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Dear Carpe Mundi Family, 

It has been a pleasure to serve as Executive Director of Carpe Mundi for the past six years.  From our first cohort of five students, to having three cohorts at once, I have loved seeing and guiding the organization to where we are today. I am proud of the role Carpe Mundi has played in the lives of our 89 current students and alumni.  We have some incredible stories of transformation to share and I am proud of my part in many of those stories.

As I move forward toward the new challenge of motherhood, it became clear to me that Carpe Mundi deserves an Executive Director who has some new ideas and new energy to help see the organization through its next iteration.  Fortunately, Rachel Anderholder, the current Associate Director of Carpe Mundi has all of that and more.  She is a tireless advocate for our students as well, has incredible leadership skills and a solid understanding of how to create a more sustainable foundation to continue to support more students and partner organizations to best achieve our mission.  As of Monday, March 26th, she will be taking over from me at the helm of Carpe Mundi and I have 100% confidence that she will lead Carpe Mundi to new heights. 

I will not be stepping away from the organization entirely, just stepping back and letting Rachel and the Board of Directors determine the direction that will best serve the mission moving forward.  I will continue to serve as Carpe College Program Director next year and of course will always be available as a resource for students and alumni whenever I can.

I would like to thank our students, our alumni, our Board of Directors and our program partners: Carpe Diem Education, PSU, and PCC for the help and guidance they have given me over the years and the dedication and love they have shown for the mission of transformative education and global citizenship for all.  It has truly been an honor to serve as Executive Director with this team of student advocates and global changemakers.     

In deepest gratitude,


Rachel Anderholder 

Executive director

Rachel transitioned to the Executive Director of Carpe Mundi in March, 2018, after two years serving as the Associate Director. She has been involved with Carpe Mundi off and on since its inception in 2012, as a graduate student intern and as a volunteer. As the Associate Director, Rachel helped establish the PDXchange program, mentoring PDXchange cohorts in Portland and traveling with a group in 2017. As she transitions to the Executive Director role, Rachel is excited to create deeper relationships with the community and envision how Carpe Mundi will continue to grow sustainably into the future. Rachel is passionate about all things education, but particularly experiential education – making learning relevant and transformational for students. Through working and volunteering with various schools and educational nonprofits throughout North and South America, Rachel has experienced firsthand the benefits of making learning an interaction, rather than a transaction.

Rachel has lived in and traveled to over 20 countries and 35 states. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Rachel is excited to have a permanent home in Portland, although a piece of her heart will always be in Latin America. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Spanish from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and an M.A. in International Development and Service from Concordia University in Portland. 

C. Hansell Bourdon

Carpe college program director

C. Hansell Bourdon served as the Executive Director of Carpe Mundi for six years, and is now doing what she loves most at Carpe Mundi, supporting her students in the Carpe College program.   Additionally, she is the Finance and Operations Director for Carpe Diem Education.  She holds an MPA in Non-Profit Management and International Affairs from Indiana University. Hansell is passionate about international education as her own education centered heavily around work and travel in South and Central America, Europe, Nepal and Japan. Before moving to Portland, Hansell was the International Program Director for LEAPNow, a gap year organization based in California.

Hansell started organizing and facilitating scholarship programs in rural Nicaragua where she led service-learning trips and facilitated community development projects for two years. Following her master's degree, Hansell spent five years living and working for the Academy for Educational Development (AED) supporting research and program implementation in Equatorial Guinea, Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia. Hansell is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in History and Music.


Topher Stephens 

PDXChange Southeast Asia program director


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