Spotlight on Immanence’s Women Staff

While a day late, in honor of March being Women’s History Month, the Immanence editorial board decided to spotlight the women on its team, as well as on its Board of Mentors. Let us introduce you to the women of Immanence!

Editorial Board:

Viola Chen, a contributing editor on Immanence’s editorial board, is a doctoral student and contributes to Immanence in the area of Chinese mythology, especially from a Jungian perspective.

Ida Covi, a contributing editor on Immanence’s editorial board, received her M.A. and EcoPsychology Certification from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Ida is a C-Suite corporate executive, the author of Reaching Beyond and many business and professional development articles. She is the founder of a Haitian women’s micro-fund and the co-founder of iRewild, a global knowledge partnership community.

Jacqui Dziak, Immanence’s Marketing Manager and a contributing editor, received her B.S. in Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and her M.A. in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has spent her career working in media, selling advertising and creating marketing programs. Jacqui currently has her own business, and represents Playbill on the west coast.  She is also a yoga teacher and has had a life-long interest in depth psychology and mythology.

Hannah Irish, Immanence’s Social Media Manager and a contributing editor, is pursuing a PhD in Mythological Studies, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is the Managing Editor for the peer-reviewed Mythological Studies Journal, a contributing editor on the literary journal BTWN, and a coordinator of the student-facilitated Salons. She holds a BA in both English Literature and Theater, and an MA in Mythological Studies. She is passionate about storytelling, bringing the Great Goddess back from her Western exile, and re-mythologizing Christianity to better serve the twenty-first-century American Psyche.

Gelareh Khoie, a visual arts editor and a contributing editor on Immanence’s editorial board, is an Iranian-American artist, writer, DJ, impresario, and budding Jungian scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Master of Arts in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, Emphasis on Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Gelareh is currently enrolled in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program, also at Pacifica Gradute Institute, working towards her second masters degree and her first PhD. For many years, she lived and worked in Honolulu where she coordinated and organized countless art and music events. For almost ten years, she owned and operated a highly influential creative space in Honolulu’s historic Chinatown district. thirtyninehotel was where she honed her skills at creative space design, exhibitions and curating, event production, and extensive community development. Her artwork has been widely exhibited in Honolulu, where she received numerous awards for her art and her professional work.

Kelly Lydick, Immanence’s Associate Editor, received her B.A. in Writing and Literature from Burlington College, and her M.A. in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at CIIS). Her creative writing has appeared in ditch: poetry that matters, Shady Side Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Drunken Boat, and others. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in Java, Western Art Collector, Santa Fean, and True Blue Spirit magazines as well as at Her work has also been featured on NPR’s “The Writers’ Block”. She is the author of the chapbook We Once Were, and the experimental work, Mastering the Dream. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops rooted in Jungian principles, and offers private consultations through her company Waking the Dream.

Lola McCrary, Immanence’s Assistant Editor, read mythology and folklore in elementary school and science fiction in high school and graduated with a B.A. in history and religious studies from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. She has worked in the Bay Area as a medical claims examiner for over thirty years. In 2012 she received an M.A. in Integral Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Concord, CA, where she was teaching assistant in a number of courses. Her senior project explored Ken Wilber’s scholarship regarding C.G. Jung. She works as a first reader, fact checker, and proofreader of both fiction and non-fiction in her areas of interest. Her first published article, “Be the Story, Change the Story: Engaging Gender-based Archetypes in Online Science Fiction and Fantasy Fandom,” was recently published in Bonnie Bright Ph.D.’s  anthology Depth Psychology and the Digital Age. She is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees at Grace North Church, Berkeley.

Melissa Ruisz Nazario, Immanence’s Production Manager, Webmaster, and a contributing editor, earned an M.A. in English and American literature at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her thesis, “Parting the Shadowy Veil: Trauma, Testimony, and Shadow in Toni Morrison’s Beloved,” received UTEP’s 2006 Honors Convocation Award for Outstanding English Thesis. Melissa has taught college composition, literature, and drama, English as a second language in Japan, and has tutored children and adults. She was content editor and graphic designer for the U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Department in Okinawa, Japan, and is currently a technical writer and quality assurance specialist for Advanced Computer Learning Company in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Mary Antonia Wood, PhD, a visual arts editor and a contributing editor on Immanence’s editorial team, is the owner of Talisman Creative Mentoring, a practice that supports artists and creators of all types. Wood has been a visual artist for over twenty years, with work featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and collected by a variety of individuals and institutions. Wood received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is currently adjunct faculty in the Engaged Humanities and Creative Life program. In addition to teaching and mentoring fellow artists, Wood is currently at work on a book for creators of all types based on her doctoral and post-doctoral research on the archetypal forces that shape a creative life.

Board of Mentors:

Bonnie Bright is the principle and founder of Depth Insights, Depth Psychology Alliance, and Depth Psychology List. She holds M.A. degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University and in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, where she also completed her Ph.D.

Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist who has specialized in ecopsychology and ecotherapy since 2000. She and Craig Chalquist edited the Sierra Club Books anthology Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, a core text in clinical ecopsychology. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Ecopsychology, the peer-reviewed journal of the field. Linda has been Adjunct Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara since 2006, where she teaches ecotherapy training and certification programs. She has written over 75 blog posts on ecopsychology and ecotherapy at The Huffington Post. She also worked in story development in Hollywood for Columbia Pictures and Jacques Cousteau among others and her book How to Make It in Hollywood (HarperPerennial 1992, 1996) is still a key guide for those wanting to work in the entertainment business. In 2006 she received her Permaculture Design Certificate and with her husband Larry Saltzman has created a food forest around her home that serves as her ecotherapy office. For further information, visit and

Elisa Markhoff is a journalist, author and speaker from Uruguay who has lived and worked in Europe and the US for the past 20 years. Her professional experience includes CNN, Radio Netherlands, Brecha, Posdata, Huffington Post, and several other international media outlets. She also has expertise as a web developer and graphic designer, and is very eager to put these to work at Immanence. Elisa’s novel Día Soleado (2014) has been selected as part of Uruguay’s representation in the International Book Fair in La Havana, Cuba.

Safron Rossi is a scholar whose writing and studies focus on archetypal psychology, the western astrological tradition, goddess traditions, and feminist studies. She is Associate Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Depth Psychology Jungian and Archetypal Studies program where she teaches courses on mythology and depth psychology. Safron is also Curator of Collections at Opus Archives & Research Center, home of the Joseph Campbell library and manuscript collection. Raised in a family of artists that read C.G. Jung and J. Campbell, she has spent her life steeped in literature, religion and mythology, fields in which she holds her degrees.

We are thrilled to work alongside these women in bringing Immance to you all!

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