Adjunct Faculty

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Elizabeth Burke, BS, Illinois State University; MA, Antioch University Seattle; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Burke is a skilled professional with 25 years of project management, strategic planning, coaching, facilitating and consulting experience. She specializes in work with organizations wanting to revitalize themselves and pursue creative new endeavors and individuals wishing to grow beyond their current horizons. She helps organizations and people explore and tell their stories. She regularly leads digital storytelling classes and workshops and teaches writing classes. Burke is also a licensed massage practitioner with a private Asian bodywork practice.

Vincent KovarBA, University of Washington; MA, Seattle University; adjunct faculty, Learning and Teaching Cooperative and liberal studies. In addition to Antioch, Vincent Kovar also teaches at the University of Phoenix and Richard Hugo House. He is a consulting instructional designer for large software and telecom firms as well as a copywriter and scriptwriter for both private industry and public institutions. Kovar is past editor-at-large at ‘mo Magazine and editor-in-chief of the Gay City Health Project Anthologies. Over one-hundred pieces of his fiction, essays, plays and articles have been published in the US, Australia, Canada and UK.

Charles Morrison, BA, MA, University of Missouri; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Charles Morrison taught classes in the history of ideas for six years at the Kansas City Art Institute, then became a “hippie in the woods” for six years and attended Antioch Seattle for a year. Morrison teaches and practices Hatha yoga and Buddhist meditation, is a professional speaker and conducts training in speaking and presentations. He is currently a Human Resources Development Specialist at Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska.

Elisebeth VanderWeil, BA, Eastern Washington University; MA, Eastern Washington University; PhD, Gonzaga University. Elisebeth works as the Director of Undergraduate Leadership Programs at Mountain State University and holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Her seemingly disconnected yet thematic work experience – including drop-in centers, Microsoft, environmental research, and academia – has provided her with the skills and experience to continually exploit opportunities for people to be wonderful.

Pura Betances, MA, Seattle University. Pura is a Behavioral Health consultant for Carolyn Downs, and works as a therapist at Shepherd’s Counseling Services. For 20 years, she worked at Swedish Family Medicine, providing therapy to primary care patients and teaching family medicine residents motivational interviewing and therapeutic communication. She received a MA in psychology from Seattle University and a Licensee in psychology from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo.

Miriam Georgina Valdovinos, BA and MA degrees in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton. PhD Candidate at University of Washington, School of Social Work.She has spent over 10 years working with Latina victims of intimate partner abuse in various settings including community outreach centers, emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, school settings and through various research initiatives. She is interested in investigating intimate partner abuse and its deleterious effects that plague communities including impacts that larger historical trauma and structural components may have on women, families and children. Specifically, she wants to investigate intimate partner abuse and the effects it has on undocumented Latina women and their children. Ultimately, through her research she wants to be a catalyst in the ways in which social service practitioners and policy makers engage with undocumented survivors of intimate partner abuse.

Dan Dodd, BA, University of Washington; MA Antioch University Seattle; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Dan Dodd is currently a student in the Psychology doctoral program at Antioch University Seattle. Dodd has vast experience in King County working in the fields of chemical dependency and substance abuse. In addition to AUS, he has taught at the Community Colleges in Everett and in Bellevue. He is a member of the Northwest Neurological Association and Associate Member of the American Psychological Association.

Wanda Hackett, B.A., University of Washington; M.A., George Washington University; M.A., The Fielding Graduate Institute; Ph.D., The Fielding Graduate Institute; adjunct faculty, liberal studies.  Wanda Hackett has worked for over 30 years as a senior organization effectiveness consultant, providing consulting and training expertise and technical assistance to industry, public and not-for-profit sector on large system change initiatives, developing high performance teams and effective utilization of workplace diversity. She has a unique background that includes experience as an administrator of early childhood education programs, including designing and implementing one of the first entirely multicultural early childhood education programs in Washington State in the 1970’s. She is a researcher and member of a national evaluation team studying the integration of cultural and linguistic competence in thirty Child Mental Health Initiative systems of care programs across the United States. Hackett is leading a national and soon to be international replication initiative to restructure child welfare system service delivery in more than 16 jurisdictions.

Sara Beth Lohre, MA, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota; adjunct faculty, liberal studies and psychology. Sara Beth Lohre’s experience includes nonprofit management, community networking and organizing, curriculum and program development, and extensive counseling experience with a wide range of issues and populations including those transitioning from incarceration. Lohre has developed and implemented social service programming such as mentor training and life and work skill coaching, worked with youth and families, the older and wiser, new immigrants and people from all different socioeconomic backgrounds. She is currently in Antioch’s Psy.D. program.

Christine Fournier, BA, Antioch University Seattle; Anticipated Masters of Integrative Studies in Psychology, Ecopsychology, Antioch University Seattle. Christine is an energetic design instructor, with 35 years of experience in architectural design services, non-profits, and an education facilitator for adults and youth. Her teaching experience includes Interior Design I, Space planning and programming;  Practical Application of Sustainable Design; and Mucklshoot Culture Day through the Muckleshoot Tribal College.

Ann Holmes Redding, AB, Brown University; MDiv, General Theological Seminary; MPhil and PhD, Union Theological Seminary (New York); adjunct faculty, liberal studies.  As teacher, scholar-activist, writer, speaker, consultant, singer, and religious and spiritual guide, Redding lives out her commitment to mine and apply cultural and spiritual resources for communal reconciliation and transformation. She integrates close reading of texts with dialogical and experiential learning in the classroom. Both Christian and Muslim in faith and practice, she is founder of Abrahamic Reunion West, a non-profit committed to healing and peacemaking in the global Abrahamic family of faith. A former Episcopal priest of 25 years, she preaches and teaches widely in religious and academic communities. She is also a consultant in anti-racism and cultural diversity work, which she has been doing for over 30 years, and teaches writing.

Jeff Bender, BA, Davidson College; MA, Columbia University.

Daniel Masler, BA, Bennington College; MA, University of Washington; MA, Antioch University Seattle; PsyD Doctoral Candidate, Antioch University Seattle. Daniel Masler, MA, MLIS, LMHCA, a psychotherapist and teacher, is completing his dissertation on relational psychoanalysis at AUS. He did an internship in community psychology at Vista del Mar in Los Angeles, assessing and treating children and families. His pre-doctoral internship was at the University of Washington’s Care Clinic, evaluating and treating clients of all ages with issues around neurodevelopmental disorders. He is in private practice at First Hill Psychological Services, in Seattle, conducting individual and Systems therapy in English and Spanish with clients of all ages. His areas of focus include behavioral problems, mood and anxiety disorders, learning challenges, and grief work with children, teens, and adults. Previously a librarian, he frequently brings story, literature, art, and world culture into his work.

Betti Clipsham, BA, Antioch University Seattle; MA, Antioch University Seattle. Betti has over 20 years of experience in Senior Human Resource Leadership roles in both the public and private sectors in Canada and the U.S.A.  Her first  job was in Human Resources for Cyprus Anvil Mining, based in Vancouver, B.C..  Betti spent many years with the Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C. in increasingly senior H.R. positions.  She also taught the foundation course in Human Resource Management for the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in the night school program.  Betti now teaches Management, Human Resource Management and Leadership courses at Capilano University in North Vancouver B.C. She is also on the Alumni Advisory Board for Antioch University, Seattle.  

Edward Mosshart, B.A., Antioch University; M.A. Pacifica Graduate Institute; adjunct faculty, liberal studies.  Edward is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Psychotherapist, currently in private practice in Seattle, Washington. He has particular interest in the cultural manifestations of psychological material, both as demonstrated personally and collectively.

Running-Grass, Master of Science in Teaching (MST), Antioch Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire; Masters level graduate work at the School of International Studies, University of Denver; BA in International Relations, Eisenhower College, Seneca Falls, New York (formerly). Running-Grass is a professional outdoor and environmental educator and community activist with more than 30 years of experience.  He is widely published and nationally recognized for his expertise in multicultural environmental education and Environmental Justice.  Running-Grass was one of the 300 delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1992, which launched the Environmental Justice movement onto the national stage.  Since the late 1990’s he has worked on Environmental Justice issues at various levels of government including federal, state and local with a focus of identifying and addressing these issues at the community level.

Sara Breslow, BA, Swarthmore College; MA, University of Washington; PhD, University of Washington. Sara completed her PhD in environmental anthropology at the University of Washington in 2011. Her research explored the cultural aspects of the conflict surrounding salmon habitat restoration and farmland preservation in the Skagit Valley. In addition to a dissertation she presented her findings in the form of a theatrical documentary based on verbatim interview excerpts. With an undergraduate degree in biology and a life-long interest in the arts, Sara seeks ways to integrate the transformative potential of the sciences, humanities and arts toward addressing our most pressing social and environmental challenges. Sara was born and raised in Seattle. She has lived in four different counties and traveled extensively, but her strongest sense of place is in Western Washington.

Cori Adler, BA, Wesleyan University; MFA University of Colorado; MA, PhD University of Washington; adjunct faculty, liberal studies.  Cori Adler is a poet and a scholar of American Ethnic Literature, Feminist Cultural Theory and Popular Culture Studies. She has taught at the University of Colorado and the University of Washington and served on the faculty at Shoreline Community College.  She has published numerous poems in literary journals and one chapbook, The Toothed World; her dissertation is titled, Screening the Dream: Hollywood in the Era of “Family Values.”

Denise Bill, BA, Seattle Pacific University; MA, Azusa Pacific University; EdD Candidate, University of Washington; adjunct faculty, liberal studies.  Denise Bill has been a teacher, staff development trainer, and administrator in the public education system for 20 years. Bill was the Superintendent of the Muckleshoot Tribal School for two years and currently manages a federal technology grant at the Muckleshoot Tribal College. Bill’s area of focus is working with Native American students, both in the public school system and now at the Muckleshoot Tribal College.

Eddie Hill, BA, California State University; BA, The Evergreen State College; MA, University of Washington (Anticipated 2013).

Yalonda Sinde, BA, Seattle University; MA, Seattle University. Yalonda is considered by many as the mother of Seattle’s environmental justice movement.  She is one of the founders of the first people of color led organization that focused on disparate environmental hazards impacting low-income people and people of color. Due to her leadership efforts, northwest environmental justice issues gained local and national attention and the organization The Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, eliminated two major sources of pollution in Seattle.

Rebecca Orton, BA, Antioch University Seattle; MA, Antioch University Seattle; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Rebecca has devoted over 20 years to examining Tibetan culture and history, focusing on historical revisionism, and the political analysis of the China/Tibet conflict. Her historical interest focuses on the modern period beginning in 1900 to present time, which includes geopolitical undercurrents of Tibet’s place on the global stage. Formerly a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Rebecca lived and taught ESL to Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India, where her interest in Tibetan culture expanded as did her passion for teaching adults.

Ryan Boudinot, BA, The Evergreen State College; MFA, Bennington College; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Ryan Boudinot is the author of the novel Blueprints of the Afterlife and Misconception (Grove/Atlantic/Black Cat, 2009), a PEN USA Literary Award finalist; and the story collection The Littlest Hitler (Counterpoint, 2006), a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. His work has appeared in McSweeney’sThe Best American Nonrequired ReadingReal Unreal: Best American Fantasy, and other journals and anthologies. A Richard Hugo House Writer In Residence, he also teaches in Goddard College’s MFA program.

Jeff Birdsall, BS, Lesley University/Audubon Expedition Institute; MA, Naropa University; associate faculty, liberal studies. Jeff Birdsall has extensive experience in leadership development programs and has been facilitating groups, teaching, and directing national service and environmental education programs over the past twenty years. He leads trainings for national service programs and non-profits throughout the country and also serves as an adjunct instructor in Brown University’s Leadership Institute. Birdsall is passionate about facilitating students’ personal, intellectual and spiritual development in their journeys to become effective, caring and responsible leaders in their social and ecological communities.

LueRachelle Brim-Atkins, BA, The University of Texas at Austin; MA, State University of New York at Brockport; MA, University of Santa Monica; adjunct faculty, liberal studies.  LueRachelle Brim-Atkins is Founder and Principal Consultant of Brim-Donahoe & Associates, a firm that focuses on Organization Development and training in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Since 1988, she has designed customized, comprehensive training and education programs that focus on cultural competence, diversity, social change, leadership and management. She is particularly effective in working one-on-one with executives, leaders, and staff to resolve cross-cultural interpersonal issues with the goal of enhancing work performance.  Brim-Atkins helps organizations improve their culture, actively reflect their stated values and achieve their desired vision.

Mary Coss, BFA, Eastern Michigan University; MFA, Syracuse University; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Mary Coss’s background in sculpture and interdisciplinary studies inspires her belief in the power of art to transform individuals and communities. Her extensive experience in fine arts, design, public and community art contribute to her commitment to infuse art into public housing as a way to humanize the built environment and support social justice. Her extensive exhibition record includes several sculpture parks and public collections in Washington and California. Artwork is viewable at

Carmen D’Arcangelo, BA, Harvard College; MBA, Simmons Graduate School of Management; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Carmen D’Arcangelo is a collaborative leader with progressively responsible management experience in fluid, diverse non-profit and for-profit organizations. She demonstrated high value-add in steering employee/management/volunteer relations, implementing new programs, and leading with business acumen and financial consideration in mind. She has an ardent commitment to building healthy and supportive communities through sustainable communication.

Talal S. Hattar, BA, University of Texas at Austin; MA, University of Washington; MA, Georgetown University; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Talal Hattar is presently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. His dissertation deals with violent identity conflict in the Levant. He has extensive background in political economy.

Gwen Jones, BA, MS, PhD, University of Washington; adjunct faculty, liberal studies; core faculty, psychology. Gwendolyn Jones has been on the Antioch faculty since 1987 and has administrative as well as teaching responsibilities. She is primarily interested in the study of racial and gender stereotypes, the psychological impacts of sexual coercion and racial discrimination and the application of cultural and ethnic understanding to the counseling process.

Iveta JusováMA, Palacky University, Czech Republic; PhD, Miami University, Ohio; adjunct faculty, Antioch Education Abroad. Iveta Jusová’s book The New Woman and the Empire (the Ohio University Press, 2005) examines the ways in which late nineteenth-century British women writers approached national, racial, and ethnic difference. Her current research project examines the possibilities and challenges entailed in the present-day encounters between European feminist discourses and the growing immigrant population into Europe from former colonies.

Suzanne Kolb, BS, State University of New York at Stony Brook; PhD, University of Georgia; adjunct faculty, Antioch Education Abroad. Suzanne Kolb has conducted field research on habitat restoration in Brazil and Costa Rica, which has been funded by the World Wildlife Fund, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Science Foundation. Her work in this area has been cited in graduate level textbooks published by both Cambridge University Press and John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook, BA, MA, and PhC University of Washington; adjunct faculty, liberal studies.  Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook is a doctoral candidate in environmental anthropology at the University of Washington. Her dissertation research is an interdisciplinary study of the intersections between traditional foods revitalization in Coast Salish communities, and access to, and health of, culturally important plants and their habitats on public lands in Washington State and British Columbia. Her teaching interests include political ecologies of food and the land, environmental and ethnohistory, and ethnobotany.

Michael Lewis, BS, University of California, Santa Barbara; MLA, University of Washington; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Michael Lewis’s interests are in the deep layering of social, cultural, and ecologic narratives found through landscape experience. He is also a lecturer at the University of Washington, and has continued to explore and share theory and research on traces, trails, and design in local, national, and international venues.

Barrett Martin, BA, University of New Mexico; MA, University of New Mexico; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Barrett Martin is a professional musician, composer, producer, and record label founder who has recorded and toured around the world in various rock, jazz, and world music groups. His experience as a session drummer in Seattle and Los Angeles, as well as his work with musicians from West Africa, the Middle East, South America, and other Indigenous Peoples, has given him a unique, first hand perspective on modern world music. His career spans from rock bands Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara, and REM, to Gambian Kora master Foday Musa Suso, Iraqi oudist Rahim Alhaj, Delta bluesman CeDell Davis, and the poets Coleman Barks and Joy Harjo.

Dickey Nesenger, BS, University of Florida; MFA, Goddard College; adjunct faculty, liberal studies.  Dickey Nesenger worked in the film industry for seventeen years as a script supervisor before turning her attention to playwriting.  Her first play was produced in 1984 at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles and since then her plays have been produced throughout the United States. Recent productions and workshops include The Looking Glass Theatre and Abingdon Theatre Complex in New York, New Jersey Repertory, Ashland Short Play Festival where she received the Critics Choice Pick, Boston’s Out-Of-Bounds Theatre Festival, and Seattle’s Live Girls.  A Heinemann Finalist for Best Ten-Minute Play,The Green Lake Monster was published by Knock Press in 2005 and received a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her monologue Sunday Drive will appear in 2009 Fall Issue of Knock. A recipient of a Seattle Arts Commission Individual Grant for her screenplay Mason’s Muse, Nesenger also serves as a lecturer on film and Shakespeare studies at Northwest Film Forum and Richard Hugo House.  She mentors for PATH for Art, a Seattle based community outreach program, and serves as panelist for Artist Trust Foundation and Advisory Editor for Knock Press at Antioch University Seattle.

Glen Slater, BA, MPhil, University of Sydney; PhD, Pacifica Graduate Institute; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Glen Slater has been teaching depth psychology for the past fifteen years, specializing in Jungian and archetypal studies. His research and writing interests include psychology and religion, psychology and contemporary culture, and psyche and film. He edited and introduced the third volume of James Hillman’s Uniform Edition of writings, edited (with Dennis Patrick Slattery) Varieties of Mythic Experience, and has written a number of articles on topics ranging from gun violence to cyborgs.

Ken Turner, AA, Peninsula Community College; additional training at Kansas City Art Institute; adjunct faculty, liberal studies. Ken Turner has been a professional potter for more than 25 years and has more than 30 years experience working with clay. He is also on the faculty at Bellevue Community College and teaches at Moshier Art Center, with more than nine years of teaching experience. He has exhibited nationally and his work is represented in private and corporate collections. While expansive in his work, he is most famous for his decorative ceramics with gold and platinum embellishments.