Candidates for the third Laguna Woods board of directors on the ballot – Orange County Register


The third annual Laguna Hills Mutual Board of Directors elections will be held soon.

Six candidates are on the ballot for three seats on the Third Council, with terms ending in the 2024 annual election: Jim Cook, Lynn Jarrett, Reza Karimi, Mark Laws, Nathaniel Lewis and Karen Shore.

The ballots were mailed to members of Third Mutual.

The deadline for returning ballots is 11:30 a.m. on September 30, if they are sent to the Election Inspector’s mailbox.

If the ballots are hand-delivered to the community center ballot box, the deadline is September 30 at 5 p.m.

The ballots will be compiled on October 1.

  • Laguna Woods Village Clubhouse 7. (Photo courtesy of Mark Rabinowitch)

  • Third candidate of Mutuelle Jim Cook (Courtesy photo)

  • Third candidate from Mutuelle Lynn Jarrett (Courtesy photo)

  • Third candidate of Mutuelle Reza Karimi (Courtesy photo)

  • Third Mutual candidate Mark Laws (Courtesy photo)

  • Third candidate for Mutual Nathaniel Lewis (Courtesy photo)

  • Third candidate of the Karen Shore Mutual (Courtesy photo)


Name: James Clayton Cook (Jim Cook)

Years at Laguna Woods Village: 15

Education: JD law degree, BS degree in biology, AS degree in residential construction development, AS degree in fire science technology, AS degree in plant science technology, masters course in public administration

Profession / professional experience: municipal councilor of the city of Azusa, deputy mayor; Chairman, LA County Watershed Commission; representative on the Southern California Fire Council; director, Los Angeles County Sanitation District # 22; firefighter / paramedic, LA County Fire, 29; reserve, LA County Sheriff, 20; general contractor licensed in California 32 years old

Laguna Woods Village affiliations / activities: None

Personal statement: I have the education, political know-how and practical experience to make a valuable contribution to the board of directors of the third mutual. I want to reduce costs by eliminating duplication of services and be open and available to residents’ concerns. Residents should be treated as valued customers, not bugs.

What improvement or change do you think would improve life in the village for its residents? Changing the rules of the third mutual for the changes and handing over responsibility for the process to the Town of Laguna Woods, saving residents time and money.


Name: Lynn Jarrett

Years in Laguna Woods Village: 13

Education: BBA and MBA with specialization in information systems

Profession / business experience: The main career experience has been managing an IT department in the field of information technology in the publishing field, implementing a help desk (such as our services to residents), updating systems and networks. Has been a columnist for a national technical magazine. After his career, he was a business consultant in the Peace Corps in Ukraine, followed by similar assignments in three other Eurasian countries.

Laguna Woods Village Affiliations / Activities: Third Mutual Board Officer (Secretary) and Chairman of three committees and member of other Third and GRF committees. Treasurer of the Roberts Rules Study Club, building captain of the Garden Villa Association for 12 years, former president of GVA (2014-2018) and current advisor to the board of directors of GVA. Member of Bridge, Chicago and PC clubs. Former vice-president and former treasurer of the Niftys Club.

Personal statement: Currently a member of the board of directors of Third Mutual as an officer (secretary), chair of three committees and member of other committees for Third and GRF. Have exemplary knowledge of governing documents, Davis-Sterling law, parliamentary procedure and have studied complex insurance documents. Experience and the ability to collaborate effectively and be an influencer on boards of directors is essential.

What improvement or change do you think would improve life in the village for its residents? Promote a campaign to inspire residents to turn grass into great alternatives to save water and maintenance, separate from those done by landscaping.


Name: Reza Karimi

Years at Laguna Woods Village: 6

Education: Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, Oklahoma State University; MS in Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa; MS in Analytical Chemistry, Eastern New Mexico University; BS in Chemistry, National University

Profession / Business Experience: Over 30 years of scientific and executive management experience in commercial and government agencies. I oversaw and participated in the development and implementation of streamlined organizational structures and procedures designed to increase the efficiency and productivity of business and government operations. I have several publications in scientific journals and many presentations at national and international conferences. Was appointed by the federal government (by the White House) to serve for three full terms (2005 to 2014) on the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board (ELAB) on laboratory matters, former member of the board of trustees of the ‘International Association of Environmental Laboratories, former member of Battelle’s international operations board.

Battelle Memorial Institute, vice-president, 2008-2017; South West Research Institute, director, 2001-2008; Severn Trent Laboratories Inc., Vice President, 1993-2001

Laguna Woods Village Affiliations / Activities: Former VMS Board Member; current member of the board of directors of Third Mutual; Serve and contribute to several committees such as landscaping, M&C, water, residence policy, A&S, etc .; avid pickleball player

Personal Statement: The opportunity to serve and improve the environment around me is a lifelong commitment that I have faithfully executed with success. I have a great experience in the management of multifaceted projects dealing with human resources and financial constraints. I have successfully overseen multi-million dollar projects and will bring the same zeal to problems here in the Village. The chance to have a meaningful impact on the community is an opportunity that I cannot shy away from.

What improvement or change do you think would improve life in the village for its residents? I will continue to work on our insurance issue until we get a policy with the best coverage at the lowest possible cost for Third Mutual. This will help us manage our assessment for years to come.


Years in Laguna Woods Village: 3.5

Education: AA in computer science; BS in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior; MBA in Executive Management

Profession / Business Experience: Over 40 years in high tech companies in Silicon Valley. Mainly IT management positions helping organizations increase productivity, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction by identifying and implementing process and technology improvements. Managed consistently within allocated multi-million dollar budgets.

Laguna Woods Village Affiliations / Activities: Current member of the Men’s 9 Hole Pickleball and Golf Clubs.

Personal Statement: My professional experience and work ethic have prepared me for the challenges we face at Third Mutual. If I am elected, I will ask a lot of questions so that the board understands the financial impacts of the decisions it is asked to make, in order to maintain services and amenities without increasing monthly assessments.

What improvement or change do you think would improve life in the village for its residents? Maintain or reduce monthly appraisals so that existing and potential owners are not billed by Third Mutual, resulting in a drop in property values.


Name: Nathaniel Ira Lewis

Years in the village of Laguna Woods: 1-more

Education: Jeweler’s Apprentice Program, UCLA, Santa Monica College

Occupation / Business Experience: 1974 – Start-up of a bespoke jewelry and specialist repair business oriented towards trade. Shortly thereafter, I became a jewelry design and manufacture company for a nationwide retail customer base. I have also added a diamond and colored gemstone division to improve service to our customers. Continued until retirement in 2010.

Laguna Woods Village Affiliations / Activities: Tennis Club, Democratic Club

Personal Statement: As a longtime business owner and creator, as well as a decades-long member of HOA Boards, I would bring my experience, successes and abilities to the Third Mutual Board of Directors.

What improvement or change do you think would improve life in the village for its residents? Only one! I would work to shorten the response times and operations of the Third Council and VMS by improving communication and action between residents and management.


Name: Karen Shore

Years at Laguna Woods Village: 3

Education: Master of Science, Nurse practitioner

Profession / professional experience:

Nurse practitioner, retired from the University of California, Irvine whose work includes:

Research Administrator, responsible for starting The 90+ Study business in Laguna Woods Village, seen on the 60 Minutes TV show.

As the UCI Campus Occupational Health Program Manager, I designed a controlled substances program, online training courses, led pandemic planning and continuity planning meetings. activities.

Primary Care Provider, Veterans Administration.

Founded the Southern California chapter of the Gerontological Advance Practice Nurse Association; obtained nonprofit status for this educational organization; functions of treasurer, president.

Laguna Woods Village Affiliations / Activities: founding member of Village Voices of Laguna Woods, a grassroots organization aimed at bringing positive change to the village; Pickleball Club; Bridge club; Motorhome Club

Personal statement: vote against the old, vote for the new for a much needed change in Third Mutual. My mission is to maintain our aging community and increase property values. I will listen to members’ ideas, increase open discussion, and stop overspending on legal fees.

What improvement or change do you think would improve life in the village for its residents? VMS needs to better maintain our property and strengthen enforcement against violations. These require periodic inspections of common areas by golf cart and on foot.

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