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IPSL Team (United States)

 

Thomas Winston Morgan, Executive Director & Faculty

Thomas Winston Morgan brings nearly twenty years’ experience in intercultural education and international management for profit-based and non-profit companies and organizations. Thomas has held leadership positions in intercultural educational operations and initiatives for AFS Intercultural Programs, headquartered in New York, and at AHA Study Abroad/University of Oregon in Portland, Oregon.

 

Thomas has also held director-level positions at international high tech companies like MusicMatch in San Diego, creator and distributor of streaming digital audio (mp3) and localized music content, Juno Online Services in New York, the nation's third-largest internet service provider, and Microsoft Corporation.

 

Thomas’ first-hand experience living and working in a variety of intercultural settings has provided him with an understanding of, and commitment to, service, community involvement, and social justice issues, and to advocate for accessibility in intercultural education. Thomas' social commitments include LGBTQIA rights, racial equity, animal rights, and progressive environmental policy (yes, science!).

 

Thomas is also an AFS Returnee (Honduras 1980-1981). His educational background includes advanced degrees in Germanic Languages & Literatures, Spanish, and International Business. He speaks fluent German, Spanish, and French, and is learning Thai.  tmorgan@nunm.edu

 

Arianne Newton, Director of Programs

Arianne Newton is pleased to be part of an organization that works to share with others the transforming experiences of service-learning and cultural exploration. Service is a personal value of hers and she has had the opportunity to develop and lead students of all ages on short and long-term domestic and international service-learning programs.

 

Arianne has been involved in the field of international education and service-learning for several years through work, volunteerism, and her own family's involvement in intercultural exchange programs. Her past experiences include work for study abroad organizations supporting and advising students and host families; as Co-Founder and Director of Community Development for Trillium Charter School, where she was involved in the start-up and operation of the non-profit K-12th grade public charter school who curriculum focus is global studies and service-learning for all ages. Arianne led the school in eight years of successful growth. Her professional experience also includes working for advertising agencies and software developers and she founded and operated a successful landscape design business for 13 years. Arianne enjoys being part of creative organizations working to establish positive, multicultural partnerships and leading special initiatives.

 

Arianne has a degree in Graphic Design from the University of San Francisco and The Academy of Art University and also holds a degree in Landscape Design. Her role at IPSL as the Director of Programs, has enabled her to build relationships with students, families, and international partners all over the world. She enjoys her family, being outside, playing with her dog, meeting new people and traveling every chance she gets.  anewton@nunm.edu

Erin B, Programs Operations Coordinator 

As IPSL’s Programs Operations Coordinator, Erin wears many hats. Her diverse range of responsibilities include student support, managing daily operations, Finance, IT and Human Resources. She is passionate about social justice and especially interested in helping people experiencing homelessness.

On her spare time, Erin loves cooking and building her tiny home. She is a huge proponent of study abroad and has traveled to Canada, Mexico, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Thailand and Peru. ebabcock@nunm.edu

 

Zandy Gordon, Faculty

Not staying in one philosophy, geography or role for long, Zandy has taken a zigzagging path to join the IPSL team. After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a BA in English Literature and Psychology, she moved to Thailand to teach English at a local high school and work at an elephant sanctuary. After almost 2 years exploring and living in SE Asia, she returned to the states with a big belief in the expansive possibilities of experiential learning, cultural exchange and reflective service. Upon her return, she worked as a case manager for foreign students studying abroad in Florida and taught English to Korean students online. 


    Trading seashells and sunshine for rain and roses, she drove all the way to Oregon from Florida in her own Pontiac covered wagon during the summer of 2011. The natives were kind and no one got cholera. For seven years she professionally navigated the public education and social service worlds within Multnomah and Washington counties- serving 2 AmeriCorps terms working with immigrant and refugee families.  


   After AmeriCorps, she worked as a SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Community School Manager for 5 years in Portland. It was a joy to work in the community and witness the collective power that grows from connecting with and supporting each other. Like Paolo Friere says, “No one liberates anyone, nor does anyone liberate themselves.  We are liberated in community."


    With a desire to learn Spanish and diversify her community organizing skills, she entered the IPSL graduate program in 2018.  This amazing academic journey took her to Colombia to research post-conflict environments with displaced populations. During her second semester, she studied traditional healing and plant medicine in Peru. Her last semester in Guatemala was spent learning rural Permaculture practices and completing her thesis on the host communities’ experiences of International Service-Learning. 


   Since graduating in 2019 with an MA in Community Organizing and Social Activism from IPSL,  she’s been living in Portland, riding her bike, writing poetry and integrating the delicious lessons abroad into meaningful work in her community." zgordon@nunm.edu

Stephen Oringdulph, Marketing

Stephen has over 20 years of marketing and graphic design experience. This experience ranges from multi-national corporations to small nonprofits. He joins IPSL from an allied organization, IVIA LLC where he served as President. IVIA facilitated IPSL's faculty-led, adult and non-academic programs. Stephen continues that role facilitating special programming at IPSL.

 

Stephen also owns the Portland International Guesthouse - pdxguesthouse.com - a European-style guesthouse in the center of Portland and is an avid baker and loves to explore the Oregon coast with his dog.  soringdulph@ipsl.org

Dana Johnson, Lead Management & Faculty-Led Programs

Bio to come. djjohnson@nunm.edu

 

 

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049 SW PORTER STREET

PORTLAND, OR 97201

info@ipsl.org

Tel. +1.503.395.IPSL (4775)

Fax. +1.503.954.1881

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