The Staff at Your House Academy

Meet Our Qualified Team Members

Vince DePaul - Director, Real Estate Instructor

Vince DePaul Vince DePaul is Director of Your House Academy. Vince began his real estate career in 1976 and is a real estate broker and a licensed real estate and continuing education instructor. He has taught real estate at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois for several decades. For ten years he produced and hosted a weekly, live call-in radio broadcast in Chicago called “Your House” where he was known as “Mr. Real Estate.” In 2015, Vince received the prestigious Educator of the Year award from the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators (AIREE). More about Vince »

Mike Fair - Director, Real Estate Instructor

Mike Fair Mike Fair is the Director and President of the recently merged Illinois Academy of Real Estate and Your House Academy. Mike has developed and instructed real estate courses since 1984 and has helped thousands of students pass their real estate exams.

Mike joined the real estate business in 1974 and his experience includes: new home construction, real estate sales, property management, real estate office management, financing, and education. Mike has served as content advisor for Dearborn Financial Publishing, Hondros College and Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), Illinois’ exam provider.

He is a member of the National Association of Realtors®, the Illinois Association of Realtors®, the Real Estate Educator’s Association, and the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators. In 2016, Mike received the organization’s important Educator of the Year Award, the second year in a row in which Your House Academy’s teachers have won this award.

Mike is happily married to his wife Laurie and has five adult children and five grandchildren. His students enjoy and appreciate Mike’s intelligent, gentle, no nonsense approach to teaching.

Lee Baker - Real Estate Instructor

Lee Baker Lee Baker began his real estate career in 1992, after retiring from the United States Army. He started at Hillside Realty and then moved to Elite Realty. He received his broker’s license in 1994 and started teaching with Illinois Academy of Real Estate/Your House Real Estate Academy in 1999 and has been with them ever since. Lee has a large family which keeps him busy, including his wife, three daughters and nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Lee is also very active in his church.

Colleen Basinski - Real Estate Instructor

Colleen Basinski Colleen has been a licensed sales broker for over fourteen years, and a managing broker and a Realtor Coach and consultant for the last eight years, as well as a licensed pre-license instructor for the State of Illinois. She has served on her local Realtor association board of directors, and the local and state government affairs committees, professional standards committees, professional development committees at the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors and the Illinois Association of Realtors. Her sales team, BAZ Realty Network at Keller Williams has consistently produced at the multi-million dollar level and is currently ranked in the top 20% of their Market Center. Colleen Basinski is passionate about empowering agents as business owners and supporting them in achieving their personal and financial goals.

Pat Cal - Real Estate Instructor

Pat Cal began his real estate career in 1977. He has been teaching real estate classes for over 35 years. Pat uses his experience as a broker, managing broker, real estate author and developer to make his courses engaging and full of real world information that his students can really use. Pat is a native of Rockford, Illinois and has 3 children.

Paula Calzolari - Real Estate Instructor

Paula Calzolari Paula Calzolari is a Real Estate Broker and has been a workshop leader with Your House Academy since 2001. Paula skillfully uses her experiences in real estate sales, new construction sales, mortgage origination, and as a landlord/property owner to share memorable and comedic stories with her students. Paula creates a casual and fun atmosphere in her pre-license workshops. In fact, when Paula is not selling homes or teaching, she can be found performing limited engagements at Second City in Chicago.

Gina Clifford - Real Estate Instructor

Nancy Doherty - Workshop Leader

Nancy Doherty

Nancy Freeman - Real Estate Instructor

Nancy Freeman Nancy has been the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Realty of Joliet for over 35 years. She is licensed to teach CE and Pre-Licensing for Brokers and Managing Brokers. She has authored over 10 courses and a book titled “Go For It”. She has joined AM560 The Answer, Real Estate Revealed radio show. Training and teaching is her passion.

Jill Insco - Real Estate Instructor

Jill Insco Jill Insco earned her Business Administration Degree from National Louis University and began her real estate career in 1975. She has enjoyed an outstanding professional career as a Realtor and a successful Managing Broker. Jill is a licensed instructor and has been teaching pre-license and broker classes since 1997. Students continually rate her overall performance a “10” and appreciate her ability to “stay on track.” Her reviews are excellent and to her credit … “Her students pass the state exam!”

Steve Johnstone - Real Estate Instructor

Steve Johnstone Steve was born and raised in the Chicago area, and now lives and works in Naperville. He has a Masters degree in Teaching from Chicago State University. He spent many years working in the home building and remodeling industry, and he has been a Real Estate Broker for many years. All of this gives him the background to effectively teach Real Estate classes and help his students understand the Real Estate business. Steve is a Viet Nam Veteran and an Eagle Scout and is still active in Scouting.

Ed Kettley, Jr. - Real Estate Instructor

Ed Kettley, Jr. Ed Kettley Jr. has been in the Real Estate business since 1996. He has primarily worked for his family's business, Kettley and Company Realtors, Inc. He has worked as a sales person, managing broker, and as part owner. In 2002 he was voted on the Fox Valley Board of Directors and became the president of that association in 2006. He has also worked with the former Aurora Tri County Board of Realtors as a board member and president elect; and served a term on MRED's Board of Managers. In 2007 he became licensed to teach the Illinois Pre-License class and also licensed to teach Continuing Education for Real Estate in Illinois and has taught for various organizations over the years. 

Tony Lamia - Workshop Leader

Tony has been a real estate broker and instructor since 1981. He has also been teaching business and accounting classes at Rock Valley College since 2002. Tony has numerous years of experience in real estate appraisal, management and development. In addition to his real estate and teaching experience Tony is also a licensed member of the Illinois Bar Association and has served in the U.S. Navy.

Jennifer Mark - Real Estate Instructor

Jennifer Mark is an outstanding Real Estate Broker and workshop leader. Before starting her real estate career, Jennifer received her Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and received Bachelor degrees in Business Finance and Business & Economics from Benedictine University. Jennifer’s students appreciate her real world examples and value her knowledge of the topics and her positive attitude in her classroom.

Cheryl McDonald - Real Estate Instructor

Cheryl has trained and coached thousands of brokers since 2003. Cheryl began her career in real estate at Baird & Warner as a corporate sales trainer, then took a position in the National Sales Division at American Invesco and then transitioned into broker management with Dream Town Realty. After ten successful years in the real estate industry, Cheryl joined Keller Williams as a Productivity Coach and then transitioned into her current role as Director of Training where she assists agents in creating their online presence and teaches pre-licensing and continuing education classes. Cheryl has a Master’s degree in Human Performance and Training.

Carol Moore - Real Estate Instructor

Carol Moore Carol Moore has over 24 years of real estate experience, an extensive local and professional network, and market savvy to help you as you start your real estate career. Carol has served hundreds of clients buy and sell their homes.  Prior to being a Realtor, Carol was a licensed Certified Public Accountant and served hundreds of individuals and business with their accounting and tax needs.  She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy.  She has obtained the SRES, Senior Real Estate Specialist designation and continuously increases her knowledge by taking courses, attending seminars and workshops, and participating in webinars.  Carol is a life-long learner and is always looking to help others.

Annette Akey Panzek - Real Estate Instructor

Annette Akey Panzek
Annette Akey Panzek has been a REALTOR® for approximately 28 years and real estate instructor for over 10 years with experience in residential sales, including short sales & REO properties, and experience in property management & light commercial property. As a licensed real estate continuing education & pre-license instructor, she loves to share her knowledge with her students. She is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Negotiation Consultant (CNC), Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Specialist (SFR), and Seller Resource Specialist (SRS). She is a Member of the Governmental Affairs, Broker/Lawyer, & Professional Standards Committees with the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors and involved with Illinois Realtors on several committees & working groups throughout the years. She also is an active Broker & Trainer for EXIT Realty Redefined in Wheaton. 

Bob Parsons - Real Estate Instructor

Bob Parsons Bob Parsons is a Real Estate Broker, Appraiser, and Licensed Instructor. He began his career at Starck Realty in 1998 after taking the pre-licensing class from Your House Academy. He has been a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser since 2002. He is a life-long Elgin resident, loves dogs, and walks in the parks daily.

Mike Popowcer - Real Estate Instructor

Mike Popowcer

Mike has been a full-time real estate professional since 2003 and a Managing Broker since 2011. Mike also has a strong background in mentoring, coaching, training and teaching as well as being an instructor for pre licensing.  Mike realized early in his career that training, education and coaching are vital components for any new (or seasoned) real estate broker to successfully launch their career or take it to a higher level.  Mike decided to give back to the real estate community by becoming a pre license instructor and Director of Education and Training for new agents.  Combining curriculum with real life experiences plus a dose of humor, Mike creates a solid learning environment for his students.

Tom Poziwilko - Real Estate Instructor

Tom Poziwilko Since 1998 Tom has been affiliated with the Starck brokerage, currently Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck. Tom has possessed a Florida real estate license where he held the position of Statewide Property Management Trainer for Coldwell Banker Corporate, providing property management education to licensed real estate agents. During the course of his real estate career, Tom has provided clients with education, sales, marketing, leasing, purchasing, and consulting services. Tom draws upon his real estate experience with required pre-licensing itinerary, tying together textbook with real world.   

Sarah Reiss - Real Estate Instructor

Sarah Reiss Sarah has been licensed since 2005. She's a short sale and foreclosures specialist, a member of the Three Rivers Association of Realtors, and a founding chairperson of  the Young Professionals Network in Three Rivers. She was named Realtor of the Year in 2014 by that organization. Sarah is a consistent multi-million dollar producer, and she has been a resident of Channahon since 2004.

Steve Rettig - Real Estate Instructor

Steve Rettig Steve uses his real world knowledge and terrible sense of humor to keep students engaged with the material and subject matter of real estate.  He was first licensed in California in 1995 and worked mostly in financial services and mortgage banking until selling real estate full time in 2007 in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the U.S., the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area. Steve came back to Chicago and was the Midwest Regional Team Leader for Coldwell Banker Real Estate for over 2 years until landing at Keller Williams Realty as a Business & Productivity Coach. He is licensed as a Managing Broker in Illinois and still retains his Salesperson/Broker license in California. Steve spent a majority of his childhood in Germany and credits his diplomacy (and German language skills) to his upbringing as a “military brat.”

Regina Richardson - Real Estate Instructor

Regina began her real estate career in 1987. She started as a sales agent for Century 21 Dabbs. In 1998, she became a broker/owner of Richardson Real Estate, Inc. Training and counseling are important to Regina. She began investing in properties in 2000 and added property management to her portfolio. In 2009, Regina became a licensed CE and Pre-Licensed Real Estate Instructor, where she taught at Mainstreet Organization of Realtors. Regina is passionate about helping people earn their certifications, designations, and license in real estate.

Gina Schaal - Real Estate Instructor

Gina Schaal

Gina Schaal earned her real estate salesperson license in January of 2002 after working previously in Information Technology, Security and Retail Sales.  Gina’s desire to gain more real estate knowledge motivated her to pursue the IL Real Estate Broker’s license which was earned in July of 2003.  She has since made it her goal to continue learning all about real estate through hundreds of hours in specialized study and training, which has culminated in earning 6 Realtor® designations and multiple certifications.  She has earned the ABR, BPOR, ePRO, GRI, SFR, SRES along with the most recent milestone being the IL Real Estate Pre-License Instructor in December of 2015.  

Tigi Tasso - Real Estate Instructor

Vic Valenti - Real Estate Instructor

Clayton Waite - Real Estate Instructor

Clayton Waite Clayton Waite began his award winning real estate career in 1987 and has loved it ever since. He served as a Marine Corp Sergeant and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Education, English and Public Speaking. Clayton taught as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, high school teacher and a County Public School Speech Therapist for several years. As a licensed real estate instructor since 2000, his students continually remark about his teaching skills, sense of humor and his ability to make a tough subject easy to understand.

Gary Wright - Real Estate Instructor

Gary Wright A real estate practitioner since 1999, Gary has been involved in multiple facets of residential and commercial real estate as a broker, property manager, investor, and rehabber.  Gary received a Master’s Degree in Education from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois and taught science part time at the secondary level for many years.  He operates his business through Keller Williams Preferred Realty in Orland Park, Illinois.  Gary strives to help his students gain a greater understanding of the Real Estate business by relying real-world examples that bring the material to life; having a solid knowledge base that covers even the most obscure aspects of the business; and a sense of humor. Gary lives in Oak Forest with his wife and two daughters.  In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping, and traveling with his family.  He also loves working with his hands on home remodeling projects and restoring antique vehicles and modifying muscle cars.  

Office Staff

  • Vince DePaul
    Director, Real Estate Instructor
  • Mike Fair
    Director, Real Estate Instructor
  • Erin Conrad
    Marketing Coordinator
  • Paulette DePaul
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Tiffany Diaz
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Brian Little
    General Manager & Assistant Director
  • Claudia Ponce
  • Roxanne Vertnik
    Director of Student Services
A REALTOR® is a licensed real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, (NAR) the largest trade group in the country.

Every agent is not a REALTOR®.  You become a REALTOR® after you pass your real estate course, pass the state license exam, join a real estate company and then join the National Association of REALTORS®.

According to the NAR, the term REALTOR has one, and only one, meaning:
"REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark which identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics."

Michael Fair, President and Director of Your House Academy is an NAR member.