Bryan is an architect dedicated to the design of buildings and neighborhoods that explore how we may live more lightly upon our earth in beautiful and healthy environments. Bryan’s niche is cohousing, though his work includes single-family homes, affordable housing, mixed-use neighborhoods, and vibrant community gathering places. His design work includes Germantown Commons, Silver Sage Village, Lyons Valley Village, 30+Pearl, and Wild Sage Cohousing where he has lived with his family for 16 years. https://caddispc.com
Joan joined Casa Verde Co-housing in 2012 after seeing a small article about co-housing forming in a co-op newsletter in Iowa City, IA. where she lived and worked for many years. After teaching in India for 4 years, she accepted a position in Colorado Springs, searched for co-housing and was fortunate to rent one. Eighteen months later she and her husband, John, sold their home in Iowa and bought one in Casa Verde. She has participated on many teams including Landscaping, Team Fun, Cares, Common House and currently serves as President of the Board.
Karin is a cohouser. She lives it, works it, believes in it. Karin and family joined Wild Sage Cohousing in Boulder, CO in 2003; except a brief six months when they lived overseas, they have been in community raising children, caring for an aging parents, and thriving in life while having community support. Karin is the Executive Director of the Cohousing Association of the US and helps people ‘find’ cohousing. She lives with her husband, two teenagers, one mother-in-law, two big dogs and two playful cats … and 87 Wild Sage neighbors!
Barbara is a retired hospice nurse who found cohousing along with her husband in 1999 and was sold on it after attending only one orientation meeting, but then learned that this group required attendance at four meetings before you could join. She is an active weeder and has been on Team Fun since the beginning.
Dick is an electrical engineer, who served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, then managed a radio communications business for 18 years. He is married to Barbara, with two children and three grandchildren. He is a founding member/owner of Casa Verde Commons, a cohousing community in Colorado Springs, CO since 1999. He served on the board of Cohousing Association of the U.S. from 2010 to 2015. Cohousing characteristics he especially likes: economy of space, sharing of equipment and facilities, common meals, and the general feeling of community.
Alan spreads his storytelling methods to help communities target people they want through the power of story. After getting laid off a job after 9/11, the risk-taker decided to work for himself and make movies. He melded what he learned as a nonprofit development director and newspaper columnist to become a pretty good screenwriter. He recently produced three documentaries about aging gratefully following his deathbed experience while living in the Silver Sage Village senior cohousing community in Boulder, Colorado. He’s presented this workshop at several conferences – cohousing and otherwise – and it gets better and better with each outing. bouldercomedia.com
Christina is a college professor with expertise in business. She has lived in Casa Verde Commons since 2015, fulfilling a dream to live in cohousing ever since she learned about it a decade earlier. At Casa Verde, she is active in the meal rotation planning and enjoys having the strong community as a source of support and enrichment for her life.
Chris and his wife Michelle, found Casa Verde co-housing in late 2018, becoming homeowners in January 2019. Chris is the Public Health Emergency Officer at Ft. Carson, Colorado, and is a practicing physician in Occupational and Environmental Medicine for the U.S. Army. He has found joy in participating on the Landscape team and Workshop team at Casa Verde, and enjoys the strong sense of community and mutual concern for others found in co-housing. He and his wife, son Remy, and assortment of various pets, are grateful for their home, neighbors, and all the beautiful common spaces that make up this gem in the heart of Colorado Springs.
Growing up Michelle loved visiting her grandparents’ house. She was so envious of their neighborhood where everyone knew each other, they had shared potluck meals in their clubhouse, and there was a warm sense of community…the only problem was she would have to wait to be an ‘active senior’ to move in. Imagine her surprise and delight 25 years later when she learned cohousing was an actual thing AND you didn’t need to be collecting social security to live in community! Michelle and her family moved into their home in January 2019 at Casa Verde Co-housing. Michelle is married and homeschools her 7 year old son; she loves that he doesn’t have to go far to find a playmate or a caring neighbor to listen to all of his animal facts. They share their house with 2 dogs, a mischievous cat, and a couple fishtanks full of shrimp.
Angela and her husband Paul got involved with the Colorado Springs Cohousing community before their were houses. She went to her first Cohousing meeting when her 20 year old was 4 weeks old. With her husband traveling a lot for his work, Angela was thrilled to have older community members watch her younger children when she went to pick up her older kids from school. Angela has served on the Parenting Team, Team Fun, Community Action Team, the HOA Board and helps facilitate community meetings.