Coho/US Board

MapMeet the committed, generous individuals who steer the Cohousing Association of the United States. We are always on the lookout for people who have time to commit to Coho/US, as well as a passion for community and cohousing. If you feel called to participate as a Board member, you can download the Board Application Packet. If interested, please send a completed application to president [at] cohous [dot] org. Thank you for your interest.

To see who has served on our Board (or as a staff member) in the past, click here.

Peter Lazar - President

MidAtlantic Region
Shadowlake Village (Blacksburg, VA)

Peter Lazar is active in the cohousing movement, giving talks on the subject and leading tours. He and his wife, Molly, are founders of Emerson Commons Cohousing, which is working to build a 26 home cohousing neighborhood near Charlottesville, Virginia. For the past 11 years, Peter, his wife, and their two daughters, aged 12 and 14, have lived in Shadowlake Village Cohousing in Blacksburg, Virginia. On the work-front, Peter is an award-winning technology entrepreneur, and has been involved in the Web since its inception. He received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia in 1993.

Linda Herman - Vice President

West Region
Lagunitas, California

Linda first dreamt of cohousing (even tho she didn’t know that term) when she was 18, living communally in college in the wilds of Amherst, MA. She thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to grow old together with my friends, have a great house to gather in and have my own little place?” Who knew that decades later, she would pursue a 2nd career in design, that led her to become a development consultant with her own consulting firm, Linda Herman Consulting. Over the past 15 years, the firm has completed projects for religious institutions, non-profit organizations and senior cohousing communities. Her first senior-cohousing project in Oakland, Phoenix Commons, completed in 2016 and she is working with an organization in Portland on an innovative model for elder residential care blended with cohousing principles. Linda’s education includes a B.S. from the Univ of Massachusetts/Amherst and B.A. in Interior Design from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Knowing she wanted to develop senior cohousing, she completed the Bay Area Ross Program in Real Estate, in association with the Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC. Linda is a certified Senior Co-Housing Facilitator, and LEED-Accredited Professional. In her spare time, she dances, hikes and gardens in lovely west Marin County, CA.

Jim Leach - Vice President

Mountain Region
Silver Sage Village, Boulder, Colorado

Jim Leach is president of Wonderland Hill Development Company and has lead the company in
developing over 20 cohousing communities in the Colorado, California, Arizona, and Washington. He is
a builder with over 50 years of experience in the design, construction and development of sustainable,
planned neighborhoods.
Jim and his wife Brownie live in Silver Sage Cohousing in Boulder, CO. where they have been creatively
participating in and learning about the senior cohousing living experience for the past ten years.

Ty Albright - Treasurer

Southcentral Region
Carrollton (suburb of Dallas), Texas

Ty Albright is an Artist, Gardner, and Theologian with 30+ years’ experience in Commercial Real Estate; most of it with GE Capital Commercial Real Estate. He lives in Carrollton (Dallas) Texas. Ty is a graduate of Katie McCamant’s 500 Communities program and is a trained Cohousing Development Professional. He works as a real estate Project Manager for various projects and is currently involved with development of low cost community neighborhoods in rural (Sulphur) Oklahoma for people who want to down shift their lives to an affordable location. He is also a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker. Currently in the USA we have a large demographic shift with retiring baby boomers who need living solutions for their next phase of life. Ty understands alternative housing solutions and living strategies including the emerging “downshifting” and "right shifting" lifestyle choices. Contact Ty: ty [at] texascohousing [dot] info 214-336-7952

Alan O'Hashi - Secretary

Mountain Region
Silver Sage (Boulder, Colorado)

I have a diverse professional background beginning with a career in city and tribal management and land use planning in Wyoming. After moving to Colorado my interest evolved into nonprofit fund development, including several years building Habitat for Humanity homes. I also served a term on the city of Boulder Planning Board and recently completed a stint on the Boulder Affordable Housing Working Group. After being laid off a job I grew tired of working for marginally competent bosses, and took some production classes at the local public access TV station and am now Executive Director at Back Country Media and haven't looked back. I'm currently producing two documentaries about cohousing - having lived at Silver Sage Village for six years. I look forward to helping move cohousing into the mainstream.

Mary Kraus - Board Member

North East
Pioneer Valley (Amherst, MA)

Mary Kraus, AIA, LEED BD+C is a cohousing architect and facilitator who has worked with over two dozen communities in the US and Canada over the past thirty years. She was a founding board member of the Cohousing Network (now Coho US). She would like to expand cohousing in this country, so that more people can enjoy this way of living and find ways to support communities to thrive. She lives at Pioneer Valley Cohousing, the first cohousing community in the eastern US, where she can be found preparing dinner in the common house kitchen with her cook team.

Steven Ablondi

Steven Ablondi - Board Member

Memel, South Africa

Steven Ablondi is creating senior cohousing as a promoter and developer in Memel, a town in the Drakensburg mountains of South Africa. He feels much can be done to reduce the amount of time necessary to create cohousing communities and has purchased land, received municipal permits and planted organic gardens and orchards for clusters of homes to be built with natural materials and using alternative energy. Steven has had field assignments with the United Nations in Cambodia, Bosnia and Angola. He is a graduate of the Northfield Mt. Hermon School, Wesleyan University and Vermont Law School. He makes his home with his wife on Lake Champlain in America and in the Memel Drakensburg in South Africa.

Ann Lehman - Board Member

Northwest Region
PDX Commons (Portland, Oregon)

Annie, raised on the East Coast, has worked in the public interest arena for more than 35 years as a lawyer, executive director and community organizer. She started her career running a storefront legal office in Portland, Oregon geared to seniors. Annie, with her late husband, started Zimmerman Lehman, a consulting group assisting nonprofits in forging sustainable futures. For 20 years, she worked as a policy specialist on gender equity for the City of San Francisco. When not off hiking and exploring, she continues as principal of Zimmerman Lehman. She recently returned to Portland to help in forming PDX Commons, a senior cohousing due to open April 2017, fulfilling her long-standing dream to live in an intentional community.