Meet The Council


Dr. Mark Vargus - Mayor

Term Expires: May 2018
Council Place #6

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Mayor Vargus was elected to Town Council in May 2007, and has served as Lakewood Village Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer since January 2008.  Prior to his mayoral election, Dr. Vargus served as Mayor Pro-Tem from 2008-2014.  Mayor Vargus earned his PhD in Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also holds a MA in Economics and a MBA in Finance. He graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering.  Before his academic career, Dr. Vargus was employed by Lockheed-Martin as a Senior Engineer in the advanced radar systems group.  Dr. Vargus' current appointment is with the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.  Prior appointments include The University of  Michigan and the University of Southern California.  He has won numerous teaching awards both in the U.S. and internationally and was a finalist for the AAA inaugural Cook Prize for Teaching Excellence.  Dr. Vargus has received several national awards for his scholarly research, including the 2007 Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Research Award. Dr. Vargus purchased his Lakewood Village home site in 2003 and has been a resident since 2005.


Ed Reed - Mayor Pro Tem

Term Expires: May 2019
Council Place #3

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Ed Reed was appointed to the Town Council in November 2014 and, elected to the Town Council in May 2015.  Councilman Reed and his wife, Pam, moved to Lakewood Village from Plano, Texas in 2012.  He retired from AT&T in 2010 after more than 37 years in the telecommunications industry.  During his career, he held numerous director management positions in corporate strategic marketing and planning, operations and sales, product development, sales channel management, customer service and human resources.   Councilman Reed received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from Southwestern State College in Weatherford OK.  He also served as a United States Air Force officer from 1969-1973 and is a Vietnam War veteran.   He and Pam have been married 44 years and have four married children and 13 grandchildren.  His community service has included AT&T D/FW Veterans Organization, AT&T Aspire and Junior Achievement National Partnership, North Texas Cystic Fibrosis Chapter and Boy Scouts of America.  Councilman Reed hopes his service on council will improve the quality of life in Lakewood Village.



Liz Shields - Councilwoman

Term Expires: May 2019
Council Place #1

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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.


Dan Tantalo - Councilman

Term Expires: May 2018
Council Place #2

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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 - Councilman

Term Expires: May 2018
Council Place #4

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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.


Clint Bushong - Councilman

Term Expires: May 2019
Council Place #5

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Councilman Clint Bushong was appointed to the Town Council in September of 2013 and elected in May 2014. A native of Southern California, he has lived in North Texas since 1997 and moved to Lakewood Village with his wife Shannon in 2001. Councilman Bushong earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) at San Luis Obispo, CA. Councilman Bushong has been employed at Peterbilt Motors since 1997 and is currently a Project Engineer in the Advance Design Group. He is excited to join the Council and hopes to contribute to the growth of Lakewood Village.

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