Board of Directors



Heather Dawn Artemis is a Priestess, Poet and Producer. She considers herself a relational artist using various forms to provide an outlet for her creative expression including creating images in stained glass, folding origami, writing, and producing events that bring people together for meaningful reasons. She was ordained as a priestess in both the Dianic and Green traditions in 1991. She holds a B.S. in Research Psychology from UC-San Diego, an M.S. in Community Health Administration and an MBA, both from Long Island University. She lives in Exotic Brooklyn.

Joan M. Cichon has a PhD in Women’s Spirituality from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a special interest in archaeomythology and the Goddess civilization of Bronze Age Crete.  Her dissertation is entitled: Matriarchy in Minoan Crete: A Perspective from Archaeomythology and Modern Matriarchcal Studies.

Gayatri Devi is Associate Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, where she teaches literature, linguistics and women’s studies courses. Her book Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema (Wayne State University Press 2014) examines the sublime and aporetic modalities of humor in select films from the Middle East and the Middle Eastern diaspora. Her articles and book chapters on South Asian and Middle Eastern literatures and films have been published in select scholarly anthologies and journals including World Literature Today, North Dakota Quarterly, The Guardian, Ms. Magazine, and South Asian Review.

Kathryn Henderson is a professor of Sociology at Texas A & M University.  Her research interests include science and technology and cultural sociology.  She has used studied Katrina survivors’ visual memory.  Her current research uses collaborative photography to document how women cope with environmental illness.  An RCG-I ordained priestess/scholar, Henderson has published about the ancient Deer Mother and voiced perspectives of living spiritual traditions practitioners.

Anne Key is adjunct faculty in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies at the College of Southern Nevada and a graduate of the Women’s Spirituality Program of California Institute of Integral Studies. 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.  She is co-editor of The Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet.

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.

Dawn Work-MaKinne, Ph.D. is a graduate of The Union Institute in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Women’s Studies in Religion. Her dissertation, entitled, Deity in Sisterhood: The Collective Female Sacred in Germanic Europe, won the 2010 Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Goddess Studies and the Sussman Award at the Union Institute.  She is on the faculty of the Women’s Thealogical Institute and is working on her first book.

In Memoriam

Patricia Monaghan was associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University in Chicago. She was the author of four books of poetry and more than a dozen nonfiction books including The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Legend and The Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines. She was a founding member of ASWM and served as Vice-President. She died in 2012 and is greatly missed.