has always been on a quest to learn and experience as much as possible, and, though not always intentionally, has always taken the non-traditional path, using the world as her teacher. She started formally working at age 14, and started traveling the globe shortly after. Many countries, and many majors, jobs and industries, later, Jessica found her own way and is passionate about helping others find theirs, also. An enthusiastic, community-oriented problem-solver, Jessica is streamlines chaos so others can shine by developing systems and strategies to create lasting change for growing organizations dedicated to making the world a better place. Jessica stays active both physically - running and hiking - and in the community - volunteering for a number of local organizations, in addition to Wayfinding.
is currently finishing her Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology, and recently completed a certificate in Ecopsychology, at Lewis and Clark. She transitioned to this career after teaching high school English, hoping to maximize her positive impact on students and schools. Mary is interested in how numbers can affect people's daily lives, sustainable systems, and building healthy learning communities. She lives in St. John's and enjoys hiking with her dog son.
is a former 2nd grade teacher and small business owner. In 2014, she relocated to Portland in search of a more inspirational and welcoming environment for her progressive mindset. Melody is an educational entrepreneur with a passion for sharing new perspectives on the facilitation of learning through unique and creative mediums. She geeks out on creative connections, loves to see people empowered and advocates for simple systems. The Wayfinding Academy embodies the changes Melody wants to help cultivate across the educational landscape and she is exhilarated by opportunities to collaborate with them in reimagining education. She’s always up for a cup of coffee and a good alignment expedition!
is a reformed wannabe-college student. After realizing she had the mental capacity to be successful in college (but there was no ‘juice’ in those experiences), she went on to use the world as her classroom and has spent the last 30 years studying business – particularly human resources and organizational systems – and becoming a mom. At this point, Jennifer’s values have crystallized into deep appreciation for living simply, from the heart, within community and in service to others. Her passion is working with sincere, inspired people who are engaged in making a difference in the world; and, creating a work environment that feeds each one’s body, mind and soul.
Halfway through a rigorous Interior Design program at the #1 school in the nation--and following a life-changing study abroad in Australia--Gina realized that she didn't want to be an Interior Designer. She spent the rest of her time at college twisting and bending projects to fit her desire to become a student of culture and a creative problem solver (who more often than not, is working with her first love... food).
M.Ed. Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago
has spent the last fifteen years connecting ideas and people through a diverse set of experiences in public relations, higher education, corporate recruiting and international volunteer work. In higher education at places like the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley, Jill has worked in Admissions, Residence Life, Academic Affairs and Career Services. She finds the most joy in guiding and helping others discover their gifts. Jill is happiest when out enjoying nature or exploring a new place. A trip around the world in 2013 with her husband has been the best investment in her life thus far. Being dropped into a new city and immediately knowing her way around is her super power!
is a nostalgic celluloid curmudgeon with a hint of curiosity. Sigfried started as a film projectionist, then ran and installed theatrical cinemas. He has had many years of stage production and work with IATSE doing camera and lighting for variety of film and commercial productions. Rabid traveling and espresso devouring churns his life. Currently he is laying groundwork for a non-profit professional film on-demand production and releasing company.
Ernesto "Tito" Vasquez
is a recent Concordia University-Portland graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Ernesto has taken advantage of his liberal arts education by also studying Entrepreneurship and Psychology. Ernesto is currently involved in the creation of another non-profit startup that combines higher education and music for the benefit of at-risk youth. Ernesto firmly believes in experiencing life through what is most important in the moment and hopes others are able to break from tradition to do what they love.