Meet The 2015 VPAR Officer and Director Candidates

Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®

Meet the Candidates

Andy Cohen - ThumbnailAndy Cohen – GRI, SRS – Abbitt Realty Company LLC
President Elect

My name is Andy Cohen. I have been a Realtor since 1988. Prior to that I spent seventeen years in the foodservice industry, managing cafeterias, restaurants and bars. I also spent five years as a morning radio personality. I am currently an Associate Broker with Abbitt Realty Company, LLC.

I am from Teaneck, NJ, where I graduated from Teaneck High School. I attended The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, where I earned a B.A. in political science and sociology. As a Realtor, I have earned the GRI and CRS designations, as well as the designations of CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and MCSP (Master Certified Sales Professional) from the National Association of Homebuilders.

I have served our Association as a member of the Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, including a term as president, as a member of the new homes committee, and, this year, as a member of the Board of Directors. I was honored in 1997, and again in 2012, to be recognized with the Realtor Community Service award. I have also served, for the past eight years, as a member of the Peninsula Housing and Builders Board of Directors, and have served five terms as Chair of the Sales and Marketing Council.

In our community, I served as a youth basketball coach, as a trustee of the Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, including three terms as treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, including two terms as president. I look forward to serving the members of VPAR as, together, we meet the challenge of remaining vibrant, and relevant, in a rapidly changing technological environment.


Chandra Patterson - HeadshotChandra Patterson – SFR, SRS – Rose & Womble Real Estate
Candidate for Treasurer

I have been a licensed REALTOR and an active member of VPAR since 1994. I currently serve as Treasurer and would like to serve another term. VPAR has been in transition with the changes in staff. During VPAR’s absence of a CEO, I worked with the Interim CEO and Executive Committee to take on the financial responsibilities ordinarily handled by the CEO. Now that we have a new CEO, I’ve been working with him in this transition period. I believe it would be helpful to continue as Treasurer while we complete this transition.

I’ve been involved in the Association serving on various committees (Budget and Finance, Strategic Planning, Public Policy, Professional Standards, to name a few) from the very beginning of my real estate career. It has allowed me opportunities to learn and grow with experiences that broadened my perspective and understanding of this industry. I’ve gained so much because of it. Therefore, I feel it is just the natural progression for me to give back and be of service to the Association membership.

I am a 2009 graduate of the Virginia Association of Realtors Leadership Academy and currently serve as a VAR RPAC Trustee, NAR’s Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) and Public Policy Coordinating Committee member for NAR. I have always demonstrated a strong commitment to being involved in various activities of the Association. Serving as Treasurer for a second term would continue that commitment. My flexibility, open-mindedness to new ideas, and analytical skills will be major assets to the Board.

Once elected, my primary goal is to assist this Association in its efforts to continue to be fiscally responsible and to find additional ways (outside of dues billing) for increasing our revenues such as offering innovative educational opportunities for members to sharpen their “tools” with the latest market trends and technology information. Additionally, I would also like to assist this Association with continuing to provide information on up-to-date industry related public policy issues as well as maintaining VPAR’s presence as the primary real estate source in the community. As Treasurer and Board Member, I will proudly represent you, the members, on all issues. Thank you for your support!


Carl Burt 2014 - ThumbnailCarl Burt – ABR, GREEN, SFR – Abbitt Realty Company
Board Member Candidate

My name is Carl Burt; I am a Realtor with Abbitt Realty Company, current VPAR Board Member and a candidate for the 2015-2016 VPAR’s Board of Directors. I have served VPAR in the following areas: VPAR Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee member, Awards Committee Chair and Vice Chair and member, VPAR Charitable Foundation Board member and RPAC fundraising committee. I am a retired Law and Enforcement Executive with years of administration and management experience in business and civic boards.

I have actively participated in numerous VPAR functions including all official meetings, REALTOR Day on the Hill, training, reviewed and made changes to VPAR’s Awards Committee policy, attended and participated in the Awards Banquet, met with political leaders on matters relating to our real estate profession, regularly provided input into policy discussions at the VPAR Board level and I regularly serve as an advocate for the real estate profession and home ownership in my encounters with fellow professionals or the community. I am seeking a two year term on the 2015-2016 VPAR Board of Directors.

Serving as a VPAR Board member the past two years has afforded me an opportunity to actively engage in the inner workings of the complex world of managing a Professional Realtor Association. I have a personal understanding regarding how important insightful thought; deliberation and compromise are in addressing matters on the VPAR Board. If elected to return to the VPAR Board, I will bring prior VPAR Board experience and years of executive level leadership, budget, personnel and organizational skills to the VPAR Board. I wish to serve the VPAR Board because I think my professional background and experience would be helpful to the board. If elected to return to the VPAR Board, I will work to advance the ideals of our profession, while always being open to our membership and public for input that will improve our profession. I am a consensus builder that works well with other Realtors, public and political leaders.


Carla Carney - ThumbnailCarla Carney – Exit Realty
Board Member Candidate

My name is Carla Carney and I am a native of Newport News, VA. I have been assisting Buyers and Sellers throughout the Hampton Roads area. As a military veteran, I will be useful to anyone moving to or from the area. I am also VHDA & HUD Certified. I’ve served on the Professional Development, Public Policy and Realtor Fest Committee. I have my Brokers license and my VA Instructor license in which I teach the Principle of Real Estate through Moseley. I also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Liberal Arts. I am very connected in the community through many works such as volunteering, donating to the homeless shelters, just to name a few.

Using the latest in valuation analysis coupled with my internet strategy, I provide the highest level of marketing to home sellers. I also assist other real estate agents in properly valuating homes for sale. I know this market and I give my personal attention to buyers who choose to work with me.

“I am very blessed to have this opportunity to do what I truly love –serving others by helping them with what many times seems like an overwhelming task in buying or selling a home. While I believe in proper marketing and leading-edge technology to do the best job I can for my clients, nothing can replace just being a good neighbor to them, and treating them how I would like to be treated. Whether it is helping you or someone you care about, it would be my honor to offer this level of service.


Eugenia Jackson - ThumbnailEugenia Jackson – CRS, GRI – Rose & Womble Realty
Board Member Candidate

Eugenia Jackson has been a member of VPAR for over 25 years and she takes pride in being a very active member of the Association. She is currently serving as Co-Chairperson of the VPAR Public Policy Committee. During those years, she has also held positions as VPAR Director, and Committee Chairperson and worked on several VPAR committees. She holds a strong belief that being involved in the association is one of the differences between a “real estate professional” and a salesperson. She has also received the VPAR Code of Ethics Award and Salesperson of the Year Award.

Eugenia is also very active in the Realtist Association (National Association of Real Estate Brokers) on both the national and local level. She is currently serving as NAREB Membership Committee Chairperson and President of the local Chapter. She is active in her community and currently serves on the Board of Menchville House, a local family shelter. Eugenia is married to Christopher Jackson who served 23 years in the US Air Force and is the proud parent of two sons, Christopher and Tyrone. Her spare time is spent traveling but she is happiest when she is spending time with her granddaughter, Bria Jackson. Eugenia is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a degree in Applied Behavioral Science.


Shanda Kishlicky- Madriaga - ThumbnailShanda Kishlicky- Madriaga – Liz Moore & Associates
Board Member Candidate

I started my career in Real Estate in 2005 in an administrative role and became a licensed REALTOR in 2007. Since that time I’ve seen many changes take place in the market and I have gained a great bit of knowledge through it. I am grateful to work with such a wonderful, talented and knowledgeable group of professionals. I find the Association crucial in keeping members educated & informed of the numerous changes always taking place wither it be on a local, state or national level. As an active member I’ve served on many VPAR committees and am a part of the Young Professional Network (YPN). I’ve also been a part of numerous events to include OSC & Installation Banquets.

I find technology & public exposure to be very important in staying in front of consumers and to keeping us all busy in the coming years. If elected you can count on me to bring lots of new ideas that will be helpful & beneficial to the Association and you. I find myself sociable, easy to talk to and ready to listen to help us accomplish having a strong, successful & well driven Association.

I would be honored to take it a step further and join the Board of Directors. I’m very excited to be given this opportunity and would love to have your vote on October 20th to serve you!


Amanda WalshAmanda M. Walsh – CSP, SFR, ABR®, ASP®, GRI  Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate
Board Member Candidate

Amanda has accomplished more at a young age than most REALTORS® will accomplish in their careers. In her early twenties, she became one of the youngest Brokers in the industry, and she has also established her own boutique real estate brokerage, Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate serving the ENTIRE Hampton Roads area.

Amanda currently serves on VPAR’s Property Management Committee, New Homes Committee and Broker Enhancement Committee and is also a member of HRRA & CBRAR. She has a passion for real estate and education, and has several areas of expertise. Amanda maintains a very dynamic portfolio of Property Management clients, and endeavors to provide both her resale clients and investors with the best service around. Amanda is a pioneer in real estate and uses the latest technology to ensure her marketing is second to none, and her reputation among her peers and past clients is a testament to her abilities and dedication.

In Amanda’s free time she enjoys spending time with her 6 year old Daughter Lela and her new husband Roger. The Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate Team consists of herself and 6 licensed real estate agents. Amanda is also serves as a Notary Public for the Commonwealth at Large.

Welcome New Members – September Indoctrination Class

Davette Bellamy, EXIT Real Estate Solutions
Chiffon Bradshaw, Keller Williams Elite
Kathy Briglio, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Timothy Brown, Long & Foster
Steven Chapman, Mid-Atlantic Residential
Sherry Chow, Liz Moore & Associates
Pam Christiansen, RE/MAX Penninsula
Rashida Clarke, Liz Moore & Associates
Samantha Coleman, William E. Wood & Associates
Kara Curtis, Action Realty
Kyle Daddysman, Liz Moore & Associates
Greg Davis, Abbitt Realty Company LLC
Casandra Dawson, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Anne Doop, Abbitt Realty Company LLC
Rinni Dumire, Pink Flamingo Realty LLC
Kimberly Dunklee, greg garrett
Deborah Eggers, William E. Wood & Associates
Jean Evans, Coldwell Banker Professional
Tonya Fields, Melody Matthews & Associates
Lezlie Hardesty, RE/MAX Ambassadors Colonial
Garrett Haywood, Prudential Towne Realty
Barbara Henderson, Keller Williams Elite
Sabrina Hite, Tidewater Premier Properties
Kim Hoskins, Liz Moore & Associates
Fei Hu, Prudential Towne Realty
Denise Leming, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Garrett Maroon, Keller Williams Elite
Lindsey Miles, greg garrett
Kippe ONeil, Prudential Towne Realty
Kimberly Pope, Abbitt Realty Co, LLC
Rebecca Shaw, Liz Moore & Associates
Sarah Shores, greg garrett
Marque Staton, CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty
Crystal Sullivan, Rose & Womble Realty Company
Catherine Terry, greg garrett
Laura Wagenfeld, ERA Real Estate Professionals
Patricia Webb, William E. Wood & Associates
Nebert Williams, Olde Towne Realty
Tammie Williams, Keller Williams Elite
Sherri Wilson, greg garrett
Tyrone Wise, EXIT Real Estate Solutions
Laura Worrell, Keller Williams Elite

Robert Chapman, Liz Moore & Associates
Renee Chatman, Rose & Womble
Sabrina Hite, Tidewater Premier Properties
Momo Hlaing, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Sandra Hood, Coldwell Banker Traditions
Nina Lehouillier, Keller Williams Elite
James McClean, Tidewater Premier Properties
Pamella Moore, Coldwell Banker Professional
Cheri Richards, William E. Wood
Brian Saunders, Brian F. Saunders & Associates
Michael Weisflog, Tidewater Premier Properties
Josetta Wells, ERA Real Estate Professionals

The Monitor – September 2014

GASTON, SUSAN COLOR 2255 (2)Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®
Monthly Public Policy Report

Local Issues

VPAR members Bill Brown, Sandra Hood, Chandra Patterson, Regina Scott and Peggy Todd, along with CEO Jim Wetzel and Legislative Consultant Susan Gaston, attended the September 3rd “STATE OF THE CITY OF HAMPTON” event. This is one of three in a series of lunch programs featuring the Mayors of Hampton, Newport News and Poquoson that are sponsored by the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. VPAR members are encouraged to purchase individual tickets. Register for the remaining programs by visiting

In response to outreach from Mayor George Wallace, Vice Mayor Linda Curtis and City Manager Mary Bunting, VPAR’s Public Policy Committee has put forth REALTOR® Peggy Todd to be part of a focus group of REALTORS®, builders and developers that will concentrate on how best to increase the City’s housing stock and how to meet the needs of the housing and development communities. VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, Susan Gaston, has been asked by the City to represent VPAR as well, and former VPAR Presidents Perry Pilgrim and Tommy Thompson also are under consideration. More to come as details emerge on specific tasks and focus group members.

VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, Susan Gaston, continues to work with the City on the matter of the City’s Rental Inspection Program. At its August meeting, the Public Policy Committee reaffirmed its support of the ordinance, and also pledged its support to several proposed amendments to the ordinance that will make the program more favorable to landlords, property owners, REALTORS® and property managers.

Confused about AICUZ? When do property owners disclose that they are in a noise or crash zone association with Langley Air Force Base? Or, when is disclosure NOT required? To better educate VPAR members as well as members from HRRA, who deal with similar issues from Oceana Naval Air Station, we are hosting a forum in conjunction with the September 23rd REALTOR Day event. Scheduled for 10:30 AM at the Marriott, VPAR and HRRA have invited VAR CEO Terrie Suit to speak to this issue given her work on it as a member of the House of Delegates.

The City is set to begin review of the Coliseum Central, Downtown and North King Street Neighborhood Master Plans. VPAR already has reached out to the City’s Community Development Department; the City indicated that they would reach out to the Association for input and involvement.
Newport News
The Comprehensive Plan review process is back on track with the City’s recent hire of a new Director of Comprehensive Planning. VPAR remains intensely engaged on the Comprehensive Plan Citizens Advisory Committee (CPCAC). VPAR is working with the Planning Department to schedule a member-wide visioning exercise to generate ideas from the membership regarding what they would like to see in Newport News in the coming decade. Stay tuned, but in the meantime, visit for more details on how you and your clients can weigh in on the Comp Plan review.

With the recent kick-off meeting of the Virginia Climate Change and Resiliency Commission on September 10th, almost on cue, the rains came to the Peninsula. But no one knows flooding like Poquoson knows (and handles) flooding. To better understand the details of the greater issue and the implications of policy initiatives, VAR’s Martin Johnson, Chief of Policy and Advocacy, will visit with Poquoson City leaders for a “Flooding 101” briefing Session. Joining Martin will be Susan Gaston. Stay tuned for more details!

VPAR is working to help Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) improve transportation and transit systems on the Peninsula and throughout the region by soliciting feedback from the general public.

CONNECT Hampton Roads is a new initiative just started recently by HRT to kick start a conversation about what regional transportation options the public wants. Does the region want more buses running later, in more cities and longer into the weekends? What is the future role of light rail transit? How do bicycle paths and park and rides fit into the transportation mix? Are we imposing too much of a financial burden on cities under our current system?

Hampton Roads Transit will use the comments as part of an on-going discussion to gather comments, combining them into broad categories such as bus, rail, ferry services, pedestrian pathways and transit funding. The comments will be incorporated into a planned long-range Transportation Vision Plan. Next year, the plan will be shared with the Virginia General Assembly.

Housing and public transit are important elements in our quality of life, and the two are very much aligned… so, REALTOR® input is very important to this process! Give your thoughts as to how to achieve the goal of a more connected community via transportation systems by going to

The VREB regulations have been reviewed and re-drafted but to date remain unsigned, and this not in effect.


The VAR Public Policy Committee met on August 13th to initiate discussions on legislation proposed for the 2015 General Assembly Session. This is only the beginning of a very detailed process, and if VPAR members know of issues that require a legislative remedy, please advise your Legislative Consultant, Susan Gaston, at Additional discussions on the legislative positions will be held during the business meetings of the October VAR REAL SHOW.

VPAR members Dale Chandler and Dot McKelvin, led by Federal Political Coordinator Chandra Patterson, represented VPAR at Congressman Bobby Scott’s (3rd – D, Newport News) Annual Labor Day Picnic. Joined by many elected officials from the Peninsula, the General Assembly and Congress, REALTOR® Patterson presented the Congressman with a check from NAR’s REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). The event was a great opportunity to show REALTOR® strength and the influence of VPAR. See the fun photos on VPAR’s Facebook page .

Likewise, only a few days later, VPAR again was well-represented when REALTOR® Mary Beth Pauley, a former VPAR member who now is the Vice President of WAAR, and VPAR Public Policy Chairwoman, Sandra Hood, along with Legislative Consultant Susan Gaston, met with Congressman Rob Wittman (1st – R, Westmorland). REALTOR® Pauley, the Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Wittman, presented the Congressman with a check from the national RPAC as well. It was a great opportunity to spend quality time with the Congressman and to discuss significant issues on the NAR radar screen, most notably, the issue regarding extending the Mortgage Indebtedness Forgiveness Act. Visit VPAR’s Facebook page to see a nice photo of the presentation!

NAR Asks Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor Mortgage Indebtedness Forgiveness Legislation
One of the top NAR priorities upon Congress’s return to Washington is to request co-sponsors for H. R. 2944, the bill to extend the Mortgage Indebtedness Forgiveness legislation. More information can be found here:
NAR Participates in FAA Working Group
NAR has been invited to participate in an on-going Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) working group on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs). NAR will use this opportunity educate FAA officials on how Realtors are interested in utilizing this technology safely and responsibly. Currently, the FAA prohibits the use of UASs for any commercial purpose, such as creating a video to sell property. The FAA is on track to propose regulations in November that will establish a timeframe for integrating small UASs into the national airspace. NAR supports regulations that would allow members to use this technology safely but that are not overly cumbersome or expensive.

NAR Submits Comments to FHFA on G-Fees
On September 8, 2014, NAR submitted comments to FHFA in response to its Request for Input on the guarantee fees (g-fees) that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored enterprises or Enterprises) charge lenders; and to raise concerns about implementation of the proposed increases to both the g-fee and up-front fees charged to borrowers (loan level pricing adjustments or LLPAs).

NAR Submits Comments to FHFA on PMIERs.
On September 8, 2014, NAR submitted comments to FHFA on its proposed draft Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements (PMIERs) for companies that insure mortgage loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The proposed requirements are important to NAR members as private mortgage insurance is often required for borrowers with down payments less than 20 percent.
Should you have questions on these or other issues, or for additional details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445 or at