Monday, October 10 was the last day for Titleholders to submit petitions to run for the KCA elected offices. At 5 pm Monday, our CMC staff confirmed that the KCA had received two petitions for the two open Board of Trustee positions and one petition for President. Consequently, we will not have a contested election on November 4th.
Barney Gorin will return for a second term as KCA President, serving in this role since November 2014. Barney has worked hard to oversee the retaining wall remediation, add volunteers to the numerous KCA committees, communicate with the City of Gaithersburg on issues, and work to improve the KCA infrastructure. The KCA thanks Barney for all his work over the past two years and looks forward to how he will continue to create a better Kentlands over the next two years.
The Board of Trustees welcomes Steve Longley and Dave Hofmann to the Board filling positions vacated by Ty Hardaway and Glen Palman. Steve and Dave will both be great additions to the Board and we look forward to working with them. Steve and Dave will begin their two year terms with the December Board meeting.
The Kentlands Citizens Assembly wishes to thank Ty and Glen for their dedication and work in helping make the Kentlands great! Glen contributed many hours to the new landscaping contract while serving as Board Liaison on the Environmental Management Committee; and the now disbanded, Turf Management Committee.Ty served as the Board Liaison to the Board of Code Compliance and Kentlands Historical Trust during the years of a community-wide inspection which resulted in unprecedented results. Glen served as Secretary during this time while Ty served a year as Vice-Chair and a year as Trustee. Thank you Ty and Glen for your service the past two years!
New Members of the Board of Trustees
David and his family settled in the Kentlands in 2006 following an extended 18 year residence in China and Hong Kong where he ran several businesses involved in U.S. – China trade and investment. He lives in the Hill District with his wife Tara and their children Jonathan (13) and Caitlin (12) and 2 dogs, Mac & Minnie. The family is a very active participant in the Kentlands Kingfish where Tara has served on the Board and is currently the Team Manager and David has actively supported the team behind the scenes for the last 6 years. David serves as the Treasurer of the Sports Committee at Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown as well as a member of the Board of the Maryland-China Business Council. He is also active in supporting the Villages initiative, which is currently being established in the Kentlands.
Always interested in having his own business, David recently opened, FirstLight HomeCare of Gaithersburg, a home care agency providing companion care and personal care services to seniors and others. Like serving on the Board of the KCA, opening the FirstLight HomeCare office was an opportunity for David to give back to his community and the surrounding area by offering an important service—one which has such a significant impact on quality of life.
David has extensive business management experience, which he looks forward to sharing with the community in his role as a Trustee.
Steve is a Realtor with The Faulkner Team of RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty, based in Kentlands. This provides a welcome perspective on preserving the quality of the community while providing residents with improved services. Prior to joining The Faulkner Team, Steve was a non-profit development executive in Washington, DC for several years. He has served on the board of directors of five organizations, including Board Chair for both The Barnesville School and the National String Symphonia. Currently, Steve serves as Chair of the KCA’s Capital Projects Working Group.
Kentlands is a unique community, not only in design but most importantly in its people. It is comprised of neighbors who enjoy being part of a diverse and closely-knit community, kids who can play in good parks, and small groups that can meet for social activities. We love the beautiful tree-lined streets, the lakes, the bike paths, the improving local retail establishments, and the architecture that created its award-winning new urban design. What sets Kentlands apart is its community-feel that reflects the values and traditions of its residents.
Steve is looking forward to serving on the Board of the Kentlands Citizens Assembly to preserve this sense of community, to maintain its quality of life, strengthen its infrastructure, improve safety and offer continued financial transparency and accountability.
Returning KCA President
Barney is a 24-year Kentlands resident who was active in Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) governance through the mid-1990s but took a hiatus until a section of the retaining wall adjacent to Quince Orchard Road collapsed on March 30, 2014. His dissatisfaction with the plans for limited wall remediation combined with the condition of other KCA assets led him to seek the Presidency in the fall of 2014.
Barney and his family arrived in the Kentlands Old Farm district on December 13th, 1991; a cold and rainy day that established him in what he says is the best spot to live in the universe. Old Farm was quite different 25 years ago, with only a few of the district’s homes built. A small herd of deer — one buck with perhaps a dozen doe — was a constant presence in the trees at the corner of Tschiffely Square Road and Leekes Lot Way. There were no buildings along Tschiffely or in Lower Lake.
Barney was a member of the small group that worked through the early- and mid-1990s to continue progress toward Joe Alfandre’s and Andres Duany’s new urbanism vision for Kentlands. Constant attendance at the City of Gaithersburg Planning Commission and frequent attendance at City Council meetings were the visible parts. Small group meetings and a variety of fliers and newsletters were the real work.
Barney was a part of the group, headed by Geri Edens that founded the Kentlands Community Foundation (KCF) in 1993. He later was a member of the KCF Board and served one term as Chair.
He joined the Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) Board of Trustees in 1994. He withdrew during his 1995 reelection campaign in protest of unilateral procedure changes made by the developer after candidate petitions were due. Barney did not return to Kentlands governance until the 2014 wall collapse led him to seek the KCA Presidency that fall of 2014. He is now completing his first term as President and running for reelection.
Barney is a lifelong learner with interests in a wide variety of subjects including political science, history, physics, and engineering.