Mountain West region ROCs re-elect ROC Association Director to second term

CONCORD, N.H. – Liz Wood of Duvall, Wash., has been re-elected to a second term as Director for the ROC Association.

Wood lives in Duvall Riverside Village where she serves as Member at Large on the Board of Directors. In 2013, she was elected by ROCs across the Mountain West region to represent them in the ROC Association and on the ROC USA® Board of Directors.

In the months leading up to the election, Wood said if re-elected, she would focus on ensuring all ROC USA-Certified Technical Assistance Providers teach communities how to streamline the paperwork required in managing their ROCs as well as connecting new ROCs with their more-established brethren to help them following a community purchase.

“I’m grateful for the chance to serve a second term,” Wood said this week. “I feel like we made real progress this last year and were able to bring the ROC residents’ perspective to the ROC USA Board. But I’m looking forward to focusing our efforts in a way that helps people at every level of this sector, from our fellow Board members, ROC USA staff and TA providers to ROC leaders, volunteers and homeowners across the country.”

The ROC Association is made up of Resident Owned Communities that are or once were under contract with a Certified Technical Assistance Provider trained and certified by ROC USA Network. These communities elect Directors to the ROC USA, LLC Board of Directors, helping ensure customer involvement in the governance of ROC USA as a non-profit social venture.

One Director is elected from each of three regions and serves a two-year term. Wood served a one-year term following the first election to ensure staggered elections, and now will serve two years.

Wood’s challenger, Lynda Mallory of Hidden Village in Olympia, Wash., said during the election that she had lived in four manufactured home communities, but that Hidden Village was the first that is resident owned. She serves as treasurer there and said she wishes Wood all the best and offers her her complete support.

The Association was started by two ROC leaders, Natividad Seefeld and Lois Parris, both former appointees to the ROC USA Board of Directors. Colleen Preston of Carver, Mass., and Seefeld of Fridley, Minn., represent the New England and East, Midwest, and South regions respectively.

ROC USA is a non-profit organization with a national network of eight Certified Technical Assistance Providers and a national financing source for resident corporations. It exists to make resident ownership of manufactured home communities viable nationwide. Since launching in 2008, ROC USA Network has helped 67 communities preserve 4,315 homes in 14 states.