Meet our members

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Maria

Maria's parents are Filipino immigrants, but Fremont is her hometown. In the male-dominated field of Autonomous Vehicles, Maria loves breaking stereotypes. She’s an Asian woman who works in tech, knows plenty about cars, and loves sports.

 

Until her softball coach pushed her to call the ball during practice, Maria says she was incredibly shy. Maria still plays softball on weekends sometimes! When she was volunteering for the Peace Corps on the island of St. Vincent, Maria played scrum-half in rugby (an impressive position to rugby fans). At a rugby party, she met her now-husband Wayne.

 

With a passion for affordable housing and keeping her kids in Fremont, Maria can’t wait to live in a place where her biracial

family feels accepted. She’s excited to bring what she calls terriyakified jerk chicken and Reggae music to common meals.

Advice that stuck: A lot of people will push you down, but more will lift you up.

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Jane

Jane was born and raised in Los Angeles, but chose to stay in the Bay Area after she graduated from Mills College. She and her late husband raised two daughters in Fremont. Following her husband's death, Jane worked in marketing communications for the software manufacturing industry before founding a consultancy dubbed Well Chosen Words, which she ran for 20 years.

She has served on the Boards of Directors for the League of Women Voters, Abode Services, and LIFE ElderCare. While a member of the Abode Board, she attended a 2008 housing conference in Sacramento at which Katie McCamant spoke about cohousing. About eight years ago, she and fiancé Doug started talking seriously with friends about how to make it happen. Ever since, Jane has been the force driving cohousing to Fremont.

Jane’s passion for social change and cultivating genuine

friendships are evident in her commitment to building Mission Peak Village. Late in 2020, Jane realized the ambition of buying an electric car, and she loves driving it past gas stations.

Advice that stuck: Try to have your circle of friends include multiple generations.

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Doug

Coming from a line of Christian Church ministers, Doug started out following in his family’s footsteps. As it turned out, his ideas of what a minister ought to be were too liberal for two congregations in Texas and one in San Jose. Doug has always been passionate about social justice, so he spent 30 years working for non-profits after he left the ministry.

Doug even helped to organize an intentional community in San Jose, called “Becoming.” Everyone had separate homes but would engage in frequent activities together. Many participants eventually moved away, but many of the group’s members still keep in contact — a sign of true community connection.

When he’s not working to improve the lives of people around him, Doug is a man who likes to play poker with his friends.

He enjoys spending time with his fiancée and Mission Peak Village’s burning soul, Jane. He fondly remembers their trip to Ireland, where they got a taste of Irish spirit(s)!

Advice that stuck: A good day is a day with tequila. / Don’t take life too seriously.

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Donna

Like Evelyn and Maria, Donna is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Mission Peak Village. She’s lived in Costa Rica, Jordan, Puerto Rico, and Bangladesh, but her affinity for Fremont’s Mediterranean weather never wavered. Jordan was the only place she lived that compared to home.

Once upon a time, Donna was a school psychologist. These days she enjoys cruises, volunteer work, dancing, and anything by The Beatles. Donna appreciates both alone time and socializing when she chooses. Cohousing just makes people more accessible for sharing everyday activities, such as walking around Lake Elizabeth.

A self-proclaimed open book, Donna doesn’t hold back. Donna’s an adventurous cook who loves life and a really good Shepherd’s pie. She supports Fremont’s local journalism by

regularly reading Tri-City Voice, in which other Mission Peak Village members’ articles have been published.

Advice that stuck: Live where you want to live, and then find a job.

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Anna

Anna is moving from Southern California to Fremont to be closer to her son and his family. She found Mission Peak Village online and instantly fell in love with the site and the wonderful people.

Anna has been a lifelong member of AAUW (American Association of University Women). Through the organization, Anna fundraised for projects like Tech Trek, which sends middle school girls to college campuses for a week to encourage their STEM pursuits. Tech Trek alumnae are known to far surpass their peers in math and science.

 

Formerly a hospital librarian, Anna’s last read was The Sum of Us, which explores the ways racism hurts everyone. Forever learning, Anna likes to spend time outside as well. She enjoys birdwatching, hiking, and long-distance bicycle tours. She

used to cover 400-500 miles over two weeks every summer! Due to the extreme activity, she could eat whatever she wanted, and it would burn right off. Her favorite tour was the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

Advice that stuck: Smile more.

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K.G.

K.G. and his wife Veena emigrated from India in 1997. Their formal education was broadly conducted in British English, so they find it very interesting to explore the U.K. as adults. They spent nearly 25 years in Foster City before moving to Texas in 2020. The couple has one daughter, who is now a teenager.

 

After K.G. saw the movie Happy, he began to seek a more connected community. K.G. has spent much of his professional life in software development, but he feels passionately about social justice issues and regularly reads about the subject.

Even though Veena is a professional chef, K.G. himself loves to cook Italian and Indian foods. Despite the intensive process, he enjoys making dosas — a South Indian kind of breakfast

crepe — from scratch almost every day.

Advice that stuck: If you take care of your neighbor’s kids, your kids grow on their own.

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Sandi

After working for the Library of Congress for 3½ years, Sandi moved to Fremont for a job as a public librarian. Though she’s been retired for over 20 years now, she still spends a lot of time reading. Mysteries are her latest obsession!

 

Sandi’s career revolved around public service, which bled into her pursuit of community activity. She has been a member of the local League of Women Voters since the 1970s, and even served as president. Not to mention she was the first female president of Niles Rotary in 1991; Sandi and her husband Dick are still quite active with the club.

 

Avid travelers, the two of them enjoy nearly annual trips to Kauai, where they get to relax and enjoy slack-key guitar music. Most recently, they cruised along the Douro River in

Portugal for their 53rd anniversary.

Advice that stuck: Don’t let the small things worry you.

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Dick

Dick is a proud graduate of Stanford University. He’ll tell you he fell into his career working for the County Bureau of Sanitation by accident. With his job experience and knowledge of cohousers’ minimal waste lifestyle, Dick hopes to cut a deal with Mission Peak Village’s local garbage company.

 

Dick was born without an ear and endured a series of surgeries as a child, but he has maintained a great sense of humor and optimism about him. He’s always cracking jokes in meetings and bringing up the mood. Despite a lifetime of crunching numbers, Dick enjoys crossword puzzles.

Dick and his wife Sandi are famed wine collectors in their community, belonging to multiple wine clubs. He enjoys the finer things in life, hence his affinity for travel. Dick comes

from a long line of Greek cooks, so when he finally went to Greece, the food felt almost nostalgic.

Advice that stuck: Buy low, sell high.