COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE (CAI) INTRODUCES THE ORGANIZATION'S 2021 PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Jan. 15, 2021 — Falls Church, VA — Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading authority in community association governance, education, and management, welcomes community management professional James H. Dodson IV, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM, executive director of Ewa by Gentry Community Association in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, as its 2021 president.
Dodson brings over 40 years of management experience to CAI's Board of Trustees. He considers hospitality services, teamwork, technology, and quality of life essential to the success of community associations today. He spent 22 years as the CEO of his own community association management company and also held positions as the director of HOA operations and branch manager in community management. Dodson is a member of the CAI Hawaii Chapter based in Honolulu. He has earned his Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) credential from the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) as well as CAI's prestigious Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) and Large-Scale Manager (LSM) designations. Jim has served as a director on the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR), CAI's research affiliate.
Jessica Towles, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, vice president of suburban property management with FirstService Residential Illinois, will serve as president-elect.
As president, Dodson says his goals are to raise awareness of how CAI benefits the volunteer board members and professionals who serve and support community associations. “CAI will continue to help community associations succeed by staying true to our mission, core values, and education," he says. “I also believe that CAI can be a responsive and sustainable housing leader. We can do that by creating and enhancing an industry that supports geographic and cultural diversity, advocacy, and technology."
CAI members consist of community association board members and other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management firms, and other professionals who provide products and services to associations. That wide range of stakeholders, including a growing international membership, presents challenges and opportunities for CAI, according to Dodson. “CAI needs to be able to connect with and champion each of our membership groups," he says. “In today's increasingly connected world, part of that mission should include raising awareness and sharing the benefits of information technology and artificial intelligence."
2021 Board of Trustees
President — James H. Dodson IV, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM — Ewa by Gentry Community Assn. — Ewa Beach, Hawaii
President-elecT — Jessica Towles, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — FirstService Residential — Elk Grove Village, Ill.
immediate past President — Ursula K. Burgess, Esq. — Rees Broome PC — Tysons Corner, Va.
Lisa Cox, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM — Sienna Associations — Missouri City, Texas
Jeevan J. D'Mello, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM — Zenesis Corporation — Dubai, UAE
Kevin Hirzel, Esq. — Hirzel Law PLC — Farmington, Mich.
Lincoln W. Hobbs, Esq. — Hobbs & Olson — Salt Lake City, Utah
Cynthia A. Jones, Esq. — Sellers, Ayers, Dortch & Lyons — Charlotte, N.C.
Suzanne Mark — Saw Creek Estates Community Association — East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Peter B. Miller, RS — Miller-Dodson Associates — Annapolis, Md.
Janet L. Newcomb — Springhurst Townhomes HOA — Huntington Beach, Calif.
Melissa Ramsey, CMCA, AMS, PCAM —Sun City Carolina Lakes (FirstService Residential) — Indian Land, S.C.
Vishnu Sharma, CPA, CFE — Sharma & Associates Inc. — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
LaTonya Young-Clayborne, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — The Westchester Corporation — Washington, D.C.
Kelly Zibell, AMS, PCAM — Associa Northern California — Roseville, Calif.
2021 Business Partners Council
CHAIR — Vishnu Sharma, CPA, CFE — Sharma & Associates Inc. — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
CHAIR-ELECT — Cynthia A. Jones, Esq. — Sellers, Ayers, Dortch & Lyons — Charlotte, N.C.
Michael Almonrode — Advanced Technology Group Inc. — Richardson, Texas
Dawn M. Becker-Durnin, CIRMS — PeopleFirst Property & Casualty Services — Easton, Pa.
Michael Berg, CMCA, CIRMS — Berg Insurance Agency — Lake Forest, Calif.
Margaret M. Chase, Esq. — Higgins Benjamin PLLC — Greensboro, N.C.
Cindy Dunlop — Cogent Bank — Jacksonville, Fla.
Jessica Knutsen — USI Insurance Services — Falls Church, Va.
Jennifer Nevins, CMCA — DW Smith Associates LLC — Wall Township, N.J.
Ashley Nichols, Esq. — Cornerstone Law Firm PC — Denver, Colo.
Robert Nordlund, RS — Association Reserves Inc. — Westlake Village, Calif.
Sara Ross, Esq. — Chadwick, Washington, Moriarty, Elmore & Bunn PC — Fairfax, Va.
2021 Community Association Managers Council
CHAIR — Melissa Ramsey, CMCA, AMS, PCAM —Sun City Carolina Lakes (FirstService Residential) — Indian Land, S.C.
CHAIR-ELECT — Lisa Cox, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM — Sienna Associations — Missouri City, Texas
Andrew Babbitt, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — CCMC — Plano, Texas
Delores Ferguson, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — CCMC — Scottsdale, Ariz.
Melissa Guyott, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — Ponderosa Community Management — Spokane, Wash.
Melissa Hargrove, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — INFRAMARK, AAMC — Cypress, Texas
Thomas Judson, CMCA, AMS, LSM, PCAM — Bella Vista Village Property Owners Association — Bella Vista, Ark.
Kanani Kaopua, PCAM — Hawaiian Properties Ltd. — Honolulu, Hawaii
Nicholas J. Mazzarella, CMCA, LSM, PCAM — Associa – Community Management Corporation — Chantilly, Va.
Robin Thomas, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — Amcor Property Professionals Inc. — Scottsdale, Ariz.
Kirk Watilo, LSM, PCAM — North Tustin, Calif.
Jessica Williams, CMCA, AMS, PCAM — Associa – The Prescott Companies — Carlsbad , Calif.
2021 Homeowner Leaders Council
CHAIR —Janet L. Newcomb — Springhurst Townhomes HOA — Huntington Beach, Calif.
CHAIR-ELECT — Suzanne Mark — Saw Creek Estates Community Association — East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Sally L. Balson — Hunt Club Condominium Inc. — Madison, Wisc.
Gary Burns — Mulholland Heights Homeowners Association — Calabasas, Calif.
Richard G. Carlson — Plantation Lakes Property Owners Association Inc. — Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Joyce Sachs — 1219 W. Wynnewood Condominium Association — Wynnewood, Pa.
Michael Traidman — Mira Vista At Mission Hills — Rancho Mirage, Calif.
About Community Associations Institute Since 1973, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in the more than 350,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With more than 42,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 63 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates as well as with housing leaders in several other countries, including Australia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at www.caionline.org, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISocial.
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