2024 Installation of Officers

In a memorable ceremony on Thursday, January 4, 2024, The REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM) set the stage for an extraordinary year ahead with their Annual Installation of Officers and Directors. Hosted at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, this momentous event served as a vibrant celebration, honoring both the outgoing and incoming leaders and officers who shape the course of the REALTOR® association.

REALTOR® Cherie Benoit of Keller Williams Realty Pinnacle Central was sworn in as the RACM President for 2024. After a successful year, of recognizing the association’s Centennial Anniversary, Cherie Benoit is succeeding Lee Joseph, the 2023 RACM President. The additional officers installed include: Stephanie Bayliss, President-Elect; Nate Daniel, Vice President; Hejoma Garcia, Secretary; Leif Rosseland, Treasurer; Lee Joseph, Immediate Past President

Congratulations to the 2024 Directors of RACM: Michael Barbera, Konstantina Choros, Lauren Demerjian, Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, Allen Greenman, Patrick Kennedy, Elisha Lynch, John Millen, Kelly Provost, Claire Rainville, Karina Robles, Michelle Wesson, Chris Whitten

Congratulations to the 2024 Alternate Directors: Jenny Cote, Maribeth Lynch, Zantia Seda, John Vaillancourt

2024 Director at the National Association of REALTORS®: Kathy Curran McSweeney

2024 MAR Executive Team: Sarah Gustafson (President-Elect), Michael DeLuca (Treasurer)

2024 MAR Board of Directors: Lee Joseph, Cherie Benoit, Stephanie Bayliss, Nate Daniel

2024 MAR Board of Directors Alternates: Hejoma Garcia, Patrick Kennedy, Leif Rosseland, Michelle Wesson

2024 MAR Regional Vice President: Tracey Fiorelli


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2023 Annual Meeting Recap – Celebrating Achievements & Recognizing Excellence

[Boylston, MA] – [10/11/2023] – On Thursday, October 5, 2023, the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts gathered at the picturesque Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA, for its highly anticipated Annual Meeting. The event proved to be a momentous occasion as members and esteemed guests came together to reflect on a year of accomplishments, celebrate outstanding individuals, and discuss the future of the association.

The Annual Meeting was made possible thanks to the generous support of our event sponsors, Cantiani Insurance Agency and MLS Property Information Network, whose contributions helped make this event a resounding success.

The proceedings were initiated by 2023 RACM President, Lee Joseph.  It was then led with great enthusiasm by David McCarthy, the 2023 MAR President, who led the assembly in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.


Stacey Hamel, a RACM REALTOR®, delivered an inspirational message, motivating everyone in attendance to strive to make positive change in your communities, no matter the obstacles.  She also makes a point to remind everyone to check in with your loved ones who might be struggling with mental health. 


Konstantina Choros, Government Affairs Director (GAD), provided insights into the association’s 2023 RPAC efforts, highlighting the vital role of advocacy in the real estate industry.


Kathy McSweeney, the 2022 RACM President and the 2023 Chair of the Nominating Committee, unveiled the 2024 Slate of Officers and Directors, underlining the association’s commitment to effective leadership.


Sarah Gustafson, RACM’s 1st NAR Director, delivered an update on the latest developments at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).


Theresa Hatton, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) CEO, shared a comprehensive MAR update, offering valuable insights into the real estate landscape.


Cherie Benoit, the 2023 President-Elect, provided an update on the association’s 2023 committee activities and initiatives.


The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Leif Rosseland, offering a transparent overview of the association’s financial standing and fiscal responsibility.


A highlight of the event was the presentation of the 2023 President Award, which was bestowed upon Leif Rosseland and the dedicated RACM staff in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the association.


Additionally, the event witnessed the presentation of two REALTOR® Own It Coins to Kathy McSweeney and Berkeley Wlodarczak, acknowledging their exemplary dedication and service to the Association and the REALTOR® brand itself.


Larry Rettig, Member Engagement Committee Chair, took the stage to recognize the recipients of Milestone Awards, Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsed and renewed members, and NAR’s Fairhaven recognitions. These milestones are a testament to the commitment and dedication of members to their profession.


The following members were in attendance and honored for their years of service:

– 5 Years: [Gregory Buckingham, Siobhan Costello Weber, Kate Maher, Belmira Mendes, Melissa Monroe, Ben Montenegro, Liz Puchala]

– 10 Years: [Cherie Benoit, Allen Greenman, Patrick Kennedy, Dina Nichols, Irina Rosario Contreras, Nate Daniel Stewart]

– 15 Years: [Shannon Curll, Fiona Hoare, Chris Whitten]

– 20 Years: [Valerie Cohen, Michael Deluca, Lauren Demerjian, Lisa Jacobs, Laura Poulin-Harkins, Joseph Sama, Laura Tomaiolo, Luis Torres]

– 25 Years: [Julia Acquaah-Harrison, Kathy McSweeney, Lori, Stanikmas, Mary Stolarczyk]

– 30 Years: [Katherine Oftring]

– Lifetime Member: [Matteo Gentile]


As part of the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts commitment to giving back to the community, our Charities of Choice were presented with a check of $4,000 each, proceeds from the 2023 Golf Tournament. Representatives from Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance and Friendly House, were both in attendance, expressed their gratitude for the continued support from RACM as the community continues to fight to reduce the high levels of homelessness in Central MA.


The 2023 Annual Meeting at Cyprian Keyes proved to be an exceptional gathering, reflecting the dedication, unity, and excellence of the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts and its members. It was a day filled with inspiration and celebration, setting a promising course for the future of the association.


For more information or media inquiries, please contact:


Colleen Pappas, CEO

REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts
492 Washington Street 
Auburn, MA 01501 
(508) 832 – 6600


REALTOR® Scholarships for 2023

The REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts is excited to offer the following 5 Scholarships through our Scholarship Program to help assist members in subsidizing costs to obtain relevant continuing education/experiences.

Please note: No REALTOR® member can receive more than one scholarship per calendar year. Member must submit paperwork proving attendance within 14 days of course. RACM will mail a check to reimburse after receiving proof of attendance. Scholarship be used by December 31st, 2023. 

We are pleased to offer RACM’s REALTOR® Scholarships flyer in both English and Spanish below.


2023 Top Producer Applications Close on January 31, 2023!

The REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts seeks to recognize REALTORS® for their accomplishment of outstanding levels of production in real estate transactions during the 2022 year.We are reaching out to let you know that the 2023 Top Producer Application is LIVE!If you have not yet done so, please be sure to complete the online application by January 31, 2023.

Are you a 2023 Top Producer?

This award may be given to Individual REALTORS® and REALTOR® Teams. Approximately 5% of RACM members will be eligible for this award.

The REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts Top Producer Awards is one of our most popular awards!These awards are presented in three levels: Ruby, Emerald, and Diamond.NOTE: You must be in good standing with RACM in order to be eligible to apply. If you haven’t already, take a moment to pay your 2023 Membership Dues by calling (508) 832 – 6600 or paying online HERE.

Dues must be paid in full by the Application Deadline or you must be previously enrolled and in good standing on the Payment Plan.

Deadline: January 31, 2023


2023 Installation of Officers and Directors

Local REALTORS® Sworn In as 2023 Officers & Directors at REALTOR® Association of Central MA

Worcester, MA {December 12, 2022}— On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM) held their annual Installation of Officers and Directors for 2023 at Worcester Country Club, in Worcester, MA. Local REALTORS® were inducted into leadership positions that will help promote and educate homeownership for all.

Lee Joseph, REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker Realty, Worcester, was sworn in as the RACM President for 2023. Lee has been a REALTOR® for 38 years and is heavily involved with RACM and the local community, sitting on the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, The Leadership Council for UMass, and an avid supporter of The Hanover Theatre.

At RACM, Lee has chaired the Professional Standards Committee, Professional Standards Hearing Panel, Public Relations Task Force, Communication Committee and Mediation Committee.  She has also been a member of the Board of Directors, C2EX Task Force, Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Nominating Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Ombudsman and Mediator.  Lee is also on the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Board of Directors and is a graduate of and has completed MAR’s year-long Leadership Academy Program in 2022. Lee has also been a long-time contributor to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee and is currently a Crystal R Major Investor member.

Joseph states,

“I would like our membership to consider these 3 “M’s” as you start 2023: Master, Mentor and Make a Difference. Find more ways to educate yourself with classes/designations and master your craft. Be a mentor or find a mentor enabling the sharing of ideas and an elevation in professionalism in our industry. Make a difference in your community by giving back. How will you Master, Mentor, and Make a Difference in both your personal and professional lives?  Look within yourself for those answers.”

The following individuals were installed as Officers on Tuesday: President-Elect Cherie Benoit of Keller Williams Realty Greater, Worcester, Vice President Stephanie Bayliss of MA Homes LLC, Northborough, Secretary Nate Daniel Stewart of Lamacchia Realty, Inc. Worcester, Treasurer Leif Rosseland of Coldwell Banker Realty, Worcester and Sturbridge, and Immediate Past President Kathy McSweeney of Lamacchia Realty, Inc. Worcester.

Congratulations to the 2023 Directors of RACM: Michael Barbera, Lauren Demerjian, Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor, Hejoma Garcia, Allen Greenman, Patrick Kennedy, John Millen, Claire Rainville, Karina Robles, Michelle Wesson, and Chris Whitten

Congratulations to the 2023 Alternate Directors: Konstantina Choros, Elisha Lynch, John Morte, and Kelly Provost.

Thank you, Vocalist Monica Hatch who performed “Rise Up” originally sung by Andra Day.  Thank you to the beautiful musical entertainment: Pianist Wesley Hall, cellist Dr. Joshua Rohde.

The REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts is proud to announce the 2023 Leadership Team and is looking forward to a new year filled with growth, inclusion, and diversity. For updates and to learn what’s new in real estate, follow us on Facebook @RealtorAssociationofCentralMass, Instagram @realtorscentralma, and LinkedIn

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About Us         

The REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts has been proudly serving its members of the Greater Worcester and Central Massachusetts areas since 1923, and we are your connection to the real estate world.  RACM will be celebrating their 100th year anniversary in 2023.  The Association assists over 2,000 real estate professionals, providing the services and resources necessary for a successful career as a REALTOR®. Association members are involved in residential and commercial real estate as brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors, and others engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry. The term “REALTOR” ® is a registered, collective membership mark that identifies members as professionals who subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice set forth by the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, contact Colleen Pappas, CEO of the Association, at 508.832-6600, or via e-mail at [email protected].