• PGIAA Executive Board •
The Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association Executive Board guides the helm and charts the course of our alum community.
Formed on 17 April 2013 as a California 501(c) Nonprofit Corporation for the purposes of developing an operational and charitable membership alumni association, the PGIAA supports both alumni of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the wider community in their pursuit of developing their intellectual, spiritual, altruistic, and professional capabilities.
In light of Pacifica’s unique and creative educational experience, its alumni community fostered an association focused intently on “tending the soul of the world” as enshrined in the Institute’s motto of animae mundi colendae gratis. Thus, the PGIAA seeks not only to provide alumni and the general public with opportunities for personal and professional growth, but also to serve as a path for making positive changes within society as a whole through service and education.
•| Charles Caldwell | President
Charles Caldwell graduated from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an M.A. in Mythological Studies in 2005, and has been working with the Alumni Association since 2011. Charles is a native Californian but has lived all over the country. He enjoys reading, fly fishing, spending time with his close friends and in nature, as well as philosophizing into the wee hours.
•| Dori Koehler| Secretary
Dori Koehler grew up immersed in the agricultural world of central California before moving to Santa Barbara in the summer of 1995. She graduated from Westmont College in 1999 with a B.A. in English Literature. She worked in documentation at a medical firm and as a private tutor before attending Pacifica Graduate Institute, graduating with an M.A. (2008) and a Ph.D. (2012) in Mythological Studies with emphasis in Depth Psychology. During her time at Pacifica, she served on the peer review board of the first Mythological Studies Journal, published poetry in the literary journal Between, and gave papers on the popular culture conference circuit. Before joining the PGIAA board, she volunteered with the organization doing social media posting and consulting for them. These days, she is focused on publishing her work on Disney Studies. Her first book, The Mouse and the Myth: Sacred Art and Secular Ritual at Disneyland, grew out of her dissertation and will be published in the spring of 2017 through John LibbeyPublishing and Indiana University Press.
•| Kay Todd | Treasurer
photo Dr. Todd’s degree is from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology (Jungian based). She studied at Southwestern University in New Mexico and received a certification in Grief, Loss, and Trauma. She previously was an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma in the Human Relations Department and taught religious studies at Tulsa Community College. Dr, Todd is a certified mediator, life coach, and dream tender. Her work is based on Jungian concepts and theory and focuses on understanding and changing story for life resilience. She specialize in areas related to all kinds of loss: loss of a loved one or a job, loss of meaning, second-half-of-life issues, and the process of individuation. Individuation is an analytical process meant to help one move toward living a truly authentic life from a a genuine center from within. As humans, we find a way to adapt. This an be a difficult path after a loss. By discovering who we are by utilizing active imagination and journaling, we can change our story and our life going forward, finding a meaningful way to move forward while honoring our life story with those we love.
•| John Michael O’Neal | Sergeant-at-Arms
John Michael O’Neal is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. A former Story Analyst, John worked for Warner Brothers for many years. Also a former stage actor, he was born and raised in Southeastern Ohio.
•| Cindi Anderson
With a doctorate in Mythology, emphasis in Archetypal Psychology, and over two decades working with leading marketing and media companies, Cindi Anderson brings a rare combination of in-depth, hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge to all levels of brand development and direct marketing. Her commercials are seen around the globe, and she has launched some of the most successful brands sold direct to consumer.
In addition to uncovering trends in American pop-culture, brand personality, and symbolism in advertising, Anderson is known for her ability to pinpoint hidden influences at play in key demographic groups and in the culture at large, which has added to her understanding of what motivates people to take action in this complex and changing world. As a strategist and writer, Anderson is a sought-after authority in direct response television.
Prior to beginning her direct marketing career, Anderson held a variety of administrative, development and production positions in the entertainment business for International Creative Management, Home Box Office, and Tall Pony Productions, working on television specials for David Bowie, Steve Winwood, Whoopie Goldberg, the Judds, Comic Relief and many more.
•| Joe Fontana
University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Finance * – BS Economics 1984 Philadelphia, PA.
Berkeley Digital Film Institute * – certificate – intensive program 2012 Berkeley, CA.
Pacifica Graduate Institute * – Masters degree in Jungian and Archetypal psychology 2013 Santa Barbara, CA.
•| Johanna Hays
Dr. Johanna Hays is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice with offices in Valencia, Agoura Hills, and Northridge. She earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and went on to earn her doctorate degree from Pacifica in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Hays specializes in trauma-focused psychotherapy, and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and clinical hypnotherapist. She co-founded the Valencia Counseling Center. Her areas of emphasis and interest include the integration of Somatic Experiencing and psychodynamic psychotherapy for the resolution of trauma symptoms, effects of developmental trauma, and generationally influenced trauma sequelae.
•| Patricia Taylor
Patricia Taylor earned her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has been involved in education for more than 40 years as a classroom teacher and administrator. Currently, she is the chairperson of Special Education Programs at the University of Laverne in Laverne, CA, where she brings her Pacifica training into her courses and her support of candidates training to become Education Specialists and Masters of special education studies. Her special interests are social justice, equity in education settings, and inter-species relationships.
•| Jo Todd
Jo Todd, Ph.D., serves on the PGIAA Executive Board and acts as liaison with the Regional Coordinators. She holds her doctorate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, as well as her M.A. in Human Services & Counseling from St. Edwards University. Her undergraduate degree is in addiction services. She is also President of the Jung Society of Austin. Jo is the founding director of the Healing Alliance. Her passion is re-weaving the sacred into life. Jo’s private practice with soul work spans decades. Her clients report unexpected experiences in their journey toward wholeness. Stepping into imaginal landscapes, they practice tending dreams, oracles, dialogues, reveries, and embodied awareness. Each person seeks healing alliances, embracing possibilities between what is seen and unseen, known and unknown. They embrace a deeper, more complex, holy life birthing something entirely new. Their experiences often translate from personal to cultural. Certainly, this is a most important time for birthing new ideas, solutions, and possibilities. Everything may depend on our contribution of our small piece of the whole. She works with individuals and groups in her private practice as well as in corporate, non-profit, and governmental settings.