A Brief Introduction to the Hopkinson House Owners’ Association Council
By David Roberts

Hopkinson House is a typical condominium. The owners of its apartments also jointly own the whole condominium. Each owner possesses not only an apartment, or apartments, but also a proportional share of all the building’s common elements – the elevators, the corridors, the outer walls of the building, etc. An apartment plus its share of the common elements is known as a unit, and the size of the unit determines the size of its owner’s vote to elect members of the governing Council.

A condominium is controlled by an association of all its owners, who elect a board or council to see that their wishes for the building are carried out. The job of the council is not management but governance. Our Council, typically, is like the board of directors of a company, which hires managers to conduct the daily business of the company. Council members are not expected to be expert in the operation and management of the building. Instead they are responsible for seeing that a competent manager or management company is in place, and that the management is caring for and operating the building according to the best interests of its owners. The Council decides how much money the owners must pay for the care and operation of the building, and how much the management may spend in doing its job, as set out in each year’s budget.
Note: This article was excerpted from a supplemental issue of On The House, published March, 2011

David Roberts served on the Council from 2005–2006 and was President from 2007–2009.

Council of the
Hopkinson House Owners’ Association

2023 – 2024
(Term expires)
Sarah Kelly (April 2025)
Lawrence Meehan (April 2025)
Secretary, Robert Krebs (April 2024)
Bruce Chamberlin (April 2024)
Millie Korn (April 2025)
Robert Parsky (April 2024)
Joseph Salerno (April 2024)

Council Committees 2023

Design Committee
Neil McLaughlin, Chair
Mindy Bartscherer
Sunny Feldman
James Scott
Gail Winkler

Dispute Resolution Committee
Sidney Siegel, Chair
Carole Cherkas
Murray Savar
Norm Yanovitz

Engineering Committee
Peter Bartscherer
James Campbell
Bill Stigliani
Robert Zwart

Finance Committee

Kevin Coghlan, Chair
Nancy Gross
Ann Roantree
Daniel Shachar-Krasnoff

HVAC Steering
Bruce Chamberlin
Sarah Kelly
Larry Meehan
Joe Salerno
Ron Street, Project Manager

Landscape Committee
Dennis McGlade, Chair
Tom Carroll
Sue Carroll
Rosina Coltellaro
Victoria Kirkham
Lisa Schwab
Mindy Silver
Gail Winkler

Lynn Miller, Chair

Pool Committee
Toni O’Neil, Chair
Rosina Coltellaro
Jo Anna Farber
Emily Farrell
Diane Ganun
Betta Kolansky
Joyce Portnoy
Laura Sadtler
Sandra Shachar-Krasnoff

Social Committee
LJ Steinig, Chair
Robin Cohen
Betta Kolansky
Jean Papaj
Bari Shor
Sandra Shachar-Krasnoff

Susan Tomita, Chair