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Meet Your 2020 MSNA Board of Director Candidates
Posted on Sep 9th, 2020

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order start with last name:
 
Candidate Mario Anderson
 
I have lived in Masterson Station since June 2015. I have been married to my wife Lindsay since 2013. We have a newly turned 4 year old daughter named Skylar. I work professionally in the local television news business as an Anchor & Reporter for Spectrum News 1. 
 
I have been on the Masterson Station Board of Directors since August 2016. I have held the title of Vice President and have served as President of the HOA since September 2018. I have many goals for the HOA, which includes building on some of our recent successes: I want to focus on increasing homeowner participation in neighborhood wide initiatives that increase overall property value.  I want to continue working on promoting transparency on how funds are utilized and distributed for neighborhood projects and supporting local school PTAs and other community organizations.
 
I look forward to improving HOA to homeowner communication, by leading our efforts to provide printed and electronic communications.
 
In addition to being a professional bourbon (And wine) sipper, my family enjoys walks throughout the neighborhood, visiting playgrounds and walking trails. 
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
  • I have served on Masterson Station Neighborhood Association since September 2016. I was elected by the neighborhood and then was selected to serve as VP. After re-election in 2018, I was voted in and selected as President. I have remained in that position, as of this email. for the last two years. My experience has included navigating our HOA through a change in property management companies, hiring of our first MSNA Clubhouse Office Manager in many years, updating all our communication pieces (new website, launching of social media pages and accounts) In addition to serving on this board, I've volunteered my time as a board member on several Lexington affiliated organizations: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society. 
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
  • I have been blessed beyond measure and have multiple skills, connections, resources and expertise to offer on behalf of our Association. From my experience in management and budgeting to contract negotiation. I also have experience with de-escalation to have strong relationships with key members and stakeholders who are invested in our neighborhood. (Governor of Kentucky, Lexington Mayor, City council-member, State Representative and State Senator) 
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
  • Each week I dedicate anywhere from 5-10 hours a week (minimum) to meetings and serving the mission of the Masterson Station Neighborhood Association. 
 
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Candidate Casey Bright
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
  • I have no homeowners board experience, but have been a board member for multiple health institutions, banks, and non profits for years now.
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
  • I have an abundance of knowledge in the financial field and can always be a source of knowledge there. I also have experience with leadership in the sense of being a small business owner who understands leadership and delegation when appropriate, without micromanaging others.
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
  • My schedule is flexible and I’m happy to help in any capacity that furthers the neighborhood in a positive manner.
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Candidate Lena Campbell
 
My name is Lena Campbell and my husband, son, and I have been blessed to call Masterson Station home for over 20 years. In fact, we love our neighborhood so much we own two homes on Meadow Valley; one where our cat Salty Dawg lets my husband and I live in exchange for treats and another for our son. Within a few months of moving to Masterson Station, I volunteered to serve as the board secretary and, thereafter, board meetings were held in my dining room because the Association did not own the clubhouse. In 2003, the board began negotiations to obtain the developers’ control rights and duties following months of frustration with deeds of restrictions (DOR) not being uniformly enforced and dues not being collected timely. Later that year, the developers signed over their rights and gave the association the clubhouse and pool. As a board member, I helped to develop our accounting system and negotiated the engagement of a property management company to oversee the day to day operations of the Association. Shortly thereafter, I left the board to pursue my career as a football mom.
 
In 2006, I was approached by the board to serve as the Association’s first property manager. I oversaw the day to day operations of the Association for two years until I was involved in a motorcycle wreck. For the next ten years, I closely followed the goings on with the board and was not always happy with the handling of our financial matters. In September 2018, I made the decision to again volunteer to serve. After the election, I was selected to serve as treasurer. During my early tenure as treasurer, I initiated a review of the 2600+ homeowner accounts paying special attention to overdue accounts, oversaw the drafting and adoption of a new accounts receivable policy, and devised and implemented an amnesty program for all overdue accounts. These three steps were necessary to recover the nearly $69,000 in old debt on the books, some as far back as 2010. At the end of 2019, $47,000 of that debt had been recovered using the amnesty program. Liens and legal filings will ensure those who did not pay as part of the program will be held accountable for monies owed the association.
 
In 2019, I helped develop a job description complete with job duties and skills for our clubhouse manager position. I assisted in hiring the new clubhouse office manager to fill the position. The clubhouse has operated more effectively since this new description and duties were adopted.
 
In late 2019, I helped to properly vet and hire a new management company to oversee our account management and DOR enforcement. The transition to the new management company occurred in January and other than a few hiccups with online payment receipts the financial transition has been successful. I take seriously my fiduciary responsibility to the Association and would like to continue my efforts.
 
In early 2020, I took over the role of co-chair of the DOR Committee and in June the chair. My first goal was to obtain all the plats and restrictions for every lot within Masterson Station; a task long overdue. This involved vetting and hiring a vendor to pull all the plats and restrictions from the clerk’s office. This task was completed in May. The committee and clubhouse office manager are working to develop a database for homeowners to use to identify their specific DOR. My second goal was to update the DOR Policy & Fine schedule. The committee had previously made a tenuous effort at this task in 2019 but additional work was clearly needed. The new policy with fine schedule was adopted at our August board meeting. As chair, I plan to ensure homeowners remain informed on the additional policies adopted at the board meeting.  Ensuring our restrictions are enforced so that our community’s homes continue to gain value is especially important to me.
 
In addition to my time on the Masterson Station Board of Directors, I have also served on various international and community boards including Retinitis Pigmentosa International, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Kentucky, the Masterson Station Park Advisory Board and its precursor the Masterson Station Park Long Range Planning Committee, the Town and Gown Commission, the Fayette County Neighborhood Council, and Friends of the Dog Park.
My employment background includes many years as a public servant as a legislative council clerk to the Urban County Council. My job included learning all aspects of government and briefing both the council and the public on our city’s processes, drafting legislation, and documenting the actions of the council. During my tenure, I established life-long relationships with many councilmembers and public servants who remain within local and state government today, and I will continue to use those relationships to help our neighborhood.  
 
I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to serve our neighborhood.
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
  • MSNA board member 2000-2004 (Secretary), MSNA board member 2018-current (Treasurer), current chair of the MSNA Finance Committee, current chair of the MSNA Deeds of Restriction (DOR) Committee, current co-chair MSNA Social Committee, MSNA Facilities & Pool Committee (as needed for financial advising), 2020 MSNA Nominating Committee, Masterson Station Park Long Range Planning Committee 2002-2004, Masterson Station Park Advisory Board 2019-current
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
  • Board and developer meetings were originally held in my dining room so I have a strong connection with developers Steve Haydon and Don Baker and knowledge of their vision of the neighborhood. Formerly served as a board member and the Association manager so I have a vast knowledge of the MSNA governing documents. Former long-time employee of the Urban County Council so I have a vast knowledge of the inner workings of all government departments.
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
  • Currently dedicate approximately 3 hours per week or more on neighborhood issues as board treasurer by responding to emails, approving invoice payments, and tracking budget. So approximately 12 to 15 hours/month.
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Candidate Lacy Hatton
 
My name is Lacy Hatton. I currently serve on the board as a member-at-large and have done so for over a year. During that time I have been an active member of the board as well as the Facilities & Social committees helping with both events and amenities in Masterson. I am a thirteen year resident of the neighborhood and parent of two children who attend or have attended Sandersville Elementary where I also serve as PTA Vice President. 
 
I am a freelance graphic designer and those have allowed me to create many images for the HOA including but not limited to monthly flyer layouts, signage, and invitations. I'm knowledgeable in the needs of our community and am always looking for opportunities to improve our neighborhood from the inside out. As a long time resident of Masterson and a nearly ten year parent veteran of our school, I am familiar with many of the people who live and work in our neighborhood and have both personal and working relationships with them. I have also developed a good relationship with local council members, small business owners, social and community activists, as well public school administrators.
 
I am a multi-tasker and have always been able to make time for our HOA needs. I have near perfect meeting attendance and am always taking on tasks to complete on behalf of the board which I am able to complete in a timely manner. I can commit adequate time each month to serving our board and community.
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
  • I currently serve on the board as a member-at-large and have done so for over a year. During that time I have been an active member of the board as well as the Facilities & Social committees helping with both events and amenities in Masterson. I am a thirteen year resident of the neighborhood and parent of two children who attend or have attended Sandersville Elementary where I also serve as PTA Vice President
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
  • My abilities in graphic design have allowed me to create many images for the HOA including but not limited to monthly flyer layouts, signage, and invitations. I'm knowledgeable in the needs of our community and am always looking for opportunities to improve our neighborhood from the inside out. As a long time resident of Masterson and a nearly ten year parent veteran of our school, I am familiar with many of the people who live and work in our neighborhood and have both personal and working relationships with them. I have also developed a good relationship with local council members, small business owners, social and community activists, as well FCPS officials.
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
  • I am a multi-tasker and have always been able to make time for our HOA needs. I have near perfect meeting attendance and am always taking on tasks to complete on behalf of the board which I am able to complete in a timely manner. I can commit adequate time each month to serving our board and community.
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Candidate Steven Hood
 
I’m a veteran who moved here to Masterson Station with his family in June 2020 with a background in English and Psychology, my actual degree in Film/Television development and production. I worked for a bit as a union and residential carpenter and have been in the video transfer industry for over sixteen years (the last few years as a freelancer). Being the parent who works from home, when I’m not raising my 3yr old, I enjoy jogging/swim, writing fiction stories when time permits me. My goals with HOA are learning the ins and outs of the organization and be a part of the team where I would be a good fit and hopefully gain more experience in a representative capacity.
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
  • I’ve never served with a board. I served in the United States Navy, went on to finish a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film Development and Production. I was at one point Pre-Law (although I enjoy writing, I don’t particularly like writing briefs and opinions- lol). I’ve done time in both residential and commercial construction, spent nearly fifteen years working in the home video transfer industry, have been involved with operations management, and successfully developed an independent contracting business as a video archiver and encoding specialist (which I still do to the day). Back in my high school and early college years, I volunteered as a crisis and peer counselor (yes, I had obtained the certifications).
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on behalf of the organization?
  • This falls into both questions 1 & 2, outlining my prior experience while addressing some of the skills through expertise. Because of the work I do, I quickly learned IT tech (since I have to build the computer rigs necessary for the work I do). My writing preference is geared toward writing fiction stories (something I’ve done all my life since I was in early grade school). I have a great love for linguistics and political science (although these days the latter is a bit of volatile area).
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
  • Availability-wise, I’m flexible to the time needed. Which means I can manage the time needed for commitment  and mission.
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Candidate Nathan Smith
 
My name is Nathan and I am a nonpartisan agriculture policy analyst for the Kentucky General Assembly in Frankfort. I was born and raised in a small town in central Arkansas, graduated from the University of Arkansas, but married a true blue Kentucky girl nearly 8 years ago and brought me to the Bluegrass State. After we both got our master’s degrees from UK, my wife, Sarah, and I purchased our first home three years ago and love Masterson Station for its diversity, affordability for those of all walks of life, and how it feels like a real community. We also love all of the green space and being close to the dog park, where you can find us nearly every night enjoying a post-dinner walk and chasing around our stubborn pup, Pippa.
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
  • While pursuing my master’s degree at the University of Kentucky, I served as the Vice President of Res Publica, the graduate student leadership organization for the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. As Vice President, I initiated fundraising initiatives that helped to facilitate professional development trips to Frankfort and Washington D.C., organized networking events, and helped to manage the organization’s funds.
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
  • I have professional experience in both the private sector as a loan servicing specialist for a large multinational bank, and in the public sector as a legislative policy analyst in Frankfort. My undergraduate studies were focused on Spanish Linguistics and Political Science, while my graduate studies in public administration provided me with an extensive understanding of the policy process, economics, data analysis, budgeting, and public financial/funds management.
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
  • I am willing and able to serve as much as necessary on weeknights after 5 pm and any time on weekends.
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Candidate John Short
 
My name is John Short and I have lived in Masterson Station for the past 24 years. I have enjoyed serving the past two years as a Board member.  I think progress is being made on making the neighborhood better, but there is more work to be done for the next two years. I would like to continue to work for everyone in Masterson Station to make this a great place to live. 
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
  • Prior board experience includes currently serving on the MSNA Board of Directors for the past two years. I am also co-chair of MSNA Facilities and Pool Committee as well as currently serving on Finance; Deed of Restriction and Audit Committees. I have also served  on several Boards throughout the years including neighborhood  School PTSA boards and committees. 
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
  • My skills and expertise range from being a contractor skilled in maintenance and construction methods, to making sure boards and various committees work effectively  in order to serve ALL of the members.. I will continue to work to do my best to make the Association stronger and more neighborhood  responsive by voting on issues in a way that benefit all residents. In the past two years the board has been more transparent about finances and about what is happening within MSNA, and I will always work to ensure this transparency, so all members have access to The Association because it belongs to everyone. 
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
  • I have the time available for all the necessary meetings and duties of being a Board member.
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Candidate Ben Vanderhorst
 
My name is Ben VanderHorst and I have been a Masterson Station Resident for 8 years.  I love this neighborhood and have always worked to bring the community together in new ways.  12 years ago I founded the Masterson Station Manta Rays Swim Team which brings together hundreds of families around the neighborhood.  In my career I work as an Asst. Principal at Garden Springs Elementary.  As a volunteer I serve on numerous boards within the community including the current HOA Board of Directors.  I am married with 4 children ranging in age from Senior in College to a Baby on the Way.  I look forward to continuing to serve the HOA and advocating for the wishes of all members of the HOA not just my own.
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
  • Most recently I have been serving on the Masterson Station HOA Board of Directors as the Vice President after being appointed to the board in August 2019.  Additionally, I currently serve on the Masterson Station Manta Rays swim team board (Head Coach), Man O War Swim Conference Board (Statistician), Garden Springs Elementary SBDM Council (Non-Voting Member).  
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on behalf of the organization?
  • As an administrator with Fayette County Public Schools I am well connected to the school community and have many different people that I can reach out to find resources.  I have significant experience with pool operations both within Masterson Station and in other neighborhoods.  This has led to me having significant connections with other HOA boards.  Another area of skill that I have is around event planning and organization.  During college I served in various positions on the Student Activities Board at UK and was responsible for planning pop culture events, Homecoming events, and coordinating the $500,000 budget of the organization.  All of these various skills and connections will allow me to support the mission of the HOA.
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
  • Currently in my role as Vice President I spend around 2 to 5 hours per week attending meetings, checking emails, and participating in events.  I am willing to continue this amount of service time in the upcoming term.
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Candidate Bradley Vanhoose
 
Hello neighbors my name is Bradley VanHoose and I moved into the neighborhood at the beginning of this year. I chose Masterson station when looking for a home because I think it’s a beautiful neighborhood and I liked the location. It wasn’t until after I moved in that I found out it’s full of wonderful people as well. I have met several of you throughout the last few months and it’s been a pleasure every time. I am pursuing a board position because I'd like to have a say in the decisions made for where I live and I’m hoping I can be a voice for some of you as well. I have served a temporary position on the board for the last few months and have enjoyed being able to discuss the issues of the neighborhood with some of the other members. I’m hoping with your help I’ll be able to continue serving and striving to keep our neighborhood beautiful. 
 
What are some of your prior board leadership positions?
  • I have served on the board filling a temporary opening on the board for the last few months of the 2020 season.
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer?
  • I personally have a verity of skills when it comes to building just about anything. I have years of experience remodeling homes , landscaping , and custom building other projects. I have many connections from my years of experience. If I can’t personally do a job then I know someone trustworthy that can. I believe that those skills mentioned above are important when looking at having projects done and reviewing quotes from vendors to make sure they are fair and honest. I also own a moving business and can offer the use of my truck and labor for projects around the clubhouse.
How much time a month can you commit to meetings, etc?
  • I can offer up to a few hours a day. I understand that needs fluctuate from time to time and by circumstance and I’m a very flexible person. I am free most days after work so I can use that time to answer emails, join board meetings etc.
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Candidate Rebekah Weathers
Live at 2953 Sandersville Rd, Lexington, KY 40511, for 3 years now. Happily married for 3 years and have been together with my wife for a total of 10 years. We share two super talented softball superstars. They are both straight A students. I bring diversity as a multi ethnic woman to the board. I bring tons of young, fresh, and exciting ideas to bring about unity and togetherness for our neighborhood. 
 
In addition I have ideas to help our neighbors in the following areas: 
*Student tutoring club (virtual)
Boosting efforts to help our seniors in *Masterson Station , ex. Errand running 
*Block parties- everyone bring a lawn chair and mingle in their own front yard
* zoom parties- "Get to know your neighbor" 
*trash pick up day
*neighborhood watch "what to watch out for in our current climate" 
*New mommy's club 
*LGBT clubs, minority events, single mom and dads events, etc.
*learn a new language club
 
So many ways and opportunities to bring us closer together in this divided world. Hate does not reside in this neighborhood. 
 
What are some of your prior board leadership experiences?
No adult board experience but served on student council for my high school for 4 years planning outside guest speakers, community activists, and other outside leaders to visit our school. Served in Spanish Club for 3 years, assisting in merging together spanish speaking and non Spanish speaking students and finding common activities that all students would enjoy doing together. Lastly, was chosen by teachers and my guidance counselor to be a peer mediator in high school. Mentored troubled students with learning and disciplinary problems. Also helped 2 or more students who were having a conflict patch up their differences in a controlled setting alongside an adult counselor. 
 
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on behalf of the organization?
I have a business degree with a minor in marketing.  Could use those skills to help bring in outside vendors, music acts, coordinate neighborhood sales and other talented individuals to promote oneness and bring delight to all MS homeowners and renters.
 
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission?
I could devote/volunteer 4-5 days a month to MSNA. Dates would just need to be preknown and pre established in advance as I manage a retail store full time in Lexington. 

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Candidate Mary Wethington
 
I have lived in the neighborhood since 2006 with my husband and three children.  We love this neighborhood and I seek a position on the board to make it even better! I’m a nurse at the University of Kentucky and it has been my home for my entire nursing career but for the last 10 years I have been in the pediatric emergency department.  I have been a part of several boards in the past including professional organizations, a non-profit medical mission group, and the Masterson Station Manta Rays.
As the chair of the pool/facility committee since December 2018, I have worked alongside the current board and have seen how hard they work and feel I can contribute to the mission of the board as well.  Also, as a nurse, I can help guide the board on decisions concerning Covid-19 and how it may impact the neighborhood and its facilities. If I am chosen as a board member, some of my goals would be to continue to improve on our facilities and common areas.  I also want to continue and add more social events (post Covid, of course!) for our neighbors to get to meet each other.
 
What are some of your prior board leadership positions? 
  • I currently serve as chair of the neighborhood pool/facility committee and I have been in that role since November 2018.  I have led the major renovation project of the basement/bathroom renovation at the clubhouse.  I also led the improvements for the pool deck. I have served on the MSNA board for a 2 year term shortly after moving to the neighborhood in 2006. In addition, I have served on a medical mission non profit to serve women and children in Central America. 
What skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer?
  • I am a pediatric emergency department nurse and my medical background can advise to board in this era of COVID-19.  I also have lived in the neighborhood for 14 years and have many connections that can help with engagement and program planning.  I am very organized and task oriented which would be an asset to the board. 
How much time a month can you commit to meetings, etc?
  • As current chair of a neighborhood committee, I hold a monthly meeting and also attend the board meeting each month to report our work.  I can be flexible to the needs of the neighborhood.  For example, during the renovation project that I oversaw, there are a few weeks that I spent 10 or more hours meeting the needs of the project.