After growing up in upstate New York, attending Cornell University, then working as a home economist, teacher, librarian, and director of Christian Education, I decided, as an older adult, to attend seminary where I focused on spiritual formation for myself and others. I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.
Now, along with my husband, Mick, I am a nurturer of a family which includes 3 children, 2 spouses, and 7 grandchildren. I am an avid reader, an enthusiastic walker and hiker with my husband and beloved dog, an energetic cook who likes to prepare tasty food for people, and a welcoming hostess of individuals and groups in our home and at our outdoor labyrinth.
As the seasons change, my favorite activity changes: In the spring it is preparing soil and tending my garden and planting flower pots; In summer it is hiking; In fall it is mushroom hunting in our nearby forests; In winter it is snowshoeing. As far as I am concerned Ridgway, CO is the BEST place to live. Come and see!
Mick Graff was born in 1942 and raised in Wyoming, OH, a suburb of Cincinnati. He attended college at Cornell U, U of CA Berkeley, Xavier U, and Northern KY U. He met Kathy at Cornell; they were married after graduation, and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2015. They have three sons; Greg, a professor at CSU in Ft Collins, CO; Chris, a dentist in Montrose, CO; and Ken, a recent graduate of CO School of Mines and job hunting in Denver. Greg and Rosemary have two sons, Larin and Tevis; Chris and Kathy have five sons, Evan, Sean, Jonas, Josiah and Joseph, the latter two adopted from Uganda; Ken is single. Mick worked for Procter & Gamble for 34 years, 14 in Research & Development, and 20 as a Patent Attorney. Mick retired in 2000, and Kathy and Mick relocated from Cincinnati to Ouray County in 2001. Mick locally is on the Boards of the Ouray Trails Group, Friends of the Wright Opera House, and Western Colorado Community Foundation; he volunteers at the Ouray Visitor Center, talking with visitors about local trails and jeep roads. Mick likes to hike, ski, golf, play softball, make chess sets out of nuts and bolts and other hardware pieces, and take photos of the beautiful scenery and wildlife here. Kathy and Mick are founding members of the United Church of the San Juans in Ridgway, where Mick especially likes to help organize and participate in discussion groups.
Kate spent most of her life in southeast Michigan. She earned a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan in 1980 and worked as a senior writer for U-M's news service for 14 years. She later freelanced for many Ann Arborarea publications until retirement in 2007.
She and her husband, an automotive engineer, and their two children had hiked and skied on Colorado's front range for many years. On a road trip in 2003, they fell in love with the San Juan Mountains on the western slope. A stop at a funky little shop, Ridgway's Cimarron Coffee and Books, convinced them that Ouray County would be their retirement home. They settled here in 2007.
When Kate lost her husband in 2012, she decided to remain in the Ridgway community, where she is active in several nonprofits and works part-time at the Ouray County Historical Museum as publicist. In her free time, she hikes and skies in the mountains with friends or daughter. Michigan often calls her back for visits with son, daughter-in-law and grandkids.
Little did she know in 2003 that her future co-housing neighborhood would be just steps away from the Cimarron Coffee shop.
In the summer of 2014 I hiked the Colorado Trail – the trail from Denver to Durango. After 5 weeks of hiking, I arrived in the San Juan mountains. While sitting by the Animas river, I realized with every fiber of my being that I was home. 2 years later I picked up and moved to Ouray County. I had been living in the Boulder area, working as a therapist, teaching at Naropa University, and providing organizational trainings. And while it was difficult to leave friends and work that was dear to my heart, each day I feel so blessed to be living in this landscape. I hear the birds in the morning, watch the storms sweep across the mountains, hike through wildflower meadows, and am awed by the endless trails to explore. I’ve discovered that the people drawn to this land share my spirit for adventure, many share my love of community and love for the Earth. As a university adjunct professor for 15 years, I taught classes on group dynamics and community development. I am interested in cultivating cultures where people can fully thrive and bring their gifts to life, and I’m deeply dedicated to bridging divides. We live in unpredictable times, and I believe that this is waking us back up to how much we really do need one another. CoHousing in Ridgway is just a dream come true for me. Also, I’m a foodie. And Ridgway, turns out, is too.
Don has been a Ridgway resident since 2006. He, and his wife Sally, were attracted to Ouray County for the same reason as many of you — the mountain paradise.
His boyhood home was a farm town in NE Kansas. He graduated as a mechanical engineer at Kansas State University. After a few years in the heating/air conditioning field, he returned to school and received a dental degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. From there, he practiced dentistry in Denver for many years prior to moving to Ridgway.
Don enjoys most outdoor activities, being with friends, and reading. He has a particular interest in the science/spirituality interface.
My childhood was spent in Illinois and South Florida. Summers in the UP and adventures in the western mountains and deserts excited my love of wild places. Degrees earned in history and political science, the teaching of reading, and human nutrition led to several lively professions and now, in retirement, a variety of community activities. My husband, Don, and I backpacked in the Colorado Rockies with our two sons when living in the Denver area. Now we delight in enjoyment of SW Colorado with their families and our friends.
I grew up in Cincinnati and graduated with a degree in political science from Wilmington College in Ohio. I moved to Durango, CO, in 1971 where I started as a sports writer for the Durango Herald and then became a general assignment reporter/photographer. After working for the Herald for three years I became an information specialist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Montrose. I had the good fortune, for 27 years, to get paid for doing what most would gladly pay to be able to do!: photographing, filming, and writing about wildlife and the activities of the agency.
I enjoy the usual activities for western Colorado: hiking, fishing, backpacking, skiing, scuba diving (not here, water’s too damn cold!) and just about anything you can outdoors . Since retiring I’ve gotten into birding, combining it with my love for international travel, and have been to Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, and Bhutan.
Born in Cripple Creek, Colorado, Jim also grew up near Denver. Susan and Jim met when they were in ninth grade. Jim earned two degrees from the University of Northern Colorado, both in mathematics, and taught high school math for 42 years. Athletics was always a big part of Jim’s life. He played football all through college and was fortunate to have coached football, basketball and baseball at the high school level for over 30 years. He also refereed high school basketball for over 20 years.
Santa gave Jim his first toy train set when he was four years old and he is still playing with trains. He truly has a one track mind. Even though most of his teaching was on the plains of eastern Colorado a good portion of his free time was spent in the mountains taking advantage of all they have to offer. And when he retired from teaching, the first time, his big dream of building his own home in the mountains came true.
Susan grew up near Denver, CO. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a major in American Literature. She taught firstas an Elementary School teacher, & then earned a post-graduate degree in Counseling Psychology at Antioch New England, followed by an intensive year at the Cambridge Family Institute to become a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She counseled families & children until her retirement.
Susan is the wife of Jim Wing. She has two sons & a daughter, & 2 step-daughters, and together the couple has 15 grand-children. Her favorite thing is the frequent visits with their families. She has always loved being in the mountains of Colorado—whether hiking, skiing, or just hanging out. She took up painting in her early 60’s, & now loves to paint outdoors, particularly the landscapes around Ridgway.
A native Floridian, Sara moved to Ouray County in 2000 seeking a more wholesome environment to raise her three children. The beauty of the mountains as well as the vibrant community found here were powerful draws. Sara has been a caterer for over 40 years and enjoys traveling, especially where interesting food and wine is to be found. A lifelong supporter of the performing arts, Sara sings in several local choruses and has been a decade-long member of the board of the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in journalism, Sara remains fascinated by politics and current events.