Dr. Tom Ayala

PhD Organizational Leadership

Tom is a down-to-earth, well-rounded thought leader. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies – Social Sciences with concentrations in Economics, Geography & Communication Studies, a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning: Resource Management from California State University, Stanislaus, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from George Fox University, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Business Psychology Department. He graduated with his PhD as one of two cohort students to earn Academic Distinction.


Tom received pre-licensed clinical training and an Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Eugene Oregon. He continues work with the VA through the Office of Community Care in both the Portland VA and Roseburg Healthcare Systems. 

Tom was the President of National Employment Counseling Association (NECA 2010 – 2014), earned a Global Career Development Facilitator certificate, was the keynote speaker at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Virgin Islands Conference in 2014,  and continues to be active in the ACA. He has received several service and leadership awards and is passionate about community projects that empower at-risk youth.


Tom applies many theoretical orientations to his intervention styles. Systems theory provides a framework for individual and organizational health in the form of humanistic presence, psychological science, and insights into effective individual and organizational treatment modalities and intervention strategies. Tom’s steadfast personal mission is to sustain quality of life, dignity, and mutual respect in all people. Dr Ayala cares deeply for the human spirit and is a committed life-long learner/educator.