2024 Board Election and Candidates

Eligible Board Candidates

As defined in our governing documents, eligible candidates must be a member (homeowner) of the Association. A homeowner (Owner) of the Association is defined as the record owner, meaning you must be listed on the deed of your home. After candidate applications close, the Association’s attorney reviews all applications to verify that the candidate is a valid homeowner and listed on their deed as of the application closing deadline. The application deadline for the 2024 elections closed on Friday, January 12, 2024, at 5 p.m. 

2024 Call for Candidates Newsletter

How to Vote

Voting opens on Thursday, February 1, 2024! You can vote only one of three ways - online, via absentee ballot, or in person at the Annual Meeting. Homeowners will be voting for the Board candidates and approval of the 2023 Annual Meeting Meetings. One ballot is allowed per property. If you own multiple properties, you will vote one time, and it will count for each of your properties. If you’d like to split those votes, email prfrontdesk@ccmcnet.com for help.

Online Voting: Homeowners should receive an official Annual Meeting Notice and Postcard with information related to how to vote online using the voter number provided on the postcard. If your email is on file with the Association, this information will also be emailed to you. Online voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

Absentee Paper Ballots: Absentee ballots can be picked up at the PRCA Office. Absentee ballots can be returned via mail to Power Ranch Community Association, Attn: Vicky Goslin, 1400 E. Southern Ave. #400, Tempe, AZ 85282, or via email to vicki.goslin@carpenterhazlewood.com. Alternatively, they can be dropped into the secure locked ballot box at the PRCA Office. Absentee ballots must be received by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. 

In Person: Homeowners can vote in person at the Annual Meeting on February 22, 2024, at the Barn, located at 3685 S Autumn Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Festivities for the Annual Meeting begin at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting is called to order at 6:30 p.m.

2024 Annual Meeting

A Toast to the Next 25 Years of Building Connections!

Thursday, February 22, 2024 | The Barn

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. | Meeting called to order at 6:30 p.m.

Submit a question, comment or concern in advance of the annual meeting

Providing your question in advance gives the Board and Management Team an opportunity to obtain the information needed to properly answer your question. Please complete this form and return it to the Association Office no later than Friday, February 16, 2024. Thank you for your participation.

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Candidate Bios

For the 2024 election, five candidates are running for three open seats. All bios below are printed as received and have not been edited.

2024 Board Candidates:

  • Stephen Whitworth
  • Jennifer Rotta
  • Mike Stone
  • Ken Starks
  • Austin Thompson
Stephen Whitworth

Stephen Whitworth

Neighborhood: Orchards
Length of Residency: 6 Years, 10 Months

Have you volunteered on a Power Ranch Committee?

I have served on the Design Review Committee for 4-1/2 years and served as committee chair for the last 3 years.

Have you ever served on an HOA Board or Committee? If so, please describe.

I currently serve on the Power Ranch Board of Directors and chair the Design Review Committee.  In addition, over the last 7 years I have served on several foundation boards - The Foundation for Blind Children and the Phoenix Children's East Valley Foundation.  I have an in-depth, hands-on knowledge and understanding of the collaboration required to add value at the board level. 

Why do you want to be a Power Ranch Board member?

An HOA board makes important decisions and manages risk to the community in the best interest of all association members.  Power Ranch has been my home for nearly 7 years and I have a vested interest in maintaining the high standards for all to enjoy for generations.  I want to continue working at the board level on several important initiatives such as landscaping and infrastructure improvements, monument re-branding and updating our design guidelines to allow our community to have a fresh look and modern feel.  I want to continue as an advocate and good steward for all Power Ranch community members that share this same vision.

What are the three most important issues you view for the Power Ranch Association and why?

1.  Our aging infrastructure.  Power Ranch is in it's 3rd decade so it is important that we are appropriately funded in our reserves to upgrade and maintain the vast grounds and amenities so all families can enjoy the Power Ranch lifestyle.  If we can continue on the path to improve our common areas, modernize our branding of the public facing monuments and maintain our amenities in good working order, Power Ranch will continue to be the community destination of choice.  

2. Rising costs. As our economy remains precarious, it is even more important that we manage our costs to ensure we are getting the best-value for the community.  We will accomplish this through fiscal responsibility and an appropriately funded reserve study.  

3. Transparency.  It is important that our community members are appropriately informed and that they have a voice in the direction of their community.  The opportunity to participate in committees, public forums and events provides residents the ability to be an active participant. 

What experience or qualifications do you have that would lend strength to being a Board member?

In my role as president of a large, Arizona based employee-owned commercial construction firm, I am experienced in managing and mitigating risk and managing expectations of stakeholders. Managing these same issues for the good of our community and my fellow members is an expertise that I bring to the board. As well, I have experience on several community and professional association boards which has given me the experience in sound decision making and guidance for the membership at-large.  My experience in leading a business has not only given me the ability to understand and manage complex financial, contractual and legal information, but just as importantly the ability to collaborate and bend where necessary to find common ground resulting in a win-win for all.  After serving one 3-year term on the board, as I enter retirement in 2024 I look forward to having the time and resources to engage even more for the betterment of our community.

Jennifer Rotta

Jennifer Rotta

Neighborhood: Meadow View
Length of Residency: 7.5 years

Have you previously volunteered on a Power Ranch Committee? If so, what committee and how long?

One of the highest honors an individual could have is serving a neighbor. Over 3 years ago, I was invited to join a committee and I chose the Design Review Committee. To be completely transparent, I was receiving a variety of violations and I wanted to know why. I had a genuine curiosity about the inner workings of the HOA Management and the committees that served under management. I have had violations ranging from the color of my home to leaves being on the ground. Instead of fighting the violations, I came alongside out of a spirit of curiosity and a yearning to learn more. Over the past 3 years I have aimed to always vote yes to a homeowner wanting to improve the look of their home. As part of the DRC, home extensions, solar roofs, stained grey gates, composite gates, driveway extensions, modern frosted glass garage doors and much more I have helped to approve. The DRC does not create designs, we uphold the CCNRs. Every fall, we review the CCNRs and my goal is always increase the amount of freedom homeowners have. We all want to see our community evolve, the evolution extends beyond the façade of a home, it also includes supporting and encouraging one another as neighbors.

Have you ever served on an HOA board or Committee?

The best thing we can do is serve our neighbors; the second-best thing we can do is be nice neighbors. I have lived in Power Ranch for over 7 years. Power Ranch is more than geographical location on a map, it’s where we decided to build a home and start a family. I have experience in being a resident here and a volunteer in the place we all call ‘home’. Over the years of being an active community member, I have met individuals on the management team and as part of the Design Review Committee, I have volunteered alongside an HOA board member and management team employees. I firmly believe that for every problem or issue, there is a solution to be had. I have had the ability to work alongside others and to approach each situation with kindness at the center. Having lived in Power Ranch for the majority of the decade, I have learned the importance of this community and the value each of us add to our individual neighborhoods and the community as a whole. I strive to be part of the positive impact to help ensure our community stays pristine, safe and enjoyed for generations to come. The work put in today, impacts tomorrow.

Why do you want to be a Power Ranch Board member?

A board member must be decisive, kind-hearted and transparent. Prior to becoming a Stay At Home Mom (shout out to the moms!) and Foster Mom, I worked in corporate and was responsible for scheduling, creating content and leading domestic and international trainings. I have traveled all over the United States as well as countries in Europe, The Middle East and South America. I have learned how to partner with individuals who are completely culturally different from myself. The ability to listen to and internalize a different perspective and use it for the betterment of all is a key skill to have. After my years of being part of the DRC, I know there are many different perspectives in our community. I have heard the voices speak. I want to strive to listen to the perspectives and find common ground for the betterment of the community as a whole. Every homeowner within our community has an important voice and a voice that must be heard. Rules and regulations aren’t created for my personal benefit, they exist to uplift and protect the community as a whole. Having a kind-hearted nature means listening to the homeowners to create a bettertomorrow. I want to create a better tomorrow.

What are the three most important issues you view for the Association and why?

Power Ranch is more than a section of houses, it is a community of homes where families live and thrive. It is where kids play in the green spaces and neighbors walk their dogs. Power Ranch is filled with love, fun and memories. The Association exists to help keep Power Ranch pristine and to serve each one of us. While there are many items to boast about when it comes to Power Ranch, there are also areas of improvement. Some of the areas of improvement are decided by the committees, some by the board and some by management. The first area of improvement is transparency. If a board member or any committee member is out of compliance, they should be held accountable.

Meeting notes should not be password protected or on secretive websites, instead the agenda should be made known while protecting those in potential violations. Homeowners have an inherent right to know what is going on behind the scenes. Transparency is vital for any organization to thrive. Transparency means being honest, being of good character and integrity. I was never willing to lie to make a sale. It is vital that each relationship is built on trust, that trust builds and builds and overtime a deep, lasting bond is created. I believe I am that individual to help create that trusting and everlasting bond rooted in transparency and honesty which connects the HOA to the homeowners.The second area of improvement is in supporting and encouraging homeowners. The homeowners are the backbone of the community and as such, should have a resounding impact on any changes made within the community. I have been part of meetings where homeowners have come and asked for variances, said their peace and the DRC was able to grant a variance. I encourage more homeowners to speak up if a question should arise. There should not exist a taste of disdain between the homeowners and the HOA. Call me crazy, but wouldn’t it be nice to like our HOA? I want to help make that happen. Having been part of the DRC, if a homeowner needed an extension, they were granted it. I have even helped allow 6 months of an extension. I have heard neighbors rightly state how another neighbor doesn’t have a tree in the front and it’s perceived that that neighbor is allowed to skirt the rules, while they have been continuously getting violations for not having one. My goal is not to enforce the rules, but to support and encourage homeowners in their individual endeavors to create their house a home.The third area is a doozy for sure. The area of financial responsibility is a massive feat. When I first moved into Power Ranch, I never thought our HOA rates would increase as much as they have. The excuse of inflation is just that, an excuse. There must be an in-depth examination of the spending habits within our management company as it pertains to Power Ranch. I understand that repairs need to happen, but there is a fund for that. Why increase the rate so drastically? The pool is another area of fiscal irresponsibility. Homeowners missed out on an entire year and for what reason? Green spaces are turning brown, why? There is no reason except poorly managed finances. The bleeding needs to stop. Accountability must take place.

Mike Stone

Mike Stone

Neighborhood: Mountain View
Length of Residency: 10 Years

Have you volunteered on a Power Ranch Committee?

I have not volunteered for a committee at Power Ranch although I have attended several committee meetings.

Have you ever served on an HOA Board or Committee? If so, please describe.

I have not served on an HOA Board or Committee.

Why do you want to be a Power Ranch Board member?

I started visiting Power Ranch in 2010 when I reconnected with an old friend who is now my wife. She moved here in 2003 from Silicon Valley, recognizing the brighter future here. I saw that brighter future too when our paths crossed again years later. I made Power Ranch my permanent home in 2014.

Since that time, I have seen a number of changes to this great community. Some are great, some are not. After raising four children here with my wife, I feel called to give back to the community which has given so much to our family.

What are the three most important issues you view for the Power Ranch Association and why?

I am a firm believer in transparency, stewardship and kindness. Transparency and communication are important so residents can understanding the changes and improvements in Power Ranch and the decision processes around those changes. This is our home after all. Good stewardship must be practiced when representing the best interests of the home owners in Power Ranch. Maintaining the resources with which are entrusted, home values, and the well being of the community we cherish takes diligence. Stewardship also means operating within the law, our governing documents and using good business practices. Kindness to others to me means actively listening to home owners and respecting their opinions on matters related to the community. All of the issues I have heard from residents of Power Ranch recently fall into one of these three categories.

What experience or qualifications do you have that would lend strength to being a Board member?

In my professional career, I have developed strong relationship management, operations, risk management, and contract negotiation skills. I also consider myself a jack of all trades having worked in construction for a number of years in my younger days. Over the years, I have developed a broad base of business skills working for technology startup companies where flexibility and creative problem solving are keys to success. I believe these skills will help me in my journey to be the best board member I can be for the home owners and residents of Power Ranch.

Ken Starks

Ken Starks

Neighborhood: Meadow View

Length of Residency: 7 Years and 9 Months

Have you volunteered on a Power Ranch Committee?

I have not and do not think that it is a critical component to serving the Board.

Have you ever served on an HOA Board or Committee? If so, please describe.

Yes, when i lived in Utah, I was HOA Board President of our semi-custom gated community HOA. I have also worked on various other boards including Town of Gilbert, City of San Clemente, and several other non-profit boards over the years.

Why do you want to be a Power Ranch Board member?

I see our community as in decline as compared to our similarly-aged neighborhoods. I want to lend my various skills to help preserve and improve property values. Additionally, I want to create an climate of mutual respect and understanding between all parties involved: residents, Board and Committee members and hired management staff, as its missing.

What are the three most important issues you view for the Association and why?

As homeowners, we need eyes that can see clearly, ears that listen with compassion and understanding and mouths that speak respectfully, honestly, and transparently. I believe the balance of power between the Board (including committees) and the Management company needs to be examined. Likewise, I believe that a focus on community involvement and outreach is necessary to address various topics that are and are coming before the board! Lastly, I believe in fiscal responsibility and see that we either need significantly more communication around financial decisions, or better management of resources.

What experience or qualifications do you have that would lend strength to being a Board Member? 

I have enjoyed living in Gilbert since 2007. i have loved raising my 3 girls here in Power Ranch since 2014! i have appreciated serving in various ways including 3 years on the Town of Gilbert Public Facilities Municipal Property Corporation. Likewise, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work on various projects with many other Civic, Church and Industry leaders. as well as two recent Town Mayors and other state level political leaders. While i don't work in the arts every day, they are my passion! My Bachelors in Design from UCLA and graduate work at BYU, I want to help shape the future look and feel of Power Ranch to age among competing area neighborhoods. In my opinion, we need immediate help in this area! My education gave me the ability to see and think outside the box, which has served me well professionally! as a 22 Mortgage Loan Originator- I have fought for homeowners since day 1!! I knew from the day i started in the mortgage business, that if i used my ability to listen, understand and problem solve, I would be successful!! i have done just that and been honored to help over 2400 families, many families more than once over the years! This has allowed me to rank in the Top 1% of all Loan Originators in the US for over half of the past 22 years!

Austin Thompson

Austin Thompson

Neighborhood: Arbors
Length of Residency: 2 Years

Have you volunteered on a Power Ranch Committee?

No, but told if I want to change things I need to volenteer for the board so here I am.

Have you ever served on an HOA Board or Committee? If so, please describe.

Yes, company comittees and military commitees. So I have actual expierance to help people and respect them unlike those in the HOA.

Why do you want to be a Power Ranch Board member?

II want to be on the Power Ranch Board to represent the people in this community that feel unrepresented and for those on the bpard to be monitored for there malicious activity. Someone needs to since the whole neighborhood hates Power Ranch HOA.

What are the three most important issues you view for the Power Ranch Association and why?

Parking enforcement, privacy violations, HOA disrespecting the community, targeting of certian home owners by the HOA, and the malicious activity suspected by many of the home owners of the board members

What experience or qualifications do you have that would lend strength to being a Board member? 

Military leadership expierance and advanced knowlege on cybersecurity in which your HOA does not follow compliance for keeping information safe.