Graduates from the 500 Communities Program who entered Working Relationships with CoHousing Solutions
JOHN KALMON: Hudson, WI
Bringing Cohousing to the Twin Cities
John is a licensed architect and runs his own office, specializing in single family homes and sustainable design. He’s also on the board for the Twin Cities Cohousing Network. His goal is to be part of a team that develops cohousing in Minnesota, western Wisconsin and western Montana.
MEGAN SHEA: Berkeley, CA
Using Co-op Strategies to Re-imagine Urban Cohousing
Megan is a long-time coop member, with a substantial background in affordable housing through her at Habitat for Humanity. She’s a Senior Program Manager with Net Impact, an organization that builds resources and support for young people to use their careers to create social and environmental impact.
DARRYL BERLIN: Sebastopol, CA
Developing Cohousing Through Community Land Trusts
Darryl has practiced the art of natural building for over 20 years. Through his work as a builder, design consultant, community member and educator, Darryl is able to merge his passions for fine craft, ecological stewardship, relationship to place and social justice, all while getting in the mud and building homes.
JOHN CAYE: Novato, CA
Building Momentum for Cohousing in Marin
John is the burning soul behind North Bay Cohousing. His background is in Architecture and Construction Management, but his career evolved into project management, and working with teams. John’s first project is Novato Cohousing Now, located in Marin County, CA.
NOLA HITCHCOCK CROSS: Milwaukee, WI
Forming Rural Cohousing with Farming in Mind
Nola has run her own law firm for ten years, and has a strong background in Union work and conflict resolution. She’s currently involved in forming cohousing on her spacious property in Waldo, WI.
SHELLY PARKS: Edmonds, WA
Creating Supportive Senior Cohousing
Shelly has a background in Sales/Marketing for Continuing Care Retirement Communities, which brings her to seek solutions to the isolation that may permeate senior housing. She brings skills in public speaking, group facilitation and industry knowledge to the Program. See her website here: CoVision Consulting.
AMY KARATZ: Chicago, IL
Launching Urban Cohousing to Soften City Lif
500 Communities comes at a perfect time as Amy prepares to launch the first cohousing in Illinois. She hopes to facilitate the development of both intergenerational and senior communities. Chicago is a city of apartments, and she hope to turn some of the smaller buildings into cohousing.
DAN SCHREINER: Delray Beach, FL & Provincetown, MA
LGBT Senior Cohousing Communities with Residential Care
Dan is the founder and Managing Director of eQuality Health Services, focused on providing guidance and assistance to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in finding supportive retirement, assisted living, CCRC, and nursing home options; in addition to building LGBT focused senior housing communities.
URBAN MOSHAV: Berkeley, CA
Creating Modern Villages Through Jewish Cohousing
LEW BOWERS: Portland, OR
Creating Community in Portland
Lew worked with the City of Eugene, Oregon as the head of Community Development for 15 years and his final formal stint was to manage the Central City for the Portland Development Commission for the last 14 years from which he “retired” several years ago. Lew’s goal is to help create other cohousing communities in the Portland area.