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About Us

Foundation

McKee Appraisal provides high-quality appraisal and consulting services to the commercial real estate industry. Distinct in our industry, our founding principles and corporate structures promote an integrated team approach. Members contribute their individual strengths and experience to a team that is formed to address each assignment individually.

The individual professionals bring strong educational backgrounds, and continual knowledge progression results from our internal collegiality, and from progression through the industry-leading courses of the Appraisal Institute. Our experience is strong and diverse, including MAI-designated principals with further professional designation such as Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Our collective professional experience encompasses more than 200 years of dedicated practice.

The company serves each client directly, providing a higher level of service than possible with the more common corporate structure of independent practitioners. The personnel and resources best suited to each assignment are applied. From the client perspective this process simply results in a superior outcome in terms of timeliness, accuracy, reliability and cost-effectiveness.

Personnel

Mr. McKee co-founded the firm McKee Appraisal in 1990. McKee Appraisal specializes in the economic analysis of real estate, employing valuation professionals and providing critical analysis and information to corporate, government and private clients nationwide. Mr. McKee graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences, with a Minor in Writing. He also completed the O-Degree program in Geology at Edinburgh University, Scotland, in 1978.

Mr. McKee received the MAI (Member of Appraisal Institute) designation in 1988, after employment with the Seattle firm of Shorett & Riely in 1984. Mr. McKee is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, and adheres to the standards and ethics of the Appraisal Institute. Mr. McKee is past Chair of the Seattle Chapter Education Committee, and was elected as Regional Director for the Appraisal Institute in 2005. Mr. McKee was awarded the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) designation in 2008 and the Appraisal Institute – General Review Specialist (AI-GRS) designation in 2016. He served as the Chair of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate from 2011 to 2013. He currently serves on the Valuation Committee of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (NCREIF).

In his appraisal experience, Mr. McKee has appraised and analyzed a wide variety of commercial property types, and provided critical consultation and litigation services to a diversified range of clients. In addition to managing operations and education at McKee Appraisal, he frequently represents both property owners and governmental agencies in appraisal and litigation. Project appraisal work includes acquisition for all segments of Sound Transit Link light rail, the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, the Yellowstone retail stores, Interstate 90 and the Seattle Waterfront project. He has particular expertise in institutional portfolio valuation, leased fee and leasehold financial valuation, consulting, mediation and dispute resolution, and the valuation of tunnels and easements. He is a frequent educational speaker and lecturer for attorneys, appraisers and real estate consultants.

Mr. McKee was previously employed as a geologist with Roger Lowe Associates, Bellevue, Washington. His work included site evaluation of geologic and hydrologic conditions and hazards, economic feasibility analysis, and construction inspection. Mr. McKee was employed as a physical oceanographer with the research company SAIC. Mr. McKee was an independent investment manager and analyst. He authored Optival, a computer program for analyzing and valuing stock options, and was also employed as an investment software developer with Expert Systems, Inc., Redmond, Washington.

Mr. Barnes graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a BS in Biochemistry in 1982. In 1988 Mr. Barnes received an MBA with a Finance concentration from the University of Chicago. 

Mr. Barnes received the MAI (Member Appraisal Institute) designation in 1989. He also holds the CRE designation awarded by the Counselors of Real Estate. Mr. Barnes entered the real estate business in 1981, first as a principal acquiring and renovating small rental properties, and then as an appraiser in 1983 with Moore & Shryock in Columbia, Missouri. In 1984 Mr. Barnes moved to Chicago to join Real Estate Research Corporation. He joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1989 as a Senior Appraiser in Seattle. In 1990, Mr. Barnes was elected an officer of the company as a Director and Manager of the Seattle practice. In 1998 he left the company to travel and returned to CB Richard Ellis. After 18 months of corporate advisory work he joined first one, and then a second, startup in executive roles. Mr. Barnes returned to Cushman & Wakefield in 2001 as Director. Mr. Barnes joined McKee Appraisal as Principal in 2006. 

Mr. Barnes has authored a number of articles in the Appraisal Journal and other real estate publications, and has been a guest speaker or panelist for real estate organizations including NAIOP, IREM and the Appraisal Institute. 

Mr. Barnes is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (Washington State Certificate No. 1100578), and has completed the requirements of the continuing education program of the Appraisal Institute. In his appraisal experience, Mr. Barnes has appraised and analyzed a wide variety of commercial property types, and provided critical appraisal, consultation and litigation services to a diversified range of clients.

Ms. Grandstrom graduated Cum Laude from the University of Washington with a major in English and a minor in Environmental Studies. She joined the firm of McKee Appraisal in December of 2001. Previous work experience includes fitness instruction, legal research, graphic design and web construction.

Ms. Grandstrom has appraised a wide range of property types, including preparation of comprehensive narrative appraisals for vacant land, proposed properties, and existing improvements. Valuation has encompassed fee simple, leased fee and leasehold estates. Property types appraised have included office buildings, retail, biotechnology, industrial, condominium and apartment properties. Ms. Grandstrom has extensive experience with both full and partial acquisition appraisals, for public agency acquisition. She has worked extensively on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project and the Seattle Waterfront LID Benefit Study. She was the Project Manager for the Mercer Corridor acquisitions for the City of Seattle. 

Appraisal coursework includes USPAP, Business Practice and Ethics, Report Writing, Highest and Best Use & Market Analysis, Advanced Sale Comparison and Cost Approaches, Advanced Applications and Advanced Income Capitalization from the Appraisal Institute. In addition to her appraisal practice, she also supports computer network and software integration. Ms. Grandstrom is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (Washington State Certificate No. 1101666) and has completed the requirements of the continuing education program of the Appraisal Institute. She received her MAI (Member of Appraisal Institute) designation in 2010. Ms. Grandstrom is a lifelong resident of the Seattle area. 

Mr. Lange graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and a lifelong resident of the Seattle area. As a Senior Appraiser, Mr. Lange has appraised properties involving all major commercial property types including office, retail, industrial, residential, and special purpose. This includes preparation of comprehensive narrative appraisals for vacant land, proposed properties, and existing improvements. Valuation has encompassed fee simple, leased fee and leasehold estates. 

Mr. Lange also has extensive experience with both full and partial acquisition appraisals, for public agency acquisition, and was the Project Manager for the appraisal of the underground interests acquired by Sound Transit for the Capitol Hill (downtown to UW) segment and above ground interests for the Tukwila segment (downtown to SeaTac). 

Mr. Lange has completed most of the requirements for the MAI designation (Member of the Appraisal Institute), including successfully completing and passing several hundred hours of designation education, and completing over five thousand hours of specialized appraisal experience. He is a Candidate for designation of the Appraisal Institute, and is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (Washington State Certificate No. 1101679). 

Mr. Biethan graduated from Michigan State University in spring of 1982 with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration.  While in college, Mr. Biethan participated in a six-month work internship at the Jerusalem Hilton Hotel.  Before during and after college he worked in hospitality related positions in the US, as well as internationally.  After College, Mr. Biethan completed a comprehensive internship in San Francisco with a national hotel ownership and operating company. 

In 1983, Mr. Biethan Joined Pannell Kerr Forster CPAs working in the hotel consulting division.  He worked in Los Angeles and then later in Seattle, performing assignments throughout the US as well as in Europe.  During this time, he provided hospitality consulting and valuation services for a wide variety of clients.  In 1986, Mr. Biethan Joined Cushman and Wakefield as a real estate appraiser and consultant, specializing in hotels.  During this time, he began working on all other commercial and multi-family property types, eventually becoming a company officer and then taking over practice management of the Seattle Valuation Division in 1997.  During his tenure with Cushman and Wakefield, he performed a wide variety of assignments, in the US, Canada, Mexico, and in Asia. 

In 2005, Mr. Biethan moved to CBRE as a Senior Managing Director overseeing the Pacific Northwest Valuation Services Group for CBRE.  In addition to his duties overseeing the Valuation Services Group, he was also in national leadership of the CBRE Hotels Valuation group, becoming the sole industry leader of the hotel practice in 2010.  While at CBRE, Mr. Biethan performed assignments widely throughout the Puget Sound area, and in addition performed assignments throughout the Americas, Asia, and in Europe.

Mr. Biethan attained his MAI in 1992, volunteered in several local chapter positions, and in 2003/2004, he was elected as the President of the Seattle Chapter.  In addition to local chapter activities, Mr. Biethan has served on the national board of Directors for the Appraisal Institute.  Mr. Biethan also holds the Counselor of Real Estate (CRE) designation, and the FRICS designation (a Fellow in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).  Mr. Biethan currently serves on the National Board for RICS, and serves on the Global Valuation Board. 

In his career, Mr. Biethan has worked on large and small real estate assets, in a wide variety of locations.  He has provided valuation, consulting, due diligence and other counseling services for many diverse clients.  Mr. Biethan is a Certified General Appraiser in Oregon, Washington and California. 

Mr. Greenleaf joined the firm of McKee Appraisal as Principal in 2010.  McKee Appraisal is a comprehensive commercial appraisal company employing more than twenty professional appraisers, providing critical analysis and information to corporate, government and private clients nationwide.  Mr. Greenleaf graduated from University of Connecticut, in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance & Real Estate Appraisal.  He subsequently received a Masters of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Urban Development and Quantitative Analysis from University of Washington in 1979.

Mr. Greenleaf received the MAI (Member of Appraisal Institute) designation in 1986 and received the AI-GRS (General Review Specialist) in 2014.  Mr. Greenleaf joined the Seattle firm of Conger, Schueler & McKown as a commercial appraiser in 1975 and became a Partner in the firm of Schueler, McKown & Keenan in 1987. In 1995, he founded Greenleaf Valuation Group in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Greenleaf is a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in both Washington  (No. 1100685) and Oregon (No. C001203), and has received a Certificate of Completion for the Valuation of Conservation Easements certificate program in 2010 as offered by the American Society of Appraisers, the American Society of Farm Manager and Rural Appraisers and the Appraisal Institute and endorsed by the Land Trust Alliance.  Mr. Greenleaf has completed the requirements of the continuing education program of the Appraisal Institute. Mr. Greenleaf served as the President of the Seattle Chapter of the Appraisal Institute in 1998 and was awarded Appraiser of the Year in 2005.   Mr. Greenleaf is a member of the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA) and the American Real Estate Society (ARES).

In his appraisal experience, Mr. Greenleaf has appraised and analyzed a wide variety of commercial property types, including office, retail, industrial, as well as open space, and special purpose properties.  He has provided consultation, arbitration and litigation services to a diversified range of clients.  Mr. Greenleaf’s extensive public project appraisal and consultation work includes managing reviews for Sound Transit’s Link light rail project and the Brightwater facility, arbitration on the King County Airport and the Washington State Trade and Convention Center, along with other review and feasibility studies.  He has particular expertise in leaseholds, restrictive convents and other fractional interests, as well as the valuation of wetlands and various types of open space.  He is an approved Review Appraiser for the Washington State Department of Transportation, and has been certified as an expert witness in the Superior Courts of King and Pierce Counties.

Heather Woodside graduated from Washington State University in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an option in Real Estate.  During her college career she was awarded an Appraisal Institute scholarship, the Outstanding Undergraduate in Finance Award and she graduated summa cum laude.  Heather joined McKee Appraisal in 1995 and became a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in 1998. McKee & Schalka became McKee Appraisal in 2015.

Mrs. Woodside is a Senior Appraiser and has performed numerous appraisals on a wide variety of property types.  Her practice includes particular emphasis on restaurants, retail, apartments, hotels, and industrial properties.  Although the majority of her appraisal work has been in the Seattle Metropolitan Area, she also has done a substantial amount of work in Thurston, Whatcom, and Skagit Counties, the Portland Metropolitan area and in Central and Eastern Washington.  Properties appraised also include vacant land, senior housing, marinas, parking lots and garages, leased properties, supermarkets and various other property types.

Appraisal coursework includes Real Estate Valuation, Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Finance and Investments, Real Estate Investment and Analysis, Real Estate Law, Real Estate Administration, and Theory of Urban Design and Development, Real Estate Principles of Maintenance and Repair, Highest and Best Use and Market Analysis, Report Writing and Valuation Analysis, Evaluating Commercial Construction, Land and Site Valuation, How To Analyze and Value Income Properties, Current Issues in Appraising, and Standards of Professional Practice, Part A.  Prior to joining McKee Appraisal, Mrs. Woodside was employed at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research as a research technician. Mrs. Woodside is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (Washington State Certificate No. 1100623).

Ms. Johnson graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science.  She was a Varsity Softball athlete all four years (including one year at Stanford University), and was twice selected to the Women's NCAA Pac-10 All-Academic Team.

Since joining McKee Appraisal in 2007, Ms. Johnson has performed appraisals on a variety of properties including vacant commercial and residential land, retail, industrial, and office properties throughout Western Washington. Valuation has encompassed fee simple, leased fee, and leasehold estates. Ms. Johnson also has experience with full and partial acquisition appraisals for public agency acquisition, including Sound Transit for LINK light rail, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Project and the Mercer Corridor acquisitions for the City of Seattle. Ms. Johnson received the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute in 2016.

Ms. Johnson is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (Washington State Certificate No. 1102157). Additionally, Ms. Johnson has completed advanced coursework including Advanced Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use, Advanced Income Capitalization, and Advanced Concepts and Case Studies.

A fifth-generation Seattleite, Ms. Freeman graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  Prior to joining McKee Appraisal in 2007, she was a paralegal in a Seattle law firm focusing on insurance coverage and insurance defense.

Her responsibilities within the firm include: project scheduling and resource allocation, contract administration, bookkeeping, and education planning.  She also provides administrative support to the four principal appraisers.

Ms. Freeman has completed appraisal coursework:  Real Estate Appraisal Principles, Real Estate Appraisal Procedures, and the Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). 

 

Ms. Sorenson graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.  She was a four-year Varsity Soccer athlete and co-captain of the team in her senior year.  Prior to joining McKee Appraisal, she worked as a project assistant for a local commercial developer.  She is a lifelong resident of the Seattle area.

Ms. Sorenson received the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute in 2013.  She has performed appraisals on a variety of property types including retail, industrial, office, multifamily, and special purpose facilities, as well as vacant commercial and residential land.  Appraisal assignments have included new and proposed construction, assemblage value, condominium sell-off, market rent arbitration, appraisal review, appraisal consulting, and eminent domain appraisal involving partial acquisitions and valuation of both temporary and permanent easement rights.  Valuation has encompassed fee simple, leased fee and leasehold estates.

Ms. Sorenson is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (Washington State Certificate No. 1101568) and has satisfied the requirements of the continuing education program of the Appraisal Institute.  Additional advanced coursework completed includes Advanced Income Capitalization and Advanced Concepts & Case Studies. 

Tia Belisle graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 2008 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business, Finance and Economics, and a minor in Biology. Ms. Belisle studied abroad in China, traveling between Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Hong Kong researching, analyzing and experiencing foreign business culture.

Prior to joining the McKee Appraisal team, she worked for a Canadian based appraisal firm as an appraiser assistant. Tia grew up in Chelan, WA and enjoys spending time in the sun and water sports of all types, including spending her summers racing hydroplanes with her family.

Ms. Belisle joined McKee Appraisal in 2010 as an administrative manager and researcher and later became a State Registered Real Estate Appraiser Trainee (Washington State Certificate No. 1001619). Appraisal coursework includes Basic Appraisal Principles, Basic Appraisal Procedures, USPAP, Real Estate Finance Statistics, Site Valuation/Cost Approach, Sales Comparison Approach, Income I and II, Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use, General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies, Advanced Analysis and Highest and Best Use.

Since joining McKee Appraisal, Ms. Belisle has appraised a variety of property types throughout the Puget Sound Region including retail, multi-family, industrial, office, special-purpose, and land. Valuation has encompassed fee simple, leased fee, and leasehold interests.

Eric McKee graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. His studies were focused on international economics. Eric played tennis at the national level as a junior player. He followed his passion for the sport, becoming a collegiate tennis player.

Since joining McKee Appraisal in 2010, Mr. McKee has appraised a variety of property types throughout the Puget Sound Region including apartment, retail, industrial, office, commercial and residential land, and special purpose. This work has been conducted for more than 70 institutional, municipal, and private clients.

Mr. McKee is a State-Registered Real Estate Appraiser Trainee (Washington State Certificate No. 1001574). Appraisal coursework includes Basic Appraisal Principles, Basic Appraisal Procedures, USPAP, General Appraiser Income Approach, Real Estate Finance Statistics and Valuation Modeling, Site Valuation/Cost Approach, and Sales Comparison Approach.

Roukiatou Aboubacar graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  She focused on the social and religious histories of Early Modern Europe. She later received her Master Degree in History from the University of Washington.

Prior to joining McKee Appraisal, she worked for two years as AmeriCorps volunteer, tutoring and mentoring middle school students in Seattle Public Schools.

Since joining McKee Appraisal, Ms. Aboubacar has appraised a variety of property types throughout the Puget Sound Region including retail, multi-family, industrial, office, special-purpose, and land. Valuation has encompassed fee simple, leased fee, and leasehold interests.

Ms. Aboubacar is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser (Washington State Certificate No. 1102363) and an Active Candidate of the Appraisal Institute.

Julian Rondello graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration. A Bellingham native, his past work includes tenure at the Community Food Coop, including a term as a Board Administrator. Soon after graduation, Mr. Rondello relocated to Portland, Oregon where he took a position as a Strategies Coordinator for Mayor Adam’s Office in which he managed the statistical analysis for a city-wide initiative.

Mr. Rondello joined McKee Appraisal in 2013. He has significant experience appraising office, retail, industrial, medical, mixed-use and special purpose properties within the Greater Seattle Area.  Situations analyzed include high-rise office towers, partially completed renovations, redevelopment properties, eminent domain acquisition, and new construction.  As part of his practice, he also has extensive experience in the valuation of complex income producing properties owned by institutional investors, providing analysis that is internally consistent over several years.  .

Mr. Rondello is a State-Registered Real Estate Appraiser Trainee (Washington State Certificate No. 1001754) and has completed the requirements of the Standards and Ethics Education Requirements for Practicing Affiliates of the Appraisal Institute. Coursework includes Advanced Income Approach, Real Estate Finance Statistics and Valuation Modeling, Site Valuation and Cost Approach and Sale Comparison Approach.

Robert joined McKee Appraisal as a researcher, and became a State Registered Real Estate Appraiser Trainee in 2014 (Washington State Certificate No. 1001762). Appraisal course work includes USPAP; 2014-2015 update course, Basic Appraisal Principles, Basic Appraisal Procedures, Business Practices and Ethics, Real Estate Finance and Statistics, General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach, and General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach. Property types appraised include churches, daycares, community centers, schools, retail and office condominiums, flex industrial properties, industrial warehouses and industrial manufacturing properties, general office, medical and dental offices, mortuaries, automotive retail and dealerships, restaurants and miscellaneous retail properties, along with commercial and residential vacant land.

Mr. Robert Foxcurran graduated from the University of Washington in 2012, earning a BA in History with minors in Urban Design & Planning and Political Science. A proud Seattle native, his work and interests revolve around the history, culture, and the natural and built environments of the city.

After graduation Robert had internships with BOMA Seattle King County and the Vance Corporation. In September 2012, Robert was appointed to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board for a one year term. Before joining McKee Appraisal, he most recently worked as a property administrator for CommonWealth Partners at the Safeco Plaza and Russell Investment Center buildings in Seattle.

Mary Kim is a Management Associate with McKee Appraisal; she oversees daily operations of the firm, is responsible for project scheduling, contract review, and proposal writing. She supports appraisers with research, creation of report exhibits, and documentation.

Ms. Kim graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in English and African Studies.

Prior to joining the McKee Appraisal team, she worked in Public Finance, providing research and financing solution services to charter and public school districts, higher education, non-profits, local and state governments, rural water, sanitary and improvement districts, healthcare finance, tribal finance, utility finance and special districts. She has a broad business background, including financial records and e-commerce, marketing and management for both retail and service businesses.

John Renehan is a State Registered Real Estate Appraiser Trainee (Washington State Certificate No. 1001873). Appraisal coursework includes Basic Appraisal Principles, Basic Appraisal Procedures, and USPAP. Properties appraised include small commercial properties. Prior to joining McKee Appraisal, John worked in construction management, most recently for a local developer building of a 99-unit apartment building in Ballard.

John graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Economics, for which he did a study on the effect of urban village zoning on property values in Ballard, an interest that has motivated his previous work and that he retains today. He was captain of the Dartmouth Varsity Sailing Team when it won a national championship and continues to enjoy watersports of all types.

Lucy is a State Registered Real Estate Appraiser Trainee (Washington State Certificate No. 1002050). Lucy graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Economics and a minor in Applied Mathematics in 2016, with an emphasis on data analysis and economic modeling. While completing her degree and appraiser certification coursework, Lucy worked as the primary researcher for the company completing several significant projects, including micro apartment trend analysis, and econometric analysis of the Seattle and regional office markets. While at UW, Lucy travelled to India to study Hindi as a Foreign Language Arts Scholar. She also has elementary proficiency in Chinese. 

Lucy is an experienced sailor and skilled racer, and has served as a sailing instructor with several programs, including Lead Instructor of the adult sailing program at Seattle Yacht Club. She enjoys travelling, sailing and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Rachel will graduate this year from the University of Washington, with a double major in Economics and Political Science. While completing her degree and the coursework required for appraiser certification, she is providing research and analysis support for several of the company’s acquisition projects.

In her past internships, she has analyzed commercial real estate private equity investments, performed financial analysis for a leading ski, snowboard and surfboard manufacturer, and most recently, worked in market research for the UW Continuum College. Rachel has a family real estate background, is an outdoor enthusiast, has hiked 1,500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, and was the Captain of the UW Ski Team as a Junior and Senior.

Hillary graduated from the University of Washington in 2011, with a double-major B.A. in Political Science and Law Societies and Justice, and a Minor in International Studies. During her studies at the University of Washington, she was a Center for American Politics and Public Policy Fellow and she presented her findings at the Undergraduate Symposium. She was also the recipient of a Foreign Language Area Studies Scholarship, which she used to study Persian at the intermediate level at the University of Wisconsin’s Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute.

Prior to joining McKee Appraisal, she held positions in finance, real estate software marketing and training, as well as local government. She recently returned to the Seattle area after living in Montana working for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for three years. Through her experience at DEQ, she has working knowledge of environmental regulation pertaining to mining, subdivisions, and water management.

While completing the coursework required for appraiser certification, she is providing support to several of the company’s large projects with research, analysis, and documentation.