MEET THE MEMBERS

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We did not know we wanted to meet each other but here we are, creating an intentional community where decisions come from the collective genius of its members talents and experiences. Ralston Creek Cohousers are a group of people who ended up with a common vision.

Victoria Baker

I am a nurse-midwife with four sons, but I have never been pregnant. I have one of those newfangled families, so you’ll just have to ask me for the details. I have practiced obstetrics and public health nursing in New York City, Los Angeles, Nicaragua, and Denver. Now I teach nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners on the web. I live in Colorado, but my students and colleagues live all over the US, and sometimes beyond! I enjoy sewing, reading, and movies, especially superhero movies. I love that Wonder Woman got her own movie. Finally! I like to go out to eat with the kids and grandkids. Most of all, I like to snuggle with my spouse (Bob Clemans) or our cats. The kids, the grandkids, the cats, and I all agree that Bob is the best backscratcher ever.

I can’t wait for the Gatehouse to open and I can move in with the rest of the Ralston Creek CoHousers! We have been working with Norbert, our developer, watching him create a walkable, sustainable community of new neighbors and friends for me to meet.  Read More…

Bob Clemans

I am retired now, and I spend lots of visiting friends, traveling with my wife (Tori Baker), and hanging out with our 6 grandkids. Before I retired I had an interesting career, where I developed an ecological consulting firm, taught high school, supervised a biological pest control lab, and managed data and made maps for the US Forest Service. I love to hike, hunt, and fish. I have taught hunter education to Colorado’s youth for more than 30 years. I am building a muzzle loading rifle to shoot at competitions held at reenactments of mountain man trading rendezvous.

The sustainability technology of Geos fascinates me. I hope that our community built on leading edge technology will provide leadership in Colorado and beyond for low impact living. I look forward to working with others over the years as Ralston Creek and Geos roll out into a global example of a walkable, sustainable neighborhood.

Norbert Klebl

I have had the great fortune to bring together my passion for sustainability and community with my skills as a businessperson and an engineer. I worked in international business for 25 years. Then I began to design low-impact housing developments, starting with a resort in Western Samoa. I followed my son to Colorado nearly 20 years ago, and I love the outdoors opportunities to bike, hike, and ski. I have been contributing technology to co-housing and single family developments in Colorado for the last 15 years. The Geos Neighborhood in Arvada is my vision of a Smart Living Community thriving sustainably, with healthy homes and residents. Having grown up in Austria, I value a close-knit community, where everyone walks to friends, family, and services. Ralston Creek CoHousing already feels like home. We members embrace sustainability, walkability, and community. We design for the greater good, and each of its parts shines.

Jannette Wesley

Carol Lubich

Although I grew up near Pittsburgh, I’ve called Colorado home for 21 years, which I believe qualifies me for “semi-native” status. I love it here and plan to stay forever.

I stumbled upon co-housing by way of an article in the local paper and a light bulb immediately went off that this was a great fit for my life. My current home, also in Arvada, is in a wonderful neighborhood, but I miss the sense of community and closeness with my neighbors that I feel co-housing would fulfill. The RCCH group is very impressive in their dedication, hard work and organization and I’m excited to see how this develops as plans move forward.

I currently work full time as a registered nurse at UC Health in the Neurology clinic, but have worked in many medical specialties, including Newborn ICU, Labor and Delivery, Poison Control and Denali National Park clinic in Alaska. I’ve probably got a few more years of work ahead of me, but in my free time, I love to explore Colorado (especially hot springs!), read, travel (curtailed due to COVID right now),volunteer at our local animal shelter, sip wine and raise Monarch butterflies.

Joan Barrett

I moved to Denver a few years after college with a degree in nursing and a love of travel.  I planned to work in Colorado for a couple years and then move on to other cool places, experiencing the world.  However every time I considered going elsewhere, the pull and love of Colorado and my friends kept me happily here. It’s so beautiful and I feel lucky to have landed in a place that feels so right for me.

I bought a house built in 1898 and have renovated and refreshed it several times in the almost 40 years I have called it home.  The old homes on our block have porches and no garages.  We sit out in the evening, we see each other come and go and we are more connected than most neighborhoods.  We were especially so when the children were little.

I love the connection and caring that we built in our neighborhood.  As children grew up and neighbors moved on, that connection has become diluted.  I have a few friends that live in Cohousing communities and have considered making the move to Cohousing over several years.  I still love my home and my neighbors and yet the pull of creating intentional community particularly with this group of caring, committed and creative people is stronger.  Living in a carbon neutral home is also a big plus.

I haven’t downhill skied in years, but would like to get back to it.  Now part time at work, there is more time for playing, hiking, traveling with friends and cooking up all kinds of fun “without adult supervision.”  When we move in I will bring along my insane cat and the sweet one too.  I’m pleased my daughter is also joining us at Ralston Creek and wouldn’t mind at all if a few dear friends joined us too (hint)!

Lisa Barrett

As you will soon see, if it has four legs (or even three, we don’t judge here!) and a tail, I am sure to love it. I have a grumpy old man of a horse named Lucky, who lives two miles up the road from Geos. Lucky is basically my big dog; he is retired from riding, but loves to get brushed, babied, go for walks and hang out with his horse buddies. I have a nutty orange tabby cat named Pirate Jack and will hug and fuss over your dogs. I like writing stories and am taking some writing classes as I begin the process of plotting something I would eventually like to publish. I like the idea of community and developing relationships as we build our community. I’m drawn to Geos for several reasons. The location is particularly appealing as it is on the creek with miles of walking trails and access to nature.

Jim & Isabel Partin

Jim grew up in Phoenix, AZ after his family moved there from Ohio in 1963. He graduated from Northern AZ University (NAU) in 1979 and entered the USAF in 1980. After military service, he went to work as a pilot for American Airlines in 1986. Isabel (who was born and raised in Trinidad, CO and is also a graduate of NAU).  She and Jim were married in 1995 and continued to live for a short time in Arizona until moving to New Hampshire in 1998. They continued living there until he retired from American Airlines in 2016. They purchased a lot in Pucón, Chile in 2006 and built a net-zero home there in 2016.They are currently living in Chile and are looking forward to having the best of both worlds by having a co-housing residence (which resonates with our Earth-friendly lifestyle!) in Colorado to be near friends and family living in the Denver area.

Barbara Coeyman

Barbara Coeyman

In her role as an Accredited Interim Minister in the Unitarian Universalist Association over the past twenty years, Barbara Coeyman has lived in many areas of this country: in Muncie IN; Lancaster PA; Reston VA; Carlisle PA; Salt Lake City UT; Littleton CO; Stony Brook NY; Bridgewater MA; Portsmouth NH; Austin TX; and Portland OR. Prior to ministry she was based in Pittsburgh PA. After graduating from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in 2001, she briefly also served as staff chaplain for Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capitol Region.

Before her life in ministry, Barbara was Professor of Music History at West Virginia University, where her interests included Baroque music, women’s studies, and early music performance. At WVU she also worked in academic administration and completed a Master’s degree in Public Management at Carnegie Mellon University, learning which comes in very handy in ministry and many other arenas of life.

Barbara continues to follow her passion for history, now in the subject matter of liberal religion. She volunteers in several organizations dedicated to preserving the history of Unitarian Universalism and she loves planning and running history meetings and conferences, online and in person. For the past ten years Barbara has also been actively engaged in the Center for Courage and Renewal, an institute based on the writing of Quaker Parker Palmer which promotes deep listening and compassionate communication. As a credentialed facilitator, she leads workshops and retreats following the program “Circles of Trust.”

Barbara enjoys hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities; environmental activism; needlework; playing music; and social dancing, particularly contradance and English Country Dance. She has two children, Patrick, of Austin TX; and Amanda, who is married to Abbey. They have one child, Danny, and currently live in Aurora CO.

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