The Killearn Homeowners Association recently distributed ballots to all qualified residents for the upcoming election of the Board of Directors.
There are two elections on the ballot.
The first is a yes or no vote on the recent Board appointment of Danielle Irwin for the term ending December 31, 2022.
The second vote is the selection of five Board members from a list of nine nominees.
The ballots are due in no later than November 1, 2020.
The bios of the nominees – as provided by KHA – are provided below.
Danielle H. Irwin, Unit #17 APPOINTEE
Danielle is a scientist with degrees in Biology (BS) and Environmental Studies (BA) from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Oceanography from the Florida State University. After an early career start with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Danielle opened and operated her own environmental consulting firm while living in Jacksonville. She moved back to Tallahassee in 2012 to become the Deputy Director of FDEP’s Division of Water Resource Management until 2015. She now serves as Director of a coastal engineering firm, Cummins Cederberg, having opened their branch office in Tallahassee focusing on waterfront environments and climate resiliency. Killearn Estates is where Danielle has chosen to raise her family. She lives on Lake Killarney with her husband, Ben Irwin, a local surveyor, her 16-year-old daughter and tenth grader at Chiles, Lorelei, and their 5-year-old son and kindergartener at Desoto Trail, Hunter. Danielle enjoys camping, mountain biking, cooking, baking and family memory-making. Danielle is an active member of Sunrise Rotary and the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee, sits on the board of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, and is a committee member on the Leon County Water Resources Committee. Danielle has served on the KHA Board since March 2020 by appointment into a vacated Board seat. She is interested in enhancing the common areas and assets of our community for the enjoyment of all our residents, as well as protecting our neighborhood from the potential negative effects of development pressures. Nine Candidates for Election for a term through December 31, 2023:
Gloria M. Arias, Unit #1 INCUMBENT
Gloria was elected in 2015; the Board has elected her VP the past four years. Chairing Maintenance, Communications and Events committees Gloria has overseen 18 projects, including: · No New Traffic campaign: launched a grassroots effort with town hall, and residents wrote elected officials, attended meetings en mass standing up for Killearn. The team met County and City commissioners, expressing safety concerns with the importance of redirecting the road · Steered the stopping of Killearn Corridor, a 4-lane divided Shamrock · Killarney Way Park: extensive repair and restoration · Shamrock South Park: collaborated with City on major water detention improvement, amenities, terracing for versatile use, new trees and existing trees pruned and treated. · Bay Shore Park: completely outfitted, water runoff controlled via City raingarden program that I applied for. · Community wood chip pile: Created at Shamrock S Park for residents’ use · Tree Succession program: Analysis prepared by an arborist with each tree identified with health noted and suggested maintenance accessed in written form or via interactive online · Golf Course Settlement Agreement: served on the Mediation Team to negotiate with the owner KHA Governmental Liaison 1998-2000: Board appointed to resolve major issues including stopping 4-laning Killarney Way and mediations with environmentalists, surrounding neighborhoods and government resulting in the approval of Roberts Elementary and Montford Middle schools. · NE Gateway Project: Led a task force protecting Killearn Estates. Succeeded to have Welaunee Blvd extend to Roberts Rd in Phase I. Only a rural road will now connect to Shamrock. Original design had only one road into Shamrock.
Luke Brown, Unit #51
My wife, Dorian, son, Alex, and I have lived in Killearn Estates for more than 20 years. Before that, we lived in Fort Lauderdale. Dorian is employed by the State, and Alex by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. In Fort Lauderdale, I operated a successful law firm that handled a variety of civil matters, was a Civil Magistrate and a Mediator. I was a Board member of the condominium association in which Dorian and I lived. There, I helped other Board members understand their legal, fiduciary, and ethical obligations and helped establish an informal dispute resolution process. I was recruited to Tallahassee by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Later, I joined a national law firm to build its insurance practice. I taught at FSU’s College of Business and its Law School and have written for several international publishers. Currently, I write about insurance and legal issues for laypeople, businesses, and legal professionals. I wish to serve on the Killearn Estates Board to ensure adherence to all legal, ethical, and fiduciary responsibilities owed to homeowners. I will do so by exercising sound judgment in matters that come before the Board and by advocating for: · Transparency, not Secrecy in Board Operation · Sound Interpretation, not Manipulation of Rules · Fiscal Responsibility before Dues Increases · Neither Sale nor Development of Community Property without Required Membership Approval · Advanced Notice of Issues and Member Input before Voting · Reasonable and Consistent Enforcement of Community Standards · Orderly Conduct of Meetings I would appreciate your support and your vote.
Susan B. Dickerson, Unit #42
My husband Bob Roberts and I moved to the Cameron Chase neighborhood of Killearn Estates in October, 2016. We love being here. After living in a neighborhood without restrictions, it was a welcomed change for us. We previously lived in the Forest Edge Neighborhood south of town where I served on the board of directors for several years. I enjoyed meeting neighbors and solving neighborhood problems together. We beautified the Veterans’ cemetery and worked with the city to make city water available to all residents. Through my career with the Department of Children and Families, I served as a social worker, policy analyst and manager. As a member of the Killearn Homeowners Association Board of Directors I will be committed to ensuring that the beauty and values of our neighborhood are carried forward. I will represent all KHA members with honesty and integrity and facilitate transparency and open communication between members and the Board.
Michael Flemming, Unit #17 INCUMBENT
Michael has served on the KHA Board since 2011, he served as Vice President for 2 years and as Secretary; he also served on the Killearn Architectural Control Committee for seven years, serving two years as ACC Chairman; he also served as Golf Course Liaison for three years. Mike has been a resident and homeowner of Killearn Estates for the past 22 years. Mike studied Biology at Florida State University, he is an avid pianist, marksman, and has four grown children — three sons who graduated from FSU and a daughter who graduated from TCC. Mike is a Florida Certified Building Contractor, Florida Certified Home & Building Inspector, and a FL Dept. of Health Certified Radon Measurement Specialist and Mitigation Specialist. He is owner, President/CEO of Southeast Construction, Southeast Painting, Certified Inspections, and Radon Solutions. As a 30+ year local business entrepreneur, Mike has been a member of many organizations including Rotary International, Home Builders Association, Tallahassee Chamber, Boy Scouts of America, Compassion International, and Wounded Warriors.
David Foster, Unit #11
David Foster is a man who ends up in a leadership role due to his ability to actively listen, problemsolving nature, and ability to think clearly under pressure from multiple sources. David has a very systematic and analytical nature to problem solving; allowing the facts, instead of opinions, to guide his judgement and analyze processes to maximize efficiencies and reduce workflow friction while accounting for the ‘human factor’. David’s greatest leadership accomplishment to date is when he convinced a group of people to agree to a course of action that ultimately allowed for the reduction in staff by 50% while also increasing their work output by 100% over the course of 4 years, without actually having any official authority with the group; it was all accomplished through logical reasoning and charisma. David is currently heading the efforts at a national pharmaceutical company to establish their Data Analytics Unit.
David E. Fountain, Unit #32
David Fountain has over forty years of experience in: broadcasting, public relations, media relations, politics, government, and communications. He and his family moved to Tallahassee in 1967 and except for 9 years in California has lived here. The Fountains moved into Killearn estates over twenty years ago. He has worked for: One U.S. Senator, Two Florida Cabinet members, and Three non-profit trade associations, two of which he helped found (one in Florida and one in California). He has started two businesses, both successful and he has run for public office twice, and lost. He holds the designations of APR (Accredited Public Relations Professional) and CPRC (Certified Public Relations Counselor). His work and work product have won recognition from state and regional professional organizations. He is former commander of a 200-member military unit, after enlisting as a “slick sleeved private” he retired with the rank of Major. He is a graduate of Florida State University, with degrees in Radio and Television Broadcasting and Government. He is married, has three sons, three stepdaughters and 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and, he is retired, but will probably never completely retire. However, the most immediate plans are to continue experiencing the his “golden” years in Killearn Estates.
Jeff Graverholt, Unit #39
Jeff spent 10 years in the US Navy as a proven leader and started pilot training and ultimately selected helicopters and completed training in Pensacola, San Diego before arriving at his first assignment in Jacksonville Florida. While station there he completed two deployments on the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower and conducted a home port change to Norfolk, VA. There he served on the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center staff in support of non-traditional expeditionary sailors and deployed once again as the Helicopter Element Coordinator on the staff of the Commander Carrier Strike Group Twelve, where he organized the future plans and operations planning for a round the world deployment and homeport change of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. After completing his service to his country Jeff transitioned to civilian life by moving to Tallahassee Florida and began working for a local engineering firm as the Operations Manager responsible for daily operations and resource allocation of his civil engineering teams. Throughout his career he has sought opportunities to give back to his communities by volunteering as the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation officer at ECRC and the Wardroom Officers fund manager as CSG-12, where he demonstrated the ability to effective establish a budget plan, fund raise, and lead committees to achieve the desired community goals. Jeff is eager to continue his volunteer work giving back to his community and the Killearn Homeowners Association.
David A. Hoodenpyle, Unit #3
David A. Hoodenpyle and his wife, Lois have resided at Shamrock South for over 32 years. Their 2 children live and work in Tallahassee where they attended Leon county schools and graduated from TCC, FSU, and FAMU. David retired from Unisys Corporation, specializing in Bank computer accounting systems, following duty in the Air Force, as a computer field engineer on fighter intercept controls, where I was awarded the Joint Service Commendation medal for service at NATO in Mons, Belgium. In addition, I started a Silicon Graphics dealership business with customers statewide and was later appointed Director of Recruitment at ITT technical institute Tallahassee after selling the business. David completed the Tallahassee Citizens Police Academy in ‘96 and has volunteered at TPD in records and evidence management and the financial crimes division. He has volunteered at meals on wheels and helped raise corporate funds for the United Way and Toys for Tots. David holds a Bachelor and AA degree from Park University and the University of Maryland in Business Management. I am running for the board to be a voice for all members in the Killearn community. In order to accomplish that, we must have board transparency and timely notice of agenda, minutes, special meetings, and have member input prior to any vote. We must have a sound interpretation of the bylaws and not an invention. We must have a reasonable enforcement of community standards not harassment. I am committed to bringing common sense back to the board and make it representative of us all.
Paul J. Munyon, Unit #51
I am Paul Munyon, a retired Air Force Colonel, retired state employee, husband, father, and grandfather. My wife and I have been Killearn residents since 1996 where we have raised our two sons who are now both Killearn residents themselves. I have completed the Air Force’s senior leadership schools, and I have earned a bachelor’s degree from FSU and an MBA from Liberty University. I also hold a project management professional certification. In the Air Force I was an instructor weapons systems officer on the F-111, a navigator on the C-130H and AC-130A, and Special Forces MC-130E. I served two tours in Afghanistan, where I was the commander and flew nearly 40 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor. Finally, I was the commander of a squadron and the communications advisor to the Defense Information Systems Agency. I have taught international navigation at American Airlines, was the deputy program manager at the Pentagon and I have worked in several Florida state agencies. Finally, I have owned a management consulting firm for several years. As a 24 year Killearn resident I feel I have an excellent understanding of the needs of the Killearn community, the challenges we face living in a maturing neighborhood with outside encroachment forces, and the need to maintain a strong, vibrant, and welcoming community. I wish to offer my knowledge and experience to help our community meet the challenges ahead and to be a champion for our Killearn families and community