Innis Arden Club 2024 Board Candidate Statements

Daniel Ginsey

Hello, my name is Daniel Ginsey. I would like to be considered by you for one of the open board positions on the Innis Arden Club board. Cindy and I own the home at 18720 Ridgefield Rd NW.

I was born in Seattle in 1951 and went to School in the Shoreline School District from 1958 to 1969 when I graduated from Shoreline High School. I spent my first two years of college at Whitman College in Walla Walla WA and then transferred to Seattle University and graduated in 1973 with a Degree in Accounting.

During my working career I spent 10 years in Public Accounting with one of the big eight accounting firms (Deloitte) where I became a CPA. I then went on to be the Chief Financial Officer for several large real estate development firms in the Northwest that specialized in multifaceted retirement and single-family communities. In 1992 I bought my first company and started investing in startup or young private companies. I have been the Treasurer, Vice President, and President of homeowners’ associations, in the past. I was the Treasurer (2013-2015) and the President (2015-2016) of The Springs Golf Club (300 members) in Rancho Mirage CA. I was also the Vice President (2019-2020) and President (2020-2021) of The Springs Club Association (817 Homes) in Rancho Mirage CA. I have served on numerous for-profit and nonprofit boards.

I believe we are facing very challenging times in our Community, the State, and the Country. The old way of operating is gone. The protections once offered by HOA CC&R’s appear to be under attack on a State and Local level. Many of the Covenants that made Innis Arden what it is today are being questioned by people outside our community. There were some out of date and discriminatory covenants in the original documents filed by the Boeings’ but those were changed a long time ago, yet we are still being labeled as an “Exclusionary” community. We need to unite with other HOA communities and present a solid front to the State and City regarding the value, history and precedent of these long existing covenants that make many of the States HOA communities unique and valuable in many ways to the local economy and Tax Base.  I look forward to serving on the Innis Arden Club Board.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Steve Johnston

It has been a real privilege to serve on the Innis Arden Board of Directors for the past 10 years, and to have held the position of Natural Reserves chair during most of this time.   I can’t say enough about good things about the current members of the Board and their hard work and dedication to the Community.  It is truly an honor to work with them.  If elected to a new term, I will continue to work wholeheartedly to improve and maintain the Reserves, to protect views, and to otherwise support the affairs of this remarkable community.

As you may know from my voting record and actions while on the Board, I am a strong supporter of the Innis Arden HOA Covenants, which provide for view preservation and for remodeling and development control, among other things, and that I believe in using our common resources wisely and transparently.

My many years as a manager in network engineering and software development (at Boeing, Cisco, Amazon, and ATT) have shown me again and again that seemingly intractable problems can be resolved when people work together and are willing to look at things in new ways.  If elected I will continue to bring this perspective to the board as we navigate the many challenges ahead.

My family and I have been fortunate to live in Innis Arden for over 10 years.  With its unique sense of community, breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, many acres of private natural reserves and walking trails, private beach access, clubhouse, grounds, and swim club, Innis Arden is a very special place to live.  Thank you for your support!

 

Rena Lunak

I moved to Innis Arden in 2020 with my husband and 15-year old son, and like many new families, I struggled to meet others given the pandemic constraints. Three years later, I have found Innis Arden to be a lovely community with fantastic people and I love the idea of preserving that for existing families and creating a space for new families. Over the summer, a request to volunteer for a vacant board position – the B&A chair – and I thought this would be a great opportunity to meet others and help make a mark on the community. I have been your B&R chair for the past few months and am having a great time working with neighbors on their remodels. I am a communications strategist professionally, and this skill set works well in this role. I have found B&R to be a lot of conversations between neighbors, sometimes contentious, and I think the value I bring is a friendly mediator between parties. I would be thrilled to continue in this role and serve the community on the B&R chair capacity.

 

Brian Branigan

I’m honored that the Innis Arden Activities Committee (IAAC) selected me to be their representative on the Innis Arden Club Board of Directors for a one-year term. I have served as the IAAC Board representative for multiple terms and served a three-year term as the Clubhouse Chair on the Board.  My wife, Rissa Sanchez, and I moved into Innis Arden in 2003 and we have been active members of the IAAC since 2004. We believe that fun events such as the Salmon BBQ, the Wine Tasting Night, and Oktoberfest help create community by bringing people together. Good things happen when neighbors have a good time.

However, as a result of the pandemic, the IAAC was no longer able to hold the annual Rummage Sale which funded free community events for families such as the Spring Bunny Hop and the Holiday Party.  Also, long-time residents and key IAAC volunteers moved out of the neighborhood.

During 2023, the IAAC began talks to merge with the IAC Board of Directors. A Merger Plan was created that outlined the merger of the two organizations.  The IAAC will become a Standing Committee of the IAC Board and will operate with its own charter, maintain separate checking and reserve accounts, and report financials monthly to the IAC Board Treasurer.  The motion was passed unanimously by the Boards of each organization.

During 2024, I plan on working with the IAC Board of Directors for the successful implementation of the Merger Plan.  A key element of the plan is upgrading the Innis Arden website to include features that support event management and ticketing. I believe that a website upgrade also offers an opportunity to modernize how we manage communication and community business processes.

I will also support initiatives from the IAC Board of Directors to lobby city, county, and state agencies and representatives to maintain our covenants.

I am grateful for the opportunity to help make Innis Arden a great place to live and I look forward to serving as the IAAC Board representative now that it is merging with the Innis Arden Club.