* On the Executive Council (originally formed July 2015): Bonnie Bright, Founder; Craig Chalquist, Board Chair; James Newell, Board Vice Chair; Dorene Mahoney, Secretary; Kaitlyn Hillier, Treasurer
Gary S. Bobroff, M.A. is an international speaker, author and workshop leader. He is a dynamic presenter and prides himself on delivering the depth of Jungian approaches in an accessible, engaging, visual-oriented and modern form. Gary has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, Canada and an M.A. in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the primary developer and facilitator of the Archetypal Nature workshop. His first book, Crop Circles, Jung & the Reemergence of the Archetypal Feminine, was published in August 2014 by North Atlantic Books (www.JungAndCropCircles.net).
Gary is passionate about bringing insight from depth psychology into the world and excited about helping the Depth Psychology Alliance serve this mission! Using a pragmatic and strategic vision, he hopes to find pathways where imagination can meet the unspoken needs of soul. Learn more about Gary at www.GSBobroff.com
Michael Bogar has completed two graduate degrees in theological and biblical studies and is currently completing his doctoral degree in the Humanities and Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. He is the spiritual director at the Bainbridge Island Spiritual Enrichment Center. He is an adjunct instructor at the Holmes School of Consciousness Studies, and teaches regularly at the Seattle Center for Spiritual Living.
He has spoken at various venues, including the Seattle Rotary Club, the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Center and various other places. He is a regular guest onMantz and Mitchell, Alternative Talk Radio at KKNW 1150AM. Michael lives in Seattle and conducts seminars, classes and workshops on spirituality and psychology, combining scholarship, humor and practical wisdom in his presentations. His work underscores Soul-making as a dynamic process that values both positive and negative emotions as normal and necessary. There is no wasted moment in a soul-making life. He is available for guest speaking, teaching classes, and one-on-one counseling and mentoring.
Michael's web site is www.michaelbogar.com. Michael joined the Alliance board in July 2013.
Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. (Founder, Director) earned her doctorate in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She is the founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, the world's most inclusive online community for depth psychology. She created Depth Insights to depth psychology content including interviews, webinars, and events, and is the Executive Editor of the semi-annual scholarly e-zine of the same name. She also founded www.DepthPsychologyList.com a free online database to find or list depth psychology oriented therapists and practitioners.
Bonnie is a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst via the Assisi Institute. She has trained extensively in the Enneagram, a psycho-spiritual personality typology system, and in Dagara-inspired ritual and medicine with West African Elder Malidoma Somé. She spent 4 years on the board for AHBI, the Association for Holotropic Breathwork created by Stanislav Grof, M.D.. She has presented nationally and internationally on depth psychological topics and her work has appeared in the Jung Journal; Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled; Occupy Psyche: Jungian and Archetypal Perspectives on a Movement, and in Towards Beginnings: Images of End. You can read her most recent publication, "Borders and Belonging" in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation.
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. (Alliance Board Chair) is department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches ecopsychology, and at John F. Kennedy University, where he launched the world's first Certificate in Ecotherapy.
He is the author of several books, including those of the Animate California Series and Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place, editor of Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled, and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind.
His areas of professional interest include depth psychology, ecopsychology, mythology, history, ecoresilient communities, theoretical and qualitative research, phenomenology, and complexity science. He manages the Deep Educator Network at LinkedIn, and his website is Chalquist.com.
Kaitlyn Hillier has a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, and is in her final year of her Master of Counselling Psychology program at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. Kaitlyn is currently writing her research proposal for Doctoral Studies at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, England.
Kaitlyn has written articles and presented at a number of research conferences, including the International Psychological Association Congress Conference. Kaitlyn is registered as a student member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and the Canadian Psychological Association. Her areas of speciality are Jungian Psychoanalysis, and Jungian Spirituality.
Dorene Mahoney (Alliance Board Secretary) first launched Stepwell Coaching & Consulting in 2003 to provide career coaching and HR project assistance for business leaders and organizations. At the time, she drew on her background in leadership, human resources, training & development, and management consulting. Today, Stepwell Consulting helps client organizations create high-engagement workforces and develop strong, values-centered leaders, so that businesses are financially sound, provide good jobs for their employees, and contribute to growing the economy.
In earlier roles as a management consultant, Dorene ghostwrote do-it-yourself textbooks for The Personnel Department Store in the 90’s and traveled the country for Council on Education in Management, presenting how-to seminars on HR topics such as organizing an HR department in growing organizations, employment law, interviewing and selecting employees, and writing handbooks and management policies.
Dorene was awarded a Master’s degree in Depth Psychology from Sonoma State University and a Bachelor’s in business and criminology from Fresno State. She is a Certified Practitioner of Myers Briggs psychological type instruments, is a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) through Society for Human Resource Management, and a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) through the Human Resource Certification Institute.
Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst and senior climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He has Masters degrees in psychology and theoretical physics. Jeffrey has worked on the issue of climate change for over thirty years. He has authored over 120 publications in scientific journals. He is also a founding member of the CG Jung Institute of Colorado, where he served on the institute’s board of directors. Jeffrey is also a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He had a private practice in Boulder, Colorado until his recent move to Santa Cruz, California.
Jeffrey teaches at the CG Jung Institute of Colorado and has lectured nationally and internationally on the intersection of Jungian psychology and climate change. He is the author of the forthcoming book Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, published by Columbia University Press, which provides a Jungian perspective on the issue of climate change.
Jeffrey also lectures on the history and development of Jungian psychology, the archetypal nature of films, finding meaning in our technological age, and the evolution of archetypal images in Western civilization. His interests include: Jungian thought and philosophy, phenomenology, and Buddhism.
Jesse Masterson holds a M.S. in Counselor Education from Emporia State University, a M.Div from Naropa University and is working on his dissertation for the Ph.D program in Depth Psychology: Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization. His thesis work for the M.Div. focused on individual and communal despair and healing and transformation can occur. For the Pacifica Ph.D. program, his 1st year fieldwork was an autoethnography in the gay male community in San Diego, CA. His 2nd year fieldwork studied the alternative healing modalities and communities in the San Diego a. Currently, Jesse is researching alternative healing in conjunction with Ecopsychology and Archetypal Psychology and Pagan psychologies through a Depth Psychological lens.
Jesse considers himself a “DreamWalker,” a person who works with dreams from the inside and the outside. Jesse trained extensively in Tibetan and Zen meditation techniques and completed Meditation Instructor Training at Naropa University. Jesse also is an ordained Inter-Faith Minister and an Inter-Faith Chaplain, trained in Tibetan Buddhism, studied modern Druidry, is in the 2nd level of Shamanic healing training, and is a Priest of the Circle of the Silver Vale in San Diego.
Jesse taught at multiple universities and most recently taught in the Master of Arts in Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy and the Master of Divinity programs at Naropa University. His teaching specializations in diversity, multi-cultural awness and power and privilege training, group process, family therapy, and applied spirituality. He also trained in Non-Violent Communication, Council Practice, the Work That Reconnects, Matrix Leadership, World Work, and Process Work. Since moving to San Diego, Jesse completed the LGBT Leadership Academy and the Power, Privilege and Visions of Justice in LGBT Communities training. And, in a unique collaboration between Equality Alliance of San Diego County and the LGBT Community Center, he completed the LGBT-Immigrant Community Engagement Academy. Jesse has run groups on healing, process work, and men’s issues in the San Diego area.
Donna May: I am excited to be a board member here at Depth Alliance. My mission and purpose is to put the soul back into psychology – both in and out of the therapeutic container. I am committed to making depth psychology concepts and tools understandable and accepted by as many people as possible. I am honored to serve here at the Depth Psychology Alliance, with a community of others with like-minded goals and interests. Currently I am on the Education, Program & Events, and Hospitality Committees, which I find very rewarding (I encourage you to think about getting involved by joining a committee &/or group, as it is very meaningful & will help you to get to know more like-minded folk!).
A little about me: I live and work in gorgeous Siskiyou County, California. I offer counseling services in my Etna Office and dream consultations, groups, and classes via teleconferencing (including my Portal of Dreams Course, Psyche Salon, and Story Tending Circles). I also supervise interns at Siskiyou County Behavioral Health, with emphasis on depth psychology methods & tools. I have been in private practice full time since 2007; prior to that time I had worked in both non-profit agencies and governmental settings, treating both mental health and substance abuse issues, since 1994.
I am an adjunct faculty member at College of the Siskiyous and also teach and facilitate classes, groups and workshops on writing, story and dreams. I did my thesis work on the use of writing and story to treat trauma and abuse and have utilized my Writing for Recovery methods for over two decades. I received advanced training in DreamTending and have incorporated dream work in my work for since 2001. For four years, I have been awarded a grant from the Josephine Taylor Endowment Fund to conduct my Soul Callings workshops in Mt. Shasta, CA. I also conduct these workshops in other areas, too (workshops in San Francisco & Mt. Shasta pending).
As part of my on-going commitment to bring depth psychology principles to my community, I have done yearly writing series at our Juvenile Hall, as well as sponsor and participate in the local Poetry Out Loud competitions; an advanced writing and storytelling program at juvenile hall is scheduled to begin in Fall, 2015. I am also co-facilitator of The Hearth-Scott Valley Community Storytelling Events. I offer free Psyche's Call Writing Prompts, which you can sign up for here: http://www.psychescall.com/writing
I am currently working on my first book, Psyche’s Call: Putting Soul Back in to Psychology.
To learn more about me and my work, go to www.psychescall.com. I can also be found on Facebook (Psyche's Call with Donna May), Twitter (@Psyches_Call), Linked-In and Pinterest.
James R. Newell, Ph.D. ,MTS, (Alliance Board Vice Chair) earned his Ph.D. in History and Critical Theories of Religion from Vanderbilt University (2007), and holds a master's degree in pastoral counseling and theology from the Vanderbilt University Divinity School (2001). In addition to offering private counseling and coaching, James teaches online religious studies courses for Central Michigan University, Excelsior College, and Thomas Edison State College. James has spent much of his working life as a professional musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with interests in jazz, blues, folk, world, and devotional music. Since his youth, James has worked with a variety of blues greats including John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Jr. Wells, Hubert Sumlin, Big Joe Turner, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and others.
James' most recent recorded effort is The Songs of Hafiz. With this CD, James has broken new artistic ground by setting to music the poetry of 14th century Persian Sufi poet Hafiz of Shiraz. James has taken the classic images of Persian ghazal poetry and set them to an eclectic blend of world, folk and blues melodies.
James has also produced the video An Introduction to Depth Psychology for Depth Psychology Alliance. This brief introductory video traces the origins of depth psychology and examines some of its core tenets, leaving us with an open door to wonder about the future of depth psychology, its relevance for individuals and for our culture, and what might be the spiritual and practical implications of its trajectory.
Brent Potter, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist, child mental health specialist, and ethnic minority mental health specialist (WA). Potter earned his master’s degree in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has more than 20 years of experience providing clinical services in a range of settings including inpatient, hospital, outpatient, and private practice.