About Us

Twin Cities Cohousing Network is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that serves as a clearinghouse for information about and education for cohousing.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & EXTERNAL ADVISERS

President – Brian PaStarr

Brian grew up on a family farm in southwestern Minnesota where he saw the benefits of people sharing work and meals, then saw it disappear with corporate farming.  He much prefers the earlier and cooperative way.  He has been a community organizer and Minneapolis Public school teacher for his working career.

Vice President – Lynn Englund

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Convening learning circles, teaching about the governance structure called Sociocracy, and facilitating workshops, Lynn enriches the group with her rich, organized and tenacious focus on cooperative processes in creating and sustaining meaningful community.

Treasurer – Brooke Dierkhising

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Brooke has fifteen years experience in the nonprofit sector filling roles such as director’s assistant, researcher, manager, and board member. For nine years, she also has taught at public schools in three states. She has a BA from the University of MN in English Literature with a minor in Studio Art, and an MS from Northwestern University in Education and Social Policy.

Secretary – Becca Brackett

Retired MD, Unitarian, quilter, gardener, member of the Maya Society and new member of the League of Women Voters. Becca and her husband Fred H. Olson have long been involved with cohousing in Minnesota and on the national level.

Director-at-large – Kathy Ahlers

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Creator of the Cohousing Meetup Group for Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, Kathy has a long-term interest in living in cohousing and in adapting the traditional cohousing model to fit people seeking an affordable and environmentally-friendly community.

External Advisers 

John Kalmon AIA, LEED-AP – As an architect and project manager, John is interested in the potential of cohousing communities to positively transform the lives of those living in them, and the role of architectural design in creating that which is needed for such a transformation to occur. He has now moved out of Minnesota. Former board member of TCCN.

Joelyn Malone – As an original member of Monterey Cohousing Community and a cohousing consultant, Joelyn brings a broad and deep reserve of cohousing experience, information, philosophy, and community connections to the Vision Circle. Former board member of TCCN.

Jan Marie Lundgren – As daughter of a home builder, former wife of an architect, and intuitive wellness practitioner, Jan Marie brings her sense of home as sanctuary to the evolution of community.  She was an early advocate of cohousing and lived in the cooperative of Monterey Cohousing Community. Former president and board member of TCCN.

TCCN contact email:

twincities [at] cohousing [dot] org

Existing Communities:

Monterey Cohousing Community – currently considering expansion

Groups-in-Formation:

History of Twin Cities Cohousing Network (TCCN)

Twin Cities Cohousing Network was formed in 1991 as a nonprofit organization to facilitate the development of cohousing communities here in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. Following the creation of Monterey Cohousing Community several years later, the majority of the energy behind the group turned toward Monterey, and TCCN became inactive.

TCCN was reactivated in July 2016 because of a resurgence of interest in cohousing here. TCCN is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

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