(Shiloh, Ill.) – Donna Baker was installed as the 2019-2020 President of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois at an Installation event held at the Four Points by Sheraton, in Fairview Heights, on August 22, 2019.
Donna Baker of RE/MAX Preferred, O’Fallon, has been a REALTOR® for 15+ years, belonging to the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois for 12 of those years. Donna received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specializations in Marketing and Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Following a successful career in advertising with companies such as Gardner Advertising, Ralston Purina and D’Arcy Advertising and as a small business owner, she began her career in real estate sales. While being an active REALTOR®, Donna has been involved in the communities she has lived in serving on a variety of not-for-profit committees and boards, government planning commission. She has served as a Director since 2014 as well as served on Budget and Finance, RPAC, and Grievance committees of the board. Donna enjoys mentoring new REALTORS®; and credits much of her success in real estate with having a mentor early on that she could turn to for professional advice and assistance and feels it is important to pay that forward. Donna and her husband, Jeff, are parents to three adult children, Elizabeth, Victoria and Joseph. They enjoy time spent with family and friends, traveling, boating, and Clemson University football.
Also joining the Association’s Board of Directors are President-Elect, Celeste Wheeler (RE/MAX Preferred, O’Fallon); Secretary/Treasurer, Karen Sheesley (Strano & Associates, O’Fallon); Immediate Past-President, Judy Ross (Southern Illinois Realty, LLC., Smithton); Affiliate Director, Tim Garvey (Midland States Bank, O’Fallon, MO.); Presidential One Year Appointment, Jason Buss ( RE/MAX Preferred, Swansea) and the following Directors: Ashley Barud (Coldwell Banker Brown REALTORS®, Belleville); Barbara Davidson (Coldwell Banker Brown REALTORS®, Belleville); Steve Ellerbrake (RE/MAX Preferred, O’Fallon); Tanya Hawkins (RE/MAX Preferred, O’Fallon); Brad Kruger (Century 21 Advantage, Columbia); Sam Row (Keller Williams Marquee, Columbia); Stan Sieron (Stan Sieron & Co., Belleville); and Renee Wittenauer (Kunkel Wittenauer Group, Inc., O’Fallon).
The Association also took a moment to remember Gloria Tialdo. Gloria Tialdo was a dedicated and committed member of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois for more than 30 years. She served as Association President in 1995 and spent much of her time devoted to the Association serving on numerous committees and task forces throughout the years. During her years as a loyal member, Gloria received the distinguished REALTOR® of the Year award and was a Life Member of the Association. A tribute to Gloria was given to her daughter Tricia Tialdo (Strano & Associates, Belleville).
During the program, members of the Association collected $725.00 for Lutheran Child & Family Services! Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois improves the well-being of people across the state by protecting children, strengthening families and building futures for those who have experienced trauma. They do this as a leading provider of a variety of child welfare services. LCFS is a welcoming organization that serves people of all faiths, races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender expressions and gender-identifications. The REALTOR® Association is grateful for the work done by this amazing organization!
The Association sends its congratulations to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors and is looking forward to an exciting, progressive year ahead. The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) is the voice for real estate in Southwestern Illinois. Our mission is to empower members to succeed into the future.