The Lake News asked a series of eight questions to each of the seven candidates running for TLPOA Board of Directors. Their answers are posted individually by candidate in the TLPOA News section of the Lake News. As of this posting, four candidates have submitted responses. The remaining candidate responses will be posted as they are received.
1. Provide a brief professional and personal background.
Personal: Married with twin sons, three stepdaughters, combined 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren. Graduated University of Central Missouri, BA in History, with a double minor of German/Anthropology. Have traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe; lived in Germany for 6 years. I moved to Treasure Lake in October 2010.
Professional: Worked 30 years Federal Service, with 20+ years as Contracting Officer, awarding and managing materiel, service and construction contracts valued as high as $125 million. Supervised department responsible for expenditures of $92 million per year.
2. Why did you choose to run for the TLPOA Board of Directors?
I chose to run for the TLPOA Board of Directors because I know in my heart that this place, as beautiful as it is, can be better. I want to be a part of making the needed changes to the manner in which decisions are made, improving the relationship between property owners, the Board, and Management. I want to ensure that better efficiencies are implemented in the way projects are prioritized, money is spent and completing projects that are begun.
3. What qualifies you to serve as a TLPOA board member? What skills, connections, resources and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the TLPOA?
My qualifications include an ability to listen to ideas, offer suggestions, and being adaptable to changing situations. I have an extensive background in contracts; Treasure Lake uses outside vendors for most of the services performed for the residents. I believe better controls should be applied to the contract process. My understanding of legal documents, construction drawings, and policy development enable me to assist in many areas for which the Board is responsible. Finally, I enjoy public speaking and am able to communicate Board information to residents. I have excellent writing skills (serves me well in my duties as Secretary).
4. What are the greatest challenges facing Treasure Lake? If elected, what measures would you propose to resolve them?
In my opinion, the greatest challenges facing Treasure Lake are: (1) lack of trust between property owners and the “governing body” of Treasure Lake; (2) crumbling infrastructure (not only roads, but buildings in disrepair, lack of stormwater management, future lake rehabilitation); (3) need for building a healthy reserved fund. How to resolve these issues: (1) constantly keep residents “in the loop” via any and all means possible; (2) focus on fixing what’s broken BEFORE spending money on shiny new projects; (3) double down on paying off debt and applying unspent monies to reserve fund.
5. If elected, what would be your top priority as a board member?
My top priority as a Board member would be to rebuild trust between the Board/Management and property owners…from that we can have respectful and serious discussions as to what direction Treasure Lake should follow. I believe that the Board/Management cannot improve Treasure Lake without the support and commitment from property owners.
6. If elected, what measures would you take to improve communication between the board, TLPOA and property owners?
Communication is a two-way street. The current Board and Management staff have devised many ways with which to communicate with property owners: e-blasts, GM Updates, bulletin board, Treasure Lake website, responding to emails (in many cases within minutes of receipt). I have said it in the past: property owners also need to communicate – respectfully – their concerns directly to the appropriate party. The current Board and our General Manager are always willing to hear suggestions, comments and, yes, complaints. If anyone has ideas as to what else can be done, tell the Board and Management.
7. Do you feel the board is transparent enough? If not, what needs to change?
The Board is as transparent as it can be. There will always be some things that cannot, under the law, be shared with property owners – specifically, personnel matters and legal issues. Also, in accordance with our By-laws and Policies, Executive Session discussions cannot be public. However, unless the subjects are personnel and/or legal, the Board always shares the outcomes of those Sessions with property owners in Work Sessions and Board Meetings. Also, if a property owner has a question about anything, he/she is always encouraged to contact a Board member or the General Manager to get answers.
8. What are your thoughts about our current budget and financial statements?
I will be the first to tell you I am not a “numbers person.” I rely on our Board President (a CPA), our Treasurer, our Finance Committee and our Management company’s finance team. I trust we are given valid information. I rely on our annual audits which are done by an outside firm and they have always been “clean”. HOWEVER, I personally find our current financial documents to be very difficult to understand…why do we need 8 pages of numbers to tell me our income and our outgo? I would like to see – a simpler presentation.
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