The Board of Directors 2015
Director, (term/term expires), assignments:
Rick Aldrich, (3rd term, 2nd year), Architectural Review Committee
Andrew Casolini (1st term, 1st year), Water Saftey/Beach
Anne Cullather, (2nd term, 1st year), Secretary
Sara Franco, (1st term, 1st year), Special Events
Kevin Kampschroer, (1st term, 1st year), Community Watch/Security
Jim Kilbourne, (3rd term, 2nd year), President
Bill Lecos, (1st term, 2nd year), Vice President
Sarah Mattingly, (1st term, 1st year), Membership
Shane Oleson, (2nd term, 2nd year), Publications & Communications
Pat Payne, (3rd term, 2nd year), Legal
Frank Phillippi, (2nd term, 2nd year), Maintenance & Improvements
Betsy Washington, (3rd term, 2nd year), Environmental Quality
Todd West, (1st term, 1st year), Finance/Audit
Photos/Election statements of Board members:
RICK ALDRICH and his partner Javier moved to Lake Barcroft in 2005. Rick has been active in the community participating in the Happy Hour group, GLOB, Newcomer’s Club, Labor Day Games and more. On any given weekend you will see Rick and Javier swimming, kayaking, boating, windsurfing, biking, running or otherwise enjoying the benefits of living on Lake Barcroft. You probably have seen them on their boat, which sports American, Spanish and United Nations flags. Rick is an attorney who works for Booz Allen Hamilton providing consulting on cyberlaw issues to the Department of Defense and members of the Intelligence Community. Rick previously served a twenty-year career as an Air Force Judge Advocate which included submitting briefs to the Supreme Court and participating as an amicus in the first televised case of a federal appellate court. Rick was also a White House Fellowship Regional Finalist. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, he volunteers his time as a board member to help a local Congressman select nominees to the Service Academies. He is also active in the local chapter of the UCLA Law School Alumni Association. He is a published author and adjunct faculty member. Rick previously served as President of a homeowners association in Colorado and so is very familiar with the types of issues he would face if elected to the Lake Barcroft Board of Directors. Rick hopes to use his background and experience, along with his love for Lake Barcroft, to seek to ensure its safety, preserve its beauty and retain the value of our homes and community.
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!
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 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.
JIM KILBOURNE and his wife Diane have lived in Lake Barcroft since 1985. Their two children went to the local public schools (elementary, middle, and high school) that serve Lake Barcroft, were active in sports at the schools, and worked as lifeguards and managers at the Lake.
Jim and Diane love to get out on the Lake as often as they can, be it kayaking or canoeing, bird watching, swimming, or participating in the Spring Beach Cleanup, or end-of-summer Labor Day games. Jim has worked as an attorney for more than 30 years at the U.S. Department of Justice in the environmental area. Water quality, fish and wildlife, and land management issues are but a few of the areas his legal work has focused on.
For the past two years, Jim has been on the LBA Board and served as the Chair of the Architectural Review Committee. He was previously on the Board of Directors from 1990 to 1997, during which he worked on the environmental quality and legal committees and held several officer positions, including President for two years.
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.
SHANE OLESON As a military dependent, Shane was born in the Philippines, went to high school in Korea and traveled and lived in many places before settling into the D.C. area in 1990. He was first introduced to Lake Barcroft by his wife, Alison Ruh Oleson, in 2000 when he visited her parent’s house on Barger Drive where she grew up. In 2003 they bought her parents’ house and moved into the community to start a family.
Eight years later they moved to the other side of the Lake and have four kids who all enjoy growing up in Lake Barcroft with the water, beaches, parades and all the great people and friends. There really is no other place like it in the world and they feel very fortunate to be part of it.
Shane's formal education is in business and marketing, but after college he went into the technology field and started his own web/software and creative services firm, Keymind. In 2001, he merged his company with a larger full-service consulting company, Axiom Resource Management, Inc., and continues to run it as a division.
Prior to starting his company, he held a variety of jobs including auto mechanic, construction, watchmaker apprentice, and restorer of automobiles, planes and other antique vehicles. He has also been a faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and served on the board of the Washington, DC Advertising Club and other local technology startup companies.
PAT PAYNE Patricia Payne has lived in Lake Barcroft since 1987. Pat and her partner Nancy were originally introduced to the community by (former) longtime residents John and Gena Simpson and were bedazzled by the beauty of the Lake and the warmth and congeniality of the residents.
Pat, Nancy and daughter Amanda Firestone (now a junior at Catholic University) have made their home on Mansfield Road since 1996.
Pat is a lawyer serving as outside general counsel to a wide range of businesses and nonprofits (as well as individuals) in business, finance, employment and regulatory matters. Pat brings to the community a strong background in communications (BA, University of Michigan), law (JD, Georgetown University Law Center) and finance (MBA, Johns Hopkins University).
With a career now spanning 30 years, Pat prides herself as being a “solutions provider” with unique skills to address – and resolve – the various thorny and unpleasant business and legal issues that occasionally pop up as clouds on the horizon and threaten to darken our day.
In addition to helping resolve business and employment problems, Pat has also been called upon to provide pro bono assistance to community projects including the formation of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Program (providing college scholarships to seniors at JEB Stuart High School demonstrating academic and leadership excellence) and The Wellness Community of Greater Washington, DC (with its outstanding programs that provide hope, education and support for people with cancer and their caregivers) where she now serves on the Board of Directors. Pat has also served as a Member of the Fairfax County, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Exception Review Committee (Term: 2006 -2008).
Until now, FRANK PHILLIPPI thought the most valuable contribution to Lake Barcroft was a sturdy wheelbarrow, a pitch fork and a strong back to help out during Beach One’s annual cleanup. After living here for 13 years with his wife, Sandy Udy, and daughter, Jessica, it seemed time to step up his efforts with a chance to serve on the LBA Board.
By way of professional background, Frank is an independent video producer and writer currently working on a documentary on juvenile justice in Missouri. His freelance career has included production work on the Muhammad Ali Center, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and The Newseum in Washington, D.C. For nine years he was managing editor of video production for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and before that he taught journalism in the School of Communication at American University.
Closer to home, he has served on the board of Lincolnia Park Recreation Club and was treasurer of the PTA at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Having lived in several other neighborhoods in Arlington and Alexandria, he has found that none of them compare to Lake Barcroft when it comes to a sense of community spirit and cooperation. This is certainly reflected in the hard working volunteers on the LBA Board who have been doing the planning for our community and implementing the many maintenance, beautification and public safety projects that make this such a great place to live.
The challenge for the LBA Board over the next few years is to maintain the high standards of transparency and governance that have served our community so well and made Lake Barcroft the envy of other community associations in Northern Virginia.
The Board has set an example of listening to our needs, researching options and presenting solutions that has served us well. Frank appreciates the opportunity to help continue that tradition by serving on the Board.
BETSY WASHINGTON Betsy Washington has lived in Lake Barcroft since 2001, along with husband Kevin Howe, and son Joshua Howe. They were drawn to this unique community because of the Lake, and the incredible natural beauty and wildlife. Once here, they fell in love with the great sense of community that is so unique to Lake Barcroft.
Betsy has served on the LBA Board for the past three years as Environmental Quality Chair and been a member of the Newsletter staff since 2003, where she has enjoyed sharing her passion for horticulture, conservation landscaping and wildlife. She has also been an active member of the Maintenance and Improvements Committee and designed and helped implement the Beach 5 Resource Protection Area Garden that won the Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Council’s first place prize for best community/association garden. You can often find Betsy there doing a little weeding, pruning, and wildlife gazing.
Betsy pursues her twin passions for landscaping and teaching at George Washington University where she is head of the plants program in the Landscape Design and Sustainable Design Programs. In a “former life,” Betsy was a marine biologist and illustrator and worked on larval fishes of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts as well as of the Amazon River. She feels that her background in biology has given her a unique perspective on watershed protection, and wildlife enhancement.
When not teaching or gardening, Betsy’s favorite pastimes are swimming in the Lake with her two dogs, Lucky and ‘Pupsqueak’, aka Kayak, hiking with her family, cross country skiing, sea kayaking, yoga, and beading. Betsy loves giving back to this wonderful community by working to protect our Lake and urban forest and working with others to create a comprehensive community resource on Lake Barcroft’s natural history, conservation landscaping techniques, watershed protection, and promotion and protection of our amazing wildlife.
TODD WEST is serving in this role to help ensure our community continues to be the amazing neighborhood his wife and he have come to know and love. With the birth of their first child in October 2013, taking advantage of and preserving all that our community has to offer has taken on increased importance to both of them. Since they moved to Crosswoods Drive in December 2008, Todd has served the community in a number of ways including: Chair of the LBA Asset Reserves Committee, Member of the Barge Party Planning Committee (twice), Member of the Lake Barcroft Newsletter Staff, and Fourth of July Fireworks Volunteer. Being elected to the LBA Board of Directors will allow Todd to continue serving his friends and neighbors in additional ways as he seeks to have a broader positive impact beyond his committee roles to date. As a licensed Professional Engineer with degrees in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, he will provide the Board with the expertise required to be an effective partner with WID to manage our most treasured asset – the Lake – and maintain the dam that is so essential to its vitality. Over the past decade in his career as a consultant, he has extensive experience in working with and managing teams of volunteers, which would further strengthen relationships between the Board and the community-at-large. Growing up in South Jersey, he and his family has spent many summer vacations at Long Beach Island and Ocean City on the Jersey Shore. His wife, Stacey, and he plan to instill a similar love of nature in their son, Arthur, spending summers on Beach 3 and kayaking on the Lake.