Coho/US Board Emeriti

MapMeet some of the committed, generous individuals who have served on the Coho/US Board. We are actively seeking new Board members to assist us in our mission. If you feel called to participate as a Board member, please contact president [at] cohous [dot] org. Thank you for your interest.

Philip Dowds -BOD member and treasurer until Nov 2018

Cornerstone Village Cohousing (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Philip Dowds is an off-the-clock architect, recently specialized in healthcare and eldercare design. In 2007, he and his wife Susan moved to Cornerstone Village Cohousing (Cambridge, MA; 32 units; opened in 2001), where they each remain active participants in many aspects of community life. He believes that community life runs better when approached in a more businesslike manner, and understands that his view is a minority one.

Angela Sanguinetti, Ph.D. - BOD member until Oct 2018

Davis, California

Dr. Sanguinetti is an environmental psychologist, and a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis, where she leads the Consumer Energy Interfaces Lab. Dr. Sanguinetti led a group of cohousing researchers and professionals in conducting a national survey of cohousing residents in 2012, sponsored by Coho/US and Mid-Atlantic Cohousing. She is a pioneering member of the Cohousing Research Network (CRN) and has published academic research about cohousing and intentional communities.

Dr. Sanguinetti is interested in creative ways to bring the spirit of cohousing to the mainstream. Her research has identified common activities that are critical to achieving the personal, social, and environmental benefits of cohousing; examined accessibility of retrofit cohousing; and experimented to determine influences of message-framing on perceptions of and attitudes toward the concept of cohousing.


Catya Belfer - Technical Director until Oct 2018

Mosaic Commons, Berlin, MA

Our technical director, Catya Belfer, is part of Mosaic Commons about an hour west of Boston in Berlin, MA. Catya works as a project manager and also builds websites for cohousing groups and others. She is passionate about building connections between people, and has been involved in intentional communities since 1994.


Jenny Godwin - Outreach Associate until Oct 2018

Denver, CO

Jenny is a pursuing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at CU Denver, focusing on community development, transportation and food systems. She's confident her work with communities will continue to shape her degree and interests. Jenny is social media leader for Coho/US, assists with eNews and is a coordinator for the National Cohousing Conferences. Though not currently living in community, she considers herself a cohouser-in training.

Karen Gimnig Nov 2017-July 2018 Vice President

East Lake Commons, Decatur Georgia

Karen Gimnig is a passionate community builder with a focus on cohousing. Her involvement in cohousing spans the country as she is a resident of East Lake Commons cohousing near Atlanta and is helping her parents to found Skagit Cohousing north of Seattle. She is a certified Professional Facilitator with Imago Relationships International. In recent years she has raised her children, founded a thriving homeschool cooperative community, managed a holistic health practice and studied tools for creating the connection that is essential to us all.

Cindy Turnquist - Board Member until May 2018

SageHill Place (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Cindy is passionate about the benefits of aging in community. The current need to improve senior housing and community options was evident and she was determined to make a difference. So she returned to school and in 2011 completed her degree in Architecture Technology and Construction Management with an emphasis on universal design and green building. Since then she has studied the Senior Cohousing model, is SG1 Certified, and founded SageHill Cohousing, Utah’s first professional cohousing firm. She plans to put Utah on the map for innovative and unique senior cohousing communities.

Cindy has over 25 years of project management experience. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband Doug and is fortunate enough to be in close proximity to her three children and six grandchildren.

Diana Sullivan 2014-2018, Board Member and Vice President

Germantown Commons (Nashville TN)

Diana is a commercial real estate broker and formerly an award winning marketing and advertising professional in the regional shopping center industry. In 2008 when the real estate market crashed Diana began to search for a more sustainable experience in life and in real estate. In 2010 she attended the U.S Cohousing Association's conference in Boulder to learn about how cohousing gets built.

Returning to Nashville she began working with a fledgling group interested in living in a community. As a result of the community's effort, Germantown Commons, a 25 condo development near downtown Nashville, was completed in summer of 2015. Diana is single with three adult sons and has grown to understand the value of a higher functioning community. She is owner of New American Villages, a development company started to assist others interested in building community.

Jeffrey Zucker 2013-2017 Board Member, President and Past President

Manzanita Village Cohousing Community, Prescott, AZ

Hello! My name is Jeff Zucker. I was born on New Year’s Day in 1950, and grew up in Buffalo, New York. I followed my passion of becoming an architect at the Ohio State University, and received my architectural degree in 1972. My focus on environmentally sensitive and community-based design led me to Arizona to study under the architect Paolo Soleri in 1973. I have been involved with Arcosanti ever since that time, and am currently the supervising architect.

I also have my own private architectural practice in Prescott, Arizona, known as Zucker Architecture, where we specialize in Visitor’s Centers, Nature Centers and Native American Cultural Centers, as well as single family homes and master planned communities. In 1994, I initiated a cohousing group in Prescott,which has today evolved into the Manzanita Village Cohousing Community, where I currently live with my wife, Jean Wilcox.

Alice Alexander, Executive Director April 2014 - Jun 2017

Durham Central Park Cohousing, Durham, NC

Alice is driven by her belief in the benefits of creating community, from enriching our lives, to reducing our environmental impact, to increasing economic sustainability. This belief is reflected in all that she has done: in volunteer leadership service and professional executive staffing for myriad nonprofit organizations. Alice is a proud co-founder of Durham Central Park Cohousing Community, which self developed a 24-unit building in downtown Durham, NC. Originally from Northern Virginia, with some time in Ohio, Alice moved to Durham in 2001 and immediately felt at home. Alice is a baby boomer with a need to make an impact and can think of no better investment than to serve Coho/US.


Pam Gilchrist

Pam is a member of the Sand River Cohousing community in Santa Fe, NM where she has served as the liaison between the developers and the initial residents. Having lived in a variety of intentional communities, she is enthused about co-housing concepts and the synergistic blend of private and community life. She sees co-housing as a way to live more sustainably on our beleaguered Earth; she aspires to do what she can to spread the word.

Bill Hartzell

Bill Hartzell

The Hundredfold Farm Community, Gettysburg, PA

Having met his future wife at a cooperative house at the University of Michigan, it just seemed right that about the time Bill & Sandy started a family, they discovered cohousing in 1990. Bill sometimes jokingly refers to himself as a “serial communitarian” having been involved with three different cohousing communities at different stages of development. Since 1997 Bill has been intimately involved with the creation of the first cohousing community in Pennsylvania – The Hundredfold Farm Community. With 20 plus years of cohousing experience his passion for and belief in the importance of community has only deepened. As a board member Bill is enthusiastically looking forward to working with others who share that passion or are looking to discover it for themselves.

Richard Kohlhaas

Richard Kohlhaas

Casa Verde Commons, Colorado Springs, CO

Richard is a founding member of Casa Verde Commons beginning in 1999. He has a PhD in electrical engineering and is a retired US Air Force officer and business owner. At Casa Verde, he served on the HOA board for six years and is currently business manager. He is also on the finance, maintenance, and landscape maintenance teams, and serves as security manager and workshop manager.

Laura Fitch

Laura Fitch

Pioneer Valley Cohousing, Amherst, MA

Laura Fitch is a principal with Kraus-Fitch Architects, Inc. in Amherst, Massachusetts and a 16-year resident of Pioneer Valley Cohousing. Kraus-Fitch Architects specializes in energy-efficient building design for homes, commercial properties, and smart growth communities. They have worked on programming, schematic design, and/or full services on over two-dozen cohousing communities across North America.