The History of the LHAIA
Originally called the Lake Highlands Improvement Association (LHIA), the first meeting was held in February 2001 at Merriman Park Elementary School led by Mark Wassenich. Mark had organized the cleanup of the Skillman/Abrams intersection in 2000 with assistance from multiple neighborhood associations. Their coordinated actions resulted in improved response by local government agencies and improved behavior by the local businesses. This led to discussions of the need for an organization that represents the interests of Lake Highlands.
On June 18, 2001, eleven charter member group representing 5,000 area residents established the Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association. The bylaws were ratified and officers were elected, replacing the interim board.
In April 2002, the LHAIA was incorporated as an IRS tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in the State of Texas.
Today, the LHAIA has more than double the number of member associations and has several active ad-hoc committees addressing community issues. It has also built alliances with the Lake Highlands Historical Association and the Citizens Supporting RISD Schools.