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Director and Faculty

Joseph A. Grabas, CTP, NTP - Director

joegrabas.jpgNJLTA Certified Title Professional
ALTA National Title Professional
NJ Licensed Insurance Producer
NJ State Certified Title Instructor
NJ Real Estate Commission Approved CE Instructor

Having spent over 38 years in the title industry, Mr. Grabas is widely recognized as the leading land title educator in the State of New Jersey. He was one of the Founding Trustees of the first Title Institute established under the Producer's Act of 1988. Joe instructed the mandatory Title Insurance Pre-Licensing Education course for many years at Rutgers University, Drew University and Bloomfield College. He has appeared on the dais for the NJLTI, The Title Academy, Half Moon Seminars, National Business Institute and many other trade organizations on topics ranging from Mortgages and Estates to Tidelands and Cemeteries. Joe lectures throughout the state on matters concerning Land Title Research, Genealogy, NJ Land Title History, Mortgage Fraud, Foreclosure Rescue Scams, CFPB Compliance and many other related topics, and has appeared on Hometowne TV's genealogy series Family Historian. He is a visiting lecturer at Monmouth University on the subject of Slavery in New Jersey.

In 2008, Mr. Grabas founded the Grabas Institute for Continuing Education to bring alternative historically based continuing education to the Title, Legal, Real Estate & Insurance professions and to establish an organization that would support and sustain research into the impact of land ownership and conveyancing on the social and economic development of the State of New Jersey. For over two decades, Joe has brought his knowledge and experience to the NJDOBI Title Insurance Licensing Exam Review Committee.

Joe supports and remains active in the NJ History community, serving on the Monmouth County Historical Commission and is a member of the New Jersey Historical Society, Monmouth County Historical Association, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Society of New Jersey and Monmouth County Genealogy Society. Joe is an Eagle Scout.

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Patrick J. Brennan, CTP – Instructor

NJLTA Certified Title Professional
NJ Licensed Insurance Producer
NJ State Certified Title Instructor

Mr. Brennan's more than 40 years experience in the land title industry has provided an endless font of knowledge and wit that he graciously shares with his colleagues and students. He has appeared on the dais many times for Continuing Education seminars with the Grabas Institute, the Title Academy and other educational organizations. For many years he taught the mandatory Title Pre-Licensing Course preparing future Title Producers for the rigors of the title industry. For many years, Pat has worked with Joe Grabas on the NJDOBI Title Insurance Licensing Exam Review Committee. He has held numerous positions within the NJLTA and has been designated as a Certified Title Professional. He is a recognized leader within the title community.


Daniel May - Instructor

NJ Licensed Insurance Producer
NJ State Certified Title Instructor

Mr. May has over three decades of experience in the title insurance industry. Having started as a Title Abstractor in the early 80's he went on to have a highly successful career in all facets of title insurance as searcher, examiner, agent and State Manager for a major Title Underwriter. Dan has also served the title community through the New Jersey Land Title Association in many capacities including his term as President of the Association. His vast and comprehensive knowledge of the entirety of the title industry makes him an invaluable educational resource for the Institute.

Peter Casey Wall- Instructor

peter-casey-wall.jpgNJ State Certified Title Instructor
NJ Licensed Title Producer

Casey is an experienced New Jersey title examiner and presently the Director of Technology and Compliance with Foundation Title. His experience in the title insurance industry spans nearly 15 years and all aspects of examining, document production, training, information security, compliance issues and new technology for residential and commercial New Jersey real estate.  He has attended the American Land Title Association Lobby Day (now known as Advocacy Summit) in 2014 and 2016 and is a 2nd-year trustee on the management board of the Agency Section of the New Jersey Land Title Association.


Lisa J. Aubrey – Adjunct Faculty

NJ Licensed Insurance Producer

Ms. Aubrey has more than 20 years experience in the title industry working with several New York and New Jersey title agencies, holding positions ranging from settlement clerk and post-closing coordinator to vice president in charge of operations. Lisa then moved to the Underwriter side of the business. She was formerly the director of agency training for one of the industry's largest title underwriters, conducting numerous agency and legal continuing education seminars. She has recently assumed a position with a rapidly rising Underwriter as their Senior Vice President and State Manager for NJ/PA. Lisa is also an active member of the New Jersey Land Title Association (NJLTA) and currently serves as Second Vice President. She is the chairperson of the NJLTA convention committee and is a member of the website committee. Her well-rounded background makes her a great resource for the Institute.

Frank M. Castronuovo, P.L.S. – Adjunct Faculty

Professional Land Surveyor
NSPS Certified Survey Technician

Mr. Castronuovo is a NJ Licensed Land Surveyor who has been working in the Land Surveying profession for over 25 years. He began on the field crew and has worked his way up, learning each and every facet of Land Title Surveying. Frank obtained his degree in Land Surveying from the NJ Institute of Technology in Newark and has been recognized by the National Society of Professional Surveyors as a Certified Survey Technician. He brings significant experience and knowledge of the land surveying process and the ability to convey those complexities to our colleagues in the Title, Legal and Real Estate professions.