Appraisal Institute Honors September Volunteers of Distinction

vodsmallThe Appraisal Institute has announced its “Volunteer of Distinction” honorees for September: Kathryn Sturgis-Bright, MAI, of Region I (Northern California Chapter); Robert Marks, MAI, SRA, of Region IV (Long Island Chapter); Gregg Stephen Whittlesey, Associate member, of Region VII (Southern California Chapter) and the late Michael Y. Cannon, MAI, SRA, of Region X (South Florida Chapter).

The Appraisal Institute’s member recognition program honors members for their volunteer service to the Appraisal Institute, to the real estate valuation profession and to their local communities. Each month, the Appraisal Institute recognizes one honoree in each region as a Volunteer of Distinction.

Region I consists of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Northern California and Nevada, as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia; Region IV consists of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec; Region VII consists of Arizona, Hawaii, Southern California and Southern Nevada; Region X consists of Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

volunteer_1Sturgis-Bright will serve as secretary, Finance Committee chair and regional representative for the Northern California Chapter in 2013. She currently serves as secretary and Bylaws Committee chair. She was regional education liaison from 2010 to 2012, Admissions Committee chair in 2011, regional representative from 2008 to 2009 and Education Committee chair from 2007 to 2009. She developed and moderated one-day seminars on affordable housing valuation in 2009 and 2011. She became a member of the Appraisal Institute in 1997 and received her MAI designation in 2010.

Marks served as president of the Long Island Chapter from 1981-82, and chaired several committees. He became a member of the Appraisal Institute in 1972, received his SRA designation in 1971 and his MAI designation in 1991.

Whittlesey will serve as Government Relations chair of the Southern California Chapter in 2013, a role he has held since 2002. He served on the Associate member committee from 2011 to 2012, and was chair in 2011. In 2009, he developed and taught an Office of Real Estate Appraisers-approved class on the Home Value Code of Conduct (HVCC) to appraisers throughout Region VII. He became a member of the Appraisal Institute in 1988.

Cannon served as alternate regional representative of the South Florida Chapter in 2012 and as a member of The Appraisal Journal’s editorial board from 2002-2005. He held numerous board and committee positions with the Appraisal Institute, one of its predecessor organizations and with his local chapter. He became a member of the Appraisal Institute in 1984, received his SRA designation in 1966 and his MAI designation in 1991.

Appraisal Institute members may nominate members by submitting the nomination form to their chapter’s executive director or president. Each region’s honorees then are chosen by their regional executive director in conjunction with the region’s chair and vice chair. See the nomination form and additional information about the “Volunteer of Distinction” program.

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