2022 Board of Directors Candidate Slate

The Vistoso Community Association is having it’s annual Board of Directors election. A slate of candidates has been directed below.

Residents will receive by mail an election packet of February 25th, allowing one to vote on the same date beginning at 9 AM (MST). All online votes and paper ballot voting closes March 18th at 7 PM (MST). The Vistoso Community Association annual Board of Directors meeting will be called to order March 24th at 6 PM (MST).

The following seats are available:
Three (3) single-family seats (two 2-year term until 2024 and one 1-year term until 2023)
One (1) other than single-family seat (1-year term until 2023)
One (1) Commercial seat (2 year term until 2024)

Joseph Affinati – Single Family

Having spent part of my youth in Tucson we decided to retire back to sunny and warm southern Arizona from Evanston Illinois. I worked as a network trouble shooter in the IS department of a 4 hospital University of Chicago associated healthcare system. I was an arbitrage trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. I also had an independent contracting company.

Currently I serve as VCA vice president, compliance chair as well as the Oro Valley Board of Adjustment.

I am very familiar with our Governing Documents / CC&R’s and abide Arizona’s Open Meeting Laws and AZ Statutes. My attendance at all Board of Directors and committee meetings is 100%.

Some of my concerns include:

  1. Rezoning and over development of our current open space.
  2. Unnecessary assessment increases.
  3. Making sure to have adequate reserves in case of any unforeseen expense.
  4. Keeping Rancho Vistoso the clean, safe and beautiful community we have all come to expect.

Doug East – Single Family

My wife and I (and my wife’s mother) are full time residents in Stone Canyon, having moved her in 2019. I had a 33-year management career with Exxon, in locations from Houston, Tx, to Alaska.

I am an avid fly fisherman and when we retired in 2002, we moved to Bozeman, Montana-a fly fisherman’s mecca. Unfortunately, I could not fish every day and it did not take long for my wife to kick me out of the house to go find something to do. I had no meaningful transferrable skills from a technical career in the oil industry, but we had moved many times over our career, buying homes and property. So, I started a second career and obtained my Montana real estate license and enjoyed several years of residential and commercial real estate and subdivision development.

In addition to my technical and management experience, other experience qualifies me for a Board position:
• I am currently serving on the Stone Canyon Design Review Committee.
• I served on the Rancho Vistoso Compliance committee.
• I have been the President of nearly every community HOA we have lived in, the most recent as the HOA President for 10 years in our community in Bozeman.
• Also in Bozeman, I was the President of the Gallatin County Board of Adjustments for 1 0 years.

I was also the President of the Gallatin County Planning Board for 1 0 years. The Board reviews and approves all new subdivision proposals once they have met the regulatory requirement.

Sheryl Forte – Single Family

I moved to the Vistoso Community in 2003 because it is a desirable place to live. I have been serving as an unpaid volunteer on Vistoso committees since 2009 and on the Board of Directors since 2016. I contribute my time and energy because I want the Vistoso community to continue to be a desirable place to live.

David Light – Single Family

My wife Catherine and I purchased our home in High Mesa/Rancho Vistoso in 2018. I have started/owned three businesses, developing financial, personnel, and risk management expertise, and retiring from newspaper and book editing/publishing. I served on the Bend, Oregon, Budget Committee and on the boards of several charitable organizations. As a past Treasurer of HOAs in Bend and High Mesa, I created their first reserve studies, managing both operating and reserve/capital fund budgets, developing a thorough understanding of reserve studies and their relationship to budgeting. I also served 3-years on the VCA Finance Committee, reviewing audits and financials, developing reserve fund budgets, drafting policies, and proactively created a tool for VCA management to track the status of capital projects.

The VCA’s capital assets are aging, careful financial management is essential. There is an opportunity to improve governance transparency, allowing members greater awareness of the board’s decision-making process and encouraging broader participation of the membership.

Gregory Spake – Single Family

Happily married to wife Jane of 36 years, have three adult sons. Professionally, a Registered Pharmacist with 30+ years of experience. My positions include managing and practicing in retail locations in Arizona and Florida. Now retired from retail I practice Pharmacy in other capacities.

Recently worked as a consultant with an international logistics company, completing a complex project. I serve as Director of Pharmacy for surgery centers in Florida and am registered as an expert witness for the legal profession. I ‘m an active member of a national disaster response team with HHS and have served in multiple international and domestic disasters, public health emergencies and National Special Security Events. I serve as a Governor-appointed Pharmacist on the State of Florida Medicaid DUR board.

Locally, I have served on our Homeowners Association Board for 20+ years, as both a board member and a three-time past President.

Barbara M. Stough – Single Family

Undergraduate degree in International Studies University of South Carolina where I met my husband.
Moved to Baltimore where he got his PHD from Johns Hopkins University and I worked as a social worker in foster care and AFDC (now TANF) and in a psychiatric hospital.

We moved to Indianapolis when my husband got a job as a professor at the University of Indiana. We spent a semester in Rotterdam Holland monitoring 30 exchange students. My sons were both in their teens. Did my first year of law school at the University. We moved to Fairfax Virginia when my husband became a professor at George Mason University where I completed law school, obtaining my law degree in 1992. I worked at Legal Aid in the Manassas office, managing it for 6 years. I went into private practice and practiced family law for 18 years before moving to Tucson in 2015.

Dan Sturmon – Single Family

I want to serve the community with my homeowner association experience and skills developed through committee participation since 2001. Prior to living in Center Pointe Vistoso since 2018, I lived in Fairfield Rancho Vistoso and Tucson National Resort and served as president of the HOA boards.

I’ve been a committee member on five (5) Vistoso Community Association (Master Association) committees – Architectural Landscape Review Committee; VCA Board Nomination/Election Committee; Governing Documents Committee; Communications Committee; and Parks & Landscape Committee.

I’m confident I can make a difference and am asking for your support. I believe being a newly elected Board member will help promote the updating of the community’s governing documents and renovation of the community’s infrastructure and landscapes to meet community needs and trends. I also advocate innovative communication strategies to keep the Rancho Vistoso community involved and informed.

Carl Buchwald – Other Than Single Family

Veteran of the U.S. Army.
Retired CFO of an international organization.
Past president of a local sporting organization involved with safe use and the protection of the outdoors.
Current member of a national organization involved with the safe use and protection of the outdoors.
Past president of a fraternal organization involved with services to members and the greater community including but not limited to a summer camp for children.
Current president of a fraternal society providing services to members and widows.
Past treasurer and president of Vistoso Hills HOA.
Owner of a home in Vistoso Hills for over nineteen years.
BBA in Public Accounting with studies in economics, finance, business law and taxation.
Married fifty-two years.

Theodore Dann – Other Than Single Family

My wife, Eve, and I have owned property in Vistoso going back 12 years. We currently own a condominium, and very much enjoy spending time in Oro Valley.

I am a retired corporate executive having served as President/CEO of a mid sized (500 employee) company in my last and final formal job.

Currently I spend time traveling, bike riding, golfing, dog walking and volunteering. One of the more important activities of retired life is the time I spend volunteering for the National Sports Center for the Disabled (based in Winter Park Colorado) as a volunteer ski instructor, horse waterer, fence fixer, etc.