Board of Directors

The Process Work Institute is a nonprofit corporation, 501 (C) (3), incorporated under Oregon law 1989.

After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia, Dr. Janet Bennett has devoted her career to developing theory and training methods in intercultural communication. She completed her Ph.D. degree specializing in intercultural communication at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; she also has her B.A. in psychology and journalism from San Francisco State University, and an M.A. in speech communication from the University of Minnesota. As an educator, Dr. Bennett created the liberal arts program at Marylhurst College, where she was the chairperson. Since 1977, she has been providing consultation and training in intercultural relations. In 1986, Dr. Bennett is co-founder and executive director of The Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI), a private, nonprofit, foundation designed to foster an awareness and appreciation of cultural difference in both the international and domestic arenas. ICI maintains an extensive library, and sponsors the annual Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, which draws over 700 faculty and participants from throughout the U.S. and abroad to three weeks of intensive professional development workshops. Dr. Bennett is the director of the ICI/University of the Pacific Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations, a limited residency graduate program for professionals and other non-traditional students. She also teaches training and organization development as an adjunct faculty member of the Portland State University Department of Education. She has published several articles and chapters on intercultural theory and training in academic books and journals. Most recently, she has written “Cultivating Intercultural Competence: A Process Perspective,” in the forthcoming SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence, and edited the Handbook of Intercultural Training (3rd ed.) with Dan Landis and Milton Bennett. Dr. Bennett received the SIETAR Senior Interculturalist Award, and she and Dr. Milton Bennett were joint recipients of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ M. Houlihan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Intercultural Education and Training. Dr. Bennett was honored by the Portland Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development with their highest award for outstanding dedication and achievement in the field. Dr. Janet also received the CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange award for Outstanding Research in International Educational Exchange.

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Dean of Academic Programs, Executive Director PWI

Hellene Gronda, Ph.D, PW. Dipl, MA, BSc/BA(Hons)
Dr. Gronda is an experienced leader, manager and administrator with over 10 years experience in academic and nonprofit administration and public sector management. She led PWI’s successful application for national accreditation with ACICS (awarded August 2016) and has served as Dean of PWI’s academic programs since 2015, providing oversight and management of the academic program including faculty assignments, accountability and performance evaluation; program logistics and administrative control and standards compliance.

Previously Dr. Gronda served on the executive leadership team of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). She established and led the AHURI Research Synthesis Service, their national research consultancy business unit (2008-2012). Publications include: What makes Case Management Work and What makes a difference? Building a foundation for nationally consistent outcome measures. Other roles include policy development leader for the Victorian State Government, and research coordinator for a large nonprofit.

Dr. Gronda uses her mastery of innovative change facilitation methodologies for individuals and groups. She brings her proven ability in leadership, teaching, research, policy, partnerships and business development, along with a strong project delivery and publication record, to deliver sound management and leadership of the Institute.

Hellene is a Processwork Diplomate and member of PWI Faculty since 2015, with a PhD in Cultural Studies from Monash University (Aust.) and a BSc/BA(Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from the Process Work Institute’s Masters in Process Work (MAPW) program in February 2013. Her doctoral research, Dance with the body you have (2006), focused on the meaning and implications of body awareness practices, while her first degree was in Physics.


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Anne Murphy is a learning and development professional and mental health advocate who expands our sense of normal to embrace the curious, the odd, and the exceptional. She is a Processwork Diplomate and graduate of both the MAPW (2015) and MACF (2007) programs, with a background in business management and adult education (workplace learning and development).  Anne has had an extensive career in learning and development as an instructional designer for a diverse client base across Australia, developing both participant and trainer materials to support workshops tailored to client requirements. She is an experienced facilitator of management development and core consulting programs for consultants at all levels from graduates to executives across Asia Pacific, and has led learning events in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. Anne now focuses primarily on her work as a therapist and brings her own experience as a therapy client, privileged to have a deep appreciation of both perspectives. Hers has been an unconventional path. She knows the travails of finding your own path and power and has been enriched through the completion of two MA programs at the Process Work Institute. Anne brings all of her experience and training to the world through her own firm, Blah Blah Blacksheep.

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Amy is a graduate member of the PWI Board of Directors.  Amy served on the Board as a student representative member and has continued as a full Board Member following graduation. Amy works as a coach, facilitator, and therapist, and teaches workshops that are focused on helping people orient to their deep “life myth” as a navigation tool for finding meaningful work and meaningful living. Amy is also known as “Amy the Potter,” and has been a professional potter in Eugene, Oregon for 26 years. She is also a passionate Black Belt Nia instructor, and has taught Nia for the last 16 years.

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Elva Redwood has been practicing as a Processwork counselor, coach and facilitator since graduating with their diploma and masters from PWI in 2009.  Elva has a special interest in integrating other psychological and somatic approaches to trauma into their work. Elva is a certified Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) practitioner, and has 10 years experience working in community mental health and homeless services. 


Elva is also committed to building awareness of issues of oppression and humanity’s impact on our ecosphere.  Elva has personal understanding of living and working with chronic illness and ableism, and deep experience supporting people familiar with extreme states in negotiating mainstream mental health systems.  A large part of their practice is working with trans, queer and poly people, and Elva is a white person committed to addressing racism, especially awareness of Native American experience, past and present.  Their BA is from the University of California, Riverside, where they graduated summa cum laude, and their undergraduate thesis was on current disputes over Native American sacred lands.


Elva also has a background in the arts, has published several short stories and poems, and studied fiction writing for many years with the Dangerous Writers.  Elva edits the Edge, the PWI blog.


(Elva prefers neutral pronouns because they identify as a non-binary being who happens to inhabit a biologically female body.)

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PWI Board Chair, Faculty TeachingMAPOF / AC
Work Phone: 503-222-4478

Coming from an activist background I have a passion for worldwork and group process. I’ve been part of the facilitation team at worldwork seminars for many years and I have taught group process, relationship work and process-oriented conflict resolution to diverse groups both nationally and internationally. I am especially interested in the development of the metaskill of eldership and the creation of sustainable communication between individuals and in groups.

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