Lifestyle Cooperative Management
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Lifestyle Cooperative Management is an affiliate of Lifestyle Communities, LLC. We are a passionate group of professionals that have been developing, financing and managing cooperative communities under a variety of cooperative brands throughout the Midwest and beyond for more than 30 years.

Lifestyle Cooperative Management was created in February 2024 to ensure not only exceptional performance of typical property management duties, but also to further the original intent of what makes cooperative living so marvelous — and we do it all in-house.

To us, a deep understanding of the cooperative lifestyle, member experiences and expectations, and the joy of being a vital part of a true community of owners is carried into the opening of each co-op location.

There is also a need for a constant thread of ongoing, supportive management in each cooperative community. Our experienced team of professionals endeavors to provide value and expertise to members as we earn their business over the long term.

At Lifestyle Communities Management, our passion, expertise, resources and value-add mentality will exceed any other unrelated third-party management company. Our company credo, “We do the right things the right way for the right reasons,” is experienced through our management of these wonderful cooperative communities.

We truly have a vested interest in the success of the cooperatives we manage, and in the lives of the members that call our communities home.

Leadership Credentials

Dena Meyer

President Lifestyle Cooperative Management, LLC

Education: B.A. Liberal Studies Minor Spanish

Certificate: Master’s Certificate Organizational Leadership MN Real Estate License

As President of Lifestyle Communities, Artessa Development and Lifestyle Cooperative Management, Dena brings her deep connections to both the people side and business side of development, construction, marketing, sales and management of the active adult and senior living continuum.

Dena is leading the evolution of cooperative housing as it continues impressive growth, including recognition as an award-winning industry leader of cooperative living communities.

Dena’s moxie in the private sector started in the late 1990s. Her hard work and determination made her a recognized leader at one of the country’s largest not-for profit senior housing providers.

From this more than a decade long experience, Dena honed in on her strengths, which include creating dynamic, unique communities, defining market opportunity, positioning the product, marketing it to the consumer and forging relationships with peers and consumers along the way.

Dena has perfected her ability to blend the best of the private and public sectors of the industry. She has also developed an acute understanding of the dynamics, wants and needs of baby boomers through the more senior aging population.

Dena earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies, as well as a Minnesota Real Estate License and Master’s Certificate in Organizational Leadership.

Katie Bauer

Director of Cooperative Management

Katie has devoted her education and career to the senior aging population a Licensed Assisted Living Director, where she has spent 12 years overseeing the daily operations of assisted living and memory care communities.

While also holding a Housing with Services Management Program Certificate and a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate, Katie has a wealth of knowledge in community operations. With over 17 years of experience working in the senior aging industry, Katie has a passion for ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations, maintaining financial success for communities, and educating and inspiring team members with a consumer-driven mindset.

Katie has a Master of Science in Gerontology along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.

Outside of her career, Katie loves spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, baking and being active. Email Katie for more information on services:


Best New Senior Housing Development

[MPLS/St Paul Business Journal: 2007]

Best Community Amenities

[Builders Association of the Twin Cities: 2005]

Award of Excellence

[MN chapter NAIOP: 2017. 2019]

Best Overall Marketing Campaign

[MADACS: 2003]

MN Best - Gold "Senior Living"

[Star Tribune: 2021. 2022]

MN Best - Silver "Senior Living"

[Star Tribune: 2023]

MN Best - Silver "55+ Living"

[Star Tribune: 2022]

MN Best - Bronze "55+ Living"

[Star Tribune: 2023]

Team Management Experience

  • Realife Cooperative Management 1998-2001
  • Cooperative Services Group 2001-2005
    • Oversite of development, marketing, sales and management Summerhill Cooperatives
  • Cooperative Communities 2006-2008
    • Oversite of development, marketing, sales and management for Gramercy and Summerhill Cooperatives
  • Ecumen 2009-2022
    • Skilled TCU and Nursing Facilities
    • Zvago Cooperatives
    • Independent and Assisted Living Communities
    • HUD Affordable Housing
  • Lifestyle Communities 2016 – Present
    • Oversite of development, marketing, sales and 3rd-party management for Zvago and Artessa cooperatives

Community Types

Cooperative Living Communities


Providing in-house management, maintenance, accounting and ongoing marketing services to cooperative communities while delivering an exceptional client experience.


The leadership team has been involved in developing, financing, selling, marketing and managing over 45 cooperatives under various brands throughout the Midwest.


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