Get involved! Join one of our COMMITTEES AND/or COUNCILS

Get plugged in and stay connected by volunteering on an AAGO Committee!

The Apartment Association of Greater Orlando (AAGO) relies heavily on volunteer leaders from all walks of apartment industry life to maintain efficient association organization. Committee volunteer opportunities provide AAGO members with invaluable networking channels, a chance to kindle and develop meaningful relationships with peers, and gain insight into the central Florida market. All AAGO members are invited to volunteer on the committee (or committees!) that best suits their talents and interests.

Unless otherwise noted, committee participation and meetings are open to all AAGO members. If you would like to discuss your talents and how they could best be utilized at AAGO or if you would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact the AAGO staff liaison listed underneath the committee/council description!

Quick Reference Links by the Committee/Council's Focus

Board of Directors | Communications | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion | Education

Government Affairs | Membership Engagement/Outreach | Multifamily Development

Philanthropy/Community Service | Special Events | Young Professionals | Meet our Committee and Council Leaders


Board of Directors (Application Required)

The AAGO Board of Directors is the primary governing body of the association, and these leaders are charged with oversight of the association's operations, finances, objectives, and strategic planning. At a minimum, the Board meets quarterly, and Directors serve 1-year terms with a maximum of 3 consecutive terms. Each June a "Call for Nominations" is sent out to encourage candidates to submit their interest in serving on the Board.

AAGO Staff Liaison: Monica Ramsey, Executive Vice President | Contact Monica Here.


Communications and Branding Committee (Invitation only)

This group of specialized professionals assists with AAGO’s communications and branding efforts. Areas of focus include the AAGO website, Key Magazine (Virtual Publication), content, etc. Committee members must possess, and be able to demonstrate, a skillset or expertise in marketing, communications, branding, or publication. Appointment to the committee is subject to the approval of the Chair.

AAGO Staff Liaison: Torquiose Ware, Communitcations and Branding Manager | Contact Torquiose Here.

Interested in joining the Communications and Branding Committee? Please complete the Council interest form accessible here.


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (Subject to Appointment by Chair)

AAGO believes in fostering an enviroment where diversity and inclusion are valued and celebrated by all. This committee is open to all members who wish to promote DE&I in the multifamily industry through events, volunteerisim, social media and educational opportunities the AAGO provides.

AAGO Staff Liaison: Heather Alzate, Director of Career & Professional Development | Contact Heather Here.

Interested in joining the Diversity, Education & Inclusion Committee? Please complete the Council interest form accessible here.


Education Advisory Council  (Subject to Appointment by Chair)

This council is comprised of senior management and training officials with an extensive background in education in the apartment industry. The council provides AAGO with guidance regarding relevant industry issues and potential educational opportunities that could assist professionals in their career development.

AAGO Staff Liaison: Heather Alzate, Director of Career & Professional Development | Contact Heather Here.

Interested in joining the Education Advisory Council? Please complete the Council interest form accessible here.


Friends of the Foundation Committee

This committee assists with the AAGO Foundation’s philanthropic efforts and community service opportunities, which include but are not limited to: Apartment Industry Job Shadow Day, the Summer Party Rock & Bowl Night, Casino Night, events with community partners organizations, and the annual Toys for Tots drive.  It focuses on fundraising in order to help the AAGO Foundation Charity Partners reach more people in need. It also provides hands-on experiences through volunteering time and giving assistance to those in the local community with the goal of bettering their lives.  If you want a great experience networking with those in the industry who have a shared passion for helping others then this is the committee for you.

AAGO Staff Liaison: Melanie Santiago, Director of Member Engagement | Contact Melanie Here.

Interested in joining the Friends of the Foundation Committee? Please complete the Committee interest form accessible here.


Government Affairs Council (Subject to Appointment by Chair)

This council serves to identify and prioritize local/regional legislative and regulatory issues impacting the central Florida multifamily housing industry. The group works alongside the AAGO Government Affairs team to rank priority issues, serve as a rapid response team in helping develop "positions" on issues, as well, means of engagement/involvement. Individuals must serve in a multisite role or have no less than 5 years of industry/operation experience. 

AAGO Staff Liaisons: Brandon U. Johnson, Government Affairs Director | Contact Brandon Here.

Interested in joining the Government Affairs Meeting? Please complete the Committee interest form accessible here


Membership Committee

This body seeks innovative, new approaches to best and most efficiently serve/engage new AAGO members and enhance the association’s outreach in the central Florida Market.

AAGO Staff Liaison: Melanie Santiage, Director of Member Engagement | Contact Melanie Here.

Interested in joining the Membership Committee? Please complete the Committee interest form accessible here. 


Central Florida Developers Council: (Subject to Appointment by Chair)

This council was formed for the purpose of responding to local and state issues directly impacting the development of multi-family housing. The development of apartment housing is critically needed in order to keep up with the influx of people moving to central Florida.  This group meets on a regular, but not monthly, basis to discuss emerging issues of broad industry concern.

AAGO Staff Liaison: Lee Steinhauer, Government Affairs & Legal Counsel | Contact Lee Here.


Special Events Committee

This dedicated group of volunteers is responsible for helping to plan many of AAGO’s signature events: Maintenance Appreciation, Golden Key Awards, Trade Show, and the Business Exchange, and more.

AAGO Staff Liaison:  Carina Rawley, Director of Meetings and Events | Contact Carina Here.

Interested in joining the Special Events Committee? Please complete the Committee interest form accessible here.


Young Professionals Committee

This body is comprised of professionals who are 40 years old and under from various facets of the apartment industry. The committee seeks to increase AAGO engagement from young professionals and foster leadership development opportunities for committee members.  

AAGO Staff Liaison: Torquiose Ware, Communications and Branding Manager | Contact Torquiose Here.

Interested in joining the Young Professionals Committee? Please complete the Committee interest form accessible here. 


2023 Committee & Council Leadership

The following individuals have been appointed to volunteer leadership positions on AAGO's Committees, Councils, and Task Forces. Committees, councils, and task forces play a crucial role within AAGO's organizational structure, and the leaders of these working groups are charged with ensuring that the volunteers serving on these bodies are well informed, active, engaged, and fulfilling the mission.

Leaders are installed at the "Installation and Appreciation Dinner" in January each year and serve one year terms.

Note: The Chair and Vice Chair of the "Friends of the Foundation" are appointed by the President of the AAGO Foundation.
Domonique Messeroff

Domonique Messeroff

Vice President, ConAm

Chair, Education Advisory Council

Mike Mulhall

Director of Multifamily Development, DHI Communities

Chair, Multifamily Developers Council

Renae Rodriguez

Renae Rodriguez

Regional Manager, Highmark Residential

Chair, Friends of the Foundation

Meredith Torres

Meredith Torres

Director | Real Estate Operations, Greystar Multi-Family Services

Chair, Government Affairs Council

Barry Johnson

Shareholder/Partner, Miller Johnson Law

Vice Chair, Government Affairs Council

Jennifer McGowan

Jennifer McGowan

CAPS

Regional Property Manager, Greystar Multi-Family Services

Chair, Membership Committee

Michelle Chapman

Michelle Chapman

Branch Manager, The Liberty Group

Vice Chair, Membership Committee

Matthew Gourlay

Development Manager, LeCesse Development Corporation

Chair, Political Giving Council

Shana Jackson

Shana Jackson

CAM

Regional Manager, Epoch Residential

Chair, Young Professionals Committee

Ricardo Alicea

Ricardo Alicea

CPM, CAM, CAPS, NAAEI Faculty

Vice President of Asset & Property Management, Wendover Housing Partners

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Lakecia Ridley

CAM

Property Manager, Metro Place I & II

Vice Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Austin Cotton

Sales Representative, Stephens and Company, LLC

Chair, Young Professionals Committee

Linsay VanWagoner

Community Manager , The Addison at Universal Boulevard

Chair, Communication and Branding

Natalie Cavaliere

Natalie Cavaliere

CAPS, NCP

Corporate Trainer, Cambridge Management Services, Inc.

Vice Chair, Education Advisory Council

Lisa Fiumara

Community Manager, Ridley on Main

Chair, Special Events Committee

Bailey Hickson

Business Development & Marketing, Criste Construction, Inc.

Vice Chair, Special Events Committee