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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Chris Campbell, Chair
Always captivated by the New Urbanism vision, Chris was the first resident of the Bluff district in the Kentlands, moving into the first set of homes built in December, 1999. He continues to live on the Bluff with his wife Tina, two sons (8 and 1) and daughter (4) who currently attend or will attend Rachel Carson Elementary School.
Chris started serving on the Kentlands Condominium Board in the winter of 2013 and was elected to the KCA Board in 2013, serving as Trustee. He has held the position of Chairman since 2014 and his current term ends in 2017. In his role of Trustee, Chris served as liaison to the Board of Code Compliance, to the K25 committee, and developed the current charter for the Capital Projects Working Group. As Chairman, he has pushed forward efforts to utilize bank loans to provide funding necessary to finish the retaining wall remediation; championed alternative and cost-effective building materials that remain within the vision of the architectural design of the community; and worked to have Town Meetings to discuss City Council candidacies, the Kentlands Market Square with Beatty Management, and the future of the Town Crier (which you’re reading right here). He and his family love the community found in the Kentlands: the best trick-o-treating in the DMV, Summerfest, summer concerts, free movies at Paragon movie theaters & outdoor movie nights, visits with Santa & the Easter Bunny, and Kentlands Under the Lights.
A Duke (BS) and Marymount (MEd) graduate, Chris works in the English Department at Quince
Orchard High School and is the girls’ basketball coach, having been named the 2016 MoCo WBCA Coach of the Year. Named one of the top 50 assistant coaches in the country, Chris has coached women’s basketball at the University of Maryland (ACC champions in 2012), the University of Delaware, Marymount University (CAC champions 2006), Catholic University of America (CAC regular season champions 2005), and Churchill High School (4A State Champions 2001, 2002). He has also coached golf, field hockey, and boys’ volleyball.
Greg Cohen, Vice 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.
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David Hofmann, Treasurer
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 Longley, Secretary
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.
Ty Hardaway, Trustee
Ty Hardaway and his wife have lived in Kentlands since 2001 and their daughter has always calledit home. Ty is a current KCA trustee and former vice chairperson. Hardaway has had careers in the arts and in consulting. It was a housing reform project that led Ty to visit Kentlands as a new urbanist model.
Ty serves as liaison to KCA's Board of Code Compliance and Kentlands Historical Trust. He serves on the city of Gaithersburg's Board of Election Supervisors and the Police Advisory Committee. A native Californian, Ty has lived in suburban Washington, DC since the early 1990s.