Tammany Commons Founders
When I think of cohousing, I think about alleviating the isolation I sometimes feel living alone and working from home. I picture taking a break from work and heading up to the Common House, or calling out my front door to someone to join me for tea. I imagine teaching a youngster to knit one evening after a shared meal. I want to pass on my food preservation skills, whip up a batch of Whoopie Pies to leave in the Common Dining Room, and stroll through edible gardens.
Jennie Lindberg has worked for the past 20 years in non-profit health care. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and also a Chemical Dependency Professional, and currently supervises several small departments. She looks forward to retirement in the near future! Her professional career has brought her to working with people together to promote health and harmony in relationships. It is important to her that people feel respected, appreciated and that they can contribute meaningfully.
Jennie grew up in a rural area, similar to the future location of Tammany Commons Cohousing. The family of 7 (she is the oldest of 5 children) had a large garden, chickens, dogs and horses. She is excited to be able to return to this lifestyle. Currently Jennie and her husband have a 1/3 acre organic garden and orchard and have had a goal of feeding themselves year around for the past 7 years, gaining skill and knowledge each year. Here is an example of a recent dinner with organic ingredients they grew themselves: Tamale pie, with heirloom corn ground into cornmeal as a topping, heirloom dry beans, sweet bell peppers, onion, corn and oregano (other ingredients from the market filled out this dish, but as you can see it is predominantly from their garden). They take pride in working hard and feeding themselves from the results, and feel it gives them better health as well as good exercise in gardening. Their perennial crops include apple, pear, peach and filbert trees, rhubarb, asparagus, horseradish, raspberries, and marion berries. These are harvested and frozen for enjoying outside the harvest season. She wants to do all this and more at Tammany Commons Cohousing - gathering good food, cooking it, and sharing it with friends. Her spiritual values include respect for the earth, respect for each person, animal, plant, and entity on the earth.
Jennie and her husband, Dean Smith, were the founding members of the environmental activist group 350 Everett, a chapter of the national 350.org. They actually do believe that climate change is real (and a threat to our ability to maintain life as we know it on this planet) and actively do the work that is needed to promote this understanding. Jennie and Dean currently live in a fairly small home with solar panels that provide the majority of their electric power. They drive an electric car as a way to be consistent with their values of living a lifestyle with a smaller carbon footprint. They hope to bring these values into the cohousing community.
As a student, a cook, a maker, a writer and editor, and a startup veteran, I’ve enjoyed being part of several communities that are deeply meaningful to my identity. The ones I’ve found the most fulfilling have been enduring sources of growth and joy for decades of my life. Cohousing is a distillation of the caring, creative, challenging, and downright fun ways that people work, play, break bread, and come home to each other again and again. I look forward to designing the community we want to live in with people from many backgrounds. We all have a “dish to pass” in this community.
Dean Smith -- spouse of Jennie Lindberg
I grew up on a farm in the midwest and spent several careers in various sciences and engineering. Among my projects was the design and construction of a 65-ft diameter geodesic dome church in Shoreline, WA. Today I am retired and back to farming and gardening. My passion is growing enough food to feed the community. Jennie and I are active locally in several environmental groups--350 Everett, Transition Towns and the UU church which is 3.8 miles from our site.
Cynthia's sister, and spouse of Michael Hegarty. Born on Whidbey. I hold a BA in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley and a certificate in Agile Project Management. I've been treasurer of everything since grade school, leading inevitably to a career in non-profit accounting.
The most fulfilling moments in my life have been living and working in collectives and cooking with friends. As a union organizer with UPTE-CWA I hope to guide people towards empowerment through consensus-building and collective action.
“I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.”
― Langston Hughes
I was raised in Western Massachusetts and have a BA in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I have spent the last 20+ years working in sales, support and operations in the Internet technology/ infrastructure space. In addition to working in the technology business, I also have many years of experience in the trades working as a framer and a mechanic and have also worked extensively in agriculture and arboriculture.
Outside of ‘straight’ work, I have spent all of my adult life involved in progressive politics and playing Jazz and Rock music, currently as bass and vocals for the Tremelo Saints, (https://tremelosaints.bandcamp.com)