The Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) is governed by an elected President and a five-member Board of Trustees, who serve staggered two year terms and set policies for the Kentlands. The Board functions as a legislative branch that adopts an annual budget, levies and collects assessments, appropriates funds, and takes other actions as permitted by governing documents. The President serves as a one-person executive branch. Elected for a two-year term, the President oversees the Assembly's management staff, implements Board initiatives, and administers the management and operation of the Assembly on a day-to-day basis.
Barney Gorin, 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 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 Chairman.
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 above-mentioned wall collapse led him to seek the KCA Presidency in the fall of 2014.
Barney is a lifelong learner with interests in a wide variety of subjects.
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Chair’s latest column
Greg Cohen, Chair
Greg moved to the Kentlands with his wife in 2010 from the Lakelands. In 2016, he chaired the KCA's Budget and Finance Advisory Committee (BFAC). As BFAC Chair, he introduced a new snow reserve fund to mitigate the impact of large snowfall-related cost increases on titleholder assessments.
You'll often find Greg at the Saturday market, or walking the neighborhood with his wife, son (4), and, in a few months, his daughter. As a private pilot, Greg also enjoys flying recreationally.
Greg's professional experience includes leadership positions in finance, strategic planning, and risk for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Dulles International Airport, Reagan National Airport, and the Dulles Toll Road. He has an undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College, an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and is a CPA.
David Hofmann, Vice-Chair
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.
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Yamil Hernández, Treasurer
Yamil and his wife moved to the Kentlands in 2016 from Germantown. Soon after arriving, he joined the KCA's Budget and Finance Advisory Committee (BFAC) in 2017 for the 2018 budget planning cycle. He is currently the treasurer of the KCA, as well as the board liaison to the BFAC and Capital Projects Working Group (CPWG).
Yamil's professional experience has focused in the development and commercialization of therapies for patients with rare diseases and the microbiome. He has held leadership positions in business development & licensing, information technology, project management, and finance within the pharma/biotech industry. He also held a commision in the Coast Guard Reserves, with an activation to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Karen Norris, Secretary
A native Washingtonian, Karen moved to the Kentlands Old Farm District across from the Village Green in July 2013 and fell in love with the community. She immediately started writing for the Kentlands Town Crier and became involved in Kentlands committees and activities, a good way to build toward a greater role in the community. You'll find Karen performing with Kentlands Acoustic Jam at community and Kentlands Foundation events including Kentlands Under the Lights, Kentlands 5K, and Oktoberfest. Her articles for the Crier raised awareness about key issues that impact the community, and she started a Homeowners Corner column that provided guidance to residents about roof replacement and other areas of interest.
Karen has extensive volunteer and community leadership experience, which she brings to the KCA Board of Trustees. She served on her prior community's Board of Directors, as well as on the Board for the Friends of Dyke Marsh and the National Grants Management Association. She was appointed to the Executive Board for Women of Achievement in Maryland History under the Governor's Office and First Lady of State Frances Glendening, and received a Mayoral appointment (in Alexandria) to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Neighborhood Task Force. Professionally, Karen is a national consultant and subject matter expert in federal grants and compliance requirements.
Karen served on the KCA Communications and Elections committees in prior years. She participates in the Kentlands Film Society and Garden Club, and frequents the Saturday Farmers Market. She loves to take pictures, walk and jog in the neighborhood, although she admits to being the slowest jogger on the planet.
Steve Longley, 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.