We have 8 highly-trained and excited instructors that are geared up to bring YOU the GRI, quality education, relevant and timely infomation, and foster the professionalism that is the trademark of all REALTORS®. Read more about them below and see them in a classroom near you!
Do you want to become a member of the OAR GRI Instructor Pool?
We are accepting applications for OAR GRI Instructors now through Friday, September 1st. If you believe you are a good fit and would like to teach GRI courses with OAR, please send the completed application and any supporting documentation you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be contacting all applicants by Friday, October 6th after the Professional Development Key Committee has reviewed them.
Caralee Angell, West Linn
Caralee is local to Portland and grew up on the south side of town in West Linn. Caralee is principal broker at Stellar Realty Northwest and combines her love of sales with real estate and teaching! This combination led to teaching real estate for the Oregon Association of REALTORS®, as Caralee chose the opportunity to become an OAR instructor, and didn’t look back. In her spare time, Caralee enjoys reading historical novels, training MMA, and teaching German.
Courses Caralee Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Business Communication, Buyers, Contracts, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, REALTOR® Safety, Sellers|
Hector Ariceaga, Portland
Hector Ariceaga held a real estate license and was active, earning several professional designations. He has over 23 years of industry experience. Hector was appointed in 2002 by the President of the United States to the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, serving on the Financial Operations Committee and the Products, Services and Housing Committee.
From 1993 until 2002, Hector served as vice chairman of the board of the Housing Authority of Portland and he is a former member of the board of the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Red Cross.
Hector has a Bachelor's Degree in Systems and Industrial Engineering; a Master's degree in Business Administration and Technology Management and has completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. He currently occupies the position of Vice President of Business and Technology Development for First American Title Company of Oregon.
Courses Hector Teaches:
Rod Barker, Corbett
Rodney Barker has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law with emphasis in Business Law, Criminal Law, and Family Law. Mr. Barker has a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University and holds degrees in Business Administration, Business Finance, and Business Management. Other educational areas of interest include State of Oregon Certified Mediator and Distance Learning Teaching Academy Graduate of MHCC.
Mr. Barker is a licensed Broker and Attorney and is currently Dean of Business and Social Science at Mt. Hood C.C. Additionally, Mr. Barker has 15 years of management experience. Teaching/Advising is one of Mr. Barker's passions, and he has taught at Portland State University since 2003, Eastern Oregon University, Portland Community College, and Mt. Hood Community College where he was the director of a two-year degree program “Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management."
Growing up Rodney’s parents owned a small business, Marshall’s Donuts, for 19-years. With all the family working in the business it was a natural fit for Rodney to work in the family business. The valuable experiences learned from working in a small business never left him, and now Rodney owns several small businesses including: Mustard Seed Publishing, LLC, Blinking Barracuda Property Management, LLC, Bar Exam Essentials, LLC, and Mt Hood Realty, LLC.
Helping people either sell or buy a home or business is a passion, and teaching/advising for real estate is his love.
Courses Rod Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Business Communication, Buyers, Contracts, Finance, Law, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, Risk Management, Sellers|
Jo Becker, Oregon City
A former Oregon REALTOR®, Jo was licensed for 8 years and served on PMAR's Board of Directors. For 10 years, she worked for the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, a nonprofit committed to civil rights in housing where she has trained over 10K individuals to consistently rave reviews. Her focus there was on housing providers such as REALTORS®, property managers, private landlords, etc. Jo has also studied animals and emergency preparedness since 2005. Today her career consists of an unexpected alchemy of public speaking and writing for everyone from the housing industry and utility companies to professional and volunteer disaster responders on topics ranging from critter body language and animals-in-disaster to on-the-job safety and fair housing law. Jo's themes center on overcoming fears and maintaining safety, be it personal or professional security, unfamiliar critters, or unexpected catastrophes.
Courses Jo Teaches:
Adam Bogle, Ashland
Adam has been a REALTOR® since 2003, and has spent his career keeping on top of trends in the real estate market. Adam has his GRI designation from early in his career and CRS designation since 2007. As a president of CRS Oregon, education has been a priority for Adam and he looks forward to sharing that with his students. Past President of Southern Oregon MLS, and a long time contributor to the Oregon Association of REALTORS® on the board and on key committees, Adam is a working successful Broker in the trenches and brings that perspective to the classroom.
Courses Adam Teaches:
|Buyers, Law, Negotiation, REALTOR® Professionalism, Risk Management, Sellers, Technology, Transactions|
Pam Hoepfl, Eugene
Pam Hoepfl is the Investment Manager at Precision Capital. She enhances the lives of clients financially, offering Real Estate Joint Ventures with an average of 10% interest return, which makes her very popular. She proudly sits on the Board of Directors for CASA of Lane County.
Pam was the recipient of the “Women of Excellence” Business Woman of the Year award for the State of Oregon. She holds 5 Toastmaster Designations as an Advanced Competent Communicator and Leader. She is one of the Oregon Association of REALTORS® Certified Instructors and approved with Superior Schools to provide CE credits and quality education to REALTORS®.
Courses Pam Teaches:
|Finance, REALTOR® Safety|
Donna Jo "DJ" Merrifield+
Donna Jo "DJ" Merrifield, Corvallis
Donna Jo Merrifield is a Managing Principal Broker for Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Albany and Corvallis, OR. She joined Valley Brokers in 1993 and became licensed in 1998 and received her Associate Broker's license in 2001, right before Oregon went to single licensing. She has earned the ABR, CRB and GRI designations. Donna Jo is a Local Director for Willamette Association of REALTORS® and Education Chair, past Treasurer and President for the Willamette Valley Women's Council of REALTORS® and currently volunteers on the Oregon Association of REALTORS® Business Issues Key Committee. She was the 2011 REALTOR® of the Year for the Willamette Association of REALTORS®.
In addition to managing, she is also the company trainer for Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers. Within her company, she's responsible for teaching the New Broker Training Series and Continuing Education including the LARRC course and coaching. She also takes great pride in teaching pre-licensing courses for Superior Training, Inc. at Linn-Benton Community College and sometimes at Lane Community College.
DJ has two grown daughters and a step-son and is happily married and has two goofy pugs. In her spare time, she enjoys wine tasting, boating, dancing and is really trying to "love" half marathons and crossfit.
Courses Donna Jo Teaches:
|Agency Professionalism, Contracts, Law, REALTOR® Safety, Risk Mangament, Transactions, and the ABR Designation|
Brooke Yussim, North Bend/Coos Bay
I love selling real estate and my enthusiasm resonates with my clients. As an OAR Instructor, I look forward to passing along what I have learned through my years in the business.
I am managing principal broker and co-owner of Oregon Bay Properties, LLC located in North Bend on the southern Oregon coast in Coos County. I joined the real estate industry in 2006 and in 2010, my husband and I opened Oregon Bay Properties, LLC. My business focuses on residential properties, bare land, and farms and ranches and I have earned a CRS designation. Oregon Bay Properties, LLC also handles commercial & industrial sales and residential & commercial property management, which has broadened the scope of my experience.
My entire career has been in sales including retail sales and management in New York City, software sales in the San Francisco Bay Area and wholesale fashion sales and logistics in Los Angeles. Real estate has been the perfect addition to my sales career.
Courses Brooke Teaches:
|Buyers, REALTOR® Professionalism, Sellers, Transactions|