Jenise Aminoff is a freelance writer who lives, works, plays, sings, and gardens at Cambridge Cohousing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband, Alex, and daughter, Annelise.

Bryan Bowen lives in Wild Sage Cohousing in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Dale, and son, Elijah. Professionally, Bowen is an architect who explores how we can live and work while treading more lightly upon our Earth in beautiful, healthy environments. He can be reached at 303-443-3629 or bryan [at] bryanbowenarchitects [dot] com.

Brian Burke has been spearheading recycling projects, including job site recycling during Quayside’sour construction (51 percent diversion from landfill; highest in the region) and producing compost for our urban organic gardens. This is a fine balance for his work teaching and performing whirling dervish meditation. His Web site is

Raines Cohen is a longtime communitarian, learning by starting and running computer user groups for the past quarter century. He serves on the Cohousing Association of the United States board of directors and lives at Berkeley Cohousing in Berkeley, California. He is a former member of Swan’s Market Cohousing in Oakland, California, and is helping to organize East Bay Cohousing, located near San Franciso. He loves to visit and make connections between people and communities.

Steve Einstein lived for many years on a kibbutz before compromising and moving to Two Acre Wood Cohousing in Sebastopol, California, with his wife, Karen, and two children, Koby and Elsa. He is a hospice nurse who enjoys excessive newspaper reading, hanging around a fire pit, late-night ping-pong in the common house, and the company of his cohousing neighbors.

Silvine Marbury Farnell is a retired literature professor who lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Stewart, making money by freelance copyediting and pursuing her passion for leading people deeper into poetry in every way she can think of. She can be reached at silvine [at] silvinefarnell [dot] com. (She often doesn’t answer e-mails, but if you have something really interesting to say about poetry or elder cohousing, she might respond.)

Elaine Marshall Fawcett is a mother of two, a homeschooler, and a freelance writer. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Her family outgrew their small dwelling at Cascadia Commons Cohousing in Portland and moved a couple of miles away to regular house in a regular neighborhood. She still comes to Cascadia for meals, writing groups, and general hanging out.

Laura Fitch is a principal with Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc., a firm specializing in cohousing and ecological design. The company was named one of the top ten green building firms of 2005 by Natural Homes and Gardens Magazine. She is a resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing in Amherst, Massachusetts, the first cohousing community to be completed on the East Coast. She has worked with numerous cohousing communities nationwide.

Edee Gail is a writer, musician, performing artist, ecological activist, actress, and adventurer. She lives in Harmony Village Cohousing in Golden, Colorado. She traveled around the world by herself twice while working for an airlines company and continues to travel while performing her one-woman show, “More Than Music.” She can be reached at edeegail [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Katharine Gregory has worked as a teacher and an editor and enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction in her home office. She has lived at Greyrock Commons in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband, daughter, and various pets since 1996.

Karen Hester is an events organizer who maintains an e-mail list for folks interested in retrofit cohousing in the East Bay Area. (To subscribe, please visit her Web site, Active in her community, Hester organizes local street fairs and is helping to renovate a nearby arts center called Studio One, which is run by the City of Oakland.

Renate G. Justin lives in Greyrock Commons in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is a retired family physician who writes essays both for professional and lay journals. Community living has been a passion as well as a joy for her since early childhood.

Mary Kraus is a principal with Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc., a firm specializing in cohousing and ecological design The company was named one of the top ten green building firms of 2005 by Natural Homes and Gardens Magazine. She has worked with twenty communities nationally, using a consensus-based participatory-design process. She was a charter board member of the Cohousing Association of the United States and has served on the board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. She has been living at Pioneer Valley Cohousing in Amherst, Massachusetts, since its completion in 1994.

Jim Leach is the president of Wonderland Hill Development Company, the largest developer of cohousing communities in the country. He recently made the decision to live in cohousing and is a member and the developer of Silver Sage Village in Boulder, Colorado’s first elder cohousing community. Leach and Wonderland’s philosophy is “Sustainability through Community.”

Bruce Gourley is a multimedia designer and photographer when he is not following a creek while fishing for rainbow trout. Visit the Gourley Web site at to view his work.

PattyMara Gourley paints silk, fuses glass, and throws pots at DolphinSmile Studio in Halcyon, California, a short walk from her home in the Tierra Nueva Cohousing community in Oceano. The farm that borders her studio and home is now pesticide-free, providing succulent vegetables, glorious berries, and luminous flowers to all of its surrounding neighbors (who are no longer at risk!).

Dr. Charles B. Maclean is a founding member of Trillium Hollow Cohousing in Portland, Oregon. He is the founder and Chief Committed Listener of PhilanthropyNow.

Grant McCormick is a resident and founding member of Sonora Cohousing
in Tucson, Arizona. He works as a campus planner at the University of Arizona and has a professional background in geographic information systems, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

Michael McIntyre has been involved with community building and networking with the Fellowship for Intentional Community and the Cohousing Association of the United States for many years. He was an original member of Sunward Cohousing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and got his start in cooperative living in the University of Michigan Inter-Cooperative Council.

Dr. Graham Meltzer is an architect, scholar, and architectural photographer who consults, researches, and lectures in the fields of environmental and social architecture, communal housing, and communalism. He is the author of Sustainable Community: Learning from the Cohousing Model and is published widely in architectural and sociological journals.

Lynn Nadeau has been part of RoseWind Cohousing in Port Townsend, Washington, since 1989 and is a supporting member of the nascent Port Townsend EcoVillage project. A peace and social justice activist, Nadeau has a particular interest in the Middle East. She can be contacted via the contact link at

Su Niedringhaus married into cohousing and Harmony Village almost three years ago. She works as a theatre artist and educator and uses innovative theatre techniques to explore human interaction and problem solving. Niedringhaus indulges in music and amateur anthropology.

Ellen Orleans is a creative writing teacher and the author of five books of queer humor and social commentary. A Quaker Universalist, she’s currently writing a performance piece about Colorado’s nuclear missiles. When not photographing Wild Sage’s pet population or reorganizing the common house refrigerator, Orleans is often off birding, hiking, or watching waterfalls. She can be reached at eorleans [at] earthlink [dot] net.

Franny Osman writes and drives kids around in Acton, Massachusetts, though she is working to create a local bus service to lessen the latter. She loves living in New View Cohousing with husband, three kids, and dog. This year, she watched with mixed feelings as five of the original neighborhood actors graduated from high school.

Linda Reed is a grandmother of four, and since 1999 has enjoyed the “life
learning laboratory” NOTE: Where she learbs about life…? I put it in quotes…? called Wasatch Commons Cohousing in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently studying conflict management, mediation, silk painting, aikido, how to balance work and play, and how to find a husband at age fifty-five. She can be reached at lindareed99 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Jane Saks is a management consultant and group facilitator and occasionally a photographer, artist, and writer. She lives and laughs with her daughter in the Boston area and they travel to exotic lands.

Rob Sandelin lives with family and friends at the Sharingwood Cohousing community. You can reach him at floriferous [at] msn [dot] com.

Dana Snyder-Grant is a social worker and a freelance writer. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1981. Snyder-Grant lives at New View Cohousing in Acton, Massachusetts. She can be contacted at danasg [at] newview [dot] org.

Liz Stevenson is a founding member of one of the oldest cohousing communities in North America, Southside Park Cohousing, and still finds ample reason to question her sanity for that long-ago decision. It’s like democracy: it’s the worst way to live, except for all the others. She has her husband have two children, of whom she is sure will thank her later, and teaches computer graphics programs in the computer lab of her local community college.

Sharon Villines is editor and publisher of Building Community: A Newsletter on Coops, Condos, Cohousing, and Other New Neighborhoods, which is designed to help communities self-manage their facilities, convert buildings to communities, and develop inclusive, transparent governance systems. She lives in Takoma Village Cohousing in Washington, D.C.

David Wann is a writer, editor, filmmaker, and speaker about sustainable lifestyles. His books include Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, Superbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods, and The Zen of Gardening in the High and Arid West: Tips, Tools, and Techniques. Documentaries about reinventing community include Designing a Great Neighborhood, Creating Communities That Work, Smart Growth, Placemakers, and Building Livable Communities. He can be reached at 303-216-1281.

Deborah Warshaw, once a landscape architect, is now a high school teacher at PIONEER School for Expeditionary Learning in Fort Collins, Colorado. She lives at Greyrock Cohousing community where she gardens—when she has the time—with her husband, John, and two daughters, Maya and Hannah.

Matt Worswick of Synergy Design specializes in energy efficient and environmentally responsible residential design. He has designed or codesigned six cohousing communities in Colorado and is a founding member and “burning soul in residence” at the award-winning Harmony Village. He can be reached at 303-278-1880 or Matt [at] synergydesignco [dot] com. The Synergy Design Web site is

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