Cristal is a Credit Review Specialist at US Bank and has worked in credit/lending for the last six years. Cristal graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Business Administration and minor in Marketing. She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Concordia and will graduate in 2017 with a concentration in Finance. Cristal is a native Oregonian and loves helping nonprofit organizations carry out their mission and make a difference. She's interested in nonprofits focused on hunger, education, and the health and well-being of children. Cristal developed a deep passion for charitable work while coordinating volunteers to deliver a physical fitness program at Vernon Elementary School. This allowed her to reach out to her community and see first-hand how much volunteer work makes a difference.
Annie Galen was a member of the first Wayfinding Academy Cohort, which graduated in the summer of 2018. During her time at Wayfinding, she decided that she wanted to be a builder. Three Wayfinding Academy internships later, she is now an apprentice carpenter at Hammer and Hand - a local Portland general contracting company specializing in residential remodels and historical preservation. When Annie is not learning how to hang doors and replace joists, she enjoys playing music, doing active things outdoors, and sitting on patios chatting with friends.
Charlie Gilkey is a best-selling author, speaker, and business growth consultant. He has an MA in Philosophy, is near-completion of his PhD, and served as an instructor and in administration at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Prior to starting his current business, Productive Flourishing, Charlie served in the Army as a joint force military logistics coordinator and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He's involved with the Wayfinding Academy because education is a major vehicle of equality and flourishing in our society; creating better schools that serve a broader array of students' true needs creates a better society.
Sue Hildick is a lover of smart public policy and working to improve Oregon’s quality of life issues. Sue founded Hildick Strategies in 2018 and is helping nonprofits and foundations with government relations, cross-sector collaborations, strategic planning and operations issues. She recently concluded a 14-year stint as President of Foundations for a Better Oregon and the Chalkboard Project. Chalkboard worked to improve k-12 public schools in Oregon and expanded its teacher support programs to over fifty percent of the school districts in our state. In addition, the organization proposed and enacted over a dozen pieces of legislation to improve teacher and student voice in K-12 issues. The school districts participating in Chalkboard’s programs saw a significant increase in academic results over and above statewide averages. Prior to her role at Chalkboard, Sue led the American Red Cross, Oregon Trail Chapter. Also in her career path she served as Director of Government Relations at Oregon Health Sciences University and as Legislative and Policy Director for U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield. She is passionate about children, education, medical research and women in public service. In addition to Wayfinding, Sue also currently serves on the board of Marylhurst University. Her current clients include Ophelia’s Place — a community of girls in Eugene; the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University; the Columbia Land Trust; and Hope Street Group.
Dr. Michelle D. Jones
Chief Academic Officer, President, and Founder of Wayfinding Academy
Michelle is doing her life's work right now, which is exhilarating and terrifying. During her 15 years teaching Leadership and Organizational Behavior courses in the traditional college system, she had a front row seat for what is broken about that system. About 3 years ago, she began gathering a group of like minded badasses around a vision of what a revolution in higher education could look like. After years of helping groups and non-profits organize for social impact as a volunteer (SuperThank, TEDxMtHood, World Domination Summit) Michelle started her legacy project and the Wayfinding Academy was born.
Dr. Jason Kovac
Jason Kovac, Ph.D. has over 16 years of public sector experience, including leadership roles in public libraries, academic libraries, and community colleges. Jason currently serves as Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at Clackamas Community College (OR), where he shepherds research, strategy, and innovation to support an evolving college and community. As an invited speaker and author, Jason has contributed scholarship on topics including student engagement, grant writing and fund raising, the globalization of higher education, and green building. Jason's academic credentials include degrees in English literature, photography, library science, and a doctorate in educational administration from The University of Texas. He and his wife enjoy camping and hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
is Co-founder and CEO of the BootsnAll Travel Network. Also CEO of acquired company AirTreks. Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Northern Illinois University and has studied Entrepreneurship at Babson College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
is an assurance associate and CPA candidate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Portland, Oregon. She has worked with many nonprofits including American Cancer Society, TEDxMtHood, and Cash Oregon. She met the founder of the Wayfinding Academy, Michelle Jones, while attending Concordia University. Katarina had Michelle as a professor for many of her classes and as a mentor for her role on the TEDxMtHood planning team. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Accounting.
Dr. Judith A. Ramaley
Dr. Judith A. Ramaley is President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and President Emerita of Winona State University. From 2005-2012, she served as President of Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota and Professor of Biology. From 2001-2004, she was Assistant Director of the Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at The National Science Foundation (NSF). During her NSF service, she held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and was a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. She served as a Visiting Senior Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. Dr. Ramaley was President of The University of Vermont (UVM) and Professor of Biology from 1997 to 2001. She was President and Professor of Biology at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon for seven years from 1990-1997.
Dr. Ramaley holds an appointment as a Senior Scholar with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and a consultant for the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AASCU). She is also a member of the Board of Second Nature, an organization committed to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable society through the transformation of higher education and a member of the Board of Campus Compact of Oregon and Portland Audubon Society. She has worked with preK-12/higher education collaborations for many years and has a special interest in civic and community engagement. She serves as an advisor to several projects that focus on improvements in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and a quality education for all students.
is an entrepreneur, radio personality, and politician in the U.S. state of Oregon. He is the founder of the Bus Project, and served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2009 to 2012. He was one of two candidates for Mayor of Portland in 2012 to advance beyond the primary election, but lost to Charlie Hales in the November general election. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit progressive talk radio station XRAY.FM on which he also hosts a weekly program "Thank You Democracy."