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Home > Organization > Officers and Directors > Meet The 2024 Board Candidates

Meet The 2024 Board Candidates

Meet the candidates at the Annual Membership Meeting held Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Farnsworth Hall. The 2018 Election will be held Tuesday, February 13 at Read Hall. The polls will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are housebound and unable to come to the polling station, please call the office at 480-832-3461 to request a ballot to be delivered. Absentee ballots will be available February 5, 2018 and may be cast until 3 p.m. on February 12th.

Heather Canterbury
My name is Heather Canterbury. My father Jim and I moved into the community in April 2023. I chose Dreamland because it was important to me that my dad had activities available to keep him busy and to make friends since he moved from Georgia for me. I have moved 11 times between 2014 and 2022, so I did not expect to find a community here for myself as well. This has become a home, not just a residence for me.
As a general manager in the movie theatre industry, I have extensive experience in events, food & beverage, and financials. My education is in political science and psychology. Don’t worry, I will try not to get in your head! I have 3 children, 2 grandchildren, 3 kitties, and a giant German Shepherd child.
I decided to run for a position after talking to some residents and hearing some of the issues they were seeing. As a “fixer”, I am hoping to lend my skill set to continue to make our community the best it can be. While I have the utmost respect for anyone wanting and willing to give their time and energy, I feel that having a different mindset is just what Dreamland needs.

Heather Canterbury
Heather Canterbury
David Warren
David Warren

David Warren
My name is Dave Warren, I am originally from Millbury Massachusetts. I worked for Intel Corporation for 43 years. In 2014, my wife Debbie and I transferred here because Intel closed in Massachusetts. I have a background in electronics and management, and I was a Team Leader for most of my career. We have lived here in Dreamland for 3 years. Before DVRC we lived at the Highland of Brentwood on Val Vista Ave. I was President of the community for 4 of the 5 years we lived there. Deb was the activity lady and just about everything else to make everybody happy. I am running for the board to help keep DVRC 55+. I would like to get more activities scheduled in Dreamland and see more residents getting involved. I want to make this a fun and great Community to live in. I want to be involved in all decisions made in Dreamland Villa. I want to make sure all decisions are made with full Board approval.

Beth White
Hello neighbors, I am Elizabeth (Beth) White and I have lived in the Dreamland Villa Retirement Community since 2004 as a renter and owner. I retired for the first time in 2009 and again in 2014. I have experience with scheduling maintenance for a large factory. I was part owner of a small family business. I was the treasurer for my HOA in New Mexico from 2001 to 2007. My education includes course studies in accounting, computers, and physical education. Later, I received an AAS in Occupational Health and Safety, an AAS in Hazardous Material Management, and a BAS in Environmental Studies. I taught Occupational Health and Safety and Overview of Hazardous Materials for Workers for two years for the Back to Work Program in Washington State.

Beth White
Beth White
Ward Jennings
Ward Jennings

Ward Jennings
I am an incumbent Director and the Treasurer since July 16, 2022.

To better inform our community of unusual financial transactions, I routinely add footnotes to the monthly financial statements. The most significant footnote disclosure: the IRS’s $11,837 penalties and interest charged to DVRC. (See Footnotes to the September 2023 financial statements.) We are still waiting for an IRS response to my letters requesting abatement.

One of my goals is to make sure Dreamland Villa avoids future needless conflict with the IRS. (Yes, Dreamland Villa has an IRS non-profit status, but it also has taxable unrelated business income resulting from the Farnsworth Hall and cell phone tower leases.) With a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration, and 30+ years of financial management experience in the construction industry, I have the expertise to document legitimate deductions to reduce future taxable unrelated business income and the ability to pay estimated quarterly taxes and file tax returns on time.

Dreamland Villa invested $225,000 in the last 15 months, repairing aging facilities and equipment including the swimming pools and hot tubs. It is imperative to have a Treasurer who will keep our Community informed about Dreamland Villa’s cash flow and whether it will be able to fund future costly repairs.

As a homeowner in our Community since 2007, my goal as a director has always been to preserve our Community’s 55+ age requirements. I constantly take action against ambivalent landlords who are willing to rent their properties to any age person. I also contact Realtors and their brokers when their advertising fails to disclose our Community’s age requirements.

My greatest joy, however, is preparing Sunday morning breakfast (eggs, bacon, and pancakes mixed with applesauce and bananas) for my two sons and their families before our hikes.

Dreamland Villa Retirement Community
320 N. 55th Place, Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 832-3461
Adult 55+ Community