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Some core members put forth their individual visions of this future community:”A Day in the Life”.
Howie Richey left his hometown of Corpus Christi in 1971 to study radio at The University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a disc jockey in Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, and Uvalde. Beginning in 1982, he hosted a late-night rock ’n’ roll program and an early Saturday morning folk music show on KUT-FM. These lasted until 2003, when he produced a weekly calendar of outdoor event at community station KOOP. Mr. Richey turned skills from his second degree, a bachelor’s in geography, into a stint as a land surveyor and consistently as a tour guide, the Texpert. He leads natural and cultural history trips within and outside of the Capital City. Between all those activities, Howie repeatedly found himself working as a proofreader and editor for the Texas Senate. This word wrestling serves as his main source of income.
Over the years, Howie became active in the field of social design, especially in the building of yurts. He helped with several such projects on other folks’ properties, then collaborated in building two on his own. Plywood is one of his favorite materials, of which he exhibits shelves, cabinets, racks, chuck boxes, a chuck wagon, and a shed. A social animal, Mr. Richey is a consistent host of revelries. He throws weekly and seasonal shindigs, each built around a specific theme, such as an artist’s birthday, May Day, the Winter Solstice, and 1960s music. From his studies of merriment and his love of Austin came Party Weird, a 2014 history of celebration Texas’ strangest city. He and his partner, Linda Anderson, invite neighbors and friends to their Green Man Coffee House every Friday that remains. Howie’s ‘Day in the Life’ Vision
Karen Meschke is a native Austinite who loves to travel the world but enjoys returning to her home city. She is a firm believer in the power of cooperative housing and is working with both Armadillo Cohousing (multigenerational) as their Treasurer and with Boomers’ Collaborative (Baby Boomers) as a Vice President on their Board of Directors.
She is a retired State of Texas employee with more than thirty years of state service. At the state, she worked as a Project Manager, Accounting Specialist, and Researcher. Karen is a life-time learner and late bloomer. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business in 2006 and her MBA in 2012 from Concordia University, Austin. She also earned an Associates Degree in General Studies in 1976 and a Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning in 2010, from Austin Community College.
An active volunteer, Karen has helped organize and run a variety of conferences and events for various non-profits and for-profit organizations for more than three decade. Working with volunteers has given Karen the knowledge to play well with others, and she has learned the best leader leads by example.
In 1994, Karen began a bi-monthly reading group for an Austin literary non-profit organization. This gave the group’s members a chance to share books they already enjoyed or might never have read on their own. The reading group is one of Karen’s proudest achievements and continues to this day; they have read more than 500 books.
Karen has also served her church in various positions as a Trustee, member of their Long Range Strategic Planning Board, and as a member of their School Board.
Karen has received both the Citizen Gardener (2014) and Permaculture Design Certificate (2013). For the past four years, Karen, has volunteered with Austin’s Sustainable Food Center with their “Share the Harvest” event. She is currently a Travis County Master Gardener Intern and working on becoming a Master Gardener later this fall. Karen M’s ‘Day in the Life’ Vision