Joan Cichon, a retired history professor and reference librarian, is currently a Ph.D. student at CIIS and is writing her dissertation. Joan’s areas of interest are archaeomythology, matriarchal studies, and the role of women and Goddess in Bronze Age Crete. She spends several months each year in Crete.
Gayatri Devi teaches world literature, women’s studies and linguistics at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where she also coordinates the Women and Gender Studies program. Originally from Kerala, India, Gayatri has been living in the US since 1990, and her scholarly and research interests include South Asian and Middle Eastern metaphysics, literature, films, and popular culture. She has written on the works of the Indian feminist and tribal activist Mahasweta Devi, and is currently working on an early twentieth century feminist author from Kerala, Lalithambika Anterjanam. Her most recent project is a contracted edition on humor in Middle Eastern cinema with Wayne State University press. Gayatri lives in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
Kathryn Henderson, Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University, teaches in Sociology and Women’s Studies and is ordained clergy in the Reformed Congregation of the Goddess, International. Influenced by a background in the visual arts, her research explores visual knowledge in such settings design engineering, straw bale building, and the mind maps and visual memory of Katrina survivors. Her current research concerns changing ways of looking for viewers presented with simultaneous live and virtual performance. As a practicing RGCI priestess her research has included the heritage of the Scythian and Nordic Deer Mother and making known the voices of practitioners of living spiritual traditions in order to engage them with respect.
Anne Key is adjunct faculty in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies at the College of Southern Nevada. She is a graduate of the Women’s Spirituality Program of California Institute of Integral Studies where her investigations centered on Mesoamerica. Co-founder of Goddess Institute Publishing, Dr. Key was Priestess of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, located in Nevada, from 2004-2007; her memoir is in-process. She is co-editor of The Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmetto be published in 2010. Anne resides in Hood River, Oregon with her husband, his four cats and her snake.
Renee Rabb is an ordained priestess in the Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess and a faculty member of the Women’s Thealogical Institute (WTI). Her areas of interest include the history of magic. Her most recent intensive class for the WTI was on Cosmology and Belief.
Sid Reger is an artist and independent scholar with a research interest in the Ice Age and Neolithic art and design. She holds an Ed. D. from Indiana University, and is on the faculty of the Women’s Thealogical Institute, where she teaches courses on goddess mythology and symbolism. She lives and works in western Pennsylvania, with one cat, one kitten, and a temple dog in training.
Denise St. Arnault is an associate professor in nursing and anthropology at Michigan State University. Her research interests include the impact of culture on the experience of distress and support seeking, particularly in Japanese and Native American societies. She is also interested in goddesses of Greece, Anatolia, and East Asia.
Dawn Work-MaKinne is a 2010 graduate of The Union Institute with a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies in Religion. Her dissertation, entitled Deity in Sisterhood: The Collective Female Sacred in Germanic Europe, was honored with Union Institute’s Sussman Award for Excellence and the ASWM Kore Award for Best Dissertation. A faculty member of the Women’s Thealogical Institute and an independent scholar, Dawn is at work on her first book for Goddess Ink Press. She makes her home in Des Moines, Iowa, where she is the Supervising Librarian for Technical Services at the Des Moines Public Library.