2019 Fair Oaks Ranch Homeowners' Association Annual Meeting

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be  RESCHEDULED and will be on a date yet to be determined  at 7:00 p.m. at  a venue yet to be determined.  Three persons will be elected to serve as directors for a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2020.  The revised 2019 Annual Meeting Notice will be sent to the members as soon as a meeting time, date and place have been established.

If you scroll down,  you will find a bio for each of the eight candidates running for the Board.  The candidates are as follows:

Robert Carnes  ***           Richard Morris   **             

Allison Clark                      Chesley Muenchow

Rene Gallegos                    Scott Russell

Stephen May                      Ryan Schnoke

**On December 2, 2019, Richard Morris submitted a letter to FORHA requesting to withdraw from the election for the Board of Directors.  That letter may be viewed by clicking on his name above or in the bios listed below.

***On January 14, 2020, Robert Carnes submitted a letter to FORHA requesting to withdraw from the election for the Board of Directors.  That letter may be viewed by clicking on his name above or in the bios listed below.

If you previously cast a ballot for either Robert Carnes or Richard Morris, you may recast your vote.  The last ballot that you cast will supercede any previous ballot.  You can obtain a new ballot by visiting the FORHA Office at 7286 Dietz Elkhorn, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX or by requesting it via email to HOA@forha.org.  You will also have the opportunity to vote at the time that the 2019 Annual Meeting is held.  Please note that for security purposes, only one electronic ballot may be submitted.  Should you wish to change your electronic ballot, you will have to submit the new ballot on a paper form.  If you have any additional questions or concerns about voting, please feel free to contact the FORHA Office and speak with Judy.

If you did not receive your ballot, or misplaced it, please click below for a printable Absentee Ballot

2019 Absentee Ballot


If you need a proxy for the meeting, please click the picture below for a printable proxy.

2020 FORHA Board of Directors Candidates

Robert Carnes

I am a 72-year old retired physician, with equal parts of my professional time in the Navy (operational and staff medical positions), private sector translational biotech research and commercialization. I have owned property in the K-1 section of the Ranch for 10 years, where I reside with my wife of 32 years, Carolyn Ferrari, M.D.

I assume that the goal of any HOA is to sustain and enhance the quality of life of the community, manage growth and infrastructure, balance strategic and routine objectives, and to communicate clearly, while remaining transparent and accountable to the membership. So, my bio is as follows:

I have served as a Director of Surgical Services, managing 14 surgical and support departments, and a 700-bed tertiary care teaching hospital, with a capital and operating budget of $50-125M.  I have been an Assistant Chief of Staff, Health Services, US Marine Forces, Pacific for 5,000 medical personnel, 85,000 Marines, 19 subordinate commands, over 4 continents and 15,000 equatorial miles.  I was also a Co-Director of a Level 1 Trauma service at NC Baptist Hospital, Wake Forest University Medical School. All of these roles addressed “quality of life” issues, strategic goal-setting, and balanced priorities.

As to fiduciary responsibility, accountability, and transparency, my career as a Program Manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) with $102M federal investments in high-risk high pay-off technology and Director of Internal R&D, Battelle Memorial Institute with an aggregated R&D budget of $300M in commercial value, translational research and development, all required fiduciary accountability and skill.

Balancing strategic and near-term goals while working as Director of Surgical Services require careful balancing often competing priorities of operational support, training, and graduate medical education.  I also was on the Navy Research Advisory Committee, working on strategic investments for the Navy.  Lastly, I served as managing partner for Redwood Innovation partners.  We handled strategic investments in early-phase biotech.

 Withdrawal Letter from Robert Carnes

Allison Clark

My name is Allison P. Clark III, Colonel, U.S. Army, Medical Service Corps (Retired).  My wife, Janet and I moved to Fair Oaks Ranch in 2008.  I retired in 2011 after more than 33-years active duty.  My degrees are in political science and health care administration.

I served in human resources for the Army Medical Department in between operational deployments to Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.  I held assignments as commander / CEO at company, battalion and brigade-level with responsibility for thousands of soldiers.  In my terminal assignment, I served as senior military HR officer, Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston responsible for Army-wide deployment policy for medical personnel and the deployment of Army medical personnel worldwide.

I am 65-years of age.  My wife and I have five grown children, and four grandchildren.  I am generally a fiscal conservative believing in responsible and prudent use of resources.  I want to maintain and nurture the country feel of Fair Oaks Ranch that led us to retire here years ago.  I would very much like to help pull the community together after the recent strife over bylaws.  As Fair Oaks Ranch continues to grow with changing demographics, I want to help guide proper planning for the future, while representing all demographics and areas of Fair Oaks Ranch.

Rene Gallegos

Rene Gallegos is seeking his first term on the FORHA Board.  He has extensive community leadership and service.  Rene previously served on the Deer Meadows Estate HOA and has served on the Board of the Leon Springs Fire Department for the past 4 years, which services Fair Oaks Ranch.

Rene was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and served in the United States Air Force for 10 years as a Firefighter.  For the past 6-years, he and his family have lived in Deer Meadow Estates and remain actively involved with many aspects of the Fair Oaks Ranch community and Boerne Independent School District where their children attend.  Rene, his wife Nicole, and their three children, Ella Gallegos, Aviana Gallegos, and Rene Gallegos Jr appreciate living in Fair Oaks Ranch and cannot think of a better place to raise their family, along with their four-legged family members.

As for business and leadership expertise, Rene has been in the Pharmaceutical and Medical device industry for 20 years, and 12 of those 20 years, he is the VP and founder of his own company, Helas, Inc., a clinical research consulting company he and his wife, Nicole, own.  He is also the proud owner of a bed and breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas.

As an accomplished leader in the community and business, he has been blessed to manage all from his home office in Fair Oaks Ranch.  Rene is a UTSA alumni where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree.  He continues to give back to UTSA in supporting the athletic booster club, and volunteers with a mentoring organization supporting entrepreneurs and students called San Antonio Tech Boosters.

Stephen May

I am interested in being considered for a position on the FORHA Board.  My wife and I have been living here in Fair Oaks Ranch for over 10 years, we were joined by my mother in law in 2014. I have served on the restrictions committee for almost 9 years for my area. My wife and I can be found playing golf almost every day or working on our home. We enjoy living in Fair Oaks Ranch.

I am a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, retiring in 2001 after 21 years of service. (My wife is a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant.) During my career I was fortunate enough to work with some terrific people and together we designed new network strategies that allowed for centralization of network services, keeping many support personnel out of combat zones.

After retirement I began working as a contractor for a major network information technology firm supporting the DoD medical systems, which culminated in my work on the new Defense Health Agency network, bringing the different military service hospitals and clinics onto a single network supported by medical network professionals.

I would like to join the board to help enhance the lives of those living on the ranch. I am keen on communication and working together to solve issues. I have seen many positive changes over the years on the ranch and of course, much growth. I believe we can work together to make our lives even better.

Richard Morris

Richard Morris lives in Deer Meadows Estates with his wife Janet and their two dogs Rascal and Hope.  He feels it would be an honor to serve on the homeowners association.  He is uniquely qualified for this position based upon education, background, and real life experience which includes over thirty years as a successful trial attorney.

Richard graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with degrees in Physical Education and Law. He also has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from California State University at Long Beach. Richard believes that harmony and congeniality are keys to a successful organization. He has proven leadership skills with an extensive history of managing a large corporation.  He has demonstrated ability to make complex and timely decisions and is well rounded with his background in sports.

Richard was the Senior Managing partner of Mullen and Filippi, LLP a statewide California law firm with well over 100 attorneys and an annual budget of over ten million dollars ($10M).  He specialized in providing legal guidance to public entities and, as a trial attorney has taken over 75 cases to jury verdict.

His other real life experiences include: Serving two tours with the Air Force in Viet Nam as a forward air controller; over thirty years officiating College and High School Football and Basketball games; eight years on the Board of Directors for one of the largest park Districts in Northern California, Cordova Park and Recreation District.  He was recently on the Board of Directors for the Fair Oaks Ranch men’s golf association and is currently a Member of the Board of Directors for the Leon Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Withdrawal Letter from Richard Morris

Chesley Muenchow

Chesley is seeking to be elected to the FORHA board of directors for her first term. Before moving to Fair Oaks Ranch, she served 8 years on her previous neighborhood board.  She was elected President two separate terms, and served as secretary, vice president, and treasurer as well. In her tenure as a board member, she worked with her neighbors to mutually solve many issues that arose in their small community.  She also organized the first ever National Night Out celebration in their neighborhood and continued the tradition until they left.  Bringing together neighbors is something very important to her and will be a goal if elected. Chesley has extensive financial management experience and believes her business acumen as an HOA treasurer will serve the Association well.

Chesley holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurial studies from Texas State University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University.  She owns a small embroidery business that has been in operation since 2012 and also works part time as an accountant.  Her passions include being a wife and mom first, her community, animals, and jeeping.

A 1.5-year resident of Fair Oaks Ranch, Chesley and her husband Eric live off Rolling Acres.  They have 3 kids Abbey (13), Carson (11), Landon (10).  As a family, they enjoy walks in our parks, hiking, camping, and many other outdoor activities.  They also have 3 dogs, 3 chickens, 2 cats, and 4 goats they consider family.

Scott Russell

Scott is seeking his first term on the FORHA board.  He is passionate about preserving the rural quality of FOR but recognizes the challenges of being a suburb of a city in the midst of a population boom.  Scott believes that FOR must actively and thoughtfully manage its resources to maintain the quality of life in FOR and its status as one of central Texas’s most desirable communities.

Scott is an active volunteer in the community.  He has served on FOR’s Wildlife Education Committee since 2017. During his tenure, he has worked to improve our community’s understanding of how to co-exist with the nature that surrounds us.  He has prepared educational materials, helped organize educational events, and coordinated with our schools to engage kids on nature-related topics.  Scott recently participated in FOR’s deer survey, which was designed to measure our deer population in a meaningful and repeatable way.  This cost-effective program will allow FOR to make reasoned decisions about deer management.

In 2019, Scott joined FORHA’s Communication Committee.  The committee’s recent focus is the preparation of a resident welcome packet.  He hopes that early and regular contact with residents will generate an appreciation of FORHA’s resources and services, with the goal of building a stronger community.

Scott moved to FOR in 2014 with his wife and three young daughters.  Scott holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer, and a J.D. from Boston University.  He worked as a corporate lawyer for an international law firm before transitioning to the role of in-house counsel for a global consulting firm with 10,000+ employees. Since moving to Texas, Scott has been a full-time stay-at-home dad and a part-time entrepreneur. Since becoming a stay-at-home dad, Scott has at times missed the ease and predictability of 80-hour work weeks and the joys of adult conversation.

Ryan Schnoke

My name is Ryan Schnoke, and I would like to be considered for a FORHA Board member position.  I have lived at 8811 Gate Forest for almost 3 years.

Previously I lived in the Crownridge neighborhood, where I was a member of the Crownridge of Texas Owners Association board of directors for 5 years, the final 3 years as board President.  I am very familiar with HOA board duties and responsibilities.  I have a firm understanding of governing documentation, enforcement and collections.

During my time on the Crownridge board, we completed several major projects in the neighborhood, including conversion of 3 miles of wooden fence to rock, updating and improvement of many main road islands, HOA sprinkler system renewal, mailbox replacement and implementation of parking restrictions in certain unsafe areas.  I worked for and against several zoning change issues, and successfully worked to keep undesirable retail/commercial establishments out of Crownridge.

I was successful in my role as board president because I operated as transparently as possible.  This included having open HOA meetings to talk about any “controversial” issues in the neighborhood, and I made third parties available for discussion with the full HOA as needed.  I developed a productive relationship with our San Antonio City Councilman’s office and was able to get their assistance when needed.  Additionally, I listened to HOA members and put the wants and needs of the community above my personal positions.

If I were to be elected to the FORHA board, I would serve in this same manner.  I would encourage dialog with all community members and make decisions based on the input that I received.  Thank you for your consideration.