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About Our Boutique Cooperative Living Spaces

Lifestyle Communities, LLC and Ecumen have over 180 years of combined experience empowering individuals to live richer, fuller lives. We are proud to have developed some of the most awarded communities in the region.

What is “Zvago”?

The Italian word — svago—means fun, leisure and recreation. Fitting then, that it inspired our name Zvago (ZUH-va-go), where we use the Z to make it our own in the same way you’re invited to personalize your new home and make it your own.

Our story

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 deep roots in financial and cooperative development expertise enables us to uniquely offer intimate cooperatives that are smart financial choices.

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

Our Team

Maggie, Senior Cooperative Living Consultant
Maggie Senior Cooperative Living Consultant
Maggie McWilliams 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.
Nicole, Marketing Manager & Brand Advocate
Nicole Marketing Manager & Brand Advocate
Nicole Huling is passionate about helping others through her work in marketing, communication, and design. Helping members through their next journey, from learning about cooperative living to pursuing their passions in their new community, is her daily motivation. Nicole joined the team in August of 2018 is an advocate of designing and implementing creative marketing campaigns and materials, promotion of events and enjoys problem solving no matter the situation. In her free time, Nicole loves to travel, camp, volunteer, and spend time with her family.
Brett K., Senior Vice President, Chief Ecosystem & Operations Officer
Brett K. Senior Vice President, Chief Ecosystem & Operations Officer
Brett leads our integrated clinical, innovation and operations areas, driving holistic leading-edge solutions for health and societal challenges in our communities. Brett joined Ecumen in 2014 as a Clinical Director and was most recently VP of Health and Clinical Services. Prior to Ecumen, he owned and operated CareLogix Nursing Solutions. He also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Minnesota State University in Mankato and at Saint Paul College. Brett was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State College & Universities System from 2011-2013. He has a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Management from Metropolitan State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minnesota State University in Mankato. Brett is a Registered Nurse, a Public Health Nurse and board-certified Nurse Executive.
Tim, Owner of Lifestyle Communities
Tim Owner of Lifestyle Communities
Since the late 1980s, Tim Nichols 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.
Ben, Vice President of Development
Ben Vice President of Development
Thriving on creativity and troubleshooting, Ben leads initial project conception through site selection and concept development. Leveraging his past experience as a planning director and economic development professional in the public sector, he is able to navigate complex land acquisitions, development agreements, and irregular entitlement processes.

Awards and Recognition