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Left to right::Terry McKinley, board member, SCF; Tom Johnson, board member, SCF; Neal Black, member, Gramercy Park Cooperative of Eagan; Bill Buending, chair of finance committee, Gramercy Park Cooperative Northwest; Joel Dahlgren, board member, Senior Cooperative Foundation; Dennis Johnson, board member, SCF


St. Paul, Minnesota.  Nora Schroeder and Lisa Tamminen have been selected to receive the 2008 Senior Cooperative Housing Leadership Awards sponsored by the Senior Cooperative Foundation. Recipients are selected for their contributions to senior cooperative housing based on demonstrated statesmanship, innovation, personal commitment, leadership and vision. The recipients were honored at an Awards Luncheon held on Thursday, May 8, during the 2008 Annual Senior Cooperative Housing Conference.


Nora Schroeder is a member of Realife Valley View Cooperative of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She has been involved with Realife Valley View Cooperative since it was built in 1999, serving on many Valley View's committees and as a board member and treasurer. Nora contributes generously to the cooperative community. She is actively involved in the Senior Cooperative Housing Network, participates in the Network seminars and is a member of the annual conference planning committee. She is a true advocate of senior cooperative housing.

Lisa Tamminen is the Resident Services Manager at Realife Cooperative of Hibbing in Hibbing, Minnesota. She began her association with Realife as the marketing agent and when the cooperative opened in 2004, she was appointed Resident Services Manager. Her responsibilities include assisting the board of directors and overall management of the building, employees and vendors. Lisa has excellent people skills and understands the needs of seniors and recognizes the contributions they offer. Her skills have greatly contributed to the success of Realife Cooperative of Hibbing.


The Senior Cooperative Housing Leadership Award is sponsored and administered by the Senior Cooperative Foundation to honor distinguished individuals - members, employees, developers, educators, and others - (living or deceased) whose contributions to senior cooperative housing deserve special recognition.  The award will be presented annually to the selected nominee(s).

Selection Criteria
Nominees are selected for their contributions to senior cooperative housing based on demonstrated statesmanship, innovation, personal commitment, leadership and vision.  Specifically:

  1. Clearly demonstrates commitment to principles of senior cooperative housing
  2. Encourages members, employees, directors, and others to be positive about senior cooperative housing
  3. Achieved identifiable and lasting changes to improve and promote cooperatives
  4. Effectively communicates the value of cooperative membership and involvement
  5. Recognizes the importance of marketing the unique advantage of senior housing cooperatives
  6. Willingness to serve in cooperative leadership roles
  7. Promoter of innovative programs and policies that increase membership benefits
  8. Civic and community involvement

Selection procedure

  1. The award will be presented annually to no more than three individuals.
  2. Nomination forms will be widely distributed approximately 90 days prior to the deadline date.
  3. Consideration will be given only to nominations received prior to the deadline and with all required information and supporting documents.
  4. Nominations may be made by individuals or organizations.
  5. Nominations are held in the selection pool for three consecutive years.

Selection committee
Nominations will be reviewed and final selections made by a selection committee of at least five members appointed by the Foundation.

The Senior Cooperative Foundation was formed in 2001 by representatives of cooperative development, finance, community and educational organizations and institutions to expand awareness, expertise and networking opportunities for potential sponsors, senior housing cooperatives and their members.  The Senior Cooperative Housing Conference, now in its sixth year, is one of the Foundation’s principal activities.

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