At Wednesday night’s initial meeting of the new Reston Association Board of Directors, Director Sherri Hebert (Lake Anne/Tall Oaks District) was elected the board’s new president.
“I think we’re in a place right now [where we need to] build trust and faith in the community,” Hebert said. “I think I have a lot of support with groups all over the community… [and] I just think that’s the biggest thing we need to really do as a board, is rebuild that trust.”
Hebert is in the second year of her first team as a director, after being voted onto the board in 2016. She said the board needs to work on its internal relationships to improve the discourse among directors.
“We need to be in a collaborative space, [but] that doesn’t mean we all agree with each other all the time,” she said. “We want to be respectful and timely, and do things maybe faster with not as much grandstanding.”
Hebert said she is a firm believer in transparency and fights executive sessions whenever possible. She also said her experience on the board’s fiscal committee provides “a good foundation” to move into the president’s seat.
Voting was done by secret ballot. Julie Bitzer (South Lakes District) was also nominated.
Board newcomer David Bobzien (Apartment Owners’ representative) was elected vice president, winning a vote over fellow newcomer Eric Carr (At-Large).
“I think that it’s incredibly important this year for the Reston Association to have a board that operates efficiently — one who actually has efficient board meetings,” Bobzien said. “I think that I bring a great deal of experience in leading that kind of effort.”
Michael Sanio (At-Large), the board’s previous vice president, was elected secretary. He was the only director nominated.
The board also voted at the meeting to have Dannielle LaRosa, who stepped down from her role as a director, continue as treasurer until a call for applicants for the position is completed. No one has yet applied for the position, board Assistant Secretary Sabrina Tadele said, but the deadline for applicants is not until May 19.
LaRosa expressed a desire to continue on as treasurer beyond May. There was discussion to withdraw the call for applicants and re-appoint LaRosa to the position indefinitely, but that met resistance from At-Large Director Ray Wedell.
“There is no harm in allowing Dannielle to continue for a month, and I’m sure she’ll do a great job, [but] we have an opportunity to get some applications and learn some things, that maybe there’s one or two other people out there we don’t know of,” he said. “Even if we do not choose them at the end of the day, it would be good to know who they are and what they can do.”
Full video of the meeting is available at Reston Association’s YouTube channel.