Board of Directors

Laurie Moore

President

For Laurie Moore, giving back is what it’s all about.  Integrating community service with real estate has been a completely gratifying experience for me.

I currently am the Vice President  for the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors where I stay up-to-date on topics of real estate and fighting for property rights that affect our community and my fellow realtors. I served two years on the GGAR Board of Directors before taking the vice president position. I am also on the Realtor   Political Involvement Committee at the state level and on the GGAR Finance Committee. Not only do I donate a portion of my commission from each closing to Children’s Miracle Network and the Susan G Komen Foundation, but I also am a Co-chair on the Community Involvement Committee that raises money for local food pantries and a variety of building and home refurbishing programs. I look forward to continuing  on this journey for myself and all of the GGAR members.

Rick Lauschke

President-Elect

Rick Lauschke began working in real estate full time as a Broker for Paul R. Lauschke & Associates, Inc. in Alton.  He served on the SIR/MLS board in 2010 and another year as chairman of the board.  He most recently was the Chairman of the A/E search committee and currently serves as GGAR Vice President and Chairman of the Finance Committee for GGAR.  Outside of real estate, he has served on the Hayner Public Library board as a    Trustee for 16 years.  He has  also been involved with the Wellspring Resources board where he served as         Director and Treasurer, as well as having been involved with the Riverbend Growth Association, United Way  Campaign and Allocations committees, Riverbend Rotary and the Alton Education Foundation.

Rick grew up in the Alton/Godfrey area where he currently resides.

Elaine Rhodes

Vice-President

After over 25 years working in the construction field managing jobs and offices I decided it was time to work for myself and began my real estate career.   I have been a member of GGAR for over 11 years working for Century 21 in Godfrey, Managing my own company and after a merger am presently Managing the Godfrey office of Coldwell Banker Brown.

I serve on multiple committees/working groups with the Illinois Realtors including Professionals Standards since 2014, serve on many of the GGAR committees, RPAC Major Investor, Board of Director – in my second term,  and support Partners for Pets and 5 A's Humane Society in their efforts to find pets a New Forever Home.

I have lived in the River Bend area for over 40 years residing in the Fosterburg area with my husband Jim. In my spare time I enjoy visiting with my two daughters and their families and spoiling my 6 wonderful grandkids. I also enjoy gardening and camping.

Mark Shamalian Massey

Past-President

Mark Shamalian Massey is a graduate of St. Louis University.  He began his career in real estate in 2005 and joined his family in the business, to continue the dedication and hard work of serving the public in real estate.

He is licensed in Illinois and Missouri and works for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties in Edwardsville, Illinois and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate in Clayton, Missouri.  Mark and his team have continuously won the Chairman's Award with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (formerly Prudential Real Estate) for over 20 years.

Prior to Mark's career in real estate he worked in HR Benefits and Compensation for 10 years, creating benefit and compensation plans for corporations.

Mark is a lifelong resident of the area and lives in Edwardsville.

Jenni Beck

Director

Jenni Beck has been licensed since 2003.  She is very involved in RPAC, both locally and at the state level and has been a major investor since 2010.  She has served as the 2014 Chair of Political Fundraising Working Group for IAR and 2010-2011 Chairman of the Board for GGAR.  She is currently serving on the MARIS Board of Directors, previously served on SIRMLS Board of Governors, State Legislative contact for Senator Haine, IAR's Professional Standard Committee, and Technology, Spring Conference, Political Fundraising and Major Investor Working Groups.

Jenni loves to sing, travel, drink coffee, and spend time with my family and girlfriends, and my new dog Waylon!

Jeb Blasingame

Director

Jeb Blasingame is the managing broker and owner of Star REALTORS® in Granite City. Licensed in the states of Illinois and Missouri for the last 15 years,  Jeb led the company to new heights in 2015, as Star REALTORS® became the #1 team in the St. Louis Metroplex and was ranked as the #31 team nationally in number of homes sold, as reported in Real Trends/The Wall Street Journal.

Jeb currently serves as a director on the GGAR Board of Directors.  He is an RPAC major investor serves on the Government Affairs/RPAC Committee and also co-chairs the Richard D. Wiegers Golf Outing.  He is a 2017 graduate of the GGAR Leadership Academy.

Raised in Granite City, Jeb was an All-State soccer goalie on the South High School Warriors state championship team in 1982.  He graduated from Western Illinois University with a business management degree after serving as student body vice president and interning with Illinois State Representative Sam Woolf.

Jeb is looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve this association and the surrounding communities.

Kris Dempsey

Director

Kris Dempsey earned her real estate license in 2004 and currently works with Equity Fifty-Five Realty, LLC full time.  As a REALTOR her true passion is found in serving and educating her clients as they navigate the home buying and selling process. Kris served as a Director on the board in 2018 as a one year appointed position, and found that being on the board was mutually gratifying to serve and learn at the same time. She graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2016, and went on to serve as a mentor for that same academy in 2017. Kris has also served on the Awards Banquet committee and the Community Involvement Committee. In addition to her passion for her clients and fellow REALTORS, Kris serves in her own community, through local events,  community groups and international missions work overseas as well as stateside. She is a lifelong resident of the area, currently residing in Highland with her husband Bill, daughter Olivia and two grown sons Nathan (wife Emily) and Jon. Kris’ great ambition is to serve her clients and others well as she continues to grow as a real estate professional.

Elizabeth Hellrung

Director

Elizabeth Hellrung earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  She earned her real estate license in 2004 and worked diligently to build a strong customer base in the single family resale and new construction markets.  In 2009 she earned her managing broker's license and in 2011 was named the managing broker of the Coldwell Banker Brown REALTORS® office located in Troy.

Elizabeth also finds joy in serving her community.  She chairs the City of Troy's Planning Commission, serves as a Jarvis Township Trustee, sits on the City of Troy Community Improvement Board, and is an active leader with the Troy-Maryville-St. Jacob-Marine Chamber of Commerce, Troy Elementary Schools PTO, and the Lewis & Clark Cub Scouts.  Elizabeth loves supporting and helping to improve the organizations where she, her husband, and her children are involved.

Elizabeth lives in Troy with her husband Charlie and their three children, Max - 13, Will - 9, and Katie - 6.

Marc Kamp

Director

Marc started his lending career with Associates Finance Corporation in 1981 where he held the position as Branch Manager as well as Auditor.  He joined Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in 2001 as a Home Mortgage Consultant then prompted to Branch Manager.  In 2011 he joined First Clover Leaf Bank where he is currently a Senior Mortgage Lender.

Marc holds a Bachelors degree in Business from UMSL and for the past three years has been recognized in the St. Louis Five Star Mortgage Professional.

He is a Past Trustee for St. Boniface Church, a member of the Edwardsville Knights of Columbus where he served as Treasurer for three years, and a high school and American Legion baseball umpire.   Marc enjoys walking with his wife Kay who is a teacher at St. Boniface School and golfing.  He lives in Edwardsville and has three children.

Julie Lading

Director

A lifelong resident of the metro east area, Julie began her real estate career right after college.  She obtained her Managing Brokers license and assumed a management position soon there after with Prudential One Realty Centre (now known as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties).  With 18 plus years of experience at the brokerage, Julie can easily say she has seen a lot of changes in the industry.

While at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties, Julie has been an active participant in her local community and both state and local associations of Realtors.  She earned her Graduate Realtor® Institute designation and later served on the GRI board of governors.  She has participated in local Rotary clubs and served on the EdGlen Chamber board of directors.  Currently, Julie is serving on the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors® Board of Directors and Co-Chairs the RPAC Committee.

When the work day transitions to home time, Julie loves spending time with her family attending her children's many sporting events.

Kristene Schmitt

Director

Kristene received her license as a REALTOR® in 2001. She became a member of the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors in 2011 serving the St. Louis Metro East Area. After obtaining her license she earned her BS and MSA in Accounting from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. This spring she launched KRS Realty, LLC as the Managing Broker/Owner with a mission of keeping real estate simple.  Additionally she attended the 2018 GGAR Leadership Academy while growing her business. Over the last 18 years she has    volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader. During that time she has trained numerous Scouts and adults in leadership principles, a passion of hers, that span all reaches of life. Kristene has a 21 year old son, Jacob and 2 dogs,  Orion and Ernie. She has lived in the Collinsville area for the last 20 years and looks forward to serving her community as well as the real estate community for years to come.  She is running for a seat on the GGAR Board of Directors and would appreciate your vote.

Lavon Singleton

Director

Lavon Singleton began selling real estate in 2006.  Having earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Lindenwood University @ Saint Charles, Lavon knew that real estate was a passion very early.  Lavon has worked for some of the biggest names in the real estate       industry: Coldwell Banker Gundaker, Strano & Associates Real Estate, GMAC Real Estate, Real Living Now Real Estate and Star Realtors.  Lavon enjoys the residential, commercial, property management side of real estate.

In 2017, Lavon started his own company, Singleton Real Estate Solutions LLC, to offer a more personal real estate experience to buyers and sellers.  Lavon is currently licensed in both Missouri and Illinois.

Lavon has worked in the banking industry for Bank of America and US Bank.  Lavon has also worked in the East Saint Louis  Community as Director for Community Development and Senior Administrator for the East Saint Louis School District.  Lavon has previously served the Bethalto School District as Business Manager and the KIPP Saint Louis Charter Schools as the Director of School Operations.  His commitment to education and lifelong learning will soon afford him the degree of “Doctor of Education.”

When asked to share his views on real estate, Lavon says the following…“Bringing buyers and sellers together in a real estate transaction is something that I take very serious.  Every client deserves an agent who pays close attention to details and above all exceeds their expectations.”