My name is Chris Cook and I have lived in Falls Church with my wife, Krista, since 1997. We began as renters at PHRA in 2002, one year after our first child was born. We became shareholders shortly thereafter and have now been members of PHRA for 18 years. We have three children; Lauren (19), Haleigh (16), and Logan (12) who have all been active members of the swim team since their early years. By default, my wife and I are both heavily involved with the swim team. I serve as the head referee for most meets, and my wife has been in charge of team uniforms and spirit wear for the past 8 years or so. In addition, during my last board tenure, I served as the liason to the swim team and was part of the committee that hired the current head coach, Patrick Morris.
I have been elected to the PHRA board on two separate occasions. My first experience on the board was back when Dave Yensen was president. During that time, we were the board that established the “master plan” for the association to improve the grounds and the surrounding areas. This master plan included a timeline for adding the raised deck behind the baby pool, updat- ing all the chain link fencing on the interior of the pool to cedar rails and fencing, renovating the pool house bathrooms and guard room, and constructing the pavilion with built in grills. During my second term, I was chosen to be the board member who over- saw the construction of the pavilion project and was in charge of the day-to-day communication with Sierra Homes, who built the pavilion area and installed the majority of the improvements that we have all grown to love at PHRA. My board experience also included voting to remove boundaries from Poplar Heights in an effort to eliminate the appearance of being an exclusionary club.
I am now running for the board for a third time, as I feel we need to get back to making decisions and spending our reserves in ways that all members agree on and benefit from. I feel strongly that the membership should have a voice in how their money is spent and what is done to the property they are shareholders of. I also believe the board needs to be more transparent to the membership and lay everything out to the association’s shareholders, regardless of whether you support the tennis program, the swim team, or are just a recreational pool user.
I am the Eastern Regional President for KBS and was born and raised in northern Virginia, in fact my mom’s family were mem- bers at Poplar Heights. My family have been members since 2003 and became shareholders a few years later. I have served on numerous business and association boards as well as country club boards. My wife, Marybeth, has been the swim team representative for the last few years and I have been treasurer of the swim team for the last 5 seasons. In addition, we have 2 daughters that swim for Poplar Heights, Caroline 17 and Campbell 13. Poplar Heights is a wonderful family-friendly recreational facility and needs to remain such as our county continues to grow.
As you can see, Poplar Heights is a big part of my family’s life, we are proud to be members, swimmers, and shareholders and I would be honored to serve on your Board as your representative. Thank you.
Dear Poplar families- my name is Elizabeth and I would like to serve you on the PHRA board this coming term! My family and I are recently returned from serving our country overseas and I’d like to give back to the community, which has been so welcom- ing of us. Although the PHRA experience was different this summer because of the pandemic, it was still a joy to be able to swim, play tennis, and walk the grounds. To help preserve and improve the value of PHRA, I would draw on previous volunteer experience, including with PH Crush, and my professional experience and skills such as cost/benefit analysis; project, grant, and financial management; diplomacy; and negotiations. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
I have served on the PHRA Board for six years, and my family and I have been shareholders since 2014. As well as my impor- tant contributions to ongoing discussions and concerns facing the board, I have responsibly overseen regular maintenance and necessary upgrades. Additionally, for this past year, I have served as the Assistant Treasurer.
The Board worked tirelessly this past spring through summer to open the pool and tennis courts and to keep them open to our members. Because of the pandemic, some pools in the area did not open this summer. Poplar Heights is an awesome facility and I hope we can continue to improve it and keep the small community feel that it has as the area around it continues to grow.
I would be honored to continue serving on your Board.