Gail Bagley, Founding Member
I have lived in Florida since 1970, before Disney World opened! My interest in co-living has been percolating for decades, but my real commitment to cohousing came when discovered the "Senior Cohousing Handbook". Since then I have visited 20+ cohousing communities, attended numerous regional and national conferences and workshops, and currently serve on the SAGE Senior Cohousing Advocates board, along with Chuck Durrett, the co-founder of cohousing in the U.S. I look forward to a long, happy and healthy life among supportive friends and neighbors here in Lakeland, FL.
I am a native Floridian, and fell in love with Central Florida when I moved here in the mid-80s. I enjoy Tai Chi, Qigong, backpacking, walking, drum circles and local community events.
I am a French native who taught in the New York City public schools for over 15 years. I have been living in Florida since 2010 and love the Florida climate. This is where I discovered my passion for gardening, more specifically, permaculture and food forests. My need for community has led me to Cohousing where I am meeting like-minded people. Bike riding, hiking, and swimming keep me physically active.
Barbara and Don Wallace
Barbara and Don Wallace are 77 and 85 years old, respectively. We are Detroit-area Michiganders who were snowbirds for 16 years before moving fulltime to Lakeland. Don taught physics at Oakland University and Barbara was a school media specialist and public library director. Now we are both doing taxes as volunteers for AARP and both involved in their Unitarian Universalist congregation. Barbara plays duplicate bridge. Don plays golf. We have lived in senior communities for 18 years and are intrigued by the idea of an intimate, intentional community where like-minded adults can live as an extended family rather than as random neighbors.