provider of housing, education and jobs for the disabled and others facing barriers to employment in the Portland, Oregon area.
Barb graduated cum laude from the University of Portland with a BA in Communications and minors in Marketing and Management, completing a 4-year degree in 3 years while spending one of those years studying abroad. Barb was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist, received Honors at Entrance to the University’s Honors College, and was an Oregon Scholar. As a youth, Barb was an internationally ranked Equestrienne who was offered a junior position on the US Equestrian team in Colorado Springs, Colorado in preparation for the 1984 Olympics. Injuries ended her career.
Barb has volunteered in youth sports for 16 years as a coach, team mom, referee coordinator and athletic director. Barb and her husband have been married for 30 years. The Canaday’s have three children, a well-loved golden retriever and his equally loved cat.
Courses Barbara Teaches:
|Business Communication, Buyers, Law, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, Risk Management, Sellers, Transactions|
Beth Caster, McMinnville
Beth Caster, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services NW Properties, is a member of the Yamhill County Association of REALTORS®. Beth has been in real estate since 2002, becoming a REALTOR® in 2003 and gaining her Principal Broker License in 2016. An avid knitter, cook, and local wine/beer advocate, Beth maintains an incredible level of dedication and involvement in her industry. She is committed to bringing the highest caliber of service to the public and is a strong proponent of the Code of Ethics.
Beth believes in the benefits of continuing education and holds multiple REALTOR® and real estate family designations – Graduate REALTORS® Institute, Accredited Buyer Representative, Certified International Property Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, and Master Certified Negotiation Expert.
Courses Beth Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Business Communication, Buyers, Contracts, Law, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, REALTOR Safety®, Risk Management, Sellers|
Cheryle Clunes, Clackamas
Cheryle has been in the real estate industry since 1989 and is a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI).
Cheryle has continued to be a TOP Producer in the industry securing the prestigious designation of a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) from the National Association of REALTOR (NAR) in 2010. In order to receive this award Realtor's® have to complete advanced course training and demonstrate expertise in the field of residential real estate. Fewer than 35,000 Realtor's nationwide have earned this credential.
Cheryle was asked to take over and manage a real estate office that was dwindling, and later was told they were going to close, but instead Cheryle managed it to become one of the TOP producing branches in the Clackamas area and all of the Regional Multiple Listing area. Cheryle was honored with the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) in 2011. This designation is awarded to leaders in the industry who exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement in the field of real estate business management. The CRB Group is a membership of 7,000 elite Managing Brokers worldwide and is highly regarded within the real estate industry.
Courses Cheryle Teaches:
Jimi Couture, Tigard
Jimi Couture grew up in a real estate family. She obtained her license after 20 years in office administration and business management, built a successful business, and then began managing real estate offices. Jimi has successfully trained and mentored hundreds of real estate agents to build strong businesses and reach their full potential. Active in her local and state associations, has served in the past as a board member, and she stays current on trends, legal matters and governmental affairs affecting homeownership and the real estate industry. Jimi Couture is a licensed Managing Principal Broker and Continuing Education Instructor in Oregon and Washington.
Courses Jimi Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Business Communication, Buyers, Contracts, Law, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, REALTOR® Safety, Risk Management, Sellers, Technology, Transactions|
Jason Deming, Forest Grove
My name is Jason Deming. I was born and raised in Eastern Oregon. I moved out to the Valley to attend Oregon State University where I completed degrees in Exercise & Sport Science as well as Psychology and was a college athlete. I started my career as a personal trainer in the fitness industry specializing in athletic performance. From there, I went on to George Fox University and complete my Masters in Education. I taught in the Portland metro for 9 years. While working as a national full cycle executive recruiter, I completed another degree in Business with Pacific University and then made my transition into Real Estate full time in 2011. I started with Century 21, quickly advanced into management and trained new incoming agents. In 2016, I opened my own Brokerage Deming’s Open Doors Realty. My passion for educating others and offering them tools to use for success in whatever endeavor has always been a driving force and ultimately led me to apply to become part of the OAR instruction team. On a personal note, I’m married, have 3 kids and 2 grandkids. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time on the golf course and I bowl competitively.
Courses Jason Teaches:
|Business Communication, Buyers, Negotiation, REALTOR® Safety, Sellers, Technology|
Sal Diaz, Salem
Sal. has a well-rounded skillset perfectly suited for the real estate profession. He has 5 years' experience in the banking/finance/mortgage arena. He became a real estate licensee in 2000. He has enjoyed a successful career helping individuals formulate strategies to meet their real estate investment and homeownership goals. He serves a diverse client base and has worked with people from all over the globe.
Courses Sal Teaches:
|Business Communication, Buyers, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, Sellers|
Sheryll Fong, Beaverton
Sheryll Fong has been the Managing Principal Broker for Keller Williams Sunset Corridor in Beaverton Oregon for over 5 years. She's been a Realtor for 33 years. During those years, teaching has been a fundamental part of her position as Broker and then as Principal Broker. Throughout her career, Sheryll has taught many new agent introduction classes, including Ignite classes and before that the Jumpstart classes from her previous brokerage. She has earned the GRI and CRIS designations.
Teaching and mentoring are important parts of Sheryll's career, and she has built many classes and masterminds for agents around these. In addition, she also teaches contracts and compliance in depth. She is also qualified to teach the Code of Ethics and LARRC.
Sheryll enjoys spending time with her husband and their grown sons and daughter and their children. She and her husband run a dance organization called CCMfriends which has two social dances each month. She also likes acrylic painting, travel and walking.
Courses Sheryll Teaches:
|Business Communications, Buyers, Contracts, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, Risk Management, Sellers, Transactions|
Pam Hoepfl, Eugene
Pam Hoepfl is the Investment Manager at Precision Capital. She enhances the lives of clients financially, offering Real Estate Joint Ventures with an average of 10% interest return, which makes her very popular. She proudly sits on the Board of Directors for CASA of Lane County.
Pam was the recipient of the “Women of Excellence” Business Woman of the Year award for the State of Oregon. She holds 5 Toastmaster Designations as an Advanced Competent Communicator and Leader. She is one of the Oregon Association of REALTORS® Certified Instructors and approved with Superior Schools to provide CE credits and quality education to REALTORS®.
Courses Pam Teaches:
|Finance, REALTOR® Safety|
GB Kracke, Portland
- Western Maryland College BA in Business Administration, 1985
- Originating residential mortgage loans since January of 2003
-Started with Wealthbridge Mortgage as a Loan Officer and Sales Manager in the Correspondent Lending Platform
-Four years as an "Inside" Sales/ Mortgage Consultant for an FDIC Lender
-First hire of the Original Outside Sales Team at the largest Credit Union in Oregon, funding its first ever residential mortgage loan, later eclipsing the highest volume year on record in my first full year
-Today, I am thrilled to be back with Scott and Craig Everett, the brothers who mentored me at Wealthbridge from 2003-2010 but now in the broker model, able to originate, process, and fund loans compliant with investor guidelines, not restricted by company overlays, and most importantly, able to liaise directly with investors
-A self-proclaimed “All Regs Investor Loan Library nerd”, I enjoy finding solutions, using a blend of creativity, expertise, and innovation to close where no loans have closed before.
-A seasoned professional public speaker with 175 successfully delivered trainings for a national culture shaping organization
-Certified to instruct CE classes for the WA Association of Realtors
-Excited to be blending my love of real estate finance, and business communication with my passion for presenting, training, and facilitation for the OAR.
A wise man once said, “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember, but engage me, and I’ll understand”.
Courses GB Teaches:
|Business Communication, Finance,|
Donna Jo "DJ" Merrifield+
Donna Jo "DJ" Merrifield, Corvallis
Donna Jo Merrifield is a Managing Principal Broker for Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Albany and Corvallis, OR. She joined Valley Brokers in 1993 and became licensed in 1998 and received her Associate Broker's license in 2001, right before Oregon went to single licensing. She has earned the ABR, CRB and GRI designations. Donna Jo is a Local Director for Willamette Association of REALTORS® and Education Chair, past Treasurer and President for the Willamette Valley Women's Council of REALTORS® and currently volunteers on the Oregon Association of REALTORS® Business Issues Key Committee. She was the 2011 REALTOR® of the Year for the Willamette Association of REALTORS®.
In addition to managing, she is also the company trainer for Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers. Within her company, she's responsible for teaching the New Broker Training Series and Continuing Education including the LARRC course and coaching. She also takes great pride in teaching pre-licensing courses for Superior Training, Inc. at Linn-Benton Community College and sometimes at Lane Community College.
DJ has two grown daughters and a step-son and is happily married and has two goofy pugs. In her spare time, she enjoys wine tasting, boating, dancing and is really trying to "love" half marathons and crossfit.
Courses Donna Jo Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Contracts, Law, REALTOR® Safety, Risk Mangament, Transactions, and the ABR Designation|
Brooke Yussim, North Bend/Coos Bay
I love selling real estate and my enthusiasm resonates with my clients. As an OAR Instructor, I look forward to passing along what I have learned through my years in the business.
I am managing principal broker and co-owner of Oregon Bay Properties, LLC located in North Bend on the southern Oregon coast in Coos County. I joined the real estate industry in 2006 and in 2010, my husband and I opened Oregon Bay Properties, LLC. My business focuses on residential properties, bare land, and farms and ranches and I have earned a CRS designation. Oregon Bay Properties, LLC also handles commercial & industrial sales and residential & commercial property management, which has broadened the scope of my experience.
My entire career has been in sales including retail sales and management in New York City, software sales in the San Francisco Bay Area and wholesale fashion sales and logistics in Los Angeles. Real estate has been the perfect addition to my sales career.
Courses Brooke Teaches:
|Buyers, REALTOR® Professionalism, Sellers, Transactions|