Harbor Village Cooperative

2021 Board Nominations: Meet the Candidates!


Nicole Loxley, 12  Greetings Everyone. Many of you have already met me on Zoom, as I am your current Secretary on the Interim Board of Directors. I was appointed to the Interim Board to fill a vacancy back in July 2021. I would like to ask for your vote to continue on as a Permanent Board Member for our very first Harbor Village Co-op Board. A little about me: I live on the Mobile Home side of our community, and this is my first year of residence here. I originally joined the Bylaws-Rules Committee to help with the massive job of reading all the forms and templates from CASA and then editing and adapting them so that they reflected the uniqueness of Harbor Village. I have past experience as a copy editor, which gives me the ability to produce all the minutes, letters, and other correspondence required by the Secretary position. I am a self-starter and ran a business as a professional leather-crafter for 28 years, until I was retired by the covid-19 pandemic; I now have more energy and time to devote to Board duties. I have as Interim Secretary provided clear meeting minutes and documentation of the Board processes and decisions during this chaotic time. When residents have reached out to me with questions, I have done my best to find clear answers for them. I believe I will be a valuable resource to the incoming Permanent Board while we are establishing the foundations of our co-op and figuring out how it all works. I would be honoured if you would vote for me so I could continue to help our community transition into true resident ownership.


Jim Watson, 13  I am interested in being a board member for the Harbor Village Cooperative. My wife Lisa and I retired a couple of years ago and we have been looking for a place to get out of the summer heat. We found Newport Oregon and fell in love with the place. We purchased the home in space #13 which closed August 9th. Lisa and I were both born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. We moved to Overton, NV 17 years ago to get out of the big city that Las Vegas had become. We have been married 26 years and have 3 children (all boys), and now have 5 grandchildren. We plan on spending approximately 6 months out of the year in Newport. My hobbies include spending time with family, hunting, fishing and cooking. My educational background includes a B.S. Degree in Business Administration (Marketing) and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (Government and Policy). My work history includes multiple odd jobs growing up such as working construction, working in various warehouse positions and spending several years as a sales associate for Valley Foods (Now U.S. Foods). I was hired by the Clark County Fire Department in Las Vegas in 1995 and enjoyed a career with that organization for nearly 25 years. I believe I can bring a well rounded, common sense approach and perspective to the Harbor Village Cooperative Board of directors.


Sharon Beck, 23  Hello neighbors, I have enjoyed my time on the Interim Board as the Secretary and also the Treasurer. It's been a pleasure interacting with everyone and being part of the team that has already facilitated change at Harbor Village. My focus has been and will continue to be affordable housing for our community, creating and maintaining a safe park and being a good steward of our finances. I've worked in private industry and for the state of Oregon (you) in human resources, accounting, finance, budget, project management, problem solving and facilitation. I hope I can put this experience and education in these areas to good use as a member of the permanent board.


Pat Schaffner, 38   Hello! I've served on the Interim Board of Directors as Vice President. My focus during the purchase and transition has been on property infrastructure and the immediate needs of the park. During the first several weeks of ownership, before property managers were in place, I worked on urgent emergency repairs, assisted residents and researched information and vendors. I have decided to run for the new Board and will continue to focus on improving HV's infrastructure. I would like to continue to Trailblaze a path making Harbor Village a better community to live in. A lot of work has been done. But there’s still a lot to be done.


Michael Wood, 43  I have lived in Newport since 1971 and in Harbor Village since January 2012. I am the third owner of the park since I moved in. Newport has changed much since I arrived and over the decades (feels like eons sometimes but I am only 75). I have worked as a carpenter, cabinet maker, scrimshander, and commercial fisherman. I find our little village to be one of the nicest places in Newport to live and I am willing to put effort into helping us succeed.


Blanca Smith, 110   I am a people person, very personable, hard working, am great listener, problem solver, go get it done attitude, team player... I currently manage an Event Planning business and Staffing company in the Bay Area for the last 12 years. I manage 86 staff personnel remotely, I am also a Professional Interpreter for Patients the Samaritan Health Systems serving Newport, Lincoln City and Waldport. My experience, the love for this park and our community gives me the skills necessary to help develop and initiate creative solutions to better assist in and serve our Harbor Village Community. I would be a great asset to our Board.


Brian Wamsley, 130  My wife Katt and I moved to HV in 2018 and have called it home ever since. To start, it's an honor just to be nominated, wow. I work at Samaritan Hospital as an IT specialist and can bring my technical computer skills to help however I can. I do have some experience in the hotel/bnb industry as I was raised in my family's Bed and Breakfast. After a few years of trying to find local traditional housing, my wife and I have realized, "where else can we live this close to the bay and be surrounded by such an amazing community?". Now that we have decided to stay, I am looking to get more involved within the community. We have lived in our RV for over 6 years and know the ins and outs of the realities of this kind of living. I also have training in relationship coaching and communication. This would hopefully help in making sure everyone's voices are heard. If elected, I look forward to being a part of making this community even better, because it's more then just me. We have to be a team.


Rachell Freshour, 135   I have lived on the RV side for 5 years before becoming disabled. I worked in child care most recently managing two childcare centers at the Boeing Family Center in Everett, Washington for 15 years with my 10 years as the Office Manager. I was in charge of collecting tuition for 150 children and managed 35 staff members. I also greeted the families, coordinated staff meetings and parent and staff concerns. I ordered office and classroom supplies and was in charge of paperwork making sure we were in compliance with all the State regulations. I was so happy we got our park and just love it here. Most people here just know me as the pug lady and that's fine with me.


Note: Interim President, Morella Bierwag, will serve as an advisor to the Board in the role of immediate past president. This is a non-elected position.


View HVC Board position descriptions

View existing Interim Board


The following dates are pending availability of the Coop's permanent operating documents for member review (bylaws, rules, etc).

   Nominees to accept nominations, candidate statements due by: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

   Candidate statements published: Friday, September 25, 2021

   Election date: Ballots due November 8, 2021


Cooperative members may nominate themselves or another member by submitting the candidate's name and position nominated for to the Elections Committee by email to [email protected] or in writing (drop off in black ballot box in MH Mail kiosk). Hard copy nomination forms are available in the office. The Elections Committee will contact candidates to submit information and candidate statement by the September 15 deadline.


There are several expectations in serving on the HVC Board:

-  Member must be in good standing

-  Be able to communicate by email; check email daily and promptly respond to fellow board members as necessary

-  Be able to review board documents distributed by email (PDF, Word & Excel docs)

-  Attend monthly meetings and special meetings as necessary


View the HVC Board Position Descriptions page here

Download 2021 HVC Board descriptions PDF