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Desirée Patno
President & CEO
Desirée Patno is founder and CEO of both Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE), and National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB), the only national trade association representing women-owned businesses Specializing in the Housing Economy (SHE is Changing Real Estate). With more than 20 years of experience, Patno brings insider and “heels on the ground” knowledge to her mission of promoting women-owned businesses within the industry.  A hands-on broker of the day-to-day management of DPE, interior designer and investor, she manages the intricate details of hundreds of properties each year. Through NAWRB, she advocates for the increased utilization of women-owned businesses and mentors female entrepreneurs for future successful business ownership. She has authored several articles published in industry and women magazines, including NAWRB’s N Magazine. Patno is on the Executive Advisory Board for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Enterprising Women and Equator. Earlier this year, she was also featured in DSNews, “5 Minutes with Desirée Patno”. In 2012, she was nominated as one of HousingWire’s 30 Most Influential Women in the Housing Economy, and the award winner of Enterprising Women of the Year. A California native, she has been married for 21 years and is the proud mother of four boys.
Cayce Macias  
Certification Chairwoman

Cayce Macias, a highly trained publicist, copywriter and brand strategist, has served the housing economy for well over a decade.  In her Chairwoman role at NAWRB, Macias will leverage her extensive background in and passion for community affairs, particularly within underserved markets, to oversee and promote the importance and value of Women-Owned Business (WOB) and Minority Women-Owned Business (MWOB) Certifications.

Elizabeth Goodchild
NAWRB Magazine Chairwoman
Elizabeth Goodchild has been licensed in real estate since 1989 and is the Broker and Owner of Weichert Realtors Goodchild Homes since 2008, an independent franchise of Weichert Realtors Affiliates. She leads her team of 40 realtors selling homes in the Chicagoland area and runs most of Weichert Relocation’s moves. Goodchild is Minority and Women-Owned Certified by the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council and National Women’s Business Enterprise.
Voted as one of the “Top Realtors in the Chicagoland Area” by Chicago magazine in 2011, she holds a CPA degree, MBA, and a number of real estate designations: ABR, CDPE, CRP, CRB, CRS, GRI, and SRES. Before her life as a Broker/Owner, she was the CFO for Chicago for eight years, held financial roles at Motorola and McDonald’s Corporation, and still acts as adjunct for Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in courses like Financial Accounting and Leading a Sales Force Management. Goodchild is a mother to Grace (12) and twin boys Darien and Daniel (9), and wife to Broker Associate David at Weichert.
Heidi Robinson
Events Chairwoman
Heidi Robinson, with Thunderbird Real Estate in Santa Cruz County, Calif., has over seven years of professional experience. Heidi prides herself on her extensive knowledge of a multitude of real estate segments. Heidi is a founding member of the CalWest REO Team, a very successful group with diverse experience in all aspects of REO property management disposition. In addition, Heidi’s knowledge of the REO industry continues to develop through her commitment to education at industry functions and conferences. Heidi brings over 20 years of experience in organizing community events, including producing and directing theatrical projects for schools, recreation centers and community theaters. Heidi’s leadership qualities were recently recognized by her local real estate board through her participation as a speaker on an REO Agent educational panel. Heidi’s active involvement in a number of industry related activities will support her efforts and dedication to bringing new services to NAWRB.
Renee Smith 
Media Outreach Chairwoman

Attorney Renee Marie Smith is a 15-year real estate industry expert; author of My Short Sale Guru’s Guide listed on, and Host of Fox29 TV’s 2012 Short Sale Guru Show. In 2007, Renee opened her own real estate firm and in 2009, she founded the statewide title company, Smith & Associates, to be an advocate for discouraged homeowners. She has counseled thousands of short sale participants and her company has handled in excess of a thousand short sales. She has been a guest speaker at conventions around the country, as well as, radio including on KLAV 1230am radio’s four-part short sale seminar in Las Vegas. She is nationally published by numerous magazines and blogs including NAWRB’s N Magazine, Palm Beach Woman, and Women’s Council of Realtors PB quarterly. Her second book My Short Sale Guru’s Guide for Real Estate Professionals to Empower and Invigorate Sales was released in January 2013. Smith is shaping the short sale landscape and we expect to see her influence on the national real estate industry to continue to increase.
Brandy Nelson
Chapter Chairwoman
Brandy Nelson was featured as N Magazine’s CEO Center/fold in 2012’s March/April issue because of her passion and dedication as a top ranked residential and commercial broker in the Palm Springs and Desert cities of California. In addition, she is 2012’s Roaring Twenty Entrepreneur of the Year in Recognition of the formation of Red Top Realty, a women-owned business that offers the full spectrum of real estate services. Nelson is also with KW Commercial and Keller Williams Realty. She has managed multi-millions in building acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, building renovation, and tenant improvements. She is active in the commercial real estate community, on the agent leadership council with Keller Williams, and on the Board of the Women Council of Realtors as Membership Chair. She is constantly striving to improve and grow her business and community around her. 

Donna Nazir
Business Development Chairwoman
A real estate professional for over 12 years of experience in Business Development as well as networking. Co-founder of Rena’s Dresses, a non-profit organization that assist our youth in attending prom for free. Donna has a drive to see NAWRB grow and believes in its visions and goals.

Irma Delgado-Trikas
Government Relations Chairwoman
Irma Delgado-Trikas- Owner of Arista National Title, graduated from California State University Sacramento in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with International Business Concentration. She has covered a multitude of industries including industrial, construction, finance, mortgage wholesale and escrow and title. With exposure to these industries, Irma has learned to navigate the regulatory system to comply with the rules and policies accordingly.

Melinda Harris
Membership Chairwoman
Melinda Harris-has been a real estate broker for over 30 years and has owned 3 Real Estate Franchise Companies and have built them from the ground up. Currently a Broker/Owner of EXIT Prestige Realty in Anaheim, she has been in several areas of real estate business, new development, senior housing, commercial, etc. She also has political knowledge that will help assist her in the committee.


Jennifer Gano
NAWRB Foundation Chairwoman
With a strong desire to educated the public about financial literacy, Jennifer Gano has been actively involved in the residential lending and finance industry for over 10 years. While being actively involved with multiple organizations, her vast knowledge of finance has enabled her to assist hundreds of people in her surrounding area to realize the American dream of homeownership.