Roberto & Rosa
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Elina Coulter, Paul Chaffee, & Laszlo Chaffee
Cathy loves to travel and enjoys traveling with her family. Never one to shy away from new people, outgoing might be an understatement. Chatty Cathy might also apply. She is currently the master of all things volunteer, and helps with everything from school-based activities to after school, and (gasp!) before school Jazz activities. She is willing to try most things and enjoys learning about almost everything. Having lived in cohousing at Blueberry Hill in VA, she knows she enjoys what cohousing offers and can't wait until a cohousing project gets going here in Marin.
John is a co-instigator of this project. His wife Cathy and him have been "chasing the dream" since they met almost 20 years ago and attended one of Katie & Chuck's Berkeley lectures. For three years they lived in DC, and were part of Blueberry Hill Cohousing. It was a great experience to raise their girls there, and they still keep in touch with their old neighbors., especially their youngest's godmother. Professionally, John is a Program Manager for a large healthcare organization, with an education in architecture and construction management. He also serves on Novato's RCCS (Parks) Commission. His career has taken his family all over the US, and he's even had the good fortune to live overseas a few years: Italy (college), Honduras, Micronesia and Germany. He's long wanted to start a community here, and has been seriously trying to make this happen for the past couple years. He believes this group has the passion and understanding to finally make a community in Marin real.
Judy is passionate about engaging our whole selves and enrolling others for the sake of creative, transformational, joy filled community living. She moved to Marin in 2007 and couldn't understand why finding a place to live was so hard. It took her 3 trips to the area to finally find a barely affordable condo to rent which called her to work for housing needs for all workers and residents of Marin. Judy is a certified Co-Active Coach using her 25 plus years’ experience as an ordained Pastor and Spiritual Director, a certificate in Spirituality, Health and Medicine, training in Capacitar trauma wellness techniques and her participation in the Coaches Training Institute's Leadership program with her Quest of establishing Cohousing in Marin. She is a cultural creative that has combined spirituality, the expressive arts, health sciences and her own healing journey into a passion for cultivating creativity, empowering courageous action, transformation and flourishing in life.
Rebecca is an astonished senior, loves dogs and horses, and is a renegade Buddhist, tax professional and computer system development consultant. She looks forward to authentic communication in the context of community.
Thomas is passionate about living in a sustainable, joyful community with creative neighbors who share his love of hiking along the shore and in the nearby hills, cooking, singing, and caring for each other. Thomas is an experienced project manager used to working on projects to protect the environment. A go-getter, he is interested in getting things done in an efficient manner. He is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin. Currently serving as Vice President of the Board of Trustees and a Committee Chair. He also sings in the choir. One of his interests is running weekend retreats at Walker Creek Ranch in West Marin. Living in cohousing seems like being on a permanent retreat.
Rob and Rosa are Northern California natives who have come to appreciate what Marin has to offer. When not working or caring for their infant daughter, they enjoy hiking, trail running, camping, backpacking, and other outdoor pursuits. They also enjoy travel, cooking, and working on projects. Rob is a cynical idealist and Rosa is a idealistic realist, and both have experience with cooperative living. Both are looking forward to putting down deeper roots in the North Bay.
Paul is a statistician and Elina teaches parent-child music classes and runs a business. Laszlo is in fourth grade. We love the idea of cohousing because it’s a sensible way to live. Children have built-in playmates, babysitters and adopted aunties, uncles and grandparents. We all get needed face-to-face contact with other humans, working together to build, cook, craft, exercise and just enjoy one another’s company. Cohousing offers the perfect balance of privacy and community, and we can’t wait to be part of it!!