Governing the Affairs of the Association

The First Colony Community Services Association (FCCSA) Board of Directors governs the affairs of the Association and operates under FCCSA Governance Policies. The Board of Directors is a group of seven (7) members, with three (3) positions up for election this year. The term is three (3) years, beginning January 1, 2020. The Board, in conjunction with staff, is responsible for participating in long range planning and developing goals for the Association. Some other primary duties include:

  • Determining an annual assessment
  • Preparing and adopting the budget
  • Development of Association Policy

FCCSA recognizes that volunteering time for a Board position is a major decision. This is another excellent opportunity to become involved with the community and share in the decision making processes of First Colony. The deadline for applications to be received is September 27, 2019 by 5 pm, each year.

Each year, an Election Guide will be included in the November issue of the newsletter and be found on the community’s website.

Election Neutrality Policy

Vote to Make a Difference

You should have received or will shortly be receiving your ballot in the mail for the annual election for the Board of Directors and Neighborhood Representatives. There are three Board of Director positions available for the term beginning in January 2020. Directors serve a three-year term.

This year’s slate of Board of Director candidates includes current Board members Andrea Lewman, Phyllis Murray & Noel Mascarenhas. Other candidate is Naushad Velani.

Each separate neighborhood may have up to three elected Neighborhood Representatives. They are elected annually by the property owners in their neighborhoods and serve a one-year term. Please do not write-in a name for a Neighborhood Representative on the ballot unless you know this person does want to serve.

The entire voting tabulation will be done by an election services company, Election Trust. As a member you will have the opportunity to vote for three of the five Board candidates on the ballot.

This process is very important to the Association and homeowners alike. Neighborhood Representatives are a vital communication link between FCCSA and their neighborhoods. The Board of Directors represents the members and makes decisions for the betterment of the community.

Voter Guide- Candidate Information

Board Candidate Information

Andrea Lewman

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Nate, and have one teenage son, Benjamin. Originally from Indianapolis, my family and I relocated to Sugar Land in October 2012. I am a CPA specializing in corporate taxation and work for a Sugar Land based refining company. I have served on the FCCSA Board since January 1, 2017, initially seeking a Board position as means to serve in a capacity that allows me to utilize my professional strengths while participating in the decision-making process that preserves our property values and further enhances the aesthetic appeal of our maturing community. I am seeking re-election to continue these efforts.

Noel Mascarenhaus

I am a seasoned management executive and CPA, with forty years of tax and business experience. Although I worked for years inside public accounting, multi-national international tax departments and as a C-suite business executive, I now enjoy a “concierge” tax and business
consulting practice limited to a small group of clients. Currently, I serve as a consultant, officer and/or board member for organizations with revenues of $3-$50 million across multiple industries.

Over the past decades, I have invested, started, acquired, turned around, and/or sold a dozen small businesses, primarily for private equity investors. Many endeavors required substantial operating changes and back office improvements to address urgent process and financial stresses from rapid growth or decline. Each required rapid adaptability to industry best practices.

I was educated at the University of Texas obtaining both a BBA in Accounting and Masters in Taxation.

First Colony has been home for thirty-two years, and we have been privileged to be active in community, school and church affairs. I just celebrated thirty-six years of marriage to my wonderful wife, Rosemary; helped raise three accomplished children; and now dote on three
adorable grandchildren.

I am well-spoken in Portuguese and Spanish, love to travel and experience other cultures, which makes the diversity of First Colony particularly appealing.

I would be honored to serve another term of FCCSA board service, and would like to continue putting my array of accumulated business knowledge at your service.

Phyllis Murray

I have been married 45 years to my husband, Grant. I have one adult daughter who is a graduate of Clements High School, Texas A & M University, and UTSPH. I was born in Beaumont, Texas and studied at the University of Cincinnati with a focus in Public Administration through their University Without Walls program.

My family and I have lived in Fort Bend County for 45 years and have resided in First Colony, in the Woodstream community, for 33 years.

I’m a retired Municipal Government employee following a 25-year career. I served under four mayors and worked in the following three departments: Health & Human Services, City Council, and Parks & Recreation.

I have volunteered with FCCSA since 2005 serving as the Neighborhood chairperson for my neighborhood. Key projects include: Neighborhood Watch, Esplanade Enhancement, Exercise Equipment, and Trail Markers.

FCCSA Committees I have served on are: Covenants, Property Improvement (PIC), Comprehensive Master Plan (CMP) Task Force, Elections & Nominations, and Communications.

I have served on the FCCSA Board of Directors since 2015 and have served as Board Secretary and Vice President. I am also serving on the Plantation Settlement Board and Board liaison for PIC, Covenants, and Communication committees. I have enjoyed working with the other Board members, FCCSA Staff, and members of the First Colony community and am highly interested in being elected by the membership and continuing for another term.

Naushad (Nick) Velani

Born & raised in Mumbai India.
Been in the USA since Feb 1992.
Moved to The Lakes in Sugar Land in Oct 2001.
Academics- Bachelors in Commerce.
Profession- Owner of a car dealership & a rental car agency in Houston.
Over the years I have studied various subjects & volunteered consistently for things that matter to me most.
Family consists of Mom, Sister, Myself & 2 of our furry kids.

Election Procedures

You will receive a ballot in the mail at the end of October 2019 to vote for the Board of Directors and Neighborhood Representative Elections. The entire voting tabulation will be done by an election services company, Election Trust. As a member you will have the opportunity to vote for three (3) of the Board candidates on the ballot. Directors serve a three-year term. Each separate neighborhood may have up to three (3) elected Neighborhood Representatives. They are elected annually by the property owners in their neighborhoods and serve a one-year term.

Residential & Commercial members have two options:

  1. Fill out your ballot by hand and mail it to Election Trust in the pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope or
  2. Fill out your ballot via computer, smartphone or tablet following the instructions enclosed with your ballot.

Please note the appropriate deadline: all ballots, whether mailed or on-line, must be received by Election Trust (in Washington State) by 5:00 pm on November 25, 2019. Paper ballots should be in the mail no later than November 18, 2019 to ensure the ballot is received in time.

Election Trust will tabulate the ballots and the results will be announced on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the FCCSA Annual meeting.
Election Trust has a Voter Help Desk (9 am – 7 pm Central Time) if you need assistance with voting or do not receive your FCCSA election ballot in the mail please contact Election Trust at help@electiontrust.com.

This process is very important to the Association and homeowners alike. Neighborhood Representatives are a vital communication link between FCCSA and their neighborhoods. The Board of Directors represents the members and makes decisions for the betterment of the community.

Plantation Settlement of First Colony (PSFC) Board of Directors

The Plantation Settlement Board of Directors governs the affairs of Plantation Settlement and operates under the principles of Policy Governance.

Plantation Settlement is a community of 138 homes originally developed by Beazer Homes. These homes are within Plantation Settlement at First Colony Association, Inc. (PSFC) and owners are members of that association. Homes in Plantation Settlement are considered part of “First Colony” through a management agreement between FCCSA and PSFC, but the homes are not technically a part of First Colony Community Association. This is the only neighborhood within PSFC.

Interested in becoming a Board candidate for Plantation Settlement? Direction is from a five member Board, three of whom are FCCSA Directors, and two are Plantation Settlement residents. There is one residential position up for election for the term beginning in 2020. A term is two years. Requirements are:

  • You must be a member of PSFC
  • Submit completed application by September 27, 2019

Members interested in becoming a PSFC Board candidate can click the link below for an application. Deadline for application is Friday, September 27, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

Application