The Board of Directors 2002
The Lake Barcroft Association (LBA) is a homeowner's association and the governing body for the Lake Barcroft community. The LBA Board of Directors consists of 13 directors, elected by the membership of LBA for two-year terms, with a three term limit. back to current board
Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Lake Manager's office at 6425 Lakeview Drive. All regular Board meetings begin at 7:30pm and are open to community members.
Director photo/bio/statement, (term/term expires), assignments:
Frank Aukofer , (1st/'03), Chair Publications
Peter Browne , (2nd/'04), Co-chair Water Safety/Beaches
Mac Canter , (2nd/'03), Chair Legal
Diane Davidson , (1st/'04), Chair Environmental Quality
David Feld , (2nd/'03), Vice President
Robert Foster , ('03), Co-chair Water Safety/Beaches
Garrett Green , (1st/'03), Chair Architectural Review
Barbara Bordwell Mcgrew , (1st/'04), Secretary
George McLennan , (2nd/'04), President
Sue Nixson , (1st/'03), Chair Special Events
Ralph Smalley , (3rd/'04), Chair Community Watch/Security
George Waters , (3rd/'03), Chair Membership
Karen Wehner , (1st/'04), Treasurer, Chair Finance and Audit
Photo/Biographies of Board members:
FRANK AUKOFER When Frank Aukofer moved here with his family more than 30 years ago, a friend showed them Lake Barcroft. He was impressed by the similarity to the lakes he had known and loved in his native Wisconsin, and blown away by the fact that there was such a wonderful amenity so close to the nation's capital. They lived in Annandale then and Frank said, on many occasions, that if they ever moved it would be to Lake Barcroft. That opportunity finally came four years ago, and it has proved to be everything they expected and more. They have decided to live here in retirement, and are moving to a different home.
Although Frank has no particular expertise in watershed or other lake specialties, he is a quick study and would welcome the opportunity to help protect and preserve this unique community. He also has other experiences that he believes would serve him well on the board. Frank retired in June, 2000, after 40 years as a reporter for The Milwaukee Journal and its successor newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he wound up as the Washington bureau chief. Frank served as president of the National Press Club in 1978, president and chairman of the National Press Foundation from 1980 to 1985 (still on the foundation's board), president of the Washington Automotive Press Association in 1987-'88, and as a member and secretary of the Standing Committee of Correspondents - the governing body of the daily press and wire service galleries of the U.S. Congress - in 1975-'76. During his years in Milwaukee and Washington, he covered the 1960s civil rights movement, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House, politics and national political conventions, the Persian Gulf War in 1990-'91, and many other stories in the United States and overseas. Frank and his wife, Sharlene, have four grown children and six grandchildren.
PETER BROWNE , his wife and family have lived in the Lake Barcroft community for four and a half years. They have three grown children (one at home) and two grandsons who love to visit Beach Three. Peter's wife Jackie teaches English as a second language in the Fairfax County school system. Peter spent twenty years in the US Navy on ships, in teaching positions and in Program Management. He has been in the field of satellite communications for eighteen years holding positions in sales, operations, engineering and program management. Peter served as President of the Newcomers' Club. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the George Washington University. Peter has served two years as a member of the LBA Board, the first year as a member or the Environmental Quality Committee (EQC) and the second year as the chairman. During this period he has continued the Geese Peace program and sought a balance in treating the beavers in our lake. He initiated a program of installing bat cages at the beaches and community garden to encourage the bat population and reduce the mosquito population that has become a problem with the introduction of the "tiger" mosquitoes in our area. He has started a multi-year program to remove dead trees from the common areas starting at beach five. He has also worked various environmental issues in the Lake.
MAC CANTER has made his home in Lake Barcroft since 1981. He is an attorney (JD, University of Virginia, 1976) who specializes in representing non-profit organizations. His firm, Copilevitz & Canter LLC, has over one hundred tax-exempt clients. Mac earned his bachelor's degree at Randolph-Macon College and master's degrees from Yale and GWU. He belongs to the bars of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Missouri. He has served on the LBA Board for the past two years and has chaired the association's Legal Committee and helped steer the board through a number of legal and tax related issues, including the formation of the Lake Barcroft Foundation, the Parcel A settlement and other important issues. He seeks re-election to the LBA Board to continue to offer his service to our wonderful community. Mac is married to Rhoda W. Canter, who is a management consultant. They have two daughters, Mary (18) and Eleanor (16), as well as two bichons, Willie (5) and Charlotte (2).
DIANE DAVIDSON has always wanted to live on the water. Growing up in Wisconsin, her fondest childhood memories are of family vacations "Up North" at lake resorts, or of visiting her relatives at their lake cottages. Her husband, Seth Davidson, grew up in Lake Barcroft and always wanted to own a home "on the water." Well, two and a half years ago they did it - bought a lakefront home on Pinetree Terrace and are now renovating it. But Lake Barcroft offers much more than just a beautiful lake, wildlife and recreation - it is a wonderful community that is rare to find in today's fast-paced society, especially in the DC metropolitan area.
Diane has been in the DC area since 1984, practicing communications and corporate law in private practice, at the Federal Communications Commission, Discovery Communications (The DiscoveryChannel), and at The Walt Disney Company. Diane has been very active in the Federal Communications Bar Association, including serving on its Board of Directors for three years. She was part of a special task force that established the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation, later serving on its Board of Directors, and also as its Treasurer for one year. Diane also helped the Duke Club of Washington ("DCW") become the first alumni association to join DC's Partnership in Education program, whereby DCW adopted a DC elementary school and established tutoring, reading, art and other mentoring programs for its students. Now Diane is "retired" for the time being, overseeing home renovations. Diane has also had time to enjoy meeting Barcroft residents and learning more about the neighborhood, and would like the opportunity to contribute to the community that has become such an important part of her life.
DAVID FELD is a past President of the Lake Barcroft Association, a past vice president of the Lake Barcroft Newcomers club and chairman of the LBA Environmental Quality Committee. Before moving to northern Virginia, he was the Virginia State engineer for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service. David has a master degree in water resource planning/engineering and served in the US Peace Corps in Kenya. David seeks re-election to the board to continue promotion of expanded recreational opportunities at the Lake, improved access to beaches and more community-wide events. David supports improved schools and other County services to Lake Barcroft. He actively encourages non-controversial and humane solutions to wildlife conflicts in the community. He supports developing informational materials and incentives for improved environmental quality at Lake Barcroft. David believes that the well being of communities depend upon the active interest and support of its citizens. David is a recognized leader in continuous improvement of government services. He has received the USDA Distinguished Service Award and the "Hammer" award for making government work better and cost less. David is currently President of GeesePeace, a Virginia non-profit organization building better communities through education and humane wildlife management practices, President of FPS Solutions (a software development company) and a member of the Fairfax County Adult and Community Education Advisory board.
ROBERT FOSTER has lived in the Lake since 1970. He is a frequent beach-goer and walker in the area of Beach 4. He has been a volunteer in the Community Watch and in the Bailey's School 4 H Club. He is married to Leslie Foster, an attorney, who is a member of the Lake Barcroft Woman's Club. He and his wife have two grown children who graduated from J.E.B. Stuart. Bob was Deputy Commissioner of the Youth Development and Delinquency Prevention Administration, the Executive Director of the Federal Council on the Aging (a Presidential Advisory Committee) and the Director of the American Indian, Migrant and Program Management Branches of the Head Start Bureau in the Department of Health and Human Services. Since retirement, Bob has been a consultant to Head Start, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice and to the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health and to HUD on drug-prevention in public housing. Bob considers Lake Barcroft home and wants to work to maintain and improve the quality of the community. He has served on the Board for the past five years and has worked to maintain and improve the quality of the beaches and is looking forward to continuing those efforts.
GARRETT GREEN Although Garrett Green, his wife Rashne and Portuguese Water Dog Mojo are relative newcomers as homeowners, they had been toying with the idea of "coming back" for quite a while. Both Garrett and Rashne's parent's moved to the lake when their kids were mere toddlers and both sets of parents still live here. The lure of the lake and returning to a community where he was raised was just irresistible.
Having spent over three decades enjoying the treasures of the lake, Garrett is committed to preserving the character of the neighborhood and wants to serve the community in any capacity for which he is qualified. Garrett is an attorney in Fairfax with a practice involving residential real estate and bankruptcy. Garrett has also served as the attorney for several local homeowner associations, giving him some insight and background in addressing community concerns.
Garrett believes that the LBA has the right amount of activism - playing a constructive role in the affairs of the community and dealing with the lake, beaches and related land - while showing a proper amount of restraint and not endeavoring to micro-manage our personal properties. He wants to help continue this balance.
Garrett has been an active member of the community since he returned. You may have heard his band play at one of several Barcroft newcomers parties (he's the keyboard player); seen him kayaking or sailing during the milder months; or more recently joined him and Mojo in an ice hockey game. If elected to the Board, Garrett would like to resurrect some of the activities he remembers fondly from his youth - most notably the Sunday sailboat races that pitted all generations of Barcrofters against one another in friendly competition.
BARBARA BORDWELL McGREW , a resident of Lake Barcroft seven years, brings over thirty years of organizational and public service experience to the Board. Barbara recently retired from the National Education Association, where she has worked since 1977 as an organizational development specialist; a trainer and facilitator; and an executive manager. Before that, she was director of an association providing organizational and labor relations services to public school teachers near Madison, WI. Barbara holds an M.A. in English from the State University of New York at Albany and an M.S. in Organization Development from the American University, where she now works as a student advisor and facilitator. She also is a certified executive coach and helps organizations with a myriad of human relations problems.
Additionally, she has been a VISTA volunteer, served on the boards of several community organizations, including a health cooperative and the Wisconsin Community Fund. She was on the board of the Portsmouth condominium in Washington, D.C. and has recently been elected to the board of the organization representing NEA retirees.
After moving to Lake Barcroft, she served on the Newcomers' Board. Last year, she was active in the attempt to preserve green space for children in the nearby Culmore neighborhood--an issue which had important implications for the environment and for the level of juvenile crime in our area. Barbara views service on the LBA Board as a way to give something back to the community she has come to love. Her experiences at work, in other communities, and here have equipped her to help a decision-making body use consensus and compromise so that all sides of any controversy feel heard, and solutions agreeable to all can be forged whenever possible. Barbara also is committed to making herself accessible to community residents.
GEORGE McLENNAN and his wife Debra Lee have lived in Lake Barcroft since 1987. He is a consultant specializing in retail website design and marketing. Since joining the LBA Board of Directors two years ago George has been involved in a number of community activities including: chairing the Community Security Committee; participating in the Security & Safety Task Force, which was formed to review the September 2000 drowning and determine what actions could be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future; publishing the 2001 phone directory; establishing the community Internet web site; and setting up Lake Link, the community e-mail forwarding system. Debra designs knitted wear, teaches knitting workshops, and is President of the Capital Crocheters & Knitters, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the education and arts of knitting and crocheting.
SUE NIXSON : moved to Northern Virginia from Dallas, Texas in August 1994 and discovered Lake Barcroft while she and her husband, Amon, were jogging one morning. Five years later, after detouring to live on Capitol Hill, they proudly call Lake Barcroft home. She holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Graphic Arts from Texas A&M University. Sue has spent over 20 years working in the publishing industry, predominately in the magazine industry.
She began her career at Dallas Magazine and upon moving into this area, worked at the Smithsonian Institution at Air & Space/Smithsonian Magazine. Two years ago she formed her own graphic design firm where her client list include the National Education Association, the Newspaper Association of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her volunteer activities at Lake Barcroft include working on the Lake Barcroft web site and the Newcomers Club. This past fall, she organized the first ever block party on her street, Greentree Drive. As a new board member, she will offer a point of view of the newer families moving into our community, but will always be mindful of the opinions and viewpoints of the established community. She sees the importance of incorporating the wonderful traditions that have taken place here for so many years (community events, etc.) with the perspectives of newer residents. The combination of the two will keep our community vibrant and will allow for all residents to continue to be involved in the Lake Barcroft community.
RALPH SMALLEY and his wife, Diane and daughter Claire, have lived in Lake Barcroft for twelve years. For the past four years Ralph has served on the Board, and during the past year, as its secretary. His involvement in the community began as an active member and then President of the Newcomer Club. After Justice Thurgood Marshall's death, Ralph founded the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, which is now established as an endowment with over $60,0000, enough to award a significant scholarship every year to a graduating senior from JEB Stuart High School. During the past two years Ralph has chaired the LBA "Community Innovations" committee, which represents the Board's efforts to address larger issues in the community. In what would be his final two years on the Board, Ralph is interested in helping to develop a community consensus relating to three new ("innovative") concepts which recently were introduced and approved by the Board: first, an examination of ways that LBA and the WID can improve effectiveness and responsiveness to the community through closer organizational ties and support; second, the Board's encouragement of more activities for its members, especially seniors and teens and (c) the possible development of a community center (building). Says Ralph, "We are a wonderful, fifty-years old community; with traditions established many years ago by residents with vision and enthusiasm. But as times and needs change we should ask ourselves "are we continuing to be the kind of community we want to be?" Professionally, Ralph has worked for over twenty-five years in governmental consulting and private development. He holds master degrees in Public Administration and Urban Planning and a doctorate in Urban Studies.
GEORGE WATERS lives on Lakeview Drive with his wife Cindy, and daughter Caitlin who attends the Belvedere Elementary School. He has been a member of the LBA Board of Directors for four years and has served as President for two of those years and as Vice President for one year. During this time, the Board has addressed a number of important issues, not the least of which has been to help fashion an equitable compromise relative to the proposed residential development of Parcel A. Other positive developments that have taken place during his tenure on the Board include an updating of the Architectural guidelines, new boat racks, port-a-johns at the beaches, establishment of a non-profit foundation, successful community events including the 50th Anniversary Gala, community efforts to address the over-population of Canada geese, improvements at the beaches including what may become (when finished) a new model at Beach 1 and advocacy for the renovation of the Glasgow Middle School. He first advocated for the forthcoming debris diverter upstream of the Potterton Street Bridge and convinced Congressman Tom Davis to secure a $200,000 line federal item to pay for it.
His principal priorities remain protecting the fragile ecology of our lake, safety matters (including speeding) and, in general, trying to retain Lake Barcroft as a vibrant community where people continue to feel like they are really a part of something special. He continues to work closely with the WID on numerous issues and feels that the sound working relationship between the WID and the LBA is critical for the future of the Lake Barcroft Community. A small but important example of that can be found in the agreement he helped to broker between the LBA and the WID relative to supporting the Friends of the Lake organization.
KAREN WEHNER : Avid gardeners and do-it-yourselfers, Karen and Jim have put lots of time and energy into remodeling their Blair Road home since moving to Lake Barcroft in 1992. They love the uniqueness of the community and plan to make this their permanent home. Karen recently left the Federal Government, where she was employed for over 23 years as an attorney for the Department of Justice and most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement at the Treasury Department. While at Treasury, she developed strategies to address emerging challenges within existing financial resources and managed a multi-million dollar budget. She now has lots of time and energy to devote to the neighborhood and the community. An innovative thinker and excellent manager, Karen is interested in becoming a member of the board to build on the excellent work that has already been done in maintaining the quality of our neighborhood. She is committed to ensuring that all members of the community are informed of current issues, have an opportunity to express their priorities and concerns, and have a voice in the decision making process. While operating within our financial resources, she hopes to find creative means to further enhance and beautify our community.