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Barbara Bailey

Barbara Bailey worked in the field of non-profit business management for more than 35 years and in non-profit financial management for more than 25 years. She recently retired from The Housing Fellowship, a non-profit affordable housing developer, where she worked for more than twenty years, first as an independent accounting professional, and then as the finance manager. She is certified by the National Development Council as a Housing Development Finance Professional.

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. Her work in affordable housing builds on experience in financial management of mental health providers and women’s health providers.

Barb has been involved in Iowa City Cohousing since the beginning, bringing skills in business and financial management. She now serves as a member of the managing board of ICCH, LLC.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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John McGonegle

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