The Board of Directors is made up entirely of neighborhood volunteers and they spend a lot of unpaid hours (and personal money) behind the scenes looking out for your safety, property values, and enjoyment. Please thank them the next time you see them.
President — Ben Ku
Ben stepped up to help in 2016 when the reserves were depleted and there was talk of dismantling the HOA. By working with the other board members, and lots of hours developing resources, we’ve been able to build the reserves every year since. Ben is a veritable renaissance man but primarily focuses on creating software application solutions (like this website). He is also our Gwinnett County Commissioner!
Vice-President — Amber VanDerHeyden
Amber and her husband, Rich, moved to Smoketree Drive in 2019. Amber loves being part of such a diverse neighborhood and enjoys meeting new neighbors and helping when needed. Amber was honored to be nominated for the role of Vice President and agreed to accept the role as she enjoys being a part of group where she can connect with new people and learn from others. She is looking forward to helping her neighborhood evolve over the years.
Secretary — Jayne Rauser
Jayne lives on Arlington Dr. with her wife, Betsy. Their family has lived happily in Smoketree since 1996 and they love all of their neighbors! Jayne has enjoyed helping out in the neighborhood, whenever possible, and since she is now retired, is happy to step up and take on the board position of Secretary.
Treasurer — Troy Jordan
Troy has been a Smoketree resident for 28 years with his wife Anne-Marie, and sons Cole and Luke. As a software architect, he has a great eye for detail and has done a great job managing our financials and making sure we’re adding to the reserves instead of depleting them.
Co-Treasurer — Andrea Cooksey
Although not technically part of Smoketree, Andrea and her husband Mike are the champions for our pool! They have put in many many hours into making sure the pool is fit for use so please thank them if you see them around.
Social Chair — Niki Zaldivar
Niki joined the Smoketree neighborhood in 2018 and signed on as our Social Chair in 2021. Niki lives with her husband and 2 children a short walk from our pool, and is dedicated to building a strong community within the neighborhood and surrounding Tucker area. During the Summer, you can find Niki leading water workouts at the pool, check back for more information on the events coming up this year.
Signal editor — Ashleigh Hally
Ashleigh and her husband Patrick have been Smoketree residents since
Member At Large — Frank Badia
Frank moved into the Smoketree Subdivision in 2019. He is very motivated to meet his neighbors and become part of the community. He decided to become part of the HOA board with the intent to bring our community closer together.
Member At Large — Jeremy Cox
Jeremy, Ruth and their five kids have lived around the corner in Galilee West for the last 10 years, and discovered the joys of summers at the Smoketree pool a few years ago. Jeremy is an electrical engineer, basketball player, and avid reader, and ready to help out with anything that needs wires or electricity to run.
We have plenty of board positions and other opportunities to serve, so please let us know if you want to get involved!
Additional Resources for Board use can be found here.