Re: My Transition: Stepping down as Coho/US Executive Director
From: Liz Ryan Cole (
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:58:23 -0700 (PDT)
Ann - you nailed it!   before breakfast indeed.  Now to make sure Alice really 
doesn’t go away, and evolves to a what makes her happy!!  liz

Liz Ryan Cole
Pinnacle Project
Lyme, NH

On Apr 20, 2017, at 7:03 AM, Ann Zabaldo <zabaldo [at]> wrote:

Really, Alice.  

Before breakfast?

How depressing.  I need chocolate.

I also need to tell you some things.

You are a mover n’ shaker.  Shook this organization right up!  Moved it into 
the 21st century.  You have energized the organization, this list, and all of 
whom you come into contact.  Thanking you for your leadership seems paltry.   I 
will do it anyway.

Thank you for your leadership and service to us all.

Now I can only hope that before June 30th you will come to your senses and 
realize that a basically unpaid job working 50+ hours a week with a group of 
people in all different stages of development, spread all over the US,  is 
exactly what you wan to do with your life.  We’ll take you back.

Right now … I need that chocolate …

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church, VA

As long as you have two or fewer … your ducks are always in a row.  The Covert 

> On Apr 20, 2017, at 6:31 AM, Alice Alexander <alicecohous [at]> 
> wrote:
> With a bittersweet note, I share the news that I be stepping down as
> Coho/US Executive Director, effective June 30.
> I have loved my job! The work involved however is too much for me at this
> point in my life. I'm being pulled in too many other directions.
> I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure. From an
> organization that was not doing well, we have established a strong board
> and staffing structure; achieved financial stability; renewed credibility
> and relevancy as a professional organization; significantly raised the
> visibility of cohousing; and assisted in creating, growing or rejuvenating
> many dozens of communities.
> Our success draws in good part from this list serve, and the contributions
> from all of you who give of your wisdom. I have collected many of these
> postings, and turned them into resources we can share with all on
> (And thanks to Fred Olson, this list serve provides an
> excellent archive of resources.)
> The Coho/US Board will be recruiting for a new Executive Director. For
> information, visit
> Thanks for everyone’s support.
> PS I am not disappearing! Just evolving.
> -- 
> Alice Alexander
> Executive Director
> [image: The Cohousing Association]
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