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HRRA offers professional development through its councils which host quarterly forums covering topics that are designed to help you sell more houses or reduce your risk. The HRRA committees serve an important function in that they work towards the objectives of the strategic plan. The committees and councils also host a variety of networking and recognition events. Make the most of your dues dollar by leveraging the free professional development and attending networking events throughout the year. Events run the gamut of sales awards to kickball tournaments and chili cook-offs. Events are open to every member.

HRRA Affiliate members provide services and products that are invaluable to our REALTOR® members and the general public. This council meets to discuss how Affiliate Members can reach the REALTOR® members and home buyers/sellers with their marketing messages. Become an Affiliate member of HRRA and reach more than 4,800 REALTORS and other industry pros across Hampton Roads! Members meet the 2nd Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at HRRA Headquarters. 

Affiliates Council 2023 Leadership

Moderator: Bob Mohrhusen
Vice-Moderator: Carrie Williams
Vice-Moderator: Christie Woytowitz

HRRA Staff Liaison: Rachel McEntire

This council represents REALTORS® who specialize in selling, leasing and managing commercial real estate. Members include appraisers, attorneys, title companies, lenders, developers, and other entities associated with commercial sales and leasing.

Commercial Alliance 2023 Leadership

Moderator: Katherine Gonyea
Urban Affairs Advisory Group: Tim Churchwell, Rob Waring & JC Wynkoop

Staff Liaison:

The commercial council works diligently to provide specialized education to our commercial practitioners and to assist in advocating for commercial legislative issues. Visit the HRRA commercial website,, to access all the commercial member benefits and to learn about the legislative agenda impacting the commercial market.

RPR Commercial

RPR® Commercial is your one-stop-shop for comprehensive market data, allowing REALTORS® specializing in commercial properties to save time and money. It is one of your REALTOR® member benefits, already incorporated into your REALTOR® dues.
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Our main goal is to foster growth in the new construction arena through networking, education, and social events throughout the area. The New Homes Council is a wonderful arena to voice suggestions for the new construction industry within Hampton Roads. This council hosts the annual member expo. 

New Homes Council 2023 Leadership

Moderator: Waikiki Frazier

HRRA Staff Liaison: Crystal Cronin

This Council meets quarterly to discuss issues of vital concern to brokers, owners and sales managers. Each quarter the council offers a networking breakfast followed by an informational or educational presentation featuring national speakers. In 2023, the council will feature Leigh Brown and Terry Watson.

Owners/Managers Council 2023 Leadership

Moderator: Sean Rooney

HRRA Staff Liaison: Crystal Cronin

This council offers educational sessions where area property managers can join together to discuss property management issues. The council hosts 10 forums per year and also offers the Distinguished Property Manager of the Year Award.

Property Management & Leasing Council 2023 Leadership


Moderator: Christian Phillips


HRRA Staff Liaison: Gene Robles

Members must attend and sign in to a minimum of three (3) PMLC meetings to be eligible for the Distinguished Property Manager of the Year award through Circle of Excellencesm (COE).

Resale Council 2023 Leadership

Moderator: Katie Verhalen
Vice Moderator: Mia Roberson

HRRA Staff: Samantha Jenkins


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee 2023 Leadership

Chair: Marilyn Rivera
Vice Chair: Gladys Fain

HRRA Staff Liaison: Nicole Valencia

This popular group discusses housing trends, legal issues and forms, bringing in area attorneys to speak and answer questions. 

REALTOR®/Lawyer Committee 2023 Leadership

Chair: Brenda Tokarz
Vice Chair: Nelene Gibbs
Member: Linda Ross
Member: Amanda Walsh 

HRRA Staff Liaison: Stacey Mason

Designed to allow REALTORS® to participate in the public policy process at the local, state and national levels, Government Affairs protects the professional interests of all Hampton Roads REALTORS®. Our primary goals are to protect private property rights, promote economic development, and maintain a pro-business environment conducive to the practice of real estate.

Government Affairs Committee 2023 Leadership


Jennifer Dawn

HRRA Staff Liaison

Stacey Mason

Vice Chairs : Chesapeake

Lee Halyard

Vice Chairs : Suffolk/Franklin/IOW

Waikiki Frazier

Vice Chairs : Norfolk

Beryl Plum

Vice Chairs : Portsmouth

Sherri Thaxton

Vice Chairs : Virginia Beach

Monique McClellan

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Members must meet the following criteria: REALTOR® membership is current and active; the member has received updated training in the Code of Ethics; the member has attended a Professional Standards Training Seminar within the past two years; and the member has no pending Code of Ethics charges. Any Professional Standards Committee member found in violation of the Code of Ethics shall be dismissed from the Committee for the remainder of their term.


HRRA contracts with the state association to manage its professional standards program. Members must apply and receive special training to participate.

The Hampton Roads REALTORS® Political Action Committee is the political arm of the Hampton Roads REALTORS® Association, and it exists to assist the Association in achieving its goals in the realm of politics. Stated simply, RPAC is your voice in politics! Learn more about RPAC here.

RPAC Fundraising Team 2023 Leadership

Mary Ross Ellsworth

Chair: Mary Ross Ellsworth
Vice Chair: Stacey Gosiene

HRRA Staff Liaison: Nicole Valencia

YPN serves active, career-minded real estate professionals who want to serve the community, educate themselves on the latest technology and industry practices, and network with fellow REALTORS®.

Young Professionals Network (YPN) 2023 Leadership

Chair: Jenn Bryant
Vice Chairs: Tracy Vertelka
Vice Chairs: Sally Langford

HRRA Staff: Rachel McEntire

HRRA’s YPN group was the first in the state of Virginia among only six other local and state YPN chapters. Created from NAR’s REALTOR® magazine annual issue of “30 under 30”, NAR has recognized the need to reach out to younger real estate professionals who want to stay on top of the latest tools and resources. Check the HRRA Events Calendar for all upcoming events with YPN.

Young Professionals Network

Sponsor YPN

The HRRA Young Professionals Network is a popular and growing group. Your involvement will be rewarding and exciting! Download the YPN Sponsorship Form

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HRRA Foundation
2023 Leadership

This group oversees HRRA’s “REALTORS® Have a Heart” community volunteer efforts.

CLICK HERE TO SEE HRRA ON WTKR NEWS – Volunteers spruce up Chesapeake living complex for Veterans experiencing homelessness or disabilities

Chair: Kim Georges

HRRA Staff Liaison: Marah Chiara

REALTORS® Have a Heart is an effort of HRRA’s Community Involvement Advisory Group, which plans and organizes association volunteer events at charities and nonprofits across The 757 to give back to the community that the association serves. Events are help six times per year, including a massive one-day, “big-build” home renovation annually to benefit a local veterans, like the one featured in this video:

Past REALTORS® Have a Heart activities have included summer beach cleanups during the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Save the Bay Day; landscaping and other projects at the Virginia Zoo; spring cleanups at the local Ronald McDonald House; winter cleanups at Edmarc Hospice for Children; food distribution and pantry organization at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center; warehouse and thrift store projects for the Union Mission and Habitat for Humanity; grounds and maintenance projects for Camp Hope Haven; and assisting in home construction during a Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads “Blitz Build,” among others.

REALTORS® Have a Heart also is prepared to do crisis projects, such as the door-to-door “bucket brigade” relief efforts to hundreds of Virginia Beach homeowners impacted by massive flooding following Hurricane Matthew.