Keeping the Dream Alive

The VHA is committed to excellence and driven by:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Accountability
  • Independence

The Villages Homeowners Advocates (VHA) is a lifestyle organization whose members are committed to championing the needs of Villagers through:

  • Positive, constructive dialogue
  • Problem solving
  • Education
  • Philanthropic efforts


VHA Presidents and Their Terms in Office

Yvonne Knudson Feb. 1991 – May 1992
Sandy Mott May 1992 – Feb. 1994
Frank O’Brien Mar. 1994 – Sept. 1994
Herb Gibson Sept. 1994 – Feb. 1996
Virgil Musser Mar. 1996 – June 1996
Frank Topping June 1996 – Feb. 2000
Sy Rosenblatt Mar. 2000 – Feb. 2001
Chico Mir Mar. 2001 – Feb. 2003


Don Burgess Mar. 2003 – Feb. 2005
Doug Tharp Mar. 2005 – Feb. 2007
Roger Kass Mar. 2007 – Feb. 2009
Don Hahnfeldt Mar. 2009 – Feb. 2012
Jack Knapp Mar. 2012 – Feb. 2013
Bill Gottschalk Mar. 2013 – Dec. 2014
Fred Briggs Dec. 2014 – Mar. 2019
Phill Walker Mar. 2019 – Present

VHA Annual Awards

Awards for 2019 – Presented in 2020

Volunteer Award:  Angel Snugs of The Villages                           
Partner Award:   Villages Insurance
Don Hahnfeldt Memorial Service Award:  Kathy Porter  


Awards for 2018 – Presented in 2019

Volunteer Award:  Day Break Club of The Villages
Partner Award:   Terry Yoder T&D Family of Companies
Don Hahnfeldt Memorial Service Award:  Ray Glessner


Awards for 2017 – Presented in 2017

Volunteer Award:  Special Friends
Partner Award:  TEA-The Enrichment Academy
Don Hahnfeldt Memorial Service Award:   Sandy Mott 


Awards for 2016 – Presented in 2017

Volunteer Award:   S.H.I.N.E.
Partner Award:  ARC/Community Standards
Service Award:  Public Safety AED Program


Awards for 2015 – Presented in 2016

Volunteer Award:  Honor Flight
Partner Award:  The District Customer Service Group
Service Award:  Sumter County Tax Collector
Special Award:  Judge Skidmore


Awards for 2014 – Presented in 2015

Volunteer Award:  The Villages Regional Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers
Partner Award:  The District Maintenance Staff
Service Award:   Lady Lake and Wildwood Police Depts.


Awards for 2013 – Presented in 2014

Volunteer Award:  Seniors vs Crime
Partner Award:   Sumter County Sheriff’s Office
Service Award:  Univ. of Florida Extension Office and the Master Gardeners


Awards for 2012 – Presented in 2013

Volunteer Award:   AARP TaxAide Program
Partner Award:  The Villages Media Group
Service Award:  Univ. of South FL Health “America’s Healthiest Hometown” Program


Awards for 2011 – Presented in 2012

Volunteer Award:   CERT
Partner Award:   Community Watch
Service Award:  The Villages Entertainment Dept.


Awards for 2010 – Presented in 2011

Volunteer Award: Operation Shoebox
Partner Award: The Villages Recreation Dept.
Service Award:  The Villages Lifelong Learning College

Awards for 2009 – Presented in 2010

Volunteer Award: The Villages Regional Hospital Auxiliary Volunteers
Partner Award: The Villages Community Development Districts
Service Award:  The Villages Public Safety Dept.