Planning commission applicants named |

Planning commission applicants named

by Susie Vasquez

Eleven people have applied to fill three vacancies on the Douglas County Planning Commission. County commissioners are scheduled to discuss the vacancies at their Jan. 5 meeting.

The following is a brief summation of each applicant’s qualifications, and what they could bring to the commission.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

n A licensed property/casualty underwriter for ProGroup Management, Elaine Agnason has lived in Douglas County for 25 years. In addition to six years of active involvement with the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Authority, she holds an associate’s degree in sociology and graduated from Douglas County’s leadership program in 1996.

“I’ve watched Douglas County grow from a sleepy little town into a thriving community,” she said. “As we continue to grow, so do the numerous challenges that go along with that growth. I would very much like to be a part of the growth decision processes.”

n A regular behind the camera at County Commission meetings, Terence Faff volunteers with Douglas County’s CAT TV to video tape those meetings. He also attends planning commission meetings and has worked on numerous boards, including Senior Services Advisory Council and Pine Nut Preservation League.

Faff has been a Douglas County resident for nine years.

“I believe there should be a better understanding of goals and objectives between the Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners and would personally work to make that happen,” he said.

n Chairman and owner of Timber Edge Products LLC in Minden, William Goolsbee has lived in Douglas County since 2000.

He was founder, chairman and chief executive officer for Horizon Medical and chairman of the board for ImmunoTherapy Corporation.

“My role as director of Retinitis Pigmentosa International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research into disease and support services for individuals suffering blindness, provided experience not only in the practical matters of social service, but in the processes of public-private collaboration,” he said.

n Celester Johnson has lived in Douglas County for 22 years and is retired from both the United States Air Force and the state.

Douglas County has been good to both he and his family and he wants to give something back, he said.

“I possess the ability to promote harmony in group settings, which allows individuals to overcome may of the obstacles that interfere with success,” he said. “I work well with staff at any level and readily accept added responsibility.”

n Bonnie Keesecker, a Topaz Ranch Estates resident for five years, is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. She holds an associate’s degree in business.

She is a member of the TRE General Improvement District boundary committee and volunteers with the Topaz Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

“I would like to serve as a concerned Douglas County resident and possibly help shape the future of our lovely valley,” she said. “To promote good commerce but at the same time keep in balance with our surroundings.”

n James Madsen, a realtor and construction manager-consultant, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a member of the Board of Realtors.

He has been a Douglas County resident for 20 years and has experience in everything from executive construction management to working with the Douglas County Board of Appeals.

He has also worked as a commercial manager with Coldwell Banker Itildo Realty, in commercial and residential properties.

n Airline pilot Michael Neilon submitted his application, as a person who is “interested in balanced development in Douglas County.”

A Douglas County resident for 10 years, he was an advisor to the Civil Air Patrol in Nevada and has volunteered for two cancer fundraisers, “Swing for the Cure,” and “Relay for life.”

Neilon holds a bachelor of arts degree in aviation technology and has completed courses in real estate appraisal, investing and sales at Western Nevada Community College.

n David Nelson, a real estate agent and Douglas County resident for two years, is one of the founders of the Good Government Group of Douglas County, an organization dedicated to providing a link between community leaders and residents concerning land use issues.

“I am interested in the Douglas County Master Plan and how it is applied,” Nelson said.

He graduated with a degree in business administration from California State University in Pomona, Calif.

n Margaret Pross, an interior designer, has worked on numerous committees including the planning commission and 11 years as a trustee of Green Oaks, a small community 30 miles north of Chicago, Ill.

A Foothill resident, Pross has actively participated in Douglas County issues since she moved here, about 18 months ago.

“One of the most important, and sometimes most difficult tasks facing a community is assuring that it serves the needs of all residents,” Pross said. “Achieving that goal can require balancing the rights of one resident with the rights and needs of other residents.

“My goal is to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem,” she said.

n Rick Ross, general manager of the Topaz Lodge for more that four years, has worked in casino and resort management for over 20 years.

A member of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Committee since 2002, Ross was a member of the board of directors for the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and co-chaired the Carson Valley Tourism Committee for fiscal year 2004-05.

He has lived in Douglas County for four-and-a-half years.

“I feel i can bring a unique business and residential perspective to the issues that come before the planning commission, especially as they pertain to the southern portion of Douglas County,” he said.

n Currently general manager of the Indian Hills General Improvement District, Paul Williams brings 33 years of management and administration experience in public agencies to the table.

“Having worked in the planning field for over 18 years, I think I would be an asset during the upcoming master plan update,” Williams said.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif. and a bachelor’s degree in geography from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

Williams has lived in Douglas County for four years.

Of the three chosen, only two will serve full four-year terms on the planning commission. The two appointees replacing Larry Walsh and Rick Gardner will serve full four-year terms.

The replacement for Planning Commission Chairman Kevin Lane, who resigned this month, will be filled until December of 2006 when his term was to expire.

Planning Commission members provide advice on land use planning matters, review development applications for compliance with county ordinances and provide oversight in the master plan process. Seven members hold four-year terms.

Susie Vasquez can be reached at or 782-5121, ext. 211.