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).
Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, I came to Durham fresh out of college. Armed with an oh-so-marketable fine-arts degree, I apprenticed as a carpenter with L. A. Downey construction company before joining the design-build landscaping business Outdoor Craftswomen as co-owner. After turning to Zen Buddhism for the answers to life’s big questions, I spent 8 years as a monk in a California Zen monastery and found myself building rammed-earth structures and solar infrastructure while training to lead awareness practice workshops and retreats, and, of course, focusing on my own spiritual practice. Back in Durham for the past 17 years, I share a wonderful life with my beloved Laurel, life partner, wife, and mentor. I’ve transitioned from carpenter/handyperson to Habitat for Humanity site supervisor to the City of Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Division, where I’m currently assistant director. I lead a weekly Zen meditation group and love gardening, hiking, and practicing the fine arts of procrastination and general futzing.
I have followed the cohousing movement since its US emergence in the ’80s and always thought this type of cooperative living would be a good fit for me. Beyond college, I lived in a variety of housing types where there were always a diversity of residents. I look forward to living within a collective of diverse households at BCC and to developing a neighborhood where we will share resources, collaborate on projects, and support each other in our life journeys, adventures, and challenges.
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
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 grew up next door to a rock quarry in a bygone corner of inland Los Angeles County, went to college in spurts as a single parent, and luckily ended up in Durham, where I was amazed to discover a vibrant underground feminist community in the midst of which I pursued an eclectic activism. At the same time, I built a career in editing and publishing and eventually began writing in earnest. As if that weren’t enough, at age 52 I finally, unexpectedly fell in love with the right person. Faith and I married in DC because we thought it would never be legal in NC(!), and blessings continue to accrue. I transitioned from full-time editor to independent editor for creative and academic writers, making more time for my own writing. Since then, I’ve had a small string of successes with fiction and memoir published in literary journals and garnering a prize or two, which serve as much-needed encouragement to finish my novel. I also love reading, movies, hiking, and train travel.
• 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.
Ruth Pearce & Gareth Davies
Gareth, Ruth, and the dog Milo moved to Durham from Stockbridge, Western Massachusetts in September 2018. Gareth works in IT for a large international bank, and Ruth is a project manager, author, trainer, and coach. Milo’s job is to supervise the comings and goings of the neighborhood and to sound the alert when there is an Amazon delivery.
It has been quite a whirlwind ever since we arrived with finding and purchasing a house, replacing the kitchen. When we first heard about BCC, we were curious about how such a community works and how we might fit. We had heard about cohousing before and had been interested to find out more as we consider options for our future living when we don’t need office space (!) and want easier access to everything the city has to offer.
Once we met the BCC members, we knew this was a great community to be a part of so we signed up!
We look forward to exploring the area, getting to know our new community, and being part of the process to build multi-family housing from scratch!
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.
I was attracted to Bull City Commons because it is a community that is committed to each other and committed to the neighborhood and broader Durham community. What a wonderful way to explore my own personal growth, expand my community and eliminate the typical isolation that is often present in condo buildings where you never get to know your neighbors.
My interests include health and fitness. I love eating healthy, nutritious food (and the occasional decadent desert!). I am rekindling my long-time interest in drawing and painting. And I’m trying to jump start my meditation practice. This adventure called Bull City Commons is propelling my transition from corporate life to a life of balance and ease.
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.