Newsletter Edition 3, 2018 Print

Incoming President's Message

by Kasara Williams, CPM®

It was an honor to have been inducted as your 2019 chapter president. Our annual awards dinner in November is always my favorite event since it brings us together before the holiday rush. It also allows us to look back on what we have accomplished and energize us for what’s ahead. It was especially exciting to share the new IREM student outreach video. More importantly, we also recognized our outstanding volunteers. Our success is a direct reflection of the time and energy our volunteers willingly give. Congratulations to our award winners!
As we look ahead to 2019, we will review the chapter’s strategic plan and ensure it aligns with our priorities. This will be our core as we set the rest of our goals for 2019 which will include launching the REstart program as well as starting a mentorship program and redoubling our diversity efforts.

Enjoy the rest of the year and have a great holiday season with family and friends!


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Outgoing President's Message

by Miranda Jernigan, CPM®, ARM®

It was an honor and a privilege to serve as your Chapter President in 2018.  From the IREM rebranding to the exceptional work done by our leaders on their various committees, I am very proud of what was accomplished this year. 

Congratulations to our incoming President, Kasara Williams!  Over the years of working with Kasara on different IREM projects, I have learned that if you give her a task, you can consider it done!  I look forward to the chapter’s continued success under her leadership.


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2019 Officers & Executive Council

Congratulations to our newly elected Executive Council Members for 2019!

2019 Officers and Executive Council


Kasara Williams, CPM®


Melissa Steele, CPM®


Ebony Landon, CPM®

Assistant Secretary

Richard Reed, CPM®

Assistant Treasurer

Neil Werner, CPM®

Immediate Past President

Miranda Jernigan, CPM®, ARM®

ARM® Chair

Kelsey Clark, CPM®, ARM®

Director at Large

Maj-Lene Keech, CPM®, ARM®

Director at Large

Benjamin Underwood, CPM®

Director at Large

Stacy Lautar, CPM®

Director at Large

Charlotte Wilson, CPM®

Director at Large 

Donnie Pereira, CPM®, ARM®

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December Holiday Happy Hour

Chapter 77 made the most of the holiday season on December 3rd with a festive happy hour at Seasons 52 in Tysons Corner. Members and guests enjoyed specialty cocktails and appetizers and the Community Action committee collected dozens of toys to fufill the children's wishlist from Cornerstones. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed!

See all of the December Happy Hour photos here.


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November Installation & Awards Dinner

Members and guests at our annual installation and awards dinner on November 13 enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and a fabulous view of the nation’s capital at the Key Bridge Marriott. Awards to outstanding chapter volunteers were announced and Regional Vice President Toni Smith installed our 2019 officers and directors. We also saw six new chapter members receive their pins and celebrated the milestone anniversaries of four members.

Congratulations Installees:

Dee Dee Alston, CPM®, Alston Real Estate

Jose Alvarado, ARM®, Gables Residential

Adriana Parvanova®, ARM, Forest City

Glenn Parisi, ARM®, Legend Management

Daniel Rogers, Jr., ARM®,  BM Smith  

Kelsey Cannon, ARM®, BM Smith

Yvette Donnelly, ACoM®, American Real Estate Partners

Congratulations 2019 Chapter Award Recipients

Rookie of the Year
Erin Grover
Committee Member of the Year: Neil Werner
Committee Member of the Year 
Neil Werner, CPM®
Committee Member of the Year: Neil Werner
Committee Chair of the Year 
Maj-Lene Keech, CPM®, ARM®
Committee Chair of the Year: Laura Anderson
Chapter Image Award 
Jessica Tavares
Chapter Star, Charlotte Wilson
Chapter Ambassador 
Kenicia Thomas
Industry Partner of the Year: Construction Insight
Industry Partner of the Year
 Classic Concierge


Chapter Star, Charlotte WilsonCPM® of the Year 
Kasara Williams, CPM®

ARM of the Year: Donnie Pereira
AMO® of the Year 
Cushman & Wakefield


Member Anniversaries:

Tania Beale, CPM®            10 years

Amy Groff, CPM®              15 years

Tonya Link, CPM®             15 years

Jim Ponder, CPM®            35 years

See all of the November meeting photos here.


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September General Membership Meeting

Tina Leone, CEO of the Ballston Business Improvement District, joined us and gave an update on the state of redevelopment for the Ballston area. She recapped from commercial changes and transportation updates to residential construction and all the fun in between, that is bringing the neighborhood together. New officers and directors for 2019 were elected and 6 new members were installed.

Congratulations Installees:

Kelly Ann Montes, ARM®, Gates Hudson

Brandi Gray, ARM®, Legend Management

Linda Pirro, ARM®, Legend Management

Winnie Glasper, ARM®, Legend Management

Cherice Jackson , ARM®, Quantum Mangement

Mia Blake-Lopez, ARM®, Legend Management

See all of the September meeting photos here.


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Annual Forecast Meeting & Tradeshow


January 31, 2019 

Hear from real estate experts about the impact the economy will have on your properties and the local market in the coming year.

Click here for more information.


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IYP & Community Action

By Jatonne Trianna

On Tuesday, October 17, the Community Action and IYP Committees teamed up to give back to the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in Alexandria, VA. The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation helps homeless pets find their way to loving homes through rescue and adoption. The foundation has saved the lives of more than 28,000 homeless pets, most of whom were facing the treat of euthanasia at over-crowded municipal shelters.

Volunteers are the backbone of the shelter which recently got a new intake of dogs. IREM members helped by walking dogs that were new to the shelter and took notes of behavior or any medical conditions they observed. IREM members also assisted in preparing bags and tickets for their upcoming Paws Vegas event. After walking several of our furry friends, we took the party to the Lost Dog & Cat Café for an IYP happy hour. There we networked with other chapter members and affiliates. Thank you to all who participated in our event!


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In the News

Job Changes:

Maj-Lene Keech, CPM®, ARM® joined Polinger Company as Senior Vice President, Residential Property Management in July. Polinger Company is located in Chevy Chase, Maryland and has 70 years of experience in Residential and Commercial Real Estate in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area, specializing in acquisitions/development, construction services and residential and commercial management.


Jennifer Burns was promoted to Senior Vice President, Property Management and Operations at Monday Properties in September.

New Arrival:

Jessica Tavares Brunga and husband welcomed Marco Brunga on December 6, 2018 at 5:41 pm weighing 7 lbs 14 oz and 21 in long!

Congratulations to all!!


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Region 3 Education

by Maj-Lene Keech, CPM®, ARM®


Region 3 has had another successful year of courses and seminars, and we are busy planning 2019!



Mark your calendars for the following 2019 courses:

ASM Track Washington, DC March 11 - 15
ARM Track Northern Virginia April 8 - 13
MKL 405, HRS 402 Maryland May 13 - 16
MNT 402, FIN 402, ETH 800 Washington, DC June 3 - 7
ASM Track Maryland Oct. 14 - 18
CPM Capstone Northern Virginia Nov. 11 - 15

The seminars have not yet been finalized for 2019; however we are pleased to announce that we will be bringing back the the next generation of our popular leadership seminar series, as well as two Excel seminars.

NEW IN 2019!

Introducing the new website for Region 3 Education, The credentialing course calendar is available and the seminar calendar will be up in January 2019. 


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MEGA Meeting

by Maj-Lene Keech, CPM®, ARM®

"Leading From Any Seat: Stories from the Cockpit & Lessons from the Grit Project"

Our annual regional Mega Meeting with Chapters 77, 8, & 92 was another successful event! It was a motivating afternoon with author Shannon Huffman Polson sharing stories of courage and leadership to help our audience find ways to overcome fear, break through uncertainty, and reach their full potential. We were taken on a journey to a place where we could find our innate grit to go back to our teams leading and succeeding with passion and purpose.

Afterward we shared our own stories from the cockpit at the networking reception with industry partners and colleagues! Thank you to our Industry Partners, Allied Universal, Brightview, LUX, USSI, and Clean & Polish.


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Legislative Update

by Ryan Underwood

Do you have a passion for the future of property management?  Do you want your voice to be heard, and to build relationships with the leaders shaping that future?  Now is your chance! 

The IREM Capitol Hill Fly-In, being held March 5-6, is an amazing opportunity to meet with your federal legislators and advocate for issues critical to the real estate management industry. You'll have a chance to meet with lawmakers face to face to share feedback, ask questions, and help support a vibrant future for our industry. 

The exposure you'll gain and the relationships you'll start will only become more valuable over time. Best of all, you'll have the privilege of saying you were there to help shape things for the better!  For more details and to register, click here


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Call for Volunteers

Interested in exciting work with your IREM Chapter 77? We are always interested in NEW volunteers! Needs range anywhere from helping with one-time events like the Candidate event to larger committees with regular events, like IYP, Community Action, or Programs. All are welcome! If interested, please reach out to Miranda Jernigan at or fill out our volunteer form online here.


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