Candidates 2019

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Ed Kushner

Name:

Ed Kushner

Lot number:

469

Personal Background:

My wife Gayle and I (and our Chesapeake Bay retriever, Ajax, and two parrots) have been Lake Heritage residents for over 3 years. We moved here from Connecticut. We have been vacationing in Gettysburg for over 30 years and knew that Gettysburg was where we wanted to retire. Lake Heritage jumped out as potentially a great place to live. We looked at the property on Heritage Drive, fell in love with it and bought it the next day. We have no regrets.

I retired from the Connecticut State Police after serving over 20 years
with the Department. The majority of time was spent as a Detective with the Major Crime Squad. I investigated and managed major cases including murders. I participated in numerous multi-agency investigative initiatives and believe that teamwork is essential to accomplish objectives.

After retiring from the State Police, I obtained a position with ING/Voya
Financial in the Corporate Special Investigation Unit. I retired after
almost 18 years with the company. My positions included Senior Investigator, Manager and Special Investigations Director. As Director, I managed the fraud team. I planned and managed a budget, hired and evaluated employees, allocated resources, and liaised with Law Enforcement, State Regulators and vendors.

Previous Board of Director experience: For 8 years, I held positions on the Board of Directors of the New England Antique Arms Society, a non-profit corporation. Duties included keeping records, publishing a newsletter, serving on committees and enforcing the bylaws.


Interests/Hobbies:

History, especially Civil War history, flower gardening, cycling, scale model building, volunteering at the Gettysburg National Military Park and taking Ajax for a walk!

Volunteer activities at Lake Heritage include: I have been a member of the Security/Safety Operations Committee for over 2 years. I collaborated with others to clean and paint the steel bridge and pavilion at Pleasant Cove. I also worked on projects at or adjacent to Shady Grove.

Gayle and I are members of the Fishing Club. Gayle is a member of the Creativity Club.

Education (Optional):

Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Masters of Science Degree in Forensic Science from University of New Haven.

Platform:

Encourage fiscal responsibility. We need to get the best bang for our buck. Strive for efficient, effective and responsible use of Lake Heritage resources. Proactively look for more efficient and cost effective ways to do things. Make Lake Heritage an attractive and safe place to live so current members enjoy all the amenities and property values are preserved.

The lake is our greatest asset. We have little control over some environmental conditions that apparently adversely affect the lake such as extreme weather. Taking this into consideration, we need to do our best to identify a treatment plan that we do have some control over. The plan would attempt to address both internal toxins and external sources of pollutants. I support building a reserve fund that could be utilized to upgrade the lake spillway if required to do so.

We live in a controlled access community with a security staff and this is an amenity that attracted us to Lake Heritage. Safety and security rules and regulations should be monitored and enforced. I support initiatives currently being explored by the Security/Safety Committee such as; streamlining member entrance into the lake, leveraging the new eUnify software system to improve the efficiency of Security operations, retaining staff, initiating a neighborhood/crime watch program and continuing to liaison with the Pennsylvania State Police to encourage and welcome their presence at Lake Heritage

Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the Lake Heritage Property Owners’ Association?:

I believe I can utilize my training, experience and common sense to represent the interests of members. Being retired, I have the time and energy to volunteer, get involved and work to maintain the good life here at Lake Heritage.

What specific skill set that you possess would be an asset to the association?

I have held leadership roles in both the public and corporate environments. I have successfully worked with teams to accomplish tasks. I listen to and can learn from others. My experience conducting investigations has taught me to review all the available facts before coming to a conclusion and making a decision. I am a firm believer that it is important to make informed decisions because today’s decisions could have a significant impact on the future.

What do you see, from the outside looking in, as the primary duties and responsibilities of a board member?

Adopt a budget and participate in decisions regarding how the budget is utilized. Enforce rules, regulations and bylaws. Communicate with members and obtain feedback. Keep members fully informed. When making decisions, carefully weigh which course of action would be in the best interest of the community and members. Always be transparent.

The Board of Directors meet generally on the second Wednesday of the month. Often there is a workshop preceding the Board meeting. You will probably be assigned a committee to chair, have monthly reports to write and attend other meetings scheduled as per need. Does this present an issue for you or does it conflict with other commitments? Does this present an issue for you or does it conflict with other commitments?

No issues/No conflicts. Thank you for taking the time to consider me for a position on the Board of Directors.

Sue Heller

Name:

Sue Heller

Lot number:

732

Personal Background:

My husband, Mike, and I moved from Frederick, MD to Lake Heritage in September 2005.

I retired from Frederick County Public Schools in 2014. At the time of my retirement, I was the Executive Assistant to the Facilities Services Director. In my various positions with the school system, I worked with county and state governments in the area of finance and budget along with new school construction/renovation, maintenance, and the use of school facilities.

I have served on numerous boards. I was a member of the vestry at All Saints Espiscopal Church in Frederick, MD. I was president of both the local and state chapters of the Educational Office Professionals (EOP) and Frederick High School Sports Boosters. l am also a member of the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce.

Currently, I’m a director on the LHPOA Board and serve as chair of the Community Center and Recreation Areas Oversight and Beautification along with being a member of the Maintenance Committee.Also, I am a member of Lake Heritage’s Women’s Club and Fishing Club.

In my free time, I enjoy making pottery, quilting, and author of women’s fiction.

Education (Optional):

Frederick High School
Frederick Community College

Platform:

As both a resident and director, my ultimate goal is to make the lake a better place to live. I support improved communications between the Board and members, so to cut down misinformation being spread throughout the community. In this time of escalating costs and pending improvements to the spillway, I will do everything in my power to find ways for the association to cut costs and save money. Finally, I will do this while upholding the association’s bylaws and regulations along with supporting the lake’s strategic plan.

Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the Lake Heritage Property Owners’ Association?

I would like to complete the numerous projects that I’ve started while serving on the Board this past year. This includes completing the upgrades to the Community Center and the improvements at Shady Grove Recreation Area.

What specific skill set that you possess would be an asset to the association?

My background in finance and budget along with facilities maintenance and construction has already served as an asset in my current responsibilities on the Board.

What do you see, from the outside looking in, as the primary duties and responsibilities of a board member?

To uphold the lake’s regulations and bylaws. To use good judgement in matters pertaining to the association’s dues and assets. To keep the membership updated through monthly meetings, newsletter, website, and email blasts.

The Board of Directors meet generally on the second Wednesday of the month. Often there is a workshop preceding the Board meeting. You will probably be assigned a committee to chair, have monthly reports to write and attend other meetings scheduled as per need. Does this present an issue for you or does it conflict with other commitments?

I have no issues or conflicts with meeting the second Wednesday of the month.

Richard A Ginnever

Name:

Richard A Ginnever

Lot number:

595

Personal Background:

My family and I have been residents of Lake Heritage for nearly four years. After serving churches in New York, Florida, Louisiana and Maryland, I retired from  forty years of active ministry as an Episcopal priest in late 2015. My wife and I will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary in May of 2019, and we are filled with joy that our four children and six grandchildren visit us often at the lake.

Education:

High School and Junior College -Long Island, New York; College – Miami, Florida; Seminary – Nashotah, Wisconsin.  Life Experiences – Varied and as different as the people I have encountered.

Platform:

My church work of over forty years provided the opportunity for me to strengthen my administrative and organizational skills.  Since the Board is made up of nine volunteer members of the LHPOA, it is clear that we bring a variety of gifts, but not always the same point of view.

The Board needs to hear all of our voices, but in the end, the Board needs to speak with one voice; that takes respect and hard work.  We try to do our very best, and that is what my platform is and will remain to be.

Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the Lake Heritage Property Owners’ Association? I was appointed to the Board of Directors in late 2017 to fill an unexpired term. I was elected Vice-President of the Board in the spring of 2018 and serve in that capacity today.  My “assigned” committee became the Governance Committee, which for several years has been attempting to re-organize the present Rules and Regulations to make them a clearer, fairer and modern set of community standards.  I want to continue that
work.

What specific skill set that you possess would be an asset to the association?

I seek clarity and direction in all of the Board’s conversations and decisions, while always seeking to honor the process of Board deliberations.

What do you see, from the outside looking in, as the primary duties and responsibilities of a board member?

Good listening, fair evaluation of the subject and those expressing their views.  A willingness and commitment to do the work required.

The Board of Directors meet generally on the second Wednesday of the month. Often there is a workshop preceding the Board meeting. You will probably be assigned a committee to chair, have monthly reports to write and attend other meetings scheduled as per need. Does this present an issue for you or does it conflict with other commitments?

I am well aware of the commitments and will continue to respond to the demands, if elected.

Biz Gorman Gomer

Name:

Biz Gorman Gomer

Lot number:

336

Personal Background:

Lake Heritage has been my home since 1980, when my parents-who still live in the community-brought me home from the hospital. As a child thinking forward about my adult life, I always knew I would own my own home in this community. I spent my summers at the pool and on the lake and enjoyed being able to play with my friends who lived nearby. I worked at the Lake Heritage Pool as a lifeguard from 1995-2001, serving as the Manager for two summers. In 2011 my husband, Phil, and I bought our current home just one week after we were married literally ON the lake on a tie-up of boats, surrounded by family and friends. Many of those in attendance were those same friends I’d made growing up in Lake Heritage and now are also raising families here. Phil and I have a five-year-old daughter, Zizi. I’ve worked at my alma mater, Hood College, since 2005 and still spend as much time as possible with my family and friends, most of whom live in this fantastic community.

Education (Optional)

Bachelor of Arts, English and Writing, Hood College, 2002
Master of Arts in Human Sciences, concentration in Helping Relationships, Hood College, 200
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Platform:

A year and half ago when I sat down to write my assigned chapter of Lake Heritage’s Strategic Plan, Sense of Community, I had one guiding principle: how can the entire membership have the opportunity to be as aware and involved as they want to be? There are so many ways to become involved! I have observed that in addition to the many annual events members can attend and the growing number of clubs members can join, we, the membership, need to communicate in a more effective way. So often in life effective communication allows us the opportunity to resolve issues as well as celebrate accomplishments. As a member of the community who has been attending the monthly board meetings, as well as various committee meetings, I feel very informed. I also feel lucky to have a schedule and the support to be able to attend these meetings. I sympathize with those members of our community who are feeling that “there just isn’t enough time.” I want to help those members who want to get more involved and be more informed find different ways to do so. I feel we should continue exploring what are the most effective ways for the Board, LHPOA Manager, and Assistant Manager to communicate and make available information that impacts the entire membership. I also believe that in order to best serve the interests of the membership, the Directors must give proper communication and direction to the LHPOA Manager and Assistant Manager.

Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the Lake Heritage Property Owners’ Association?

This amazing community has been at the center of my entire life. My parents-both of whom served as Directors on the Board during their life-built their first home at Lake Heritage in 1975. I grew up enjoying everything this community has to offer. Steve and Amy Gorman’s involvement on the Board as well as clubs and events central to Lake Heritage has instilled in me the spirit of service to one’s community. When my husband and I bought our home here in 2011 there was no doubt in my mind that running for the Board of Directors was something I eventually wanted to do. Since that time we have become parents, completed advanced degrees, taken on a home renovation project and gotten involved in the community. Happily, now is the time for me to run with the hope of more actively “giving back”to Lake Heritage. I know I can use my leadership skills to engage the members of the community in discussion and above all, listen to comments and concerns that affect us all.

What specific skill set that you possess would be an asset to the association?

I feel my greatest skill set in relation to serving on the Board is my ability and desire to facilitate communication. Additionally, since 2017 I have become active on the Strategic Planning, Pool & Firework, and Nominating Committees Participation in these committees has given me a greater sense of the scope of work each Director must take on and how that work fits into the whole of the Board of Directors. I’ve also been honored to serve as the Chair of Hood College’s Staff Council since January 2017 (a term which ends June 30, 2019). I feel this board experience at the College, specifically being a part of the by-law creation committee which led to the formation of the Hood College’s Staff Council, can help me in leading our Association forward if elected.

What do you see, from the outside looking in, as the primary duties and responsibilities of a board member?

While the primary objective of a Board of Director is serving the interests of the entire LHPOA membership, I feel a Director should remember that they are serving in a volunteer (albeit elected) capacity. A Director must be an open-minded and active listener. They should do their best to understand the varying desires of the entire membership and that with proper and polite communication compromises can be reached.  

The Board of Directors meet generally on the second Wednesday of the month. Often there is a workshop preceding the Board meeting. You will probably be assigned a committee to chair, have monthly reports to write and attend other meetings scheduled as per need. Does this present an issue for you or does it conflict with other commitments?

There will be no issues with attending monthly Board meetings, workshops, and other committee meetings.

Justen Carr

Name:

Justen Carr

Lot:

961

Personal Background:

I am born and raised in Gettysburg. In my 36 years on this earth I have had several occupations from a part-time helper at a custom car shop at 15 years old to my current position as Production Manager at Colonial Sash and Door. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful wife Laura and our two energetic children. Some of my hobbies include: fishing, swimming, woodworking, volunteering in the community, automotive and home restoration projects.

Education (Optional):

Gettysburg Area High School
Pittsburgh School of Aeronautics (Airframe and Powerplant Systems)

Platform:

My mission as a Director of the Board is to bring about positive change in the community. It has been to my understanding that the majority of our association feels that they are not being represented and that our members do not agree with the decisions being made by some of the current Directors. Some issues that I have heard need improvements are: lake water quality, fiscal responsibility, equal opportunity in the use of the amenities, and the amount of “power or authority” the office has in the direction of our community.

When my wife was expecting our first child we decided to move into this community so that our children would be able to use all the amenities. We justified the cost of the entrance fee and the yearly dues that the amenities would increase the quality of life of our family. We have thoroughly enjoyed being members in this community although we do take issue with the current lake water quality, and the large percentage increases in yearly fees/dues.

I have attended a lot of workshops, as well as followed the members’ issues and concerns on social media. What I have concluded, is that most of the people that want change are busy in other aspects of their lives. I am willing forfeit my personal time, for our lake, my neighbors, and most of all the benefit of our community.

Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the Lake Heritage Property Owners’ Association?

I am interested in serving on the Board of Directors because I represent the majority of this community who holds the values and opinions of all association members in high regard. All community members deserve to have the highest quality amenities and equal access to all of them. We all work hard for our money, and we deserve a the best community to enjoy.

What specific skill set that you possess would be an asset to the association?

The one specific skill that seems to be needed the most in support of this community…COMMON SENSE! I have had success working with others from different backgrounds and with different skill sets. I always find common understandings that lead to mutually beneficial decisions.

What do you see, from the outside looking in, as the primary duties and responsibilities of a board member?

I see the primary responsibilities of a board member as listening to the concerns and issues of my neighbors in the community and properly directing our community manager and staff to carry out tasks in accordance to the wishes of the membership.

The Board of Directors meet generally on the second Wednesday of the month. Often there is a workshop preceding the Board meeting. You will probably be assigned a committee to chair, have monthly reports to write and attend other meetings scheduled as per need. Does this present an issue for you or does it conflict with other commitments?

I fully understand the time commitment related to serving as a board member. I will proudly put forth my full effort, reflective of my high work ethic, towards the bettering this community for all of us.

Ashley Heintzelman

Name:

Ashley Heintzelman

Lot:

869

Personal Background:

I grew up in Gettysburg before moving to the Carolinas to attend college. After graduating, I spent several years in the south teaching middle school math and language arts. A few years ago, my husband and I moved back to the area to be closer to our family and begin raising a family of our own. I am currently taking time off from my teaching career to raise our one year old son, Ryder. I work part time as a substitute teacher and battlefield horseback tour guide. I also volunteer as a chapter adviser to a sorority at Gettysburg College.

Platform:

As a board member, I want to improve resident morale and increase the number of voices being heard in lake politics. I believe more information needs to be transparent and easily accessible to all members, and I believe residents should be given more opportunities to share their opinions and ideas.

Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the Lake Heritage Property Owners’ Association?

I am interested in serving on the board because I feel I represent a portion of the population that is currently under represented. I am less than 30, I am a woman, and I have only lived in the lake for a few years. I come with an open mind, fresh ideas, and a desire to make positive changes. I see the displeasures being posted on social media. I hear the complaints from my friends and neighbors. By serving, I can help make this community one that people enjoy being a part of by being the voice that currently goes unheard.

What specific skill set that you possess would be an asset to the association?

Tech Savvy – I have the knowledge and ability to start using technology as a way to gather opinions and ideas of large groups of people.

Creative Thinking – I have the skillfulness to come up with new, innovative solutions to constant problems and the desire to continue learning about areas I’m less informed on.

Interpersonal Skills – I have the ability to communicate, listen, empathize, and evaluate effectively to encourage positive interactions during formal and informal meetings and gatherings.

What do you see, from the outside looking in, as the primary duties and responsibilities of a board member?

I believe the primary duty of a board member is to make decisions that are most beneficial to our community based on the opinions and beliefs of the majority of its members. These decisions should include, but are not limited to, the appropriate use of finances, the safety of our community members, the health of our lake, the maintenance of our parks, and the well being of our employees. I believe the primary responsibility of a board member is to serve the members of the community by being their voice.

The Board of Directors meet generally on the second Wednesday of the month. Often there is a workshop preceding the Board meeting. You will probably be assigned a committee to chair, have monthly reports to write and attend other meetings scheduled as per need. Does this present an issue for you or does it conflict with other commitments?

This does not present an issue for me nor does it conflict with my other commitments.

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