The Board of Directors 2016
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:
Anne Cullather, (3rd term, 1st year), Vice President
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.
ANDREW CASOLINI DAL BO and his wife Melissa moved from a small village in Upstate New York and have lived in Lake Barcroft since 2008. They rented their first home on Pinetree Terrace, and immediately fell in love with the neighborhood. They purchased their current home in 2011 on Greentree Drive. You know it’s their house by the soccer goal in front where there are always kids playing. They have two boys, Maxwell and Samuel. Max attends Glasgow and Sam attends Bailey’s upper elementary school. Their family loves to participate in all the wonderful offerings of Lake Barcroft, whether its community gatherings or activities around the Lake. Andrew has lived in many different places across the U.S., including Los Angeles and New Jersey. Ultimately, he moved to Buffalo, following his parents after graduating from Lehigh University, and started working immediately on environmental issues affecting drinking water. He is a licensed professional engineer who specializes in water, stormwater, wastewater infrastructure, and environmental solutions. His work focuses on improving the built environment by integrating it into the natural environment. He looks forward to donating his skill sets to the support his community and being a steward of the environment. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Wendel Companies, an architecture, engineering and construction firm that specializes in transit, energy, water and wastewater infrastructure. In addition, he has also held a board position for approximately eight years for the nonprofit Western New York Water Works Conference. He is very active in local issues affecting the neighborhood. One of his duties as Water Safety Beach Maintenance Chair is to work with the lifeguards and make sure that they have sufficient equipment and support. He sat on the nomination committee for the newest Watershed Improvement District trustee position, and volunteers his services to support the WID when called upon. He also volunteers for the Architectural Review Committee. Andrew is currently working on a five year plan to rebuild the beaches and protect the shoreline adjacent to the common areas, which will be built and executed by volunteers and WID employees.
ANNE CULLATHER felt she was destined to live in Lake Barcroft since she was a wee-child. In 1960, her family was moving from San Francisco to the DC area, and her parents' Navy friends advised that, after living in Hawaii and San Francisco, if they were destined for DC, they should live in Lake Barcroft. And so the family headed out. But in the 60s, this was the wilderness...and the family got lost...her father wouldn't ask directions... and they ended up in North Springfield, where her dad rented and eventually bought a house! It took many years, and several moves, for Anne to finally get to Lake Barcroft in 2000, where she resides on Lakeview Terrace. Lake Barcroft is such a unique and embracing community -- where neighbors both know each other and look out for each other. Over the years she’s lived here, Anne has come to realize how much work it takes to make a community thrive, and she is devoting her energy to make a contribution to the board and the community.
By way of career background, Anne spent most of her life working in telecommunications, both for MCI and later for Qwest. Anne is employed by Alcalde & Fay, a lobbying firm which represents municipalities across the country. She’s both an advocate for her clients with the Congress, as well as Director of the firm's grant services division. And when she’s not doing that, Anne is dragging her nieces and nephews around on the boat, teaching them to fish and appreciate all that the lake has to offer!
DAVID EMMERSON lived in the Long Branch Creek neighborhood of Arlington County prior to moving to the Lake. Dave served as the Vice-President of the Long Branch Creek Civic Association and helped the community in its effort to have two Capital BikeShare docking stations sited in the community. Dave also helped the community in its effort to receive funding for improvements to Long Branch Creek Park, and participated regularly in Civic Association activities such as creek cleanup, cook outs, and other activities. Dave is an attorney and mediator, having worked at the Department of the Interior for the past 25 years, and private law firms prior to joining the government. He found his mediation experience extremely useful while serving on the Long Branch Creek Civic Association, and believes that most community issues can be amicably resolved through respectful interest-based discussion.
SUSAN ESCOBAR moved into their split level on Grass Hill Terrace they have experienced 3 rounds of renovations, local grade school, middle school, high school (3 kids are now off to VA colleges), beach BBQ’s, swimming, canoeing, and neighborhood events, falling leaves, shoveling snow, blooming azaleas and sharing their home and yard with neighbors, deer, foxes, cranes, eagles, bunnies and lovely neighborhood pets. The Escobars feel as much a part of Lake Barcroft as the century oaks in their yard. Susan is strongly passionate towards helping to maintain the wonder and beauty of our little piece of Eden; wildlife and water management, traffic and development issues, road management, the aging in place group, young mom's support group and helping to create new opportunities for building and maintaining neighborhood relationships, families and a strong community spirit – and wants to maintain, preserve and sustain our beautiful community. Susan has a BS in Psychology, a Master’s in Theological Studies and has worked in her church with adult and child formation and other parish ministries as a volunteer and professional minister. Susan loves to bike, walk, read, watch movies, listen to music, sing, craft, sew (quilting is a current passion!) and getting lost in the wineries of Loudon County with husband Mark. When you see a waft of smoke coming from her backyard they're not on fire, it's just Mark's big green egg cooking up some tenderTexas brisket or North Carolina pulled pork. If you find them on the front porch, stop by, pull up a chair and join them for a glass of wine and a good chat!
SARA FRANCO and her husband, Joe, were lucky enough to discover Lake Barcroft while looking for their first home in 2000. They have lived in that same house on Beachway Drive and have since added two kids (Josh, 10, and Julia, 7). Sara loves this community – it’s so unique and has been a wonderful place to raise their kids. To keep growing and maintaining such a wonderful community as Lake Barcroft, Sara feels strongly that people need to step up and help out. Now that their kids are older, she has more time to do just that. One of the main ways she’s contributed to the community is by starting a neighborhood playgroup 10 years ago. Back then we created an email group, which is still very active – sharing resources, buying/ selling items and suggesting outings with the kids. It has now grown to more than 100 mostly Lake families. She also coordinates a Halloween and a holiday gathering where the kids can play and the adults can chat. They also have monthly Mom’s Nights. It’s been a great way to foster a tighter community within the families of Lake Barcroft. Sara has also been helping Shane Oleson with the new Lake Barcroft website. As a long-time technical project manager and former business owner, she feels both her organizational and communication skills would be an asset to the board – gathering feedback from groups such as the parent group, and sharing the feedback with the board and helping move any approved projects forward.
KEVIN HOWE previously served on the LBA Board from 2004 through 2010. He welcomes the opportunity to serve again with a primary goal to assist in maintaining and enhancing the appreciation of Lake Barcroft’s natural beauty – land and water. Growing up in California, his appreciation for nature and the environment started early in life. With graduate degrees in biology, he has taught and done research in aquatic ecology at various universities before coming to the Smithsonian Institution to continue doing research. After a few years at the Smithsonian, he made a major career shift and now owns a family construction company. Personally he enjoys whitewater and sea kayaking, hiking, snowboarding, birding, cross-country skiing, among other outdoorsy stuff. He has taught kayaking for many years for LL Bean among other kayak outfitters. Since coming to the Community with his wife, Betsy Washington, and their son in 2001, Kevin has been involved in many Barcroft events as a volunteer including Earthday and the Eco-tours, the Architectural Review Committee, the Newsletter staff, Maintenance and Improvements Committee, the annual Fireworks and other events. Further, he wrote the grant proposal that got the money to start the Beach 5 RPA garden in 2006 which his wife, Betsy, designed. He plans to continue to give back to this amazing community and foster more volunteerism in the protection of the lake.
KEVIN KAMPSCHROER had lived in Lake Barcroft since September 1991. He had known about the community since the 1960s, because his mother wanted to live here—and she eventually got her wish when his parents moved in during their later years. He lives on Waterway Drive, in a home that his wife, Tacie, and he renovated in two phases from 2003 to 2010. On weekends when the weather is nice, you can see them enjoying the neighborhood while eating breakfast and reading the New York Times on the front patio. Their daughter Erin grew up here and has recently moved back after eight years on the West Coast. For many years he’s been involved in Lake Barcroft activities. He’s volunteered for many years on the Fireworks Committee, and particularly enjoy the community spirit that brings so many volunteers down to the beach in all kinds of weather – even the year July 4th came after four days of no electricity following the Derecho. He led the Waterway Drive Traffic Calming Task Force, which worked for several years to achieve a community-approved compromise solution to reduce speeding on Waterway Drive and he served for a short time on the Architectural Review Committee. One of the things he remembers most is how many neighbors stopped and helped his elderly father, who occasionally had fainting spells when he was out on his walks. The number of people who stopped and waited for him to recover or called the local Bailey’s Volunteer Fire Department medics—that was wonderful community caring.
BILL LECOS moved to the house on Beachway (then Jo Allen) Drive in 1962. Bill began his community leadership development at Bailey’s Elementary School as chalk board monitor in 2nd grade and audio-visual captain in 5th grade. At Glasgow Middle School, Bill served in student government and at Stuart High School was elected SGA President in his senior year. Bill’s service to Lake Barcroft began as a lifeguard for two years and one year as a guard manager. Bill also served as a guard/manager at the late, lamented Barcroft Recreation Center. During these formative years, Bill served as an unpaid intern (manual labor) to his parents and their neighbors as they created many of the great community institutions and traditions that define Lake Barcroft today. In 1998, Bill, his wife Judy and their three daughters assumed ownership of the family homestead. His daughters have followed the family path by attending the same schools, guarding at the same beaches and actively participating in the same community events – although, sadly, none ever served as a chalk.
SARAH MATTINGLY and her husband, Matt, moved to Lake Barcroft in August, 2012. She’s originally from Miami, and has lived in Northern Virginia since 1988. She joined the Newcomer’s club as soon as she arrived and immediately threw herself into as many activities as she could, so she could meet her new neighbors. She’s a member of several other Lake Barcroft clubs, including the Art League and Photography Club. She’s coordinated the Newcomers Chili Cook-Off for the last two years. And last month she and Matt hosted several artists at their home for the Art League's Holiday Art Exhibit & Sale. She also volunteers for the American Red Cross and Soulumination, a nonprofit that celebrates the lives of children and parents facing life-threatening conditions – providing them with professional photographs free of charge. She also participates in fundraising activities for the Cure Tay Sachs foundation. She would like to serve on the board and give back to the community, specifically working to help improve communication between the Board and residents both in immediate and longer-term issues. This work would include making sure residents are quickly aware of pertinent matters in the Lake Barcroft community as well as issues that impact our surrounding areas. She believes strongly in community participation and has attended many meetings about our schools and the Seven Corners Task Force. While she began her career in television news, she has spent more than 20 years working in the IT industry for several organizations/companies, including The American Red Cross and IBM. She currently works for ESCgov, a hardware and software reseller to the federal government, and she also owns a part-time photography business.
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.