Chris and Marcia Herre, Country Club Members
Chris and Marcia are new country club members who live at Lake of the Forest where Marcia grew up. She swam in meets at LQ as a child and remembers the diving boards with fondness. Chris also visited LQ with childhood friends and recalls sailing on the lake. Chris is a golfer who has been a member at three different clubs over the years and enjoys the LQ course. He is an architect and co-owner of Rose Design Build, a firm that specializes in architecture and construction management. Marcia is a CPA who takes care of the bookkeeping and accounting at the firm.
The couple have two daughters, Lindsay, a KU grad who is in sales and marketing in Los Angeles; and Emily, a Washburn grad who is a nurse in Waldo. Dogs Molly and Candy keep them company. Chris enjoys painting and drawing and plans to join the men’s golf league and check out the Bible study group. Marcia and Chris enjoy travel and hope to ice skate on the lake when it freezes. Welcome to the Lake, Chris and Marcia!
Jonathan and Kerri Brocker
The Brocker family recently moved from Saddlebrooke, where they resided for the last thirteen years. Their neighbors, the Millards, first introduced them to LQ, and they joined as country club members nine years ago, but became sidetracked when their second daughter was born.
Their three girls are what finally brought them here as residents. Jordyn, 9, likes drawing, music and making friends. She’s an explorer, who, on a bike ride around the lake, took a wrong turn and headed down Holliday Drive. She was brought back and now wears a tracking bracelet. Tessa, 7, is rarely home because after a short school day she heads to an Olympic training facility in Blue Springs, where she trains as a gymnast. She has her sights set on competing in the 2028 Olympics and willingly gives up typical childhood activities to train at a high level. Alyssa, 6, enjoys soccer, dance and swimming in cold water. A future Polar Bear Plunge candidate?
Jonathan is a pharmacist with WalMart. He has been at three different locations over the last fifteen years. He earned his degrees from KU after beginning his college education on a golf scholarship at Allen Community College, so naturally he is a golfer. Kerri sells prefab interior construction with DIRTT, and her official title is DIRTTbag. She also graduated from KU, where she was on the swim and dive team. In her spare time she does crossfit.
Dogs Gus and Bella are becoming used to a smaller yard and love to ride on the golf cart. Be on the lookout for this very active family around the lake. Welcome, Kerri, Jonathan, Jordyn, Tessa and Alyssa!
Darren and Jenny Bonawitz
Jenny and Darren hail from Salina and knew each other from grade school on up. They began dating near the end of high school in 1991 and married in 2004. Jenny attended Phillips Junior College before finishing her business degree at Ottawa University. She handles bookkeeping at Darren’s company, NOVA8 Ventures, which invests in telecomm and technology start-ups. Darren earned his electrical engineering degree at Kansas State University (although he has been a Jayhawk fan since youth when his dad brought gear home from a conference).
The couple have two boys. Adrian, 23, has an animal science degree from Kansas State and works on a farm near Salina. He has been buying and selling cattle since age 15 and has always had his mind set on ranching. He is in the process of obtaining a real estate license to sell land. Gavin, 11, is in the sixth grade at Mission Trail Middle School in Olathe. He enjoys video games, baseball, golf and hanging out with friends. Included in the family are bulldog Arnie Palmer and cat Mollie, along with guinea pigs Chase and Tulip.
Jenny, Darren and Gavin currently live in Cedar Creek and will renovate their LQ home with intent to use it as a summer house until Gavin graduates from high school, at which point they will move here permanently. They wanted a summer home without the long commute and are finding the community to be friendly and welcoming.
Darren likes golf, fishing, poker and late nights. Jenny volunteers at a nursing home and would like to start a non-profit someday. She is heavily involved with her church and enjoys tennis, reading and travel. She’s a Cubs fan and recently attended a game with Adrian. Welcome to the Lake, Jenny, Darren and Gavin!
Bob and Lainie Satsky
Bob’s job brought the Satsky family to the Midwest from Texas, but their daughter’s horse was what drew them to LQ. Bob is VP of Market Intelligence at Bluescope, a manufacturer of metal buildings that has its U.S. headquarters in Kansas City. Lainie was previously an elementary school principal for fifteen years before transitioning to at-home mom about a year ago. They are both Texas Tech alumni who met walking home from church.
The couple have five children. Stephen is a freshman at Texas Tech and studies economics. Caroline, 16, is a junior at St. James Academy and takes care of dog Marley. Kate is in the eighth grade at St. Joseph. She boards and rides her horse Dirt (they didn’t choose the name) at the Saddle Club. Tom is in the third grade at St. Joseph. He likes to ride the golf cart and look after dog Buddy. Joe is a year behind Tom and enjoys fishing.
They all love the beach, lake and outings on their pontoon boat. The family enjoys the outdoors and has spent a lot of time camping and travelling in their motor home. They take one family cruise each year and have been to China and Hawaii. When asked what they look forward to, they mentioned snow, big skies, going to kids’ events and watching the kids play outdoors with their new friends. You’ll be seeing them out and about year-round. Welcome to the Lake, Lainie, Bob, Stephen, Caroline, Kate, Tom and Joe!