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Veteran volunteer Noel Lyons exits Oakmont


Jeff Neuman fills open seat on Oakmont Village Association Board

By Jim Brewer

Noel Lyons, one of the hardest working and most familiar names in Oakmont, resigned from the Oakmont Village Association (OVA) board of directors Oct. 19 because he and his wife, Jackie Kinney, are moving to Spring Lake Village.

Lyons was first on the board in 2010–2012, when his assignments included serving as treasurer. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2018 and then elected in 2019 to his current two-year term. His recent work includes serving as liaison to the communications committee and to the committee overseeing the challenges of reopening facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Noel has long been a mainstay of our Oakmont Village, bringing his extensive experience as a leader of other communities to his diligent service on many committees over the years and through two stints as an OVA board director,” said Oakmont’s board president Tom Kendrick. “Noel and his wife Jackie will certainly be missed, and we all wish them well as they transition to life nearby at Spring Lake.”

Before moving to Oakmont, Lyons’ career was spent in the electron- ics industry in Silicon Valley. OVA isn’t his first exposure to homeowner associations (HOAs); he was elected to an HOA board in Sunnyvale in 1973. Over the years, he has served on the boards of five homeowner associations and was president of three of them.

Following his resignation, the board appointed Jeff Neuman, a relative newcomer to Oakmont, to replace Lyons on the OVA board of directors. Neuman will have to run for the seat when board terms for three other directors expire and the seats go up for election next spring.

Neuman was chosen from among several applicants. He has been an active volunteer since moving to Oakmont in 2018, serving on the board of the Oakmont Sunday Symposium, the Movies at Oakmont team, the Oakmont Energy Resilience Project, and the Firewise Committee.

Neuman retired in 2016 after more than 35 years as a geophysicist, environmental geologist, and management coordinator. He was with Texaco from 1981 to 1990, Texaco/Shell from 1991 to 2011, and Shell from 2011 to 2015. He handled external communications for the U.S Superfund cleanups group in 2015–2016.