Meet your Board of Director Candidates

Meet your Board of Director Candidates

Oct 23, 2020

Gene Curtin

Since being elected Vice President of the homeowners’ association last year, I’ve tried to seek and listen to the views of the community. More important, my emphasis has been to sift differing opinions, apply my  judgement and act in what I believe to be the best interest of Deercreek.

If elected to this term, I will use this approach as we meet opportunities waiting for us next year and beyond. Next year, we will complete the last phase of the road paving project, look to form an enduring relationship with the new Deercreek Country Club and determine a direction for the community playground. All of these require significant community input and I want to reach out to members willing to engage. How we operate and plan Deercreek’s future are big questions.

My wife Elizabeth and I have seen the Deercreek community grow and evolve in our nearly 20 years here. With children in Virginia, Maryland, France and Scotland, Deercreek is as welcome a destination for their families’ visits to us as it is for our year round lives.

Reflecting this commitment, 2020 has been productive with these below among the projects in which I participated or led:

 Secured a $5,000 City grant for the playground. The application for a 2021 grant is in progress.

Put the community landscaping 3 year contract out to bid. Competition was strong and Connors Landscaping won with a 3 year fixed rate slightly below what we are now paying.

Took the deercreekcc.com web site to a new platform and eliminated the expense of a printed directory.

Saw the implications of the coronavirus on operations of the homeowners’ association and went fully virtual in March.

If elected, I hope to have a similar list to share at the end of 2021, 2022 and 2023. In consultation with you, I’m looking forward to using our resources wisely and for the best benefit of our community.

Len Fritz

Greetings Deercreek Residents!  My name is Len Fritz, and I am seeking a DCCHOA Board of Directors position.  I have lived in Deercreek since 2009 and have been a club member for 15 plus years.  Additionally, I have been a past member of the DCCHOA Board of Directors and also served on the DCCHOA Finance Committee.  Although I recently retired from government service, I am currently employed as a professor at the University of North Florida within the College of Business/Department of Transportation and Logistics.  I believe my work skillset combined with my dedication to our community makes me an ideal candidate for a position on the DCCHOA Board of Directors.

Our community at Deercreek will be going through many changes within the next few months.  The sale of the club facilities by ClubCorp has implications on both homeowners at large and homeowners who are golfers, tennis players, swimmers, and workout enthusiasts.  Each and every homeowner selected Deercreek for their resident community not only for the country club atmosphere and manicured environment but also for the value both add to their home’s worth.  Like all of you, Deercreek is my home.  I have no intentions of relocating.  Therefore, preserving the value of my home along with keeping our prestigious private country club environment is paramount to me and my family.

It is my opinion that there is a symbiotic relationship between participants of a country club and all homeowners represented by the DCCHOA.  All must be represented; all must have a voice.  If you have been absent in the past in casting with your vote, you can no longer be absent.  If you want an unbiased voice to represent you, I am your candidate.  If you want an open, honest, and transparent voice, I am your candidate.  My goal is to represent each homeowner of the Deercreek community as we move forward into a new Deercreek environment.  Your concerns will be my concerns.  Working together, I am certain this community will prosper and maintain the standards that we have become accustomed.

Sandeep Grover

I would like to volunteer for serving as a Board Member of the Deercreek Country Club Members Association. My background – I am an ophthalmologist and a retina specialist. I am faculty and Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Florida, Jacksonville – I just completed 15 years at UF this year. I have been an ophthalmologist for 33 years and practice with a passion – playing my role in trying to prevent blindness. I have served in several administrative roles at the University of Florida. Apart from my clinical practice, I also participate in research and teaching. I am an investigator in various clinical trials and mentor and teach doctors to become ophthalmologists. I have given various talks in my field at national and international level. I am an advisor to the ophthalmic technician program at the FSCJ. I recently got selected as a Committee member of Communications group at the Duval County Medical Society.

I have been involved in community service for over a decade. I was instrumental in starting the Jacksonville chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness for increasing the awareness of yet untreatable inherited retinal diseases. One of the signature events that is organized is the Annual VisionWalk and I have been the Medical Chair and Education Chair of the organization. As part of a group, I have gone to Sulzbacher center for more than 5 years, one day a month to cook and serve food to the members of the center.

I have been a resident of the beautiful Deercreek community since 2007 and enjoy living in this safe and quiet neighborhood with my wife. I have a son and a daughter-in-law, who also live in Jacksonville. We enjoy going to the beach, reading and travelling. I would definitely like to devote my time to serve on the Board and help to improve the community to the best of my ability.

 

Sandeep Grover, MD
7758 Watermark Ln

Bryan Howell

My interest is to continue to be actively involved in our community and would be grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board.

Julie and I have owned our home in Deercreek since May 1997. Except for a long-distance work opportunity in Charlotte for a few years, we have lived here full time since our purchase. And even while in Charlotte, we managed to return here every few weekends to keep our friendships active and to just “be home”. We are both retired and having recently sold a commercial building that we owned, we are enjoying the freedom of “optional daily scheduling”. We have both been serving as volunteers in the HOA (Julie in Common Property and me in Finance). We have both also been active in community activities here as well (The Garden Club, the Men’s Golf Association, and others).

I have been on the Finance Committee since 2014. During that time, I have regularly participated in many budgeting iterations, various committee finance recommendations and reserve planning discussions and decisions. I believe having served on Finance would be of assistance to the Board and community coupled with my business experience and my desire to keep (and improve in some areas) for what I think is one of the finest private communities in Jacksonville. We love our Deercreek and have many dear friends here. I play golf regularly and bike inside the gates several days a week. Julie and I travel a bit and go to Atlanta to visit our daughter. We do have a third occupant in our home, Julie’s dad, Ed. He is our 97-year-old, WWII vet and all that know us well—hear the stories of his antics.

Having spent several years on the Finance committee, I believe I have a particularly good understanding of the relationships between committees, the Board, and the community at large. Actively participating in at least six budget exercises would be of assistance to the community and the Board. I understand economic sensibilities and the need for operational funding and reserve fund continuity. I have also been active in the Reserve planning as well.
My 40-year career in commercial real estate comprised of activities that can benefit the oversight of our community. I worked for large private and public real estate companies and had my own Real Estate firm. Each of these endeavors involved dealing with commercial assets. My final assignment in a public enterprise was Special Projects Vice President for Parkway Properties, Inc. (a publically traded REIT). In this role my responsibilities included liaison and ultimate decision authority between all corporate departments and field offices. My communication skills and business acumen streamlined solutions between departments such as legal, finance, accounting, human resources, and operations. Prior to that, I was the market leader, Managing Director, for Parkway in Charlotte. There, I transitioned assets to Parkway through acquisitions and subsequently was responsible for the profitability of a billion-dollar portfolio.

My years of commercial experience involved property management, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, and strategic planning of commercial real estate. For thirty of the forty years I was personally responsible for the profitability of assets. In Charlotte, my responsibilities included managing a portfolio of 27 office buildings in Charlotte, Columbia, Richmond. Prior to Charlotte, I had my own Real Estate LLC which I merged as a partner in a full-service real estate brokerage firm in Jacksonville. Before starting my own firm, I was the asset manager (VP) for a REIT). As the VP of Operations, I had direct oversight of 224 office buildings in 32 locations in the Sunbelt.

I have conducted educational and training seminars throughout my career, served on many professional panels and have presented seminars on High Performance team building to several Real Estate associations. I am a Florida Real Estate Broker and have a history of volunteering including; President of the Jacksonville CCIM Association (Certified Commercial Investment Member), Past Chairman of the greater Outlook Real Estate Conference , Board member of Charlotte City Center Partners and Regional Planning Group, and President of several (commercial) Property Owners associations.

I am an Army Veteran (starting as a Private and finishing as a Captain and, helicopter pilot), a graduate of the University of South Florida and attended the University of Florida (immediately prior to being asked to spend time in the Army).

I look forward to your vote and welcome any questions you may have.
If you would like to discuss, my mobile is 704-309-5596

Respectfully,
Bryan

Antonio Jimenez

My name is Antonio Jimenez, and I am interested in serving on the Board of our wonderful community. I am a husband, father, and attorney. My goal on the Board is to ensure that our community continues to grow and prosper. There are a lot of changes coming to our neighborhood. As we develop a healthy dialogue between the Board and homeowners, we need to continue to preserve this wonderful community. Our Board needs to advocate for our community’s best interest so that Deercreek can remain an attractive community for us, the current residents, and the future homebuyer.  The average age in our community is 64 years old. We need to begin thinking about the next generation that will be looking to move into our neighborhood. What is working? What needs adjusting? What needs to be replaced. As a 41-year-old with a young family who just moved into this community, I can bring a positive dialogue and fresh ideas to move this community forward. The HOA cannot only continue doing business as is. Deercreek needs to adapt and grow. Deercreek needs strong leadership. I will provide the strong leadership we need.

On a personal note, I was born and raised in Miami to immigrant parents (Cuba and Costa Rica), and I served five years in the US Navy. I was stationed in Mayport for 2 1/2 years and in San Diego for another 2 1/2 years. I earned my college degree while serving in the Navy. I am the first in my family to graduate from college.  I was honorably discharged in 2002, and attended law school in Gulfport, FL (Stetson Law) immediately after being released. I returned home to Miami upon my law school graduation, and I started my law career as a prosecutor for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. I opened my law practice in 2008, focusing on criminal defense before transitioning to a full-time divorce and family law practice. My wife Sandra is currently pursuing her bachelor’s in criminal justice and plans to attend Florida Coastal School of Law in January 2022. We have a four-year-old son, Jeremiah. He attends Deerwood Academy. Also, I am terrible at golf, but living here, I will surely get better.

Kathleen Kleppinger

Kathy has been a resident of Deercreek and a member of Deercreek Country Club  since 2018.  She currently serves on the Access Control Committee and is Vice President of the Home and Garden Club.  She also serves on the Church Council for St Marks Lutheran Church recently completing a term as Treasurer.

Kathy is retired from a career in finance.  She spent the last 22 years of her career as Vice President of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley in Reading, Pennsylvania.  Kathy has always been actively involved in her community and has extensive volunteer experience for which she has received multiple awards.  Before moving to Jacksonville, she served as Board Chair of the Reading Public Museum and as a Trustee at Alvernia University.  Kathy was chairperson of: the American Heart Association, the Advisory Board for Penn State University Berks, and Campfire Boys and Girls Club.  Additionally, she served on the board of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, United Way, and was Treasurer of the National Association of Versatile Hunting Dogs.

Kathy currently resides at 7910 Abington Hills Lane with her husband Trig and their dog Clouseau.

Dave Rich

Dave Rich

Head of Department, Technology Enterprise Services
CSX Corporation

Dave Rich is Head of Technology Enterprise Services for CSX Corporation, a premier North American transportation company based in Jacksonville, Fla., that provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services across a broad array of markets.

In his role at CSX Corporation, Mr. Rich supports CSX’s strategic architecture and delivers services that include, advanced analytics, mobility, user experience, geographic information services (GIS), robotics, as well as enterprise data and application integration.

Mr. Rich joined the corporation’s IT subsidiary CSX Technology in 2000 as a software developer, and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility. In 2010, he was appointed Technical Director PTC Back Office and Equipment Health, helping to improve overall rail safety through technical innovation.

Through his leadership, Mr. Rich and his team provide broad services across business units that have include key rail performance indicators, mobile enablement, positive train control, data analysis and insights that help drive asset utilization and customer service both internally and externally.

In 2016, Mr. Rich was recognized as JU Davis College of Business Top 40 Talent, JU Davis College of Business Outstanding Student of the Year, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.

Mr. Rich has been involved in the greater Jacksonville community through, Bike MS, Scouting, March of Dimes, United Way, HabiJax, 3 Grains of Rice, and the Sulzbacher Center.

Mr. Rich holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Florida State University and a master’s in business administration, from Jacksonville University.

Alexandra Sanderhoff

I am Alexandra Sanderhoff, a Jacksonville native who grew up here on Southside. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, I returned to Jacksonville to teach at my alma matter, Episcopal. While at ESJ, I was on many committees, including serving as Chair of the Admissions Committee during the school’s national accreditation process. I also led academic initiatives from conception to fruition. The science department dreamed of having a robotics course, so in collaboration with two other teachers, I wrote the curriculum, designed the course, and taught Introduction to Robotics – a class the school had never before offered in its 50-year history.

I also understand the rewarding nature of volunteer and unpaid positions. In college, I was a staff writer for the acclaimed Daily Tar Heel newspaper and learned that clear, honest, timely writing and communication is invaluable to the health and progress of a community. I have been a peer mentor, a trip leader, club sponsor, and mother! In the spring of 2019, my daughter, Cameran, was born, and I decided to pause my teaching career to be home with her. I joined a local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) chapter, and I am currently serving on their leadership council.

My husband, Nyles, and I had been eager to move to this part of town to be close to his job and my family. We found the perfect home in Deercreek – a community that had matured into exactly the place we hoped to raise a family. Being a stay at home parent allows me the time and energy to commit to serving on this Board and doing the job well. I hope to bring a voice to the Board that reflects the needs and ideas of young Deercreek families. I am passionate about raising my daughter in a community that I love; one that is safe, beautiful, and sustainable. I wish to serve on the Board to ensure that Deercreek continues to be just that.