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Meet Danielle Morales (MS) and
William Gion (ND)!


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During the Associate of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO) conferences, the Communication Committee interviews two members: a person who has attended multiple conferences, and a person who is a first time attendee. During the Spring 2019 Conference in Denver, Colorado, Tamora Papas, Chair of the Communications Committee, interviewed Danielle Morales from Mississippi and during the Fall 2019 Conference in Washington D.C., Tamora interviewed William Gion from North Dakota. Read on to find out more about Danielle and William. If you see Danielle and William in San Antonio, introduce yourself and say hello!
 

Danielle Morales:

Tell us about yourself:
My name is Danielle Morales and I work for the Mississippi Appraisal Board (MAB) in Jackson, MS.I have been employed with MAB since May of 2006 and have been attending the AARO conventions for the past 13 years.I currently have three children and three grandchildren.They are my life for sure along with my 3 dogs and 1 cat.Wesley, my oldest, graduated from Harvard University in 2014; Mitchell will graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi in December; and Emma, my daughter, just graduated from High School.My grandchildren are Cash, 10; Piper 6; and Rhiannon 6 months.I love spending as much time as I can with them.I received my 4-year degree in real estate in January of 2018.I am currently trying to upgrade my license appraiser status to Certified Residential.
 
How many AARO conferences have you attended?
I have attended approximately 24 conferences since 2006. I have attended all of the Investigator Training (I, II, III) courses and I have worked with Dennis Badger and Tom Lewis on an Investigator Video back in 2010 or 2011. I have attended everything I could when it comes to Investigator break-out sessions during each AARO conference.
 
Is attending the AARO conference helpful for you to do your job?
Yes, it has helped me obtain more friends in the neighboring states then I could have ever imagined.During AARO conferences, we discuss issues that are going on in our states and how each state work through their complaints.This has helped me become better in my job as I learn from others and how they handled similar situations.For example, it is how Mississippi started using Conditional Dismissals, which is what happens when an appraiser makes a few mistakes that does not constitute a disciplinary action, but when an appraiser will benefit from additional education.In the past, Mississippi would have to work with appraisers in signing a Consent Order in order to require them to take specific courses. Now we have a way that will not only benefit the appraiser, but will not be any type of discipline that would need to be reported to the National Registry.
 
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Being able to travel to AARO Conventions.Really, being able to network with others and finding better ways to work with our appraisers.I have learned so much from other investigators and have made lasting friends.I am up to date on changes in the profession and can better inform my state appraisers when they have questions about these changes.

What was the last book you read?
Sorry, it was required in High School and I don’t remember.Not an avid reader unless I have too but if USPAP is considered a Book, then USPAP would be my current and last book read.
 
What is your favorite US City to visit?
Orlando, Florida, of course, Disney World, but I also like the North Western states especially with these beautiful mountain views in Denver.
 
What is first impression of AARO?
I can still remember the first meeting I attended with AARO and how scared I was.Everything they were talking about was over my head.It was nice to meet new people and the everlasting friendships I have made since the first meeting.I look forward to coming and seeing them, especially Brent and his beautiful wife, they are such a joy. Seeing how well these meetings come together without a hitch is truly amazing.
 
What challenges do you face at work?
With respect to investigations, trying to get across to appraisers how important the work file is.I think this is my biggest challenge.Another challenge would be knowing everything you need to know about Appraisal Management Companies (AMC’s).While the ASC is not currently regulating them with our state yet, they will be checking our files soon.Knowing the proper way to process these files and stay on top of the changes that they do in respects to changing ownership, changing names and merging AMC’s is very difficult to keep up with.
 

William Gion

Tell us about yourself:
I am from North Dakota and have been a General Certified Appraiser since 1984. I am the President Elect for the NO Dakota Appraisal Association and have been a member for 3 years. I have 20 years of banking experience.I currently live on a farm/ranch and have been married for 37 years. I have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. To me, family comes first.
 
How many AARO conferences have you attended?
This is my 1st AARO conference, and my first time to Washington D.C.
 
Is attending the AARO conference helpful for you to do your job?
Without a doubt!
 
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I think that good experience with the collaborative efforts is what I like best. I like to take on issues in the appraisal industry.
 
What was the last book you read?
It was When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner.
 
What is your favorite US City to visit? 
My favorite city in the US is Seattle. It was the first time I saw the ocean.
 
What is first impression of AARO?
I thought that AARO and its people were very welcoming, helpful, professional, conscious and caring.
 
What challenges do you face at work?
As an appraiser, it can be very isolated. Once the NDA came about we felt more included and were able to start networking and had a place to meet peers.  I find it hard to overcome the challenge for new appraisers. 

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