Meet Our Instructors

Todd Van Horn
Director of Education

After listing and selling real estate in the tri-county region for the past 27+ years, Todd is now focused on helping the next generation of licensed agents, just as he did while employed as an educator in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. With a strong work ethic, TVH worked as a Realtor at night and on the weekends since the beginning of 1992; while during the daytime he served in the positions of teacher, coach, instructional teacher leader, dean of students, and lead principal of various grade levels. After obtaining his Superintendent License in 2014, Broker License in 2015, and Real Estate Instructor's license in 2016; he is now putting all three licenses into good use as Director of Education for Real Estate Educators.

Joanne Crocker

Joanne has been in the mortgage lending industry for over 20 years. She has worked as a loan originator for several large Real Estate Brokers and Lending Institutions. She was a successful Realtor® for 7 years prior to that. Joanne also has a BA in Marketing from Bay Path College located in Longmeadow, MA. In 1990 she began teaching Real Estate and Finance courses for LoDolce Academy for Real Estate. Joanne has been an instructor for Real Estate Educators since 2005 teaching Real Estate Pre-License and Continuing Education courses. Joanne loves teaching and incorporating her knowledge and experience in the classroom.

Sandra Giannuzzi

Sandy began her career in real estate as a licensed professional salesperson in1992. In May of 2000, Sandy earned a BS in Elementary Education. For several years, she practiced real estate along with being a full-time classroom teacher. Sandy wants to share her love of teaching by incorporating her knowledge of real estate and experience in the classroom.

Bill Hammill, Jr.

Bill Hammill Jr. has been a licensed real estate professional as a salesperson, broker/owner, trainer and educator since 1976. Since 1995 he has trained thousands of real estate licensees. Bill was the Director of Education for Real Estate Educators from 2005 through May 2019. He has written a variety of Real Estate Continuing Education courses and is a certified Accredited Buyer Agent Instructor. He also holds the Certified Career Development Specialist (CCDS) certification. Bill enjoys sharing his real world knowledge and experience in the classroom and his philosophy is to "Never Stop Learning!"

Jim Skindzier

Jim Skindzier has over 45 years of experience in the field of real estate education.  A short list of his accomplishments includes:

    • Leadership positions in state and national real estate education organizations, including serving as national President of the Real Estate Educators Association (REEA).
    • 30+ years of experience as a member of the Education Advisory Committee to the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission.
    • Subject matter expert for PSI Exam Services and other Real Estate License exam providers.
    • Consulting editor for five editions of the text “Modern Real Estate Practice in Pennsylvania”.
    • Presenter at local, state, and national conferences of Real Estate professionals.
    • Operated and served as director of a state licensed education provider for 40 years.

Jim is recognized as the “go to” expert for all issues involving real estate license laws/licensing and education issues in Pennsylvania.

Jane Spector

A native of Pittsburgh, Jane moved to Tampa FL in 1979 and was licensed as a FL Real Estate Salesperson in 1987.  Having studied communications at Briarcliff College, she landed her first job with BBDO, an international advertising agency as a media buyer and ultimately became a media planner.  As a result of her background in advertising, Jane excels in negotiating, defining markets and committing to serving her clients until the job is done.

Prior moving back to Pittsburgh, her real estate career includes, in addition to Tampa Bay, working in markets as diverse as Atlanta, Miami and Jacksonville, closing countless home and condominium sales and relocating employees of various organizations which allowed Jane to further master a fluctuating national market, while zeroing in on the wants and needs of each prior

In addition to her extensive new construction and residential sales experience, Jane has worked with new condominium projects from finding land, assisting throughout the planning stages of the properties which included designing individual floor plans and amenities, reservations for new construction, conversion to contract, sales and pricing strategies, sales team development and training and ultimately successful sellouts. 

Upon moving back to Pittsburgh, Jane combined her years of real estate sales experience and passion for real estate, became an instructor.

Ultimately, Jane finds her greatest enjoyment in spending time with her son, his partner and daughter, husband and most important 2 grandsons.

Kathy Yanov

Kathy has been working as an educator since becoming certified through the University of Pittsburgh in 1995.  With a background in Mathematics she has instructed both school-aged students as well as adult learners in a variety of subjects.  After receiving her Real Estate Salespersons License in 2015 she soon began mentoring fellow agents. In 2020 she received her Real Estate Instructor’s License and became a Certified Distance Education Instructor. She now works teaching Real Estate Pre-Licensing, and trains new agents, combining her love of teaching and her knowledge of real estate.

Joi Edmonds
Prelicense Instructor

Joi Edmonds is a dynamic and knowledgeable agent who has achieved the titles of Preferred Masters Accreditation and Multi-Million Dollar Producer in just three short years. She is an expert in residential and commercial real estate as well as new construction.

As a full-time Realtor® with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS) The Preferred Realty, Squirrel Hill office, is in the process of getting her Real Estate Broker’s License. She has sold over five million dollars of real estate throughout the Pittsburgh and its surroundings, during a global pandemic recognized as being a Top 200 Sales Associate. Joi is a Mentor with BHHS New Agent Mentor Program and has nine mentees assigned to her. Most recently, she became a licensed Real Estate Educator teaching pre-license courses to individuals who want to get into the real estate profession.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in School Counseling, Joi has spent the past 20 years helping people improve their lives and real estate is just one way to do that. Joi has also been licensed in five states helping individuals and families with their life insurance needs. Prior to that, Joi was the owner of N-Joi Event Planning & Staffing Services. N-Joi outsourced waitstaff and bartenders to various clientele and event centers within the City of Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. N-Joi provided corporate event staffing service to The National Aviary, The Children’s Museum and August Wilson Center to name a few.

She was born and raised in the Manchester community of Pittsburgh and now resides in Pittsburgh’s East Suburb. She has raised two beautiful adult children Kelcei J and J. Brannon Tindal. When not selling real estate, Joi likes to spend her time traveling, listening to live music, and surrounding herself with positive people.  Joi is a member of the National Association of Realtor®, Realtors® Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh.

Simply put, Joi is someone who gets things done. Whether you are purchasing your first home or selling your fifth, she will make it happen for you! And you’ll have fun with her in the process!