John (scroll to view Sarah's Bio)
I am a native Houstonian but have lived and traveled extensively in other parts of the world. Somehow, I always made my way back to Houston. After graduating from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Fine Arts, I worked in the oil and gas industry for several years until my original love of art and design called me back to school and ultimately, to manage my own graphic design firm for the majority of my career.
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on projects for companies like Apple Computer, Silicon Graphics, and NASA. In 2009, I provided the modeling and graphics for the Hubble Servicing Mission 4, on STS-125.
I love all things beer and was one of the founders of the first homebrew club in Houston - the Foam Rangers! I once won best of show out of 1800+ entries at the yearly Dixie Cup Homebrew competition. We homebrewers also love to cook and I’m no exception. My wife and I have hosted goat and pig roasts over the years with everything in-between while also providing goodies for our vegan friends. We love sharing meals and fellowship with others.
In 2009, we embarked on a new venture – turning our backyard into an edible paradise. I am now permaculture certified thanks to Urban Harvest Houston and thoroughly enjoy consuming and supporting the amazing variety of local and organic farmers and foodie community while tending to and sharing the bounty from our home garden.
I speak English, German, and Spanish and enjoy all forms of physical exercise, traveling, cooking, sharing good time with friends and family. I look forward to being a part of our intentional cohousing community!
Growing up with a brother in computer science and a father with a PhD in engineering, the computer geek genes were here to stay. Even with that background, rather than get a technical degree, I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT.
I currently manage an IT team at Rice University. I’ve spent the majority of my career in academia (I love the stimulation and being around the students and innovation) at Rice University and the University of Houston, but have also moved in / out of the corporate world at companies like Texas Instruments and AIG.
My main loves include travel, any / all games, meeting new people, and learning new ways to process and cook the bounty from our home, organic garden. I’m a founding member of Transition Houston which has been active in the Houston community for over 10 years and am also permaculture certified. The Transition movement focuses on promoting sustainability and techniques for meeting our world’s difficult challenges. For us, this includes our permablitzes (the dream is a garden on every block) and we hosted Houston’s first Repair Café. Repair cafes celebrate fixing through a fun, collaborative, hands-on, fix-n-learn, community event and ideally teaches people new skills while keeping the items out of our landfills.
John and I have been married for almost 25 years – the second time around was the charm. Both of us are very social and having cared for both sets of parents, we’ve directly experienced some of the challenges people go through as they age, particularly isolation. Having no children of our own and as we are getting older, we were excited to learn about cohousing and the community lifestyle. Cohousing is the best of both worlds – a private residence and a multi-generational community with shared resources. It doesn’t get any better!