Board of Directors

The Greater Gateway
Association of REALTORS ®

Meet The Board

Elaine-Rhodes

Elaine Rhodes

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.

Kristene Schmitt

Kristene Schmitt

President Elect
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. April 2018 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. She currently serves as the Residential Real Estate Specialist Financial Leader for 2019 as well as Director for the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. 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 22 year old son Jacob (Now a member of GGAR), 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 Vice President for the GGAR Executive Board and would appreciate your vote.
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Rick Lauschke

Past President

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.

Jean Lewis

Jean Lewis

Vice President

I am in my 24th year of selling real estate in Illinois. I am part of The “Jen & Jean Team”. I live by checklists. It never feels like work because I LOVE guiding people through the home buying & selling process. I am also a real estate investor and bring that skill set to our clients. Although I grew up in Southern Illinois. I am proud to be a Florida Gator who loves football, baseball and hockey. I’m the mother of two boys, Nicholas and Colin and am married to Matt, a former Environmental Geologist and now a licensed agent on our team!

Jean graduated from the University of Florida, and went on to Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she earned her Masters Degree.  Her education did not stop there. She is an avid believer in continuing      education and has obtained several prestigious designations that demonstrate her commitment to being the best agent for her clients: CRS, ABR, GRI & e-Pro.  Jean dedicates her experience, expertise and strong work ethic to every client she represents.

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Chad Davis

Director

I have relocated to the metro-east in 2009. My background includes prior experience as a claims adjuster for State Farm and a real estate appraiser in San Antonio, TX. That experience has exposed me too many different types of residential real estate.  I currently reside in Troy, IL and serve as the President of the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce.  I obtained my real estate license in 2013 and have been with Coldwell banker Brown Realtors in Troy, IL since 2015.  I am a member of the Troy/Edwardsville Shriners Club and President of the BNI Chapter in Troy, IL.  In my spare time I enjoy officiating football and giving back to the community through volunteer efforts.

Kris-Dempsey

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.

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Scott Gruber

Director
Monica McGinley

Monica McGinley

Director

Over the last 20 years or so I have spent an uncountable amount of hours “doing” real estate.  I love working with buyers and sellers in Marion, Herrin, Carterville, Johnston City, Goreville, Lake of Egypt, Carbondale and other     surrounding areas.  I take my biggest pride in being able to help first time home buyers find their new home, and just love being able to watch them grow and get ready to sell that home and move to a dream home to raise a   family in.  I have been selling real estate for almost 17 years, but have worked in real estate for over 25 years.  I worked for a title insurance company in two other states and learned what goes into abstracting and closing home loans.  I enjoy helping buyers get qualified for their home loans and helping to determine which loan is   best for them.  Selling homes in Southern Illinois has been challenging over the last few years, but the market is gaining strength and we are on the rebound.  I love talking about real estate and have an opinion on most aspects of it.

Erika Obrecht

Erika Obrecht

Director

Erika Obrecht is a 20-year member of the REALTOR® family. Her company, Radon Safety Squad, performs the scientific measurement of radon gas in residential and commercial real estate, serving Illinois and Missouri. She is also the managing broker of Real Estate Direct, her family’s residential leasing company. Erika also has a 10-year background in real estate appraisal.

Erika has earned a bachelor degree from SIUC in Workforce Education and Development and an associate degree from SWIC in Administration of Justice which includes an EMT certification. She has also earned the GRI designation and ePRO and At Home With Diversity certifications.

Driven by community spirit, Erika actively devotes her time to society. Erika is a major investor for RPAC and Scholarship Benefactor for Girl Scouts of Southern IL. She is a member of NAR, IAR, and GGAR. She is also a member of the Midwest Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists, 100 Women Who Care, and National Society of Leadership and Success. She is a Faith in Action driver for Glen-Ed and Adopt a Highway sponsor in both IL and MO. Erika’s family is the Steward of the Little Free Library at Edwardsville Township Park and of the Spun chairs at the Edwardsville Children’s Museum. Erika’s family also fosters children as a Safe Families host.

Erika lives in Glen Carbon with her husband of 16 years, JR, and 12-year-old daughter, Ivy.  JR is a mortgage banker with Homestead Financial Mortgage in Glen Carbon with two decades of experience in the mortgage industry. He is an affiliate member of GGAR and major investor for RPAC. Ivy is a high honor student at Maryville Christian School and plays clarinet and volleyball. In leisure, the Brecht’s enjoy spending time in nature, water sports, and traveling.

Lavon-Singleton

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.”

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Rick Swain

Director

It has been my great privilege to serve the public in a retail selling environment for over 30 years prior to this exciting and new adventure of real estate.  I have enjoyed helping millions of customers through big box retail establishments from my starting days of stocking candy shelves to being a Vice President of Stores.  Whether it was a team of 5 to 135,000 associates; my appreciation for helping, coaching, mentoring, leading and developing others has lead me to this point in my life.   I enjoy challenging myself as well as the status quo; finding collaborative solutions; thinking outside of the box and fostering strong relationships with others.

My education took me down a path of teaching with a Bachelors in Secondary Education with a major of Mathematics and Science.  I began my student teaching in a small town in Indiana but quickly discovered that my wallet did not like teaching near as much as I did, so I discovered a lucrative living in retail.  I believe my education and professional experience has allowed me to be confident and courageous in life; with a desire to help others and give back whenever I can.   I am blessed to be working at Keller Williams Marquee in Edwardsville, Illinois.  I have been in the business for just over a year, but I feel leadership and compassion work in any service environment. 

I have been with my spouse for over 26 years and we have been blessed with two amazing pups that constitute our little family of 4.   We are very involved in community activities as well as being one of the first to volunteer for charitable events or being benefactors to organizations that are important to us such as PAWs and Human Rights Campaign Foundation.   I take great pride in my community of neighbors as well as the communities that support diversity and celebrate those that are different than ourselves.

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Lisa Webb

Director

Lisa Webb epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail of her client’s real estate transactions. Lisa grew up in the small community of Livingston, IL. and has always been a local resident of the Metro East area and is a current member of the Bunker Hill Area Chamber of Commerce, the Riverbend Growth Association and member of the Edwardsville Team Referral Network. Lisa brings over 20 years of Business Management and Customer Service as a full-time broker and has handled every aspect of the business from buyers, sellers, investors, acreage, traditional and foreclosures. 

Lisa is family oriented with her husband, three grown children and six grandchildren. Lisa prides herself on giving all her clients both individual and institutional, the most precise and up to date feedback on the state of the market, its trends, comparable sales and property values, giving them realistic outlook on what they can expect to receive out of today’s market. Lisa has the local knowledge & expertise to answer their questions and guide them in the right direction.”

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