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IREM Reveals Women Changing the World of Real Estate Management
Weaving Stories Together Creates a Living Tapestry

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Editor’s Notes:

For interviews with any of the honorees, please contact Sharon Peters

(Chicago, March 4, 2013) – The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) today revealed the names of, and narratives about, 72 women from the U.S. and abroad who are changing the face of the real estate management profession. Recognized for innovation, mentoring, community service, leadership and other laudable initiatives, the women identified range from senior officers of global real estate firms to self-employed entrepreneurs to site managers of single properties who are prized for the great work they do. Some are IREM Members, others not, and their stories – as told by those who nominated them – are featured in the March/April issue of IREM’smember magazine, the Journal of Property Management (JPM).

“In big ways and small,” said IREM 2012 President James A. Evans, CPM, “women are changing the face of the real estate management industry daily. This was the impetus for IREM to identify the women who represent the absolute best of what our industry can accomplish.”

“Our original intent was to identify and spotlight just 10 women of achievement,” said Russell Salzman, CAE, IOM, RCE, IREM’s executive vice president and CEO. “But as nominations flowed in, we quickly realized that recognizing so few would be difficult, if not impossible. Indeed,” he noted, “each and every nomination contained a story...a story told by a colleague, a direct report, a tenant, a supervisor, and, in some cases, even by daughters writing about their mothers.”

Observed Nancye Kirk, IREM’s Chief Strategy Office and Vice President, Global Services: “It is the weaving together of all of these stories that creates a living tapestry, one which enables us to see how women have, and are, changing the world through real estate management.”

Added current IREM President Elizabeth (Beth) Machen, CPM, who is among the 72 women spotlighted: “When I began my property management career, relatively few women were in the business. Today, the percentage of women in management surpasses that of the men. “But,” she continued, “it’s not just about the numbers. As I read through the awe-inspiring stories of my female colleagues, I felt truly honored to be included in this group of passionate, committed professionals.”

All of the women identified are entwined by common threads – a willingness to mentor others, leadership through caring and nurturing, the ability to create connections and form lasting bonds, a passion for lifelong learning and for sharing knowledge with others. Among these women are single mothers who used real estate management as a career that would support not only themselves but their children. Risk-taking entrepreneurs who started their own management companies. Innovators who leveraged their management knowledge and expertise to create business that supported the industry. Educators, who have prepared young people for successful careers in real estate management. And sensitive and thoughtful managers whose compassion has ensured safe and comfortable homes for those of limited means.


  • Cammie Allie, CPM, Fortress Property Management, Portland, OR
  • Shannon Alter, CPM, Alter Consulting Group, Santa Ana, CA
  • Sue Ansel, Gables Residential, Dallas, TX
  • Kristi Bowins, CPM Candidate, Colliers International, AMO, Boise, ID
  • Elizabeth Bunker, CPM, Windsor Management, Lafayette, CA
  • Stephanie Burg-Brown, CPM, BSA Management and Nextage Diamond Realty, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lori Burger, CPM, IREM 2013 Secretary/Treasurer, Eugene Burger Management Corp., AMO, Rohnert Park, CA
  • Mary Butler Summy, CPM, LEED, Granite Properties, Houston, TX
  • Debra A. Cafaro, Ventas, Inc., Chicago, IL
  • Cynthia Clare, CPM, Kettler Management, AMO, McLean, VA
  • Tisa Clark, JD Clark Professional Services, Capitol Heights, MD
  • JoAnne Corbitt, CPM, IREM 1997 President, Colliers International, AMO, Nashville, TV
  • Dawn Daffinee, CPM, Travis Commercial, San Antonio, TX
  • Dreamer Dowden, ARM, CPM Candidate, CDPM II, Barksdale Family Housing, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA
  • Doreen Donovan, CPM, CJ Management, Co., Inc., Dorchester, MA
  • Mary Joe Eaton, CBRE, In., AMO, Miami, FL
  • Faye Ellis, CPM, Facility Management Services, Nashville, TN
  • Rose Evans, CPM, Levin Management, AMO, North Plainfield, NJ
  • Christiana Foglio, Community Investment Strategies, Inc., Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Kate Franco, CPM, ARM, Trinity Management Company, LLC, Boston, MA
  • Vickie Gaskill, ARM, CPM, Bell-Anderson & Associates, LLC, Kent, WA
  • Ginny Goldsmith, CPM, Sealy & Company, Dallas, TX
  • Emily Goodman, CPM, ARM, Core Realty Holdings Management, Inc. (CRHMI), Greensboro, NC???
  • Jamie Gorski, The Bozzuto Group, Greenbelt, MD
  • Rosemary Goss, PH.D., Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA
  • Cheryl Gray, CPM, Bentall Kennedy, Toronto, Canada
  • Olga Hakes, ARM, 1170 Apartment Corporation, Fort Lee, NJ
  • Mary Hauser, CPM, Browning Investments, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
  • Lidia Henclewska, CPM, Henclewska Nieruchomosci, Poznan, Poland
  • Tammy Gorr Hendrix, CPM, Consulting in Houston, TX
  • Rita Hernandez, CPM, RiverRock Real Estate Group, San Francisco, CA
  • Deanna Hill, CPM, First Management Services, Knoxville, TN
  • Deborah Ho-Beckstrom, CPM, Community Association Group, Inc., St. Paul, MN
  • Alexandra Jackiw, CPM, McKinley, Inc., AMO, Indianapolis, IN
  • Julie Johnson, Phillips Real Estate Service, Seattle, WA
  • Heidi Kempf-Schwarze, CPM, RPA, Unilev Management Corp., St. Paul, MN
  • Laura Khouri, CPM Candidate, Western National Property Management (WNPM), Irvine, CA
  • Diana Leka, CPM Candidate, Housing Authority of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Meaghan Levy, CPM, CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc., AMO, Las Vegas, NV
  • Sue Lewis, Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound, Seattle, WA
  • Fernanda Lisboa, CPM, 1Size Eireli, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Elizabeth (Beth) Machen, CPM, IREM 2013 President, Machen Advisory Group, Charlotte, NC
  • Marla Maloney, CPM, Cassidy Turley, AMO, St. Louis, MO
  • Annie McClinton, Multifamily Ancillary Group (MAG), Irvine, CA
  • Vera McPherson, CPM, ARM, W.H.H. Trice & Co., Williamsburg, VA
  • Pamela Monroe, CPM, IREM 2009 President, Community Realty Management, Inc., AMO, Pleasantville, NJ
  • Constance B. Moore, BRE, San Francisco, CA
  • Reggie Mullins, CPM, IREM 2008 President, Cassidy Turley, AMO, Washington, DC
  • Patricia Nooney, CPM, IREM 2003 President, CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (CBRE), Tampa, FL
  • Susan Passmore, CAM, CAPS, Blue Ridge Companies, High Point, NC
  • Debbie Phillips, PH.D., CPM, The Quadrillion, Atlanta, GA
  • Holly Powell, CPM Candidate, NRP Management Group, Detroit, MI
  • Cathy Robertson, ARM, Core Realty Holdings Management, Inc. (CRHMI), Greensboro, NC
  • Beverly Roachell, CPM, IREM 1994 President, Peak Properties, LLC, Little Rock, AR
  • Renee Savage, CPM, CCIM, Capital Growth Properties, Inc., AMO, La Jolla, CA
  • Sheri Schwab, AIMCO, Montclair, CA
  • Felicia Scruggs-Wright, CAM, CPM, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), San Francisco, CA
  • Kim Small, The Morgan Group, Houston, TX
  • Kerri Stimpson, Taylor Management Company, Spring Lake, NJ
  • Debbie Weber Sobeck, MidPenn Housing, Foster City, CA
  • Eileen Swenson, CPM, Trio Properties, LLC, Glastonbury, CT and 72 Residential , LLC, Lake Mary, FL
  • Heidi Turner, Blanton Turner, Seattle, WA
  • Carol Walker, IREM Northern Virginia Chapter No. 77, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Brenna Walraven, CPM, RPA, USAA Real Estate Company, San Antonio, TX
  • Lindsey Weir, Signature Property Group, Inc., Greensboro, NC
  • Karen Whitt, CPM, RPA, CRE, Colliers International, AMO, Washington, DC
  • Becca Wilson,, Tulsa, OK
  • Deb Wise, Network Property Services, Muncie, IN
  • Sarah Wood, CPM Candidate, Gene B. Blick Company, Indianapolis, IN
  • Marie Worsham, CPM, Cassidy Turley, AMO, Atlanta, GA 

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is an international community of real estate managers dedicated to ethical business practices, maximizing the value of investment real estate, and promoting superior management through education and information sharing. An affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS, IREM is the home for all industry professionals connected to real estate management – and the only organization serving both the multi-family and commercial sectors.

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