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Elizabeth is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary artist, author and lecturer on visual thinking, creativity and archetypes in media. She received her Ph.D. in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica and her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Her artwork is widely exhibited and is held in numerous public and private collections. It has also appeared on the covers of several international myth and depth psychology journals and books, including all eight issues of Mythosphere.


David is the President & CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consultation firm. He is also co-Director of the Arkansas Evaluation Center. Dr. Fetterman is a Professor of Business and Leadership at the University of Charleston, Professor of Anthropology at San Jose State University, and a Professor of Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


Kesha is a sociocultural anthropologist in private practice as a somatic bodyworker and movement therapist. She practices the Danis Bois Method (DBM), a perceptual enrichment practice that evolved from osteopathy, in addition to Kathy Kain's somatic touch approach. Kesha previously taught as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida and at the University of Chicago.


Carolyn is a writer, performer and cultural geographer. As a professor in Geography at the University of Kentucky, she is deeply interested in issues related to identity, difference, creativity, and resilience. In particular, she explores how issues of difference impacts participation in decision-making processes designed to address environmental issues. More broadly she likes to trouble our theoretical and methodological edges that shape knowledge production and determine whose knowledge counts.


Matthew is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Sherman Oaks, California. His depth psychological practice incorporates Jungian analytic, psychoanalytic, existential, and mindfulness-based approaches. Both his dissertation (The Evocative Moment: A Study in Depth Psychological Poetics) and Master's thesis (Eclipse: Illuminating the Tragic Shadow of the Puer Aeternus) were part of a journey, and a calling, to make a home for theory, phenomenology, and poetry in depth psychological inquiry. At heart, his research embraces subtle, often elusive, experiences, and the via poetica that may give them voice and form.


Stephen serves as Director of Faculty Development at Trident University International. Dr. Fitzgerald has published books on decision- making and organizational models (Capstone Publishing, UK), numerous book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings, and co-edited a special issue of the AI Practitioner.


Sukey has been on the faculty of Pacifica since 2000 and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices Jungian-based psychotherapy in her private practice in Santa Barbara. She brings her creative background in film and writing to her current work as an educator at Pacifica.


Cynthia is a passionate proponent in the field of mental health. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an emphasis on Depth Psychotherapy. As a young adult, Cindy was introduced to Jungian Analysis, which led her to her passion for Alchemy, Fairytales, dreams, and copper etching.


Nancy received her doctoral degree in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and her M.S. in Educational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She has been an educational and business consultant, college professor, guest lecturer, and public workshop leader. Her publications include Tending the Living Dream Image, A Phenomenological Study.


Elisabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in the mental health and spiritual counseling fields for over 20 years.  The early years of her career were spent working primarily with adolescents at an emotional growth boarding school.


Veronica is Professor Emerita at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she was a Core Faculty member for over 15 years. She taught courses on Jungian and Imaginal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Dreamwork, Alchemy, The Grail Myth, Depth Psychology and Quantum Physics, Depth Psychology and the Sacred, Clinical Case Colloquia, and ‘Alchemical’ Research that includes unconscious processes, active imagination, and dreams.


Matthew is Director of Workforce Economic Development and Community Programs at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA. In this position he has led the development of academic and social programs that serve the diversity of the community, including limited-English speakers, inmates at the local prison and jail, foster youth and other youth with barriers, students with mental health challenges, adults with disabilities, as well as older adults.


Christina R. Griffin, Ph.D., Psy.D. , is a Psychoanalyst and Clinical Psychologist practicing in Southern California. She has been a Board Member of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) and Co-chair of the History of Psychoanalysis Committee.


Gary is a Emeritus faculty member, he was the Director of Research and Research Coordinator for the Clinical Psychology program, and is an author, lecturer, researcher, and a practicing clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. Dr. Groth-Marnat is a leading expert in the field of psychological assessment. His textbooks are used throughout the United States and abroad in psychological assessment and testing courses.


Maren is a founding member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Ex-Officio Board of Trustees member. She is also a founding faculty member of the first hybrid learning program at Pacifica. Her research interests include the depth psychological approach to myth, female psychology and spirituality, ritual, and depth psychological models of leadership. Dr. Hansen was a board member of the Joseph Campbell Library and Archives. She studied with Joseph Campbell for years and has taught several courses on Joseph Campbell’s work. She is author of the books Mother Mysteries and Teachers of Myth. Hansen researched, designed and tested a myth curriculum for adolescents, designed to stimulate psychological development.


Ben Heilveil is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico in Philosophy and Historical Mathematics and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. As a psychotherapist Ben has worked in a number of settings including a juvenile detention facility, teen mindfulness meditation retreats, adult substance use treatment, residential treatment for high acuity adolescents, and private practice.


 Kim Hermanson, Ph.D., is an author, educator, and shamanic catalyst. She was initiated to the shamanic path in her 20s when she was critically injured in a head-on collision on the highway and accessed otherworldly energies to heal her body. Kim is adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has served as both core and adjunct faculty at Meridian University, Sophia Center at Holy Names University, University of California Berkeley Extension, Sofia University, and the Esalen Institute.


Dylan Hoffman studied liberal arts at Georgetown University and psychology at Adelphi University before completing his Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute—concentrating in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. His work focuses on C. G. Jung’s theory of archetypes—on archetypes as the deepest nature of the psyche and how they interconnect spirit, psyche, and matter as numinous and mythic powers that animate, govern, and structure the cosmos as a whole. Dylan grounds his work in indigenous/shamanic perspectives and practices that provide a primordial, holistic, and sacred worldview within which to understand the archetypal psyche, to embody its wholeness individually, and to serve it culturally through creative imagination.


In addition to her role as Adjunct Faculty, Taryn also serves as a Clinical Practicum Associate II in the MA Counseling Program. A Pacifica alumnus, Taryn has a private practice in which she sees children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of presenting issues. Outside of the therapeutic container, Taryn can be found cycling, running, surfing, hiking, or pursuing a number of other outdoor activities.


Gioia serves as the Director of Research in the M.A. Counseling Program at Pacifica in addition to serving as Adjunct Faculty, and the Research Associate for Track C. Gioia received undergraduate degrees from Pitzer College in Psychology as well as English and World Literature: Creative Writing. Prior to completing her graduate work, Gioia studied holistic medicine for three years and obtained certification as a yoga instructor.