John Ehrenfeld, Ph.D.

Sc.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dr. Ehrenfeld currently serves as Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He is the former Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment, an interdisciplinary educational, research, and policy program. He holds a post as Senior Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is the author of Sustainability by Design and Flourishing: A Frank Conversation About Sustainability and contributing author in Flourishing: The New Spirit of Business Enterprise, and is an editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology.

Dr. Ehrenfeld is a founding member of the Board of Trustees for Viridis Graduate Institute


Lori Pye, Ph.D., President Viridis Graduate Institute

Ph.D. Mythological Studies & Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

B.S. Texas A&M University

Dr. Pye worked with international NGOs to co-develop the Eastern Tropical Pacific Biological Seascape Corridor with the Ministers of the Environment from Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador.  Dr. Pye’s unique contribution to the developing field of ecopsychology brings together the sciences and humanities essential to the processes of transforming deeply rooted unconscious narratives that drive human practices.

Dr. Pye has multiple publications and has taught internationally. She is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), European Ecopsychology Society (EES), International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) and serves on the Editorial Board for Ecopsychology Journal. She currently lectures at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), and Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital Psychiatric Residency Program.

Kathryn Smith-Hanssen, Ph.D., Academic Dean for Viridis Graduate Institute

Ph.D., Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Dr. Smith-Hanssen teaches the thesis and dissertation preparatory classes for VGI. Before joining VGI, Dr. Hanssen co-directed an international environmental organization that works with rural and indigenous communities in Asia. Dr. Hanssen has degrees in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and Art History. From 1994-2001, she was Adjunct Faculty as a thesis advisor in the M. A. Counseling Psychology department of Pacifica Graduate Institute; in 2008 she was an external reader for the Mythological Studies doctoral program for Pacifica Graduate Institute; and, in 1996, she taught psychology and myth in the Overseas M.A. Program in Greece for Pacifica Graduate Institute. Prior to her international environmental work, she had a private body-mind therapy practice based in archetypal and imaginal psychology. She believes that it is crucially important to bring greater education and understanding of the natural world and the place of humankind within it. Her published articles are: “Forest Communities and REDD Climate Initiatives” with Mark Poffenberger, Ph.D. (2009) and “Medea and Mothers Who Kill” (Spring 2009). She has two daughters and four step-sons and currently lives in Washougal, Washington with her husband on a 5-acre farm.



Leslie Stoupas, Ph.D., Dean of Distance Education for Viridis Graduate Institute

Ph.D., Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Dr. Stoupas holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology and an M.A. in English. Formerly, she was Professor of Communications and Humanities at Colorado Mountain College, Regis College, and taught for Tribeca Film Institute. She has served on the Advisory Board for the Interfaith Symposium in Aspen and has been an integral member of the Voices of Our Future and Digital Change Making programs through World Pulse, an online training program for women around the world who are learning to be citizen journalists. Leslie has served on the Editorial Staff of the Mythological Studies Journal (2009-10) and the Journal of Archetypal Studies (2011). She is an active member of the American Academy of Religion, the Modern Language Association, the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, and The International Society for Psychology as the Discipline for Interiority.

Susan Rowland, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Newcastle; MA University of London; MA Oxford University

Depth Psychology and The Arts, Gender, Literary and Cultural Theory, Ecocriticism, and C.G. Jung.

Susan Rowland, Ph.D., is Chair of Engaged Humanities & the Creative Life at PGI, has degrees from the Universities of Oxford, London and Newcastle, UK, and was the first Chair of the International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS). She is author of many studies of Jung, literary theory, and gender including C.G. Jung and Literary Theory (1999), Jung: A Feminist Revision (2002), Jung as a Writer (2005) and also edited Psyche and the Arts (2008), C.G. Jung and the Humanities (2010), and The Ecocritical Psyche: Literature, Complexity Evolution and Jung.