Wilde Lake Village Elections

Click the link below for the application for the vacancy on the FY2020 Village Board

VillageBoardApplication FY2020

Click the link below for Job Description

WLCA Board of Directors Position Description (10162018)

Wilde Lake Village Elections 2019

Candidates’ Statements

Village Board

Pursuant to WLCA By-laws section 2.03A, on March 18, 2019, the Wilde Lake Village Board appointed Kevin McAliley, Bess Caplan, Stephen Mowatt and Laura Torres to the positions of Directors of the Board for the FY2020 term. “If after the deadline for the submission of nomination petitions has passed the number of candidates meeting the requirements to be elected Director are equal to or less than the number of vacant positions, the qualified candidates shall be deemed to have been elected by the members and the Board of Directors shall appoint such candidate(s) to the Director position(s) for the term provided for in Article 8 of the Associations Articles of Incorporation.”

Bess Caplan

As a returning Board Member, I will continue working for our community and every resident who resides therein. My priorities include the maintenance and safety of our wonderful amenities, fostering a renewed sense of community between neighbors and neighborhoods, enriching relationships with our public schools and enhancing community appeal by upholding our community covenants and preserving our environmental assets. I plan to  continue my involvement in Wilde Lake CARES (Community Action and Resources for Environmental Stewardship), an environmental committee dedicated to enhancing the environmental integrity of Wilde Lake Village. I hope you’ll join me as I strive to carry on the wonderful legacy of Wilde Lake, while engaging in positive change in our community. I ask for your vote and support.

Kevin McAliley

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and participated with our committees, elections, meetings, village events, supported our tenants, students and schools, and advocated for our neighborhood projects. As chair, I have helped  WL Village Center owners, commercial agents, tenants, residents, community advocates, elected officials, school officials, college leaders, local business owners and members of homeowners and apartment associations come to consensus throughout the connectivity and receptivity phases of  our model renovation and successful revitalization process. Using effective leadership and  communication  skills has been essential to  provide continuity and represent resident concerns.

My corporate and entrepreneurial experience and work with non-profit boards to increase membership, implement special programs, advocate for and complete pending multi-faceted projects, create value,, conduct conflict negotiation, problem resolution, empowerment coaching, diversity assessment and ensure partners and principals find common ground toward mutually agreed outcomes, uniquely qualifies me to continue representing our village and fulfilling its mission. (https://www.wildelake.org/about-us)/

Stephen Mowatt

I’ve lived in Wilde Lake Village for 45 years. I attended Running Brook Elementary, Wilde Lake Middle, and Wilde Lake High schools.  I continued to live here while attending the University of Maryland and now I’m raising my family here, in Running Brook, because there is no community I would rather live in, work in and support. In that time, I’ve seen our Village, and Columbia as a whole, go through many changes. Many were positively received but some have been met with mixed reactions. If re-elected to the Village Board, my goals will be to increase communication between the residents, the Village Board and Columbia Association; to help strengthen our sense of community for established residents and recent additions to Wilde Lake; and to leverage my residential and professional experience to help guide our community forward while staying loyal to our founding principles.

Laura Torres

I have been a Wilde Lake Village Board member since October 2016 and a resident of Wilde Lake for the past 17 years. As a member of the Board, I have led the Neighborhood Representative Committee in maintaining and recruiting representatives to act as leaders on their streets. I am currently the chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, which pro motes the emotional and physical health of the Wilde Lake community through various initiatives. I also actively support and participate in other board initiatives and committees  to assist in ensuring the opportunities and resources of residents of all ages and the environment are protected and maintained as they continue to  grow and thrive. If elected, I will  spend the  next year continuing to grow these initiatives while also supporting the development of a strategic plan for the board.

Columbia Council Rep

Pursuant to WLCA By-laws section 4.04, on March 18, 2019, the Wilde Lake Village Board appointed Nancy McCord to the position of Columbia Council Representative for the FY2020 term.  (“If after the deadline for the submission of nomination petitions has passed there is not more than one candidate meeting the requirements to be elected Columbia Council Representative, the Board of Directors shall appoint such candidate to the position of Columbia Council Representative for the term provided for in Article 9, Section 9, of the Association’s Articles of Incorporation.”)

Nancy McCord

Columbia continues to see many changes as we grow. The county is creating new zoning regulations. I am devoted to helping our community become a better place for all. My goal is to help maintain much of what makes Columbia a special place.

I am grateful for Wilde Lake’s support so I could serve on the CA Board. As the CA representative I have enjoyed serving the community by:

  1. Writing Nancy’s Notes to bring the happenings of the CA meetings directly to you.
  2. Responding to residents’ concerns, complaints, and questions.
  3. Acting on your behalf to make sure that CA continues its work to make Columbia a better place to live. It’s an honor to participate in the community in this capacity, I ask for your vote so I can continue to inform our community first-hand about what happens during open CA board meetings.


Amendments to Wilde Lake Community Association By-laws Sections 2.03A and 4.04 allow for qualified Village Board and/or Columbia Council candidates to be deemed elected in the event that the number of candidates is equal or less than the number of vacant positions.  There are five seats for Village Board and one seat for Columbia Council.

An election will be held if there are more than five candidates for Village Board and/or more than one candidate for Columbia Council.


In the Village of Wilde Lake, Association membership includes Owners, i.e. residents who own property in the Village (one vote per household), and Tenants, i.e. residents who live in the Village and have a valid written lease/rental agreement.  Members who have been notified of covenant violations by a 15 Day Notice from the Wilde Lake Village Board are not eligible to vote.


There will be three ways that eligible association members can cast their ballots – absentee, online or at the polls.  The Wilde Lake Election Newsletter will be mailed to every household in the Village in late March/early April.  It will include an absentee ballot & postage paid return envelope as well as details about how to cast online votes. Or, members may cast their votes in person at Slayton House on Village Election Day, April 27.


Columbia Association is hosting information sessions in February so that anyone interested can learn more about CA, ask questions, meet CA President/CEO Milton W. Matthews, and understand more about serving on CA’s Board of Directors.  The sessions will be held on Tuesday, February 19 at 7pm and Saturday, February 23 at 10am, at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, located off Stevens Forest Road and Broken Land Parkway.

If you have questions about Wilde Lake Village Board responsibilities or the Wilde Lake Village Election process, feel free to contact Kristin Shulder, Village Manager (wlca@wildelake.org) or Carole Black, Special Assistant (gallery@wildelake.org).







February 20, 2019               Nomination Period Begins


March 1, 2019                      List of eligible voters posted


March 13, 2019                    Nomination period ends, Nominating petitions due,   Candidates’ statements due

March 14 or 15, 2019          Verification of nomination petitions, Order on ballot by random drawing

March 29, 2019                    Absentee ballots available at Slayton House

March 29, 2019                    Mail Absentee ballots

April 8, 2019                          Candidates’ Night – 7:00pm (if contested election). Note: If uncontested, reception will be held before VB meeting on April 1

April 18, 2019 (tent)             Statements published in newsletter in Columbia Flier

April 26, 2019                       Absentee ballots due before the end of business day

April 27, 2019                       ELECTION DAY 9:00AM – 2:00PM