2018 Board of Directors Candidates

Here are the questions asked of the 2018 candidates:

  1. What special expertise do you offer that relates to serving on OVA Board?
  2. How would you improve communications and ensure transparency among the Board, Committees, and community?
  3. How have you resolved conflicts within a group that resulted in positive outcome?

NOTE: These are not the questions that were asked at the Candidates Forum.

NOTE: The order of the candidates was picked randomly per OVA Election Policy.

NOTE: All profiles updated with “Candidate Statement” on 2/26/2018.

Meet the Candidates

[showhide type=”marianne-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Marianne Neufeld’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Marianne Neufeld’s Bio from Oakmont News”] When I moved to Oakmont in 2005, volunteering became a passion, especially helping to make life easier for my fellow Oakmonters. I obtained non-profit status for the Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, a lifeline for our homebound seniors, and I serve as coordinator, driver and board member. I initiated “Drive Within Oakmont,”and chaired the Architectural Committee for 4 years, supervised revision of Guidelines & Standards, and chaired the Landscape Improvement Committee designing and supervising many projects.   My professional career included owning a successful antiques imports business for 25 years and simultaneously managing Neufeld Vineyards.  Before moving to Santa Rosa, I was a legal secretary, paralegal, office/business manager for a large San Mateo firm for 20 years. [/showhide]

[showhide type=”marianne-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″] My management, financial and legal skills encompass everything a Board member needs to effectively serve.  It’s important to renew our focus on the specific and primary purpose of Oakmont according to our Articles of Incorporation…to provide athletic, recreational and club facilities for the use of members and guests and do what is necessary to attain this purpose. The board has a fiduciary responsibility to keep our recreation and activity centers in A-one condition and allocate sufficient space to satisfy popular demand for new athletics facilities. I will work to steer Oakmont on this course.  My business acumen and my determination to preserve Oakmont as it is meant to be make me the Board member Oakmont needs.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”marianne-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″]Communication is key to unity of the board and community as a whole.  The only way to solve an issue is open discussion with transparency.  Communication must be honest and respectful to generate trust throughout the community, allowing board members to act on the issues before them. Volunteers are pillars of our community; we must respect them and their service.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”marianne-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]As Chair of Architectural Committee, I have personally assisted in resolving neighbor vs. neighbor disputes.  I have solved problems between residents and their HOAs, helped residents comply with CC&Rs, and assisted owners needing to remedy landscape violations.  I have effectively used open, honest discussion to resolve conflicts.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”marianne-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]When I moved to Oakmont in 2005, volunteering became a passion, especially helping to make life easier for my fellow Oakmonters. I obtained non-profit status for the Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, a lifeline for our homebound seniors, and serve as coordinator, driver and board member. I chaired the Architectural Committee for 4 years and chaired the Landscape Improvement Committee 2 years. My professional career included owning a successful antiques imports business for 25 years and simultaneously managing Neufeld Vineyards. Before moving to Santa Rosa, I was a paralegal and office/business manager for a large San Mateo firm.
My management, financial and legal skills encompass everything a Board member needs to effectively serve. It’s important to renew our focus on the specific and primary purpose of Oakmont according to our Articles of Incorporation…to provide athletic, recreational and club facilities for the use of members and guests and do what is necessary to attain this purpose. The board has a fiduciary responsibility to keep our recreation and activity centers in A-one condition and allocate space to satisfy popular demand for new athletics facilities. I will work to steer Oakmont on this course. My business acumen and determination to preserve Oakmont as it is meant to be make me the Board member Oakmont needs.
Communication is key to unity of the board and community as a whole. The only way to solve an issue is open discussion with transparency. Communication must be honest and respectful to generate trust throughout the community, allowing board members to act on issues.
As Chair of Architectural Committee, I have personally assisted in resolving neighbor disputes, solved problems between residents and their HOAs, helped residents comply with CC&Rs, and assisted owners needing to remedy landscape violations. I have effectively used open, honest discussion to resolve conflicts.[/showhide]


[showhide type=”almedeiros-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Al Medeiro’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Al Medeiro’s Bio from Oakmont News”]My wife Connie and I moved to Oakmont in October 2015. We believe it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I’ve spent the last 50 years in senior technical and management positions with several different companies. My most challenging assignment with IBM was providing technical support to our 100 largest customers, troubleshooting and resolving complex problems. I dealt with people with all levels of technical expertise, kept everyone informed and working together until we found a solution. Here in Oakmont, I’ve put these skills to use by volunteering to do house calls for people with PC problem and began within a few weeks of moving here. I’m also beginning to assist in and eventually teach classes in the Oakmont Technology Learning Center.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”almedeiros-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″]My background in problem solving and working with people gives me solid skills to serve as a director. I will draw on my career knowledge to define and understand a problem before attempting to design a solution.  The Berger Project and the OVA’s relationship with the Oakmont Golf Club are examples of  complex challenges that will require directors to understand all the pieces of the puzzle before arriving at a solution. I pledge to do that. And just as important, I pledge to do it openly in front of the membership.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”almedeiros-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″]Communication between the board and membership must  improve. I believe in open, honest dialog with no hidden agendas. I would be available for fireside chats, meeting with individuals or groups of members, addressing issues and concerns through email and any other private communication medium. I would propose creating a place on our website where people can ask questions, express concerns and receive a response.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”almedeiros-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]I am not an expert on conflict resolution, but I am a data person. Therefore, I look at available information and try to find a set of facts we can all use to move forward from that common ground. Being on the board is an opportunity to serve and at the same time enhance and protect the amazing assets we all enjoy in Oakmont.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”almedeiros-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]Connie and I were drawn to Oakmont on our first visit because we witnessed an active lifestyle and impressive facilities. We arrived in October 2015 and believe it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever  made.   With a career in senior technical and management roles, I believe I am well positioned to serve Oakmont  as a director. My most challenging assignment with IBM was providing technical support to our 100  largest customers, troubleshooting and resolving complex problems. I gained valuable skills in keeping  teams informed, focused, and collaborative until we found a solution. I’ve used those same skills here as  a volunteer making house calls for people with computer problems. Every call teaches me something  new, not just about computers, but about the vibrancy of this amazing community.   I’ve consistently attended board meetings to keep informed on current and proposed  projects. I  recognize our good fortune to have so many volunteers in Oakmont with professional and diverse  experience. They provide free useful services, and help us define project requirements as well as cost efficient options. When decisions are made, directors must exhibit sound judgment and explain the  reasons behind the decisions.  In my career, I always followed this simple rule – don’t create problems, solve them. That same  philosophy will guide me as an OVA director. I believe the board should continue to explore, encourage  and support new activities that are requested by members.  We must tend to our business at hand and  still make prudent decisions for the future. All business that should be done in open meeting must be  done in open meetings. Above all, directors must execute their fiduciary responsibilities and always act  in the best interest of the association, putting Oakmont first. We need to all work together to get things  done for the community we love.[/showhide]


[showhide type=”karenoswald-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Karen Oswald’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Karen Oswald’s Bio from Oakmont News”]With 40 years experience in organizational development, I specialized in turnaround situations. Highly responsible and well-organized, with a track record of results, I am a motivational leader, team player and understand  all aspects of day-to-day operations, policies and procedures, contracts and financial management and funding, successfully securing over 300 million dollars. I have worked with private industry, government and military services, as well as private, public and  non-profit corporations.  Some of my clients have included: US Department of State, the US Department of Defense, Federal Office of Emergency Assistance (FEMA), and branches of law enforcement. I have served on numerous Boards, Task Forces and Advisory Councils. OVA Involvement: Member – Board Member; Liaison to the Central Park, Landscape Improvement, and Architectural Committees; Member Personnel.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”karenoswald-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″]Having both worked and resided overseas in multi-cultural and international settings, I am familiar with the diversity issues that often divide people into hostile factions and I possess the skills to bridge those gaps and create positive working environments. One of my strongest skills is the ability to successfully develop strong working teams of people from diverse cultural, ethnic, economic. religious, and philosophic backgrounds. I am a certified Hostage Negotiator and Trainer.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”karenoswald-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″]By developing and implementing uniform and consistent policies and procedures across all committees ensuring  minutes and  reports are presented openly on a monthly basis; ensure a diverse membership on committees with term limits; continue publishing Board updates in each issue of Oakmont News, as well, as regular updates by committees;  attend Committee meetings to be aware of progress, setbacks  or conflict, and help facilitate open communication; encourage open attendance for committees.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”karenoswald-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]As President of the American Women’s Club, I inherited a organization suffering from division and disagreements among groups and committees. By utilizing my conflict resolution and negotiation skills to resolve differences  and find workable win-win solution, I was able to unite g longtime residents with  those new arrivals  to help them facilitate the difference in culture, language, and customs, such as navigating the Socialist Medical System or obtain residency.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”karenoswald-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]With over 40 experience in organizational development, I have a proven track record of creating resultsoriented organizations. I have been responsible for all aspects of day-to-day operations, regularly supervising staff(s) of 100+. My Leadership style is influential and motivational, as well as building cooperative teams. I am highly responsible, well organized, and self-motivated. I have served and Chaired numerous Boards, Task Forces, and Advisory Councils, locally, nationally and internationally.

Enact the Leadership, Responsibility, and Stewardship, inherent in the “Duty of Loyalty” by:  Acting in the Best Interests of all Oakmont Residents, without being swayed by Special Interests or “Squeaky Wheels”  Utilizing the “Voices of Oakmont” and Letters to the Board to address Residents Concerns  Considering Recreational Amenities: Reading, Gardening, Fitness, Computers, Arts, Animals, etc.

Restore Trust/Civility by:  Modeling Respect of Residents, Staff, and Fellow Board Members  Honoring Campaign Commitments  Ensuring that Staff and Volunteers are provided Training to understand Roles, Charters, Responsibilities, and Behaviors are Professional and Adhere to our Legal Obligations

Support Transparency/Fiscal Responsibility by:  Basing Decisions on Complete, Researched, Reviewed, and Accurate Costs, for all Projects and Openly Discuss my Reasoning  Comprehensive Videotaping of Board Meetings, with a written synopsis in each Oakmont News  Making the Community aware of the OVA Reserves and its Implications  Ensuring the Community is aware that, legally, the Oakmont News is an in-house Corporate Newsletter and the Board of Directors must make certain does not violate legal or ethical issues

Repair/Upgrade/Restore Oakmont Facilities by:  Moving Forward with the Long Needed Burger Remodel, as Desired and Established by the Majority of Oakmont Residents (“Voices of Oakmont” and BAC Options Resident Reviews)  Making sure Appropriate and Timely Maintenance is completed  Ensuring Safety concerns and ADA upgrades are implemented in all OVA Facilities [/showhide]


[showhide type=”tkendrick-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Tom’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Tom’s Bio from Oakmont News”]Tom Kendrick and his wife Barbara have lived in northern California for nearly three decades. Tom has held leadership positions with companies, universities, volunteer organizations, and professional societies. He spent 20 years with Hewlett Packard and has over 40 years of management experience with HP, Visa, DuPont, and other companies. He retired in 2017 as program director for the UC Berkeley Extension and continues to teach business courses there. Tom is the author of Results without Authority, How to Manage Complex Programs, and several other business books. Tom has an MBA in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and engineering degrees from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a past president of the 2,500-member Project Management Institute Silicon Valley Chapter.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”tkendrick-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″]I have extensive experience serving as an officer on volunteer boards for nonprofits and professional societies. I’ve never resigned from a board and have often been asked to serve additional terms. Working in engineering and project management, I’ve been successful in leadership positions where I had responsibility for getting results from diverse groups but had little direct authority over the team members who performed the work. [/showhide]

[showhide type=”tkendrick-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″]I believe that open communication is the foundation for trust and respect. The board of an organization dependent on volunteer effort must use every reasonable means to ensure that all volunteers and other stakeholders know what is going on, through written communications, meetings, and open discussions. Listening to people, treating them with respect, trusting their abilities and efforts, and expressing gratitude for what they do are essential to smooth operations and getting things done.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”tkendrick-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]Disagreements are inevitable with diverse groups. Effectively managing this requires creating an environment in which people can disagree without being disagreeable. When differences arise, individuals need opportunities to express their thoughts without interruption. Once everyone’s views have been heard, you can begin to develop proposals that draw from all inputs, striving for consensus based on criteria that matter to all – such as overall cost, group values, and long-term goals.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”tomkendrick-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]With my wife Barbara, I’ve lived in northern California for nearly three decades. I’ve held leadership positions with companies, universities, volunteer organizations, and professional societies. I spent 20 years with Hewlett Packard and have over 40 years of management experience with HP, Visa, DuPont, and other companies. I recently retired as a program director for UC Berkeley Extension and continue to teach business courses there. I’ve written many business books, including Results without Authority, and How to Manage Complex Programs. I have an MBA in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and engineering degrees from Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

 I have extensive experience as an officer on volunteer boards for nonprofits and professional societies and am past president of the 2,500‐member Project Management Institute Silicon Valley Chapter. I’ve never resigned from a board and have often been asked to serve additional terms. Working in engineering and project management, I’ve been successful in leadership positions where I had responsibility for getting results but little direct authority over the contributors performing the work.

Open communications are the foundation for trust and respect. The board of an organization dependent on volunteer effort must use every reasonable means to ensure that all volunteers know what is going on, through written communications, meetings, and open discussions. Treating people with respect, trusting their abilities, listening, and expressing gratitude for what volunteers do are essential to results.

Disagreements are inevitable with diverse groups. Managing this requires an environment where people can disagree without being disagreeable. When differences arise, individuals need opportunities to express their thoughts without interruption. Once everyone’s views have been heard, you can develop proposals that draw from all inputs, striving for consensus based on criteria that matter to all – such as overall cost, group values, and long‐term goals. [/showhide]



[showhide type=”loneto-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Lynda’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Lynda’s Bio from Oakmont News”]I was born and raised in San Francisco. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree at UCSF, and my career has encompassed property management, oral hygiene, and community service. Moving to Oakmont in 2012 I first volunteered at Sierra Gardens, then became Head Gardener for Oakmont’s Community Garden. I am currently proudly serving on the Oakmont Board of Directors and have been at the helm of our Reserve Study and budgetary process.  Diving deep into the research of complex issues is deeply gratifying, as I feel it is most important to maintain our existing facilities while being fiscally prudent. Your vote will allow me to continue this very important work to maintain our facilities while keeping Oakmont financially healthy.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”loneto-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″]Being a Board member requires critical thinking skills, and the ability to comprehend and analyze enormous amounts of research in order to see the big picture. While serving as an OVA Director, I have proven my ability to diagnose a problem, extensively research facts, present options and work toward resolution.  As evidenced by my career choices, I enjoy and excel at being detail-oriented and thorough.  My goal is finding solutions that benefit our community as a whole.  I have no loyalties to any club or group, so I consider all possibilities before making a well-educated decision.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”loneto-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″]I consider Board Workshops an ideal vehicle for transparency. The easy give and take with the community at these forums allows for valuable dialogue in addressing issues before the Board. For our regular board meetings, I have advocated making information about the issues on our agenda available to the community in advance so that our members are well informed about what will be discussed and acted upon.  Regular and comprehensive committee reports are imperative in keeping the directors informed on committee business.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”loneto-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]I have faced a number of difficult situations. One that comes to mind concerns the many critical comments I received post evacuation about how COPE failed our community. So, as a Board Director, my solution was to organize post evacuation workshops where our residents could learn not only about how to cope post disaster, but also what our COPE and OEPC volunteers are able to provide. I spearheaded two such workshops.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”lyndaoneto-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]With my wife Barbara, I’ve lived in northern California for nearly three decades. I’ve  held leadership positions with companies, universities, volunteer organizations, and professional  societies. I spent 20 years with Hewlett Packard and have over 40 years of management experience with  HP, Visa, DuPont, and other companies. I recently retired as a program director for UC Berkeley  Extension and continue to teach business courses there. I’ve written many business books, including  Results without Authority, and How to Manage Complex Programs.  I have an MBA in finance from the  Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and engineering degrees from Princeton and the University  of Pennsylvania.
I have extensive experience as an officer on volunteer boards for nonprofits and professional societies  and am past president of the 2,500‐member Project Management Institute Silicon Valley Chapter. I’ve  never resigned from a board and have often been asked to serve additional terms. Working in  engineering and project management, I’ve been successful in leadership positions where I had  responsibility for getting results but little direct authority over the contributors performing the work.
Open communications are the foundation for trust and respect. The board of an organization dependent  on volunteer effort must use every reasonable means to ensure that all volunteers know what is going  on, through written communications, meetings, and open discussions. Treating people with respect,  trusting their abilities, listening, and expressing gratitude for what volunteers do are essential to results.
Disagreements are inevitable with diverse groups. Managing this requires an environment where people  can disagree without being disagreeable. When differences arise, individuals need opportunities to  express their thoughts without interruption. Once everyone’s views have been heard, you can develop  proposals that draw from all inputs, striving for consensus based on criteria that matter to all – such as  overall cost, group values, and long‐term goals. [/showhide]



[showhide type=”vanbockern-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Wayne Van Bockern’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Wayne Van Bockern’s Bio from Oakmont News”] I was raised in Burlingame CA and, as a young man, I joined the Marine Corp. The discipline, sense of service, dedication, and team work skills acquired in the military led me to join the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s horse posse for 11 years, serving as President and Treasurer. I began a career in sales and opened two retail stores in Aptos. Then In 1983, I started Van Bockern & Associates, a manufacturers’ agency currently operating in six states. I have extensive experience in managing employees, sales, bidding construction projects, purchasing material and paying vendor accounts. I also hold a California Heating & Sheet Metal contractors’ license. With two businesses, I have spent over 35 years successfully employing my strong organizational, customer service, and communication skills.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”vanbockern-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″]I believe I can bring my 40+ years of business skills as owner and President of 3 companies. I took a 20K investment into a multimillion dollar company. I was also able to gather products to sell on my solid reputation instead of my resume. I have held board positions as president, vice president, treasurer and membership chairperson on several industry organizations in the past 40 years. I am currently on the Oakmont Community church board as an Elder & Treasurer OVA Construction Oversight Committee, OVA COPE leader & Member –Invest Oak Club.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”vanbockern-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″]I would like to improve communications & insure transparency among the committees & community by using the business skills I have practiced over the last 40+ years. When I do not understand the problem or question I work with “this doesn’t make sense” criteria for inquiring deeper to insure you truly understand rather than assume. I would work toward having clear deadlines, accountability and work toward Oakmont websites for all to follow, posting meetings, places & times.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”vanbockern-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]I have resolved conflicts in business & personal life by trying to completely understand the problem or question that is raising the conflict. As an independent thinker & respectful person I listen to all concerned & work towards a solution. Sometimes not everyone wins. In this case use the majority rule wins.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”vonbockern-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]My wife, Linda and I have lived in Oakmont for 11 years.  I believe I can bring my 40+ years of business skills as owner and President of 3 companies to the OVA board in order to improve communications & insure transparency among the committees & community.  When I do not understand the problem or question I work with “this doesn’t make sense” criteria for inquiring deeper to insure you truly understand rather than assume. I would work toward having clear deadlines and accountability. I would suggest board members attend more committee meetings.

I have resolved conflicts in business & personal life by trying to completely understand the problem or question that is raising the conflict. As an independent thinker & respectful person I listen to all concerned & work towards a solution. Sometimes you just need to use common sense. I want to work for the majority of Oakmont.
My experience includes: hiring, managing, project construction bidding; material purchasing; managing vendor accounts; growing a client base; and developing long-term customer relationships. I took a 20K investment into a multimillion dollar company.  I was also able to gather products to sell on my solid reputation instead of my resume.
I have held board positions as president, vice president, treasurer and membership chairperson on several industry organizations.

INDUSTRY ORGANIZATIONS:
Hearth, Patio, Barbeque Association for CA/NV/HI President 1984 – 1986 Two Terms
Treasurer & Membership chairman 1986 – 1999 Member 1984 -2017
I am currently on the Oakmont Community church board as an Elder & Treasurer.
OVA Construction Oversight Committee
OVA COPE leader
Member –Invest Oak Club.[/showhide]


[showhide type=”spanier-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Steve Spanier’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Steve Spanier’s Bio from Oakmont News”]I spent over 20 years working for public and private sector high technology companies including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Sun Microsystems and, most recently, Cisco Systems. My responsibilities at Cisco included Director of Knowledge Products, where I administered a $25 million budget and oversaw the work of over 200 employees. Prior to my employment at Cisco, I founded and ran a successful Silicon Valley consulting firm that provided market research, technical marketing and training services to computer networking companies. My wife and I moved to Oakmont about five years ago and are active in many Oakmont clubs and organizations. I am President of the Oakmont Boomers Club, on the board of Oakmont’s Saturday Golf Club and a past board member of the Oakmont Sunday Symposium.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”spanier-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″]
Leadership: I’ve held a variety of leadership positions in both for-profit and non-profit environments and have worked for organizations of all sizes.
Technology: I understand and effectively use modern technology and communication techniques.
Transpartisanship: I’ve studied, advocated for and used conflict resolution, facilitation, listening and mediation techniques.
Balance: I get along well with a wide variety of personalities. I listen well and seek all representative input. I am not a fanatic about anything except integrity.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”spanier-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″]
Set up a time each week where I will be available to meet with community members.
Advocate that the BoD does not interfere with the content of the Oakmont News.
Advocate that all committees take accurate and complete meeting minutes and that these are published regularly and expeditiously.
Develop and offer a class in Oakmont to teach active listening, conflict resolution and mediation techniques.
Advocate that the board never resolves community matters outside its meetings.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”spanier-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]Yes, many times. Two examples are: 1) Helped resolve conflicts on and change the culture of the Oakmont Boomers Club board from one of conflict, dissention and dissatisfaction to one of stability, productivity and fun. 2) As part of a committee to design and create a new amenity in a consensus-governed community in which I previously lived, helped create the harmony, efficiency and productivity that resulted in a successful conclusion of the project.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”stevespanier-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]
Our community is experiencing a lack of harmony. Residents argue, sometimes heatedly. Board and staff members resign frequently and often contentiously.
With at least two potentially combustible issues on the horizon, this will worsen quickly without a solid plan and a strong leadership team to execute it.
I believe most of Oakmont’s problems result from conflict between different ideas about how Oakmont should spend money. Some think Oakmont is more or less fine as is and believe our Board should spend modestly and only when necessary to repair existing facilities. Others believe Oakmont needs new and more modern facilities to successfully compete with similar retirement communities. Between these two extremes are a variety of hybrid positions.
Because we don’t share a vision for what Oakmont should be and can’t resolve the conflicts that result from our competing visions, we’re caught in an endless cycle of futility and frustration as new Board majorities negate the work of previous Boards. As a result, everyone suffers.
If elected, I would work hard to help the Board – with community input – either validate the Board’s current mission or agree on a new one. Only then can we construct a master plan with specific actions designed to execute that vision.
I believe I have skills critical to this effort: 1) a history of leadership success, 2) knowledge of technology, finance, real estate, legal and management, 3) an even temperament, perseverance and thick skin, 4) Oakmont knowledge and experience, and 5) understanding of and practical experience with conflict resolution and negotiation.
For much more information on my platform, endorsements and qualifications, please see my website at www.steve4ovabod.org.
Please help me bring lasting civility, respect, productivity and peace to our great community. Vote Steve Spanier to the OVA board.

Thank you![/showhide]


[showhide type=”dboaz-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Dennis Boaz’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Dennis Boaz’s Bio from Oakmont News”]I reside in Oakmont with my wife, Donna, and our dog, Hachi. Member, Oakmont Tennis Club.  Driver, Oakmont Volunteer Helpers. University and post-graduate education: B.A. Fresno State University, J.D. U.C. Berkeley Law School. In 2002, I completed a teacher’s preparation program at Dominican University, necessary to obtain a California teaching credential. Adult work experience: Lawyer in California, Guam, and CNMI for 35 years (1966-2001). Favorite areas of practice: criminal law (prosecution and defense), labor grievance arbitration, and legislative law. Owner and manager of Big Yellow, a wholesale fruit and seafood co., Saipan, CNMI, 1988-1993. Teacher, South Valley High School, Ukiah, 2002-2010. Teacher’s union leader: Chair, UTA Grievance Committee and Chair, UTA Bargaining Committee, 2008-2010.  Author, Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers, (2016).[/showhide]

[showhide type=”dboaz-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″]My legal experience provides me skills for recognizing, discussing, researching, and resolving issues. I am familiar with many provisions of the governing Davis-Stirling Act; particularly those of the internal dispute resolution process–having assisted/represented OVA member Neil Lineball with his successful IDR hearing re costs of the 2017 OVA election recount.  My legislative law experience would help me to understand and apply OVA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”dboaz-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″] Improving communication within the Board and to/from committees: Act courteously and listen attentively to each member. Encourage Board members to attend committee meetings.  Board and committee transparency to community:  All meetings (including executive sessions of Board and committee meetings) and hearings should be recorded. Return open mike session to beginning of Board meetings and discuss unresolved concerns at “old business” portion of next meeting. Have Board members pen monthly articles in the Oakmont News summarizing their current work on ongoing projects and issues.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”dboaz-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]Our bargaining committee had difficulty prioritizing issues for an agenda. I suggested issuing a survey/questionnaire to teachers and used those answers to help us decide which issues to raise and when.  As CNMI legislative counsel, before completing the final draft of a bill facing opposition within the majority party, I would discuss a reluctant representative’s concerns with the representative and find language satisfying to the representative and the bill’s sponsor.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”dennisboaz-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]A few weeks ago, two friends, whose judgment I respect, asked me to run for the OVA Board. I had not  been pleased with the turmoil created by a cancelled construction contract, the resignation of a highly  valued OVA manager, the loss of skilled reporters at Oakmont News, and my experience with two  directors at an Internal Dispute Resolution Hearing. So, I decided to run. Since then, I have seen the  recording of the February 6, OVA Board meeting, and was appalled with the Board’s lack of discussion  on the Berger Action Committee’s Final Report of February 6th, and its rush to judgment. I was alarmed  by the OVA manager presiding and apparently setting the agenda. I will not accept this abrogation of  Board authority as a director. If elected, I will move to overturn the Berger project vote of February 6th  and obtain community‐wide input on the project before another decisive Board vote is taken.  My diverse legal experience of 35 years has given me the skills to work with small groups, identify and  discuss issues, analyze data, discuss reasons for opinions and conclusions, and reach reasonable  resolutions. My legislative attorney experience can be applied to drafting or amending OVA bylaws,  consistent with the Davis‐Stirling Act‐‐the governing law for common interest developments.   OVA’s Articles of Incorporation (as amended,1992) state that the “specific purpose” of OVA is to  “provide athletic and recreational and club facilities to members and their guests.” I will follow the  Articles purpose which is consistent with property appreciation. Yet, as the Oakmont Voices Survey  indicates, we residents value much more than facilities. Natural beauty tranquility, safety, and good  neighbors are more highly valued than material goals by many. My Board decisions will consider all  relevant qualities of Oakmont life.  My personal Board agenda: A leashless dog park.[/showhide]


 

[showhide type=”hklyn-bio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Heidi Klyn’s Bio from Oakmont News” less_text=”(-) Heidi Klyn’s Bio from Oakmont News”]I have known Oakmont since 1998 for my parents moved here that year and I liked it immediately. So in 2007 we made the move to this community but also maintained a home in New Mexico. Most of my career was as an Optician working in the bay area with several doctors. I also worked with fine art and antiques in the family business. My husband and I had a manufacturing company that worked with numerous silicone valley corporations, IBM, Boeing, Lockeed Martin, HP, NASA, Boeing, Stanford, Medical Companies  etc. in research and development. I am also knowledgeable in new construction and remodeling. I raised two beautiful children and have 5 grandchildren.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”hklyn-q1-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 1″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 1″]Having known Oakmont for 20 years and knowing what projects needs to be accomplished I would make wise decisions in the best interest for everyone with great integrity of looking to the future and making us great again. I have been doing events for the Oakmont Boomers Club for 6 years, am on the board of the now growing Cannabis Club, Vice President of Newcomers of Santa Rosa which has many Oakmont members, helped other clubs here and still do,  so feel I have been a big part of this community already and know how to listen and hope to make Oakmont a better place for us all.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”hklyn-q2-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 2″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 2″]We certainly need to foster a better culture of transparency with the goal to place trust between us all. Working together as a board with all the committees plus the community to find solutions increases accountability.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”hklyn-q3-toggle” more_text=”(+) Answer to Question 3″ less_text=”(-) Answer to Question 3″]Having a positive attitude all my life has in the past helped overcome many obstacles. By stepping back and focusing on the issue not your position about the issue, accepting and respecting opinions not forcing compliance works to develop a common agreement. Not jumping to conclusions or making assumptions and listening.[/showhide]

[showhide type=”heidiklyn-detailedbio-toggle” more_text=”(+) Candidate Statement” less_text=”(-) Candidate Statement”]I have lived in the Bay Area since 1964 and became familiar with Oakmont in 1998 when my parents retired here. In 2007 we moved to Oakmont but also maintained a place in New Mexico, then permanently here Sept. 2010. I raised two children and have 5 grandchildren. My husband and I had a manufacturing company working with research and development for new products for numerous silicone valley corporations, Lockeed Martin, Boeing, NASA, HP, IBM, Stanford, Medical Companies, etc. I also helped the family fine art and antique business, then became an Optician working with several practices in the bay area helping them grow. I have been involved in building projects and remodels so can visualize concepts.
I was on the first Berger Ad Hoc committee, am event coordinator 6 years for the Oakmont Boomers Club, also Vice President of Newcomers of Santa Rosa which has many Oakmont residents, and president of the Oakmont Cannabis Club, I help other clubs here as well so have been a big part of this community. Having been on numerous boards in the past I can help bring new ideas. I would like to see a culture of more transparency with the goal to implement better sources of communications to all of Oakmont, conceptual designs with financial reports, working with all the committees, to find solutions to increase accountability. I would love to see our professional writers return to our Oakmont News, have it improve, and correct projects explained by professionals, the Board and Manager not on media blogs.
Having a positive attitude all my life has helped overcome numerous obstacles. Looking from the outside in and stepping back and focusing on the issue not your position about the issue, accepting and respecting others opinions not forcing compliance works to develop a common agreement. Everyone needs to be heard and a consensus will make the decisions clear.[/showhide]

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Gloria Young My colleagues on the OVA board of directors tasked me with sending a message out to our community on the subject of civility.