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

Aubrie Kobernus, MBA, RCE

Chief Executive Officer

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

Phone: 312-329-8837
Email: akobernus@realtors.org

Karen Calarco

Karen Calarco

Manager of Operations

Karen handles, manages, and controls expenditures within the set budget as well as member records. Members may contact her for assistance changing their information, paying dues, and answering financial inquiries about their account.

Phone: 312-329-8287
Email: kcalarco@realtors.org

Jessa Friedrich, MBA

Jessa Friedrich, MBA

Marketing Manager

As the Marketing Manager, Jessa manages all matters pertaining to marketing and communications for the organization. She is responsible for managing the website, creating digital and print marketing materials, and managing the organization’s brand as well as press and social media campaigns. She also serves as the staff liaison for the Future Leaders Committee. Members may contact her with any member or Chapter news regarding awards or accomplishments, for publishing a blog post, for contributing to or advertising in the Terra Firma magazine, or with questions about RLI logo use policy.

Phone: 312-329-8353
Email: jfriedrich@realtors.org

Amanda Jenkins

Amanda Jenkins

Education Manager

As Education Manager, Amanda manages all matters that deal with RLI’s LANDU Program. She is responsible for managing the no-travel courses, LANDU Week, and Chapter Courses. She works with the Education Committee to create a webinar series each year, selecting topics and speakers. She also manages the planning and execution of the annual National Land Conference. Members may contact her for information regarding education or National Land Conference.

Phone: 312-329-8441
Email: ajjenkins@realtors.org

Laura Barker

Laura Barker

Membership & Communications Specialist

Laura Barker moved up in RLI from being a Marketing Intern to a new full-time position as Membership & Communications Specialist. She is the main point of contact for member inquiries and for agents in the industry interested in learning more about our organization. In her role, Laura also assists in the marketing department creating content for the RLI Blog, scheduling social posts, creating emails, and helping with various other departmental tasks. Laura has been with RLI since October 2017.
Email: lbarker@realtors.org

Alan Aleman

Alan Aleman

Marketing Assistant Intern

Alan assists in the marketing department with creating and scheduling emails, social media posts, and various other tasks to make the department run more smoothly.
Email: aaleman@realtors.org

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

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 headquarters makes it their number one priority to stay connected and in touch to its members.