Hebert Elected President of Reston Association Board; LaRosa Retained as Treasurer

by Dave Emke April 13, 2017 at 11:30 am 13 Comments

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.

  • Greg

    “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.”

    Off to a roaring consensus now are we? Attagirl, Hebert. Trust level = 0.

    • John Farrell

      Stop it.

      If you spent 10 minutes watching this meeting, it is clear that there are two distinct factions on this body: (a) the Tetra/Kate defenders and (b) the anti-Tetra group. Expecting consensus given those dynamics is unrealistic.

      Eve’s attempt to bully Sherri into foregoing the President’s seat on BOC was a desperate attempt by the “ancien regime” to hold onto power. It was petty and offensive.

      As if Sherri would give up the ability to shape the Board meeting agendas.

      Ray and Julie’s delusion that a resolution adopted by the prior Board regarding selection of the Treasurer was truly sad. The prior Board could not bind the new Board’s right and power to elect a Treasurer that’s set out in the By-laws. The resolution was a dead letter as soon as the new Board was sworn in. Chadwick foolishly added to the confusion.

      Daniela is the Treasurer and will serve under the same terms as the other officers.

      If Julie wants to remove Daniela in May or later, she’s going to have to get 4 other Board members to agree to remove Daniela. I don’t see 5 votes for that on this Board.

      Consensus will only occur when the pro-Tetra group accepts that their years of dominating the Board are over.

      Our tennis coach in chief should be polishing up the ol’ resume.

      • Reston rate payer

        The tennis coach in chief needs to go as does DeRosa. For someone who claims to be an accountant she sure was clueless on the Tetra debacle. Unfortunately we have the Hudgins stooge Bobzien ( disgraced Fairfax County attorney ) there would be enough votes to remove Fulkerson and DeRosa.

        • John Farrell

          It’s understood that Hudgins is offended that the tennis coach in chief is paid more than the COUNTY EXECUTIVE who supervises 14,000 employees serving 1.2 million people over 400 square miles.

          Kate has 90 year ’round employees serving 60,000 people over 11 square miles.

          Bobzein may well be under orders to get rid of Fulkerson.

          • DearJill

            John, you’ve seen one too many Columbo episodes, you crazy nutter.

          • John Farrell

            Thanks for paying anonymous DearJill. Now back under your troll bridge.

          • Greg

            Let’s hope so.

      • John Higgins

        Agree with Mr. Farrell. The thought that the board would take such a vote to remove Danniella on the basis that (in the words of the Bylaws) “the best interests of the Association will be served thereby.” I’m less confident the board will be presented with such a motion…if they felt there is any reason to follow the Bylaws, this “crisis” would not have arisen in the first place.

        Danniella has done a good job as treasurer and, in my opinion, earned re-election to a full term. RA benefits by having an individual who has both professional competence and deep understanding of RA operations. She has both. It is vital in that position that the incumbent not be discouraged from “speaking truth to power”. The idea that the board would remove a competent treasurer for other than strong cause adds a most undesirable chill to its goal of regaining confidence of the membership.

        • Fed up with RA

          I am pretty sure DeRosa did not seek reelection because she knew she would lose.
          Why would she want to remain as treasurer? Makes no sense it’s the same time commitment without a vote.
          As the only person on the board with a financial background she shroud have seen the folly of the Tetra purchase.
          She needs to be replaced with someone with knowledge and backbone.

          • John Farrell

            Danielle was not up for re-election. She resigned after the first year of her 3 year term. John Mooney will serve the final 2 years of that term.

          • Greg

            Agreed, but I think she quit. For reasons that no one seems to know. Why did she quit?

      • Greg

        Can’t stop, won’t stop. The president needs to focus on one mission: firing Cate Fulkerson ASAP and her overpaid, incompetent, arrogant staff. Pandering to “resistance” by one board member over the most important board function / officer, the treasurer, is a waste of time at best.

        “We want to be respectful and timely, and do things maybe faster with not as much grandstanding.””

        • John Farrell

          Hardly pandering.

          Some might consider the quoted material to be a remonstrance of the one board member who most resisted the election of DeRosa.

          I too wanted a motion to terminate Kate’s contract for cause at Wednesday’s meeting. I’m willing to allow a short time, a very short time, for that process to begin.


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