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 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.

Philip Dowds - Treasurer

New England Region
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.

Cindy Turnquist - Secretary

Mountain Region
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.

Jim Leach - Board Member

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.

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.

Karen Gimnig - Board Member

Southeast Region
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.

Ty Albright - Board Member

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. Now retired from his corporate real estate job Ty is working to bring Cohousing to Texas. 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 helps people form cohousing groups. 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

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.

Linda Herman - Board Member

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.

Alan O'Hashi - Board Member

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.

Angela Sanguinetti, Ph.D. - Board Member

West Region
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.