2021 Leadership (Officers & Directors)

PRESIDENT

Deb Brennan | BHHS NE Properties
455 Boston Post Rd. Darien, CT 06820
Business: 203-655-5114

Deb Brennan is a life-long area resident living in Darien CT. Debbie currently serves as President of the Darien Board of REALTORS® having served as a Vice President the year prior. She has been a REALTOR® for 16 years working at the Darien office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties servicing Darien and surrounding towns. Debbie enjoys her partnership with her son, Gaynor, selling real estate. She is a graduate of the Univ of CT with a BA Degree in Economics, has two children and is a boating, golf, tennis and paddle tennis enthusiast.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Julie Peters | Houlihan Lawrence
780 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820,
Business: 203-655-8238

Julie Peters is the current Immediate Past President of the Darien Board of REALTORS®  and a 20 year resident of Darien. She has been a REALTOR®  since 2005 and she is also a member of CT REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS®, New Canaan Board of REALTORS® and three multiple listing services. Julie is originally from Southern California and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Her three boys have attended all levels of the Darien Public Schools. She loves to travel in her free time and is an avid tennis and platform tennis player.

PRESIDENT ELECT

Bryan Morris / Compass CT
320 Boston Post Rd., Suite 180, Darien, CT 06820

Bryan Morris is a REALTOR® with Compass with over 15 years of experience and services the town of Darien and its surrounding communities. Prior to this, Bryan worked as an attorney and is a licensed attorney in Connecticut, Pennsylvania & New Jersey. Bryan previously served as a director on the Darien Board of REALTORS® from 2015-2017 and was a past President in 2016 and 2017. Bryan hails originally from Philadelphia and is an alumnus of Penn State University. When he isn't donning his real estate hat, Bryan loves to travel, watch television, and enjoys dancing.

TREASURER

John J. Bainton | Compass CT
320 Boston Post Rd., Suite 180, Darien, CT 06820

John is a passionate REALTOR® that has been serving Fairfield County since 2013. He is one of the founding members of Compass's Darien office. Before becoming a full-time REALTOR®, John worked as a business consultant helping distressed and insolvent businesses and as a broker in the Reinsurance business. As a Fairfield County lifelong resident he has lived and worked in communities from Greenwich to Westport. You may have spotted him on HGTV's show House Hunter's Renovation renovating one of his previous Darien homes. John currently lives in Rowayton with his wife and two sons. Outside of work John is a competitive sailboat racer and outdoorsman.

SECRETARY

Stacy L. Book | William Raveis
22 Old Kings Highway So., Darien, CT 06820
Business: 203-655-1423

Stacy was born and raised in Fairfield County. As a result of the amazing experience she chose to raise her family here. She has a son at The University of Pennsylvania and a daughter at the United States Naval Academy. Stacy is a member of CT REALTORS® , NAR, The Darien Board of REALTORS®, Darien Multiple Listing Service and SMART MLS . Stacy has served on the Boards of Five Mile River Nursery, Hindley Elementary School, The King School, and as a Coach of Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Stacy attended Sacred Heart University, as well as continuing her education at Real Estate University and Norwalk Community College.

DIRECTOR

Meredith DeRosa | William Pitt Sotheby’s
1057 Post Rd., Darien, CT 06820
Business: 203-655-8234

Meredith H. DeRosa is a REALTOR® with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty and has been in real estate since 2013. Meredith is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® CT REALTORS® , Darien Board of REALTORS® , Darien MLS and Smart MLS. She services the town of Darien and the surrounding communities. Prior to real estate, Meredith worked in Private Client Financial Services, as well as the non-profit sector in home health care. Having grown up in Darien, Meredith returned to the area after graduating from the University of Notre Dame and settled here with her family. Married and a proud mother of two, Meredith is a representative of the Notre Dame Club of Fairfield County, is Vice President of the Board of Directors of ElderHouse, and an active participant in her children’s school’s parent association.

DIRECTOR

Gen Distance | Gen Next Real Estate, LLC

Gen Distance has been a REALTOR® since 2006 and is the Broker/Owner of the indie firm GEN Next Real Estate. Gen and her childhood sweetheart now husband, Brian, purchased a home in Darien in 2016 with the plan to move back to Greenwich where they previously resided for many years. Those plans changed when they fell in LOVE with Darien. Gen is a graduate of Hampton University and The George Washington University Law School. Gen actively engages in community service though the Norwalk/Stamford Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Omicron Upsilon Omega. Gen serves as the President of the Chapter’s charitable foundation.

DIRECTOR

Courtney K. Haidinger | Houlihan Lawrence

Courtney is a 20 year resident of Darien and has been a REALTOR® since 2011. Prior to entering real estate, her career in advertising was spent in New York City and Boston in Cable Television and Radio sales. She has three teenagers that have gone through the Darien Public Schools. She has volunteered on Darien’s Representative Town Meeting and served on the Planning and Zoning Committee. She loves skiing, golfing and spending time on the Long Island Sound boating. Courtney is a member of the Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, the Darien Multiple Listing Service, SMART MLS, the National Association of REALTORS®, and the Darien Board of REALTORS®.

DIRECTOR

Rita Marber | Houlihan Lawrence
780 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
Business: 203-655-8238

Rita McKenna Marber has designed, built, staged and renovated numerous homes during her 30 years as a Darien resident. She received her certificate of Interior Design from Fairfield University in 2010 and is an Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She has been a REALTOR® since 2012. Rita serves on the Board of Family and Children’s Agency, enjoys tennis, reading and singing with Harmony on the Sound, an a cappella group that competes on an international level. She has two daughters.

DIRECTOR

Mary Lopiano | Brown Harris Stevens
671 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
Business: 203-655-1418

Mary is a REALTOR® with Brown Harris Stevens and a longtime member of the National Association of REALTORS® , the Darien Board of REALTORS® and a recently elected member of the Darien Board of Directors. She was born and raised in Connecticut and has lived in Darien for over 40 years, her children attending Elementary, Middle and High school here. Mary enjoys gardening, Long Island Sound boating and fishing and summertime fun on Nantucket with her family.

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Irene A. LaRusso | Darien Board of REALTORS®
5 Brook Street, Suite 2-D, Darien, CT, 06820
Business: 203-655-3700

Irene A. LaRusso, Executive Officer and Certified Professional Standards Administrator, oversees the daily operations of the Board of REALTORS® and the Multiple Listing Service for more than 29 years. She is also a member of CT REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. An avid ice hockey fan and former member of USA Hockey, Irene enjoys attending NY Ranger games, volunteering at local animal shelters and spending time with her family and her Golden Retriever “Bear” who can be found at the Board office. Come by and say hello. Irene is also a certified Notary Public, appointed by the State of CT, with a term expiring in 2024.

TERM EXPIRES:

12/31/2021 – Meredith DeRosa, Stacy Book, Rita Marber
12/31/2022 - Deb Brennan, Mary Lopiano, Bryan Morris
12/31/2023 - John Bainton, Gen Distance, Courtney Haidinger

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