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The AHIC Board of Directors

Dennis Clark, ABD and MS

Dennis is a retired community college instructor and private business owner. He worked full time for Lane Community College, in Eugene, for 23 year and presently teaches computer classes to workers in job transition part-time. He owns and operates Job Seekers Edge, coaching job applicants and career shifters. Dennis has experience statewide in adult education and has presented at many conferences locally and nationally. In 2007 he was recognized as Adult Basic Skills leader of the year, for Oregon; an award presented to him by the governor at the state capitol. Dennis and his wife moved to Corvallis to become more active in creating communities that work better for individuals and like minded groups.

Rob Dietz, MS

Rob is currently the director of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy and stable economy in the United States. Prior to that, he worked with federal agencies and private companies to conserve wildlife and solve environmental problems. Rob and his family are dedicated to building a sustainable way of life, an idea exemplified by cohousing and A Home in Community.

Colleen Dyrud

Colleen is a former primary teacher who has spent the last 20 years providing technical assistance and support to afterschool programs for elementary kids here in Oregon. During that time, she collaborated with the State Library to create a literacy curriculum for afterschool staff. She was also involved with the establishment of Opening Doors, an initiative to support the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in their community afterschool and recreational programs and activities. Colleen has recently returned home to Corvallis after many years in Portland, and is looking forward to the next fun adventure life has to offer.

Jessica Groom, M.Ed.

Jessica Groom has been employed as a teacher, a reading specialist, and a home therapist for children with autism. While teaching at the Columbus Jewish Day School, she served as the Resource Specialist, as well as the Coordinator of Community Services. She served on the board of the International Dyslexia Association - San Diego Branch from 2004-2007.

Becky Stiles

One of the reasons Becky Stiles was attracted to CoHo was its commitment to A Home in Community. Living and working with CoHo friends has been a bonus to her life in Corvallis.

Becky graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1965, and met her husband Web, while teaching English for Peace Corps/Philippines. After returning to the U.S, they raised two wonderful daughters. Late in life, Becky became an RN and has served in hospitals, Hospice and a second Peace Corps assignment. Becky, now retired, is excited about helping to ensure the continuation of A Home in Community.

Debby Vajda, LCSW

Debby Vajda has been a practicing clinical social worker for 30 years. For half of that time, she worked in non-profit counseling agencies, with the remainder being spent in private practice. She is a previous board member of her local chapter of the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics and is currently the Certification Coordinator for the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. She is also the developer of the Energy Therapy Network of the Mid-Atlantic States. She and her husband moved from Maryland to Oregon to join the community of CoHo Ecovillage.

The AHIC Stewardship Council

Sue Crawford

Sue is creative director for CrawforDesign Inc. Marketing & Creative Services and has worked in the visual arts field as graphic designer and web designer for over 15 years. She has been a Corvallis resident since 1971, and has raised two children and owned several businesses in the local area.

She feels very grateful for her opportunity to be part of the community at CoHo Ecovillage. For her, community living with an eye toward sustainability and peaceful interactions is immensely gratifying and makes so much sense. She sees many advantages for introducing the possibility of community living to those who are disabled and isolated. Working to make this happen through A Home in Community is her way of helping bring this needed change to our paradigm of how we live and support each other.

Juva DuBoise, MS LPC

Juva has had her own successful counseling practice for thirty years. She has also worked as a Medical Social Worker in hospitals and nursing homes, as well as supervising nursing home Social Workers. Juva was the lead Mental Health Worker in the Lane County Red Cross Chapter during the Thurston School shootings, providing leadership and expanding the mental health role during that difficult time. She has led trainings for other mental health workers up and down the west coast. She has introduced Compassionate Communication techniques to CoHo and helped members know and use these skills. Her leadership and facilitation skills have been honed over the last six years, during the creation and development of CoHo Ecovillage in Corvallis, Oregon

Peter Erskine

During the years 1989 through 1992, Peter Erskine created a new interactive Solar Spectrum Environmental Art medium called Secrets of the Sun: Millennial Meditations (SOS). Since 1992, Erskine has exhibited his Solar Environmental Art in international installations including the ancient Roman Forum, the Rome, Milan and Florence railway stations, Berlin's 2000 Olympic Festival, and Los Angeles' historic Union Station. SOS has received broad coverage in the world media including seven magazine cover stories in four languages, over 150 articles in magazines and newspapers, and six global satellite TV broadcasts. TV and radio stories featuring Erskine's Solar Spectrum Environmental Art have been broadcast in over 150 countries. Peter is currently creating permanent Solar Spectrum Environmental Art commissions for a new Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters, and the public libraries in the California cities of Lafayette and Fontana.

Peter moved to Coho Ecovillage to enjoy the intergenerational social connections and friendships created by living together in a small voluntary community. He enjoys living in a village with folks who share so many of his values and interests.

Bruce Hecht

After working for Hewlett Packard for nineteen years, I currently do volunteer work for the Corvallis Environmental Center, coordinate the Corvallis Chapter of The Oregon Natural Step Network (an organization promoting sustainability for businesses and organizations) and co-coordinate the work of the Corvallis Chapter of the Northwest Earth Institute. I helped to found CoHo because it is a more sustainable living solution for our planet and because I feel living in community is something that will make my life whole.

Judy Hecht

After a career in advertising, working at San Diego Magazine, the San Diego Union Tribune, and the Albany Democrat Herald, Judy decided to begin her new career as a parent. She began to pursue her interest in food security by working at the local soup kitchen and serving on their board. Judy began and now runs the South Corvallis Food Bank which distributes food to those in need.

After a spending a summer traveling with her family and visiting cohousing projects and ecovillages, she became excited about it and, with her husband Bruce, started CoHo EcoVillage.

Ron Karpf, Ph.D.

Ron Karpf has worked for almost 40 years as a statistician and researcher primarily designing and building medical information computer systems. Before moving to Corvallis he was a partner in ADDIS Incorporated, a small company that ran the data center for the National Cancer Institute’s drug discovery program, and also for the U.S. Army’s infectious disease drug discovery program. He recently moved to Corvallis, Oregon with his wife to live in CoHo Ecovillage.

Karen Schulz

Karen is very pleased to be on the “AHIC” Stewardship Committee. She has been in the banking industry for 28 years. For the past 15 years she has worked at the OSU Federal Credit Union, where she can be found in the Business Services department. Karen lives in the Wren area with her husband Marty and their cat, Ziggy. She has two grown children, and soon will be a grandmother. Getting to know several people involved with “A Home in Community” has been very rewarding.

Mike Volpe

I was born north of Chicago and left my hometown after high school to pursue a college degree in Minnesota. After earning a degree in forestry, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a day after receiving my degree. I attempted to follow a career path in urban forestry, however the progression of my MS encouraged me to try several different jobs in a fairly short amount of time. I eventually came to the conclusion that living in Minnesota with extremes in temperature was not a good place for me to live and participate in my community.

I moved to Oregon in 1985 and earned a degree in teaching English as a second language. I worked in the field for several years until the degree of my MS encouraged me to try a different area of interest. I chose to advocate for people with disabilities, first at the county level in a local disability advisory services council. After gaining experience, I joined several statewide advocacy groups.