Caren Black , MA, MEd
Nearly 3 decades' teaching and 11 years in administration, 2 decades in small business consulting (mostly concurrent with teaching), a lifetime spent on or near the stage, and a passion for writing (with 2 published books on education), Black now raises chickens, ducks and awareness, but has mostly given up on awareness. She founded a private performing arts school and children's musical theater nonprofit in 1975, which culminated in writing and producing 3 children's musicals, one with Anthony Newley. Other interests and study have ranged from cognitive and systems theories, metaphysics, the ruling classes, and ecology. Degrees: BA, Music, MA, Theater, MEd, Administration & Higher Education, teaching and administration credentials.

Christopher Paddon, MA  
Throughout his 25-year career in appropriate-technology, design and engineering, Paddon directed product development programs for companies throughout the world. He has taught Industrial Design, Product Modeling, Engineering Prototype Construction and Renewable Energy and Conservation technologies at the university and community college levels and holds two patents. He applies his passion for ecology to practical energy conservation technologies through the design, construction and installation of renewable energy systems. His thesis for his Master’s degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community offered new insights into the social, psychological and ecological consequences of the lack of appropriate adolescent rites-of-passage rituals in Western society.

Board Members

Drew Buffington, MBA, President, Treasurer
Buffington completed his TLA Internship in 2012, went home to Little Rock and called his family together for a conference about buying property to homestead together. He and his wife have made it a great success and share their land with chickens, ducks, geese, bees, a dog and a cat. He plays guitar for touring band Knox Hamilton.

Richard Douglass
Douglas owns a 160-acre off-grid farm in upstate NY, where he and his wife have raised four children. Draft horses, maple syrup production, college lecturing and intern training in sustainable practices, carpentry and home inspections are but a few of his areas of expertise.

Michele Henn, Vice-President
Graduate of the University of Southern California specializing in marine behavioral science, Henn interned with TLA in 2010. She’s worked in professional racing management, led Habitat for Humanity projects, and has a passion for tiny houses and living lightly however she can.

Marco Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
President of ProVision Technologies, Inc. Mangelsdorf has been working in the renewable energy field since the 1970s and has designed and installed solar thermal and electric systems, as well as micro-hydroelectric systems, in the U.S. and Asia. Based on Hawai'i since 2000, he is also a Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, has taught in the University of California and California State University systems, writes articles on solar energy for Honolulu Civil Beat, and is a founding Director of Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative. His company, ProVision, is the state's pre-eminent solar electric design company and has installations across the islands.

Sue Zerangue, Trustee
A local area activist who attended TLA's 2005 Lifeboat Conference and dug right in, Zerangue co-founded ENCORE (Exploring New Concepts in Retirement Education) at Clatsop Community College and CPAJ (Clatsop Peace And Justice). She has four grown children and figures prominently in many local organizations.

George McClendon, LMFCC, MBA, Founding Board Member, Emeritus
Once a Benedictine monk, McClendon became chaplain and business manager for a college and founded a drug treatment center. Now a retired licensed Counselor with a wife and grown twin daughters, he still conducts workshops and retreats while maintaining a part-time private practice in psychotherapy and spiritual guidance. In 2008, he published Heaven's Call to Earthy Spirituality.

Richard C. Murphy, Ph.D., Founding Board Member, Emeritus
Vice President for Science and Education, Ocean Futures Society, "Murph" works with Jean-Michel Cousteau (and before that for Jean-Michel's father, Jacques Cousteau) in a wide variety of projects and expeditions around the globe, serving as chief scientist, photographer, writer, educator, or project director.  For Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures program, he created the Ambassadors of the Environment educational program for young people. His photography book, Coral Reefs: Cities Under the Sea, illustrates the beautiful and fragile coral reef ecosystem.


Susan Bedwell, Ph.D., Governing Council

Martha DeCarbonel Patterson, Governing Council

Larkin Stentz, Governing Council

Maria Tupper, Governing Council