My wife of 39 years, Rhonda, and I have been owners in Bear Creek Lakes for about 28 years.  Along with our 3 daughters – Lauren, Emily and Christy, we have spent summers enjoying the beautiful lake and pool.  Winters have been spent skiing nearby and enjoying winter walks around the lake.  It never gets old and we are always finding new things about the area to enjoy.

I have owned my remodeling business for forty years, holding a master electrical license, master plumbing license as well as a federal lead removal certification and federal CR certification. I have developed a good sense of what is needed to plan ahead and work with people on both sides of the table all the time enjoying the challenge and the satisfaction of the craft. I have attained the third degree of the Free Mason’s, and attend most all of the meetings. I am proud to say that our Lodge # 368 helps with scholarships for college and wives of Veterans who are having children along with the Shriners Hospital.   Rhonda works at Methacton High School.

When our daughters were young we had the opportunity to run Lake Day on South Beach and also took over Mystery Cruise from Randy & Edie Boyer which we ran for several years.  If you have eaten a hot dog after the Memorial Day weekend meeting, it most likely had my stamp on it.  I have been turning hotdogs that weekend for 27 years, back to the days when the grill was a 55 gallon drum cut in half. 

Now that our daughters are adults, I am finding that I have more time to spend at Bear Creek Lakes and look forward to continuing to volunteer my time in the community.  I would welcome the opportunity to serve on the Bear Creek Lakes board and appreciate your consideration.

Board Nominee

Randy Asher

Hi, my name is Ray Bradley and I am running for the Board of Directors.  Along with my wife Colleen and our 3 sons, I’ve been a full-time resident of Bear Creek Lakes for the past 23 years.  During that time, I've been active in the community running various recreation activities and supporting events at the pool and beaches. 

 

I’m kind of old school in that I believe in a strong work ethic and in order for our community to prosper we collectively need to work towards making the adjustments necessary to be a thriving place to live.  Yet I'm young enough at heart and mind to understand that change is inevitable, our community is changing and these changes need to be managed for the best interests of the community as a whole.

 

What you can expect from me should I be elected to the Board is a dedicated individual who is ready to get involved with what needs to get done day in and day out.  Volunteering for the Board should not be about personal interests or delegating tasks out but leading by example and actively participating in keeping our community the best in the Poconos.  That's why I am asking for your support and vote.

Board Nominee

Ray Bradley

I’m writing down a short resume as to why I want to be on your board. I am retired and spend most of my time at our house at 393 Bear Creek Lake Drive.

 

Our first house, in Bear Creek, was at 133 Bear Creek Lake Drive which we bought four years ago and have recently sold.

I spend a large amount of my time up here enjoying the lake and the community and would like to give something back. And I cannot think of a better way than to serve the community.

 

As to my background, it is varied. Over the years I have worked for the University of Delaware in the computer systems analyst, built and operated several restaurants and several other retail businesses. I was active in the New Castle Chamber of Commerce, where I started the small business chair in 1995.  That was the same year that I was elected to the White House Conference on Small Business, one of only 1300 from the US.

 

In 2000 I sold all of my business and went to work at the largest, at the time, credit card bank in the country, as a computer information security expert. I was a white hat hacker, if you are interested. I retired from the bank in 2006 and did consulting work for the next few years.

 

I am married for 33 years to my lovely wife, Sally and have three kids and six grandkids who are the love of my life.

 

I believe that you only get out of life what you put in and I would appreciate if you would consider my application for the BCLSA board.

Board Nominee

Ed Miller

My name is Pat Parson and presently I am a part-time member of our community.  As a relatively new member of the Bear Creek Lakes Community, I have enjoyed listening to members tell the tales of all of the wonderful experiences they have had living here in BCL.  Over the past year, I have met many wonderful people and have participated in quite a few of the organized events.  My hope is to be a vital participant in ensuring that traditions continue and new ones are created in a vibrant and safe environment. 

 

My professional career as an educator has spanned over twenty years with the School District of Philadelphia (SDOP).   I received my B. A. from Holy Family University, M.S. from Gwynedd Mercy University and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University.  During the time with the SDOP I also served on the Boards of the Emerald Education Committee and the Commonwealth of School Administrators, Teamster’s Local 502 in various capacities including Secretary Treasurer, Trustee and Business Agent. 

 

I look forward to enjoying many years in BCL with my husband Tony and hope to share with others my passion for traveling and learning about other cultures.  I enjoy outdoor activities and attending fitness classes when I can find the time.  My greatest passion, however, is spending time with my family.  My three children, their spouses and eight grandchildren are my most celebrated accomplishment.

Board Nominee

Patty Parson

My husband John and I have had a home in BCL since 2011.  

 

I've been volunteering with the Community Watch group for six years, and hosting Movie Night in Stewart Hall for over two years.  During my first term on the Board of Directors I have worked on Communications, Technology, and Rules.  I am the current Vice President.

 

I am seeking a second term on the Board of Directors and would appreciate your support.

Board Nominee

Margo Schaefer

After an extensive search for a vacation home in the Poconos, my wife Kathleen, three kids and I were thrilled when the opportunity arose to purchase our home at 479 Bear Creek Lake Drive in the fall of 2014.

 

We were drawn to the area by the beauty and tranquility of the lake, the friendliness of the community, and the close proximity to our principal residence in Wyomissing, Pa., where I work as Sr. Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Penn National Gaming, the nation’s largest publicly traded racing and gaming company.  

 

Like most others, we consider our Bear Creek Lakes home-away-from-home our “Happy Place” and I am hoping to get to know more fellow residents and become more actively involved in the community, while putting my background in regulatory affairs and community relations to good use as a member of the Board of Directors.   

Board Nominee

Eric Schippers

My wife (Marjorie) and I have been in the Bear Creek Community since 2013. We have 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren who enjoy all the activities in the development.

 

I am in my 31st year as a Philadelphia Firefighter. I'm asking for your vote for a position on the board to help keep Bear Creek the best community in the Pocono's. I hope to use my experiences to be a productive member for our community.

  • Philadelphia Firefighter 1987 to Present

  • Treasurer AAU Middle Atlantic District 2013 to Present

  • Athletic Director Northeast Racquet Club & Fitness Center, 2008 to Present

  • USARS Hockey Committee member for US Olympic Committee, 2010 to Present

  • Treasurer Firefighters Local 22 IAFF

  • Bar Manager Firefighters Local 22 IAFF

  • Public Relations Director Local 22 IAFF
     

I have spent over 30 years as a Volunteer in the communities my family and I have lived. Coaching every sport you can think of and helping to build quality young men and women along the way.

Board Nominee

Charles Sgrillo

I would like to be considered to serve on the BCL Board of Directors. I have previously served two consecutive terms on the Board where I have had the responsibility of President, Vice President, and chairperson of Lake & Dam, Pool, and Environmental Committees.  

 

I am looking forward to continuing to be active in our community and to serve on the BCL board once again.

Board Nominee

Steve Sosnowski

BEAR CREEK LAKES CIVIC ASSOCIATION
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