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Our Staff

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Learn about our Team and Culture

RLI Staff is dedicated to serving RLI members and the land industry. As a small team, we work closely with each other and leadership to achieve our common goals. We continually strive to take RLI to the next level as the industry's premier land real estate membership organization and an information source for the industry as "The Voice of Land". 

Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE
Chief Executive Officer

As the CEO, Aubrie is responsible for the overall management of the Institute. This includes working with the Board of Directors to develop the vision, goals, objectives, and related policies for RLI. Within that framework, Aubrie organizes and directs staff, programs and financial performance, and activities. She is designated by the National Association of REALTORS® as a REALTOR® Certified Executive (RCE). Members may contact her if they have any questions or concerns. Aubrie has been with RLI since 2016.

Phone: 312-329-8837

Karen Calarco
Operations Manager

Karen serves as the main point of contact for RLI members and also handles, manages, and controls expenditures within the set budget as well as member records. Members may contact her with general inquiries about RLI and our member benefits, assistance changing their information, paying dues, and answering financial inquiries about their account. Karen has been with RLI since September 2007.

Phone: 312-329-8287

Anne Leigh McAllister-Elmore, MSID, MAEd
Learning and Development Manager

As an instructional design and curriculum development expert, Anne Leigh works with LANDU® subject matter experts to design dynamic courses that use current instructional techniques to help land professionals achieve their objectives. She builds education courses that overcome skill gaps and meet the needs of a variety of learners. Members may contact her with questions about the LANDU® Education Program. Anne Leigh has been with RLI since May 2023.

Phone: 312-329-8129

Melissa Lutz, C2EX
Programming and Events Manager

Melissa Lutz (rhymes with roots) is responsible for the overall programming and coordination of RLI’s meetings and events, including our largest annual event, the National Land Conference. Her role also works in conjunction with our Marketing and Education Managers, overseeing topics and programming for RLI communications, managing the member affinity program and webinar program, and serving as staff liaison to the Future Leaders Committee. Melissa has been with RLI since October 2021.

Phone: 312-329-8574

Kat Szymanski
Marketing Manager

As Marketing Manager, Kat is responsible for all areas related to communications and marketing for the organization. She oversees the website, digital and print marketing materials, and manages the organization’s brand as well as press and social media campaigns. She also serves as the staff liaison for the Government Affairs Committee. Members may contact her with articles for publication on the RLI blog, advertising or an article contribution for Terra Firma magazine, member or Chapter news regarding awards or accomplishments, or with questions about RLI logo use policy. Kat has been with RLI since July 2022.

Phone: 312-329-8353

Amanda Morrone, MSHC
Education Manager

As the Education Manager, Amanda manages all matters pertaining to RLI’s LANDU® Education Program. She is responsible for scheduling courses and managing instructor relationships. She also serves as the staff liaison for the Education Committee. Members may contact her with any questions about the LANDU® Education Program. Amanda has been with RLI since February 2019.

Phone: 312-329-8441

Traci Schermerhorn
Chapter Relations Specialist

Traci engages all RLI state and regional Chapters to help them innovate and strengthen their value to local members. She works with Chapter leaders on best practices for member engagement and Chapter programming, meetings and events. She also helps to organize and facilitate the creation of new state/regional Chapters where there is interest. Traci has been with RLI since October 2023.

Phone: 312-329-8519

Welcome! This is our dedicated Team. Did we say that we would love to work with you? Don’t be shy, get in touch! 

Contact the REALTORS®  Land Institute

The Office

430 N. Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60611

The REALTORS® Land Institute is located in the heart of Chicago on the 6th floor of the NAR Building on Michigan Avenue. Serving a global network of land professionals, RLI National makes it the number one priority to stay connected and in touch with its members.