Hello, my name is Tammy Eger. I was born in Fort Riley, Kansas, and I am the daughter of a military family. I graduated from Cortland State University in upstate NY. I have worked in the medical industry for 38 years. For the last 25 of those years, I have been a successful Administrator running multi-million dollar practices with multiple locations. I have a keen sense for running successful businesses and also have my own medical consulting company, Advocates for Patient Care. My passion has always been to help people and animals. I have been rescuing dogs for over 40 years. In my spare time, I love to travel, enjoy fine dining, work with local rescues, play pickleball and engage in outdoor activities, and spend time with my family and my senior dog, Bentley.
Why did you decide to run for the Board?
What do you bring to the table as a Board member?
How will you put personal biases and desires aside for the betterment of the entire community?
Homeowners' Associations essentially function as businesses and their success is rooted in the education of the members alongside community managers and management companies. Some decisions are not always praised by homeowners, which is why it is important to build trust between the board and the homeowners. Ultimately, the board is the one that can strengthen its relationship with the homeowners via communication, encouraging homeowner participation with the association. I feel as a board member I would enable the navigation of balance between satisfying the needs of the entire community and the interest of each owner. Having lived in HOA communities for the last 25 years, 10 of which have been in Vistancia I would love to dive into the pain points of the association, maintain an opening dialogue with homeowners and find solutions for the betterment of all.
I believe there are several critical issues facing the community in the next 2 years. Maintaining property value is always of top importance. Financial is huge at this time with families going through financial hardships due to inflation and possible recession. More transparency of the utilization of HOA dues. Our common areas and repairs. Member engagement. Additional traffic due to increased infrastructure. HOA rights and violations. Pet Sanitary issues and noise complaints. Investments in technology.
What can the Association do to help maintain or improve current property values?
When I moved to Vistancia I considered it to be the most beautiful neighborhood and one of the most desirable communities I had ever lived in. I have seen a lot of changes in the 10+ years I have lived out here. HOA communities exist to protect the property value of your home by ensuring that your home and the homes around your property remain beautiful and desirable all year round. I think focusing on the maintenance of homes' exteriors, cleaner yards, cleaner common areas, freshly painted structures, and a reasonable (but not excessive) amount of uniformity leads to a pleasant environment and higher property values.
What are the three most important ways we can increase the sense of community in Vistancia?
Three important ways we can increase the sense of community:
Organizing a Welcoming Committee to welcome new homeowners to the neighborhood to create goodwill among new homeowners. This small gesture will not only say we care, but it will shed good light on the HOA and may even persuade folks to become involved in the future. It doesn't have to be a big deal, maybe pastries or fruit baskets to say "WELCOME HOME".
More open communication so that homeowners don't feel alienated. The board needs to let each homeowner know that their voice matters when it comes to governing the neighborhood. Feedback from the homeowners is extremely important and their thoughts and suggestions are respected.
We have a lot of events that take place in our community, but I think a sense of community has to be created to encourage people to come out and get to know one another. It seems people are too busy with their own lives to get to know their neighbors and we as a whole, need to get back to creating that sense of community. I certainly felt it more when I moved out here.
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