We are a diverse group of individuals and families in our first year of creating our home together. Learn about some of our members below.
Angie moved to Denver from Washington, D.C., with her husband Jeff in August 2017. Aria Cohousing is their first home in Colorado. Angie is an associate professor of journalism at University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to that, she was on the journalism faculty of American University. Angie teaches and does research on race and identity issues in the news media, and also writes literary nonfiction and memoir. Her first book, The Four Words for Home, grew out of her post-9/11 reporting about a family with roots in the U.S. and Afghanistan, and parallels with her own Chinese immigrant family from Taiwan. Angie was a staff writer for The Oregonian, The Hartford Courant, and the Los Angeles Times. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to writing and teaching, Angie likes to practice Iyengar yoga, explore her new home state by hiking and taking roadtrips with Jeff, as well as cook and bake, especially with and for her fellow cohousers.
After years of independent living, I wanted to know my neighbors better. Cohousing met my expectation of being with like-minded friends. After meetings to develop Aria for several years, the renovated convent in northwest Denver became our Aria Cohousing Community in August 2017.
I enjoy urban living and wanted to stay in Denver. It offers all the amenities I like, and has more I hope to enjoy. I like films, US & foreign. I'm in a few book clubs and volunteer weekly at a bookstore in my former neighborhood where I've been in a senior ballet exercise program for a long time.
Travels abroad have been wonderful, too. Now, Aria provides opportunities for me to be as involved as I'd been formerly. The people here have many of my values. I am fortunate to be in an inter-generational, diverse and accepting community.
No one who knows me was surprised to hear about my plan to move into co-housing. My first experience with intentional community was in college as part of the Johnston Center at University of Redlands in California. At Johnston a group of 150+ students commit to a “living-learning community” of academics and dorm living where all community/living/academic program decisions are made by consensus. Not long after graduating from the Johnston Center and moving to Takoma Park, MD outside of Washington, DC, I noticed a group of new, beautiful townhomes nearby—that was the newly opened Takoma Village Cohousing. I remember reading about the community and walking around the courtyard, and I’ve been wanting to live in cohousing ever since!
Besides California, Maryland, and DC, I’ve lived in Albuquerque (briefly), Minneapolis, and New York City. I was born and raised in Arizona and moved from DC to Denver in April 2015 to be closer to my family and live in sunshine again. My first career was in political activism and I worked on political campaigns and for non-profit advocacy organizations for several years. In 2006 I needed a change so I started working in another passion of mine, HIV prevention, and that led me to graduate school in public health in NYC. I worked for national health organizations in DC for a few years and now work at Denver Public Health managing and planning youth health programs.
I’m a first-time homebuyer and live in a 1-bedroom with my cat. I enjoy having coffee, brunches, and just random chats with my neighbors when we see each other in and around the building. I'm passionate about the intersections of social justice and public health, addressing health disparities, LGBTQ+ youth health, puns, and making yoga accessible to all.
I am someone who believes in the power of possibility and that with the right perspective, we can achieve incredible things. I have experienced that deep and meaningful relationships are a central component to the human experience.
A Few Eccentricities: I have been to over 30 countries, I lived in an anarchist commune in New Orleans for several months, I used to be a DJ on the radio, I was the lead singer in a punk rock band and I used to work on the Alaska Railroad
Hobbies: Wood working, carpentry, yoga, writing music, pulling pranks with my wife, traveling, meditation, designing and visiting hot springs.
Hi, I'm Cadence. I'm a baby. I keep it pretty simple as far as hobbies go....I like to play, sleep, eat and get messy. I'm so thankful to be raised in community with people who help teach me how to live in this world. I can wave....and clap.
One time I was at daycare and one of my friends bit me.
What else do you want to know about me? I just started crawling. I'm a big proponent of Medicare For All. I sometimes cry when people don't pick me up. I like toys. I'm big into funk music, I like Chaka Khan and James Brown's early work. My favorite song of all time is 'Play That Funky Music' by Wild Cherry.
I found my passion for community while living abroad on the Thai-Burma border, and became passionate about pursuing a life in the states that included intentional community, fulfilling work and a commitment to social justice. As the Director of Community Engagement for the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, I work to bridge the gap between higher education and the community, building partnerships with organizations creating change in their communities, and designing experiences that promote dialogue and social justice. I’m also passionate about travel, adventure and exploring the outdoors. With a new baby in our lives, my partner Adam and I are embracing a different way of life, and are especially excited about raising a little one in community.
I read books, ride my bicycle,& play basketball. I highly recommend a recent book by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga called the “Courage to be Disliked”. Written in the form of a Socratic dialog between a skeptical youth and a philosopher, it asks ‘can each of us live our life to the fullest without making excuses”?
My bikes consist of a Cannondale road bike & a roadie made at Chocolate Spokes Bike shop by Gregory Crichlow. I love these bikes.
I play on a senior women’s basketball team called the Colorado Longshots and we compete at senior tournaments around the country.
I’ve worked for 20 years at Tattered Cover Books, currently at our Lodo store. I volunteer at the Rocky Mountain Land Library and have facilitated a Transgender 101 workshop at the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference for the past 12 years.
I really like to live at Aria because it’s got a great feeling of community that teaches me a lot about other people as well as surprising insights into myself.
My introduction to cohousing began when I was born the youngest of four girls. At Kansas State University I lived in a dorm and really liked seeing the same people daily. A dream I've had is to live on a campus. Another experience akin to cohousing has been to have various people for undefined amounts of time living with us. I was born and raised in Maryland by Kansas natives. I have lived in various places including: Kansas, Oklahoma, New Zealand, and just before Denver, we lived in Philadelphia, PA. Now retired, I am pursuing interests in: cohousing, tai chi, making a marimba, downsizing, singing, reading, walking, dancing, playing bridge and other games, knitting, weaving, spinning and supporting efforts for local sourcing and anything about water. My stepson, Jeff, lives with his Italian wife, daughter and son in Germany. Visiting them is another cohousing-like experience.
I’m Hazel and am one of the early members of Aria. I retired in the fall of 2015 after 22 years as an advocate and administrator in the public mental health system, having previously worked in city and regional planning and small town administration. Born in a small town in south Texas, I grew up in San Antonio and went to college in New Orleans. I was married for a few years after college and have lived and worked in New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Pueblo and Green Mountain Falls, CO, before moving to the Denver area in the late 80’s. One of my two adult children lives in Denver with his wife and the other lives in Charlottesville, VA, with his wife and their three children. After many years of caring for a small house and large yard landscaped with low water plants, roses, shrubs and perennials, I’m looking forward to living in a community of people with whom I can share friendship, laughter and common interests and from whom I can learn new skills and interests. Some of my currents interests include: historic preservation and archaeology, camping, social justice issues, travel in Spanish-speaking countries and my decades-long goal to become fluent in Spanish. Now that I have the time, I am exploring volunteer opportunities in those areas of interest.
Born in Wisconsin, I grew up in central Illinois, Urbana being the place I call my hometown. I am the second-oldest of seven children that my mother had over nine years—so I guess you could say we’re all Irish twins! I matriculated at the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1964 and took time out from working on my bachelor’s degree to marry, move to Germany, and raise two boys. I returned to the U of I in 1971 and completed my bachelor’s degree in English and psychology.
I spent most of my parenting years living and working in Atlanta, Georgia. I completed my master’s degree in organizational development at Georgia State University and worked at a non-profit, The Georgia Conservancy, as a database administrator, then took a position at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a library systems analyst. I was hired by Hewlett-Packard as an information technology engineer in the early ‘90s and was relocated to Ft. Collins, Colorado in 2001. I was laid off at H-P about two weeks before the 9-11 terrorist attacks happened in New York and Washington, D.C. Those two events are what initiated my decision to become a Peace Corps volunteer—I was in my early ‘50s then. I was sent to Kenya by the Peace Corps and spent my two years
there in Western Province at Friends College Kaimosi where I taught information and communications technologies and business communications.
Upon returning to the U.S. in September 2004, I took a position with the U.S. Department of State as a contract specialist. I had the honor of being sworn in by the then-Secretary of State, Colin Powell. I worked at both the State Department and the Department of Defense procuring a wide variety of goods and services. I retired from the federal government in 2014 and moved west, to Denver, to be nearer my two sons and granddaughter, Ella.
I am fortunate to live near my family and get to see them often. One son lives part-time in Leadville, so I get to spend time with him at 10,200 feet, taking in the amazing mountain views that Leadville has to offer. My granddaughter is a freshman at Wheat Ridge High School and I get to attend her track meets and mountain biking competitions.
For me, though, the cherry on the top of all my good fortune was to have found this wonderful cohousing community called Aria. I was a bit late to the dance, having found my unit in March of 2017 when I received a call from Leslie telling me that a one-bedroom had just come available. It helped that I was already familiar with the cohousing concept and knew that that was where I would be happiest. I look forward to many happy years together with my Aria cohousers!
Elise Peterson is a California-born gal but has lived in Michigan, Chicago and Florida and now calls Colorado home. On her good days she can be found attending outdoor concerts, road tripping, hiking trails, and scoping out the latest restaurants, food trucks and breweries. On her bad days she is busy getting to all 50 states in the US, plotting her next international adventure, and trying to make the world a better place for her niece and nephew. She is a proud Wolverine (Michigan), Gator (UF) and Ranger (Jesuits or bust) alumna. She considers the best moves in her career to be teaching nursing students, being a travel nurse, volunteering on medical mission trips, and thriving as a nurse in the Pediatric ICU and PACU. Bookstores, networking, friendships, family and good conversation are her jams.
I spent my first nine years growing up in Tucson, Arizona, then a small city in the Sonoran desert, surrounded on three sides by mountains. After living in New York City for the next six years, I was sure I was a New Yorker, even though, much to my dismay, we returned to Tucson.
My family included four kids, and sometimes more. Often, more. Being in a group of people is comfortable and familiar for me, and I also enjoy time to explore on my own. Living in community has been something I’ve enjoyed, briefly in the past, and always wanted more. I’m so glad to have found Aria Cohousing Community.
I fell in love with modern dance after attending a concert by the Alwin Nikolais Company in New York City, and taking classes from dancers in the company at their studios in the Henry Street Settlement House. After returning to Tucson, I danced with the Kadimah Dancers and then joined fellow Arizona dancers for year of performing in Boston with Benita Bike, a choreographer whose company, Benita Bike’s DanceArt, has been based in Los Angeles for many years. We continue to hold reunions in the various places each of us has settled around the country.
The University of Arizona is home to the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, where I worked as an undergraduate and returned to for graduate work after dancing in Boston. Tree-ring work took me to Nevada to study the effect of copper smelter pollution on trees in eastern Nevada, an area that is now included in the Great Basin National Park.
My work life in Colorado focused on leadership training for families of young children with disabilities learning with adults with disabilities. I also worked for the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council, which uses federal funds to make grants to groups in the state doing exemplary work in the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life.
My partner, Joe, and I met while we were part of a large group of Sierra Club members on a service trip in New York City. The combination of city and nature has become essential in my life. I have two sons, both of whom live in Colorado. My oldest son is married and has two children.
I’m a dancer and dance teacher, a scientist, an artist, and an activist in disability rights, racial justice and environmental justice. When I was younger, I vowed I would never lose my idealism. Whether I’ve kept that promise to myself, or not, I do still see people and the world in terms of giftedness and possibility.
I grew up in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, in a small city founded in 1795. In my youth it consisted of many ethnic neighborhoods – Italian, German, Polish, Swedish, and African-American, several streets lined with Victorian mansions, a product of a by-gone lumber-boom era, and many factories. A red-brick silk mill stood a half a block from my house and an engine manufacturing factory that spread over many city blocks, dominated my neighborhood. The sounds remain fixed in my memory: steam-powered whistles announcing the change of shifts for the workers, the constant roaring from the testing of airplane engines, and workers coming and going and stopping at the restaurant across the street. Always, though, there was the backdrop of the mountains, what another Pennsylvanian once called the “hills of home.” I still believe my town in the narrow Susquehanna River Valley was the perfect place to grow up.
At the age of 23 I became a “flatlander” living on the Atlantic Coastal Plain (Maryland and Washington, DC), the Lake Erie Plain (New York), and the North European Plain (Berlin, Germany). I lived long enough in one town in Maryland (Crofton) to write a book about its history (short title: From Sotweed to Suburbia). My daughter was born in western New York but grew up in Maryland and now lives with her husband and two sons in San Francisco. Throughout my flatlander years I taught history, mostly in public high schools, including for five years in a Berlin public school. I cannot imagine enjoying a job more than teaching. Though I have to admit that when my students were taking a test and I had the time to stare out the windows, I sometimes thought, ”I could have been a forest ranger and be out in the mountains somewhere.”
After I retired from teaching and returned to Washington, D.C. I became caught up in the life and work of a German immigrant, Adolf Cluss, the premier architect in Washington during and after the Civil War and, in his twenties, a friend and follower of Karl Marx. I was persuaded to take on a job directing an exhibition project sponsored by six small cultural organizations including one in Germany. We produced exhibitions in Washington and Heilbronn, Germany, two exhibition books, and many public programs. Several years later I decided I was not done yet and began writing a biography of Cluss that is now more than half finished. Someone once told me that maybe Adolf Cluss had chosen me, not the other way around.
When I met Marna on a Sierra Club work trip in New York City in 2010, there was never any question that I would follow her to Denver. Geographers would say that here in Denver I am living on the western edge of the Great Plains. But with our beautiful view at Aria of Long’s Peak and the Flatirons and the short 20 minute ride to the foothills, I feel like I am, at last, back in the mountains.