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TENT Leaders

Directors

Nancy and I have lived in Taos since 2009 and have spent much of the time since then working on the remodeling of our Old Adobe. We love that work and the results.

We had helped my two 90+ year old parents finish their lives and it was a huge mess - painful for them and for us. Then when I read Being Mortal several years ago I could see there were better ways to do things as we got older.  

So my main drivers are that I want a good ending, I want to stay in the home we love,  I want to be active till the end, and I want to continue to be part of a loving community.   The creation of TENT can help reach those goals.

President

James Schultz

 

I’ve been involved in-home care through Mountain Home Health Care since 1985 and am aware of the needs of all of us as we age.  Since I have no children to look after me when I get older, and because I want to stay in Taos, I want to help develop a good support network.  My background is in health care administration and I’m very involved in interfaith/intercultural efforts here in Taos.  Long, long ago I studied Latin American Studies (which is how I got here in 1984: visiting my High  School Spanish teacher).  

Bette Myerson, Secretary. B.A. and M.A. in Latin American Studies.  M.S.W. in Social Work Administration. Lived in Taos 33 years.  Worked as Finance Director for Mountain Home Health Care (and hospice for nearly 29 years). 

Fund-Raising

Bette Myerson

 

I relocated to Taos from the east coast and away from other family just before the tragedy of 9/11.  A few years later my remaining parent became unable to care for herself and bringing her to Taos was the only practical option. Her displacement from friends and familiar surroundings contributed to her declining health. TENT is the Taos alternative that offers an enriched life in our later years.

TENT is an important part of my community engagement and is a natural addition to 30+ years of professional practice that includes clinical and career counseling, education, governmental consultation, mediation, employee assistance, and program development.  Working with people of all ages I focus on relationships, infant/early childhood mental health, living with injury or illness, and the mind-body connection in healing. I hold a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an EdD from The College of William and Mary.

Board Member

Dr Caryle Zorumski

 

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Reggie Bio

 

 

Treasurer

Reggie Mosser

 

After caring for his mother-in-law and later his wife as they were dying of cancer, Jim Ludden realized the importance of community support and social contact as we become less able to care for ourselves. When asked, he decided to apply his technical skills to developing a community to support the elderly in Taos, where there are many elderly isolated by infirmity, geography, and poverty. Jim is a jack-of-all-trades, has a lot of irrelevant education, and has run several successful small businesses, as well as working as a scientist, engineer, and management consultant.

Tech Support

James R Ludden

 

Coordinators

 

Kate Harris

I came to Taos 20 years ago after spending 20 years in the northern New Mexico mountains (I missed the electricity and running water!), and started my volunteer work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA - for abused and neglected children), also sitting on the Citizen's Review Board, oversight for CASA.  Nursing my husband through a protracted, terminal illness led me to the Threshold Choir, an international group whose local chapters sing to clients in hospice.  From this came my ongoing volunteer work with Mountain Home Health Care as director of the local Threshold group.

I grew up in Indonesia and Paris, with a little Connecticut. I have enough college credits for a degree but due to ever-shifting interests have not completed such. (Although after taking a few classes at UNM I have discovered that "my" subject is geography!)  My experiences with my mother's Alzheimer's, my husband's illness, hospice work, and my own questioning about my future leads me to TENT, and I am delighted to be able to participate in this organization.

Volunteer Coordinator

Kate Harris

Volunteers@TaosElders.org

 

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Shapiro bio

Membership Coordinator

Charlene and Gary Shapiro

Members@TaosElders.org

 

Hard Workers

 


We moved to Taos in 2001 from Oakland, CA, and opened a photography and writing business, High Mesa Productions. This included articles for magazines such as New Mexico Magazine, editing publications for the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, and twenty children's books on Native Peoples and the Expansion of America for Rourke Publishing Co. I taught two online copyediting courses for the University of California, Berkeley. The course "Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage for Editors" wasn't yet available online, and I developed its online version.

 

 

Previously, in California, I had 25 years of experience as editor and manager of publications for engineering companies, including writing and producing quarterly employee and client newsletters. My credentials include a B.A. in English from the University of Washington, an M.A. in English from San Francisco State University, and a secondary teaching credential from UCLA.

News Editor

Linda Thompson

 

 

 

Outreach Coordinator

 

 

 Wyche and Meyer

Wyche and Meyer bios

Events Coordinators

Rhonda Wyche

Catrin Meyer

 


Ron Furedi spent the first 60 years of his life in New York, developing a career in medical marketing and advertising. During family travels and, in fact, in his wife Marianne's magnificent gardens, Ron has always taken joy in recording and enhancing floral images. The Furedis moved to Taos in 2005, where Ron is delighted to have more time to devote to his love of floral art, and to various community volunteer activities.

Marketing

Ron Furedi

 

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sharon bio

Publicity

Sharon Bradshaw

 


My wife, Linda, and I moved to Taos in 2001 to escape the increasing overpopulation of the San Francisco Bay Area. I had spent 14 years there as a producer for an underwater film production company, followed by 7 years as an executive producer making multimedia training programs for children and adults. Landing in Taos with a new home (mortgage) and no work, I transitioned my long-time hobby of photography into an income-producing business with Linda’s help.

 

When I lost both of my parents in 2012, it made me keenly aware of how important it was for the elderly to receive proper care so they can continue to enjoy life. In my case, the task was made easier with the help of three siblings and family to take care of my parents in their home.  After their passing, the reality started to hit home as I thought about our future years with no children and no other relatives living within 1,000 miles. Getting involved in TENT was a start in figuring out how we would deal with our own aging in the years ahead. It is very satisfying to participate in the building of an “aging at home” structure here in Taos.

News Publisher

Terry Thompson

 

Membership Renewal

Nancy Ewing

 

Interest Groups

Becky Calvert

 

 

 

TENT Phone Number

575/224-6335

 

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