2018 ACLPOA BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES FOR 3-YEAR TERMS

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Annual Meeting of the Membership

Saturday, June 9, 2018
12:30 p.m.
ACL Clubhouse
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT!
Ballots will not be opened until June 9, 2018.


Read the candidates biographies and answers (in alphabetical order) to Nominating Committee questions below. 

(Voting members will choose three candidates.)
Bob Ballenger
Rich Katzmann
Vickie Sershon
Steve Tribbey
Jody Ware


Bob Ballenger
13A13

1. Bio: My wife Cris and I like to boat on the lake and tow our 3 grandchildren behind the boat. I love to golf and do woodworking.

2. Why are you interested in becoming a Board member? I am currently the longest serving active Board member having served 12 years. I am committed to making ACL even better than it already was when I came here 16 years ago.
3. Have you served on any other committees or boards? I am currently serving as Board Vice President and have been President twice and VP twice. I am also currently the longest serving member of AECC. I have also served on Boards back home in Wheaton. Most recently serving as President of the DuPage Pastoral Counseling Center.
4. Explain how your background would benefit the Board. I was a teacher and school administrator for 35 years. I enjoy working with people either by helping them or guiding them.
5. In your opinion, what are the most important issues facing ACLPOA? Which capital projects do you feel need to be addressed over the next three years? I am sure many owners are expecting me to say CAMP, but I will not be doing so. I am learning more and more about CAMP, but I feel there is a very important issue that needs fixing now before we have our next “one-hundred-year flood.” We have owned a home at the lake for 16 years and experienced at least 5 of these floods which are only supposed to happen once every 100 years. Each time there is a flood ACLPOA is financially damaged as well as many water front properties. The most recent flood cost the association, that’s you, over $70,000 in damage. It resulted in equipment damage and failure as well as staff injuries and workmen’s comp claims. I paid several hundred dollars to have my shore station repositioned and my boat lifted. It is likely that nearly all owners on the water had some sort of damage to their property. The fact is our dam is not properly built and does not meet the current standards set by the Army Corps of Engineers. Rather than rebuilding the dam from scratch we need to create a second spillway at a slightly higher level than the current waterline on the spillway. I have heard about one company who would lower our current concrete spillway and install movable baffles that could be opened to allow more water out of the lake when we are experiencing flooding conditions. I do not have all the answers to this issue, but I do believe the Board should be working on a solution right now, before the next “100-year storm” hits us.
6. It is vital that all Board members are familiar with ACL governing documents, i.e. Mission Statements, CICAA, Covenants, Bylaws, Policies, and Rules and Regulations. a. Please explain what you feel is working. b. What needs to be addressed? I have been working with and on these documents for the past 12 years; they were in a sad state back then. I think Jody Ware and the current Board has done an outstanding job of rewriting and aligning our existing documents. A lot of credit goes to the various committee members who work on this project. I think they are consistently heading in the right direction.
7. While some view a board member as a part-time volunteer position, there are many responsibilities involved. What kind of commitment do you feel is required of a Board Member? First I would say that I expect all Board candidates to enter their name as an “agenda free” candidate. That is pretty much how it has been for my past 12 years and it is really in our best interest that it stays that way. A good candidate must be a good listener who is open to all ideas that improve the association and not lessen property owner rights.


Rich Katzman
7A128

1. Bio: I am a 50-year-old single dad of a 6-year-old (who is everything to me). I waited 43 long years for a child and finally it happened! I am President of a mid-sized manufacturing company in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, which gives me the freedom to spend a lot of time with my family at ACL. I love playing tennis and doing arts & crafts with my daughter.

I have spent my entire life at ACL. My parents bought a lakefront lot in 1972 and built around 1975. They sold their place while I was in college, but as soon as I could afford it, I bought my own. I’ve had a lakefront home around 20 years and have been fixing it up ever since! Most of my favorite memories growing up came from ACL and hope to provide the same for my daughter.
2. Why are you interested in becoming a Board member? Knowing that I will never leave ACL and that my daughter will continue to grow up here, I want to contribute to the direction that we take the property. As I grow a little older, I am a little more focused on ACL as a retirement location (at least during the spring/summer) and want to help however I can.
3. Have you served on any other committees or boards? I have substantial corporate and charitable board experience. I currently sit on 3 boards (one being my current company), another business and the one I am most proud of, is a 501(c)(3) Foundation that works closely in our industry to provide scholarships and charitable donations. In the past, I have also sat on 5-6 other boards and the committees that come with them. have not participated in any committees at ACL but wish to.
4. Explain how your background would benefit the Board.  I have extensive business, finance and project management experience. I am pretty good at reviewing and crafting contracts and agreements and working with lawyers and accountants. At my current company, I just implemented a pretty large Strategic Planning initiative, so I find it interesting when ACL discusses its methodology and plan.
I have an in-depth understanding of financial statements and both creating and reviewing budgets. I am very fiscally responsible. I work extremely well in teams both in leadership or participant roles.
I have also spent my entire life (starting at age 5) at ACL, so understand where we have been, where we are and where we should go.
5. In your opinion, what are the most important issues facing ACLPOA? Which capital projects do you feel need to be addressed over the next three years? I love, love, love the CAMP proposal and think it is a great direction for our community. Our lake and water quality are also a major concern of mine. In the past, I have been an advocate of expanding the golf course to 18 holes, but currently feel our focus should be on the CAMP initiative. As much as I like to escape when coming up, I also feel that effective high-speed internet is important to add.
6. It is vital that all Board members are familiar with ACL governing documents, i.e. Mission Statements, CICAA, Covenants, Bylaws, Policies, Rules and Regulations. a. Please explain what you feel is working. What needs to be addressed? I have read through all the documents but have not spent enough time truly understanding the issues we are facing. If given the opportunity to serve on the board, I will certainly invest the time required to become an expert on all governing issues and subsequently draw opinions based on my new knowledge. I am currently an aggressive reader of the Apple Core, and as such, have a good feel for the pulse of our community and its issues.
7. While some view a board member as a part-time volunteer position, there are many responsibilities involved. What kind of commitment do you feel is required of a board member?  Even as a “weekender”, I have the ability to spend a considerable amount of time and effort at ACL. My current responsibilities allow for an immense amount of flexibility. And as stated above, I am not only doing this for the community as a whole, but also for my daughter who will be coming up here for many, many decades.
I feel we are at critical time with the community as we are making big decisions (CAMP) and the commitment of all board members must be substantial. I am ready to provide whatever is necessary.


Vickie Sershon
7A135

1. Bio: I was born in Chicago, and we lived there until I was eleven years old. We then moved to Antioch where I attended Antioch Grade School as well as Antioch High School. This is where I met my husband John. We moved to the North Shore in the early sixties, so John could be closer to work. I worked as a waitress for several years and enjoyed meeting and taking care of people. When my boss was ready to sell his business, he asked if I would like to buy it since I knew most of our customers and they enjoyed having me not just to serve them, but I was able to kid with them a little as well. I ran the restaurant for several years and sold it in 1971. This gave me the chance to spend more time with our sons since John had to travel so much with his new position at Tishman Speyer Properties. When our sons finished high school in the early eighties they decided to join the military. I needed to fill my time, so I decided to go back to work. I went to work for Sinclair Mineral and Chemical company, where I was part of the accounting staff as well as being asked to help others whenever I was able to. When the company expanded, and the work increased, my boss said that the office manager would need an assistant and asked me to take on that responsibility. When we were ready to retire in 2004 we knew why we bought are home here at Apple Canyon Lake. It reminded us of our time growing up in Antioch. John and I have been married for 58 years and have 5 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren. My hobbies are golf, fishing, cross-stitch, crocheting and gardening.

2. Why are you interested in becoming a Board member? I believe my work skills would fit well with the board members. I love our amenities and natural beauty and want to preserve them. This is why we chose to retire here.
3. Have you served on any other committees or boards? I have been a Den Mother and assisted with our youth group and served on the Alter Guild at my previous church. At ACL I have served on the Golf committee. I am a member of the Nominating committee, as well as Rules and Regulations. I attend Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church where I served as secretary of the council. I serve on one other committee there as well. Also, I completed a course called Diakonia to further my knowledge of religions in the world.
4. Explain how your background would benefit the Board. My background in owning a successful business, as well as working in a fast-paced office where I was required to multi task, gives me an understanding of how an Association should function. I am able to listen to all sides of the issue, study the reports if any and then make a decision that is best for ACL. I am able to work out budgets as well as understanding accounting.
5. In your opinion, what are the most important issues facing ACLPOA? We must take care of our major amenities, such as the lake, trails, and golf course. I also recommend that we have a ranger on the golf course during the summer and more patrol time on the lake. It is good to see the short-term goals as well as long-term goals, while trying to balance the budget. Which capital projects do you feel need to be addressed over the next three years? The Clubhouse, Old Firehouse and the Memorial Pavilion are part of what the board is trying to improve. But we must also take care of shore erosion and lake silting.
6. It is vital that all Board members are familiar with ACL governing documents, i.e. Mission Statements, CICAA, Covenants, Bylaws, Policies, Rules and Regulations. Do you feel our governing documents are well suited to ACL? a. Please explain what you feel is working. b. What need to be addressed? The governing documents as well as CICAA seem to work together at this time.
7. While some view a board member as a part-time volunteer position, there are many responsibilities involved. What kind of commitment do you feel is required of a board member? I feel that you must be 100 percent committed to spending the necessary time and energy required so that you can do what is best for ACL. This includes listening to issues of concern that are brought up by our Board, Committees, and Residents. I am willing to make a strong commitment to do the best I can while using my time to benefit the community.


Steve Tribbey
12A143

1. Bio: My wife Fern & I bought a home here at ACL in December of 2014 and became full-time residents in August 2016. I enjoy cooking, going for walks with Fern and our dog Duke (woof!), gardening, and puttering around the house fixing things. I have always enjoyed golfing and fishing, neither of which I am very good at but intend on improving.

I am retired from my business I owned and operated. I ran a successful handyman and home repair business in the North Shore of Chicago for 14 years.
We feel so fortunate to have fallen into a great circle of friends; the people here are what make ACL such a wonderful place to live.
2. Why am I interested in becoming a board member? I believe in taking an active role in local government. I like to give back to the community in which I am living. It appears to me as though there is a strong interest in the ACL community for “getting things done right”. Although there may be differences of opinion in the method or direction, it appears to be that the ACL membership wants this to be a great place to live and grow. I feel I am open to listening to all sides of an issue and can augment the process to achieve that goal.
3. Have you served on any other committees or boards? I served on the CAMP (Clubhouse Area Master Plan) committee as secretary. I have attended every CAMP Finance & Marketing ad-hoc committee and was appointed to be a member on this committee at the 2/17/18 ACL Board meeting. I am currently on the Architectural and Environmental Control Committee. The Lake Monitoring Committee takes me & Fern out on the lake twice a month (when the ice is gone!) to collect data on the health of the lake. I volunteered 3 weeks of my time to help with clean-up from the flood last summer. We recovered boats and repaired docks. Then we cleaned up debris floating in the water and along the shore.
I helped out with the 5K Color Run, the Haunted Trail, participated in Canyon Kid’s Camp, and collected money for the outdoor concert with Dylan Doyle at Nixon Beach. Come and play cribbage with us the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays in the Clubhouse.
My wife & I served on NCSM (National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics) as Sponsor Liaisons charged with maintaining a working relationship with the publishers, software and hardware developers, and assorted support companies in K-12 and beyond for Mathematics Education. (My wife was a mathematics teacher, now retired) We were responsible for securing money to support a quarter million dollar/year budget for the organization. I felt I brought a viewpoint, a vision from a business perspective, that helped the organization achieve their goals.
4. Explain why your background would benefit the board. In my working career I have worked in customer service for a biomedical laboratory. So I know how to listen to people and their concerns. I also have experience in retail sales in a hardware store, again customer service is number one. Plus I am a “fix-it” kind of guy. I am always looking for solutions.
I have demonstrated my love of Apple Canyon Lake by being involved in many levels of this organization. I truly care about our association and the direction it is going.
5. In your opinion, what are the most important issues facing ACPOA? What capital projects do you feel need to be addressed over the next three years? The Clubhouse is in need of updating (it is 50 years old). Annually we are spending about $100,000 in band aid fixes, at the end of 10 years we will have spent 1 million dollars and still have an aging clubhouse. I am proud to have served on the CAMP committee and the CAMP Finance &Marketing ad hoc committee. I look forward to the work of the CAMP Architectural &Design ad hoc committee. In order to continue to update the amenities and services ACL can offer the members, we need to advance the facilities into the 21st century. Certainly when the clubhouse was built in the late 1960’s – early 1970’s it served the needs of ACL. We have a different clientele now, we are more affluent and in order to remain competitive with other residential/recreational/retirement communities, ACL has to upgrade the offerings. We must move to the next level.
6. It is vital that all Board members are familiar with ACL governing documents, i.e. Mission Statements, CICAA, Bylaws, Policies, and Rules and Regulations. a. Please explain what you feel is working. The action steps the Board of Directors utilize is a perfect way to continue to move forward. Each member knows exactly what they need to do and by when. I am becoming more knowledgeable about CICAA which I think is a great model to follow for the governing body of a community like ours. b. What needs to be addressed? I am pleased to see that our Rules & Regulations document is being cleaned up and aligned utilizing the Keay & Costello law firm. This process will make it easy for everyone to understand the direction the board is taking.
7. While some view a board member as a part-time volunteer position, there are many responsibilities involved. What kind of commitment do you feel is required of a board member? Being involved in several committees as I am, I have an idea of what it will be like to be a board member. It will be an honor to work with the fine people currently on the Board and all of the various committees.


Jody Ware
12A134

1. Bio: I am a full-time resident at Apple Canyon Lake since 2014. Prior to my retirement, I was a “weekender” for many decades. I am married to Bill Ware and have two grown children. Both of our children are married. We have two granddaughters. My family has enjoyed being at Apple Canyon Lake for many years enjoying the lake, trails, pool, golf course and The Cove.
I am a graduate of Hononegah High School, Illinois State University (BA and MA) and Northern Illinois University where I earned my doctorate in Education Leadership. My degrees have allowed me to be a special education teacher, elementary counselor, building principal, Director/Principal of an Early Childhood Center, and a Superintendent of Schools. I worked in Freeport School District for 24 years and then became a Superintendent in Morrison Community School District #6. After six years in Morrison, I became Superintendent of a large high school district in Mundelein, Illinois where I fulfilled my role until my retirement in July 2014.
Because of my love for public education, I am now working part-time for Southwestern School District as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. I also work as a consultant for Kishwaukee Delivery System/ROE in Rockford and the Illinois Association of School Administrators. I love working in education.
My hobbies include: reading, traveling, boating, entertaining, and outdoor activities. Most of all, I enjoy being with my husband, children, their spouses, my granddaughters, family and friends.
2. Why are you interested in becoming a Board member? In my previous leadership roles, my vision has been to create a better managed, high performing, and efficiently functioning state-of-the-art system. I believe that this vision will work for Apple Canyon Lake, too. I believe that as a Board member for Apple Canyon Lake, I can contribute to making decisions and designing systems that will make ACL a healthy, strong and spirited community, functioning at a high level of efficiency.
3. Have you served on any other committees or boards? I have served on the Apple Canyon Lake Board of Directors for the past three years. During the last two years I have been the President of the Board of Directors. I have served on many ACL committees during my last three years, many of which I have served as an officer.
In the past three years, I have been a member of the Employee Handbook Ad Hoc Committee, Employee Job Description Ad Hoc Committee, Legal Committee, Strategic /Long Range Planning Committee, General Manager Search Committee, Legal Counsel Search Committee, Governing Documents Alignment Ad Hoc Committee, and Clubhouse Area Master Planning Ad Hoc Committee. I have recently submitted an application to join the Safety and Emergency Planning Committee. As the President of Board of Directors, I attend ACL committee meetings as part of my role.
In the past year, I have worked closely with the Strategic/Long Range Planning Committee to create an ACL 501(c) Foundation.
4. Explain how your background would benefit the Board.  In my previous role as a school superintendent, I have been responsible for budgets of $48 million. I have worked very closely with legal counsel on employee matters, establishing contracts with vendors, negotiations with four Union organizations, and acquisition of property. I successfully passed a $10 million-dollar referendum for facility improvements with an overwhelming support from the voters.
I have worked in partnership with architects in designing and planning a new school, making facility improvements including building two new pools, adding artificial turf to the athletic stadium, and most recently designed a 24-classroom state-of-the art science/math addition which was completed in August, 2016. I have also worked in collaboration with my technology team to create a 21st century technology infrastructure in a fifty-year old facility.
I have worked with Boards, community members, staff, parents, and students in creating strategic plans and a vision for the future. The plans have been laser-focused with a purpose, measurement for growth, and timeline for completion of the action plans.
As stated in the previous question, I am serving as President of the Board of Directors and on various Apple Canyon Lake committees and commissions.
5. In your opinion, what are the most important issues facing ACLPOA? Which capital projects do you feel need to be addressed over the next three years? The most important issue facing ACLPOA is carrying out the ACL Strategic Plan. A plan of action and budgeted dollars have been designated to carrying out the plan. Within the plan, important issues include:

  • Provide consistent lake and environmental management using the expertise of consultants. It is vital that we continue with the implementation and funding of the watershed plan of action.
  • Align all governing documents for uniformity in language, CICAA compliance, and organization for easy access and understanding by all Association members.
  • Design, renovate and construct and build for the future and sustainability of Apple Canyon Lake Property Owners’ Association. We are fifty (50) years old as an organization and we need to plan and build for 21st century facilities and amenities for our future.
  • Maintain the natural beauty of the surrounding area and develop for added value to Apple Canyon Lake. The beauty of the area truly is an asset of ACLPOA. We have many competing associations within fifty miles of our location. We have to build the ACL community for sustainability into the future.

Over the next three years, I believe that capital projects that need to be addressed are: designing the Clubhouse and the area around the clubhouse, maintaining and improving existing facilities, such as the Cove’s new HVAC system, address the kitchen area at the Pro-Shop, continue to invest in upgrading and maintaining the trail system and watershed plan.
6. It is vital that all Board members are familiar with ACL governing documents, i.e. Mission Statements, CICAA, Bylaws, Policies, and Rules and Regulations. a. Please explain what you feel is working. I believe what is working with the ACL governing documents is retaining a law firm (Keay and Costello) who has worked with Community Associations for over 25 years. Our attorney and his associates have been so valuable in reviewing our governing documents to assure they are in compliance with CICAA and the State of Illinois. b. What needs to be addressed? As a member of the Legal Committee and the Governing Documents Alignment Ad Hoc Committee, we are in the process of doing a complete review and revision of our documents. But to take the typical process a step further, we have hired a firm to address our biggest need. The firm we hired, American Legal Publishing, organizes documents putting all of the information into one document. The process is called codification. Codification includes incorporating all the governing documents into one document, uncovering inconsistencies, organizing the information and updating, creating an index and making the document “user-friendly.” Our biggest problem with our present documents are: inconsistencies, duplication, scattered information about the same topic, and difficulty finding specific information in a timely manner.
7. While some view a board member as a part-time volunteer position, there are many responsibilities involved. What kind of commitment do you feel is required of a board member?  Serving on a Board is a tremendous responsibility and requires a commitment from every member on the Board. The ACLPOA is only as strong as the Board that it serves. It is not a responsibility to take lightly and one that requires homework and dissection in gathering information. When asked about how much time being a Board member involves, my response is typically “around 40 hours per month.”
The Board member has a fiduciary duty: attention; loyalty; obedience; due care and transparency.
Attention pertains to spending the time necessary to prepare for and attend meetings. The Board member needs to pay attention to the material and actively engage in discussion, ask questions and when necessary, obtain the advice of professionals.
Loyalty involves being loyal to ACL first and to the corporate entity.
Obedience requires refraining from conflicts of interest, maintaining confidentiality of information, being fair, and performing duties with applicable laws, bylaws, contracts and policies. This requires following the governing documents.
Due Care is about serving as a board member by acting in good faith. The decisions made by the board need to be in the best interest of the association. The board member needs to be fiscally responsible in his/her powers to preserve the values and amenities of ACL promoting health, safety, and welfare to the property-owners and families who are part of the community. I am very willing and able to fulfill the role as a member of the Apple Canyon Lake Board.
Transparency is the Board Member understanding that they are part of the process for decision making and engaged in sharing their position in open meetings. Transparency to the membership requires regular communication to the membership on the “current topics and issues” of the Association through the use of different media that reaches the membership.


Annual Meeting of the Membership
Saturday, June 9, 2018
12:30 p.m.
ACL Clubhouse
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT!
Ballots will not be opened until June 9, 2018.
REMEMBER, for your vote to be valid:

  • Ballot(s) must be enclosed in the “Ballot” envelope.
  • The number of ballots enclosed should be circled on the “Ballot” envelope.
  • The Voting Member’s signature MUST appear on the BLUE return envelope.
  • All assessments must be paid, and all ballots must be received, by 1:00 p.m., June 9, 2018 the day of the Annual Membership Meeting.
  • Mailed ballots must arrive at the ACL office by Friday, June 8, 2018.
  • No ballots cast in person can be accepted after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.