New Designees

Adam Aarsvold, AAS

Adam Aarsvold, AAS, earned the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in June. Mr. Aarsvold is an Appraiser II with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona, a position he’s held for almost four years. From 2004 to 2009 he served as an intern and Clerk Specialist 2 for Olmsted County Property Records and Licensing in Rochester, Minnesota. Mr. Aarsvold holds an Applied Associate of Science in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) from Rochester Community and Technical College.

Victor Allender, AAS

Victor Allender, AAS, met the requirements for the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in June. Mr. Allender is an Appraiser II with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona. He has been with this office for 18 years. Mr. Allender holds an Associate of Arts degree from Phoenix College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grand Canyon University. He has both a Level I and Level II Certification from the Arizona Department of Revenue. He states that earning his professional designation is quite meaningful to him, having started in the office as a clerk and progressing to his present position.

Eric Anderson, PPS

Eric Anderson, PPS, fulfilled the requirements of the Personal Property Specialist designation in August. Mr. Anderson serves as Division Director I (Assistant Assessor) for the Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) Assessor's Office, a position he has held for the past 11 years. He has been with this office since 1984, first as a multifamily and commercial real property appraiser and later as manager of appeals and special-purpose property appraisal. His ad valorem career began with the Greenville County, South Carolina, Real Property Services department in 1978, where he worked as a commercial appraiser until moving to Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He is currently certified by the North Carolina Department of Revenue as a County Real Property Appraiser III and a County Personal Property Appraiser II. He has been designated by the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers as a Certified North Carolina Appraiser since 1988. Mr. Anderson was a presenter for the Mecklenburg 2011 Revaluation Review session at the 2016 IAAO Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida. On his achievement, he states, “Mecklenburg County has never had a PPS designee before, so it is particularly gratifying to be among the first in our assessment office to achieve this level of professional recognition.”

Debra Artzer, AAS

Debra Artzer, AAS, fulfilled the requirements for the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in June. Ms. Artzer has been a Commercial Appraiser with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona since January 2010. Before joining the assessor’s office, she was a Residential Appraiser/Reviewer with Wachovia/World Savings for 15 years, a Residential Appraiser for Jefferson County Appraiser’s Office for three years, and a Residential Appraiser for Canada Mortgage and Housing for two years. Ms. Artzer holds a paralegal degree from Herzing Institute College and a Web Development Certification from Maricopa Community Colleges. She also holds a CRA designation from the Appraisal Institute Canada. Ms. Artzer has been an appraiser for almost 30 years, gaining the experience and knowledge to undertake challenging assignments. She is working towards earning her CAE designation and an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Michael Beck, AAS

Michael Beck, AAS, completed the requirements for the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in June. Mr. Beck is an Appraiser II, Commercial with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona. He has been with this office for two years, the first dedicated to working with residential properties. He presently works with industrial properties and is transitioning to work on mixed commercial property types. Before Maricopa County, Mr. Beck was with Yuma County (Arizona) in the Residential Department. He began his appraisal career in the private sector, conducting fee appraisals of large residential subdivisions, master plans and commercial property and bank review appraisal of commercial property. Mr. Beck holds an associate degree in business administration from Arizona Western Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona. He is an active volunteer with the Arizona Chapter of IAAO.

Melanie Berry, RES

Melanie Berry, RES, completed the requirements of the IAAO Residential Evaluation Specialist designation in August. Ms. Berry is a Commercial Appraiser IV for the Riley County Appraiser’s Office, Manhattan, Kansas. She has held this position for the past four years and previously served the county for seven years as a Residential Appraiser. Prior to joining the county, she was a fee appraiser for seven years. She holds a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser License with the Kansas Real Estate Appraisal Board. Ms. Berry is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, and recently earned her Registered Mass Appraisal Designation from the Kansas Department of Revenue. She has been a member of IAAO since 2015.

Margaret Burns, CMS

Margaret Burns, CMS, earned the Cadastral Mapping Specialist designation in August. Ms. Burns has served as the Director–Land Ownership Department for the Caddo Parish (Louisiana) Tax Assessor’s Office for the past two years. She began her assessment career in August 1995 as an Abstractor, then served as a Senior Abstractor and a Supervisor before assuming her present position. Ms. Burns attended Ayers Business College, Shreveport, Louisiana, and is a Certified Louisiana Deputy Assessor. “I am grateful to have the opportunity through my office to continue my education in the mapping field. My office has provided me with the necessary resources to obtain this designation, and I could not have done it without its leadership and support.”

Michael Combrink, AAS

Michael Combrink, AAS, satisfied the requirements for the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in June. Mr. Combrink is in his first year serving as Chief Deputy Assessor for the Coconino County (Arizona) Assessor’s Office. Before serving as Chief Deputy, Mr. Combrink held the post of Government Relations Director for the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office for three years, successfully advocating for and against property tax policy at the Arizona Legislature. In addition to lobbying, he led numerous special projects as well as the IAAO Candidates Club for the office before his departure to Coconino County. Mr. Combrink holds Bachelor of Art degrees in both History and Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, and in 2017 graduated Cum Laude with his Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University. Mr. Combrink lives in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona and shares in this distinction with his wife and four small children.

Peter Devine, AAS

Peter Devine, AAS, met the requirements for the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in June. Mr. Devine is an Analytic Appraiser with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona. He has held this position for five years. Mr. Devine holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University.

Conan Dunham, RES, AAS

Conan Dunham, RES, AAS, earned the Residential Evaluation Specialist designation in June. Mr. Dunham has served as an Industrial Supervisor for the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona for five years. In this position with Maricopa County, he has served as a lead trainer for his team.  Mr. Dunham holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a Business Minor from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. He has been a licensed residential real estate agent for nearly 20 years. He is active in IAAO and the Arizona Chapter of IAAO and looks to his designations to help further his career in the assessor’s office.

Sara Sputh Esser, RES, AAS

Sara Sputh Esser, RES, AAS, fulfilled the requirements of the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in June. Ms. Esser has been with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office for the past 30 years and has experience working in residential and commercial properties and the litigation department. She has served as a Commercial Supervisor for the last 11 years. Ms. Esser did her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and completed a Bachelor of Science at Arizona University. In her role at Maricopa County, she delivers in-house seminars on the topics of income and effective age.

Kristin Gonzalez, AAS

Kristin Gonzalez, AAS, satisfied the requirements of the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in August. Ms. Gonzalez serves as the Caddo Deputy Assessor–Fiscal Officer for the Caddo Parish (Louisiana) Tax Assessor's Office, a position she has held for the past seven years. Previously, she served in a clerical capacity for the Admin Department, performed data entry for the Real Estate Department, and provided customer service in the Homestead/Exemption Department. Ms. Gonzalez attended Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, Louisiana, and holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Louisiana State University, Shreveport. She is an IAAO course coordinator in the state of Louisiana and is active in her community serving with her church and local mission groups as well as coaching youth soccer, a sport she played collegiately. She said, “Obtaining the AAS designation is not only a great reflection on myself, but also for our office and state association.”

David Hansen, RES, AAS

David Hansen, RES, AAS, met the requirements of the Residential Evaluation Specialist designation in June. Mr. Hansen is a Supervisor in Real Property for the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona. Before assuming this position six years ago, he served the county in various positions, including Residential Appraiser I and II and Commercial Appraiser II, III, and IV. Mr. Hansen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Writing from Excelsior College.

Kevin Hayes, CAE, RES

Kevin Hayes, CAE, RES, met the requirements of the Certified Assessment Evaluator designation in April. Mr. Hayes has served as Deputy of Appraisals for the Pinellas County Property Appraiser in Clearwater, Florida, for the past five years. Prior to joining this office, Mr. Hayes had over 26 years of real estate appraisal, consulting, and review experience primarily throughout the southeastern United States, with additional work completed in other U.S. states and territories. He has held several positions with local, regional, and national appraisal companies in both Tampa and Lakeland. Mr. Hayes is a graduate of Florida Southern College, Lakeland, where he received a Bachelor of Science  in business administration, majoring in financial management, and completed work towards a Master in Business Administration degree. He previously earned an IAAO Residential Evaluation Specialist (RES) designation, is an IAAO Certified In-State Instructor, and is also a member of the Florida Chapter of IAAO. Mr. Hayes also holds an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and a Litigation Certificate through the AI Litigation Certificate Program, is a member of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of AI and has held several chapter-level positions. Mr. Hayes is a Certified Florida Evaluator through the Florida Department of Revenue and holds a Florida State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser License.

Duane Helgerson, PPS

Duane Helgerson, PPS, satisfied the requirements for the Personal Property Specialist designation in June. Mr. Helgerson is an Analytical Appraiser with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona. He has been an appraiser with the Business Personal Property department for 16 years after serving as a clerk for the department for five years.  He is certified as both a Level I and Level II Appraiser by the Arizona Department of Revenue. Before joining the county, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a combat engineer from 1988 to 1994. Mr. Helgerson was instrumental in the development and evolution of the current E-Filing process for businesses to submit personal property filings.  He has been the only appraiser processing all leasing business personal property filings for the past 10 years in the fourth largest county in the nation. He said, “Achieving the PPS designation places the stamp of excellence on my long career in personal property.”

Eric Henderson, CAE

Eric Henderson, CAE, fulfilled the requirements of the Certified Assessment Evaluator designation in August. Mr. Henderson serves as the Assistant Assessor for the Town of Natick, Massachusetts, a position he’s held for the past year. Previously, he was Appraiser/Assessor for the City of Peabody, Massachusetts, for almost 3 years and an Appraisal Project Supervisor for Tyler Technologies for 13 years. Mr. Henderson is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Durham, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers, the Massachusetts Chapter of IAAO, and the Northeastern Regional Association of Assessing Officers. “Receiving this designation is recognition of 17 years of hard work and continuous learning.  I started in the industry in an entry-level residential data collector position with Tyler Technologies (then Cole Layer Trumble).  I was just out of business school with no clue what to do with myself, other than that I loved the outdoors and did not want to sit behind a desk all day. A tape measure, clipboard, and a stack of property cards were my start, along with a snowsuit, in one of the worst winters I can remember growing up in western New Hampshire. I am thankful for the support from my employers over the years who were always encouraging my educational pursuits.  What started out as a just a job has really turned into a career, and I am thankful for the experiences and mentoring that has led me here.”

Lisa Hobart, CAE, PPS

Lisa Hobart, CAE, PPS, satisfied the requirements of the Certified Assessment Evaluator designation in August. Ms. Hobart has been in the assessment industry for over 36 years and is currently Personal Property Consultant and Chief Assessor for the City of Detroit, Michigan. Previously, she served as Assessor for Charter Township, West Bloomfield, Michigan, for 16 years, a consultant for BDO Siedman, LLP, for 2 years, and Administrator, Personal Property Auditor/Supervisor for the Oakland County Equalization Department of Economic Development for 17 years. Ms. Hobart holds a Master of Science in administration from Central Michigan University, Troy, and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Detroit Business College, Dearborn. She has previously earned the IAAO Personal Property Specialist designation and is a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers, an MMAO Assessor and a Personal Property Examiner through the Michigan State Tax Commission, and a State Certified General Appraiser. As a former Executive Board member and Personal Property Council Chair, Ms. Hobart has been active in IAAO, including serving as an author of Property Assessment Valuation, 3rd edition. She received the 2016 IAAO Clifford B. Allen Most Valuable Member Award and 2014 IAAO Instructor of Excellence Award and the 2008 Michigan Assessors Association Education Award. Ms. Hobart has been an instructor for over 25 years, serving as an IAAO Senior Specialty Instructor and teaching for the Michigan State Assessor’s Board and at the community college level. She is also active in several other national, state, regional, and local associations as a leader and member and was appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Appraisal Foundation in 2015, with her reappointment beginning in 2018.

Brad Homlotis, RES

Brad Homlotis, RES, completed the requirements of the Residential Evaluation Specialist designation in August. For the past year, Mr. Homlotis has served as the Appraisal/Collection Manager for Wake County, North Carolina, after serving seven years as Senior Appraiser. Prior to his service with Wake County, he was an Appraiser/ Project Manager for Pearson Appraisal Services, Inc., for nine years and a Residential/Commercial Data Collector for one year with Manatron/Sabre, Pennsylvania. Mr. Homlotis attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently enrolled at Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been an IAAO member since 2013 and is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers, participating in the Candidates Club.

Sandra “Sandy” Martin, PPS

Sandra “Sandy” Martin, PPS, met the requirements of the Personal Property Specialist designation in August. Ms. Martin has served as the Personal Property Appraisal Manager for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, for the past 10 years. Previously, she served as Auditor for Mecklenburg County Tax Collections. Ms. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers and the North Carolina Association of Business Licensing Officials, having served on the Program Committee and Education Committee and as First and Second Vice President and President. Ms. Martin received the Ketner Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She recently presented “Southeast Developments: Current Topics and Emerging Issues for Personal Property” for the Institute for Professionals in Taxation. She said, “After many years learning the profession of Personal Property Appraisal, I am honored to receive the designation of Personal Property Specialist. I am grateful for the time and energy spent by so many on me and my career. I appreciate what this designation means in endorsing me professionally.”

Keith Matheny, AAS

Keith Matheny, AAS, earned the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in August. Mr. Matheny serves as an Area Appraisal Supervisor for the State of Tennessee, Comptroller of The Treasury, Division of Property Assessments. He has held this position for the past four years, after serving this office for 16 years as an Appraisal Specialist. Mr. Matheny completed the Real Estate Licensing, Modern Real Estate Practices and Appraisal of Residential & Income Properties, and Fundamentals of Real Estate Appraisals programs with the Continual Learning Institute in Nashville. He has also attended the Nashville Auction School, where he taught for six years, and served as the auctioneer for the Associate Member Auction at the IAAO Annual Conference in Nashville. Mr. Matheny was honored as the Tennessee Chapter of IAAO 2003 Member of the Year.

Todd Reynolds, RES, AAS

Todd Reynolds, RES, AAS, completed the requirements of the Residential Evaluation Specialist designation in June. Mr. Reynolds has served the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office in Phoenix, Arizona as an Analytic Appraiser for almost six years. He began in this role as a business personal property appraiser for three years before taking on his current duties as a real property commercial appraiser. Before joining Maricopa County, Mr. Reynolds spent five years as a licensed residential fee appraiser in the state of Arizona. He is a member of the Arizona Chapter of IAAO.

Nadine Seguin, CAE, RES

Nadine Seguin, CAE, RES, fulfilled the requirements of the Certified Assessment Evaluator designation in August. Ms. Seguin is a Senior Market/Commercial Appraiser for the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency (SAMA), a position she has held since January 2016. She began with SAMA as an Assessment Appraiser in 2007.  Ms. Seguin graduated from Lakeland College, Vermilion, Alberta, with a diploma in assessment and appraisal. She also holds a Real Property Assessment Certificate from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She earned her Residential Evaluation Specialist designation in 2012. Ms. Seguin is a licensed appraiser with the Saskatchewan Assessment Appraisers Association and holds the Municipal Assessment Appraiser of Saskatchewan designation. She is an Elected Council member for the community in which she resides.

David Soublet, AAS

David Soublet, AAS, completed the requirements of the Assessment Administration Specialist designation in August. Mr. Soublet is the Residential Real Estate Manager in the Orleans Parish Assessor's Office, New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to assuming this position seven years ago, Mr. Soublet was an appraiser for seven years with the Louisiana Tax Commission handling residential, commercial, and vacant land appeals and assisting with various ratio studies. Mr. Soublet holds a Master of Business Administration, accounting concentration, from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans. He has been a licensed real estate broker in Louisiana since 2002, and his professional experience also includes over 12 years in corporate/governmental accounting and several years as an adjunct accounting instructor. Mr. Soublet is Treasurer of the Association of St. Augustine Alumni–New Orleans, a nonprofit organization established to raise funds to defray tuition costs for lower income students at his alma mater.

James Stogner, RES

James Stogner, RES, fulfilled the requirements for the Residential Evaluation Specialist designation in June. Mr. Stogner is an Analytic Appraiser with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office, Phoenix, Arizona. He has served in this role for three years after working in the private sector as a mortgage banker. Mr. Stogner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Arizona. He is a member of IAAO’s U40 Leadership Lab. He said, “Like many of us, I fell in to this profession. I find this career path challenging and fulfilling. I love the fact that there is no ‘typical day’ when it comes to what we do.”