Highlands Ranch Community Association elects new directors

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Highlands Ranch homeowners re-elected two of its community association board members and welcomed a new face to the organization on March 22.

Resident delegates voted to seat Dan DeBacco, Melissa Park and Monica Wasden to two-year terms in the annual election. DeBacco and Park were already serving on the board, while Wasden is a longtime delegate and community volunteer.

Per the results of the March 22 election, DeBacco received 18,924 votes, Wasden got 17,457 and Park had 14,907 votes. DeBacco, Park and Wasden beat out two other candidates for the board, homeowners Mikell Wilcox (12,590 votes) and Jack Mackowiak (9,716 votes). 

Resident delegates are given a set number of votes based on the amount of lots and proportional residents that are in their district.

Park has the most experience on the board having served seven years as a director, on top of time as chair of the Backcountry Planning Area Advisory Committee.

In her candidate form, Park said she plans to prioritize hiring a new general manager, addressing financial stability and developing long-term goals.

"Thank you to the delegates for electing me to serve another term for HRCA," she said in an email. "I am honored to be a part of this board and I look forward to what the future holds for this organization."

DeBacco has been on the board for less than a year since he was appointed to finish the remainder of Krystal Woodbury’s term after she stepped down. He previously served on the Architectural Review and Finance committees.

DeBacco’s candidate form says he would like to focus on evaluating by-laws, looking at staff retention and facility updates, and preserving the Backcountry Wilderness Area.

“I am honored to have been elected to represent our incredible organization, and look forward to serving with my fellow board members, delegates, staff and fellow constituents to continue the growth and propriety of the Highlands Ranch Community Association," he said via email.

Though she’s the board’s newest member, Wasden has lived in Highlands Ranch since 1994 and has served as a delegate, as well as on the Architectural Review Committee. Wasden fills the seat left open by former Director Scott Lemmon.

Per her candidate form, Wasden plans to target hiring a new manager, adding facilities to the Backcountry Wilderness Area and keeping an eye on reserves for aging facilities.

The three elected directors will be sworn in at the April 19 meeting.

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