2021 Candidates for Election

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Traci Shoberg
President-Elect

My name is Traci Shoberg. I am seeking the position of President-Elect because I want to carry on with leadership for BRAR. I think we need someone that has been “around the block” and someone that is empathetic with the membership.

Currently I am Broker/Owner with Shoberg Real Estate Inc. specializing in Residential sales and brokerage. Therefore, I can relate to the other Broker/Owners in the association and be a strong advocate for them with respect to their membership and participation with BRAR. I believe that my education regarding leadership and coaching as well as my involvement with the REALTOR® Association through BRAR’s BOD as a past President, Chair and member of Events Committee makes me a great candidate for this position.

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Meghan Pachas
Vice-President

Growing up in a Real Estate family gave me a unique perspective on the industry and an enormous head start with all the real estate knowledge I have gained along the way. As a third generation Realtor and Property Manager I have a passion for all things Real Estate.
I have been licensed since 2009 and have a Broker license for VA and WV. In April 2018 I made the scariest and best decision of my life when I opened my own brokerage, MAP Property Solutions LLC where we provide our clients the same personal level of care my family has always been known for.

In addition to helping people find their homes, I also take pride in helping animals find theirs. I volunteer with several local pet adoption groups and highlight a shelter animal on social media once a month and sponsor their adoption fee.

I have a degree in American Sign Language and enjoy participating in local Deaf events. I also volunteer with my daughter’s school by serving on the PTSO Board as President, am the current Chair of the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network and run the Winchester support group for people with Myasthenia Gravis.

If elected for the Board of Directors, my goal is to help all of us grow and promote a positive reputation for Realtors as whole.  My Leadership skills thus far that have prepared me as a BRAR Director are, serving on the PTSO Board as President, Chair of the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network and run the Winchester support group for Myasthenia Gravis.  If elected for the Board of Directors, my goal is to help all of us grow and promote a positive reputation for Realtors as whole.

Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher
Director

Paul Gallagher- Part of the Sheila Pack Team,

I am Winchester resident for over 10 years, studied Business at Old Dominion University before becoming a licensed real estate agent. Originally from West Chester, PA, he learned about real estate from a young age, watching his father run a successful real estate brokerage.  

 

After finishing his degree, Paul made the decision to stay in Winchester instead of moving back to West Chester. Paul became enamored with the community in the Winchester area. The beautiful scenery and great people have made living and working in Winchester the best decision in his mind. 

 

Paul has served on the RPAC Committee in 2018, 2019, and 2020, and has served as the Safety Committee Chair for 2019 and 2020. He looks forward to serving the Blue Ridge Association of Realtors on the board.

Amanda Mag

Amanda Magana
Director

After many different moves as a child, I always knew I wanted to put my roots down and stay as an adult! The Shenandoah Valley has my heart. I have been in Winchester since 1999.  I have raised my daughter in the Sovereign Village Community for the past 11 years.

I am always ready to help those around me with my background from owning my own senior services company and managing a local doctor’s office were the building blocks of my decision to pursue real estate. I started working in Real Estate thinking of doing it part-time, as It turned out Real Estate became my true career, and I found it to be a real passion.

My natural curiosity drives me to listen and learn about the people I contact every day!  I know it is vital to continue to improve our expertise, increase our professionalism, and show that value to consumers. That is why I am proud to announce I completed the C2EX program. I also have my Senior Real Estate designation.

I desire to bring a youthful mindset to ensure The Blue Ridge Association of REALTORS will continue to grow and improve to better serve the Shenandoah Valley!  I am part of the Sheila Pack team, the #10 Re/Max team in Virginia. We received the Re/Max Diamond Club team award.

Homesnap has given me the award of the top 20% Best Content of pro agents nationwide. Google has awarded me the 2019 excellence in client service award.   During my first year of real estate, I was an active member of the Massanutten Association of REALTORS, where I served as the secretary for that board.

I have enjoyed serving BRAR on the events committee since BRAR has become my primary association, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve as a BRAR director.

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Marisa Varley
Director

I am seeking the position of Director and I am excited to bring my experience and energy to the board while serving the association, the members, and the community. Currently I am agent with ERA OakCrest Realty, licensed in Virginia & West Virginia since 2010. I believe the secrets to success are integrity, professionalism, continuing education, and respect for the people I meet every day.

 

I pride myself for the excellent relationships I have built over the years with other Realtors, as well as mortgage companies, title companies and local attorneys. Success with an array of clientele has led me to an additional specialty in foreclosure properties.

 

I am a mother of three, and an active member on the Board for the Shenandoah Valley Runners and Strasburg Youth Cheer-leading League. I also proudly serve as the education committee chair and budget & finance committee member for the Blue Ridge Association. 

Dan Whitacre

Dan Whitacre
Director

My name is Dan Whitacre. I am seeking the position of director because I want to become more active in my association. Currently I am an Associate Broker with Colony Realty specializing in Residential and Commercial Sales. In the past I have been involved with the REALTOR® Awards Committee, Rotary Board, Winchester City Board of Zoning Appeals, as well as Winchester Preservation of Historic Winchester Board. I believe this experience along with my broker license will be beneficial to the committee.

Amanda Whitson

Amanda Whitson
Director

I am seeking the Director position because I want to take an active role in the decisions that impact my profession and assist the association in making choices that add value and support to the membership. I work at Coldwell Banker Premier as the Director Of Property Management and specialize in Property management. I have 13 years of brokerage operations management, am a former certified ZipForms trainer, and the previous special events coordinator all of which I believe will benefit the committee.

 

Additionally, I have past experience with the REALTOR® Association as a Chair of the Special Events Committee as well as being a both a VAR Property management and Professional Standard Committee member.