The Lake Barcroft Board and Committees:
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.
Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month via Zoom since the pandemic began. All regular Board meetings begin at 7:30 pm and are open to community members.
Director, (term/term expires), Assignments:
Joe Kennedy, (2nd term, 1st year),
Brian Allen, (3rd term, 2nd year), Architectural Review Committee
Jeff Connor-Linton (1st Term/1st Year), Enviornmental Quality/WID Liaison
Brenda Pierce (1st Term, 2nd Year Water Safety
Michael Monfort, (2nd term, 2nd year), President
Diane Weeks, (2nd term, 2nd year), Communications & Publications Co-Chair
Nikki Steele, (1st Term, 1st Year), Special Events
Alis Wang - (1st term, 2nd year), Vice President
Jim Simonson (1st term, 1st year), Treasurer
Ed Davis (1st term, 1st Year) Community Safety (Chair) Water Safety (Co-Chair)
Larry Hoffer, (1st term, 1st year), Publications & Communications Co-Chair
George Waters, (3rd term, 2nd year), Maintenance & Improvements
Janet Kerley (2nd term, 2nd year), Secretary & Volunteer Efforts
Photos/Election statements of Board members:
BRIAN ALLEN ran for LBA board to participate in the neighborhood activities and also as a way to get to know and interact with more of our neighbors. He has served on prior neighborhood and community boards and currently serves on the fundraising board for the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Boys and Girls Scholarship Trust organizing the annual fundraising regatta on the Chesapeake Bay beach September. He has participated on advisory boards for the architecture and design industry over the past decade and most recently for the college of architecture at Virginia Tech interacting with the administration and student body.
Prior experience on community boards provided knowledge and experience with the committee decision making process and consensus building process. His degree is in architecture and interior design and he has an interest in community planning aspects and the project planning process. These prior positions have required organizing committee meetings, community petitions coordination with county and civic organizations as well as planning large events upwards of 200 people.
His wife Jennifer, one-year-old daughter Grace Elizabeth, and dog Misha have lived in the neighborhood since January 2014. He has his wife are both architects and designers and we were drawn to the neighborhood because of the unique landscape and features and the eclectic architecture. When time permits they try to enjoy the beautiful scenery with family walks and paddling on the lake. Other hobbies include sailing, classic cars and in general tinkering around the house.
Larry Hoffer - I’m honored to be a member of the LBA Board. My husband Wayne and I moved to Lake Barcroft over five years ago. Like so many, we were immediately mesmerized by our surroundings, but then we were awed by the immense sense of community that characterizes Lake Barcroft. Since I am always one who looks to give back as much as I get, I’ve served the community for the last 2+ years as editor of the Lake Barcroft Newsletter, the primary method of communicating with all LB residents. We’ve been truly committed to being as inclusive as possible with the content and people we feature, and I’ve been gratified by the feedback we’ve received. In my “real job,” I serve as President and CEO of the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, a small trade association representing companies that sell woodworking machinery, tools, and supplies. I’ve worked in the association management sector nearly my entire career, except for a stint as a personal chef and caterer. I work with boards of directors every day, and in June 2020 I completed five years on the board for Association Media & Publishing (AM&P), which represents communicators and marketers working for and with associations, and was honored to serve as AM&P President from 2018-2019. This volunteer experience has helped me better understand the vital relationship between a board and the community it serves. As an LB board member, I'm committed to continuing to nurture the community spirit that is such a hallmark of Lake Barcroft, through special events, various communications mechanisms, and a lasting sense of pride in the community. I’m also determined that the immense diversity of our community—in terms of race, sexual/gender identity, age, etc.—is celebrated and respected in all that the LBA does.
Nikki Steele - I am a Northern Virginia native and moved here into our dream neighborhood with my wife and two children just over a year ago. Growing up in Springfield, Virginia by another lake, I am excited to see my own children grow up with similar memories and appreciation for nature that I experienced.
I graduated from George Mason University with degrees in Accounting and Finance. From there my wife and I moved to Houston, Texas so she could attend school. In Houston, I worked as the administrator at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston. This is where I discovered that I am passionate about working in the non profit sector and went back to school to earn a Masters degree in Non Profit Management. This was the busiest time in my life—juggling a full time job, the birth of our first child, and completing my Masters. I am currently building my Bookkeeping business and taking care of our two small children.
Like many other families COVID has dramatically changed our daily lives. While we are all home, I appreciate even more this wonderful community. It has been a pleasure to see the community come together safely in a time when “getting together” is difficult. Our family was looking for a way to further connect with the community and we added a Little Free Library in our yard. I hope this will help us share our passion for reading with the community and a way to further connect with the community.
I believe my unique experiences would make me an ideal candidate for the Board. I understand the importance of protecting this beautiful lake and the importance of community, especially during these times. I look forward to the opportunity to serve my community.
DIANE WEEKS: We moved to Lake Barcroft in 1994 from Capitol Hill. We didn’t know much about the neighborhood at the time but soon realized it was the best move we could have possibly made. We were surrounded by involved, friendly neighbors who have become life-long friends. Both my daughter Madeline and son Henry especially thrived in the carefree outdoor-oriented environment. They both went through Belvedere, Glasgow and Stuart and had a great experience and solid education. While they were in school, I was very involved with the PTSA, athletic boosters and fundraising.
I am a member of the Woman’s Club and was on the Lake Barcroft Board for two years. I’ve been involved with GeesePeace and our dog Scout was trained and is now the Lake Barcroft GeesePeace dog. And then there’s Section 1’s busy social calendar of beach barbeques, happy hours, Oktoberfests and other random events like ‘it just snowed three feet so let’s meet at Beach 1 and have hot cider.’
I worked in publishing for 30 years and am now working in the computer security field. I’ve always admired the volunteer spirit of Lake Barcroft and now that I have more time, I look forward to the chance to participate as a Board member and serve the community that has given my family so much.
MICHAEL MONTFORT: My wonderful wife Chris and I have lived in Lake Barcroft since 2002. Two years ago, we moved to our second Lake Barcroft home. We’ve raised two children and one hamster here. Through the years, we have all enjoyed the Lake, the friendly neighbors, the tranquil environment, and all the other things that go into making Lake Barcroft such a nice place to live. I’d like to serve on the Board to contribute to strengthening this special community.
My interests include local government issues relating to the Lake and the surrounding community, including schools, traffic and pedestrian access. I’m also interested in outreach for Lake Barcroft volunteer and social activities.
I was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. and my wife, Chris, was born in Taiwan. An aspect of Lake Barcroft we both value is the tolerance and fairness among the people we’ve met here. I hope to continue that community spirit on the Board.
I was introduced to Lake Barcroft through relatives. When it was time to buy a home, and settle down we knew Lake Barcroft was the place. I work as an attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and previously served in the national tax office at Ernst & Young. I believe my legal and tax background may be helpful in dealing with issues that come before the Board. Personally, I enjoy cycling, scouting and sports activities with my children and church activities.
JEFF CONNOR-LINTON is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Georgetown University, where, over the course of 30 years, he was Department Chair, Head of Applied Linguistics, Director of the MA-TESL program, and Dean of Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Past President and Secretary-Treasurer of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.
Jeff and his wife, Kate, an international trade analyst, moved to Lake Barcroft from Arlington in 2013. They have two daughters: Ellie is a pediatric ICU nurse and Jessie is a farmer. Jeff is now a musician, looking forward to getting back to bars, breweries and weddings. During the pandemic, he has split way too much firewood.
ALIS WANG - Alis moved to Lake Barcroft in 2015 after being drawn to the woodsy neighborhood and beautiful lake. She ran for the LBA Board to get more involved with the neighborhood and to continue making Lake Barcroft a great place to live. This term, she is serving as Secretary and Chair of the Membership Committee, as well as the point of contact for External Affairs issues. Alis is also a member of the Fairfax County Human Services Council, a volunteer with the Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and a Board Member of the Bailey’s Crossroads Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC). She is looking forward to serving the community!
I worked for the US House of Representatives for twelve years and then for many years for a nonprofit advocacy group, Common Cause. In between those jobs, I went back to school and received a masters degree from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
For the last few years, I’ve been writing the Milestones section of the Lake Barcroft newsletter, chronicling events in the lives of the people in our community.
I spent many years coaching and on the board of the Mason District Little League, my last four years as president. I was treasurer of the Justice Choral Boosters for three years. In recent years, Sara and I have been delivering food for the ACCA food bank.
Our neighborhood has a beautiful lake and a vibrant, full-of-life suburban forest. But we also live in an area that has become more urbanized, bringing with it environmental stresses and "urban" problems (such as car break-ins, which I am all-to-familiar with living in DC in the 70s and 80s - love the city anyway). As a board member, I hope I can work with others to maintain our unique setting while being good neighbors to the community around us.
Wherever I have traveled, it is always a joy to be back in the Lake. I hope that serving on the board will allow me to play a small role in keeping the community a place we all want to get back to everyday.
BRENDA PIERCE - Brenda Pierce and her husband, Dan Ballew, moved to Lake Barcroft from Arlington about three years ago. We were immediately impressed by the community spirit of LB. Though we loved our neighbors in Arlington, Lake Barcroft was an order of magnitude more welcoming, more inclusive, and more organized than anywhere else we've lived. We immediately joined the Newcomers Club, participated in various LB events, including volunteering at a number of gatherings, such as Community Night Out. I am impressed by the sense of community here, in the truest sense of the word - from the Village, which supports folks staying in their homes as long as possible, to every conceivable social event. Because this community has become so special to us, I felt it was time to take on more, and serving on the Board seemed like a good way to do that and give back.
I am recently retired from 35 years of service with the Federal Government. I was a scientist for many years, and then moved to science management, which included communication and outreach, both domestically and internationally. I had the good fortune to work at the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service and ending my career as Director of International Affairs at NOAA. Since retiring, I started my own business, which focuses on antiques and vintage goods, and transitioning families or individuals to the next phase of their lives by helping them downsize, reorganize, or just take stock of what they have and where they want to be.
JAMES M. SIMONSON is the Associate Director/Director of Operations at the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Mr. Simonson has thirty years of developing, analyzing, and managing budgets on the Federal, State, County, and local levels. He has supported presidentially appointed individuals, State Senate and House of Representatives, Mayors, Chairs of County Commissions, and other elected officials in establishing funding levels for critical public services. Mr. Simonson managed the budgets of two Federal agencies for almost 15 years with a combined total appropriation of $27 billion. This included a $2 billion increase in the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Justice Assistance Grant Programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and a sustained increase in funding for the Office for Victims of Crime’s appropriations from $771 million in FY 2014 to $4.5 billion in FY 2018. Mr. Simonson assisted in establishing a grantee reporting system for performance measures that increased use of data to demonstrate impact of funding. This led to increased Congressional appropriations. He built strategic partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and state administrative agencies to establish meaningful performance indicators for the Department of Justice’s largest law enforcement funding stream. This demonstrated the impact of funding on State and local law enforcement agencies in the nation. Mr. Simonson helped create the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Tribal Financial Management Center. The center provides training, technical assistance, and resources to support American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to strengthen their capacity to successfully manage the financial aspects of their Federal awards. Mr. Simonson manages $35 million in contracts on behalf of the Department of Justice to secure services for information technology systems, training and technical assistance, strategic planning, and clerical and logistical support.
Prior to joining OVC, he served as the Budget Director for the DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance for nearly 10 years. Before working on budget and management issues, Jim served as a Program Manager in the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He joined DOJ in 1989, as a Grant Monitoring Specialist with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a position he held for 2 years. Previous to his Federal service, Mr. Simonson was the Chief Legislative Analyst for the Miami-Dade County Commission; Director of Programs Operations for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association; and Legislative Assistant in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Mr. Simonson was also a student intern in the Irish Parliament for the Office of Deputy Dick Spring, T.D., Leader of the Irish Labor party.
Mr. Simonson holds M.A. and B.S. degrees, both in political science, from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. In July 1993, Mr. Simonson was selected for a fellowship with the Legislative Staff Management Institute at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Mr. Simonson is active in his community – elected as the President of the St. James School Parent Teacher Organization; elected President of the Board of Directors for the Sleepy Hollow Bath and Racquet Association. Mr. Simonson is an Assistant Patrol Leader for Boy Scout Troop 681. He coaches youth baseball, soccer and hockey.
GEORGE WATERS and his wife Cindy, together with then four year old daughter Caitlin, moved to Lake Barcroft 20 years ago and he looks back on that move as a wonderful life-changing decision. He was initially elected to the Board in 1997 and served for six consecutive years as allowed by the LBA By-Laws including terms as Environmental Committee Chair, Membership Chair and President.
During his term as President perhaps the most contentious issue faced by the Association in decades was the development of Parcel A where the defunct Lake Barcroft Recreation Association’s tennis court and pool were located. With the help of seasoned Board members, he oversaw and helped negotiate the agreement that was eventually reached which required compromise and understanding of stridently held views of opposing sides.
After being term limited, he volunteered to chair the ad hoc Traffic Committee for a number of years. That committee’s work led to the installation of four new consensus based stop signs and the rejection of an equal number where there was not consensus. George was subsequently asked to serve as Co-Chair of the Maintenance and Improvements Committee.
Following in the footsteps of his hero and mentor, the late Ernie Rauth who chaired the M&I Committee for decades, George accepted this assignment and began an aggressive repair and construction campaign creating a large cadre of volunteer carpenters who built new boat racks, railings on Lakeview Drive, and a total renovation of the Woman’s Club Bridge (credit for the ramp there goes to the WID) among other projects while also overseeing LBA’s hired landscaping crew and other contractors.
JOE KENNEDY - My wife, Jeanette, and I came to Lake Barcroft over eight years ago to start a family. We now have a boy and a girl. We first found out about the Lake through meetings of the Hawaii State Society at the home of Tom and Trippi Penland. Two years ago we and some neighbors started an annual block party for our end of Beachway Drive. Our favorite activity is taking friends out on the lake. We get great pleasure in giving them this experience.
I have worked on public policy issues as both an economist and an attorney for over 30 years. Some of my past jobs include General Counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and Chief Economist for the Department of Commerce. I currently work half-time for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, where I am a Senior Fellow. I also do consulting work on various projects.
I have had some experience helping run organizations. I served on the Condominium Board of Windgate Villate III in Shirlington for several years, including roughly four as President. During that time, the community had to replace all of its roofs and outside plumbing due to faulty materials in the original construction. I also served for six years, two as president, for a local homeless shelter, now known as Bridges to Independence. During my time as president, we undertook a search to replace the retiring executive director and began the initial efforts at what turned out to be a new building and expanded space.
Jeanette and I intend to live here another 30 years. During that time I hope to help the community improve and grow into a stronger, closer neighborhood that can serve as a model to others.
JANET KERLEY: I moved to Lake Barcroft in 2003 from “up the street” on Oakwood Drive. I was intrigued by the sailboats on the street signs nearby and after exploring the Lake Barcroft neighborhood, moved six blocks to Tallwood Terrace. The community offered this Foreign Service family an anchor where my children and grandchildren could enjoy kayaking, swimming and family time. I immediately became involved in community activities when Shirley Timashev asked me to take on running the Ice Cream Social which I did for nine years, with Charlotte Flounders joining to co-chair the event. The Ice Cream Social became a family affair with my daughter and grandsons volunteering year after year and making fast friends. It also introduced me quickly to the wide range of people who make up this unique community.
I write the Milestones Column in the Lake Barcroft Newsletter to spotlight our talented neighbors, especially our youngest achievers. This year I began working with Nuril Kingsley and others on the dinners and dialogue about diversity in Lake Barcroft. Recently I helped the founders of the Barcroft Families for Playground Awesomeness (BAFAPA) connect with resourceful Lake Barcroft people who could support their cause. (Please add toys for grandparents in the playground, Jon). I helped with membership at the start of the Lake Barcroft Village and this fall I worked with Ron Karpick in conducting the second annual survey of the LBV members.
In my non-Lake Barcroft time, I work full time in international development. I was a federal employee with the US Agency for International Development and Peace Corps. Now retired from government, I continue to work with a management consulting firm on programs around the world. I have worked for the community in many ways, always with the goal of helping connect neighbors to create a cohesive supportive community and if elected to the Board, would continue to work on this goal.