Board of Directors

The Raintree Lake Property Owners Association is managed by a nine-member Board of Directors that governs and oversees the operations of Raintree Lake by enforcing the covenants and policies of the Association. The board is elected by the membership each year on the last Thursday of March.  Each director is elected to a three-year term, while officers are elected to one-year terms. We are currently in a transition year (2017) of changing over to the three year terms.  Once the transition is complete, we will have three candidates each year.

The Board holds at least two meetings every month which are open to every member of Raintree. The Board of Directors meetings, at which policies are made, are held on the second Tuesday of each month. The Board’s work session, held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, is a less formal affair during which the Board discusses problems and policies but makes no formal decisions. All meetings are held at 7:00 PM in the Raintree clubhouse.

Current Board Members

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Jeff Sowinski – President

Jeff was born and raised in the Chicago land area. Together my wife and I have a child. His wife is from the Blue Springs, Missouri area. They moved down here from Illinois in search of a good place to start a business, settle down and raise a family. They chose Raintree Lake in Lee’s Summit as a top choice to do so. Not only are they choosing to live here in Raintree Lake but they have also opened a business in the Raintree shopping center. That business is The UPS Store. Jeff has been in the UPS Store network for 10 years. He has ran multiple stores; some of which were preowned locations and others that were started from the ground up like the Raintree location. He has been involved with various committees in Illinois as well as different volunteer programs. Jeff is committed to serving the community in a variety of ways.  Jeff’s term expires in March 2019.  jsowinski@rlpoa.com

 

 

Mark Spencer – Vice President

Mark and his wife Patty moved to Raintree in 1997 with their two children. Mark is an Escalation Manager for Hewlett Packard and manages a virtual team of engineers during crisis situations with all aspects of IT for companies and corporations. Over the years he has attended Board meetings and Lake Committee meetings at Raintree and made recommendations for the community including the boat stickers with emergency numbers, garbage containers located around the lake, and the every-other-year attendance requirement for safety meetings. As a board director Mark continues to provide input for the betterment of the RLPOA community regarding safety, beautification, and increase of neighborhood property values. Mark lives by the motto “If you do something, you might as well have fun doing it” and his favorite things are “temps over seventy degrees, enjoying the amenities of the Raintree community, and having fun with family and friends.”  Mark’s term expires in March of 2020  mspencer@rlpoa.com

 

Sharon McCann – Treasurer

Sharon has lived most of her life in the Kansas City area, and she and her husband Gene have been Raintree residents since October of 2012. They love the area and believe Lee’s Summit is a great city with a lot to offer residents and visitors. Raintree offers the feeling of living at a resort lake in the country, but with the amenities of the city close by. Sharon has her real estate license in both Kansas and Missouri. She currently works for the Mid-America Referral office in Leawood, Kansas. Sharon’s term expires in March of 2019.    smccann@rlpoa.com

 

 

Pic - Cindy LyonCindy Lyon

Cindy and her husband, Dennis, moved to Raintree in 2007. She retired from Belton School District in 2012. During her career as a teacher, she was on many committees. She was Co-Chair for Belton School District Professional Development Committee and helped create an Alternative Program at the middle school level. She was also a
member of a team speaking at a National Conference in Florida on Alternative Schools. In 2009 was named District Teacher of the Year and VFW Teacher of the Year. Cindy’s term expires March of 2020.  clyon@rlpoa.com

 

 

 

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Jess Hartter – Secretary

Jess and his wife moved to Raintree Lake in 2010. They are active water sports enthusiasts and believe the community of Raintree Lake is a fantastic place to live and raise a family. He currently is an active member of the Lake Committee and feels the lake is one of our greatest assets.  His love of water sports inspired him to coordinate an annual charity event, “Wake the World KC” with the Boys and Girls Club of KC.  The program provides underprivileged youth with an opportunity to experience a safe and fun day on Smithville Lake. In four years, the program has grown to include over 100 kids and 15 boat owners.  Jess is an electrical engineer and project manager for Burns & McDonnell.  Jess’ term expires March of 2019.  jhartter@rlpoa.com

 

 

Alan VanDeusenAlan Van Deusen

Alan has worked as Honeywell as an engineer for 29 years and is now a partner at CertTech LLC; an engineering firm in Lenexa, KS, where he served as the director of the systems group and a partner.  Alan has a BS and MS degree, both in electrical engineering from MU.  He has lived at Raintree Lake since 1979 and raised his three children here, one of whom is now a Raintree resident with his wife and son.  Alan has served on the Board as an appointed member to fill a temporary vacancy.  Alan wants to continue the hard work of many that have served on the board before him. Allen’s term expires in March 2018     avandeusen@rlpoa.com

 

 

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I am a licensed attorney and currently work in public finance with Commerce Bank.  My knowledge of real estate and contract law gives me a unique perspective and allows me to bring an area of expertise to the Board.  I have lived in Raintree for two years and there are several things I would like to see changed.  Going forward I would like to see more accountability from the Board and from the committees.  I believe the duty of the Board is to represent the best interests of our community and in order to do that we need to seek feedback from the residents.  One of my primary goals, if elected, would be to increase resident involvement and improve the communication between residents and the Board.  While serving on the Board since July I believe I have done an excellent job listening to the residents and have attempted to further instill a sense of community among residents.  Additionally, I will fight for fiscal responsibility by the Board and committees.  I would like to reduce wasteful spending while continuing the wonderful events our committees put on and while keeping up with the necessary maintenance of our community.  Brian’s term expires March 2020.   bwilliams@rlpoa.com

 

Randy Kidd

My wife, Linda Kidd, and myself , have lived at Raintree Lake sine 1985. Prior to this, I moved to Raintree with my parents in 1976. Linda and I raised our three kids here at Raintree and are anticipating that at least one of our kids will move back to Raintree with their family. (But, not in our basement!)  I’ve been employed as an Accounting Instructor at Longview Community College for 28 years. In addition to teaching, I’ve served many administrative roles with The Metropolitan Community Colleges.  With my kids grown, and less time commitment at work, I feel it is a perfect time to be involved and give back to this great community. For the last two years, I’ve been a member of the                                        appeals committee which has afforded me the opportunity to see some of the concerns of the Raintree community.  rkidd@rlpoa.com

 

Brenda Miller

I would like to continue to work with other Directors in making our community a better place to live and to be a voice on the Board in the next 2 years. I am currently a Real Estate Sales person with Coldwell Banker and my wish is to continue to assist in making sound decisions that will positively affect the value of real estate, and quality of life in our community. I continue to support the rules and regulations that we currently have in place in an attempt to assist in maintaining our property values. The issue that I am particularly interested in is the Ethics Policy that has been put in place within this past year for all our volunteers. Our community continues to grow and we can no longer work on the “good old boy” system. All volunteers need to understand the impact they have on our community and in my opinion must acknowledge that they will work within a high ethical standard when making recommendations and decisions for our members.   bmiller@rlpoa.com

 

RLPOA Chain of Command        Board History – Updated 5/17/17

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