GREEA History

REEA logoThe Georgia Real Estate Educators Association (GREEA) was created as a state chapter of the national Real Estate Educators Association (REEA). GREEA received the Georgia chapter charter in December 1990 with the following express purposes and goals:

  • To enable real estate educators to share ideas and experiences
  • To encourage and, where appropriate, implement research
  • To recognize members who make notable contributions to the real estate education in Georgia
  • To provide members with the opportunities for educational and professional growth
  • To provide current information on legislation pertaining to real estate education
  • To collect and disburse information on new programs, materials and research relating to the real estate education
  • To provide liaison with other real estate associations

Being a member of GREEA required membership in REEA, paying both the national and state dues.

GREEA was notified in late 2005 by REEA that they would no longer have state chapters in their organization. The Board of Directors of GREEA expressed their opinion that our association provided a valuable service to our members and the real estate education in Georgia and voted to establish GREEA as an individual organization in Georgia. The new GREEA Bylaws were voted on and accepted at the April 2006 meeting. As a GREEA member, have the option of being a member of REEA.

During the years that GREEA was a chapter of REEA, GREEA was very proud to have set a local chapter record of receiving the coveted REEA Chapter of the Year Award on four occasions (1996, 1999, 2000 and 2002).


GREEA also is proud of our members who have received national awards and/or recognition from REEA:

  • Charles Clark           2009 REEA Icon - Vision
  • Barney Fletcher       1999 REEA Distinguished Career Award
  • Sylvia Shelnutt         Elected 2008-2009 REEA President
  • Mary Shern               REEA Distinguished Career Award


GREEA is also very proud of our members who as members of REEA achieved the REEA designation of Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI):

GREEA has had many wonderful people as members involved over the years.  Sadly, the sun has set on some of our members.   Click below to reflect on members gone, but not forgotten.

Past Presidents

1990 - Robert R. (Bob) Jones

1991 - Kay C. Evans

1992 - Mary Shern

1993 - Barry Richardson

1994 - Tripp Anderson

1995 - Sylvia Shelnutt

1997 - Joseph E. Kennedy

1998 - Gregory Dunn

1999 - Rebecca Fletcher

2000 - John Mangham

2001 - Juanita Motley

2002 - Pat Johnson

2003 - David Thomas

2004 - Rhonda Haran

2005 - Mikel Graham

2006 - Jewell G. Wright

2007 - Rebecca Fletcher

2008 - Linda Bardach

2009 - Kathy McJenkin

2010 - Karen Loftus

2011 - Earlene Gardner

2012 - Dan Wilhelm

2013 - Alison Trevor

2014 - Monica Lee-Hickerson

2015 - Jamie Platt Lyons

2016 - Tamalla Mallet

2017 - Suzi Chaapel

2018 - Chrissy Campbell

2019 - Janet Goff

2020 - Janet Howard

2021 - Yvonne Thomas

2022 - Robert Kolowski

2023 - Lisa Oden