2019 BOD Candidates!

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.

Chris Yarger

Address: 14810 Acorn Ridge Rd.
Occupation: Stay at Home Father
Education: Masters of Education
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
I am originally from upstate New York. Rochester is the home of Kodak, Wegmans, Garbage Plates, and home to the resting place of Susan B. Anthony, Fredrick Douglas, and Mark Twain among others. My wife and I moved to Woodlake in the spring of 2016, just before the birth of our second child Basil. We have lived in the Richmond area since our marriage in the summer of 2009. Acorn Ridge has been an amazing place to raise our two preschool aged children, and I would like to continue to ensuring this community thrives.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
Honestly, I have little experience serving on a board or for any community association. I have years of experience working cooperatively through teaching, working at local YMCA's, and as a manager of the Starbucks in Westchester commons. I understand policy making and the importance of listening to concerns before making a decision that effects us all.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
I am a member of the AFC and can be found working out three mornings a week, taking full advantage of the Kids Zone (Shout out to the wonderful ladies there!) During the warmer weather, I bike the trails usually with a child strapped into a back booster seat. I have been known to help collect (and redistribute) painted rocks, go geocaching, and visit the plethora of playgrounds in the area with my two children and little red wagon.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
Simply put, those that know me, know I have little desire to lead (though I will when called for), I do wish to make the place(s) I live to grow and become better: for myself, my children and those around me.

Ross Roberts

Address: 5900 Mill Spring Road
Occupation: Senior Analyst at Owens & Minor
Education: MBA - VCU School of Business (anticipated May 2019); Chemistry B.S - Longwood University
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
My wife and I moved into Woodlake approximately four years ago. We decided on Woodlake due to the types of activities that the neighborhood incorporates. Additionally, we felt that this community would be safe nesting place to start a family and prove as an opportunistic location given the aggressive growth of the area surrounding Woodlake. Like most new couples just celebrating a honeymoon, my wife and I engaged in apartment living which was fun, but not ideal for our lifestyle. That is until we found Woodlake.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
I had served on a board for program improvement during my MBA program at VCU. We looked for ways to improve student learning, engagement, and projected future growth of the program to determine a direction to steer the program based on the vision of the board of directors and program directors. The overall goal is to continually increase the competitiveness of the program with rival state schools and eventually nationwide programs. I don't have any previous experience serving a community association, but I have also been extremely aware of what my neighbors have expressed in what they would like to see come to fruition. After all, this is a community, and each voice within the community is important.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
My involvement is minimal due to my previous work commitment of over 50% travel and taking time to build equity into our home that was once a rental property for what seemed like decades. However, as our kids are progressing through their toddler years (undoing some of that work) and my travel has drastically decreased, I am perusing to be more involved in the community. For me, being a part of the board is where I want to be to create a safe, innovative, and active community.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
Serving on the board allows me the opportunity to take what I have learned at an academia level and apply it to my community. Woodlake is invested in growing families as part of a community, promoting societal growth from within the community, and maintaining safety for a healthy community. There is no question that I may be one of the younger residents in all of Woodlake, but I am also eager to continually improve the community in which my neighbors, friends and family reside. Having traveled extensively for work and school and been exposed to multiple countries and communities, I offer a drastically different vantage point which will bring value to our homes and our families.

Billy Pipp

Address: 6600 Glen Ridge Ct
Occupation: Regional Operations Manager
Education: Bachelors Degree - University of Missouri
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
One Year, purchased our first house in April 2018. Lived in Chesterfield County since 2014.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
Yes, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Board of Associates & Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Commission - Matoaca District.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
Coach daughters softball team, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Board of Associate,Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation Commission - Matoaca District
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
As our community has been around for 30 plus years, I think now is the time for homeowners who have recently moved and are invested in the long term future and goals of our community become more involved. I would like to see more transparency at the WCA office, as calls, work orders etc, are being unanswered and undocumented especially at the director level. On more than one occasion, I have left a message with the response I would receive a call within 24 hours. I received a call back within 24 hours once (out of three times). Lets be transparent. I would like to see maintenance work orders measured, documented and recorded with statistics released to the entire HOA on a quarterly basis. If we are paying for auxiliary services as a whole, the whole community should understand what, and where funds are going to. Lets cut the additional positions if work orders will not be recorded and completed in a timely matter. I'm ready to make a difference.

Howard Grove

Address: 5313 Chestnut Bluff Road
Occupation: Retired
Education: Springfield College, M.Ed., Recreation and Leisure Services; Shippensburg University, M.S., Counseling / Personnel; Juniata College, B.S., Political Science; Six Sigma Black Belt.
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
Resident 29 years. Moved from Paducah, KY.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
Previous board experience includes Chairperson of a Longwood University board in the College of Education and Human Services. Worked for Woodlake Swim and Racquet Club for 8 years including AFC, SRC and tennis, which provided first-hand knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the operations.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
Present or past leadership roles in Woodlake United Methodist Church, Business First Chesterfield, Midlothian youth soccer and basketball.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
During my years of residence Woodlake has grown and undergone tremendous changes. It has always been a wonderful community with a determination to remain as such based on friendly residents, environmentally responsible policies, appealing amenities and more. I want it to continue to offer this kind of welcoming, enjoyable life style and stability for people of all ages. It is also critical to anticipate and plan for future community needs for our facilities. I am a very good listener but also an effective facilitator who helps people work together for a common goal. Being an impactful Board member requires dedication and commitment. “I am all in.”

Nancy Glenmore Tatum

Address: 13911 Sunrise Bluff Rd
Occupation: Owner, Glenmore Therapy, Inc.
Education: MS Gerontology and Adult Education, BS Human Resources, Psychology
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
My husband, Kevin Casey, and I have lived in Woodlake since March 2012. We fell in love with the community while walking our grandson on the trails in 2009. I located an undeveloped lot and built our forever home. We moved from the Short Pump area of Henrico County where we had owned a business, Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center. We wanted to be part of an active, friendly, multi-generational community and found that here in Woodlake. I am a Richmond native.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
I have not served on a board but have worked closely with volunteer boards as the Executive Director of an Adult Day Center, Hanover Adult Day Center. I also was a Director at Westminster Canterbury Continuing Care Retirement Community and worked closely with that non-profit, volunteer board.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
As a Gerontologist I consult with individuals as a case manager assisting in navigating the long term care setting, I work within several assisted living communities and a residential community that specializes in individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries. I provide massage therapy and yoga therapy for individuals with therapeutic issues. I have led a weekly Therapeutic Yoga class here in Woodlake over the past 4 years for older adults to improve balance, increase strength and flexibility and decrease the likelihood of falls.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
I love all aspects of the Woodlake Community…the intergenerational community, the trails, the reservoir, the swim, fitness and racquet clubs and, of course, the indoor and outdoor pools. I have considered applying for the board for several years but had too many conflicts as a business owner. I currently have more flexibility in my schedule and believe that my knowledge, skills, and abilities will strengthen the board and be positive for Woodlake. I feel strongly that correctly placing employees in positions and giving them the tools and parameters to be successful leads to a productive, relaxed work environment. I am interested in listening to the viewpoint of all residents, as I believe listening is the basis for resolving conflicts. I also believe that a focused branding of our WSRC will allow future decisions to be based in strategic long-term goals.

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

Address: 5315 Meadow Chase Rd
Occupation: Strategic Advisor; working with Fortune-500 companies to streamline their operations.
Education: University
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
We moved into the community from the Netherlands in June 2001.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
I am currently serving as the Board President of a user community with 1800 members. As a President and a board we are responsible for running a, fiduciary responsible, organization with 15 local groups organizing their events and meetings, and organizing our annual 5-day event that attracts about a thousand attendees and 20 exhibitors. My job (for the last 20 years) has all been around streamlining how organizations can become (more) successful by focusing on what matters, execute to perfection in an efficient and economical way.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
Together with a few other good people, we ran the Woodlake Volunteer Support Committee and reinvigorated the Neighborhood Associates program.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
This community is near and dear to my heart. The world around us is changing quickly and we need to keep up with the times. I want to move us into a direction that we as a community want Woodlake to go.

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.

Bob Sampson

Address: 5309 Clipper Cove Road
Occupation: SAP Supply Chain Consultant
Education: BSChE
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
My family moved into Woodlake in 1995 from Fayetteville, NC, the last in a series of corporate moves. I’m semi-retired as I continue to consult with large organizations seeking to improve their business processes. Both my wife and I grew up and graduated from college in Pennsylvania.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
Woodlake advisory council, the Woodlake BOD 2016 – 2019, currently serving as Treasurer. BOD member and Treasurer of a community pool in Delaware during the 1980s.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
I have been a member of the Woodlake Swim and Racket club since 1995, have been active in USTA, club, and Richmond tennis playing on and captaining several tennis teams. I recently became a golf member at Magnolia Green.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
I believe my involvement with the WCA BOD has assisted in making a number of improvements to the Woodlake community. I would like to continue to be involved in making additional progress as Woodlake distinguishes itself as a special community for residents and club members to enjoy.

Charles Crismier

Address: 14101 Water's Edge Circle
Occupation: Retired Attorney, Now Pres. SAVE AMERICA Ministries, Host: VIEWPOINT
Education: B.A. - Psychology, J.D. - Juris Doctor
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
We have lived in the Water's Edge neighborhood, on the water, for a year after a 4 year stint in Brandermill. We had dreamed of owning on the water in Woodlake for nearly 20 years, and we are finally here...and thrilled.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
I served on the Spinnaker Cove condo Assoc. board for 3 years. Prior to that have served on school and university boards as well as other non-profits.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
Outside of Woodlake I do a national, issues oriented radio broadcast (24 years), pastor a small congregation and write Christian books.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
I have enjoyed working on many and varied boards of both small and large organizations from coast to coast. My wife and I have come to treasure the Woodlake community and lakefront environment. In the short time we have been here, we have made significant effort to improve our neighborhood and lakefront, and wish to be an inspiration to others.

Ryland Craze

Address: 5708 Oak Knoll Lane
Occupation: Retired CPA and Chief Financial Officer
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting - Virginia Commonwealth University
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
My family and I moved to Woodlake in 1989. We lived in a couple of communities in Chesterfield County prior to our move to Woodlake. I have lived all of my life in Chesterfield County.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
I am currently a board member for the Village Square Center Owners Association and I was a former board member of the Nautical Research Guild, an international membership organization.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
Since 2015, I have attended most of the Financial Transparency Committee (FTC) meetings and the regular Woodlake Board of Directors’ meetings. This has enabled me to learn about the operations of Woodlake, both from a financial and management perspective. In 2016, I became an administrator of the Woodlake Community Action Alliance, a Facebook page that consists of over 700 Woodlake residents. This Group keeps the resident members informed of the discussions that take place at the Board meetings. I summarize the discussions of the agenda items and questions and comments from the residents in attendance. I have also assisted in community activities and was recognized by the Board and Community Manager at the 2017 annual meeting for my services to Woodlake.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
Being a resident of Woodlake for 30 years, I have enjoyed all of the amenities that Woodlake offers. I want to ensure that Woodlake continues to be a great place to live and raise our families. I feel my experience as a CPA and CFO has given me the financial and managerial knowledge to be an asset to the community. Having attended many of the FTC and Board meetings has given me an excellent understanding of the financial and managerial operations of the Woodlake Community Association. I am a strong believer in fiscal responsibility and look forward to using my knowledge to help Woodlake grow financially stronger. I will work to keep Woodlake one of the most desirable communities to live in.

Rick Bishop

Address: 5211 Clipper Cove Rd
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Construction Company Owner, Management Consultant
Education: MBA - Real Estate and Urban Land Development
How long have you lived in Woodlake? Where did you move from?
30 years. Built first house in Water Crest in 1988. Craved waterfront living, so built current house in Clipper Cove in 1993. A Richmond-area native, moved here from Western Henrico County as this was the only community that offered such a tremendous array of amenities coupled with great schools.
Have you had any previous experience serving on a board, especially in another community association? 
No. Served on the recent Transition Committee (for assisting with management takeover of the Club and its assets) as well as other (minor) committees over the years.
Are you involved in other activities or groups within Woodlake? Outside of Woodlake?
Yes. Member of the WSRC/AFC entire residency period. Use the AFC to work out (occasionally), play (not-so-good) tennis at the WSRC, run the trails several times a week, and get out on the water as much as possible, weather permitting. Member of Magnolia Green and Keswick Golf Clubs.
Why would you like to serve on the Woodlake Community Association Board of Directors? 
When my wife, Leslie, and I moved here, the community had either just been named Planned Community of the Year by the Urban Land Institute or was awarded the honor soon after our moving here. The community was beautiful, vibrant, and homes and lots sold like hot cakes.

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.

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