By Susan Rose, email@example.com.
At the November 2017 CPNO membership meeting, the CPNO board was elected into office. Only two board members are new to the board: Dana Fowle as President and Jennifer Wilds as Membership Officer. The other change is that Roger Bakeman has moved from Membership Officer to Communications Officer. The following short summaries introduce (or reintroduce) our board members to the neighborhood.
Dana Fowle – President
When Dana Fowle moved to Atlanta in 1995, she rented in Inman Park. From there she bought her first home in Old Fourth Ward. After 13 years, a marriage, three dogs and a child, a need for more space prompted her family’s move to Candler Park in 2014 because staying in this public school cluster was important to them. This past year, Dana served CPNO by heading up the infrastructure committee with a major focus on sidewalk repair. When asked why she has stepped up to the President role, Dana said “Because sidewalk repair would be a continuing effort this year by CPNO, it was a natural transition to move from chairing the Infrastructure Committee to moving to a Board role. And, more simply, I love being part of this progressive community.” After securing $400,000 from the city to repair sidewalks on our main roads, the Board wants to see what we can do now to repair sidewalks on side roads.
“With so many young families moving into the neighborhood, we’d like to find a way to encourage them to join CPNO and to be active in the organization,” Dana said. “Candler Park has been moving in such a positive direction in recent years because of a pro-active Board. My hope is to keep it all moving in that same, positive direction.”
Dana has been a journalist in Atlanta for 22 years, and “has, quite literally, been to nearly every neighborhood in the city.” Her husband, a native Atlantan, is an Atlanta Public School teacher. Their eight-year-old daughter is currently obsessed with soccer, Legos, and Harry Potter with The Beatles always playing in the background.
Roger Bakeman – Communications Officer
A resident of Candler Park since 1975, Roger Bakeman built his current house in 1978, and it was designed by long-time Candler Park resident Kelly Jordan. Roger is a retired professor who focused on child development and research statistics in the Psychology Department at Georgia State University. He remains active by consulting with colleagues and serving on NIH-funded research grants. He just completed two years serving as the Membership Officer and now moves into the role of Communications Officer. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Roger led and worked with outside vendors to move the hosting of the CPNO website, which included a complete redesign with user-friendly navigation and logical organization of content. (www.candlerpark.org)
“I hope to make the website more used and more of a resource for our members and neighbors,” Roger said. He added that he is “happy to continue on the board; being retired gives me the luxury of time. For 2018, I hope to see more neighbors involved in CPNO and Fall Fest and hope they all can learn more about our neighborhood’s history.”
Rohini Kukreja – Treasurer
Rohini Kukreja moved to Candler Park in 2005 from Pittsburgh, PA. As a CPA, formerly with PwC and SunTrust, she now runs her own business called Intown Bookkeeping and Accounting Solutions (www.intownaccounting.com). With a husband and two kids, Rohini begins her second year of serving as the CPNO Treasurer.
“Together as a team, the Board made great strides last year in terms of creating a pre-approved budget and streamlining the financial process overall,” Rohini said. “This year I plan to continue to build on that momentum to continue improving financial transparency and supporting meaningful projects for Candler Park.”
In 2018, Rohini wishes for Candler Park to maintain its “neighborly vibe” and become an even stronger community. “I believe we will continue to see better sidewalks due to the initiative launched last year by the Infrastructure Committee (led by Dana Fowle), and traction made towards improvements within the Park by the Candler Park Conservancy (CPC),” Rohini said. “Both projects are extremely beneficial to the quality of life of residents here and CPNO fully supports them.”
Bonnie Palter – Secretary
A resident of Candler Park since 1974, Bonnie Palter is a retired physical therapist. She joined the CPNO board to be more active in the neighborhood. Bonnie has served many years as Secretary, maintaining excellent records for the organization and helping to ensure CPNO meetings are run in compliance with Robert’s Rules of Order. Her wish for Candler Park in 2018 is that “we maintain the architectural integrity of the neighborhood.”
Bill Morris – Zoning Officer
Bill Morris has been a resident of Candler Park for 25 years. Retired from the State Environmental Protection Division, Watershed Protection office, Bill begins his second year as CPNO Zoning Officer. As he and his wife are both retired, they enjoy home improvement and renovation projects that “preserve the original character of our 1925 bungalow.”
Lexa King – Public Safety Officer
Lexa King moved to Candler Park in 1984. A former accountant for almost 20 years, Lexa is a realtor today. Beginning her second year as public safety officer, she wants to make our neighborhood safe, “especially for Seniors aging in place.” She hopes that Candler Park continues to be a place known for its “neighborly ways and its quirkiness.” Sidewalk improvements, the addition of park benches in Candler Park and Freedom Park, and progress on implementing items from the Master Plan are Lexa’s wishes for the neighborhood. With a daughter and three grandchildren in Savannah, Lexa enjoys world travel, photography, gardening and entertaining.
Jennifer Wilds – Membership Officer
Jennifer Wilds will be a familiar face to Candler Park residents who have attended meetings over the past couple of years. She typically greets everyone at the sign-in table and makes sure the food and beverages are set-up well. She has also volunteered in other ways, such as serving on the nominations committee. A Candler Park resident for 11 years, Jennifer was introduced to the area by her sister and brother in law. “I love the people and small town neighborhood feel with easy accessibility to all that the city has to offer,” Jennifer said. “I hope that people will be inspired to become more involved in the neighborhood in whatever capacity works for them whether it be through CPNO or the Conservancy, block parties or fundraisers, festivals or friends.” Working in the mental health field, Jennifer helps families meet their hopes for the future. She has a niece and nephew that live nearby and loves to watch them play sports.
Chris Fitzgerald – Fundraising Officer
Chris enjoyed being the Fundraising Chair in 2017 so much that she signed up to do it again in 2018. The highlight of the year was Fall Fest which was a tiring but rewarding experience thanks to the support of numerous generous sponsors and hardworking volunteers. “Oh, and let’s not forget to thank Mother Nature who supplied us with the perfect weather,” Chris said. She also enjoyed getting to know many neighbors during the First Annual Yard Sale, the Horizon Theatre Preview Night and by helping to promote the sale of wood medallions which now adorn approximately 200 homes throughout Candler Park. She looks forward to continuing to work with neighbors in 2018 to find ways to build community, have fun and raise money for our wonderful neighborhood. When not working for CPNO, Chris enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls. If you have any fundraising ideas, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s to a fantastic 2018!
Lindy Kerr – External Affairs Officer
A resident of Candler Park for just over seven years, Lindy Kerr begins her second term as External Affairs Officer for CPNO. “I chose to continue my service on the Board because I enjoy being involved in the everyday decisions that shape our neighborhood in the present and the future,” Lindy said. “Being on the Board has also been a fun way to get to know more of my neighbors.” Her goal for 2018 is to be an effective and engaged representative of CPNO’s interests at NPU meetings and be effective in communicating NPU matters back to Candler Park residents.
Lindy’s wish for the neighborhood in 2018 is for more community involvement. “We have lots of dedicated volunteers, but I would love to see those numbers increase.” Lindy said. “From the Candler Park and Freedom Park Conservancies to Fall Fest to the CPLC Patrol, there are countless ways to get involved in a project/committee/organization that focuses on a matter you are passionate about.” At press time, Lindy and her husband were “eagerly awaiting” the birth of their first child.