Here you will find the Board Candidate Bio information for the six candidates running for seven positions on the 2022 Newington Forest Board of Directors. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order and are as follows: Robert Cooper II, Robert Dolce, Kenneth Frye, Diane Rea, Clayton Vieg, and Tina Ward.
ROBERT COOPER II, 8366 MAGIC LEAF ROAD, SPRINGFIELD, VA. 22153
PLEASE LIST YOUR COMMUNITY (NEWINGTON FOREST OR ANOTHER COMMUNITY) OR OTHER VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES: Board member since June 2001, Treasurer since 2003, Church Youth Education Program for 9 years, Youth Soccer Coach for 7 years, Church Vacation Bible School for 6 years, Various time in community: Creek cleanup, street cleanup, Spring Festival, Pool Pass Registration – 8 years, Finance Committee, since February 2001.
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YOU ARE RUNNING FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND ANY SPECIAL TALENTS THAT YOU HAVE THAT MIGHT HELP YOU TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE BOARD MEMBER: I can address the concerns of the members of our community in making decisions which will affect our wallets, our future property values, and provide opportunities for our children. I have worked in financial management and budget for over 20 years in organizations ranging in size from $500,000 to $60,000,000 per year. I learned leadership and integrity first while earning the rank of Eagle Scout, then as an Air Force Officer and in becoming a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia. I lived in a Newington Forest townhouse for 5 ½ years and a Newington Forest single-family home since 1997. I am positive I can bring my knowledge and experience to the benefit of the homeowners in Newington Forest. I want to continue to maintain the lowest possible quarterly fees in the area while providing the quality services we deserve.
ROBERT DOLCE, 8494 RAINBOW BRIDGE LANE, SPRINGFIELD, VA. 22153
PLEASE LIST YOUR COMMUNITY (NEWINGTON FOREST OR ANOTHER COMMUNITY) OR OTHER VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES: CASA Volunteer 2011-2013, Fairfax County, US Embassies — Various Postings Abroad, Volunteer on: Housing Boards, Employee Associations, Personnel Evaluation Review Boards, School Committees, Special Immigrant Visa Boards, Cub Scouts Leaderships Committee 1993-1997; Cubmaster – London, Peace Corps Volunteer – Nepal, 1976-78
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YOU ARE RUNNING FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND ANY SPECIAL TALENTS THAT YOU HAVE THAT MIGHT HELP YOU TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE BOARD MEMBER: My family has lived in Newington Forest on and off since 1989, first in the townhouses on Spring Creek Court and now in a single-family home on Rainbow Bridge Lane. Newington Forest has been and is a particularly nice community in South County, and indeed in the County as a whole. We are lucky to have the range of outdoor amenities, the school, the pool and the management teams that we have had around us all these years. It is my time (now that I’m at least semi-retired) to give some back, if I can. Over the years I have done some unofficial work in our Stream Valley in maintaining the walking/hiking trails and have contacted the County Park Management folks when certain things needed their attention. I would like to continue that. I am a little concerned about the disparity about the HOA charges between the townhouses and the single-family homes, and I at least want to look at that to ensure that all costs in the community are fairly shared. But we are a good bit lucky to live in what I consider a pretty cozy community in a rather unique part of Fairfax County. And I would like to try to add whatever benefit I can for all of us.
KENNETH FRYE, 8076 ATHENA STREET, SPRINGFIELD, VA. 22153
LIST YOUR COMMUNITY OR OTHER VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: I have served on the Board of Directors for the: Bentley Village Condominium Association; Lorton Little League; and Newington Forest Community Association, Inc. (NFCA). I was on the NFCA Board from late 1993 thru early 1998. In 2009, I was re-elected to the NFCA Board and am currently the Secretary. I received the NFCA Community Service Award in 1992 for preparing the first reserve study for the Association. I try to help the Association improve the contracts it uses for “routine” services and erosion control projects. As a retired engineer, my work experience provides me with a background to examine construction projects and to identify problems or incomplete proposals. Over the past year I reviewed erosion control proposals covering seven areas of the community. This review included detailed construction drawings created by Becht Engineering for storm water and French drain improvements in three townhouse areas. Unfortunately these projects can be expensive, but the Board has recently approved four of them and the erosion has been nicely repaired along the new concrete steps between Parkdale and Willowdale Courts. As a volunteer, I have spread mulch on the Common area and removed eroded earth that a heavy rain left on a townhouse court street. I also randomly walk or drive through the community looking for problems (e.g., trash, dead or fallen trees, tires in floodplains, etc.) I am also a member of the Finance Committee that prepares the draft budget for the Board’s review and also reviews the community’s draft audit each year to ensure its accuracy.
WHY I AM RUNNING FOR THE NFCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: I enjoy using the community trail system and working with the other Board members to manage the affairs of the community. I want to maintain the quality of our community and its improvements, while also trying to keep our assessments as low as practical. I would like to continue serving on the Board and working with our community staff to keep this neighborhood a desirable place to live in with reasonable assessments.
DIANE REA, 8447 SUGAR CREEK LANE, SPRINGFIELD, VA. 22153
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YOU ARE RUNNING FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND ANY SPECIAL TALENTS THAT YOU HAVE THAT MIGHT HELP YOU TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE BOARD MEMBER: I was a member of the HOA Board of Directors when I lived in Sterling, VA. I would like to be a part of helping my community.
CLAYTON VIEG, 8258 BURNING FOREST COURT, SPRINGFIELD, VA. 22153
PLEASE LIST YOUR COMMUNITY (NEWINGTON FOREST OR ANOTHER COMMUNITY) OR OTHER VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES: -Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Dallas, TX. 1986-1989 (Managed 1-2 sites from 1987-1989) – Various volunteer positions with Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX. 1990-1995, including: President of singles class; youth program representative to the Administrative Board; outreach activities to local underprivileged children. – Volunteer tutor for the DEA-Dallas Public Schools elementary school tutoring program, Dallas, TX., 1993-1994. – Volunteer instructor, Heidelberg Rod & Gun Club, Heidelberg, Germany 2003-05 – Volunteer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., 2008 -Assisted NFCA Finance Committee, Summer 2012 – Secretary, NFCA Board of Directors, February 2013- February 2014 – Vice President, NFCA Board of Directors, February 2014 – February 2016 – President, NFCA Board of Directors, February 2016 – February 2021 -Assistant Secretary-Treasurer, NFCA Board of Directors, February 2021 – Present -Member, Supervisory Committee, Constellation Federal Credit Union, April 2016-March 2019 (Chair-May 2018-March 2019) – Docent, Cold War Museum, Warrenton, VA – October 2019 – Present – Volunteer, National Museum of the United States Army, Fort Belvoir, VA – September 2020 – Present
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YOU ARE RUNNING FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND ANY SPECIAL TALENTS THAT YOU HAVE THAT MIGHT HELP YOU TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE BOARD MEMBER: I have been a property owner and a resident of an NFCA townhouse since the summer of 2008 (13+ years). When I first applied to serve on the Board nine years ago, I intended to take a more active part in the affairs of the NFCA and felt that my talents and skills would be most helpful. I would like to continue to serve the members of the Association in the coming year as well. I would also like to continue to serve as a voice for the concerns of the property owners. I am a career Federal employee and I currently work for a Federal agency in its Inspector General’s (IG) office – I investigated internal misconduct cases for 5 years, after which I was appointed to my present position where I manage the IT program for my office and perform forensic analysis of digital evidence. I am a contracting officer’s representative (COR) and I am responsible for the IT-related contracting requirements of my organization. Before that, I was an IG inspector with the U.S. Army overseas for 7 years, and before that, a DEA investigator for 12 years. I have been heavily involved with IT management, operations, and acquisition throughout my Federal career. I am vitally interested in ensuring the integrity of our Association and its operations, and I want to ensure that (among other things) our funds are spent wisely, carefully, and effectively. As the trustees for the quarterly assessments that our property owners must pay, we must be able to assure them that we address the community’s priorities and also recognize that property owners’ wallets are not unlimited. When necessary, assessments may have to be raised, but our members must have confidence in how we arrive at that end. I firmly believe that the Board has managed the financial affairs of the Association in a prudent manner and the members can be confident that our financial position is a strong one.
During my service as Vice President of the Board (2014-2016), my external responsibilities on behalf of the Association increased further as I began representing it at the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Associations (MVCCA), where I took an active part in various policy issues being considered by that body, in particular concerning the problems with dead and dying trees in our community. On behalf of the Board, I also appeared before and addressed the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in May 2014 on the Lorton landfill issue. I have also represented the Association before the South County Federation (SCF). During my five years of service (2016-2021) as your Association President, I and the other members of the Board faced several challenging issues. In particular, navigating the many challenges that arose in 2020 from the COVID-19 pandemic (both financial and otherwise) weighed heavily on the Board and myself – I believe we made the right decisions in the best interest of our community. I am very glad that the Board was able to reopen the swimming pool this year, although the situation has not yet permitted us to resume all of our usual community activities. I chose to step down as president last February as I felt it was time for new leadership, and our current president (Tina Ward) has done an outstanding job this year. However, I wanted to continue to serve our community and I appreciate your giving me another chance to serve on the Board during the 2021-22 term. While I hope that the impact of COVID-19 will perhaps wind down this next year, I know that we still have significant work to do, such as ensuring our financial condition remains in order while trying to address the common area property maintenance issues inherent in a 44-year-old community infrastructure. I feel we have done our best to address these (and other) issues and I hope to be able to continue to serve our community as a member of the Board of Directors. Thank you for your consideration and for your vote.
TINA WARD, 8423 GREAT LAKE LANE, SPRINGFIELD, VA. 22153
PLEASE LIST YOUR COMMUNITY (NEWINGTON FOREST OR ANOTHER COMMUNITY) OR OTHER VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES: Current NF President; former NF Vice President, Secretary and Board Member, Have served on NF Board 6+ years, Teach CCD at Nativity Catholic Church, Mentor current breast cancer patients via the Survivors Offering Support program through Inova’s Life with Cancer, Served as President, Vice President and Secretary on the Landsdowne HOA for 3 years, Served as Chair of the Architectural Review Board for Landsdowne HOA for 3 years, Served as Chair (2005) and Vice Chair (2004) of the Community Service Team at work; have served as Team Member since 2006.
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY YOU ARE RUNNING FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND ANY SPECIAL TALENTS THAT YOU HAVE THAT MIGHT HELP YOU TO BE A MORE EFFECTIVE BOARD MEMBER: I believe we all should give back to make our community better. One way I choose to do this in the community in which I live is by serving on the Board. I have HOA Board experience from serving on the NF Board and the Landsdowne HOA. I am a paralegal by education and believe my career experience is also helpful to me in my role on the Board.