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Hearthstone Members
Hearthstone members -- July 4th, 2001

Hearthstone is made up of people from all walks of life, each of whom brings something unique and valuable to the community experience. So who are we? A sampling of short bios for some of our members follows.

Patty was born in Manhattan and grew up in Florida. She went to school on the east coast, then came to Colorado in the summer of '66 and never left. She worked as a book editor for about 20 years, went back to school for a master's in social work, and currently works as a case manager for developmentally disabled adults. She is still glad she made the switch! Patty is very fond of the natural world. She can often be found admiring clouds or watching lightning; she has had some especially excellent adventures rafting and hiking in the Grand Canyon. She is also a dance fan and likes an eclectic mix of music. She has loved the idea of cohousing ever since seeing a TV show about it back in the '80s.

Sheana, Paul, Adam and Kenna
Sheana and Paul met as Peace Corps Volunteers working in Paraguay in the late 1980s. There they developed a shared value for cooperative living in small communities. After spending way too many years in graduate education, they seized an opportunity to move to Denver, where Sheana works as a medical sociologist for the AMC Cancer Research Center and Paul works as a Speech and Language Pathologist at Children's Hospital. Their greatest joys and commitments are to their children Adam, born in November 1998, and Kenna, born in August 2001, so, while they share a passion for the outdoors, and love to hike, ski (downhill and telemark) and bike, they are always on the lookout for family-oriented outdoor activities and look forward to sharing them with cohousing neighbors.

Kathryn has recently become an empty nester. She works in an inner city pediatric clinic as a physician's assistant. Her avocation is Central American activism. She strives to keep active, gardening and biking to counteract all the calories from exquisite chocolate.

Aaron is a retired professor. His interests include music (classical, opera, jazz), ballet, literature, history, politics and cohousing -- a great idea for our segmented society.

Harriet came to Hearthstone by way of Madison, WI, Missoula, Boulder, and Arvada. She has worked as a teacher, librarian, income tax preparer, and currently, a career counselor for welfare clients, employed by Jefferson County. Harriet likes to garden with native plants and reads everything. She has a daughter in Eugene who recently finished her master's in folklore and two sisters who live in Manhattan. Harriet is extremely excited about cohousing and is counting the days.

Honey, Paul, Katherine, and Jessica
Honey and Paul have been living and working in the central Denver community for 25 years, except when they were in the foreign service in Bangladesh. Paul has been in several productions at Germinal Stage Denver and other community theater groups. He was the executive director of the Uptown Partnership and a "Community Builder" with HUD. He has an MS in engineering from DU. He has also been a general contractor and carpenter and has built a few "Pro Rally" race cars. Honey has volunteered for many non-profit organizations and is a founding board member of Family Star and Montessori Early Childhood Education in Northeast and Northwest Denver. She has worked with veterinarians for 15 years, most recently as VP Acquisitions for National Veterinary Associates. She has an MBA from DU and is a CPA. Daughters Jessica and Katherine grew up in Mitchell Montessori Elementary School. Jessica is now a sophomore at Smith College. Katherine is a junior at East High School and plays the oboe with Colorado Honor Band. They are avid skiers/boarders, campers and lovers of Southern Utah.

Will and Stephani
Will lived in informal cohousing throughout his childhood as his mother continually rented rooms in their home to a variety of fascinating individuals. He has been fortunate to have had the opportunity for extensive travels and adventures, something he still enjoys as often as possible. At 27 years old, Will practices massage and other wellness therapies through his business, Holistic Bodyworks. He enjoys yoga, biking, sailing, gardening and being in nature. He appreciates the type of community that cohousing aspires to as well as the ecological and economic benefits. Stephani is a native to Denver. She has been a practicing massage and movement therapist for six years. She is also a classically trained singer and is greatly interested in all the arts. Stephani has a passion for cooking, especially using wonderful organic foods. She loves travel, yoga, biking with Will on their tandem bicycle, reading and enjoying family and friends. To Stephani, cohousing seems like a great opportunity to learn, grow, stretch, pool resources and possibly raise a child or two.

Howard grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. After completing his BS in business administration at the University of Nebraska, he moved to Colorado in 1977. He loves the outdoors and hiking with his two dogs, Yukon and Lady. He has had a 25-year career with the federal government with his favorites of working at Rocky Mountain National Park and currently being a contracting officer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Howard also has been a bartender, volunteer firefighter, and B&B owner, and he feels he can contribute a lot to community and cohousing.

Gretchen, Jake and Zoe
Gretchen was born in Erie, PA. She taught lacemaking techniques and sold lacemaking supplies for a number of years and still organizes classes for groups of lacemakers at several European venues. Since the fall of 1999, she has been running the computer lab at Brown Elementary School in north Denver. Jake was born in St. Louis, MO. He was a radio announcer in the Denver area for about 20 years (mostly KOSI and KVOD), and now records books and magazine articles for the Talking Books for the Blind program. Zoe was born in Changsha, Hunan, China (Mao's hometown), in August 1992. She moved to Denver in August 1995 and is now a second grader at Steele Elementary School in Denver.

Lynn is originally from California and moved to Colorado in 1969. She completed her undergraduate degree and obtained her graduate degree in Counseling in Colorado Springs. She then moved to Denver because at the time, she felt she'd pretty much exhausted the mental health job market in the Springs. After working in a variety of settings with a wide range of different types of clients, she is now in private practice as a psychotherapist and has been in the mental health field for over 25 years. She is an animal lover, animal rights advocate and sometimes, activist. She also loves the mountains, the ocean, Nature and the outdoors in general. Prior to moving to Colorado, she traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and has been in approximately 35 countries. She has been interested in cohousing since learning about it in the mid-1990s.

Bruce and Joanne
Bruce and Jo met at the University of Minnesota in the 50s, married, had three sons and moved to Colorado in 1977. Bruce has been a Jr. High science teacher, a counselor of college students, and an Episcopal priest. Jo has been a public health nurse, volunteer in you-name-it, and senior editor at a small Denver publishing company. They are both retired and looking for ways to stretch and grow as individuals while enjoying the benefits of relating to a variety of adults and children. After hearing about Cohousing in the mid-90s, they were excited to learn about Hearthstone's new venture in our very own city.

Elizabeth's work history began in the corn fields and canning factories of northern Illinois. After those experiences, she saw the value of higher education and became an educator. First, she taught high school English and journalism. Then she got some higher degrees in counseling and psychology in Colorado and Southern California. After too many years at the University of Northern Colorado, she left academia and began working with elders. She hopes to continue similar work when she returns to Colorado. She enjoys stimulating conversation, reading (especially mysteries), traveling (particularly Latin America), live theatre, movies, ballet, looking at and being in mountains, and politics. She wishes her Spanish were better and believes toilet paper should go over the top of the roll. She enjoys philosophical questions and lately has been wondering if George W. is a "compassionate" conservative, what are the other conservatives?

Rick, Lotte and Annabelle
This trio of soon-to-be-transplants from California fell in love with the Hearthstone community on one of their cohousing treks in early fall of 2000. They're especially looking forward to cooking for the community and enjoy group garden projects, too. Lotte has spent most of her life working for non-profits in one capacity or another. Most recently, she spent 8 years working in a Tibetan Buddhist center in the Bay Area. Rick has been a painter and master lithographer for more than 15 years. The move to Denver will mean a switch from lithography to full-time painting, which is both scary and exciting! Rick also has great woodworking skills which should come in handy...And, last but not least, Annabelle is their slightly-nervous-but-sweet tabby-cat.

Tom grew up in northern Wisconsin and migrated to Boulder with his family in 1957. There he graduated from Boulder High School and the University of Colorado with a BS in Business (accounting major). After that Tom accepted a job as an internal auditor and also completed programmer training at IBM. When Uncle Sam called up the Air National Guard, he spent a year in Viet Nam as an administrative specialist. On return from overseas, he became a programmer and systems analyst working primarily on payroll and benefits. After numerous years in Information Systems, Tom helped create a Human Resource Information Center. There he worked with employee data and system security, as well as writing ad hoc computer reports. Then after surviving a downsizing, a merger, and too many long, stressful days at work, he decided to take early retirement. Now Tom is enjoying his freedom, but spends some of his time volunteering for the Red Cross and Rocky Mountain Road Runners, as well as tutoring math at McClain Community High School. He also enjoys activities such as swimming, biking, skiing, working out, line dancing and participating in a wide variety of events with a singles club. Traveling is a big interest for him as he's been in all 50 states and about 20 foreign countries. For many years Tom participated in sports car rallying as a navigator and has completed seven Great Races, antique car rallies from coast to coast. He's also interested in genealogy and hopes to spend more time discovering the origin of his family name. Tom was introduced to cohousing by friends that live at Harmony Village in Golden and looks forward to interacting with all the interesting people in the Hearthstone community.

John, Kellie and David
John Connell and Kellie Teter were both born in Denver. This makes their son, David a rare 100% Denverite. Kellie is a Health Educator with Women's Health Section of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She has a bachelors degree in Sociology and also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from CU Denver, neither of which she uses in her job. John manages contracts related to mobile sources of air pollution for the USEPA and has bachelors degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, which he does not use in his job either. David has successfully managed to avoid obtaining any degrees during his first three years of life.

Kellie and John met after John returned from serving in the Peace Corps in Tunisia in 1990. They are involved in a number of volunteer activities, including Denver Kids (a one-on-one mentoring program through Denver Public Schools), facilitating a sexuality education class for junior high kids at their church, and the local toy library. Other interests include: sustainable development, cooking, movies, politics, education, participating in the training in individual and organizational effectiveness and communication offered by Landmark Education Inc., hiking, skiing, running and just about anything concerning kids. Kellie and John are both thrilled to be part of Hearthstone and David has been telling absolutely everyone, "WE are moving to cohousing!!"

Zoe and Dennis
Zoe and Dennis met in Kansas City, MO, the halfway point between two worlds known as Ladysmith, BC in Canada and the Bronx, New York. Zoe was getting her BFA in Dance and Dennis his MFA in Acting and Directing in the Theatre Arts Program at UMKC. Within a year and a half they made their eternal commitment and after completing their university studies, Zoe and Dennis were on their way to Boulder, CO where Zoe was determined to become a certified Rolfer and supplement her dancing with a Rolfing and massage practice as well as volunteer as an infant massage instructor. Dennis decided to take a much-needed break from the rigors of the theatre, and after seven years of intense studies, jumped into the business workforce and moved up to his current management position for a Physician referral service. Zoe is very proud of her childhood community in Canada and is extremely excited at the prospect of recreating those aspects in the cohousing environment. Both Dennis and Zoe are looking forward to starting a family in the next few years and see the decision to join Hearthstone as the much-needed step to make this prospect a reality.

Currently, Dennis is volunteering as a bilingual ESL literacy tutor for the Boulder Reads Program and is ready to come out of theatrical retirement. He has just received a Colorado Statement of Eligibility for a drama teacher's license and in the next two years, look for this neighbor teaching at a high school, directing, or who knows -- maybe even acting at a theatre near you. Zoe has been very busy with her Rolfing practice in Denver and Boulder as well as her many dance projects. She is currently dancing with the Hannah Khan Dance Company and Jumpstart Productions in Denver as well as the Open Door Dance Theatre in Boulder. She hopes to continue these activities in full force. Most importantly, Zoe and Dennis feel fortunate to be literally neighbors with two very good friends, Ali and Alex. "We look forward to extending our friendship with Ali and Alex to the whole cohousing community."

Alex, Alison and Muddy
Alex and Alison feel that they have stumbled upon one of the best-kept secrets in Colorado! They feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to grow as a couple, hopefully a family, and as people in such a wonderful village as Hearthstone. With them, they will bring their adorable little cocker spaniel named Muddy, Alex's newly found passion for the violin and Alison's creativity, crafty style and explosive ability in the kitchen (ask Dennis). Alex is a native of Las Vegas and Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, is learning Spanish, and loves new adventures. Alison has lived in Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Arizona and Germany. She is a beginner acoustic guitar player, loves children, crafts and baking things like biscotti, cookies, and cakes and generally having fun and laughing lots. They both currently work in Boulder. Alex is a multimedia content designer and Alison is a branch manager for a local staffing agency. The couple met while attending the Occupational Therapy program at Colorado State University and while they have yet to use the degree, they both feel blessed to have met each other. As a couple they enjoy traveling (most recently to Brazil for two weeks), hiking, biking, running, picnicking and camping as well as dinners with friends, playing games, watching movies and reading anything from Harry Potter to Buddhist teachings.

Muddy is a year and a half old and has one desire and passion in life... his tennis ball.

Susan is a social worker and is employed as a program administrator for State Child Welfare, a division of the Colorado Department of Human Services. From Springfield, Illinois, Susan came to Denver two decades ago. Hobbies include letting her dog in and out her back door, eating-out and watching movies. She likes the water and loves to camp, sail and canoe on Colorado's lakes and rivers. She roller blades, bicycles and hikes in the summertime and is a cross-country skier in the winter. She considers herself a backpacker, but just hasn't done it lately. She studies eastern spirituality and meditates and is a "sometimes" student of yoga. It was on her recent trip to India that Susan realized that she wanted to live a more "linked-in" existence, so she looked up the Hearthstone cohousing group upon her return home and shortly after, became a member.

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