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Meet Your Board of Directors Candidates

We have 2 open positions in this year's Board of Directors election and 3 great candidates running for a seat to serve the Klahanie community. Join us on March 1st at 7 PM via Zoom to meet the candidates!

Meri Clark



My husband, son, daughter, and I made Klahanie our home in 2013 and have loved living here ever since we arrived. 

I am a realtor and a highly motivated person. I have built a reputation on efficiency, local knowledge with exceptional negotiating skills, and care deeply about the well-being of our community and overall safety as residents. I have served on the Safety Committee for Klahanie for the past two years and have been a dedicated resource for the neighborhood watch program. My background in customer service, communication, and problem-solving skills makes me a natural collaborator and committed leader. 

I serve as a volunteer member of Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, which is a community-based organization for underserved children and adults in our community. I have been voted president elect for year 2023. I Influence of Choice is another place I spend my time serving as a board member. ITC is a grass roots organization for prevention of drugs and alcohol for the Issaquah youth with strong focus on alcohol, marijuana fentanyl. 

In my spare time, I run marathons and spend time with family and friends. You may also see me out in the neighborhood walking my giant golden retriever, Bear, or may have had a visit from my cat, Zeus, who is quite infamous around the Heights neighborhood. 

Jason Lane


My Family: daughter, Wife, a black lab, and I moved to Klahanie a year ago. We are both natives of the PNW, so we were drawn to the abundant nature that Klahanie has to offer. We like to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. In our year here we have enjoyed exploring our new neighborhood, participating in Klahanie days, hosting a block party, entering the holiday light contest, and being in the pool as much as possible. 

Currently, I am a senior project manager for a commercial general contractor and have extensive experience and knowledge around underground utilities and earthwork. I have been around construction since 2007 and have served on the board of directors for the National Utility Contractors since 2013. Serving as Vice President and President Elect for 4 of those years. During my time, I have learned how a board operates and gained vast financial, community outreach, constructability, and budgeting experience. 

As mentioned, my family and I have really been enjoying this new community and all the amenities. If elected, I would like to see the board focus on community outreach and community engagement events; focusing on events and projects that help show the community the value of what their dues are going towards. More than anything else, make sure that everyone is having FUN. Things tend to work more efficiently when everyone has some fun doing it. 

Scott Leist


My wife, Sally, and I moved to Klahanie in 1999. We raised our 2 daughters in Klahanie and have loved everything about the neighborhood – knowing our neighbors, the green spaces, Yellow Lake and the trail and the amenities, especially the pools. 

I never dreamed of running for the Board (I hate “boards”) but did in 2019 to make sure our community character, care for residents and financial solvency were protected. Since then, I have served on the Finance and Operations Committee, as the Chair of the Sports and Recreation Committee and as Board Vice President. 

I spent most of my professional career in criminal justice, as a Seattle Police officer for many years, then as criminal lawyer, both a King County Prosecutor and running my own small criminal defense law firm. Now that our kids are grown and (mostly) off the payroll, I continue running my law practice as well as advise universities and organizations pursuing access to justice in the developing world. And I spend a lot of time – unsuccessfully -- trying to get my front yard to look as good as my neighbors.’ 

VOTING STARTS ON FEBRUARY 26TH!

Here's how to submit your vote:

  • Follow the instructions in the upcoming email invitation from Vote HOA Now.  

  • Go to our community voting site, https://klahanie.ivotehoa.com/register, to enter your personal registration code, which you will receive via email. You can also request another registration code on this site or by contacting, communitydirector@klahanie.com

  • OR… Fill out a paper ballot and/or proxy at the KHOA office or request a paper ballot be sent to your home address.  Make sure to bring your identification to verify your address and identity when you come in.



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