Meet The Council
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.