What kind of person moves into Silver Sage Village? Enjoy our bios and see for yourself! You can also see photos of our grounds and a recent video, as well as two that feature some of us in earlier years.
Trice was a professor of plant and insect ecology and evolution, and one of our founding members. She worked for years in Australia before and after moving to the University of Minnesota. After partly retiring in 2004, she returned to the wonderful, mountainous, warm West, where she enjoys being much nearer to family and is grateful to have discovered cohousing. Trice trained as a Boulder County Volunteer Naturalist, volunteers at a local thrift store, took up ikebana, dabbles in Gyrokinesis and Tai Chi Chih, reads, and continues to travel the world—often with fellow Sagers. Trice is on the Common House Team (CHT).
Arthur is also a founding member, and one of our few extroverts. He is a NYC transplant and for more than sixteen years has been developing, living in and advocating for cohousing—both multi-generational and senior. For two years he was the “International Answer Man” for the Cohousing Association of the US. Arthur currently serves on the Aging Advisory Council for Boulder County and is well versed on Boulder’s affordable housing program. For fun he works as Cinema Ambassador at The Dairy Center’s Boedecker Art House Cinema, and for the last three years he has read to children in kindergarten through second grade. He is happy to answer questions for people wanting to learn more about co-housing. Arthur is on the Common House Team and the Finance & Legal Team.
Penny moved to Silver Sage Village in 2013. She is retired from a career working with children and families. After a life full of moves she has settled in Silver Sage Village to be close to family. She teaches Tai Chi Chih, travels, volunteers for a nonprofit, is a student of Ikebana, reads, walks the dog, participates in her community. Penny never has quite enough hours in her day, and leads a full and happy life. Penny is on the Common House Team and the Systems & Building Team. She represents CHT on our Steering Team.
John spent his career as an environmental mediator dealing with conflicts at various scales, from local to international. DeAnne and John have lived in Boulder since the late 1970’s and are both deeply involved in the life of the Boulder Friends’ Meeting (Quakers). Since retirement John spends even more time riding his snowboard in Colorado and other Western states, reading poetry, traveling and enjoying the companionship of friends and family. John is currently a member of the Common House Team.
DeAnne is mostly retired from a career in public policy. She and John met in graduate school and moved to Boulder in 1979. Daughter Jesse grew up in Boulder and now lives in New Orleans. DeAnne enjoys the great outdoors and spending time at their cabin in the Colorado mountains. She sings in Resonance, a 125-voice women’s chorus, and spends free time reading about history, politics and spirituality. She volunteers on the public policy committee at Boulder’s Emergency Family Assistance Association and FCNL, the Quaker peace lobby in Washington, DC. She enjoys living at Silver Sage, and not being the only introvert here! She leads the Finance and Legal Team and serves as librarian.
Jim lives with his longtime lover and wife of 53 years, Brownie. Jim and Brownie are founding members of Silver Sage. They have enjoyed many years of skiing, hiking, and traveling together. Jim has been a designer and builder of homes, neighborhoods and other things, and not being smart enough to find a way to retire has focused on cohousing development the past 25 years. He has a sometimes unstable passion for understanding the connection between creativity, community, and sustainability. Jim is on the Community Enhancement Team and sits on our Steering Team.
Brownie enjoyed teaching English as a Second Language for 20 years. Cooking is one of her enjoyable pastimes. She recently underwent brain surgery for walking and other problems, and has graduated to walking unassisted around the neighborhood. Not quite back to tennis yet, she still moves slowly and has some memory glitches, but is making good progress. Brownie appreciates all of the help she has received from friends and neighbors in Silver Sage and as she continues getting stronger, looks forward to once again participating full time in the community. Brownie is on the Common House Team.
Margaret and her husband Dan are founding members of Silver Sage. Margaret is a retired Federal senior executive and recovering lawyer. In her retirement, she enjoys traveling, hiking and snowshoeing in the Colorado mountains, teaching in the Gyrokinesis® movement system, reading and writing poetry and volunteering at Silver Sage and in the North Boulder community. Margaret is lead on the Garden & Grounds Team, is a member of the Finance & Legal Team, and is Secretary of the Steering Team.
Dan & his wife, Margaret, were among the first to move into Silver Sage in 2007. Dan has had Parkinson’s for more than 20 years, yet with deep brain surgery (DBS) has been able to function pretty well—no tremor, though his voice is weak. He retired from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where he taught mathematics and served in a variety of administrative roles. He currently chairs the Systems and Buildings team at Silver Sage, repairs things, and writes stories, mostly about his Missouri childhood in Milan. Dan is lead of the Systems & Building Team.
Pam helped build Heartwood Cohousing near Durango, CO, from conception to reality. After leaving Heartwood, she never lost the dream of joining another community and recently moved into SSV (2016). She has a daughter and son who have gifted her with six grandchildren. Her partner, Deb, came into her life four years ago, after Pam moved to Boulder. Together they are on a grand adventure in personal growth and love. Pam is a member of the Garden & Grounds Team.
Deb loves skiing, hiking, bicycling, reading, seeing friends, traveling around the globe and being active politically—from the sixties civil rights, feminist and GLBT movements to environmental and other activism today. She has lived in various communes and collectives most of her adult life, first in Boston and then in Denver/Boulder for the past 40 years. She raised a wonderful son as a lesbian mother and is thrilled to be at Silver Sage with her amazing partner, Pam. Deb is also a member of the Garden & Grounds Team.
Gayla is a founding member of Silver Sage who lives with her beloved pup, Annabelle. In addition to being a fabulous cook, Gayla is a skilled photographer, specializing in nature photography which she offers for sale, and graciously gifts to our community. As you might guess, Gayla loves to garden and work outside. When she has free time, she likes to get out on the road with her friend Bill and their dogs, traveling to the beautiful, natural spaces Colorado offers.
Joan and her husband Lonnie were founding members of Silver Sage. They came to Silver Sage after a lifetime of world travel and a variety of professional activities. Lonnie is now deceased and we all miss him terribly. Joan and Lonnie had three children and seven grandchildren, to whom Joan is devoted. Joan is a fine artist and a connoisseur of all things Parisian. Stepping into Joan’s home is like traveling to Paris. Joan is matched in her friendliness, energy and enthusiasm only by her constant companion her dog Jazzy.
Alan has been a member of Silver Sage with his partner, Diana, since 2010. Silver Sagers are so proud to be part of his film “Aging Gratefully: The Power of Community,” a true gift for all of us. He writes: After being laid off following 9/11, I grew tired of working for marginally competent bosses. I qualified for unemployment and was told by my friends to take a risk and try something I’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t because I was always stuck in a “job.” Thus began a creative filming career. Alan is Member-at-Large and lead of the Steering Team.
Diana has spent her life in the world of nature and art. Born and raised in New England, she found herself drawn to the wide open spaces of Wyoming as a young woman, happier on the range than in most places. Like her hero, Georgia O’Keefe, Diana has followed her heart and her art. She is a prolific and explorative painter. Diana taught art in Wyoming and Boulder while raising her 3 daughters. She is one of her two older granddaughters’ best friends, and her fifth grandchild is due any minute. Diana and Alan moved to Silver Sage together in 2010, and she is a member of the Garden & Grounds Team.
Lindy is a Registered Nurse who feels lucky to be able to live, work and play in Boulder. She moved here in 2013 not to be a long distance “Oma.” She joined the SSV cohousing community in 2014 and enjoys being on the Garden and Grounds team and playing in the dirt. She enjoys traveling, biking, hiking, and all things outdoors. She believes spending time with family and friends is what life is all about. Two of her favorite sayings: “Live and let live”…..”Do what you like, like what you do.” Lindy is a member of the Garden & Grounds Team.
Henry worked for public service broadcasting and advocacy for over forty years, including the acclaimed NEWSROOM on KQED Television in San Francisco, which pioneered comprehensive daily news coverage in response to a city-wide newspaper strike in 1968. He became one of the first elected Citizen Directors on the KQED Governing Board, where for 10 years he led the reform effort for increased local programming and accountability at Northern California’s leading public TV and radio outlets. Henry’s education was mostly in New York, but he came to Boulder as a CU student in the 1960’s before beginning his career in San Francisco. In 2007, Henry and his wife, Jean, returned to Boulder to live out their community values and became “senior pioneers” at Silver Sage. Henry is a member of the Community Enhancement Team and the Finance & Legal Team.
Jean grew up in Wisconsin and was one of the first women to graduate from St. Norbert’s College in Green Bay. She worked for Chicago’s Northern Trust Bank, representing them in London, Mexico and the US. Jean met Henry at a Unitarian Church convention in 1988 in Palm Springs and they were married in Chicago and relocated to Henry’s home in San Francisco, where Jean found her true “calling” as Activities Director at the Sequoias Senior Living Center. Shortly after moving to Silver Sage, Jean was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 62, and enjoyed a full life at Silver Sage and in the wider community. In May 2015, Jean became a resident of Manor Care Health Center, a nearby home in Boulder offering long-term memory care, where she still welcomes visitors and adores her husband, Henry.
Jere is a retired software engineer and software manager who has lived in Boulder since 2008. Together with his wife, Nicki, he has traveled extensively in Europe and the Caribbean. He enjoys hiking and biking. He and Nicki have biked in Canada, France, Romania, Croatia, and the USA. Jere and Nicki have hiked in Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Mexico and the USA. In 2016 they will travel in France and Belgium on a bike and barge trip, and then hike in Malta. Jere is former Treasurer of Silver Sage and is currently on the Systems & Building and Finance & Legal Teams.
Nicki. Prior to retirement, Nicki worked as a special education administrator for the City of Boston. Her most rewarding job had been with TEE (Transitional Employment Enterprises) a non-profit which placed women on welfare into corporate companies throughout Boston through a supported work program. The idea was for them to progress from the supported work program and then be hired by the company. Since retirement she has decided to concentrate on her piano playing and has joined a piano group. She also enjoys biking and hiking. Nicki is a member of the Systems & Building Team, representing that team on the Steering Team.
Agaf. Following his retirement as Administrative Director of Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Agaf spent several summers with high school students as a wilderness guide. He found this extremely rewarding to combine outdoor experience with self-reflection, service and leadership training. Agaf and his wife, Rahima, share a home with Wahhab and Kay, who moved to Silver Sage with them and are fellow Sufis. Agaf serves as Treasurer and lead of the Community Enhancement Team at Silver Sage; his chief ambition is to learn what it means to be an adult, while there’s still time!
Rahima has been involved with “lifespan work” all her adult life, starting as a homebirth midwife and childbirth activist in the 1970s, then becoming a Waldorf early childhood teacher and parenting educator, then exploring conscious aging and working in hospice and natural after-death care. While taking care of her mother and mother-in-law for six years, she earned a masters in “Gerontology and Organizational Change” and also studied quality of life for people with dementia and elders’ sense of community. She and her husband, Agaf, moved to Silver Sage in 2014, where “co-householding” with Wahhab and Kay as well as living in co-housing provide both depth and breadth.
Wahhab has been a practicing Sufi for 45 years, and received his name from his first Sufi teacher. He was also ordained as a Christian minister, and with his wife Kay, started a Christian Sufi church that they led for five years. Prior to that, most of his career was spent in software development and management, including five years at Microsoft. When not actively engaged with his five grandchildren or community life at Silver Sage, he is translating a book showing the connection between Sufism and Christianity. His hobbies include doing New York Times crossword puzzles and being an audiophile.
Kay wended her way from acting in NYC, to professional graphic design, to pioneering in professional-level desktop publishing, to marketing for Aldus Corp. (Pagemaker) and Adobe Systems (Photoshop), to her own graphic design business in Seattle for 10 years, and to now happily being at Silver Sage where she meditates every day with husband Wahhab and housemates Agaf and Rahima, is on the Common House and Garden & Grounds Teams, designs community websites, and dotes on 5 grandkids.