The BHC’s Board of Directors is made up of representatives elected by the members of our cooperative houses, and also by members of the community who have an interest in our mission, and expertise to lend it its implementation. In the fullness of time, we anticipate that the majority of the Board will be composed of house reps. However, at present we’ve only got 3 co-ops, so we’re leaning more heavily on the community. The BHC Board uses a consensus decision-making process.
Below are the BHC’s board and staff members as of June, 2017.
Ginger Cunliffe, Ostara House Representative
Shae Frydenlund, At Large Representative
Christina Gosnell, At Large Representative
Christina Gosnell (appointed May, 2017) is an at large representative on the board. She is the chair of the BHC’s ECHO Committee, which coordinates our work as an “Expert Cooperative Housing Organization,” certifying cooperatives under the city’s cooperative housing ordinance, which was passed in January, 2017. Between 2013 and 2017, Christina helped lead the political organizing that led to the new law’s passage, as part of the BoCHA Advocacy Committee.
Skye Hughes, Masala House Representative, Board Secretary
Lincoln Miller, Executive Director (Staff)
Lincoln Miller has lived in co-ops ranging in size from 7-27 people and has been involved with co-op development for 18 years. In that time he has been a founding member of 3 non-profit cooperative organizations. In 1996 Lincoln created the Boulder Housing Coalition (BHC), a 501(c)(3) Community Housing Development Organization, with Boulder’s then Mayor Will Toor. Between 1999 and 2002 Lincoln and Tony Sanny co-founded the Masala Co-op and worked on the acquisition of the property at 744 Marine St, creating the first permanently affordable rental co-op in Colorado. In 2004 Lincoln officially took on the role of the organization’s Executive Director, and led the acquisition of the Chrysalis Co-op for the BHC. This created the first permanently affordable cooperative housing system in Colorado. He has served on all three of the NASCO boards, as well as the Board for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. Mr. Miller has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado and has completed all of the course work for the Certified Housing Asset Manager Designation (CHAM).
Michael Rush, Chrysalis House Representative
Michael (Mickey) Rush was elected to represent the Chrysalis Cooperative in November, 2016. Mickey hails from the northern metropolises of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, where he first heard the co-op gospel at the Minnesota Students’ Cooperative (now the East River Cooperative). Mickey has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Minnesota, and is now working on his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado. In addition, Mickey serves as a volunteer for Boulder Food Rescue, serves as a CU Restorative Justice community representative, and Shared Paths trail steward.
Sabrina Sideris has been the Program Director of INVST Community Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2007. She works to support learners as they decide upon a course of reflective action for social and environmental change. She has a Masters Degree in Peace Education from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and she is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Higher Education at the University of Denver where she studies diversity and inclusion in institutions. Sabrina lived at the Masala Coop from 2007 – 2013 and has served on the BHC board for over 8 years. Sabrina is the chair of the BHC’s Diversity, Inclusion & Education Committee, which develops curriculum for and coordinates a program ongoing education for our co-op community.
Valerie Soraci moved to Boulder in 1997 after growing up outside of Chicago and attending college in Montana and Ohio. In 2001, she started Dragonfly Gardens, a garden design, installation and maintenance company specializing in estate gardening and individualized neighborhood landscapes, with a focus on water wise and native plant design. After running for City Council in 2009, Valerie was seated on the Boulder Housing Coalition board and in 2010, and was appointed to the board of the city’s housing authority Boulder Housing Partners. In 2014 she was featured as Channel 9’s Boulder Landscaper of 2014. Valerie finds her inspiration in her two amazing kids and all the natural beauty Boulder has to offer. She is intent on giving back to her community and being an advocate for those amongst us with the smallest voices. Her spare time is spent riding trails on her refurbished Klein, creating art in her living room, volunteering to help friends move or simply basking in the glory of a sunset over the Flatirons.
Zane Selvans, At Large Representative, Board Treasurer
Zane Selvans served on the BHC Board in 2003-2004 while getting his Ph.D. at CU in planetary geophysics, and re-joined the board in April of 2013 as the House Representative from Masala, where he lived from May 2011 until April 2016. He then moved into the Picklebric Cooperative and became an At Large Representative on the BHC Board. Zane is interested in cooperative housing as a way to make resource efficient living economical and socially rewarding. He currently wrangles electric utility data at Catalyst Cooperative, a small worker-owned consulting company that does energy data and policy analysis. Zane helped to found Boulder Cooperative Food, a bulk-buying co-op that serves many of Boulder’s housing cooperatives. In April of 2017 Zane was elected to the board of the food co-op. He also serves on the board of NASCO Development Services, which helps create housing co-ops nationwide. Zane chair’s the BHC’s Development Committee, which is dedicated to creating new housing co-ops in Boulder. He currently serves as the Board Treasurer. Zane enjoys dirt-road bike touring in the Rocky Mountains. You can snark at him on Twitter: @ZaneSelvans.
Sarah Wells, At Large Representative
Sarah Wells is one of the founders of the Queen City Housing Cooperative in Denver.
Rebecca Uli, At Large Representative
Rebecca Uli has lived in the Masala and Ostara Cooperatives, and is the chair of the BHC’s Cooperation Committee, which provides group facilitation and mediation resources to housing cooperatives working through conflict and other community challenges.