GLEN CARBON ─ Sandy Michel Stempinski of Heart and Home Realty in Vandalia was sworn in as the 2016-2017 president for the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors on Thursday, Oct. 13.
She received special recognition during a luncheon at the N.O. Nelson Center in Edwardsville.
Stempinski, a GRI, began her real estate career in 1989 as a sales associate and received her broker license in 1990. She works for Heart and Home Realty in Vandalia.
She has served on the Board of Governors for the SIR/MLS. She serves on the Budget & Finance Committee, Legislative/RPAC Committee and is a Major Investor with RPAC. She serves on the Ethics Citation Panel, Federal Political Coordination Contact Teams, Illinois Bi-Centennial Task Force, Public Policies Committee and the State Legislative Contacts Working Group for IAR.
She finds time to serve on the Economic Development Commission for Vandalia, Fayette County YMCA and is a member of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Sandy is a past president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Fayette County YMCA.
Vandalia is Sandy’s hometown. She has served on various boards and fundraising committees throughout the years in Fayette County. In 2001, Sandy was a recipient of the Abe Award, a Vandalia community service award. She lives in Vandalia with her husband Rich and they have three daughters, Amy Gaffney who is employed with Cisco, Katie who will be a freshman at Saint Louis University and Kelly a sophomore who attends University High in Bloomington, IL.
The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors serves more than 1,000 Realtor and affiliate members in the southwestern Illinois region including the counties of Bond, Calhoun, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and Montgomery. The association strives to promote education, professionalism, and ethical conduct in the real estate industry; to advocate for the protection of property rights; to assist in providing Americans with safe and affordable housing; and to further the interest of property ownership.