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Congratulations Graduates of the 2016-2017 Leadership Academy

The Orange County Association of REALTORS© (OCAR) launched its inaugural Leadership Academy in September 2016 and accepted twenty applicants into the program. 

The program is designed to train potential leaders to develop specific skills and perspective to achieve effectiveness in leadership, business, and life.  Rita Tayenaka, Academy Chair and former President of the Orange County Association of REALTORS© said, “It is the goal of the academy to give participants the confidence to embrace the responsibility to serve as a leader in the real estate industry and beyond.”  

She noted, “Several of our participants have already stepped up to leadership roles not only within OCAR, but at the state level of other real estate industry organizations such as the Women’s Council of REALTORS©, and locally as President-Elect of the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce.” 

“We are proud to acknowledge the graduates of our first Leadership Academy," stated Craig Borner, 2017 President of OCAR. "They have completed the eight-month program and a legislative visit to the State Capitol. Some have already accepted leadership roles within OCAR, and many are looking to embrace future leadership opportunities with OCAR and the community. We are delighted that graduates Dorinda Francois and Danielle Corliss were recently elected to serve on the OCAR 2018 Board of Directors.”  

Graduates of the program are:
Josh Atwood - Alpine Mortgage
Karen Benefield - Casa Bella Realty Group
Cheryl Carrera - @Vantage Real Estate
Lynn Clancy - New American Funding
Danielle Corliss - Corliss Realty, Inc.
Dorinda Francois - Dorinda Francois Real Estate
Suzanne Gignoux - Keller Williams Realty
Torey Gilbert - Veranda Realty
Donna Hollingsworth - First Team Real Estate
Debra Krumboltz - HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty
Liz Lewis - RE/MAX TerraSol
Len Malena - Coldwell Banker – Powered by
Katie Martin - First Team Real Estate
Ron Pascual - RE/MAX TerraSol
Lacy Robertson - Keller Williams Realty
Heidi Stoops - Star Estates
Cindy Uhrik - Uhrik Group
Kathy Wall - Sierra Pacific Mortgage
Eric Wu - Excelerate Capital
Lorraine Zuschlag - HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty

Dave Stefanides, OCAR CEO is delighted with the caliber of the graduates and is hopeful that many of them will give back and mentor future Leadership Academy participants. 

The instructor-led training programs are conducted monthly. The 2017-2018 Leadership Academy is now accepting applications and the deadline to apply is July 28, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. For more information visit

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