Krabbe named interim Columbia Association president

The Columbia Association announced April 29 that Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Susan Krabbe will be named interim president on May 1, following the departure of President Phil Nelson.

“The CA board appreciates Ms. Krabbe assuming this additional responsibility and is confident of her leadership during this period,” said Andrew Stack, chairman of CA's Board of Directors. “The CA board continues to work diligently to select a new president and hopes to make an announcement in early May.”

The news comes with two days left in Nelson's tenure as president, which lasted five years.

Nelson is leaving after the CA board voted earlier this year not to renew his contract, which ends April 30, citing that Nelson was not visible enough in the community.

According to Stack, the board is deciding between two candidates to replace Nelson on a full-time basis.

Stack said both candidates are local and familiar with CA and Columbia, but would not comment on who is being considered.

Stack said last week that a decision likely will be made this month. 

Three new representatives are scheduled to take seats on the board at the Columbia Council's organizational meeting scheduled for May 8. Jeanne Ketley was voted to replace Suzanne Waller as the Town Center representative, Alan Klein was voted to replace Cynthia Coyle as representative of Harper’s Choice and Reg Avery won an uncontested race in Oakland Mills. 

Avery’s ascension to the board is in doubt because of a potential conflict of interest as he is currently running for a seat on the County Council.

CA is a 501(c)4 nonprofit with an operating budget in excess of $60 million that collects part of its income from a tax-like fee assessed to residents. CA owns and operates more than 3,500 acres of open space and a series of neighborhood amenities that includes lakes, parks, tot lots, basketball and tennis courts and more than 93.5 miles of walking, jogging and biking pathways.

CA also operates three fitness clubs, an ice rink, a skate park, two golf clubs, three tennis clubs, an indoor swim center and 23 outdoor pools.

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