Please read below to get an idea of who we are as a community.
Candace is in the sweet spot of life, between leaving work behind and decrepitude, with enough juice to travel widely, hit the tennis courts, and investigate her ancestors. She is often smarter than her quirky and devious cattle dog. She loves Durm and has lived here all her adult life.
My country of origin is Germany. I met my American husband in Germany and followed him to the US in 1980. Between then and now, I raised three children, switched careers, got a BS in biology, and had the fortune of spending part of my work life in the outdoors, working with plants and water quality.
Raising my three children I consider my most important and challenging task. Now they all have their private lives and it is time for me to downsize. I learned about cohousing by chance about 2 years ago and was hooked on the idea immediately. I made it my mission to find a forming cohousing group that I could join, and so found Bull City Commons.
I am not good at sitting still. Friends visiting me from out of town know that they will be going for walks with me. It facilitates talking. Things that I enjoy doing are hiking, swimming, yoga, biking, engaging in craft projects, sharing a cup of tea, and enjoying and admiring the creativity of others. Once in Durham, I plan on finding volunteer work related to native vegetation and water quality.
I grew up in New Orleans, La. At UNO, I completed a BA in Philosophy and Mathematics, and later added a BS in Computer Science. I worked at the LSU Eye Center for several years, then moved to the Boston area for two years, where I contracted in software development. I've lived in the Durham area since 1990, and worked at Duke for over 26 years, first at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development (Medical Center), then at the Computer Science Department (University).
I listen to NPR, read the Indy Week, and spend way too much time on my smartphone; volunteer at Carolina Theatre, Full Frame, NCGLFF; like to garden, cook, brew beer; try to support local farms, businesses, and breweries; have served on the board of my neighborhood association for many years.
I've been interested in cohousing for many years, and have finally taken the leap!
Very happy to embark on this new chapter in my life – the creation of BCC community.
I grew up in England and went to St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London. After graduation I joined the Royal Navy as a Medical Officer. I served two years at sea in frigates, then a year at HMS Dolphin Submarine Escape Training Tank and subsequently four years of anesthesia training in Portsmouth & Plymouth. I then worked in the National Health Service for 2 years before I came to Duke in 1998 for further anesthesia training.
Jackie, Nick, Doug & I loved living here in the US and jumped at the opportunity to continue working at Duke. We lived in Chapel Hill and Carrboro before moving to Old North Durham in 2007. So we have been witness to the significant changes in downtown Durham and are very pleased to remain in the heart of Durham with BCC.
My clinical research interest in hypoxia has enabled me to combine work with travel – high altitude projects in Nepal and Peru and breath hold diving in Croatia. I enjoy riding motorcycles with our sons and will form the nascent BCC MCC with Samuel Kim!
Dina McCullough & Jen Liner
Dina and Jen and their daughter, Jordan, are grateful that they joined the BCC cohousing community. They recently relocated to Durham from Arlington, VA (just outside of Washington, DC). After commuting for monthly Plenary meetings and participating in Circle meetings by phone for 9 months, they are thrilled to finally live in Durham and see everyone face-to-face and be able to participate in informal and formal social gatherings with other community members. They had an instant community when they moved here, which made the transition easier, and they have enjoyed working towards bringing the vision to fruition through the various Circles (part of our Sociocracy governance). The BCC community is an eclectic group of people with different strengths and talents and it has been fun getting to know everyone.
They are relishing the fruits of their downsizing into low maintenance apartment/condo living and moving to a more urban/walkable area (they currently rent an apartment near our future 9th Street neighborhood) with easy access to so many cultural activities and outdoor spaces. All three love to read, play games, find humor in the unexpected, bike and travel. Jen loves puzzles and sometimes talks Dina and Jordan into doing them with her. Jordan also loves to sing, act, knit, sew, and play soccer. Since moving to Durham, Jordan and Dina are learning to play Ultimate frisbee. They look forward to living in our cohousing community and finally being neighbors with all of the wonderful members (and three dachshunds).
I grew up in the suburbs of NYC, went to college there, and graduated with a degree in Political Science.
I moved to Raleigh, NC in 1992 initially staying with friends and eventually found a place to live and started on the path to my IT career.
As for interests, I enjoy reading mostly nonfiction and anything to do with international relations and politics. The current book on my pile is Ghosts of Langley by John Prados. I do enjoy fiction as well and I am working my way through the books of James S.A Corey. I just finished The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, which a good friend loaned me about 20 years ago.
Other interests include being a lifelong music buff and record collector. My interests range from classic rock to the darker depths of progressive and metal, though I have been recently getting into some classic jazz. I have about 3000 records currently and a small group of good friends who enjoy talking, listening, obsessing over and consuming music along with some single malt or good beer.
I enjoy the outdoors and being outside walking with friends while having a good conversation.
Jack Kruse & Brigitte Keane
Brigitte and Jack grew up in different cultures and parts of the world. Then they found each other in the Triangle through online dating. Among the similarities they discovered are their strong family connections and that they are both divorced, both well-traveled, and have both experienced many twists and turns in their lives.
Brigitte was born in Germany and has traveled extensively over her lifetime, living in India, Cambodia, Italy, and Switzerland. She describes herself as a World Citizen. She arrived in the USA with her husband in 1980 and has lived in CT, NJ, NC, GA & FL. Along the way, she gained a master’s degree in theology and pursued her strong belief in providing a quality education for her three daughters through home schooling, Waldorf Education, and educational placements abroad. For 30 years, she was also very involved with the student exchange program Youth for Understanding.
Jack was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. At the age of 22, he was in a serious auto accident that left him with residual health challenges. But that didn’t stop him from pursuing his college education and moving forward with an active life, including an undergraduate degree in sociology from SUNY Buffalo and a master’s in counseling from Canisius College. He worked in the counseling field and later became interested in buying, rehabbing, and selling houses. Jack has enjoyed traveling throughout his life including all 48 contiguous US states. He also believes in and follows a healthy lifestyle that includes high-quality, organic foods and exercise.
Jack describes himself as a good listener, empathetic, and one who enjoys problem solving. Brigitte describes Jack as a diamond in the rough: honest, sincere, and compassionate. Jack describes Brigitte as a good conversationalist and different–in a very good way.
Brigitte has been following the cohousing movement since its inception and introduced the idea to Jack. She has thought of it as “the lifestyle of the future” and was waiting for the right time and place to investigate it further. Brigitte and Jack have combined households, and both will continue to downsize and simplify.
They are excited to prepare for an urban lifestyle with BCC and to share their gifts and talents with community members. They also look forward to having access to all the services, activities, and events Durham and Duke have to offer.
I grew up bi-lingually moving back and forth between Germany and the UK during childhood. After high school I went to medical school and subsequently worked in Germany and the UK as an MD. David and I fell in love while working at Kingston Hospital in Kingston, Surrey. We moved to Hampshire and had two boys, Nick and Doug.
In 1998 David was offered the opportunity to work at the Duke University Medical Center. We decided that we should go for a year and check it out. That is over 20 years ago now. David still enjoys work at Duke as an anesthesiologist. I never practiced medicine in the US, but stayed at home with the boys.
Then I took a welding class that changed my life. The ability to create art using the combination of high voltage and power tools was exhilarating. It felt like a whole new way of looking at creation. Over the years I built sculpture and indoor and outdoor furniture and finally settled on creating wall hangings and “paintings” using copper and brass sheet as my canvas and patinas as paints.
Since 2007 we have lived in Durham in a beautiful old Victorian house affectionately known as The Bull Durham House, because it housed Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) in the movie Bull Durham. It has been a wonderful place to raise a family and watch Durham develop into the gritty city it has become.
Our boys have graduated from college and are off working out what directions their lives will take and we feel the need to pass the historic home on to the next family that will love it.
I am very excited about joining Bull City Commons and can’t wait to see what this adventure will bring.
After my son, Kevyn’s graduation from high school in the DC area and a 20+ year career in Information Technology in the Federal government and with several non-profits, I moved to Durham where I have family and had visited many times. I was ready for a simpler life - then, I decided to go to Nursing School with a calling to a Holistic and Hospice nursing. I’ve followed that path over the years with great satisfaction. Over the past few years I’ve been doing medical advocacy for several clients one-on-one but miss interactions with colleagues; so, I hope to find a good place to land with my nursing soon where I can best use my gifts, talents and expertise.
I’m very happy to be joining Bull City Commons Cohousing Community - I’ve been interested in cohousing for many years and this has come at an opportune time in my life. The first Plenary meeting saw me sitting in awe of the community commitment to the vision and values of BCC as well as the deep connection and respect shown each other. Sociocracy is such a fantastic model for building community!!
I am here with the love of my life, Maria, whom I am proud to say has consented to stay with me for 38 years. I was raised in small town Illinois and met Maria in Tennessee in grad school. We spent 20+ years by the SF Bay where I became a competent software practitioner and we learned what it is like to live in a beguiling and rapidly changing metropolis.
While trying since childhood to become an adult I’ve made music, read history and science, hiked and camped in the wild, traveled and talked with friends old and new. Now in addition I love watching our daughters grow into wonderful and playful people and working on this fascinating project we call Bull City Commons.
I love all the people in this community and so look forward to creating a 21st century intentional and caring village. And I am so excited to live in and be involved in Durham right now!
Passion #1: TRAVEL !! Here I am on a Sierra Club trip (2017) in Patagonia. When time/money permits I am off on an adventure !!
Born in NYC and moved to NC in 1987.
Passion #2 : Cooking!! - Been Vegetarian for a long while. Vegan at home now. Always ready to explore ways to make things delicious, nutritious and dairy free.
Love to hike and camp. Enjoy time at beach.
Passion #3: Community Being an extrovert, I love spending time with friends and planning activities to share - cannot wait to be part of the Social Circle at BCC.
Judie Adams & Christine Westfall
Judie Adams and Christine Westfall love living in Central Durham and want to be in an even closer-knit community, which is why they joined Bull City Commons. Judie teaches Nursing at UNC-G, and Christine is a consulting Owner’s Representative for non-profits developing real estate. They love
spending time with their foster daughters, Chrysti and Lilly. They also like to take their miniature dachshunds to the dog park, play music, and hike on the Eno.
Being a baby boomer and growing up in the South during the 60’s and 70’s was the perfect alchemy for the making of a cultural anthropologist and social justice advocate. I moved to North Carolina in the 80’s from New Jersey where I attended grad school and, like a lot of people, stayed. In 2010 at age 64, I joined the Peace Corps and worked in the Highlands of Guatemala. Since returning to Durham in 2015, I’ve found even more to be excited about, like initiatives in urban sustainable agriculture and local food security systems and cohousing alternatives. Bull City Commons was just what I was looking for – a community committed to sharing resources, mutual responsibility/care for each other and living green - at a price I could afford. I look forward to living with less, building a community together and having more resources and time to devote to the things I love: traveling, creative writing, walking, biking, exploring Durham’s many natural spaces, hearing great music, meditation practice and being part of a vibrant, diverse urban community.
Lauree Hersch Meyer
Having grown up on a small dairy farm ages ago, back when a family could feed itself and earn a living on 100 acres, I've moved around: volunteer, then staff work in Germany for six years, grad school at the U of Chicago in theology, married, had our second child and wrote my PhD thesis in Taiwan, was divorced, then taught theology at Bethany Theological and Colgate Rochester Divinity, and finally graduated to retirement, gardening and reading. Managed to garden in about 18 of the places I had lived --- and now look forward to exploring what fruits and vegetables (and maybe even beauty we don't eat??!) we will nurture and be nurtured by in our shared, still-being-created new home.
• I enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Michigan, 4th of five kids, on an island across the river from Canada, south of Detroit
• At 10, I spent a year in Malaysia with my family while my physician father ran the local hospital
• At 13, I boarded at a high school associated with the National Ballet company of Wash. D.C. that combined academics with professional ballet training
• At 17, I auditioned for and won a scholarship to finish ballet training with the Stuttgart Ballet – but didn’t go
• At 18, began studies at Stanford University, majoring in Psychology, then Communication, focusing on filmmaking
• My subsequent careers included 20-odd years as an independent documentary filmmaker, as well as stints as:
§ The associate producer of The Learning Company’s Totally MAD, the complete CD-ROM anthology of the magazine
§ The content editor for an astrology website (where I found myself making up horoscopes)
§ And finally, the children’s librarian and manager of one of the branches of the San Francisco Public Library
• I retired from the Library in 2017 and moved to Durham - and am thrilled to join the Bull City Commons
• Along the way, I married, lived in Paris for a couple of years, and raised two children as a single mom
• I enjoy reading, writing, watching movies, biking, cooking, re-learning how to edit video on computers, and spending as much time as possible with friends and my extended family – most especially, with my two grown-up kids, Tess and Thomas.
Liz Wing & Mike Brown
Liz and Mike are psyched to be joining this vibrant new cohousing community. After stints in Tennessee, Illinois, Florida, and NYC, Liz established roots in Durham in 1988. She’s a science/medical writer at Duke Clinical Research Institute, a founding member of the local a cappella group Stella, and loves sock-knitting, visiting small towns, the PBS NewsHour, and all things Canadian.
Mike is an NC native and software technical writer in RTP. He is a longtime student of much and master of none, with dabblements in drawing, comics, zines, creative writing, yoga, kettlebells, community theatre, digital video editing, coaching, the Three Principles, information science, journaling, banjo, improv, and other forms of self-learning and discovery.
I moved here with my sweetie, Jim McCrae, and two daughters in 2003. We lived in the country in Orange County until this year, raised our daughters, cashmere goats, chickens, and various and sundry other critters. Had a great time, but now the daughters are grown, we are down to two cats, and are ready for city life. I work for the Guardian ad Litem Program, recruiting, training and supervising volunteers to represent foster children in court. I am passionate about justice for all, including children. For fun I enjoy singing, camping, reading, road trips and going to movies. I love Durham, coffee, going to the pool, and my cohousing buddies, not necessarily in that order.
Mary and her family live in Durham and love our community here. We are especially enthusiastic that BCC will be in a walkable, bikeable neighborhood, close to Duke, grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. Mary loves modern design and cozy spaces, and strives toward living a minimalist lifestyle. We frequent the public library and public parks and love to travel. You’ll find us enjoying BCC’s common spaces, contributing to the potlucks, and hanging out with “Noni” – our resident grandma!
(photo by Anna Carson Dewitt.)
Born in Durham (in the old Watts Hospital), I spent my college years in Chapel Hill and have lived in Washington DC, Austin, Tucson, and along the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Boone, NC.
After working on staff for several university presses in design and production, I started a book design and typesetting business that’s been going for the past 25 years now.
I love book arts & the craft of typography, art museums, birding & walking in the woods, blues music — and the unique, developing culture of Durham’s downtown neighborhoods.
I grew up in Southern California when it was much gentler place than it is now. My high school offered surfing as a part of its PE program, and I remember when actual orange groves existed in Orange County.
Having traveled extensively for professional reasons, some of my favorite places - aside from the usual suspects like New York, London, Paris, Tokyo & Shanghai - are:
Victoria Island, BC
After seeing much of the world, I am ready to find my own tribe at Bull City Commons, where members value cooperation & social connections.
As one of the newest members of the BCC coho, I might also be one of the most excited about joining. I grew up in Montana and have lived in New York City, Pittsburgh and Florida for well over ten years each. I had been looking for a cohousing situation for several years but finding one in a lively urban location hadn’t been easy. I saw a notice about a BCC introduction meeting in Durham, a city I had never visited, and planned a weekend visit. Long story short: I fell in love with Durham and felt within a half hour of meeting this group that this is where and with whom I want to retire. So, with retirement in sight, I signed up and will be moving to Durham from Miami soon. I am truly looking forward to the rest of my life with great anticipation.
Susan is a native North Carolinian who has lived in Chapel Hill for the past 30 years. Susan loves music, reading, listening to favorite podcasts (Criminal, This American Life, Snap Judgement), taking walks with friends, playing card games, and doing puzzles. She is a Carolina Tarheels fan and a dog lover. Susan is a proud public school teacher in Durham, has two adult daughters, and is looking forward to being a part of the Bull City Commons community.
Hi there! I love hiking, camping, generally being in nature very much. I also love good food (especially when Jo Pelligra has made it). I am the oldest of five siblings, have lived in North Carolina since the early 90s except for a five-year jaunt to Oakland, California. Discovered Buddhism in California and to this day it helps me be a better person. Jo’s strong desire to live in community has heavily influenced my interest in cohousing. I am most interested in communities with purpose. This picture is of Jo and me at Duke Gardens, one of our favorite places in Durham. I look forward to meeting you.
Theresa's list on a fine, rainy day off: pens, toilet paper, notebooks. She scoots around. Adores, Leo and Beau.
Originally from the Philippines, I moved to Hope Valley Farms in Durham in 1999.
I am an IT professional working for a major investment company in RTP for the last 10 years. I also teach yoga at the Durham YMCA for 14 years.
I enjoy traveling, cycling, swimming and good food!
I grew up in a large family of 5 siblings and a constant stream of relatives living with us in the Philippines which has prepared me for cohousing.