2023 CTAR Board of Directors Slate Recommendation Announced
2023 CTAR Board of Directors Bios & Photos
The 2022 Nominating Committee has announced their recommendations for the 2023 CTAR leadership positions.
One candidate has been selected for each vacancy and will be elected by acclamation should no additional candidates be submitted. Additional candidates may be placed in nomination by a petition signed by at least 3 percent of Realtor®️ members eligible to vote. If petition candidates are submitted, email voting will be conducted. Otherwise these slated candidates will be approved by acclamation.
Any petition for additional candidates must be submitted no later than October 18, 2022.
Shana Swain, CRS is an award-winning Realtor® with Carolina One Real Estate’s (CORE) Charleston Central office. She brings a fresh new perspective to the Board and is excited for the opportunity to serve, learn and teach. She is an active member on several committees at the Association including Legislative Committee and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
In her first year as a Realtor® she was honored with the Rising Star Realtor® of Distinction award and the CORE Silver Circle production award. In addition to being voted the 2022 “Charleston’s Best Realtor®” by the people of Charleston and the Charleston City paper, she was also chosen as a Grange Cuthbert Award winner, a highly coveted award recognizing someone who best displays the core values of CORE, both professionally and personally.
Shana made the choice to join the real estate industry in 2020 when she recognized the need for a change in her family’s life. She is the mother of two young, active girls and has lived in Charleston since she was a little girl.
In her free time, Shana loves to play tennis and travel as well as studying music and food history.
Joseph started in real estate in the Atlanta area in 2001 with Keller Williams Realty. After working as a sales agent for 4 years and then spending 6 years as a team leader, (BIC) and coach, Joseph joined his wife Lynne in her sales business to form Salt Marsh Properties, within Keller Williams. On the team, Joseph serves as the listing specialist and CFO. Joseph currently serves as the Operating Principle and Broker in Charge for the Keller Williams Charleston – West Ashley Market Center. His biggest passions are teaching and coaching agents, which have led him to travel the country in order to do this; he has helped real estate agents build their businesses and create lives worth living.
In 2018, Joseph was accepted into the Keller Williams Realty International Master Faculty, a group of fewer than 50 people worldwide within Keller Williams. Having served on Grievance, Professional Standards, the MLS BOD and as the immediate past president of the Charleston Trident Multiple Listing service, Joseph has spent many years serving the local agent community, advocating for them to be able to build their business as entrepreneurs. Joseph and his wife Lynne live in Mount Pleasant where they are active in their church, Saint Peters. Having hearts and the time to serve, they dedicate as much time to the church’s local ministries as well as traveling out of the country to come alongside a ministry in Honduras. In their downtime, you can usually find them on the boat or hanging out with their dogs at their home, enjoying this beautiful Lowcountry.
Andrella Pusha is a Charleston native and Realtor® at Excel Real Estate. Her passion is impacting real estate through sales, development, and investing.
Andrella was a Nuclear Engineer in the Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer from 20 years of service with massive leadership experience, countless awards, certifications, and accolades. Andrella was stationed three times at Charleston Naval Weapons Station as a Nuclear Engineering instructor and has seen the local market dramatically change over the last two decades.
She earned her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and subsequently served as an Operations and Process Improvement Consultant for small businesses. She has served on several boards to include the Hampton Roads Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and the Lowcountry Veterans Home. Andrella brings a wealth of leadership, process improvement, operations, strategic planning, analytical thought processes, organizational development, consulting, mentoring, and Board of Director experience with her. Periodic moves due to her military career and her work with MBS investments gave Andrella skill sets, a unique compassion, and understanding for serving military, relocation, sellers, luxury, first time home buyers, and investor clients. Andrella serves on the CTAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and is a 2021 CTAR Realtor of Distinction award recipient. She holds certifications as a Military Relocation Professional, Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource, At Home With Diversity (AHWD) and Committed to Excellence (C2EX). As a dedicated mother and entrepreneur, Andrella loves spending time with her family and traveling. Service to her family, country, organization, clients, and to the community is and will always be a way of life.
John Grisillo is a Charleston native and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point he was a Catholic Sunday school teacher, an All-Armed Services rugby player and an occasional Dean’s list student. Upon graduation, John was commissioned into the US Army and served as an Airborne Ranger Infantry officer. He was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” Device for valor in combat in the Euphrates River Valley, Iraq. After 9/11 he served as a military commentator for Charleston news stations.
Since leaving the service, John has served in business leadership, sales roles and entrepreneurial endeavors. He founded The Compass Group, a national search firm that placed former military officers into Fortune 500 companies. He sold the company in 2003. Since 2004 he has worked in construction and real estate in the Charleston market. He joined Carolina One Real Estate in 2009. He served as the Broker-in-Charge of the West Islands office from 2012-2018, and he currently serves as General Manager of Carolina One Real Estate – Charleston’s market leader and among the top 60 real estate firms in the country.
John has served in many leadership roles with church committees and school boards. He has served as the president of the Bishop England High School Advisory Board. He currently chairs the CTAR Legislative Committee. John enjoys spending time with his family and physical fitness activities. He won the State Masters Division Powerlifting Championship in 2014. John is happily married to Kathy Grisillo, a Bishop England High School classmate and current teacher at BE. They have three daughters, Lauren, Katelyn and Mary Chandler.