These Woodlake residents have thrown their hat into the ring for the upcoming Board of Directors election! Read their Q&A's below, and remember that online voting begins in March! Watch your mail for ballots.
Nancy Glenmore Tatum
I believe that the staffs of the Woodlake Community Association and Woodlake Swim and Racquet Club both have the best intentions and work diligently for Woodlake residents. Having founded, owned and grown a business over 20 years and 13 years prior experience as a Human Resource Director I believe that I will be able to strengthen the Woodlake Board.
Adriaan van de Rijken
To understand what we want and what is right it is crucial that not only a handful of our community is involved in the conversations and discussions, but most, if not all of us. I will advocate for making it easy for the majority of our community to participate.
That itself is of course not enough. I will also strive for the highest level of transparency and communication possible from the board and WCA staff towards our community members so the community will can have educated opinions and provide informed feedback.
Keeping an eye on our financial health and legal obligations, I want to ensure that we operate with a healthy dose of agility, responsibility, and accountability, and with the highest level of effectiveness and efficiency within both the Board and our staff. I will look for exploiting only those opportunities that bring the most value to the community as a whole, rather than the few beneficiaries, while minimizing risk and cost.
Taking all the input, our needs and constraints into consideration, projects and activities will be prioritized to keep our community thriving and be a wonderful place for all of us, by all of us.
We can not stop the world from changing around us, but together we can make Woodlake the world we love to live in.
Our first couple of decades here, the community maintained its beauty and covenants were enforced rigorously. We moved here for the amenities and schools as well as the concept that master planning and the covenants would protect our home investment as all neighbors would be required to maintain their homes and property to the written and agreed to (when buying a home in Woodlake) guidelines.
Unfortunately, over the past decade or so, our community has gone downhill. Our community assets (grounds and buildings) have not been well maintained and there is seemingly an acceptance, by the BOD and the WCA management, that ‘this is just what happens to an older community – you cannot expect it to look like new forever.’ While I agree that ‘looking new’ is an impractical objective, ‘looking great’ is not.
Sadly, our covenants are not enforced like they used to be and the Woodlake Community Association itself breaches the standards set for residents. Even when brought to the WCA and BOD attention, excuses are presented as justification.
I am interested in serving on the Woodlake Board of Directors because I think I can, among other things:
1. Inspire the other BOD members to shift focus back to policy, direction, and strategy – all with emphasis, for every decision, on enhancing property values and enforcement of Community Standards.
2. Convince the BOD to shift planned expenditures to getting our common area ‘greenways’ green again. Our parkway-adjacent ‘lawns’ are in abysmal shape and have a huge effect on home property values (as well as pride of ownership).
3. Create a set of community-enhancing goals and objectives that are measurable (on a regular basis) and that residents will welcome as a sign of progress (or not) in a factual, transparent, regular report to the community.
4. Assist with the development of a BOD-level, priority-assigned list of community improvements to be made that will be have status notes and will be communicated to residents every quarter.
I think I would be a good addition to the BOD because:
1. I have lived here when the BOD had a lot less to do because management was exceptionally proficient and will strive to shift responsibility (and accountability) for managing the community from the BOD to the management team.
2. I have deep and broad experience in real estate, construction, and management consulting. As a consultant, I helped clients understand that ‘what gets measured matters and if it does not get measured, it must not matter.’ While a cliché, of sorts, the mantra needs to be deeply instilled in leadership and management at Woodlake.
3. This would not be a hobby for me. I value my time (as well as others’) and would work diligently to make the BOD more efficient (while improving effectiveness).
4. I am not particularly good at politics. I am a good listener and think I can bring good ideas to the table, but have little patience for petty excuses and lack of accountability.