As California Institute of Integral Studies’ valued alumni, it is a pleasure to welcome you to Alumni Relations at CIIS. You are in good company! You now join more than 9,500 alumni, who are leaders and innovators in 49 different countries around the world.

While this year has been like no other, still there are stories from alumni, just like you, who are doing powerful work through the course of their professional careers as a result of their transformative educational experiences at CIIS. You are a part of this unique place that has profoundly shaped and inspired meaningful avocation in therapeutic practices, healthcare, ecology, cultural understanding, social justice and spirituality. This revolutionary influence throughout your careers in our community shapes—and heals—our world by redefining what it means to be human in a rapidly changing world, both individually and collectively!

Our intention is to add value to your experience as an alumnus of CIIS. In partnership with departments across CIIS, like the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we feature new alumni voices. In partnership with Career Services, we put you in touch with alumni programming designed to provide quality support to you in finding new opportunities to meet your professional goals. You can keep your professional skills current by discounted attendance in one of our certificate programs, including Psychedelic Therapies, Sex Therapy, and Intersectionality & Equity in Therapeutic Practices Certificate (IETPC).

• Attend more than 120 workshops, talks, and performances annually hosted by the outstanding faculty and alumni presenters at CIIS
• Network with other professionals through our Public Programs lectures, which had a viewing audience of over 50,000 people in 2020, and performances at $40/annually and receive discounted membership pricing for these workshops and events
• Audit CIIS courses at a reduced fee of $130 per unit, or take advantage of on-site Library privileges with a membership of $25
• Promote your business connections by participating in the CIIS Therapy Referral Directory for alumni from the School of Professional Psychology and Health, or the Acupuncture Referral Directory for those alumni from the School of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Learn more about your Alumni Benefits

We warmly thank you for being a CIIS ambassador and for your contributions to changing our world from the inside out.

CIIS Cares What You Think

In 2020, Alumni Relations conducted the first full survey since 2015 and we heard you.

“My degree brought me into contact with such a rich world of ideas and ways of seeing. I particularly value the spiritual context of so much of what is on offer at CIIS. I attended public programs on Tibetan Buddhism and Shamanism as well as completing my EXA Masters and all these opportunities to study enriched my life in a way that keeps on evolving nearly 20 years after I graduated.” –Sophie Waterhouse, EXA '01

If you feel confident that CIIS was the right institution for you, then you’re among the 79.98% of CIIS alumni surveyed, who either agree or strongly agree they feel that way, too.

A majority of CIIS alumni (75.39%) would definitely recommend CIIS to others, and 83.36% either agree or strongly agree that they are satisfied overall with the quality of their education. We couldn’t be happier that you feel that way! 

In fact, we learned a great deal about your careers:

25.33% of CIIS alumni work in the Non-Profit sector, and
14.64% work in the For-Profit sector
• A significant number of you are self-employed, with the highest concentration of 32.96% of you reporting your employment is as a “Counselor, Therapist, or Psychologist.”

Congrats to you for being a part of the values-based education that you bring to the world through your professional life.

Alumni Notes

If you have written a book, launched a new business, been featured in an article, have job leads to share or have made a career change, we would love for you to share your great news with our CIIS Alumni Community by sending us an Alumni Note.  Just send us 3 or 4 lines with a high resolution photo at least 300 dpi to alumni@ciis.edu

Alumni Notes

Alan Baiss, ICP '91

Alan Baiss, ICP '91, “Like riding a magic carpet. After graduation, my CIIS adventure led me to 12 rewarding years as a psychotherapist and then on to make documentary films featuring the CIIS philosophy. Now my husband, Joseh Garcia, also a CIIS graduate, and I journey together as we have the privilege to produce our fourth film. From the first day of classes until now, decades later, the magic behind CIIS has been my companion."  Alan can be reached through the film’s website. More

Anna Benassi

Anna Benassi, ICP '09, is the co-chair of the ICP program with Emily Marinelli while Dr. George Kich is on a well-deserved sabbatical. She is a guest speaker in a podcast called "Move Better and Feel Great" with Ace Morgan discussing mental health during the pandemic, particularly around connection and relationships. Listen

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Amy Biesemeyer, SOM '03, is offering a Women's Fall Nature Day Workshop in West Marin - September 18, 2021, from 10 am- 5 pm. Directions given upon registration. More Information

Dr Fernando Castrillon

Dr. Fernando Castrillon, Psy.D., CLN '08, just co-edited a book with Thomas Marchevsky, "Coronovirus, Psychoanalysis, and Philosophy: Conversations on the Pandemics, Politics, and Society". Purchase

Sue Ferrer, PDT '05

Sue Ferrer, PDT '05, provides individual and group coaching and has a new YouTube Channel. Watch

Dr. Joseh Garcia, Ph.D., EWP  '04 & '10 photo

Dr. Joseh Garcia, Ph.D., EWP  '04 & '10, "CIIS has offered me the opportunity to explore my interests in psychology, spirituality, and music. It furthered my skills in psychology as it widened my knowledge of diverse spiritual paths. Additionally, it strengthened my critical thinking and expanded my creativity. My worldview became vaster which gave birth to new professional and artistic expressions in my life that I hadn't anticipated. CIIS is for those who aspire to act in the world from a deep place within." More

Dr. Genesee Herzberg

Dr. Genesee Herzberg, Psy.D., CLN '12, spoke on the topic of Psychedelic Psychotherapy on her appearance on the Mind Body Health & Politics podcast with ICP Core Faculty, Dr.Jason Butler, and Host, Dr. Richard L. Miller. Listen

Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera, Ph.D,

Dr. Yasuhiro Kotera, Ph.D., ICP ’12, is the Academic Lead for Counselling at the University of Derby Online Learning, in the United Kingdom. Dr. Kotera recently did an interview about the psychology of working from home in The Agenda on CGTN Europe, which is now available on YouTube. Watch

Dr. Sonia Manjon, Ph.D.

Dr. Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, Ph.D. , HOT' 99/TLC '04, is the Executive Director and Principal Consultant of LeaderSpring Center, a 24-year organization that has invested in the extraordinary talent, dedication, and vision of progressive leaders in the California.

She is also on faculty at USF's Graduate Nonprofit Administration and Cal State East Bay's Certificate in Nonprofit Management programs.

Possessing a deep commitment to racial and gender equity, social justice, and decades of experience leading systemic change, Dr. Mañjon’s career spans 30 years in higher education, nonprofit management, government administration, and public and private sector consulting. More

Dr. Ramki Movva, Ph.D.

Ramakrishna (Ramki) Movva, Ph.D. (TLC, ‘02)
Founder & CEO, Chrysalis Consulting Solutions  

Ramki believes that all transformations at an organizational or individual level must be intrinsically driven, just like a caterpillar's transformation to a butterfly. This inside-out change is possible when clients raise their consciousness levels and self-determine their transformation journeys. He feels confident about supporting his clients in their transformation endeavors with his doctoral degree in learning and change in human systems from CIIS and more than 30 years of leading organizational and leadership transformation initiatives.

Before founding Chrysalis Consulting Solutions, he worked as an Executive VP & Head of Strategic HR and Organizational Capabilities at Emirates NBD Bank in Dubai, UAE. The organizational transformation he facilitated in the bank was captured as a business case by INSEAD Business School. 

When asked about his roots at CIIS, he said, "CIIS offered me a lens for viewing organizational and individual consciousness as two sides of the same coin, shaping and reinforcing each other's identity and purpose. The ensuing world view guided my career, work, and contributions over two decades and eventually led to setting up my firm."

He currently lives in Dubai with his family, and replenishes his inner self through long walks, mindfulness practices, music, and gardening. If you would like to reach Ramki directly, please email him at ramkim@chrysaliscs.com or visit his website. Chrysalis Consulting Solutions

Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Ph.D.

Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, Ph.D, TLC '12, been selected as the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Oakland. She is a poet, playwright and community advocate. During her two-year term through May 2023, Ms. Nzinga will deliver an inaugural address, partner with the Oakland Public Library’s Oakland Youth Poet Laureate on a collaborative reading series, deliver four readings at City-owned locations throughout Oakland, and write one poem that commemorates Oakland.

She is also included on the #YBCA10 and #YBCA100 list: artists selected for work advancing the essential role of art in social and cultural movement and our deep engagement with social and civic issues. Dr. Nzinga is also an inductee of Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame. More

Dr. Simcha Paull Raphael, Ph.D.

Dr. Simcha Paull Raphael, Ph.D., COU '86, is co-editor of a recently-published book, Jewish End-of-Life Care in a Virtual Age: Our Traditions Reimagined, Albion-Andalus Books, 2021, Co-editors Simcha Paull Raphael, Dayle A. Friedman, David Levin.

Jewish End-of-Life Care in a Virtual Age: Our Traditions Reimagined, is a groundbreaking compilation of incisive new writing by chaplains, ethicists, rabbis, and lay caregivers, addresses the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for death and mourning. Buy

Lori Roniger

Lori Roniger, ICPW '20, a recent graduate, completed the synchronous "in-person" portion of the CIIS Sex Therapy Certificate program. 

She's the social media coordinator-elect for Bay Area Open Minds, which is an organization of San Francisco Bay Area psychotherapists and psychotherapy students who affirm that sexual and gender diversity are natural expressions of the human experience.

The group is committed to expanding understanding of the full range of sexual and gender expression and to counteracting the historical and present-day harm done by pathologizing diagnoses, stigma, and invisibility. 

Rosina Roibal, MFT

Rosina Roibal, EXA '16, received her MFT license in November 2019.  She is currently a bilingual clinician working with teenagers on probation, doing both individual and family therapy in the Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy Program at Lincoln Families. 

Rosina also started her private practice a couple of months ago, specializing in expressive arts, trauma recovery, and addiction recovery. She continues to work towards figuring out how to provide services to low-income people of color while also sustaining herself and avoiding burnout.


Anjuli Sherin, MFT

Anjuli Sherin, ICP '05, has written a new book, Joyous Resilience: A path to individual healing and collective thriving in an inequitable world. 

It was published by local publisher North Atlantic Books and is available via Penguin Random House. Anjuli has also been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, as a finalist of the O Magazine/White House Leadership Project. 

As a Pakistani-American clinician, Anjuli combines her clinical expertise with firsthand, in-depth knowledge of what it means to engage in personal transformation, while straddling multiple identities, all amidst a global epidemic of stress and disease. Buy

David Talamo, MFT

David Talamo, ICP '95, is offering 75 continuing education credits for his Professional Ecotherapy Certification Program- Fall 2021:September 25, 2021 @ 9:00 am - January 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm.

Using mindfulness, somatics, expressive arts, and ceremony, this unique 5-month long certificate program combines on-the-land daylong and evening meetings with writing and study to give you a foundation in the field of ecotherapy and support you in being ready to clinically design your own ecotherapeutic treatment plans. More

Dr. Samara Serotkin, Psy.D.

Dr. Samara Vachss Serotkin, Psy.D., CLN '12, recently published her first book, Mindful Willpower: Powerful Mindfulness Practices to Increase Self-Control, Get Focused, and Build Good Habits. Buy

Karen Von Daler, EXA '02

Karin von Daler, EXA '02, is a licensed psychologist in Denmark and teaches at Art Therapy institutes across Scandinavia.

She published several chapters on her approach, Creative Mindfulness in the following books: Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies edited by Laury Rappaport, and in Expressive Arts Therapy and Affect Regulation in DBT-informed Art Therapy in Practice, edited by Susan M. Clark. Karin is currently working on a book chapter for the upcoming, Handbook of Expressive Arts Therapy edited by Cathy Malchiodi.

Karin has a thriving international and online therapy practice and feels forever grateful and amazed at the quality and training and learning at CIIS, which gave her a broad and thorough theoretical and clinical background that has helped her teach, write, and offer therapy with confidence.

She states, "Most of all, a deep, soul-centered, creative fire lit in my heart as I got to know myself and a group of kindred spirits who I still stay connected." More

Ervina Wu and Angela Chau Gray, Founders of "Yina"

ACTCM alumni, Ervina Wu, MSTCM ’11, and Angela Chau Gray, MSTCM ’12, founders of “Yina”

Two alumni from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine were recently featured in Forbes for the launch of their skincare line, Yina, which incorporates holistic solutions and TCM in its business philosophy. Read

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