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About Zvago

The Zvago team has a combined experience of 180+ years with Lifestyle Communities 30 years of development and finance cooperative experience and Ecumen’s 150+ year history. Ecumen has grown to be the most innovative leader in senior housing and services, empowering individuals to live richer and fuller lives. Zvago is proud to have developed some of the most awarded communities in the region.

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What is “Zvago”?

Zvago (ZUH-va-go) is based on an Italian word for fun, leisure and recreation — svago. We use the Z to make it our own.

Our story

Zvago is owned and operated by OneTwoOne, a cooperative housing development company born out of a partnership between Ecumen and Lifestyle Communities, LLC.

Rooted in this deep financial and cooperative development expertise, we’re uniquely able to offer intimate cooperatives that are also smart financial choices. Our focus has always been on those who live in our cooperatives, creating places where like-minded people come together and live the way they want to live.

Our Team

Maggie, Senior Cooperative Living Consultant
Maggie Senior Cooperative Living Consultant
Maggie joined Zvago Cooperative Living as a Cooperative Living Consultant in 2017. She was in search of a rewarding “encore career” following 30 years in the financial services industry, and Zvago was the perfect fit. Maggie is passionate about authenticity in all facets of her life ranging from personal and professional relationships, to great Italian food, to riveting biographies of people that have made an impact in the world. When she is not working, she loves to swim, kayak, bird watch, and spend time with her family and friends enjoying the best that Minnesota and Wisconsin have to offer.
Kezia, Cooperative Living Consultant
Kezia Cooperative Living Consultant
Kezia Wicklander joined the Zvago Cooperative Living in 2019 as a Cooperative Living Consultant. She has worked in the senior housing industry for the past 17 years primarily with rental and continuum of care campuses. She is looking forward to working with members and helping them find their next new home and chapter of life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family doing anything outdoors, reading and watching anything sports related!
Amanda, Cooperative Living Consultant
Amanda Cooperative Living Consultant
Amanda joined the Zvago Cooperative Living team in 2019 as a Cooperative Living Consultant after working for several years in sales, marketing and community relations for a senior living community in Edina. This is her second career - she began as a commercial real estate attorney in Chicago and after moving to Minnesota, she served her church and community in numerous volunteer roles while her children were in school. In her free time, Amanda plays tennis, reads and serves as the president for an educational non-profit.
Julie, Customization Manager
Julie Customization Manager
Julie’s passionate about the ability to assist buyers in designing their new home - a place they will be proud to call home. Bringing owners into their home for that “first look” and seeing the expression on their face is priceless and makes her job extremely rewarding. When Julie is not in the office, you will find her outdoors biking, walking with friends, and working in her garden. She has recently become a grandma and loves her new role as “Gigi” and spending time with her family.
Nicole, Marketing Coordinator
Nicole Marketing Coordinator
Nicole Dohm is passionate about helping others through her work in marketing, communications and graphic design. To be able to express Zvago's mission through her love of writing and art has been extremely rewarding for her. Nicole graduated from Drake University in the spring of 2017 and brings her marketing and design experience from the advertising agency ZLRIGNITION, The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, and Iowa International Center. In her free time, Nicole loves to travel, volunteer and spend time with her family. She is excited to finally call Minnesota her forever home and be a true “Minnesotan.”
Julie, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Chief Business Development Officer - Ecumen
Julie Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Chief Business Development Officer - Ecumen
With more than 20 years of senior housing experience, Julie brings a wealth of real estate development, senior housing sales and marketing, and market research experience to her role. Julie joined Ecumen as Director of Real Estate Development in 2008 and guided the development of new Ecumen housing in Apple Valley and Maplewood, both winners of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's "Best in Real Estate" award for senior housing communities. She has led the rapid expansion of Ecumen's partnership with third-party developers to create new sites managed by Ecumen.
Dena, Vice President of Sales and Marketing & Client Relations - Ecumen
Dena Vice President of Sales and Marketing & Client Relations - Ecumen
Dena leads the Ecumen Sales and Marketing Team in supporting owned and managed business lines, including all Senior Housing, Zvago Cooperative Living, and Ecumen Hospice as well as leading Ecumen’s third-party relationships. Her deep understanding of how planning, marketing, development and operations relate to successful communities allows her to forge strong and meaningful relationships. In 2016, Dena was recognized on the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list of business and community leaders as “one of the state’s leading developers and marketers of senior housing. She has been instrumental in launching Ecumen’s Zvago Cooperative Living brand and leads the Zvago sales.
Tim, Owner of Lifestyle Communities
Tim Owner of Lifestyle Communities
Since the late 1980s Tim has been passionately serving the Multifamily Housing industry with creativity and flair. He is dedicated to the philosophy of owning and operating synergistic boutique businesses within the real estate finance and development industry. He has successfully worked on numerous award winning developments involving virtually every type of multifamily housing. When Tim isn’t working on award winning developments, you will find him pursuing his other passion in singing with the Apollo Club, traveling to the Sonoran Desert, and boating with friends and family.

Awards and Recognition