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TENT Leaders


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.


James Schultz


In her years of working as a nurse in Community Health, Public Health, Hospice, both in-patient and at-home Chronic and Long-Term Care, and Psychiatry, Marianne Furedi has seen the importance of adequate social support as well as concretely practical assistance to the comfort and well-being of individuals and families. Her appreciation of the particular needs of the elderly have only deepened as she experiences the processes of aging at closer hand. She has seen first-hand the significance of independence and the consequences of dislocation in the lives of her family and her erstwhile patient-clients.

A transplant from New York, she has been a resident of Taos County since 2005. The establishment of Taos Elders and Neighbors Together and a commitment to its success have been of major importance to her since its inception. She brings her years of professional and life experience to the TENT Board of Directors. She holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Russian Language and Literature from the College of the City of New York, a Baccalaureate of Science from Downstate College of Nursing of New York, and a Masters Degree in Nursing from New York University.

Volunteer Coordinator

Marianne Furedi


As a former pastor, Hospice Director, Senior Retirement Community Business Director, Social Services and Adult Protection case manager, Joe has worked with the senior population for the past 30 years. He recently moved to Taos from Trinidad, Colorado and is helping care for his elderly mother in law who has Alzheimer’s dementia. Without this care, his mother in law would be unable to live as independently as she does in her own apartment at Taos Retirement Village. Joe understands first hand how important it is for a senior to need and receive various types of assistance in order to stay at home and as independent as possible, with a high quality of life. He is excited to be a part of the TENT organization and looks forward to helping as many people as possible. 


Membership Coordinator

Joe Mazza


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 (andHospice for nearly 29 years). 


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.


Dr Caryle Zorumski


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.


James R Ludden


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.


Having been retired for a couple of years, I was happy to be asked to take part in the TENT newsletter, InTENTions. It is always rewarding to be able to use our professional skills in some way that helps others as we grow older.

News Editor

Linda Thompson


Paula Claycomb

Paula Claycomb has worked for positive social change all her life, beginning in high school where she was President of the Study Body and organized the first Earth Day events locally in 1970. She worked as a journalist for two years, then for Amnesty International USA and the US Committee for UNICEF before joining the UN system in 1989. She has lived in Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Pakistan, East Timor, Brazil and Sudan. She has travelled to many other countries for consultations with community leaders and members, government officials and development workers. Since retirement in 2012, Paula has served as Director of Rain Barrel Communications, providing services in strategic planning and communication for social and behavior change in Afghanistan, New York City, Belize, Pakistan, South Sudan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. She joined her husband, Mark Jackson, (almost) full time in Taos in 2013, where she volunteers with Taos United, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and TENT.

Outreach Coordinator

Paula Claycomb




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.


Ron Furedi



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My wife, Linda, and I moved to Taos in 2001 to escape the increasing over population 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.


Terry Thompson


Membership Renewal

Nancy Ewing


Interest Groups

Becky Calvert




TENT Phone Number



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