Board of Trustees
Pacifica has the good fortune to be supported by a uniquely gifted and hard-working Board of Trustees. They have fiduciary responsibility for the Institute, approving and monitoring the budget. The Board oversees all policy and long-range planning. In addition, they provide ongoing advice in their various areas of expertise.
Pacifica wishes to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of these individuals. Their ongoing involvement with the Institute is significant in the growth and well-being of our school.
Ernest E. Zomalt, Ph.D., CHAIR
Dr. Zomalt has worked in educational administration for over 30 years. His career included 20 years at UCSB, culminating with the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs. He moved to CSU San Marcos in 1990 as Vice President, Student Affairs, and in 1993 was appointed Executive Vice President, the position he held until his retirement in 2000. He has been a member of Pacifica Graduate Institute's Board since 1991 and has served as Chair since 1997.
Russ Revlin, Ph.D., VICE CHAIR
Dr. Revlin was an early faculty member in Pacifica's Clinical Psychology Program and is a Professor of Psychology at UCSB. His research focuses on how adults and children imagine possible worlds. He has served Pacifica's Board since 1995.
Harvey Bottelsen, TRUSTEE
Long active in Santa Barbara area banking, real estate, educational and charitable endeavors, Harvey Bottelsen joined Pacifica's Board in 2007. He is also the Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the James S. Bower Foundation, which supports area projects helping the earlier and later years, the environment, and consciousness in the world.
Thyonne Gordon, PhD., TRUSTEE
Holding a PhD. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, Dr. Gordon brings an extensive experiential background in organizational structure and management to Pacifica's Board. Her work in the nonprofit world allows her to continue focusing on the creation of 'communities of care.' Currently, she is Executive Director of CoachArt Org. which mentors chronically ill youth in the arts and athletics. Dr. Gordon joined the Pacifica Graduate Institute Board of Trustees in 2007.
Norman Terry Pearce, M.A. TRUSTEE
Terry Pearce is an alumnus of Pacifica's Mythological Studies program, and brings an extensive background of business leadership to the Board. His first career was with IBM, and he later had experience in the former Soviet Union as a partner in a US/Soviet joint venture. He is the founder of Leadership Communication, a company that coaches corporate, political and community leaders, was formerly an adjunct Professor (retired) at UC Berkeley, and a visiting faculty member at the London Business School. Terry is the author of five books on Leadership Communication and employment engagement. He joined the Pacifica Graduate Institute Board in 2009.
Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., TRUSTEE
Dr. Schlitz is a social anthropologist, researcher, writer, and charismatic public speaker. She is currently the President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where she has also served as President and CEO. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing. For more than three decades, Dr. Schlitz has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, and mind body medicine. She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st century leaders. She is currently producing a feature film with Deepak Chopra. Dr. Schlitz joined the Pacifica Graduate Institute Board of Trustees in 2013.
Thomas L. Steding, Ph.D., TRUSTEE
Dr. Steding has been CEO of ten high tech companies and active Chairman of several others. He is also Chairman and Founder of Quadrix Partners, a leadership consulting organization providing powerful leading edge consultation and intervention for creating high execution organizations. Dr. Steding holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, California, and a MS in Management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California where he graduated top of his class. He was a commissioned officer and the Distinguished Graduate of Armor Officer Basic at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He is the co-author of Built on Trust – How to Gain Competitive Advantage in Any Organization, Contemporary Press, 2000, and The Execution Handbook, currently in manuscript. He is also a member of the leadership team of the Chief Executive Council, the Executive in Residence of the Palo Alto-based Venture Capital – Private Equity Roundtable, and a founding member of The Silicon Valley Angel group. Dr. Steding joined the Pacifica Graduate Institute Board of Trustees in 2013.
Founders and Ex-Officio Members of Board of Trustees Biographies
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., Founder, EX-OFFICIO
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute, a Clinical Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Institute, M.A. in Confluent Education (Educational Psychology) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and B.A. in Political Science and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. For over 30 years, Dr. Aizenstat has provided organizational consulting to companies and agencies worldwide. He continues to be a consultant to faculty workshops at school districts and universities. Dr. Aizenstat has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology and his own research for more than 35 years. His book, Dream Tending, describes multiple new applications of dreamwork in relation to health and healing, nightmares, the World's Dream, relationships, and the creative process. His other recent publications include: Imagination & Medicine: The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience (co-editor with Robert Bosnak); "Dream Tending and Tending the World," in Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind; "Soul-Centered Education: An Interview with Stephen Aizenstat" (with Nancy Treadway Galindo) in Reimagining Education; Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning; The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination, with Dennis Patrick Slattery and Jennifer Leigh Selig: "Depth Entrepreneurship: Creating an Organization out of Dream Space", in The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century; and "Fragility of the World's Dream", in Eranos Yearbook 2009-2010-2011 Love on a Fragile Thread.
Maren Hansen, Ph.D., M.Div., Founder, EX-OFFICIO
Maren Hansen, Ph.D., M.Div., is Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a founding faculty member of the first hybrid learning program at Pacifica. Her research interests include the psychological function of myth, female psychology, and ritual. Dr. Hansen is a founding board member of the Joseph Campbell Library and Archives. She studied with Joseph Campbell for years and teaches a course on Joseph Campbell.