Bozeman Cohousing is comprised of individuals and families at all stages of life, from young families and working professionals to empty nesters and retirees. Learn more about some of our current members below.
Mark, Kathleen, Denali (6), and Lochlan (2)
The Owkes have lived in Bozeman since 2015. Mark is an assistant professor at MSU; Kathleen stays home with the kids and homeschools. They are outdoor enthusiasts who are passionate about sustainability and environmental conservation. The Owkes are founding members of Bozeman Cohousing, which they started, “….because we wanted an old-fashioned neighborhood where kids are outside playing, you don’t have to cross a street or drive across town to visit friends, and we can enjoy social interaction with other adults.” They are most looking forward to having a diverse multi-generational community. “We think the biggest perk of cohousing will be the community dinners.”
Katherine first moved to Bozeman in her late 20s to work for a startup tech firm. She had previously spent several seasons working overseas for VISIONS Service Adventures, an international teen community service program. After a few years in tech, she did contract work for conservation nonprofits and earned an MBA from the University of Montana. Katherine later became director/owner of VISIONS and moved the headquarters to Bozeman in 2010. She is a native of Montana (Billings) and feels deeply rooted to the communities and landscape here. She’s drawn to Bozeman Cohousing concept because it sounds fun, supportive and environmentally aligned with her values.
Erik and Joi
“We love that in Bozeman we have access to the diverse Montana wilds,while also being able to live a walking/biking lifestyle in town.” You might find the couple in Cooper Park with their lab/husky, Utek, or backcountry skiing, climbing and biking. Joi works part-time at a daycare while she completes her elementary education degree. Erik teaches architecture at MSU, and has designed cohousing communities and other sustainability-focused projects across the US and abroad. He also lived in two cohousing communities during his 20s. Erik and Joi are expecting their first child and look forward to raising a family in an environment full of friends and neighbors of diverse ages and species. “We can’t wait to live in Bozeman Cohousing!”
Chad, Megan, and Annaliese (5)
Chad and Megan both moved to Bozeman in 2003 for college. Chad is an engineer for Montana Department of Transportation and he works closely with MSU interns designing highways. He also teaches a civil engineering course at MSU as an adjunct instructor. Megan is a stay at home parent to their daughter. The family enjoys being outside hiking, biking, gardening and camping. “We are attracted to cohousing because we want to live in a connected, supportive and safe neighborhood. We feel that cohousing will provide rich social connections through regular community dinners, celebrations and spontaneous interactions. We are excited to live in our dream neighborhood!”
Garl, Owen (9), and Mirabella (4)
Garl was raised on a cattle ranch in the Madison Valley, attended Montana State, and has lived in Bozeman since 2012. He has a background in agriculture and appreciates the concept of “agrihood,” where a community works together to grow food for their families and others. Raised in rural Montana, Garl recalls how his grandpa shared haying equipment with neighbors and how everyone helped out large functions such as brandings and cattle drives. “Now everyone has their own swather, baler, bale feeder, etc. Nobody has to rely on their neighbors anymore.” Being your average Bozemanite, Garl loves to go on mountain adventures and looks forward to having a closer-knit group of “adventure buddies” who come with cohousing.
Susanne Cowan is an assistant professor at MSU who has lived in Bozeman for six years. She teaches architecture history and urban planning and is passionate about building inclusive and environmentally responsible neighborhoods. In her spare time, Susanne likes to hike, bike, cross country ski, and visit hot springs. She also loves to travel to new cities and countries, visiting art museums and historic buildings. As a single person without family living nearby, Susanne is excited that cohousing will create an extended family for socializing and support.
Karen has lived in Bozeman for 15 years. She works at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center and previously spent several years with the US Forest Service. Her daughters Rose (15) and Zemma (18) attend Bozeman High, and Corrina (20) is studying economics at MSU. Bozeman Cohousing came along at just the right time when Karen was considering downsizing as her daughters start to leave the nest. The transition into cohousing will make it easier to move from their long-time home, as Karen and her daughters already enjoy sharing meals and activities with their future neighbors. Karen cares deeply about the earth and Gallatin Valley, and is excited to be joining a group of individuals, couples, and families who want to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Lynn, Gary, Alex (19), and Braeden (16)
Lynn and Gary both earned their Bachelor’s degrees at MSU in the mid-1980s, but they didn’t meet until 1997 in Colorado. After Braeden was born, in 2003, they moved back to Bozeman to make it their home. Lynn and Gary are now retired; Alex is working for an Internet company and planning to start college soon; and Braeden will be a high school senior during the 2020/21 school year. “We love to travel and have spent considerable time overseas. I think that travel and visiting less car-centric cultures, such as in Europe, has given us an appreciation of the ‘village’ type of community that cohousing embodies; we are interested in living in such an ‘intentional’ social community, where we know and interact with our neighbors.”
Marci grew up in Vermont as a 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) kid milking Holsteins, raising poultry, and even living on Christmas tree farm. She remembers her family’s party line (land line telephones!), the original sharing economy. Later, Marci’s business degree prepared her to co-own Vermont’s second largest recycling company. Three years ago, Marci was visiting Glacier National Park when she met up with a cousin in Bozeman who offered his home for a house-sitting stint. Marci inadvertently found a new home here in Montana, and made the move thereafter. She picked up where she left off in Vermont with a focus on service work, including being part of the Pilgrim Volunteer Team at Fork & Spoon, an usher at the Ellen, sorter at Sack’s, nordic and alpine ski volunteer with Eagle Mount, and is also active with Gallatin Valley Newcomers. Marci is owned by her dog, Gaby.