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We are your "everything real estate" educational place for real estate licensees, loan officers, and all professionals who assist the consumer in the real estate transaction.


Our Staff and Instructors


Founding and managing partner Steve Hammond is a 40 year veteran of the real estate business. He has been co-owner and president of the largest real estate organization in Maine with over 50 offices. In his career, he helped a company grow over 350% in 20 months to be the largest office in its state. Steve is known for his calm, thoughtful approach to problem solving and business building and is sought out as a consultant, instructor and coach by companies and agents alike.


Geoff Maclean

Geoff MacLean

Founding partner Geoff MacLean brings 35 years of practical brokerage and company leadership experience to all of his teaching and consulting. He successfully mediates disputes for the REALTOR® organization, licensees and consumers. Geoff serves as a consultant for many real estate companies and is experienced as an expert witness in real estate brokerage matters. Geoff has been a chair of the Maine Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards Committee since 1996 and he was twice named REALTOR® of the Year for his local Board of REALTORS®. His continuing education and pre-license courses receive rave reviews. 

Ed Getty

Ed Getty


His knowledge, unique candor, and sense of humor make founding partner Ed Getty a well-respected and highly rated instructor and consultant. With 35 years experience in sales and management, Ed has achieved total sales production of over $100 million. He has served as president of his state’s REALTOR® organization and was twice named REALTOR® of the Year for his local Board of REALTORS®. Ed teaches the Maine Associate Broker prelicense course as well as a wide range of continuing education courses in the classroom as well as online via video.


Jane Greer

Jane Greer

Founding partner Jane Greer has over 27 years of experience designing and delivering both classroom and online training in the real estate, insurance and financial services industries. She holds a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on adult education and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Dartmouth College. Jane is adjunct faculty at St. Joseph's College in the MSEd program and has taught real estate at Husson University. Speak to any of her students and they will confirm that her classes are engaging, thought provoking and fun! Jane is a long-term member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and has presented at the Real Estate Educators Association national convention.

Christy Arnett

Christy Arnett is the Operations Manager for The Real Estate Learning Group.  Christy has a strong background in office administration and customer support.  She currently holds an Associate Broker license in Maine and is a REALTOR®.  She is ready to assist you with all things related to Real Estate education - from scheduling a CE class at your office to helping students enroll in our continuing education and pre-license courses. 

Kelli McGlinn

Kelli McGlinn is our Director of Education.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Special Education from the University of Southern Maine. Additionally, she has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. Kelli has over 25 years experience in education ranging from instructing individuals from birth to adult level learners. She is an avid learner herself and is challenging herself to apply her skills in a new forum. Kelli has a keen interest in the real estate field and is eager to work with The Real Estate Learning Group assisting newcomers and experienced learners who continue on their lifelong journey of professional learning.

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Andrea McGowan

Andrea McGowan is an Administrative Assistant for The Real Estate Learning Group. She has a long history with TRELG stemming from her time at Husson University, where she helped manage our classroom space. Her background in higher education, coupled with her strong customer support experience, aligns with our mission, as does her strong desire for learning and improvement. When not at work, you may find her exploring the outdoors with her family or running the streets and trails of Greater Portland with her friends and the family dog.

Walter Boomsma

Walter Boomsma teaches pre-license courses for The Real Estate Learning Group. Previously, he owned a human resource consulting business that developed and delivered training programs  for numerous companies, civic and educational groups. Walter serves as a substitute school teacher for Kindergarten through sixth grade, as Communications Director for the Maine State Grange, and as a NAMI Certified Mental Health First Aid Specialist and Suicide Prevention Instructor. He has authored several books including Small People—Big Brains and Mr. Boomsma’s Substitute Teacher Workbook

Julie Williams 

Julie Williams

Julie Dawson Williams, who was named 2017 REALTOR® of the Year by the Greater Bangor Association of REALTORS®, is the principal owner of the Bangor-based real estate firm ERA Dawson Bradford Co. Her experience includes listing and selling properties for her own clients, as well as recruiting and training new licensees. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Julie teaches pre-license courses for The Real Estate Learning Group.

Tyra Mitchell

Tyra Mitchell


Tyra Hatcher Mitchell is a licensed Associate Broker with North Star Realty. Active in the Maine Association of Realtors, Tyra held several positions, including President of the York County Council of Realtors. She served as a Board Member of the Maine Association of REALTORS and is a current Board Member of the Maine Association of Realtors Foundation. In her free time, she volunteers as a Master Gardener; educating students and communities about vegetable gardening and food insecurity in Maine. Born in Maine, she has lived in Thailand, Brazil, and Guyana but is happy to call Maine her forever home.

Matthew McDonald

Matthew J. McDonald graduated from Maine Law and the University of Southern Maine. After a few years in private practice in many areas he settled into real estate law. He began working at Cumberland Title in 2004 and bought the company in 2008. Since then Cumberland Title has grown to five offices around the state of Maine. His courses are known for their entertaining stories and information that surprises even the most experienced brokers.


Kim Fowler

Kim Fowler is a licensed agent/broker in Maine and New Hampshire and has many years of experience in the real estate, customer service and banking industries. She's been licensed since 2002 in Maine and 2021 in New Hampshire to sell real estate and has worked for both LL Bean and Casco Northern Bank, NA(BancBoston). Kim currently owns her own agency, North Star Realty in Scarborough, ME and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. She is an approved instructor for delivering education to Maine and New Hampshire real estate licensees.



Jean-Marie Caterina


Jean-Marie Caterina

Jean-Marie Caterina specializes in coaching and consulting.  She is a multi-million dollar producer in a large real estate franchise, eaover many years, earned an advanced degree in social work (MSW) and completed a certification program in coaching – all factors allowing her to bring advanced skills and techniques to her coaching practice. Jean-Marie teaches the Sales Agent Course to those studying real estate for the first time as well as the Associate Broker Course.


Jim Nadeau

Jim Nadeau, a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, lives in Portland with his wife and two sons. In 1993, he became a State of Maine Professional Land Surveyor and co-founded Nadeau & Lodge. Jim holds three National Flood Insurance Program designations: Certified Floodplain Manager, Certified Floodplain Surveyor, and Associate in National Flood Insurance, has been a REALTOR since 2004, and is an active Associate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group.

Robert Staab

Bob Staab has been a mortgage lender for 36 years.  During that time he has been an owner and Vice President of a large New England Mortgage Company and two large local banks.  He has originated and closed over 9500 loans as a loan officer.  He has also managed two different processing and underwriting centers. 



Julia Basset Schwerin


Julia Bassett Schwerin is a Broker licensee affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.  She serves waterfront communities from Kittery to Yarmouth and all southern Maine, and she loves advising both buyers and sellers.  Julia particularly likes helping clients use market data, building science, and land use information to make informed choices. She earned the Green designation from the National Association of REALTORS® in 2012.

Donald Cohen

Don Cohen has been in the finance and education world for over 35 years.  His college degree is in Secondary Education, History and Political Science.  Don has worked with Real Estate Professionals for most of his career as a mortgage lending expert.  He has taught continuing education credit courses since the 1990s as well as first time home buyer classes.  He has lived in Portland for almost 40 years. 


James A. Hopkinson

Jim Hopkinson is a founding partner of Hopkinson & Abbondanza.  He received his B.A. from Bates College in Lewiston and his J.D. from the University of Maine-School of Law in Portland.  Jim is a member of Maine State and Cumberland Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in all Maine Courts including the U.S. District Court.  He is co-author on a treatise on real estate law in Maine and also provides expert witness testimony on real estate matters.  Jim has lectured at the University of Southern Maine, Institute for Real Estate Education, American Institute of Banking and the National Business Institute. 

Richard J. Abbondanza


Richard Abbondanza is a founding partner in the Portland law firm of Hopkinson & Abbondanza.  He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College, cum laude, and his law degree from Catholic University of America.  He is a member of the Maine Estate Planning Council, WealthCounsel, a national association of estate planning attorneys and advisors, and a graduate of the two-year Laureate Program of the Southern California Institute and is admitted to practice in all Maine courts.  Richard regularly speaks on the subjects of estate planning, retirement planning and real estate and business succession planning.   


Susan Russell

Susan Russell loves the challenge of pairing her clients with their perfect homes. In her two decades in the real estate business, she has developed a reliable network of resources and has closed multi-millions in volume each year. She greatly enjoys teaching as it gives her great pleasure to assist and support those around her. Susan served as President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® in Portland and sits on her neighborhood board in Pine Point, Maine. She enjoys everything the beautiful State of Maine has to offer from the sandy shores to the ski slopes, and loves to be outside.

Randee McDonald

Randee McDonald is a National Rifle Association Certified Instructor and a member of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) at Scarborough Fish & Game, where she is an instructor and competitor, introducing shooters to this fast-growing, competitive sport. She formerly worked at Windham Indoor Shooting Range and now owns and operates her own business, Focus Firearms Instruction & Safety Training. Randee aspires to create a comfortable and supportive environment for women to learn safety training and shooting sports.

Bill Trask

Bill began his career in real estate in 1995 after a 6-year tour of duty in the US Army.  After owning and affiliating with many real estate companies with a variety of national and regional brands, Bill opened his own brokerage, Maine Real Estate Experts. He quickly grew his company to four offices and 70 agents.


Jeanne Johnson

Jeanne Johnson is a 40 year veteran of the real estate business. She began her career as a closer and REALTOR, then became a title abstractor, title examiner and once again, REALTOR. With a passion for real estate, she began to teach and write courses based on her depth of experience. She has been Education Chair for the MN Land Title Association and the National Association of Land Title Examiners and Abstractors. She taught for the American Land Title Association and has written courses for national providers of real estate education. Jeanne is a Licensed Education Provider for Minnesota and holds both the Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) Designation and Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) Certification. She has a passion for real estate and thoroughly enjoys working with students as they advance their careers.

Brenda Colston

Brenda comes to the Minnesota Real Estate Learning Group with a wealth of real estate knowledge, gleaned from a career expanding more than 30 years in the title insurance industry in customer care, processing, abstracting, examining, and closing. She was the first African American in Minnesota to open a full-service Title Office. She served as VP of NAREB, the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, whose mission is to support equal housing opportunities for all. She serves on several boards and committees and is a firm believer and often says “Your network is your net worth.” She is elated to fulfill her passion for teaching the Minnesota Closing Academy Courses with the spirit of excellence.