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Four WCA Board Seats See Sept. 11 Election

On Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., the WCA will hold its annual meeting in the Westchase Swim and Tennis Center’s activity room.

The annual meeting marks the Westchase Voting Members’ (VMs) election of the Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board of Directors. Four seats face election this year – those currently held by WCA Directors Forrest Baumhover, Ruben Collazo, Keith Heinemann and Brian Ross. All but Ross have indicated they will run for reelection. Also running is West Park’s Michelle Del Sordo. Further nominations from the floor will still be accepted at the meeting.
Candidates’ personal statements follow:

Forrest Baumhover, The Fords

Hi, I’m Forrest Baumhover, raised in Florida and a Fords resident. My family and I moved to Kingsford four years ago as part of a military move to MacDill.
Shortly after arriving, we made the decision to retire here and establish our post-military life. We wanted to be a part of the Westchase community. We fell in love with Westchase, and it’s our goal to be as involved as we can be.

To that extent, I’m currently serving on the board, as well as on the Modifications Committee. The Modifications Committee helps homeowners figure out how to make the changes they want to their houses while helping the Westchase community maintain its standing as the ‘go-to’ destination for Tampa families. I’m also the Kingsford voting member, representing those residents during our voting member meetings.

If you elect me to the Westchase board, I assure you that I will continue to maintain the same commitment to service that has guided me both through 24 years of military service and my volunteer efforts within the WCA.

Ruben Collazo, The Shires

My wife Marta, my son Chris and I came to The Shires in May, 1995. Our daughter Samantha (Sept ’96) is a Westchase native. I have been a board member for about 15 of the last 19 years.

The first time I was elected in 1999, I served on the developer’s board. Things have certainly developed for our community over the years.

Serving on an HOA Board is perhaps one of the more difficult volunteer jobs because of the enormous commitment involved. Being a board member means having a willingness to dig into details, reviewing and understanding governing documents, being accessible to our neighbors, reading a lot, making tough decisions, and attending many meetings. It’s hard work but I thoroughly enjoy it.

As board president, I am happy to report that our finances are strong and our committee membership is thriving thanks to the many generous neighbors who volunteer. We've developed a reputation for being a leader of community associations. I regularly receive phone calls from other HOA presidents seeking to learn from our experiences.

I am seeking re-election because I want to continue to keep our community a place to which our neighbors are happy to come home . My core principles are openness, transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and diversity of opinion. These core principles are how we build and maintain our community and the lifestyle we all call Westchase. I ask for your continued support and your vote. Thank you.

Michelle Del Sordo, West Park Village

I have been a Westchase resident since 2015 but have been in Tampa since 2009. Prior to moving to Florida, I was a lifelong Jersey girl, commuting in and out of NYC and working in the financial services industry.

I am very active in the Westchase community and currently serve as vice president and alternate voting member for The Classic Townhomes of WPV. I am a member of the Government Action Committee, Covenants Committee, Metal Roof Committee, and Document Review Committee.

Professionally, I am the chief compliance officer for a successful financial services firm in the Westchase area. (Yes, I have the privilege of living and working in this wonderful community!) I was recently approved as a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator.

Prior to moving to Westchase I held several positions on the board of my previous community in Carrollwood.

In my spare time you’ll find me at our community pool, Kindle in hand, entrenched in a murder-mystery novel or with a set of earbuds placed firmly in my ears as I try to reach my daily 10,000 step goal around the sidewalks of West Park Village.

I would love the opportunity to continue to serve Westchase residents.

Keith Heinemann, Radcliffe

Keith Heinemann here, finishing my fifth year as WCA Board secretary.  Concurrently, I’m also serving as the WCA Member (liaison) to the World of Westchase board.  I've been privileged to serve with outstanding slates of board members for both groups. 

Locally, I’ve been elected Radcliffe’s alternate voting member for eleven years, and six years as the VM, plus ten years on the Government Affairs Committee, including one as chairman. 

Many of you know me as the Precinct 508 Clerk for the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections. I've led that group since 2002.  Or, you may have read some of my regular WOW articles over the years.

Prior to Westchase, I served 28 years in the Air Force, with significant leadership assignments in Transportation and Logistics, including a tour at HQ USAF Transportation at the Pentagon. I was promoted to full Colonel and concluded my career here at HQ US Central Command.  Along the way, I was awarded a Bronze Star for service during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-91.

My education includes a B.A. in Economics from St Olaf College, and an MBA specializing in Transportation from the University of Tennessee, plus other graduate programs at Northwestern University and the University of Tennessee.

Finally, I also chaired our Nomination Committee for three cycles, leading election night proceedings for our WCA Board in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

You have elected top-notch people to look out for Westchase’s best interests. I'd be honored to represent you and serve another term on our WCA Board.

By Chris Barrett, Publisher

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