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 RLI. Within that framework, Kobernus organizes and directs the staff, programs, financial performance, and activities. She is also currently the main contact for members working towards earning the elite ALC Designation. 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 March 2016.

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

Gerry Berish, CAE

Gerry Berish, CAE

Chapter & Membership Relations Manager

Gerry manages the relationships between RLI National and its chapter organizations as well as serves as the main point of contact for RLI members. Members may contact him with general inquiries about RLI and our member benefits or about starting or joining an RLI chapter. RLI chapter leaders and administrators are encouraged to use Gerry as their main point of contact at RLI National with any inquiries related to managing or developing their chapter and its programs. Gerry has been with RLI since September 2019.

Phone: 312-329-8519
Email: gberish@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. Karen has been with RLI since September 2007.

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. Jessa has been with RLI since March 2015.

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

Amanda Morrone, MSHC

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 March 2019.

Phone: 312-329-8441
Email: amorrone@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.