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Melissa and Alan are on the second home in the Peninsula Neighborhood. They have a friendly West Highland Terrier named Flora
Melissa and Alan Keith Turner are father and daughter Peninsula residents living at the corner of Ball and Foster. As is the case with many in the Peninsula, this is not their first home in the neighborhood. In 2012, Melisa moved into a Founders Row condo, becoming one of the first residents there. Later, Alan Keith moved into a condo in the same building. In June 2014, they both relocated to their current address. Alan Keith also maintains a home in Golden, Colorado, and splits his time between the two locations.
Both have interesting careers. Melissa works in the UI Theatre Department as the Production Stage Manager of Theatre. As such, she is responsible for much of what happens on stage of a theatre production from the very beginning to the end of the run. She and her crew manage the props, actors and scenery during the production as well as providing “the central cog of communications” between the director, cast and crew and the Theatre Department. In a theatre production, the director leaves on opening night and Melissa and her crew manage the show through its run. She also teaches stage management classes. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, Melissa previously worked as a professional stage manager in Washington, D.C., Boston, Cleveland, and other locations.
Alan Keith is a geological engineer who works mainly with problems of geology affecting civil engineering projects and subsurface water issues. He is the author of two recent textbooks on landslides and rock falls for the National Academy Press in Washington, and is currently working on a book on subsurface geological modeling for urban infrastructure such as tunnels. Born in Scotland, he has worked in Europe, Canada and the United States, including the Colorado School of Mines. Alan Keith is mainly retired, but continues to undertake research with the British Geological Survey.
When Melissa and Alan Keith decided to relocate from Founders Row, they looked at all the houses on Ball Street but fell in love with their house on the corner of Ball and Foster. They describe the house as open, informal, relaxed and modern; it is the perfect size for the two of them and Flora, their West Highland Terrier. Melissa appreciates having a small yard with enough room for some gardening.
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