Meet The Council
Although I am not a native Texan, this state has been my home since June 4, 1994 and I’ve been a villager for 16 years. I was born in the island of Puerto Rico and spent my formative years in New York. When property taxes started to rise in New York and it became evident it was no longer feasible for my parents to stay, they moved to Connecticut.
Today I am married to a Dallas, TX native and you can say we are your modern day “Brady Bunch”. We are the proud parents of a total of 7 kids, his, hers and ours. The youngest being 5 years old and the eldest being 28. Our family and what we have accomplished as a family is my greatest achievement.
In my professional career I worked for a multi-family real estate company called Lincoln Property Company for 14 years. My tenure with them started in March 1996 and ended in April 2011. For the most part of I managed and trained staff for low income apartment communities in the South Dallas area. For a short-period of time I did oversee a property in Fort Worth.
I decided to leave the multi-family real estate industry and reinvent myself. I took some time off from work and in April of 2013 I started to work for Conifer Health Solutions. It is a healthcare revenue cycle company that has clients all across the United States. Today I manage 3 teams that execute different functions within my department.
What I like to do the most is create processes that will achieve optimum results. I enjoy bringing people together to collaborate and achieve a common goal. I have created training and manuals, study data from financial reports or productivity reports and analyze them. I make recommendations to strengthen and make improvements. I am known to be very analytical. I study, observe and weigh out all options and data beforehand. For the last several years I’ve invested time in expanding my leadership skills.
I enjoy traveling, it gives me an opportunity to explore new places and learn its history. Music and dancing has been a life-long passion of mine. I listen to many genres of music and dance to pretty much anything. My father is a pastor and he instilled in me from a very young age to serve those that are less fortunate. I try to give of my time, talent and treasure whenever I can to uphold those values.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Lakewood Village.
Councilman Dan Tantalo was elected to the Town Council in May 2016. Councilman Tantalo earned a B.A. from the State University of New York in Legal Studies and is now employed at PepsiCo I/T Headquarters in Plano, TX with over 30+ years of cumulative service. In his time with PepsiCo, he has run large bottling operations, regional sales divisions, and large technology projects. Today, he is the Director of the Enterprise Testing Services. In college, Dan concentrated on learning constitutional law, business ethics, and telecommunications. Later he was proud to travel the United States and parts of Europe with his Rugby team. In 2005 Dan joined the Berkshire Mountain Search and rescue team and soon became the Director of K9 operations. Dan specialized in wilderness operations with his scenting K9 Godfrey. Today he and his wife Jamie are very happy and proud to live in Texas. He is, however, most proud that his two children will grow up as Texans and have the opportunity to thrive in a state that values limited government, personal liberty, and above all else, protection of the rights guaranteed in the United States and Texas Constitutions.
Gary Newsome was appointed to the Council in November 2014 and elected in May 2015. Gary and his wife Jane have lived in Lakewood village for about 14 years and have owned property in town for over 35 years. Gary was a teacher and coach in the Dallas Independent school District for 39 years, twice receiving teacher of the year awards from two different schools and a physical education teacher of the year award from Dallas. After retiring from teaching, Gary was a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Frisco Texas where he earned a five star rating from ”Texas Monthly” the two years before he retired. Gary and Jane are members of Button Memorial United Methodists Church. He is president of the Button United Methodists Men and they both sing in the choir. This is Gary's second time on the Council. He has served under two previous mayors.