Staff

Contact Info for Vibe of Portland : info@vibepdx.org or 503.560.3592

All teachers and volunteers with Vibe of Portland undergo background checks.

lauraheadshotLaura Streib, Founder, Executive Director & Art Director of Vibe: Laura grew up with a life filled with music. She started playing piano in elementary school, added the flute in 5th grade and finally landed on playing the oboe in 7th grade. Music and access to an amazing arts education is where she developed her passion for music and the arts and built community. Some of her life-long friends came from a shared arts experience. Continuing in her music education Laura earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Western Washington University and began building her private studio. She moved to Portland in 2004 to work on her graduate degree. Laura founded Vibe after receiving her Masters Degree in Music Performance at Portland State University. While studying in downtown Portland Laura discovered the need for art and music within the schools here in the Portland Metro area. Since 2007 she has taken Vibe of Portland from just an idea to an organization with 40+ weekly classes at 7 SE & North Portland schools, the Vibe Art Studio at TaborSpace and is looking to expand Vibe’s artistic and musical offerings to students in Portland in the future. Laura is the winner of the 2010 Skidmore Prize from the Willamette Week. She was featured in the magazine, Christianity Today ‘s November 2011 issue as well as in a short documentary with the This Is Our City project. When classes began at Harrison Park in 2008, Laura was pregnant with her first daughter. Her second daughter was born one month after the Vibe Art Studio opened in 2011. She wears many hats while directing Vibe of Portland, most importantly being a mom to two lovely daughters who love art and music and help drive Laura’s passion to see that ALL children have access to the arts.

Dunja Jennings, founder of Music Access Project Portland and Vibe’s Music Director:  Dunja Jennings, Director and Founder of MAPP, is a teacher, performer, administrator, grant writer, and above all- passionate about ensuring that every child receive access to music education. “I know the power of music; I live it. That some children in lesser served neighborhoods today grow up without ever experiencing music education that provides the building blocks of musical literacy is to me, a civil rights issue.” She is the clarinet instructor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland where she frequently performs with the Friends of Rain New Music Ensemble. Ms. Jennings is in demand as a freelance clarinetist, and has performed with many ensembles throughout the Northwest, including the Oregon Symphony and Third Angle New Music Ensemble. Ms. Jennings received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Oregon where she was a student of Dr. Wayne Bennett.  In addition she has received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College; Dunja has been a student of Yehuda Gilad and the late Rosario Mazzeo.

Mary Dixon, teaching artist: Mary graduated from PNCA with a BFA in Sculpture. She has worked with both PNCA’s Outreach and smARTworks Programs as well as teaching Vibe’s Art Foundations, beginning and advanced ceramics classes and Pint-Size Picasso classes as well as a lead teaching artist for Vibe’s annual summer art camps. Mary has been with Vibe of Portland since 2009! Mary also works as a muralist in private homes.

Maggie Maggio, Arts Workshop Facilitator: Architect and Internationally Acclaimed Artist. Color is the thread that ties my worlds together. After years of splitting my time between architecture and art, I retired to focus on exploring color in my studio and teaching 21st Century Color to artists and educators. Learning about color is a lifetime journey. I’m thrilled to share my experiences and discoveries along the way.

Caitlin Moline, teaching artist: Caitlin Moline has a BFA in Art Teaching and a secondary teaching license.  She has taught art to individuals spanning from the ages of 3 to 95 years of age and has recently returned to the states after living and teaching in New Zealand.  As an art teacher, Caitlin is a firm believer in the importance of art and is dedicated to creating meaningful and innovative arts curriculum.  Caitlin is excited to become a part of Vibe of Portland’s after school programs and share her love of art!

Leslie Tucker, teaching artist: Leslie Tucker graduated from PNCA with a BFA in Painting.  She worked for several years as a textile designer.  She has completed several murals and a community mosaic at Creative Science School.  Leslie is currently teaching for Vibe’s Art Studio  at TaborSpace for ages ranging from preschool to 12 years as well as our Vibe @ School art classes at Bridger Elementary.  She loves learning from her students by watching them explore and play while they create.  As a teacher, she encourages them to find their own intuitive approach in creating their work.

Kyle Williams, teaching musician: Kyle Williams is a guitarist, composer, and teacher from Portland Oregon. He began studying music at Portland State University in 2003, was awarded the Trudeau Scholarship for the Arts, and graduated with a B.M. in Music Performance with a Jazz Emphasis. He has taught guitar students of all ages since his senior year in high school and continues to do so at Opus School of Music in Ridgefield, Washington and Vibe of Portland in Portland, Oregon. He has lead and been a sideman in numerous groups including the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, Retake Productions, and Rainbow Jive Hammer. He has also been involved in musical theater in and around town and has performed in productions at St. Mary’s Academy, the Lakewood Theater, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory School, and most recently at Evergreen High School. Kyle and his wife life happily in an apartment near Alberta Street in NE Portland where they drink coffee and go on walks. They also live within walking distance of Trade Up Music, which is pretty sweet.

JamesonJameson Wandling, teaching musician: Jameson is a multi-instrumental independent instructor with Vibe of Portland.  In addition to being a lifelong musician, he also has a Master’s of Science in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, which he earned in 2012.  To earn his degree, he developed a program to help promote social and emotional skills with youth in a long-term residential treatment center using ukuleles and songwriting as a coping mechanism.  Since then, he has been using the same program design in after-school enrichment classes through Vibe to foster and cultivate cooperative and collaborative skills among youth.  He currently teaches ukulele, guitar, and songwriting through Vibe, as well as with SUN Schools.  When he is not teaching, he is likely working on his own original music with his group, Saucytown, a Portland-based Americana/Rock band.

Barton Rippe, teaching musician:

Alec Varis, teaching musician:

Rich Littledyke, teaching musician:

 

BOARD

Arlan Rippe, Board Chair:  PE, D.GE, Board Chair: Arlan Rippe is a Senior Geotechnical Consultant. He is former President and CEO of a regional geotechnical engineering firm. And, he has served in positions of leadership on various national non-profit boards, including president of the Geo-Institute of American Society of Civil Engineers, and as founding-president of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, an advanced credentialing organization.  As a technical expert, Arlan recognizes the importance of the creative arts to strengthen the educational foundation for childhood and lifetime development.  His participation with Vibe of Portland fuels that passion.

Elizabeth Brownfield, Board Vice Chair: Elizabeth Brownfield is a freelance writer and editor specializing in food and decorating. She loves to travel, cook, hike, and garden. As an art teacher with Vibe at Harrison Park School, she had the chance to see firsthand the impact Vibe’s classes can make on a child’s abilities, confidence, enthusiasm, and breadth of learning. She’s thrilled to help further the organization’s goals by serving on its board.

Nike Greene, Career and Family Counselor and Women’s Basketball Coach at Roosevelt High School. Nike has lived most of her life in North Portland and is deeply committed to building a strong and equitable community for her children, neighbors and North Portland as a whole. Nike is also passionate about seeing her children and her students realize their full potential in arts, athletics and academics and is excited to work with Vibe in a board role to realize these passions.

Steven Miller, Board Treasurer: Having grown up in a musical family and pursing instrumental and vocal music throughout his K-12 and college career, he understands the importance music played in his life to provide discipline, community and connection. Steven is using his background in mathematics to provide financial assistance to Vibe through his board leadership.

Meghan Tamargo, Board Secretary: Operations/Quality Manager for Catholic Community Services. Meghan enjoys hiking, hugging trees, camping, baking yummy goodies and getting her hands dirty in the garden. She serves on Vibe’s board because the of the incredible impact this non-profit has on changing kids’ lives. Vibe’s programs do much more than just open the door to arts and music, but rather they invite creativity, vulnerability, confidence and fun that can be tapped into for a child’s lifetime.

Scott Macdonald, Communications lead & Board Member: Scott is a communications and marketing professional and understands the significance of arts education in childhood development. Before joining Vibe’s team in 2011, he directed several youth music programs and saw first-hand the importance of music as an aid in the study of other branches of school curriculum. “Not only is arts education recognized as a powerful stimulus for other learning development, but its also pretty fun! I’m honored to be apart of the team to help enhance children’s learning potential.” A graduate of Arizona State University, Scott draws on his experience in marketing and brand management to assist in digital marketing strategy, event planning, and fundraising. When not involved with Vibe, Scott remains active as tennis coach, musician and recording engineer at Colorfield Studios, a recording studio in Portland, OR and volunteers with several local nonprofit organizations.

Trent Wheeler, Board Member : A onetime English teacher turned entreprenuer, Trent has often witnessed the profound impact arts education can have on young people’s lives. He is passionate about investing in the future of the Portland community, and sees the current inequity of arts education in our schools as a vitally important justice issue in need of urgent attention. Trent is honored to contribute to Vibe’s growth as the organization continues to improve individual lives and our shared future through high quality arts and music education programming for our community’s underserved youth.