About Us

Mary Kirk

Board President and Founder


Mary Kirk is the visionary behind Our Home. A registered dietitian and long-time caregiver, Mary is the founder and owner of Dignity Care, LLC, a licensed homecare business that has provided compassionate and respectful private home-based health care to hundreds of Boulder County residents since 1997. Mary has seen first-hand the isolation and depression that can result when an older person ages alone and does not have family members living close-by. She envisions that a cooperative home will help elders to stay in their neighborhood in a home setting rather than spend the last part of their life in an institutional environment.


Ged Thompson

Board Member


Ged has long been involved in social issues to improve people’s health and life, both in the U.S. and overseas. He graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Political Science. He then served in the Peace Corps in Kenya, Africa, and as a representative in the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Area for the March of Dimes. He has traveled extensively in India and Nepal and taught as a visiting Professor at National University in Korea. He is currently an owner and former operator of Dignity Care LLC and serves on the Board of BIBA (Boulder independence Business Alliance) and is a board Member of Gentle Passages LLC.


Zev Paiss

Hemp Program Manager


Zev serves as an advisor on industrial hemp to Sustainable Paths. He has been involved in the industrial hemp industry since early 2014. In November of that year, Zev founded the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association. Within six months, he was serving as a national resource for hemp farmers, processors, businesses, elected officials and policymakers across the U.S. In 2015 Zev created the National Hemp Association (NHA) and served as the NHA Executive Director through September 2016. Zev currently serves as a national hemp consultant and educator helping hemp businesses build the U.S. hemp supply chain and the hemp economy. 


Neshama Abraham

Executive Director


In 2004, Neshama co-founded the Elder Cohousing Network to champion a new model for “aging in community.” She has helped more than a dozen cohousing neighborhoods get built across the U.S. where she managed grassroots marketing and group process activities. She is a seasoned communications professional and project manager and co-founder/co-owner of Abraham Paiss & Associates, Inc., a national strategic marketing communications firm.  Neshama is managing the Our Home community outreach and has been instrumental in helping the City of Boulder, Colorado craft new policy for a usable Co-Op Ordinance for active older adults and people of any age.


Technical Advisors

Tim Beal, Director of Sustainable Communities, Boulder Housing Partners

Tim is serving as an advisor to Our Home. He has extensive experience in resort and commercial property development and management. Additionally, he has local residential property management experience from his tenure with Peak Properties and Development in Boulder. He is very familiar with the process for reporting on properties that have received local, state and federal monies. For BHP, Tim is leading the development and execution of broad-based, agency-wide and project-based strategic sustainability initiatives, organizational risk planning and claims management; and community engagement initiatives. Tim has served on the Board of Directors for several local non-profits in the Boulder area.

Alice Ierley, Elder Law Attorney, Brown & Ierley, LLC

Alice works with elders, people with disabilities, and their families, to help them plan for and deal with issues of incapacity or changing capacity. I also help people with estate planning, and health insurance appeals including Medicare and Medicaid. Carol previously worked for the Colorado Division of Insurance where she was the Director of two federally funded statewide programs that served people over 65 and those with disabilities to access health benefits to which they are entitled, and to prevent fraud and exploitation. She also served as a Medicare Ombudsman for the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging where she tracked regulatory and legislative changes to health insurance programs to better advocate for, educate, and assist consumers to access healthcare to which they were entitled.

Lincoln Miller, Executive Director, Boulder Housing Coalition

Lincoln has been living in community and developing housing co-ops for the past 17 years. He created the Boulder Housing Coalition (BHC), a 501(C)(3) Community Housing Development Organization, co-founded the Masala Co-op and worked on the acquisition of Masala for the the BHC. In 2004 Lincoln led the acquisition of the Chrysalis co-op for the Boulder Housing Coalition. This created the first permanently affordable cooperative housing system in Colorado. As the current Executive Director of the BHC, he led the development of the new North Haven cooperative. North Haven is home to 26 adults including 7 kids and doubled the size of the BHC to 53 people. Lincoln has served on the FIC board for 4 years. Lincoln also serves on 3 national co-op boards including the NASCO Properties board.

Carol Myers, Occupational Therapist

Carol has spent the last 30 years serving the elderly population in Boulder as a licensed occupational therapist in private practice. She works with seniors at independent and assisted living facilities. Carol’s professional work was greatly influenced during a 20-year period of caring for and being an advocate for her aging grandmother when she entered a nursing home in her 70s until her death at age 96. Carol is honored to serve as an advisor to Our Home-Colorado to create a new vision and a paradigm shift in our care of seniors.

Scott Rodwin, LEED AP, Founding Principal, Rodwin Architecture

Scott was named the American Institute of Architect (AIA)’s 2006 “Young Architect of the Year” for the U.S. Western Mountain Region.  Scott has been a leader in the sustainable design field for nearly two decades and is currently authoring a book on Green Homes for a national publisher.  He is familiar with American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant design, and is a frequent speaker on both commercial and residential green topics and teaches “Green Building 101″ for the City and County of Boulder.  He is deeply involved in a wide variety of civic and professional activities including Blueprint Boulder, Sierra ClubArchitects and Planners of BoulderBoulder Green Building Guild, and the American Institute of Architects, where he has served as both chapter President and Chair of the Colorado Committee on the Environment.  Rodwin Architecture partners with Skycastle Construction a green, local design/build team that specializes in new, quality custom homes and residential remodels in Boulder since 2001.

 

Sustainable Paths

Sustainable Paths is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization based in Boulder, CO, dedicated to creating more sustainability in people's lives. Three areas of focus include: creative housing options that produce resilient communities, the industrial hemp crop, and a Music of the Plants device that allows people to deepen their connection with Nature.

Designed and Managed by Abraham Paiss & Associates, Inc.