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Meet the team:


Chief Executive Officer - Maria Brogan | Email me

Committees managed: Executive, Board of Directors, Finance, Nominating, REALTOR® Party, and REALTOR® of the Year.

I direct the association’s operations according to our Bylaws and Strategic Plan, and in collaboration with our fantastic Board of Directors. Have an idea, concern, question, or just want to talk about the real estate industry? I'm your gal!


Membership & Professional Standards Coordinator - Sharon Sarvela | Email me

Committees managed: Community Service, Professional Standards, and Grievance.

I’m your go-to person for membership and professional standards questions. Need to know about dispute resolution options, how to pay your dues, or just want to know how many members NEAR currently has? I’ve got the answers.


Program & Event Coordinator - Brandyce DeFreitas | Email me

Committees managed: Special Events, Education, Young Professionals.

I organize and plan all of the association’s events, including the Awards Gala, REALTOR® Conference & Expo, and education programs. I also build relationships with our sponsors and ensure that our sponsorship opportunities match their expectations. I keep members informed by sharing association news, market statistics, marketing tools, educational opportunities, and relevant resources through our website and email newsletters. Have news to share or an education idea? Let's chat!


Member Support Specialist - Julie Demaree | Email me

The chances are that we have spoken before! I am the first one you typically speak to when you call in. I will help you out or direct you to someone who can. If you need to register for a class or get a copy of a certificate, I'm here to help. If you are interested in purchasing sign riders, closing gifts, or brochure boxes, I have those available and would be happy to talk to you!

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