Meet Our Instructors
Ennis Antoine has an unrelenting commitment to REALTOR® organizations and community involvement. Ennis consistently maintains the highest standards in ethics and professionalism. Mentoring new agents and encouraging them to get involved at the local, state, and national level.
Ennis is a strong leader, excellent educator, and a motivational trainer. He is positive. He is dependable. He has held leadership positions within his brokerage firm and at the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® from the very beginning of his affiliation. He is inspiring. He has integrity. He is a visionary. He gently encourages others to be their very best. He is a Past President of the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® and the Executive Committee and has served on all of the committees at the board. He is also the 2019 recipient of the E.A. Isakson Leadership Award from the Atlanta REALTORS® Association.
He has grown through his time spent volunteering, networking with REALTORS® around the country, and completing designation classes to earn multiple professional designations. Ennis holds the GREEA (Georgia Real Estate Educator’s Association) Educator of the Year Award for 2018.
Renee Bringier is a real estate broker and educator who’s devotion to assisting students and staying current in the real estate market make her a leading expert in this field.
Passionate about leadership development at all levels, her knowledge, candor, and sense of humor make Renee a well-respected and highly rated instructor. Speak to any of her former students and they will confirm, “Her classes are engaging, thought provoking and fun!”
Licensed since 1995, she brings 25 years of practical brokerage and company leadership experience to her teaching. Her experience auctioning, listing, and selling properties for her clients have led to Renee being awarded the Lifetime Million Dollar Club membership at the local board of Realtors®.
Renee is an active member of Atlanta Realtors Association, Georgia Real Estate Educators Association, a graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), and has acted as mentor to many licensees. As a Broker business owner, Renee has enjoyed a consistently high level of success by concentrating on a never-ending search for continuous learning.
When asked what she likes about teaching, Renee says, “Guiding students to a successful outcome.”
Gil Castro has been in real estate since 2001 and has worked in all aspects of the industry. He was a top producing agent in his fourth year in the business when he was invited to join the Leadership Development Program of his firm. Prior to completing the 12 month program, Gil was offered Assistant Branch Manager positions at three different offices within the firm. Soon after, Gil was offered the Branch Manager position of the Alpharetta-Main Street office and has been in Branch Management and Training ever since. Gil was also the firm’s Director of Training from 2012 to 2015 and is currently back in the field as Branch Manager for the Roswell office.
Gil is a licensed Pre-License Real Estate Instructor who loves teaching. He teaches the sales pre-license course, Code of Ethics, Post-License, and other CE courses. He is a member of the Atlanta Board of REALTORS®, Georgia Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, and has been on the Professional Standards Committee since 2012.
Gil is originally from Bronx, NY but has lived and loved Atlanta since 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Management from Kent State University in Ohio and is fluent in both conversational and written Spanish.
Suzi Chaapel has been involved with real estate sales and training since 1985. Prior to her real estate career, she was also involved in sales training and management for a national corporation.
She is a licensed broker, licensed instructor, holds the national designation of GRI, (Graduate REALTOR Institute), the Gold Star Instructor Designation from REEA (Real Estate Educators Association), and has taught for Barney Fletcher Schools since 2006 both as an in-class instructor as well as an Online Advisor.
Ms. Chaapel has been recognized repeatedly for outstanding sales, community service, and leadership by her brokerage and REALTOR® organization.
She is past President for GREEA (Georgia Real Estate Educators Association), is an active member of the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of REALTORS®, President of the Cherokee Rose Civic Association, and an active member of the Gwinnett County Master Gardeners Association. Suzi also won the GREEA Robert R.(Bob) Jones Distinguished Career Award for 2018.
Her goal is to provide a fun and professional atmosphere for learning in which the students will be engaged and enjoy the journey to reaching their goals.
Jan Marie Elder as been in the real estate industry for the last 11 years. Originally from Seattle, Washington she has made Atlanta her home since 1991. Her focus has been on Property Management and she was a top producing REALTOR® for her company in her first year in the industry.
She is licensed in both Georgia and Alabama and is a qualifying Broker for several companies. Jan Marie teaches Sales Prelicense classes as well as continuing education and tutors students outside of class.
She is a member of GREEA (Georgia Real Estate Educator’s Association) as well as the Atlanta REALTORS® Association and is on the Member Engagement Committee and the Training and Education Committee for that association.
Jan Marie has two children and loves dogs. She is an avid reader in her spare time.
Holly Ewert is a native Midwesterner, who has made Atlanta her home since 1995. Holly has been in the Real Estate industry for more than 25 years. Holly’s appreciation of real estate originates with her family being involved in residential and commercial property development for several generations in the United States, France, and Switzerland.
Holly has been instrumental in multi-million dollar turnkey developments, mergers and acquisitions. Holly has professional experience as a general contractor, residential and commercial property manager, salesperson, Associate Broker, Broker/Owner, and Instructor.
Holly thoroughly enjoys teaching professionals transitioning into real estate. Her pragmatic approach as an instructor ensures her students learn the prerequisite course material to successfully become licensed real estate agents. Holly leverages her in-depth knowledge of real estate and business to enhance the learning experience for her students.
Holly is a licensed Georgia Broker, a Gold Standard Instructor (GSI), and an active member of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association, GREEA (Georgia Real Estate Educators Association), and REEA (Real Estate Educators Association). She is also a Certified Mortgage Specialist and an ASHI Certified Home Inspector.
Donna Fejes is a certified Georgia Real Estate Pre-license Instructor who delights in making complex topics understandable for her students – even fun! – thus helping them achieve their dreams.
Donna began her real estate career in the 1980s selling condos for a developer in Atlanta. From there, she went on to work as an unlicensed assistant to a broker, a licensed assistant to a broker, and a real estate sales agent. She eventually specialized in real estate transactions for a group of private investors.
She has handled residential and commercial transactions, purchases and sales at real estate auctions, 1031 exchanges, bidding on mortgage pools, and the audit of a brokerage firm. Donna has also worked in the credit industry as liaison with federal regulators regarding enforcement of the Truth in Lending Act, Dodd Frank, Do-Not-Call-Registry, and Fair Credit Reporting Act.
She is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) and its Georgia chapter, Georgia Real Estate Educators Association (GREEA), where she is working toward her DREI and GSI designations.
Along with her real estate activities, Donna writes commercial fiction and nonfiction biographies. Her biographies tell the life stories of self-made tycoons, most of whom began accumulating wealth through real estate dealings. She’s a true believer in real estate as a means to prosperity, and enjoys helping to open that door for those who want to enter the real estate profession.
Serena Henry is a knowledgeable, well-connected industry leader with extensive experience in teaching, career coaching, marketing and business development. Serena has practiced real estate for 14+ years and has held various leadership positions with area brokerage firms as well as locate, state and national real estate trade organizations.
She is a CRB, RENE, C-RETS, GRI, SFR, CAM, and ePRO®.
She is most proud of her work helping numerous real estate practitioners develop thriving, sustainable real estate businesses. Several agents who have follower her guidance have earned near $100,000 within their first 2 years of licensure. She has also been very instrumental in assisting seasoned agents take their business to increased production levels. Her simple, ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ techniques support agents’ professional growth, production, and industry knowledge.
Whether you’re a seasoned high-achiever, new to the industry, an aspiring or established leader of a team, or preparing to take your state exam, Serena can provide experienced guidance and support.
Lynn Lenton began her career in real estate in 1985 selling Commercial Real Estate for a small firm in Woodstock, GA during a time when the area was slowly waking up from a small little whistle stop town to experiencing an influx of new homes bringing in families and growth. She felt then, and still does today, that she found her passion.
Realizing that the needs of her large family required a more frequent commission, Lynn moved to working in New Homes Communities and worked for major homebuilders throughout the Metro Atlanta area. She consistently won top honors for sales volume. She was also awarded top status with the various Boards of Realtors she worked under.
She has been a broker since 1988 and currently is the Broker for a Real Estate company that she owns with a business partner. She frequently teaches Continuing Education classes and has had an instructor’s license since 2015. She is experienced in teaching Prelicense classes in person as well as on video. She is a member of the Georgia Real Estate Educator’s Association.
Steve Miller has been an active REALTOR® and licensee for the past 16 years. He is licensed by the GREC as a Real Estate Instructor and functions daily as the Principal/Managing Broker of Garden Lakes Realty Co. in Rome.
Currently, Steve serves as a member of the State Grievance Board for the Georgia Association of REALTORS® as well as serving as the Chairman for the Broker’s Advisory Board for the Greater Rome Board of REALTORS®, and holds ABR and e-Pro® designations from the National Association of REALTORS®. In addition, in 2012 Steve was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal and serves as the Chairman of the Rome-Floyd County Board of Elections.
Steve has spent well over 35 years in the housing industry in North Georgia and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of real estate sales and management which he openly shares with his students. As an in-class instructor for Barney Fletcher Schools, his focus is on preparing potential agents with full knowledge of the GREC required 75hr Pre-License course in preparation for sitting for, and passing the State required license exam in order to be able to obtain their real estate salesperson’s license.
Shelley Thomas Sears began her career in 1978. Since then, she has become one of Atlanta’s most celebrated real estate Brokers and trainers. Prior to founding her own company, she was one of the top brokers for 20 years with one of the oldest and largest companies. Being awarded one of Atlanta/Georgia’s top 100 residential Realtors based on net closings. Consistent yearly production over $34 million for 30 years straight.
Even though she is the principal of her company, Shelley continues to sell and manage real estate full time by choice in the business she loves. Along with her relentless drive, she attributes much of her success in her field to being honest, fair and straightforward. She is now teaching new students how to master the roadways of Real Estate for the future.
Shelley learned early on that the biggest challenge most people encounter is themselves. Many life challenges have characterized her journey through the years. Bringing her to being a leader in the Atlanta/Georgia real estate market and running a successful business.
Born into an Air Force family and both parents being pilots, she was taught to set her goal sky high. Always being able to keep your mindset fresh and able to address “invisible scripts.”
Atlanta has been her home since 1970. She has one son who is also a top-notch Atlanta Realtor.
She is here to help new students move into the next stage of their lives and create a new career making purposeful life decisions as it relates to Real Estate and beyond.
Exceptional Service, Exceptional Marketing, Exceptional Result.
Jane Slickman has recently received her Real Estate Instructor License from the Georgia Real Estate Commission.
Jane has a teaching background, having delivered training in a variety of subjects for the Georgia Highlands College Continuing Education Department for nearly 10 years. In addition, she continues to deliver training and keynote programs to various groups in the community. She is a graduate of West Rome High School and Berry College, and active in her church, First Christian (Disciples of Christ). She was formerly associated with the Rome Floyd County YMCA and the Coosa Valley Habitat for Humanity board.
A realtor for over 10 years, Jane has been active in the Greater Rome Board of REALTORS® having served as Treasurer, President, and Past President. She has received both the Realtor of the Year and the Humanitarian of the Year awards from the group. A graduate of the Georgia Association of Realtors Leadership Academy, Jane is a member of the national Association of REALTORS® and the Georgia Association of REALTORS®. She is also a member of GREEA (Georgia Real Estate Educator’s Association). She is presently an instructor with Barney Fletcher Schools.
Jackie Werdlow is a real estate professional who started her career as a Sales Person in Pensacola, Florida in
2007. Since 2012, she has been a Georgia Real Estate Salesperson and has recently become a Real Estate Broker. Jackie has a zeal for learning and a passion for sharing knowledge. From the beginning of her real estate career, she has served to inspire her community towards home ownership. While performing as the Housing Director for a non-profit affordable housing provider in Florida, she facilitated and taught a monthly First Time Home Owners workshop for two years (Jan 2007 and Dec 2008). More, while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jackie taught and facilitated training classes for thousands of Department of Defense Civilians, Contractors, Military Service Members, and Coalition Forces. During her support of OIF (2003-2006 and 2008-2011) she earned outstanding performance awards and army commendations. She held positions as Army Sergeant, civilian, and Contractor on Department of Defense contracts throughout Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, and Afghanistan. Adding to her teaching experience, she has taught both in Florida (2016-17) and Georgia (1998-2000) public school systems for a total of 3.5 school years. Jackie also has a background in military information technology and has earned a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management from Ashford University: Forbes School of Business & Technology. At her core, she has a love for people and life. Thereby she is an advocate for global humanitarian efforts and an avid supporter of charity agencies such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, World Vision, UNHCR, and UNICEF.
Lee E. Wiggins graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science, Business Marketing degree.
Lee teaches pre-license sales, broker license, license cram course, post license, and several continuing education classes including environmental issues, auctioning, and home inspection. He was awarded the GREEA “Educator of the Year” award in 2011. Lee is CEO of Informed Home Decisions, Inc. His company provides home consulting including inspections and educational services. He is also active in residential and commercial real estate and as an auctioneer specializing in real property auctions.
Lee holds licenses in Georgia as an Associate Broker, Auctioneer, and Real Estate Instructor. He is also a member of the Cherokee, GA and National Association of REALTORS®, the GA and National Auctioneers Association, Georgia Real Estate Educator’s Association, and the International Code Council (ICC)(CABO).
Lee’s designations and accomplishments include: RealtyU Certified, ABR (BACA), AREP-Real Estate Professionals Society, e-PRO®, Relocation Specialist, Residential Combination Code Inspector (ICC), Compliance Inspector (HUD/FHA), Manual J and D certifications (ACCA), and Residential Conservation Service Specialist (RCS). Lee has a resolution granted in his name by the Georgia House of Representatives for his outstanding leadership and teaching abilities (House Resolution 673).
Lee enjoys music, chess, golf, and hunting and is happily married to his lovely wife, Sandy.
Margaret Woodruff has been passionate about real estate in one way or another for most of her adult life. She became an “official” investor in 2000, and after several bad or mediocre experiences, decided she could make the business better by getting into it full time in 2008. After having the best time ever making a living at something she loved, she wanted to share this experience and become a Licensed Pre-License Instructor.
An Atlanta resident since 1990, Margaret is originally from Chicago, but now describes herself as an Adopted Southerner. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems, and worked in Information Technology for 28 years for such companies as EDS and AT&T. After becoming a Realtor®, she is now a Certified REO and Foreclosure Specialist and Certified DotLoop Trainer bringing technology and Real Estate together. Still invested in several properties of her own, she is also a member of the Georgia Real Estate Educators Association, Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors®, Georgia Association of Realtors®, and the National Association of Realtors®.
Margaret focuses much of her sales efforts on relocating military families and works with several Veterans Administration lenders in these endeavors. She is also happy to assist new and prospective agents with tutoring, mentoring, and advice.