The Lake Barcroft Board and Committees:
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.
You can view information about the prior boards.
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:
Jake McKitrick, (1st term, 1st year), Membership Committee
Brian Allen, (1st term, 2nd year), Architectural Review Committee
Andrew Casolini Dal Bo (2nd term, 1st year), Secretary
Anne Cullather, (3rd term, 1st year),Vice President
David Emmerson, (1st term, 2nd year), Legal
Susan Escobar, (1st term, 2nd year), Community Watch/Security
Sara Franco, (2nd term, 1st year), Special Events
Lilian Yip - (1st term, 2nd year), Secretary/Volunteers
Kevin Kampschroer, (2nd term, 1st year), Treasurer
Bill Lecos, (2nd term, 2nd year), President
Sarah Mattingly, (2nd term, 1st year), Publications & Communications
George Waters, (1st term, 2nd year), Maintenance & Improvements
Janet Kerley (1st term, 1st year), Water Safety
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 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 soon 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, Maxell and Samuel, who both attend Bailey's Elementary school. Their family loves to participate in all the wonderful offerings of Lake Barcroft, whether its community gatherings or activities centered 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 Work Conference. He is very active in local issues affecting the neighborhood, including Bailey's overcrowding, which led to the construction of Bailey's Upper School. He has participated in the public sessions of the Seven Corners Task Force and public meetings around the sewer overflow issues in the spring and summer of 2014.
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.
Lilian Yang: Three things brought me and my husband, Tony, to Lake Barcroft: the water, the natural beauty and the tight-knit community. We initially discovered the Lake through friends (long-term residents Tom and Trippi Penland), and were very lucky to find our dream home after two years of searching. We look forward to establishing deep roots within the community. I would be honored to have the privilege of serving you and protecting what makes Lake Barcroft truly unique.
We purchased our home on Lakeview Drive in 2014 and, after completing most of our home renovations, moved in last year. I grew up in Hawaii where the feeling of community runs strong, and where the sense of ohana (family) extends beyond just your relatives. Lake Barcroft has a similar sense of community and our hope is to never leave.
After growing up in Hawaii, I graduated from the University of California, San Diego, majoring in Biochemistry and Economics. My next stop was Hong Kong, where I worked as a Product Manager in an international toy manufacturing company and used the Island as a launching pad for adventures throughout Asia. While in Hong Kong, I experienced the region’s handover from Great Britain back to China and also met Tony. When we moved back to the United States in 1999-2000, we landed in Northern Virginia to work in DC, where I worked in the non-profit field and Tony joined the Department of Justice (where he still works, now arguing cases before the Supreme Court). I later moved to Michigan to obtain my MBA at the University of Michigan, staying in the state for a few more years to work in consumer-product marketing at the Kellogg Company as a Brand Manager. I returned to the area to be with Tony in 2009, we were married, and I joined the National Institutes of Health as the Senior Branch Administrator in the National Cancer Institute’s Neuro-Oncology Branch. Through the years, I’ve also been involved in a number of community organizations. I am a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts; was a member of the Jaycees both in Michigan and in Virginia; and I’ve also been involved in Hawaii-related organizations in the DC area.
I’ve lived in places that lack a shared sense of community, and I recognize the importance of preserving and enhancing what makes Lake Barcroft special for the long run. I would like to contribute to our shared ability to address the neighborhood’s diverse set of needs and challenges by listening to the concerns of our neighbors and by contributing to the Board my enthusiasm, creativity, patience and respect for others.
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.
Jason (Jake) McKitrick My wife Jody and I moved to Lake Barcroft in 2008 when our third child was only a month old. Since that time, Stella (12), Ben (10) and Pilar (8) have encouraged us to become very active in the neighborhood and invested in its continuing vitality. I was introduced to Lake Barcroft more than 30 years ago through friends I made while attending Westminster Elementary School. My time in Lake Barcroft as a child stuck with me through the years and called us back when we began searching for the perfect neighborhood to raise our young children. Since graduating from the College of William & Mary, I’ve spent my career in government and government relations, working on Capitol Hill for the House Budget Committee, spending several years in the government relations practice at King & Spalding, and then cofounding a new government relations firm, Liberty Partners Group, where I am a partner. Like many of our neighbors, I believe Lake Barcroft is a model community. Our shared interest in the Lake and our urban forest as well our respect for our fellow neighbors are integral in making this neighborhood so special. I’m interested in using my experience and strong attachment to Lake Barcroft to help the Board with its continued efforts to strengthen our community, our schools, and the Lake Barcroft way of life.
Janet Kerley:I moved to Lake Barcroft in 2003 from “up the street” on Oakwood Drive. I was intrigued by the sailboats on the street signs nearby and after exploring the Lake Barcroft neighborhood, moved six blocks to Tallwood Terrace. The community offered this Foreign Service family an anchor where my children and grandchildren could enjoy kayaking, swimming and family time. I immediately became involved in community activities when Shirley Timashev asked me to take on running the Ice Cream Social which I did for nine years, with Charlotte Flounders joining to co-chair the event. The Ice Cream Social became a family affair with my daughter and grandsons volunteering year after year and making fast friends. It also introduced me quickly to the wide range of people who make up this unique community.
I write the Milestones Column in the Lake Barcroft Newsletter to spotlight our talented neighbors, especially our youngest achievers. This year I began working with Nuril Kingsley and others on the dinners and dialogue about diversity in Lake Barcroft. Recently I helped the founders of the Barcroft Families for Playground Awesomeness (BAFAPA) connect with resourceful Lake Barcroft people who could support their cause. (Please add toys for grandparents in the playground, Jon). I helped with membership at the start of the Lake Barcroft Village and this fall I worked with Ron Karpick in conducting the second annual survey of the LBV members.
In my non-Lake Barcroft time, I work full time in international development. I was a federal employee with the US Agency for International Development and Peace Corps. Now retired from government, I continue to work with a management consulting firm on programs around the world. I have worked for the community in many ways, always with the goal of helping connect neighbors to create a cohesive supportive community and if elected to the Board, would continue to work on this goal.