VOCA board election scheduled April 21

The annual meeting of the Village of Oakcreek Association will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at VOCA’s community center.

The results of the election will be announced. Election ballots were mailed in March to the registered property owners of the Village of Oakcreek Association. If an owner has not received their ballot, please contact the VOCA office immediately at 928-284-1820 or info@vocaonline.com to get a ballot.

This year nine candidates submitted their applications to fill the four open positions to serve on the seven members VOCA Board. I encourage those eligible to vote to please read the candidates bios and cast your ballot early so it arrives at the VOCA offices before 2 pm on Saturday, April 21.

VOCA’s 2017 Financial Summary, an overview of last year’s actions of the board, capital improvements, and an outline for the coming year will be on the agenda. I encourage all members within the VOCA community to attend and participate.

On Friday, April 6th, VOCA will be conducting their spring Shredding Day from 10 am to noon in the north parking lot of the VOCA Community Center located at 690 Bell Rock Boulevard.

Only documents of value should be shredded.

Please remove all binders and binder clips. Small paper clips are acceptable. Documents can be bagged or boxed for transporting. Please no magazines or newspapers. The shredding will be done on site.

This is a free service offered by the Village of Oakcreek Association. If you have any questions, please call the VOCA office at 928- 284-1820.

Candidates bios:

Sean Baguley

I was Chairman of the Hyde Heath Village Society, a farming village of approximately 1100, in Buckinghamshire, England from about 1990 to 1998. I was a member of Sunningdale Golf Club and was elected to the General Committee in 1995.

I was appointed to the Greens Committee, and became chairman in 1996 and 1997. In that capacity, I oversaw two golf courses, including the installation of an entirely new irrigation system to both courses.

I brought the project in on time and under budget, without a scar on the courses. I was also a member of The Royal Saint George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. In 2000, I was moved to New York, where, sadly, I was witness to the 9/11 attack.

I was a refugee for three weeks before boarding the Amtrak for Chicago, Flagstaff and Sedona.

I first came to the Village for a weekend in October 1998. The OCC was the first course I played here. I rented a home in the Village from 2000 until 2005 and purchased my current home in the VOC in 2005. I have been a Licensed Realtor® in the State of Arizona since 2005.

Dee Doyle

In recent home sales brochures, I see listings that are not part of an HOA touting that fact as a positive sales point. I believe HOAs exist to serve their community; they should enhance the experience of living in the community, and be a purchasing incentive.

I want our board to provide that kind of HOA experience. I believe this involves the board listening more to member input, becoming more accountable and transparent.

I want to put a process in place to enable more engagement from our members including part-time out of state residents. These processes will also enable more participation from those among us whose mobility or full schedules make in person participation difficult.

I have broad experience working in many different arenas; in the educational realm at Purdue University, in defense contracting at TRW, in research and development at Nasa Ames, and finally in corporate America at Adobe Systems.

With a master’s in computer science, I have a technical background that could be useful in bringing new technologies into the VOCA Board process.

I am skilled at listening and understanding different perspectives. I’ve owned a home in VOCA since 2012.

Please support my candidacy.

Verna Fischer

With 20-plus years experience in public and private non-profit management I stand ready to serve our whole community with excellence. Through the years I have been recruited to serve on many board and committees, such as the Humboldt County Office of Education. I am skilled at listening to all sides of an issue and finding common ground amongst various views to reach satisfying decisions. I currently am self-employed as a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties, where I introduce people from around the world to our slice of paradise. My husband and I purchased our residence in VOCA in 2012, which we remodeled into the home of our dreams. We love life here in “The Village” and recommend it to clients and friends alike.

Gwen Hanna

My name is Gwen Hanna, my husband Dale Albright, and I have owned property here since 1996. My passion is in organizational development and executive coaching. I still maintain a client base, predominantly to keep my brain sharp.

My last corporate role was with Apple Inc. With a team of experts, we opened our first international retail stores starting with Japan. I became the head of HR for the Asia Pacific Division of Apple Retail.

I was on the VOCA Board from 2013-2016, the majority of that time as President. Why am I running again? I have started to see some erosion of the discipline and processes of the Board. I passionately believe we need to continue our diligence to improve internal processes and ensure board structures that allow the Board to be managers of this most important asset VOCA/OCC — and not micro-managers and increase our effort to communicate more frequently and transparently. B

oard members have a time and place, and it is not good practice to institutionalize ourselves as long-term members. My plan is to only be involved, where I’m needed and for as long as needed, and then gracefully pass the baton.

Steve Hertel

I have lived in VOCA since 2014, but recently retired and am interested in contributing to our VOC community. My interest in a VOCA Board of Directors role is to transform our HOA into an organization that enhances the community for members and brings together our diverse backgrounds and interests that brought us to this beautiful setting. I will not bring a personal agenda to the role and will instead seek the guidance and input from members rather than leading with my personal opinion. I believe that VOCA can subscribe to a higher role than just making rules and enforcing penalties. My goal will be to promote member participation in VOCA and to provide complete transparency to finance and decision-making. A first priority will be to seek input from members on a charter statement regarding the goals of the HOA.

I have 30 years of effective leadership in global organizations where I lead teams of engineering, project management, and production professionals. I am very familiar with the importance of open communication and collaboration in achieving team (or HOA member) satisfaction and excellence. I also have significant experience in residential architecture and construction.

Jim Kautz

My business experience has always been related to Finance and Accounting. I was Director of Finance for hospitals (first) and hotels (last). In addition, I worked for 5 years in a CPA firm and then 15 years as an Investment Broker between the hospitals and hotels. I’ve been a member of the Finance Committee since January 2011. That expanded into being on the Restaurant Committee and in 2012 there was a need for someone with a financial background to run for the Board. I’ve had the pleasure of serving as Treasurer for about 5 ½ years.

Financially, VOCA has seen tremendous improvement:

1) We’ve reduced the cash outlay for operating the restaurant from over $37,000/month in 2012 to slightly over $650/month in 2017.

2) The Golf operations, which had a Net Loss over <$200,000> in 2012, produced a Net Income of over $133,000 in 2017.

3) Cash in Reserves and Operating Accounts has increased 66% from $814,606 in 2012 to $1,352,218 in 2017.

4) We’ve invested over $685,000 in much-needed infrastructure over the past two years (2016 – 2017).

I would like to follow-through on these successes and ask to be re-elected to the Board.

Brian Morse

I was raised in Liverpool UK, attended Bootle Grammar School. Played golf from age of seven. Won Bootle Schoolboy Golf Championship aged 14. Started Sea Wing Sailing School and Yacht Charter Co. operating the largest organization of its kind in Canada with a staff of sixty instructors and boats. I was a ten-year member of the Canadian Yachting Association Technical Committee for setting standards for education and instruction across Canada, which later became the basis for the American Sailing Association standards and programs. In 1990 I co-founded a company for the manufacture and distribution of over 200 environmentally friendly products for the aerospace industry and D.I.Y. retail sectors. Operated a 30,000 sq. ft. facility with 70 employees. Company went public on Toronto Stock Exchange, eventually purchased by Freeworld International. In 2001 was secretary and then vice president of the Canadian Astronomical Society. Purchased a 40-acre island and built a fishing and recreational resort from scratch. In 1995-2007 was a research consultant to Forintek Resources at the University of BC in the forestry department. 2007 Retired to VOC and purchased my first home and have been a resident since.

Kevin O’Connor

I received my BEE in 1974 from General Motors Institute and my MSEE in 1975 from Stanford University. I spent 26 years in the research side semiconductor manufacturing, retiring from New Jersey Lucent Bell Labs in 2001. For many years I was active in planning and managing professional conferences and meetings affiliated with the IEEE.

After retiring, I started my own small business in electronics consulting and design, which I continue to operate.

My wife Barbara and I discovered Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek on a "retirement location search" vacation in late 2007. Sedona offered a year-round active out-of-door environment without traveling far. In early 2008 we purchased a home in the Village, and have never looked back!

I have been an active member of the Sedona Westerners hiking club for more than 10 years and an officer for five of them. I am currently on the VOCA Architectural Review committee, and a current VOCA Board VP member. As a non-golfer, I believe that I can represent the larger VOCA community in a fair and balanced manner. I look forward to continuing to serve the VOCA membership.

Earl Svenningsen

My wife of 44 years, Lynn, and I have owned property within the Village of Oakcreek Association since 1979. We have lived permanently in the Village for the past thirteen years. I am a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BS degree in Business Administration specializing in Finance. I have owned and successfully run my own business for the past 36 years. Responsibilities and skills acquired include supervising at times over 20 employees, merchandising, retail sales, public speaking, accounting, budgeting, internet advertising, teaching, website construction, public relations, and leadership skills. I have accumulated over 30 years’ experience on Boards of Directors. I have learned how to work with different personalities and agendas and get a consensus to channel efforts together. I have served on the VOCA board for the past three years and been the President the last two. My goal was to insure the financial stability and growth of VOCA, along with working with our excellent management teams to provide quality professional services. We have been successful in attaining our goals. I pledge to continue our responsible financial practices while providing a strong association that benefits all of VOCA.

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