Past Projects

Program Development

EX:Change 2009 & EX:Change 2.0

Undertook ethnographic research into the idea of change following the January 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama.  In the first 100 days, drove around the country asking three questions to everyday Americans across a wide range of backgrounds.

  • When you say the word change what do you mean?
  • Alongside change, what is important to have remain the same?
  • What would be concrete signs that positive change was occurring?

Thanks to the 100 voices of EX:Change 100 VOICES – AMERICANS TALK ABOUT CHANGE was published in 2011.

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Girls Leadership Center

Conceptualized and initiated a program designed to support teen girls in developing leadership confidence. Twenty years later the program serves 6000 girls in the Portland, Oregon area and has established community roots as the Girls’ Initiative Network which is now part of Girls’ Inc.

Open Spaces – Thinking and Listening across Difference

As Director of the Oregon Center for Inquiry and Social Innovation, convened a public panel immediately following the 2004 presidential election to interrogate the red/blue division for its intractability. Panel members represented elected officials, clergy, business people and graduate students on both sides of the division. Facilitated the three public dialogues aimed at determining if communication and collaboration were possible with regard to disagreements following the election, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the economy.

Indigenous Ways of Knowing (2004-2010)

Secured grant funding from the Ford Foundation and the US Department of Education to inaugurate the Indigenous Ways of Knowing programs at Lewis & Clark College. Assembled and took direction from an Advisory Board of Tribal Elders and Leaders from throughout the Inter-Mountain and Pacific Northwest.


Leadership of Immigrant Organizations in Portland, OR

A series of facilitated conversations for identifying and implementing strategies for communicating and collaborating across NGO’s representing the broad range of immigrant communities.

Albertina-Kerr Centers

Annual training with 100-150 staff with regard to customer service to individuals and families from varied cultural and situational backgrounds.

Fire Chiefs of the Pacific Northwest

Full-day training on identifying and managing stress with 80 fire chiefs from Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Alaska. Management tools for supervisees, strategies for peer support, participant-generated guidelines for upward reporting.

Oregon Episcopal School, Catlin Gabel Educational Staff and Administration

Full-day trainings on practical strategies for assessing and enhancing cultural responsiveness and gender equity across these educational settings.

Consultations and Evaluations

Yukon River Intertribal Watershed Council

Ethnographic evaluation and communication training for enhancing communication between Alaska Native Tribes, Canada First Nation and non-Native scientists and policy makers.

H20 Leaders

Consultation with conference steering committee to assess participant interest and concerns as basis for full conference planning.

Gay Lesbian Medical Association

Consultation on measurement instrument for program development.

Portland Head Start

Administrative consultation and data-based organizational development to address racial tensions among faculty and staff.

Barlow High School Administration

Administrative process consultation to address breakdown in leadership team communication and effectiveness.

Academic Career

Senior Fellow, Portland State University, Hatfield School of Government, Center for Public Service, Portland, OR, May 2013 to present.

Full Professor of Counseling Psychology, Lewis & Clark College, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Portland, OR. Joined faculty on tenure track, August 1988; tenured May 1992; advanced to Full Professor, 1997.

American Psychological Association (APA). Member 1987 to present. Fellowship Status, 2001. Served appointed term on the 6-person APA Committee for Children, Youth & Families representing APA to Federal legislative and policy bodies.

Doctor of Philosophy degree, Psychological and Cultural Foundations; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; APA approved. December 20, 1986. Notable Alumnus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 90th Anniversary. 1998.

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