Rancho Santa Fe Association board candidates to appear at May 10 meeting

The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Annual Meeting will be held on May 10, at 5 p.m., at the RSF Garden Club. The meeting will be a chance to meet new Association board candidates Rochelle Putnam and Craig McAllister.

Ballots for the uncontested election will be sent out that day and will be due in 30 days, on June 12. While there are only two candidates for two seats, the Association must still go through the election process — 75 votes are needed for each candidate for validation.

If the number of votes needed are received, Putnam and McAllister will fill the board seats being vacated by outgoing directors Jack Queen and Dick Doughty, whose three-year terms expire the end of June.

Below is some biographical information on the two new prospective board members. They also answer questions about why they want to serve on the board and more.

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Rochelle Putnam

Name

: Rochelle Putnam

Years lived in the Covenant

: Five-and-a-half

Occupation:

Retired (previously in financial services)

Community activities:

Served on the following RSF Association committees: Roads and Traffic (chair), Trails, Long Range Planning (chair), Broadband (chair), Community Awareness (chair). Also currently serving as a board member of the Rancho Riding Club

Awards, honors: 2011 Community Service Award, Rancho Santa Fe. Graduated from Harvard in 1984.

1.) Why did you decide to run for a seat on the RSF Association board?

Rancho Santa Fe is a fabulous place to live and I enjoy contributing my time and energy to the community.

2.) What do you think is the most valuable experience and/or skills you would bring to service on the RSF Association board?

Of the committees I’ve served on, the one that gave me the broadest insight into Rancho Santa Fe was the Long Range Planning Committee, which I was appointed by the board to chair. We surveyed the community on a wide variety of topics and put together the Long Range Plan for the Association. This year-long project gave me really valuable insight into what’s important to the residents of the community. I also have an extensive customer service background in financial services; I was a Managing Director for a $2.5 billion firm with budget oversight of $20 million and 250 staff.

3.) What do you think are the biggest issues facing the RSF Association/Covenant?

Our biggest challenge is the current real estate market. The decline in property values will impact revenues for the Association and we need to keep a close eye on our finances. We need to make sure that prospective home buyers are aware of the wonderful amenities that the Covenant has to offer, and, toward that end, update and upgrade our website. Additionally, we need to continue working to expand the availability of high-speed Internet access.

4.) What, if anything, would you like to change about how the RSF Association operates?

The RSF Association Protective Covenant and the bylaws provide a formal structure to how the Association operates. As a board member, I would like the board to remain responsive to the community and the interests of the residents.

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