Tellico Village residents will soon have the opportunity to elect who represents them on the Tellico Village Property Owners Association Board of Directors.
Three seats will be up for grabs as board members Mike Colacone and Cap Purvis are leaving, while incumbent Steve Schneider looks to regain his seat.
Challengers Sue English-Kovar, Marty Inkrott and Susan Kirk hope to gain enough votes from the community.
The election begins at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 3 and ends at noon Nov. 21. Election results will be announced at 2 p.m. Nov. 22. A candidate forum hosted by the Tellico Village HomeOwners Association will be 4-6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Community Church at Tellico Village.
I am running because I am committed to keeping our community vibrant, thriving, healthy and competitive across all benchmarking standards. I will take a balanced approach for evaluating future growth, maintaining property values and offering amenities that set our community apart and make us a highly desirable place to call home. We must plan well for our current and future infrastructure needs as we continue to grow. I will apply fiscal responsibility that employs a balanced approach using debt as appropriate, while building reserves.
My husband, Mark, and I bought property in Tellico Village in 2005 and built our home in 2014. We enjoy the range of amenities our Village has to offer. We’re lucky to have our son, Andrew, who is an athletics media relations director for the University of Tennessee, living nearby in Knoxville.
I have been actively involved in our community since our arrival in 2014. We became members of the Tellico Village HomeOwners Association and New Villagers. I joined the New Villagers activity committee that I led in 2016. In 2018, I served as the HOA president, after holding vice president social and vice president program positions. As past president, I am the HOA liaison to the Long Range Planning and Architectural Control committees. I am vice president of the 250-plus member Illinois Club.
I have 30-plus years of experience managing projects and programs that provided new and enhanced functionality across a $20 billion global health care corporation.
My wife, Carol, and I moved to Tellico Village three years ago. I retired after 36 years at Marathon Petroleum Company where I was an active leader in technology. I have many years of experience negotiating contracts, strategic planning, project management and developing/managing budgets that can be effectively applied to the POA board. I was also a board member of a nonprofit organization, A Kid Again, for eight years.
I am president of New Villagers, an organization I believe sets Tellico Village apart from other retirement destinations. I am active in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, where I am a cantor and sing in the choir. My wife and I are living the active lifestyle that drew us to Tellico Village in the first place. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful and amenity-filled community and I want to do my part in continuing to improve this “piece of paradise” we are blessed to call home.
I believe there are opportunities to draw us all closer together to a common purpose. That includes sustaining the first-class amenities we enjoy today, adding amenities where warranted, ensuring our infrastructure — roads, water, sewer and buildings — is maintained and adequate for a growing population and not raising monthly fees more than necessary.
We can improve operational transparency with better communication so residents are informed and have input on board decisions. With the updated long-range plan being submitted later this year, we need sound business cases for capital project approvals as well as strong project management processes to keep projects on time and budget.
A native of upstate New York, I have lived with Mike, my husband of 37 years, in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. We moved to Tellico Village from Florida in February 2017.
I was elected to the city council of a small Florida coastal city for two terms and was twice selected as vice mayor by the council. In this capacity, I dealt with the fiscal, personnel and infrastructure issues of a community similar in size to Tellico Village. I also served on several inter-governmental boards and committees dealing with regional issues such as the routing of power transmission lines and an expressway bypass, the establishment of minimum flow levels for district water sources and negotiations for the adoption of a nature refuge involving several state and federal agencies as well as private landowners. I received a gubernatorial appointment to the local county hospital board.
This experience has given me management and leadership skills I would bring to the POA board. I have the ability to gather information, listen to opposing arguments, make objective evaluations and seek consensus in resolving contentious issues.
I have always served my community in various civic organizations. As a Tellico Village resident, I have continued to do so. I am chairwoman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, a firefighter and Emergency Medical Services responder with the Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department, and have served as vice chairwoman of the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee. I volunteer for A Thyme for Herbs garden club and am a graduate of the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy.
My wife, Debbie, and I have been residents of the Village for three years and are enjoying retirement. Debbie is an avid mah jongg player and as a member of the Tellico Village Men’s Golf Association, I am on one of our fine golf courses several times each week.
Over the past 19 months, I have had the pleasure of representing the property owners of the Village as a member of the POA board. I have remained true to my commitments of assuring the operational security of our infrastructure, maintaining our existing amenities and supporting the development of a long-term strategic plan.
In addition to the ongoing maintenance of our amenities, our reserve funds must be rebuilt to fiscally responsible levels. The POA needs directors who have the necessary skill sets to effectively prioritize and direct the general manager to meet the needs of the property owners.
My 35-year career with Alcoa and Century Aluminum included various operations finance, procurement and an executive management position as the senior vice president chief accounting officer for a $1.5 billion public company. My responsibilities included financial planning and analysis, internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, procurement and capital project management.