DC Reed believes one should work to make any job or organization better when you leave it than when you joined. His commitment to Hot Springs Village began when he moved here in 2002, and his dedication to doing what he can to improve the community through civic involvement is an ongoing priority. He “retired” in 2017 from a life-long career in technology sales, and has continued to share his ideas, expertise, and knowledge for the betterment of the Village. He joined the Village Employee Benefit Fund in 2018 and now serves as President, working enthusiastically to spread the word of our organization throughout the Village. He also has served on the board of the Balboa Yacht Club as the membership chairman, and since 2017 has worked to help grow the membership from 75 to its current membership of 400. In his spare time, DC enjoys a couple of rounds of golf each week and late afternoon cruises on Lake Balboa.
“Through my involvement with the VEBF, I now understand exactly how much effort and dedication our hourly employees provide to keep the Village the wonderful place we all call HOME. My hope is that every property owner will understand what a difference a simple donation of $1 per week ($52.00 per year) could make in the lives of our wonderful hourly employees.”
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Upon moving to Hot Springs Village in 2006, John Chapman and his wife Celinda enjoyed having four generations of their extended family living in the Village for several years. John retired to the Village after a 36-year career in video production and sales and started working at the local radio station, KVRE, where he is still employed part time.
John joined the VEBF board in 2020 after having been a contributor to the fund for many years. He enjoys helping the fund continue its mission of thanking Village employees for their hard work and dedication.
Born and raised in Chicago, Bill Luerssen graduated from Ripon College with a BA in Mathematics. He spent two years in the Army following graduation before pursuing his 35-year professional career in computers. He retired 25 years ago, moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, for nine years. In 2010, he and his family moved to Hot Springs Village and have been here ever since. In addition to serving as Treasurer of the Village Employee Benefit Fund, Bill is a member of Village United Methodist Church and currently chairs the Finance Committee. Bill and his wife, Susan, have been married for 40 years. They have a daughter and son and two grandsons.
Born Yankees, Carol Freeland and her husband, Howard, moved to Hot Springs Village in 2004, where they discovered their “quiet” place on Lake Balboa. Carol has an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a graduate degree in Public Administration. Early in her career, while raising their three children, she was Executive Director for Montessori schools. In 1986, she was licensed in the securities industry, and eventually became a partner in a Dallas-based company involved in the credit and debt resolution industry. She also served as an NASD arbitrator. She has been active, and board involved with Ouachita Children & Family Services, CASA, Mid-America Science Museum, AAUW, and Garland County Juvenile Court. Carol also served on the board of directors for the Hot Springs Village Concert Association and was chair for three years. She initiated the formation of non-profit, Sunshine Therapeutic Riding Center, and served as its chair for three years and now as a board member.
“What better way to say thanks to our great employees than through the offerings of the VEBF.”
Born and raised in the great state of Arkansas, Bettie Ann attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She retired after almost 25 years at the law firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings. She is a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Grandville, Michigan, where she has been church treasurer for 18 years. She is an associate member of Faith Lutheran in the Village. She is a member of the NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) and is Regent for the Village Chapter of DAR "Arkansas." She chaired a state-level committee for "250 America" celebrating the 250thAnniversary of the Constitution. She works with Arkansas Freedom Fund which helps Arkansas Veterans, hosting an annual golf outing and a bike challenge in the Village. She is also a member of the Ladies Social Golf League. Married to the love of her life, she and her husband share five children, ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. They live part-time in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Barbara and her husband Rich have owned a home in the Village since 1995. Until this past year, they’ve been "snowbirds" traveling between their Arkansas and Minnesota homes. They have two adult children with spouses and a “gorgeous grand-dog.”
An active volunteer at many levels, for 35+ years Carol has served national, state, and local organizations. Her specialty is acquiring monies, products, and services that meet each specific group's needs. In the Village, the Zavrels attend Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where she volunteers on the Flower Guild and Hospitality Committee. She’s also volunteered at: Coronado Fitness Center, Faith Fellowship Food Pantry, Balboa Yacht Club, Good Samaritan/Huckins Wellness Center, and Rock Steady Boxing Class (for Parkinson's patients).
“I'm grateful to have the opportunity to help the Village Employee Benefit Fund grow and expand its services,” she says. “This is a wonderful organization that has done (and will continue to do) much to thank and assist our Village employees.”
Jeff served as president and CEO of a corporation that specialized in distressed businesses with restructuring and acquisitions before moving to Hot Springs Village in 2016 from Southern California with his wife, Stacey. Currently, he is the Commodore of the Balboa Yacht Club, a Board Member of the VEBF, and a past member of the POA Recreation Committee.
Ryan has been an Ameriprise financial advisor for the last 20 years including operating the Ameriprise office in Hot Springs Village since 2010. He joined the VEBF board in 2012, and has served as Board Member, President and is currently serving as Vice President. Ryan enjoys playing golf especially in Hot Springs Village. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife Heather, daughter Carlie, and son Trent.
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