Wendy Davee Award for Service Recipient: Thomas R. Lyon, MA 1998 Counseling

Tom Lyon graduated from St. John’s Seminary College in 1975 after obtaining a B.A. in Philosophy and two minors in English/Literature and Math/Physics. He then entered the Maryknoll Father and Brothers Novitiate in Hingham, Massachusetts where he studied Clinical Pastoral Education. During this time, he also ministered to patients in the burn, cancer, and prison wards of Boston City Hospital. Following this training, Tom entered the Maryknoll School of Theology Graduate School in Maryknoll, NY. After two years, he was sent for overseas training to Tokyo, Japan, where he attended Sophia University International School and two years of full-time language training at the St. Francis Japanese Language School.

Chancellor’s Award for Service: Breana D. Johnson, MA LMFT

Breana D. Johnson, MA, LMFT is a proud New Yorker and graduate of Howard University, where her academic journey in psychology began. At Howard, she began to explore relational realities in psychological philosophy and clinical practices. Passionate about the well-being and familial experiences of people of color, Breana pursued studies in mental health. She received a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University in 2016 and became a licensed mental health practitioner in 2018.  

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence: William “Will” Linn, II, PhD

Dr. Linn holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California; a BA in philosophy from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; and a CORe credential from Harvard Business School. His dissertation, Western Myths of Knowledge: Particles of Stone and Waves of Elixir, focuses on classical, Abrahamic, and scientific origin stories of knowledge. 

He currently co-hosts a radio show that he created for the Santa Barbara News Press called Mythosophia, in which he interviews leading story artists and scholars from such territories as myth and religion, sci-fi and fantasy, visions and dreams, rituals, novels, films, comics, and other storytelling formats and mediums.

Walter Odajnyk Scholarship

Walter Odanyk was beloved by his colleagues and students at Pacifica. With a brilliant solar intellect and a compassionate lunar heart Walter expressed the archetypal journey to wholeness through his inner work, collegiality, teaching, and writing. He offered his gifts to us freely and abundantly. His life points the way to wholeness because he embodied the way. To honor the impact Walter had on their lives, Mythological Studies students established a scholarship to support students completing their studies in mythology at Pacifica. The recipients of the scholarship for this year will be announced in late spring –  watch PGIAA website for additional information.

~ Patrick Mahaffey, PhD
Associate Chair
Mythology Studies

About Walter Odajnyk Memorial Scholarship

Pacifica Graduate Institute announces the formation of a scholarship fund set up by current and former students to honor the memory of Dr. V. Walter Odajnyk, a beloved faculty member from 2002 until his death in 2013. His students adored Dr. Odajnyk’s bedrock integrity, keen intelligence, and depth of feeling, as well as his passion for politics, Zen meditation, Egyptian mythology, and fairytales. His capacities as an analyst, teacher, and writer were felt in his presence and willingness to adapt his teachings to suit the needs of his students, moment by moment.

Like many wise elders, Dr. Odajnyk’s genius was forged in tragedy. He experienced firsthand the horrors of war-torn Czechoslovakia as a child before emigrating to the United States. According to Thomas Elsner, one of Dr. Odajnyk’s colleagues, this early confrontation with the human shadow gifted him with “a soul presence that had to do with a profound Zen-mind relationship to emptiness and the sacred void.”

Dr. Odajnyk’s legacy lives on in his students. “In dreams,” writes Dr. Keith Himebaugh, “he continues to guide me, encouraging me to keep going and not give up. I will never forget this generous man, his honesty, his zeal for teaching and dedication to his students. May this scholarship continue to help others as he has helped me, a contribution to a worthy cause at the perfect moment.”

Prior to coming to Pacifica, Dr. Odajnyk was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. In addition to many articles and workshops, Dr. Odajnyk authored several books, including: Marxism and Existentialism, Jung and Politics: The Political and Social Ideas of C. G. Jung (with a foreword by Marie-Louise von Franz), Gathering the Light: A Jungian View of Meditation (with a foreword by Thomas Moore), and his last book, Archetype and Character: Power, Eros, Spirit, and Matter Personality Types. Dr. Odajnyk was a diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, a member of the C. G. Jung Study Center of Southern California, and licensed as a Research Psychoanalyst by the Medical Board of California.

“It is with profound gratitude that we establish a scholarship in memory of Dr. Odajnyk,” said Cynthia Caldwell, one of the students involved in initiating the fund. “This scholarship will ensure that his gift of guiding students into contact with wisdom through myth is felt, remembered, and continued long into the future.”

Donations to the scholarship fund may be made via paypal (button below), or by check made payable to Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association. Scholarships will be awarded to future students enrolled in Pacifica’s Mythological Studies Program. Your donation is tax-deductible and deeply appreciated.


  • Carpinteria – Summerland Fire District Chancellor’s Award for Community Service

    “2018 has been a challenging year for our beloved community. The destructive Thomas fire, following by devastating debris flows, threatened both Pacifica campuses earlier this year, postponing our 2018 Coming Home celebration twice,’. “Our spirits are buoyed as we stand in community, stronger together.

  • Paul Golding Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

    Paul Golding is on a mission: understanding Boys at Risk. Paul is concerned about the predominance of male violence and the subsequence elevated imprisonment of men in our society; and through a depth psychological and cultural exploration, he aims to get at the root of the issue.


    Minh identifies himself as a “first-and-a-half” generation Vietnamese-American who was born in Vietnam, but grew up in the United States. As part of the last wave of the so-called boat people, who fled Vietnam seeking refuge in the Philippines and eventually resettled in the United States

  • Jeni Ambrose Chancellor’s Award for Community

    Jeni Ambrose received her bachelor’s degree from Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and launched her career in Washington, D.C. in the press office of a U.S. Senator.  She moved on to run national electoral campaigns for the League of Conservation Voters and served as national press secretary for the National Organization for Women.

  • Kyrié Carpenter Chancellor’s Award of Excellence

    Kyrié’s passion for story has lead her to a career in film, studies in Depth Psychology, and ultimately to her work with aging.  She has her masters in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her thesis explored the Anti-Aging myth in America and dementia as an embodiment of the trickster archetype and its facilitation of growth on a cultural level via the integration of elders into American society.

  • Aaqilah Islam The Chancellor’s Community Award

    Aaqilah is an M.A. alum of Pacifica and a current doctoral student in the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology Specialization of the Depth Psychology Program. She is a pro bono teacher in the largest prison education program in California: the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison.

  • Lizzie Rodriguez The Wendy Davee Award for Service

    During her studies at Pacifica’s MA in Depth Psychology (with an emphasis in Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Eco-psychology) program, Lizzie somehow found time to train as a mediator at the local Conflict Solution Center (CSC) on top of a job in hotel management.

  • Liz Delgado The Wendy Davee Award for Service

    Liz Deligio is an MA alumna from the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization of the Depth Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Her projects span three continents and focus on some of the most crucial social justice issues of our times.

  • Harry Grammer The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

    Harry Grammer is a poet/ musician and founder of New Earth. As the Founder and Director of Programs, Harry brings his leadership and visionary spirit, along with an extensive background in teaching poetry and self-expression to incarcerated and at-risk youth.

  • Dr. Mark Whitehurst The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

    A community advocate, Dr. Whitehurst is a lifelong lover of the arts and a decades-long, steadfast supporter of the Santa Barbara arts community. He is the publisher of CASA Magazine and serves on the boards of Santa Barbara BeautifulDowntown Santa Barbara and the Park and Recreation Community Foundation.

  • Dr. Jill Griffin The Wendy Davee Award for Service

    Founder of Squash Blossom Leadership in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Dr. Griffin’s lifelong love of the natural world and its impact on both physical and psychological health lead her to write her dissertation on Animals and Soul: Animals in Native American Mythologies and the Individuation Process.

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