Halethorpe Community Association leaders

Mike McAuliffe, left, is resigning after three years as president of the Halethorpe Improvement Association and will be replaced by Carol Mox, right. (Staff photo by Sarah Pastrana / September 18, 2012)

The Halethorpe Improvement Association has a new president.

Carol Mox, the recording secretary, has succeeded Michael McAuliffe, who plans to remain on the board.

When McAuliffe decided against a second term, Mox was the only one to put her name in nomination to lead the 240-household association.

She was expected to take over the duties of the presidency following the group's Sept. 18 meeting.

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"I'm very excited about my role as president of the Halethorpe Improvement Association," Mox said. "I believe our community looks good and that means something good is going on."

Mox spoke with pride about the group's efforts to enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood and said she hopes to attract new members, organize community service projects that residents can get involved in and work on safety issues in the community.

Some projects are ongoing, she said, such as a 2-mile pedestrian loop project that still needs sidewalks along some stretches.

"The hard part is finding money," Mox said. "I think eventually it will happen."

Mox praised McAuliffe, Vice President Charles Kokoski and treasurer Gerry Bowler, as well the group's board of directors and its members for making so much happen in the community.

Former association President Sandy Cullen is chairwoman of the board, which also includes Joe Grusch, Joe Kinsey, Steve Moran, Michele Sanders, Jack Schaefer and Thomas Sullivan.

"I can rely on them and I feel confident we'll continue on our mission of preserving and enhancing the quality of life in our community," said Mox, a 32-year-resident of Halethorpe.

Mox was active with the PTSA at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science when her son was a student there. Following his graduation, she hoped to become involved with community organizations.

That plan was sidetracked when her husband of 30 years became ill. He died in June, 2010.

An executive brokerage assistant with NAI/KLNB, a commercial real estate firm, Mox joined the HIA leadership as recording secretary two years ago.

"I had time," she said. "I wanted to join something within this community and this opportunity presented itself."

She said she is looking forward to continuing to work with McAuliffe after he leaves office.

"Mike has been a driving force for this association," she said, calling his efforts "unrelenting."

The last three years have been a challenge, McAuliffe said.

"In ways it has been fun, exciting, and rewarding but more so it has been an incredible amount of work for me," he wrote in the latest issue of the community association's newsletter. "This workload, coupled with my career and family obligations, has become exhausting. My wife and two daughters have sacrificed as well."

Tasks he said he was unaccustomed to, such as organizing meetings, writing articles and handling mountains of paperwork, were the most daunting.