Affiliated Faculty Biographies

Nicole Bartolini psychology affiliated facultyNicole Bartolini, L.C.S.W.

Nicole was born and raised in the Bay Area and received a B.A. in Women's Studies and Mass Communications at UC Berkeley and an M.S.W. from Columbia University in New York City.  Her past work includes HIV/AIDS testing, women's health, and hospice/bereavement work.  Nicole currently works as a Medical Social Worker at Kaiser Medical Center. Her interests include women's health, trauma, and crisis intervention. She teaches the Psychology of Pregnancy and Lifespan Development at Dominican.

Psychology Affiliated Faculty Maggie Benedict-Montgomery Maggie Benedict-Montgomery, Ph.D.

Maggie received her B.A. in Psychology from DU, and her M.A. and Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology. Maggie has worked in child/community mental health clinical settings for the past 8 years, with a special interest in treatment of developmental disorders, trauma, and mood disorders, and working with marginalized children and families. Her previous research has focused on development of self-compassion, gender identity, and sexual health. She is excited to return to Dominican, where she will teach Directed Research I and II.

Bette Hollis psychology affiliated facultyBette Hollis, M.S.

Bette Hollis received her M.S. at University of Florida and an M.A., MFT at San Francisco State University. Since 1997, she has taught a variety of courses at Dominican, including Adult Development & Aging, Lifespan, and Introduction to Psychology. She maintains a private practice in which she focuses on relationships, life transitions, addictions and life threatening illnesses and has served as the clinical director of Marin Services for Women and as a counselor at College of Marin. Her personal interests include, but are not limited to, photography and travel.

Affiliated Faculty Ian MadfesIan Madfes, Ph.D.

A native San Franciscan, Ian moved to Marin to marry and begin a family of four children. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at CSPP (now Aliant Univ.), with studies in death and dying. Ian has taught continuously at Dominican since 1990, coming to the Psych. Dept. following a breadth of experiences as a cancer researcher, building construction contractor, non-profit administrator, children’s therapist and adult grief counselor. His primary profession has been as a Mediator and Supervisor, with 15 years in the Superior Courts, helping divorcing parents to determine child custody, and now he works for Consortium for Children, supervising approximately 80 mediators in 26 California counties, assisting adoptive parents and birth-family members to continue post-adoption connections for children.

Affiliated Faculty Deborah Osteen PsychologyDeborah Osteen-Munch, M.B.A.

Deborah Osteen-Munch received her M.A. in sport psychology from John F. Kennedy University (JFKU) and a M.B.A. from University of Southern Mississippi.  She is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.  Deborah currently consults with individual athletes and sport teams in the area of performance enhancement.  She has also worked in the LEAP (Life Enhancement through Athletic Participation) Project at JFKU in the capacity of the LEAP Coordinator, where she coordinated and oversaw the first year internship camp experience for graduate students, and developed relationships with schools and organizations supporting underserved youth.

Affiliated Faculty Sean Saiter PsychologySean Avila Saiter, Ph.D.

Sean received his B.A. from The Evergreen State College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Sean's main area of research interest is survival of consciousness, transpersonal experiences, and mysticism. He is the founder of the Ludus Amoris Institute, co-founder of the Journal of Conscious Evolution, assistant editor of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, and sits on the board of the Society for Consciousness Studies. He has authored a number of editorial pieces and articles on transpersonal and integral topics. He has taught a wide variety of psychology courses at Meridian University, Sonoma State University, Burlington College, John F. Kennedy University, University of California, Santa Cruz, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He teaches Theories of Personality/History and Systems at Dominican.

Affiliated Faculty Linda Thorson PsychologyLinda Thorson, Ph.D. 

Linda Thorson holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley. She has been in private practice in downtown San Francisco for 32 years. She began teaching Abnormal Psychology at Dominican University in 2014. Before returning to school for her doctorate, Linda earned a masters degree in Special Education from the University of Southern California. She worked as a classroom teacher and program designer for deaf children, preschool-through-high school, in California and New England. Linda speaks fluent American Sign Language, has been involved in Deaf Theater, and can barely speak in any setting without using her hands!

Affiliated Faculty Christine Schaefer-Willis PsychologyChristine Willis, Ph.D.

Christine was born and raised in the East Bay and earned her B.S. from Saint Mary’s College and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from U.C. Berkeley. She currently teaches Research Methods. When not in the classroom at Dominican, Christine enjoys volunteering in the classrooms of her two young children and exploring the Bay Area with her family. 

Penny Wright psychology affiliated facultyPenny Wright, M.A.

Penny received her Masters in Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California and since 1994 has been teaching courses in Counseling and Communication, Stress Management, Personal Development, Psychology of Money, Effective Communication and Healing Relationships. She has a private practice in marriage and family therapy in Kentfield. Her passions include reading and writing poetry and fiction and her own haphazard style of gardening.