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A history of creating community

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.
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!
Julie, Personalization Manager
Julie Personalization Manager
Julie Bestul’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.”
Morshed (Mo), Chief Financial Officer
Morshed (Mo) Chief Financial Officer
Morshed (Mo) Alam leads finance, business development, compliance and technology. Prior to joining Ecumen in 2019, he held key financial leadership roles in technology, healthcare and medical device manufacturing companies. Most recently, Mo was the Director of Finance and Financial Planning and Analysis for Medtronic’s global Restorative Therapies Group, where he led all financial planning processes, including strategic planning for this business group with annual revenues of over $8 billion. Previously, he was the Director of Finance for Plymouth-based Solera Holdings, Inc., managing a team in the U.S. and the U.K. Earlier, he served in various financial leadership roles at Thomson Reuters over a period of ten years.
Dena, Vice President of Partner Services
Dena Vice President of Partner Services
Dena Meyer leads organizational management of Ecumen’s valued partner relationships, focusing on integration across the Ecumen network. She also works to drive and support new growth opportunities for the organization. Dena joined Ecumen in 2010 as a Director of Sales and Marketing. She has since served as Senior Director of Business Development and was most recently Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Dena has been instrumental in launching Ecumen’s Zvago cooperative housing brand. 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. Dena was one of the first Ecumen leaders to complete the St. Kate’s Masters in Organizational Leadership. She is a fellow in the National Leading AgeLarry Minix Leadership Academy.
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