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Founder/President of alternative community college in Portland, OR (wayfindingacademy.org). Lives in a tiny house. Eager to walk the Camino for the 7th time.

This is the 4th article in a series in which I explore my core values and how they relate to the core values of the college I founded. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or would like to share your own stories, I’d love to hear them! Please share below.

One of my favorite things is connecting people. I love that moment when I’m introducing two people from either side of my life, and all of a sudden things sort of cosmically collide. Two worlds suddenly merge and you’re sitting there trying to explain to each person how you…


This is the 3rd article in a series in which I explore my core values and how they relate to the core values of the college I founded. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or would like to share your own stories, I’d love to hear them! Please share below.

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For the first two years of starting a college from scratch — Wayfinding Academy — I chose to not accept a salary. I was in my late 30’s. I didn’t have any children or a spouse to support. I lived in my tiny house with few expenses and I…


This is the 2nd article in a series in which I explore my core values and how they relate to the core values of the college I founded. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or would like to share your own stories, I’d love to hear them! Please share below.

Street art discovered on an urban hike through a nearby neighborhood during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

At one point in my life, I was going to become a hermit. I planned to live in my tiny house alone with my cat and dog and focus on my life’s work. I had just ended things with my partner of nearly two years and was feeling a…


This is the 1st article in a series in which I explore my core values and how they relate to the core values of the college I founded. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or would like to share your own stories, I’d love to hear them! Please share below.

Image from a photo shoot of my home for a local credit union during my first year of living in the tiny home

September 2021 will mark my eleventh year living in my tiny home. It’s amazing how something that once seemed so extraordinary can become so commonplace. …


This article is a re-post of an article I wrote for Metropolitan Universities Journal Vol 29 No 1 (2018): Equity and Inclusion: Expanding the Urban Ecosystem.

Some Disclaimers

I want to start with an acknowledgment that I am a white woman from an upper middle class background who went to a traditional private liberal arts college designed for people like me and who has a Ph.D. So, as I grapple with the goal of gaining understanding in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion, I am relying on listening to other people’s experiences and doing the best I can to…


Inspired by Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work and fueled by the desire to share more of the story behind what’s going on at Wayfinding Academy with supporters from around the globe, I chose “Show (y)our Work” as the chief initiative for our 2017/2018 school year.

You might be wondering…what is a Chief Initiative? It is the ONE overarching goal we’ll work toward during year. It will keep us focused and make us more effective in preparing for what comes next. …

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