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Iowa City Cohousing Board of Managers

Barbara Bailey

Barbara Bailey has worked in the field of non-profit business management for more than 35 years and in non-profit financial management for more than 20 years. She has been the Finance Manager for The Housing Fellowship, a non-profit developer of affordable housing, for six years. She began working as an independent contractor for the Housing Fellowship in 1998. As a member of the development team she is responsible for the smooth workings of all financial aspects of the operation. In keeping with practice in many non-profit endeavors she fills many roles at the Housing Fellowship. She is certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional.

Her recent work in affordable housing builds on experience in financial management of mental health providers and women’s health providers. Barb got her start in business management through early work with natural food retail and wholesale cooperatives. She attended the University of Iowa where she studied business and science.

Barb has been involved in Iowa City Cohousing since the beginning and now serves as a member of the managing board. Linking her background in finance of affordable housing with her personal involvement in Iowa City Cohousing, she is member of the Board of Directors of Partnerships for Affordable Cohousing. The mission of that organization is to promote and assist cohousing groups to incorporate affordable units in cohousing communities.

Write to Barb at blbailey52@gmail.com.

Carolyn Dyer

After 38 years teaching journalism at the University of Iowa, Colorado State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I retired to do something else. A former newspaper and radio reporter, I taught reporting and writing classes as well as journalism history and First Amendment law to undergraduate and graduate students and published scholarly articles. I have worked as a reporter in Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin.

I enjoyed 15 minutes of fame after learning that the person who ghostwrote the first Nancy Drew books was an Iowa journalism alum. One thing led to another, and I organized the “first ever” Nancy Drew Conference at the University of Iowa in 1993. The conference attracted participants from all over the country and won the attention of all the major newspapers and television networks and media from around the world. I edited a book, Rediscovering Nancy Drew, which was based on the conference.

While teaching, I spent a lot of free time renovating and restoring houses. All the while I dreamed of designing and building a new house. During my early years I lived adjacent to and went to school in Radburn, New Jersey, one of the first modern planned communities in the U.S. I am a member of the Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission, the governmental body that reviews plans for new buildings and developments in the community. These experiences and others have prepared me for discovering Iowa City Cohousing as a means of both building a new home and participating in an intentional community.

Write to Carolyn at carolyn-dyer@uiowa.edu.

Nan Fawcett

Ever since I was a teenager living and learning at Scattergood Friends School, I’ve had a keen interest in the various kinds of communities that people create. That interest brought me as a young adult to the oldest intentional community in North America, Celo Community, where I lived with my family for 30 years in the mountains of Western North Carolina. It also led me to join with a group of other people to develop Westwood Cohousing Community in Asheville, NC, though I never lived in that community. Finally I am part of a team working to create this new cohousing community in Iowa City, and I am really looking forward to calling it my home!   While living at Celo Community, I co-managed World Around Songs, a music publishing business. Later I received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Education from the University of Massachusetts, and this started me on a long road of discovery and activism focused on care for the earth. Still later I went back to school to get a masters degree in Community Counseling from Western Carolina University, and since then have held several counseling positions in both North Carolina and Iowa. Most recently I was Dean of Students at Scattergood Friends School for six years, before retiring to spend my time growing medicinal herbs and practicing massage therapy.

Currently I am on the West Branch Library Board, am co-chair of Earth Care Working Group, and am on the board of Backyard Abundance.

Write to Nan at nanjfawcett@gmail.com.

Del Holland

After 30 years of teaching at all levels, from elementary to university, I retired. During most of my career I taught in public alternative high schools in Iowa--first in Mason City, then 19 years in Iowa City, and finally in Cedar Rapids. I am a charter member of the Iowa Association of Alternative Schools, and served on its board for a number of years, part of the time as the president of the organization. In preparation for my teaching career, I earned a Master of elementary education from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelor’s of Science in biology at the University of Kansas.

I have been involved in many dimensions of environmental activism in the Iowa City area. For nearly 25 years, I have been on the board and chair of Environmental Advocates and I have been a member of the Johnson County Trails Advisory Committee since its inception.

I am most active now in the Bike Library where I help supervise Salvage Night activities where we triage the bicycle donations, up-cycling as much as we can and minimizing our contribution to the landfill. Recently, I have been helping with the establishment of Iowa River Friends, a group which is dedicated to enjoying, protecting and improving the Iowa River watershed. Iowa City Cohousing will allow me to better live my environmentalist values by significantly lessening the carbon footprint of my residence as well as providing a healthy, supportive, sharing community in which to live.

Write to Del at delholland@aol.com.

Annie Huntington Tucker

In most of my activities, I have worked with groups of people to make things happen. I bring that experience to Iowa City Cohousing. I am a fan of Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

A mediator since 1994, I helped found and am the director of the nonprofit Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa, the court-authorized administrator of two court-connected mediation programs. I have mediated over 600 cases, including divorce and custody cases, small claims cases, EEO complaints for the U.S. Postal Service REDRESS program, and situations in other organizations and businesses. I am a volunteer facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project, co-facilitating three-day workshops in Iowa prisons with inside and outside facilitators. It is one of the most fun things I do.

In addition to earning an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from The McGregor School, Antioch University, I have taken courses in mediation, domestic violence, diversity and privilege, restorative justice, and other subjects.

My worklife has included a variety of roles, including Iowa City Transit driver, co-director of a day care center, English conversation teacher in Japan, nurses’ aide, office manager, client advocate in a dental office, and marketing coordinator for Blooming Prairie Warehouse, a cooperative natural foods distributor.

Spending time with our far-flung family is what I love best. Being a mentor in the Children of Promise program gives me family closer to home.

Having been involved in Iowa City Cohousing since the beginning, I now serves as a member of the Board of Managers. I look forward to living in an intentional neighborhood with a variety of people and am enjoying working with others to make that happen.

Write to Annie at annie.h.tucker@gmail.com.