Election Candidate Statements

Burke Centre Conservancy 2019 Election
Candidacy Statements (in alpha order by last name):

Oaks Trustee Candidate

I grew up in a small farming community in Wisconsin and then lived in Oregon for twenty years, mostly in a rural setting. I have been an active community member wherever I’ve lived, serving on boards and spearheading projects like establishing a fire district, an emergency medical response team, a soup kitchen and similar projects. I am a graduate of University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs. I was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and moved here with my family in 1992 to begin an 18-year career with HHS’s Administration for Children and Families (now retired). I am married with four grown sons but just one grandchild. My husband and I have lived in the Oaks Neighborhood since 1999. 

Burke Centre is the best place I’ve ever lived. I especially enjoy the richness and beauty of our environment and the orderly way our community looks. I couldn’t ask for better neighbors. I’ve been a cluster representative most of my time here and have volunteered on the Welcome Committee and for the Friends of Burke Centre Library. 

I was appointed by the Board of Trustees in February, 2018 to replace the Oaks Trustee who had resigned. I have found the work of trustee to be rewarding and am honored to represent residents of the Oaks on the Board. 

If elected, my goals are to generate interest in learning more about and caring for our environment, our own urban forest. I’d like to encourage volunteerism and cluster involvement. I’d also like to see clusters use their tree surveys so that effort is not wasted and to make common areas places we can enjoy a bit more and where kids can play. 

Trustee At-Large Candidate

Background Information:
Doug and his wife and two children have lived in Burke Centre for more than 15 years. Both kids went from Kindergarten through high school at FCPS; one at Robinson and one at Lake Braddock. Doug served as an At-Large Trustee five years ago, and was on the Board the last time the general assessment was not raised; he was active in that pursuit.   

Doug Desrochers has continuously served on the Board of Directors of ASEC, Incorporated, a defense consulting company, since 2004. He is currently Vice President and CTO, and was a founding principal at ASEC, which has grown to 240 employees with locations in five states. Doug is an Aerospace Engineer (BSAE Georgia Tech, MSAE Naval Post Graduate School), and served as a pilot in the US Navy, graduating from US Naval Test Pilot School and ultimately becoming a Test Pilot Instructor. He and his son were recently granted a US patent in August 2018 for a 3D printed, unfolding aircraft-deployable quadcopter (the Lockblade) for surveillance and SAR.

Doug spent eight years as a coach and mentor for The Blockheads robotics team, whose exploits were chronicled in the Conservator. Both kids are now in college, as are the rest of the entire robotics team, so Doug has more time for community involvement.

Goals and Objectives:
In general, things are going well in Burke Centre, and significant change doesn’t appear to be required. However, the BCC fees have increased well above the rate of inflation since Doug served on the Board five years ago, and every effort needs to be made to control costs. Doug objects to VDOT’s proposal to eliminate left turns from Fairfax County Parkway, and will continue to actively voice the community concerns of the major VDOT changes. 

Burke Centre Activities
- Oak Leather Cluster Representative: 2003-Present
- BCC Board of Trustees (At-Large Trustee): 2011-2012

Commons Trustee Candidate

Backqround Information: Professional: Office of Personnel Management 1975 to present. Currently, Chief, Retirement Services and Management, Retirement Services, overseeing personnel and Human Resource functions, contracting, data sharing among federal agencies and many other back office business responsibilities.

President, Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association 2014 through 2016, Executive Secretary and Board Member, 2013-2019, also participating in the Activities and Programs, Executive Forum and Membership committees.
Member, Senior Executives Association
Member of Public Employees Roundtable organization

Burke Centre Activities
Lived in Burke Centre since 1993 (nearly 26 years)
President, Burke Centre Board of Trustees, 2017-2019
Commons Trustee March 2002-March 2007 
Commons Trustee March 2009-Present

Task Forces:
Parking and Towing 2001-2002
ARB Standards review 2003-2004
Condominium Task Force 2005-2007
Walden Board of Directors 1999-2005; 2008 to present (elected to seventh term 2018 ending November 2021)
Walden President 2000-2003
Walden Vice President 2008-2019; Treasurer 2019-

Goals and Objectives for 2019
1.  Foster acceptance of alternative to VDOT's intention to close off the left turn signal from Fairfax County Parkway south to Burke Centre.

2.  Implement and monitor Pool Task Force recommendations during 2019-2020.

3.  Pursue completion of strategic objectives and highlight opportunities for Burke Centre to try new ways to attract new residents and businesses.

4.  Continue involvement and scrutiny of Burke Centre Conservancy budget needs in conjunction with strategic plan goals to help ensure that assessments remain both realistic for community’s operational and long term interests and affordable to residents.

5.  Foster greater community involvement from Commons in Burke Centre Conservancy activities.

6.  Support interests of condominium and co-op communities on issues affecting expenditures from the general assessment, notably the tree replacement policy.

Trustee At-Large Candidate

I have been a resident and home-owner in Burke Centre living in the Oaks neighborhood for 8 years. In 2011, my family (husband, son, and daughter) moved to Burke Centre after I retired from the Air Force following a career as a judge advocate (attorney). While in the Air Force, I served at bases in New Mexico, South Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, and California working in criminal law, employment law, fiscal law, and contract law. I also served as an instructor of government contract and fiscal law at the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, VA.

While in the military, I deployed to the Middle East three times, where I managed military legal offices in Iraq and Qatar. Since retiring, I have been employed as an attorney and federal civilian employee at one of the Department of Defense General Counsel’s Offices at Fort Belvoir where I advise on all aspects of government contracts and federal fiscal law. I am also a part-time government contract law instructor employed by a local training company. My husband, John, is an English teacher at Edison High School in Alexandria. Our son and daughter are students at Ohio State University.

If elected as an At-Large Trustee, I would seek to maintain the scenic beauty of Burke Centre’s trees, streams, ponds, and paths. I would also seek to maintain Burke Centre’s buildings, pools, roads, and recreational areas. I support Burke Centre’s renewed emphasis on identifying and removing dangerous trees. As trees are removed, I support finding economical ways to replant trees in Burke Centre, such as by using volunteers. 

Since I am a natural “penny pincher,” I would be mindful of the need to be fiscally responsible with Burke Centre’s financial assets and to keep quarterly home owners’ assessments low. I am very grateful to live in such a beautiful and well-run community. I would be honored to serve as your At-Large Trustee by representing the entire Burke Centre community. 

Burke Centre Pool Task Force: May 2017-April 2018 
Burke Centre Appeals Board: June 2018-present
Routinely attend Oaks Neighborhood Council monthly meetings

Ponds Trustee Candidate

My name is Mark Loughran and I am running for the Board of Trustees as the Ponds Board member. I grew up in Burke, VA and have been a Burke Centre pool member for 36 years. I graduated from Robinson High School in 2001. I was the President/Owner of a landscaping business in Northern VA for over 8 years. I bring my business mind set and experience to drive Burke Centre forward. Community partnership goals are my top priority. Developing a stronger community is my top priority; handling of complaints, ideas, and ensuring that everyone understands the core value of the HOA.  The importance of rules and standards that Burke Centre has implemented for over 40 years. I promise to hold true to the values of Burke Centre and to make sure our community is moving into 2019/2020 with a brighter outlook. Communication is key for any community, I will work hard to ensure that the community is on the same page and is working together to make all of Burke Centre the best and brightest it can be.

My other goals while on the Board of Trustees will be to meet everyone in the Ponds to ensure they understand the rules and regulations of the HOA in a positive, educating manner. We encourage all of our neighbors to understand the rules and regulations in all parts of Burke Centre. No matter if you are renting a home in the Ponds community or are a homeowner everyone in the community is equal and the value of the community must remain positive. The HOA has rules and as a board member I will do my part to ensure everyone understands and follows them. My top priorities once I am elected will be to get started right away on building Burke Centre for a brighter future. From my family to yours let’s work together to move Burke Centre forward.

Graduated from Robinson HS: 2001.
President/Owner Landscaping Co.–8 years.
I bring my business skills to help serve my community and the great people of Burke Centre.

Scout: 1991-1994

My goal as Ponds Trustee member is to ensure I meet everyone in the Ponds community thru events held at community pools, community cook-outs, pool parties, etc. Control the drug use problem in the Ponds community; control speeding near the elementary school; introduce street lights and speed humps; work to increase police presence, to stop drugs in the community.

Landings Trustee Candidate

I am a relatively recent owner in the Burke Centre Conservancy area. My wife and I have enjoyed our four years here. I am looking to continue to serve, protect and grow this beautiful community with another two-year term as the Landings Trustee.

Board of Trustees – 3/2017-present


My goals and objectives for this term include growing amenities and activities for residents. Bring the Conservancy up-to-date with technology (web site, social media and mobile applications). I also hope to encourage a new wave of young homeowners of BCC to get involved in leadership and community initiatives.

Ponds Trustee Candidate

Background Information: 
•  Retired (January 2009) from Federal Civil Service with the Air Force; also served over eleven years as an Air Force Civil Engineering Officer. Combined career assignment locations included Duluth Minnesota, Greenland, Hawaii, Spain, Tidewater Virginia, Germany, and the Pentagon. 
•  Graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and from the Air Force Institute of Technology with a Master of Science degree in Facilities Management. 
•  Grew-up in the planned community of Kohler, Wisconsin, and lived ten years in the planned community of Reston, Virginia and in the Fox Mill Station condominiums in Herndon for three years before moving to Burke Centre in 2007.
•  Widowed with two adult children and two grandchildren before marrying Kathleen Schauer of Burke Centre.
•  Graduate of Braddock District Community Engagement, Citizen Governance training conferences.

Goals and Objectives
•  Maintain high level of community appearance and value without adverse assessment impact. 
•  Enhance open space infrastructure and the quality of life, safety, and preservation of our natural surroundings. 
•  Expand activities and leadership opportunities within Burke Centre.

Burke Centre Activities
•  Pine Pond Cluster Committee member (ARB Liaison), 2008-present 
•  Pine Pond Cluster Neighborhood Watch Team member, 2008-present 
•  One of two Burke Centre representatives to West Springfield Police District Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), 2009-present
•  Member Burke Centre Open Space Committee, 2009-present 
  Volunteer at Burke Center Festival, 2009-present 
•  Lifetime member of Burke Centre Library