Cathy Diorio , Ph.D., Chair
Cathy Diorio completed a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2010. Her background, however, is in international finance and consulting. She has an MBA in Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an AB in economics from Georgetown University. After a number of years as an executive at PepsiCo, Inc., most recently as CFO of Pepsi-Cola Canada Beverages, she walked away from her career to heed the call of the soul.
Cathy’s dissertation, The Silent Scream of Medusa: Restoring, or Re-Storying, Her Voice, examines the sacrifice of authentic voice in powerful women, based on her experience in Corporate America. Her focus is on healing the split between mind and body, psyche and soma, head and heart, by facing and integrating the dark feminine. Cathy is now interested in bringing these two fields of experience together and hopes to publish her work as a means of drawing more women from this arena into dialogue.
Linda Schultz, Ph.D., Secretary
Linda Schultz completed her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology at Pacifica after almost 40 years in professional positions ranging from dental educator at the University of Southern California to coordinator of graduate Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. She is currently the owner of SoulWorks, where she offers spiritual direction, education, clinical hypnosis, retreats and workshops, and various other undertakings related to holistic healing and spirituality. Depth psychological practices such as projective work with images and dreams, the interface of psyche and soma, and the integration of psychological and spiritual practices continue to be key interests and components of her practice.
Linda’s dissertation research was rooted in the world of addictive and compulsive behavior, and the recovery of the feminine on personal, cultural, and world-soul levels. She is interested in furthering research in this area with individuals and groups, and hopes to publish her work as an offering to the healing potential of depth work for those trapped in addictive cycles. Linda values all the treasured collections of OPUS, and has a particular interest in the archives and work of Marion Woodman, whom she considers to be a mentor and wisdom figure for her life and work.
Robert D. Wagner, Jr., Ph.D., Treasurer
Bob Wagner earned his Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica in 2008 after 40 years as a New York investment banker. His business focus in banking has been on the oil and gas businesses of Texas and during his career in finance he was active across all elements of the banking and corporate finance businesses as a senior officer in four separate financial institutions. He remains active in finance and is on the Board of a number of public and private commercial enterprises and philanthropic organizations. He also has an MBA in Finance from New York University and a BA in History from Holy Cross. Prior to beginning his career in finance in 1966, he was an infantry platoon leader in the USMC with service in the Republic of Vietnam.
Bob’s dissertation at Pacifica is entitled Moby-Dick and the Mythology of Oil. He uses Melville’s classic epic as a mythological representation of the economic society that is the Judeo-Christian world, a world that is fully embedded with petroleum as the defining commodity. The focus of his studies at Pacifica was on the massive mythological images that are present in virtually all elements of our modern society. His interest in working with OPUS is on developing the resources and organization to allow the treasures of the Archives to be mined by the widest possible scholarly communities of the world so that the wisdom of myth and mythic systems can be understood by future societies.
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D.
Stephen Aizenstat is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. His areas of emphasis include depth psychology, dream research, and imaginal and archetypal psychology. His original research centers on the psychodynamic process of "tending the living image," particularly in the context of dreamwork. He has conducted dreamwork seminars for more than 25 years throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Aizenstat has recorded DreamTending, a six-cassette series of audio tapes by Sounds True, and is the subject of a film by Russ Spencer on DreamTending. His new book, A Dream Centered Life: the Art of DreamTending, will be published in the fall of 2008.
Stephen Aizenstat was the founding Chair of the Board for the Center for Study of Depth Psychology, now OPUS Archives and Research Center.
Kathleen A. Barry, MFT., Ph.D.
Kathleen Barry has been a licensed psychotherapist since 1995 and has a private practice in Montecito, California. Prior to beginning her career as a psychotherapist, Kathleen worked as an organizational development specialist for Rockwell International and as a mid-level manager with McDonnell Douglas. Kathleen has a PhD in Depth Psychology and her research interests focus on how women discern an inner voice of authority when interfacing with or confronted by multi-levels of external/hierarchical systems of authority. Kathleen is writing a book on women and authority in the 21st century and is also creating a documentary about the relevance of women working together to change systems of oppression and the bearing that has on community well-being. She can be reached at email@example.com
Melissa Jones Cantekin, Ph.D.
Melissa Jones Cantekin is a licensed Psychologist in private practice in Santa Barbara, CA and current President of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA). Prior to this she practiced in Pittsburgh, PA for many years as a Jungian psychotherapist and as a group facilitator for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and other wellness programs for BC/BS. She values the mind-body-spirit connection in finding balance and meaning in life and works to help others integrate physical, emotional and spiritual issues. “Cura personalis” or “care of the whole person” is what she aspires to in all areas of her life.
Her expertise is in working with life transitions, relationships, dreams, grief and loss, trauma, sexuality, chronic illness, creativity, and self-development . Dr. Cantekin works with adolescents, college and grad students, mid-life and elderly individuals, couples, families and groups. She has also been a volunteer for the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara for the past 7 years and a primary supervisor for graduate students in Psychology at various institutions in the area.
Joshua is the CFO of a multigenerational family office where he manages commercial real eastate, investments, and estate planning issues. Environmental and social concerns are always at the core of his investment, business and personal philosophy. He created a registered investment fund that generates both positive returns and social benefits by funding microfinance companies Columbia. Prior to his CFO position, he ran a technology consulting firm that looked at new ways to address business prosseses. There he assisted his Fortune 1000 clients to manage the technical and cultural changes that innovation brings.
Joshua actively works with the Tibetans-in-Exile and raises money for the sustainability and preservation of the Tibetan Culture in India and the United States. He is currently working to publish a book of his photography Monasteries, Teachings and Moments with my Master. Joshua loves to spend time with his family, taking pictures and traveling. He holds a Bachelors of Art in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a Registered Investment Advisor, he holds a Series 65 License.
Mark Hasencamp, M.A., J.D.
Prior to obtaining his M.A. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2005, Mark Hasencamp worked through various careers before enjoying the last 10 years in his most rewarding job as a stay-at-home parent of two young children. For the 20 years preceding retirement, Mark was involved in real estate investment, initially as a real estate and securities lawyer, then as an investment banker specializing in the financing of low-income apartment housing. He served on the boards of numerous industry trade groups, worked for both non-profit and for-profit entities and received a presidential appointment to the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco in 1995 as a “public interest” director.
Prior to his business career, Mark graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1975 and spent five years as a criminal trial lawyer, both as a defense attorney in San Francisco and then Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County in 1977. For over 30 years, Mark has been a passionate collector of contemporary art. In 2002, he published, in collaboration with Whale and Star Press and Griffin Editions, an artist book by Enrique Martinez Celaya entitled, Guide, which addresses the nature of art and the challenges of authenticity.
Robert Walter, Ex Officio
John is a long term resident of Santa Barbara, an artist / inventor who practices his craft through many mediums including film, video, sculpture, computer robotics and architectural design. His formal education was in business and film. He has used these skills as an entrepreneur, creating many successful enterprises over the years starting with a film production company in Los Angeles in the mid1970's to his current personal real estate management business. John currently is also a board member of the Family Therapy Institute and the Citizens Planning Association for whom he created and coordinates the annual Santa Barbara Sandcastle Festival. He is currently writing a performance art production to further spread his concept of life as art. He is the proud father of two daughters and loves to travel especially when he is accompanied by the three women in his life.
In 1979 after a decade as an arts educator and production manager, director, and playwright on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in major regional theaters, Bob retired from the professional theater and began working with Joseph Campbell, who subsequently asked him to serve as editorial director of his Historical Atlas of World Mythology.
In 1982, he co-founded Van der Marck Editions to develop and publish, not only Campbells Atlas, but also significant works that contribute to an understanding of our cultural heritage, the complex world in which we live, and the uncertain future that we face. At Campbells death in 1987, Bob was named his literary executor, completing unfinished portions of the Atlas and supervising the posthumous publication of Volume I (two books) and Volume II (three books). When the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) was formed in 1990, he was named its executive director. As executive editor of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell in print, audio, and videohe continues to oversee publication of Campbell's oeuvre. He was appointed JCF president in 1998.
Bob was a founding Trustee of United Religions Initiative (URI) and has served as its Treasurer and as a member of its Global Council. He is on the Board of Directors of the Living Tao Foundation and on the Advisory Board of Spring: a Journal of Archtype and Culture.