Members, Explorers, Friends, Family
Elizabeth: a retired pediatric physical therapist and avid traveler who loves Eugene for all it offers to “fill her cup” – hiking, biking, gardening, the arts, and close proximity to her grown son in Bend.
Cici: an osteopathic physician who specializes in physiatry, Cici also teaches osteopathic manipulation at a medical school in West Virginia. She is on the board of the PAC for the Democratic Women’s Club in her county. She loves gardening, hiking, swimming, kayaking, camping/backpacking, music, cooking, stained glass, and her friends! She also enjoys entertaining and sharing resources. With her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter in Eugene, she looks forward to living closer to them soon!
Beth: Having raised 2 daughters with their father (who now lives in Eugene), Beth currently lives in Alameda, CA, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in childhood mental health, mood disorders, parenting and individual therapy, working at First 5 Alameda County. Her first career as a professional dancer afforded her opportunities to travel the world, and she continues to dance in an improvisational company called Wingit! She also loves quilting – making quilts and giving them away.
Patricia: A writer, poet, and writing tutor at the local community college in Bryan, Texas (for now), she loves to read–especially well-crafted mysteries and contemporary fiction. She is also a scrapbooker and paper artist. She enjoys cooking and sharing meals. Her current past-times include Sheng Zhen meditation, yoga, and a book study group.
Pat: a retired social worker, who practices mindfulness and meditation, and enjoys walking and reading. She is involved in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene (UUCE), and has enjoyed volunteering to support the UUCE’s Earth EqUUity Refugee Sanctuary Project.
Lanny: Raised in Portland and living in Vancouver, WA, since 1980, Lanny has always loved the NW. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner, with a variety of interests, including Beekeeping.
Will & Lynn: an architect, and a builder whenever possible, Will looks forward to playing music with company in the common house and believes that cohousing makes sense as a practical way to house ourselves and to build community. Lynn, a 2nd grade teacher who loves cooking, crafting, and company, believes that skills learned from living in community are some of the most important skills in life. She can’t wait to share meals and games with others in the common house.
Nancy & Joe: now that their kids have launched, Joe and Nancy find themselves ready to take on the next chapter of life. Ready for new challenges in a small city, they are looking forward to living a car-free life in Eugene. Nancy looks forward to working in advocacy related to car-alternate-futures, and Joe looks forward to leaving his frame shop behind to settle into a second career in early childhood education. They both look forward to community living with shared woodworking, gardening, cooking, and entertaining, leaving behind the burden and the solitary upkeep of single-family homes. They are ready to co-create community in River Song Cohousing.
Jim & Sandi: Both Jim and Sandi are “process people,” and love to turn to the wisdom of authors like Harriet Lerner, and Marshall Rosenberg…[they] found a shared passion in working to address the climate crisis so their kids and grandkids will have a brighter future. They have brought the healing work of the Pachamama Alliance to BC, leading classes based on the book Drawdown, and training a cadre of other facilitators to carry on that work in BC.
Kris: Born in the Smoky Mts of West Virginia, and now splitting time between Oakland and Hawaii, Kris had a full career as a LCSW and now finds herself as a volunteer baby cuddler and doggie day care provider. She’s thrilled to be joining community here in Eugene, and plans to continue splitting her time with us and the Hawaiian Islands.
Frances: Frances is a West Coaster with activist roots and a life of “good trouble”. First a nurse, she eventually became a doctor in palliative care. She, too, lives in Oakland, and is now in Hawaii. Her current interests are heavily into music and dance from around the world, as a student and a performer. And making the world a better place.
Katherine: retired from the natural foods community, and co-ownership of an organic, vegetarian restaurant and catering business, Katherine is happy to have contributed to awareness of the environmental impact of one’s food choices; an important value of Eugene today, and a key to the future. “My most abiding life-force is community. I have been privileged to be a part of, or to create, community wherever I am,” she says, having enjoyed this privilege locally, in Hong Kong, Japan, and Israel. She’s excited to be co-creating community again – the sharing, caring, and daring to do it differently.
Alberta: a previous healthcare consultant in systems design, Alberta brings welcome energy and interest in that part of our community. She moved to Eugene three years ago and liked it so much, she decided to quit her day job and make it permanent. Currently, she has two passions – social activism along with meditation and yoga. She is a charter member of Cooperation Eugene, a New Economy Working Group. Alberta says: “Cohousing is the future. As a member of River Song, I am creating community every day, which is good for the environment and good for my health and well-being!”
Frannie & Phoebe: Frannie is a hospice nurse and mom to Phoebe, whose passion is ballet. They enjoy music, gardening, dancing, and singing, and they love Eugene for its outdoor activities and many bicycling trails. Frannie looks forward to living, working, cooking, and playing with others in River Song Cohousing. She is excited about the combination of private and shared living experiences, balanced beautifully in a cohousing community.