The Board of Directors 2012
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 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, (term/term expires), assignments:
Rick Aldrich, (1st term, 2nd year), Architectural Review Committee
Diane Davidson, (1st term, 1st year), Maintenance & Improvements
Sally Determan, (2nd term/2nd year), President
Jim Kilbourne, (2nd term/1st year), Treasurer, Finance/Audit
Eva Kosztarab, (2nd term/2nd year), Legal
Shane Oleson, (1st term/1st year), Publications & Communications
Pat Payne, (2nd term/1st year), Water Safety/Beach
Frank Phillippi, (1st term/1st year), Community Watch/Security
J. Warren Russell, (2nd term/2nd year), Vice President
Diane Smalley, (1st term/2nd year), Special Events
Betsy Washington, (2nd term/1st year), Environmental Quality
Cindy Waters, (3rd term/2d year), Acting Secretary, Membership
Photos/Election statements of Board members:
RICK ALDRICH and his partner Javier moved to Lake Barcroft in 2005. Rick has been active in the community participating in the Happy Hour group, GLOB, Newcomer’s Club, Labor Day Games and more. On any given weekend you will see Rick and Javier swimming, kayaking, boating, windsurfing, biking, running or otherwise enjoying the benefits of living on Lake Barcroft. You probably have seen them on their boat, which sports American, Spanish and United Nations flags. Rick is an attorney who works for Booz Allen Hamilton providing consulting on cyberlaw issues to the Department of Defense and members of the Intelligence Community. Rick previously served a twenty-year career as an Air Force Judge Advocate which included submitting briefs to the Supreme Court and participating as an amicus in the first televised case of a federal appellate court. Rick was also a White House Fellowship Regional Finalist. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, he volunteers his time as a board member to help a local Congressman select nominees to the Service Academies. He is also active in the local chapter of the UCLA Law School Alumni Association. He is a published author and adjunct faculty member. Rick previously served as President of a homeowners association in Colorado and so is very familiar with the types of issues he would face if elected to the Lake Barcroft Board of Directors. If elected, Rick hopes to use his background and experience, along with his love for Lake Barcroft, to seek to ensure its safety, preserve its beauty and retain the value of our homes and community.
DIANE DAVIDSON has lived in Lake Barcroft for the past 14 years with her husband, Seth. Diane has been an active participant in the LBA community, including in Newcomers, Barcrofters and the Woman’s Club. From 2003-2007 she served on the LBA Board of Directors as Chair of the Environmental Quality Committee.
While on the Board, Diane was involved in various watershed issues relating to maintaining the quality of our Lake, including participation on the Cameron Run Watershed Citizens Advisory Group and obtaining a certification in Watershed Stewardship from Potomac Greenways Watershed Stewardship. Since 2007, Diane has been a volunteer WID Associate.
Diane is self-employed as a legal, policy and program consultant, working primarily for The Ocean Foundation, a marine conservation nonprofit. She also volunteers as a docent in the Sant Ocean Hall in the National Museum of Natural History. Prior to this, Diane practiced communications and corporate law in private practice at the Federal Communications Commission, Discovery Communications (Discovery Channel), and at The Walt Disney Company.
Diane was active in the Federal Communications Bar Association and served 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 and Seth are avid scuba divers, spending as much time as possible every August in their totally green, award-winning condo on Grand Cayman. The rest of the spring, summer and fall you can find them out on the Lake, enjoying their fabulous community with their two little white dogs, Gidget and Moondoggie.
Diane is running for the LBA Board again to contribute more to this community that has become such an important part of her life.
SARA-ANN (Sally) DETERMAN moved to the Lake in 1969 and to her present Pinetree Terrace home in 1973. Her sons went to Baileys Elementary, Glasgow and JEB Stuart. (Her youngest son was a student at Baileys when he died of leukemia.) Sally was on the original committee which created the Watershed Improvement District (WID) after the dam rebuild was required following Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972. She served for four years as the first Chair of the WID Trustees. Sally worked primarily on the myriad legal problems involved in establishing the WID, issuing the bonds to rebuild the dam, identifying and contracting for the engineering and construction of the dam, working out agreements for a major silt removal program, and helping to set up the preliminary relationships between the WID and the primary community organizations.
Sally was the first woman partner at Washington’s largest law firm, Hogan & Hartson and was very active in many professional and charitable matters, including serving on the boards (often as an officer) of the Ronald McDonald House, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (local and national), the ACLU (local and national), the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. She was elected President of the D.C. Bar and chaired a section and several committees of the American Bar Association.
Sally’s son, Dann, and his family are temporarily living with her, renting out their Pinetree Terrace home while daughter-inlaw Ada takes time out from her career to focus on their young children and additional graduate work. Dann is an attorney with the EEOC. Second son, David, lives with his family in Spotsylvania.
Sally is a recent widow and also recently retired and is looking forward to becoming more involved in Lake Barcroft activities. “Except for my family and other loved ones, there is nothing that enhances my blessed life more than living in Lake Barcroft. And it’s time once again to do what I can to give back.”
JIM KILBOURNE and his wife Diane have lived in Lake Barcroft since 1985. Their two children went to the local public schools (elementary, middle, and high school) that serve Lake Barcroft, were active in sports at the schools, and worked as lifeguards and managers at the Lake.
Jim and Diane love to get out on the Lake as often as they can, be it kayaking or canoeing, bird watching, swimming, or participating in the Spring Beach Cleanup, or end-of-summer Labor Day games. Jim has worked as an attorney for more than 30 years at the U.S. Department of Justice in the environmental area. Water quality, fish and wildlife, and land management issues are but a few of the areas his legal work has focused on.
For the past two years, Jim has been on the LBA Board and served as the Chair of the Architectural Review Committee. He was previously on the Board of Directors from 1990 to 1997, during which he worked on the environmental quality and legal committees and held several officer positions, including President for two years.
Jim looks forward to working with the other Board and committee members, and the community, to keep Lake Barcroft a special place to live.
EVA KOSZTARAB, and sons Greg and Matt moved to the Lake in 1994. Both of her sons attended Stuart High School, and Eva served as the Volunteer Coordinator and then President of the crew team at Stuart. Currently, Eva is a co-chair of Downtown Attractions for the Lake Barcroft Woman’s Club and helps to coordinate the monthly outings to museums, historic houses, etc. for the club. She previously served as Vice President and for two years as a Co-President of the Woman’s Club.
Eva has retired from a 25 year career as an attorney in her own real estate law firm Kosztarab & Clark, and now practices law part-time. She also serves on the Board of Directors for a condo association in Charlottesville, Virginia. Eva participates in many of Lake Barcroft’s activities, such as the Evening Book Club, Barcrofters, Newcomers, Woman’s Club and Barcroft Ladies Investment Program. She enjoys walking in the mornings around the neighborhood, swimming, pontooning and kayaking around the Lake. For two years, Eva served as Secretary on the Lake Barcroft Board. Currently she serves as the Legal Chair and is interested in pursuing the Board’s priorities in collection of delinquent dues, enhancement of neighborhood security and superior maintenance of our common areas. If re-elected, Eva will strive to further these priorities and continue to help the Board with legal matters.
SHANE OLESON As a military dependent, I was born in the Philippines, went to high school in Korea and traveled and lived in many places before settling into the D.C. area in 1990. I was first introduced to Lake Barcroft by my wife, Alison Ruh Oleson, in 2000 when we visited her parent’s house on Barger Drive where she grew up. Three years later we bought her parents’ house and moved into the community to start our family.
Eight years later we are on the other side of the Lake and have four kids who all enjoy growing up in Lake Barcroft with the water, beaches, parades and all the great people and friends. There really is no other place like it in the world and we feel very fortunate to be part of it.
My formal education is in business and marketing, but after college I went into the technology field and started my own web/software and creative services firm, Keymind. In 2001, I merged my company with a larger full-service consulting company, Axiom Resource Management, Inc., and continue to run it as a division.
Prior to starting my company, I held a variety of jobs including auto mechanic, construction, watchmaker apprentice, and restorer of automobiles, planes and other antique vehicles. I have also been a faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and served on the board of the Washington, DC Advertising Club and other local technology startup companies.
After living in Lake Barcroft for eight years, I have been able to experience all of the great things the community has to offer. I have also been able to witness all the hard work that the Board, WID and the great number of volunteers put into making this a special place. If chosen for the LBA Board, I would be honored to contribute my time and experience towards maintaining and continuing to mprove the quality of life at Lake Barcroft.
PAT PAYNE Patricia Payne has lived in Lake Barcroft since 1987. Pat and her partner Nancy were originally introduced to the community by (former) longtime residents John and Gena Simpson and were bedazzled by the beauty of the Lake and the warmth and congeniality of the residents.
Pat, Nancy and daughter Amanda Firestone (now a junior at Catholic University) have made their home on Mansfield Road since 1996.
Pat is a lawyer serving as outside general counsel to a wide range of businesses and nonprofits (as well as individuals) in business, finance, employment and regulatory matters. Pat brings to the community a strong background in communications (BA, University of Michigan), law (JD, Georgetown University Law Center) and finance (MBA, Johns Hopkins University).
With a career now spanning 30 years, Pat prides herself as being a “solutions provider” with unique skills to address – and resolve – the various thorny and unpleasant business and legal issues that occasionally pop up as clouds on the horizon and threaten to darken our day.
In addition to helping resolve business and employment problems, Pat has also been called upon to provide pro bono assistance to community projects including the formation of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Program (providing college scholarships to seniors at JEB Stuart High School demonstrating academic and leadership excellence) and The Wellness Community of Greater Washington, DC (with its outstanding programs that provide hope, education and support for people with cancer and their caregivers) where she now serves on the Board of Directors. Pat has also served as a Member of the Fairfax County, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Exception Review Committee (Term: 2006 -2008).
Pat is seeking to continue to contribute and serve our outstanding community through her skills and knowledge.
FRANK PHILLIPPI Until now my most valuable contribution to Lake Barcroft has been a sturdy wheelbarrow, a pitch fork and a strong back to help out during Beach One’s annual cleanup. After living here for 13 years with my wife, Sandy Udy, and daughter, Jessica, it seems time to step up my efforts with a chance to serve on the LBA Board.
By way of professional background, I am an independent video producer and writer currently working on a documentary on juvenile justice in Missouri. My freelance career has included production work on the Muhammad Ali Center, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and The Newseum in Washington, D.C. For nine years I was managing editor of video production for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and before that I taught journalism in the School of Communication at American University.
Closer to home, I have served on the board of Lincolnia Park Recreation Club and was treasurer of the PTA at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Having lived in several other neighborhoods in Arlington and Alexandria, I found that none of them compare to Lake Barcroft when it comes to a sense of community spirit and cooperation. This is certainly reflected in the hard working volunteers on the LBA Board who have been doing the planning for our community and implementing the many maintenance, beautification and public safety projects that make this such a great place to live.
The challenge for the LBA Board over the next few years is to maintain the high standards of transparency and governance that have served our community so well and made Lake Barcroft the envy of other community associations in Northern Virginia.
The Board has set an example of listening to our needs, researching options and presenting solutions that has served us well. I would like the opportunity to help continue that tradition by serving on the Board.
J. WARREN RUSSELL, and wife, Bonnie Blyth moved to Lake Barcroft 5 years ago. After retirement from the Army, he and his family left Arizona, telling their realtor to look for houses only in this neighborhood. They had been visiting friends who lived around Lake Barcroft since 1984 and knew this was an ideal place to live and call home. Since moving here, Bonnie has been active with the Lake Barcroft Woman’s Club, leading and teaching the Craft Group each month. Warren is an active member of the Newcomers Club and privileged to serve as their Treasurer for the last three years. Warren understands service. He was a career military officer, serving worldwide in the Army for 30 years, and where he commanded intelligence units at the company, battalion and brigade level. Upon retirement from the military, he went to work as the Vice President for Department of Defense Activities at HSA, a Six3 Systems Company. Warren spends most of his time as a Senior Policy Consultant for the Under Secretary of Defense, Intelligence at the Pentagon. With leadership assignments in diverse locations throughout the United States and Europe, he’s gained first-hand experience in resolving community issues and vows to review any and all issues facing our community with a fresh perspective, take a reasonable, common sense approach to problem solving and be open to new ideas that represent today’s environment. Warren appreciates the value of active volunteers, open communication and is willing to promote these values to keep Lake Barcroft a great neighborhood.
DIANE SMALLEY: Diane Smalley and her husband, Ralph, and their children, David and Claire, (now grown and living on their own) moved to Lake Barcroft in 1990. Ralph and Diane became grandparents for the first time three years ago. Diane began her career as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey, but after her family moved to Northern Virginia in 1980, she and Ralph started their own child care business, Creative Play School. After thirty years Diane continues to actively manage the two centers that are located in Alexandria. The two schools employ 35 staff and serve 200 children between the ages of 1 and 10 and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition, Diane has been an adjunct professor in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.
Diane has always been active in her community. She was on the board of her local beach community in Westbrook, Connecticut for three years. Diane served on the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Committee when it was formed by her husband Ralph. She was PTA President of Abingdon Elementary School in Alexandria and Treasurer at Belvedere Elementary for two years. She was chair of the Alexandria Early Childhood Commission and a member for twelve years. Diane has been chair, treasurer and board member of the Alexandria Child Care Directors Association as well. She continues her interest in early childhood education as a governor- appointed Commissioner on the Virginia Child Day Care Council.
Diane grew up on the beach in Ventnor, New Jersey. As a 20- year resident of this community, she loves the Lake, boating, the people and the community. In addition to Diane’s extensive management skills as a businesswoman over the past thirty years, she is particularly interested in programs for families and children that enhance the spirit of the Lake Barcroft Community.
BETSY WASHINGTON Betsy Washington has lived in Lake Barcroft since 2001, along with husband Kevin Howe, and son Joshua Howe. They were drawn to this unique community because of the Lake, and the incredible natural beauty and wildlife. Once here, they fell in love with the great sense of community that is so unique to Lake Barcroft.
Betsy has served on the LBA Board for the past two years as Environmental Quality Chair and been a member of the Newsletter staff since 2003, where she has enjoyed sharing her passion for horticulture, conservation landscaping and wildlife. She has also been an active member of the Maintenance and Improvements Committee and designed and helped implement the Beach 5 Resource Protection Area Garden that won the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council’s first place prize for best community/association garden. You can often find Betsy there doing a little weeding, pruning, and wildlife gazing.
Betsy pursues her twin passions for landscaping and teaching at George Washington University where she is head of the plants program in the Landscape Design and Sustainable Design Programs. In a “former life,” Betsy was a marine biologist and illustrator and worked on larval fishes of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts as well as of the Amazon River. She feels that her background in biology has given her a unique perspective on watershed protection, and wildlife enhancement.
When not teaching or gardening, Betsy’s favorite pastimes are swimming in the Lake with her two dogs, Lucky and ‘Pupsqueak’, aka Kayak, hiking with her family, cross country skiing, sea kayaking, yoga, and beading. Betsy would love to continue to give back to this wonderful community by working to protect our Lake and urban forest and working with others to create a comprehensive community resource on Lake Barcroft’s natural history, conservation landscaping techniques, watershed protection, and promotion and protection of our amazing wildlife.
CINDY WATERS, husband George and daughter Caitlin have lived in Lake Barcroft for 11 years. Cindy retired from the federal government in 2003 after serving almost 30 years, most of it in the Capitol Hill office of then-Senator Bill Cohen. Since retiring, Cindy has been president of the PTAs at Belvedere and Glasgow. She was president of the Woman’s Club and is now its program chair. With a B.S. in child development and family relations from Cornell, and continued interest in education issues, she serves on and was recently elected chair of the FCPS Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee. Cindy believes the greatest mistake any of us could make would be to take Lake Barcroft for granted. She feels that the Board is an important component of this community, and wants to continue the policy of LBA having a close working relationship with WID. If elected, Cindy will work hard to keep our neighborhood the amazing place it is.