Board of Directors

Rick Lauschke

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.

Elaine Rhodes

President-Elect

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

Vice-President

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.

Laurie Moore

Past 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.

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.

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

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.

Mel Desemone

Director

While my real estate career is relatively brief compared to my 34 years in St. Louis City public service, I have earned designations as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), and certifications as Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR), Resort and Second Home Specialist (RSPS) and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) and I am an affiliate member of the CCIM.

I have my real estate managing broker’s license in the state of Illinois and Missouri. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Webster University in Business Management and Administration with an emphasis in accounting.

I serve on the Board of Adjustments for the City of St. Louis (a group responsible for approving Zoning variances).

I am on the Education Committee for the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors (GGAR) and a 2019 Graduate of the Leadership Academy Program.  I will be serving on the Illinois State Business Issues and License Law Forum and the Illinois Global Business Council for 2019.

I currently serve on the Missouri Real Estate Board of Directors and am a member of the Professional Development Committee and serve on the Grievance Committee in Missouri. I am also on the St. Louis Association (SLAR) Risk Management Forum (2019) and the Legal Issues Committee for 2019.

I am with Century 21 Bailey and Co in Granite City. I am married, have two grown children and

seven grandchildren

 

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.

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.”

Rick Swain

Director

It has been my great privilege to serve the public in a retail selling environment for over 30 years prior to becoming a real estate agent. 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 two years, but I feel leadership and compassion work in any service environment. I have been with my spouse for over 27 years. We have lived in three different states but still call Indiana home. 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. I would appreciate your vote and please know my objective is to help all of us, and our association, become the best we can be and to be virtuous and steadfast. We are all in this together.

 

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.