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Graduates of IAA

The following individuals have successfully completed the Diploma Module of the Professional Training Department curriculum at IAA, and are authorized to use the title Dipl. I.A.A. (Diploma of the International Academy of Astrology) after their names. This title demonstrates that they have completed our rigorous course of training and are fully qualified to practice astrology in a professional capacity. (Prior to 2010, the title was Dipl. O.C.A., Diploma of the ONLINE College of Astrology.)

Class of 2014

Joel Andrew, Dipl. I.A.A.

Joel Andrew, Dipl. I.A.A.

In the fall of 2009, my wife and I became pregnant with our second child.

Throughout the initial trimester we attended evaluations at the appropriate intervals and all standard scans and tests were performed. At the second trimester I began my education at IAA and it was during this time frame that we began to experience a variety of complications. We made follow-up appointments with our obstetrician and additional ultrasounds were performed. Over the next couple weeks the symptoms continued to progress until we were forced to visit the hospital. More tests and scans were performed, but after six hours we were sent home.

The next afternoon her water broke and we rushed back to the hospital. By the time we arrived, she was covered in blood. I was quickly diverted to their waiting room as they began to wheel her away. I grabbed our OB and asked about the baby. The doctor advised that we may need a transfusion and they disappeared down the hospital corridor.

The next couple hours were a blur. After she was stabilized we were moved into a private room and fell asleep while waiting to go into labor. Shortly after midnight I awoke to the sound of crying. She said she felt the baby pass away and I held her until she fell asleep. The next morning we delivered Blake.

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Through the spring and summer of 2011 I completed both levels of forecasting at IAA. By September I began a comprehensive analysis and confirmed that we had been hit with the astrological equivalent of a hurricane with multiple challenging dynamics occurring together across numerous levels of measurement. But, in a similar manner of convergence, this research also uncovered a new set of variables set to arrive in about 12 months.

The evidence was so stunning that I sat on it for over a month, but by December I felt confident enough to notify my wife of the possibilities for either a successful conception or delivery in early October 2012. Towards the end of January she took a test and confirmed that it would be a delivery.

I quickly returned to my research, combing every possible area of stress, but they were minor, manageable and nowhere near the volume and intensity of the last pregnancy. During the final three weeks we were prepared for bouts of contractions down to nearest couple of hours. When offered the option, I elected the date of induction and accurately forecast the hour that Logan would arrive.

There are few moments that embody such a pure blend of joy, gratitude, and peace encapsulated in the arrival and autonomy of our greatest creations and for us this redemption was accentuated by the unique, significant and improbable connections between the delivery charts for Blake and Logan. The impact of this degree of synchronicity occurring within the context of our little lives can’t be overstated.

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Astrology's value lies not only in its technical guidance in navigating events, but also in the existential meaning and purpose it suggests for their occurrence. It is more than a science and complimentary, or in some ways superior, to other systems of thought, measurement and belief proposing clarity to the chaos of everyday existence.

Astrology's popularity is often cited in rebuttal to its lack of acceptance or representation, but it is sometimes ignored that this popularity hasn't translated into tangible, legitimate forms of inclusion in our major Western institutions and professions. The disadvantages of this oversight are vast and acutely crippling for those coping with life-altering events.

I am defined by goals and aspirations within the shadows of these structures and motivated by a renewed crisis between my spirit and soul. In response to the death of my child, I took an aggressive journey, hunting for answers, yet discovering hints of larger, hidden connections. It has given me a focus worthy and compelling enough to direct the firmest opposing dynamics and inspire the service necessary to circumvent and transform these structures. For me, my deepest satisfaction is the legacy of a new foundation for future generations of my family.

Thank you IAA. Best wishes in your endeavours.


Christine Ferraro, Dipl. I.A.A.

Christine Ferraro, Dipl. I.A.A.

My first exposure to astrology was in the '70s, a time when I discovered yoga, meditation, and strong desire within myself to gain deeper understanding. It was a tremendously therapeutic and transformative time, and I was drawn to astrology like a moth to a flame. I took formal classes, erected charts by hand, and immersed myself passionately in its meaningful and validating symbolism. Through the ensuing working years, I was a stay-at-home mom to my two children, and later returned to work in the legal field.

Although my passion for astrology had to take the back seat for many years, I continued to rely on it to inform me and deepen my understanding of others and myself. When the opportunity arose for me to once again pursue my studies, I was fortunate indeed to come across IAA. It has given me the opportunity to strengthen the foundations of my knowledge and to further my understanding and personal growth. I continue to pursue a career as a consulting astrologer and currently teach Chart Synthesis at IAA, which gives me the opportunity to share what I have learned with others as a member of the IAA family.


Susan Gidel, Dipl. I.A.A.

Susan Gidel, Dipl. I.A.A.

Susan Gidel, owner of SusanGSays LLC in Chicago, is a writer, business/financial astrologer and marketing consultant. She studied markets, technical analysis and traders during her 30+ years in the commodity futures business as a journalist and brokerage executive. She is developing and teaching a new Financial Astrology track at IAA.

Susan writes a monthly financial astrology newsletter for investors and traders, "Red Letter Trading Days." She also blogs about financial astrology on her website, susangsays.com, under "My Write Hand," and some of those articles have been picked up by Futures Magazine and The Des Moines Register. Locally, she teaches natal chart analysis to astrological newcomers and is Organizer of the Chicago Astrology Meetup Group. Susan can be reached at susan@susangsays.com, on Facebook as SusanGSays and Twitter @SusanGSays.

"Many, many thanks to Ena, Julene and all my instructors and classmates at IAA. I appreciate your sharing of astrological knowledge and friendship so very much. It is quite gratifying to be a part of such a group of kindred spirits."


Eleni Kostika, Dipl. I.A.A.

Eleni Kostika, Dipl. I.A.A.

I was born on the 6th of September 1969, in Athens, Greece.

My first encounter with astrology was as a young child reading a couple of Sun sign books my mother had at home. I am quite intuitive and anything metaphysical appealed to me from a very young age. Curiosity mixed with intuition and a need to liberate myself from what was expected of me, as well as my liberal and unconventional upbringing, led most of my life decisions. Yet, I would never have anticipated that trURA in my 10th house Squ my Gemini Asc at 29 degrees would testify with such accuracy, to a sudden and unconventional vocational shift that started with an apparently impulsive but quite fated enrollment at IAA classes in the spring of 2010. This was the formal beginning of my personal journey in the study of astrology. Even though a Dipl. Graduate I continue my studies and my personal research into this abyss of knowledge, and currently find myself intensely drawn towards exploring traditional forecasting methods, timing techniques, and relational patterns.

My other vocation is architecture. I established my own practice in Athens in 1997 which I run to the present day, and I have been quite an active promoter of architecture in my country and abroad through writing articles and as a founder and editor of an architectural magazine in the beginning of my career.

I am now also a practicing astrologer, based in Athens, and very pleased to share my knowledge with students, as I have recently been invited to teach at IAA.

My basic philosophy in life in general stems from the principle that knowledge is there to be shared, and that we all share a responsibility within the context of interconnectedness. I have an acute instinct and a sensibility to other's needs.

Astrology is an incredible tool for self-improvement, and as such I treat it, as such I present it to my clients. It is a body of knowledge (perhaps the oldest one that exists) which can take one to the core of a matter much faster than any other tool. Once you understand the cyclical and repetitive patterns of planetary energies, you can use them effectively to navigate the currents of life, with greater clarity, and sense of orientation. You gain perspective, which is priceless. I would compare astrology to a compass; it can give you direction and guidance, it can show you where you are, and assist you in finding where you want to go.

You can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ekostika.


Jennifer Ng, Dipl. I.A.A.

Jennifer Ng, Dipl. I.A.A.

I am simply ecstatic to be part the IAA graduating class this year! It has been an incredibly rewarding journey of learning with IAA. I enrolled after meeting Ena through one of the IAA Free Lectures/Conjunction meetings where it was just the two of us, and how fortunate for me :) As I look back on that wonderful night, I truly believe it was one of those defining moments. Prior to IAA my learning had been through self-study, and with IAA, the astrology world suddenly opened up: my astrological understanding was accelerated and deepened, conferences, lectures, associations, and belonging. I am fortunate to have received the AFAN study scholarship, and I am the Meetup Organizer for the Toronto Astrology Group. I know that my graduation with IAA marks one significant phase of my astrological learning. I also LOVE the experience of both receiving and giving a reading! I practice both Western and Chinese astrology, as well as Feng Shui. It is truly an honor to be an astrologer and part of IAA. I look forward to all the exciting astrological opportunities and experiences that await :) Thank you to all my knowledgeable teachers for their dedication, and kindness, and to my family for their love and support (special thanks to my furry four-legged ones: meow). I feel so blessed to have found my tribe. You may find out more about my astrological articles and practice at www.astrologywithjen.wordpress.com.

Class of 2013

Jennie Gilmore, Dipl. I.A.A.

Jennie Gilmore, Dipl. I.A.A.

Influenced by my mother's interest in astrology, I have had a life-long attraction to this ancient art. Around the time of my mother's death (and during my Uranus opposition) an insatiable thirst for deeper knowledge sparked in me a quest for more astrological education. I realized that I could not get the understanding I was seeking on my own, so I began my search for a teacher. This quest led me to IAA. I began my formal education in January 2010.

The further I go in my studies, the more intense my love and respect for astrology becomes. This passion (accompanied by an intense trine last year with transit Pluto and my North Node) brought me to a point where I could no longer tolerate my 29-year career as a chef. I took the plunge, quit my "responsible" job, and began my practice, "Ode to Pluto Astrology."

I continue to study at IAA, and I find that each class builds upon the knowledge acquired in the class before. Now my education has moved to a new level as I have been given the opportunity to convey what I have learned to others through teaching both at IAA and in person.

The self-awareness and self-compassion I have gained through the window of astrology has led me to refocus and redirect my life. It has become a powerful tool to help me work with the flow of existence and most fully realize my purpose.

Teaching is very important to me. It is a goal of mine to assist others to utilize this powerful tool.

You can find me on Facebook or at Ode to Pluto Astrology.


Anya Kezerashvili, Dipl. I.A.A.

Anya Kezerashvili, Dipl. I.A.A.

Being born and raised in the former Soviet Union, now Russia, my mind and soul have always been open to the possibility of things (forms, ideas) that reach beyond the accepted physical reality. In astrology I found the way that enables me to touch the very fabric of the Universe and to participate in its enigmatic unfolding.

I received my formal astrological education at IAA and now I am very excited to teach here. As a triple Gemini -- Gem ASC-SUN-MOON conjunction -- I always tend to live several lives at the same time, and right now that includes a full-time corporate job in super-charged New York City, being a wife to a creative artist, astrology, and intuitive work with horses. My particular interest in astrology is a study of complex patterns both on personal and mundane level.


Shirinjeet Rai, Dipl. I.A.A.

Shirinjeet Rai, Dipl. I.A.A.

My introduction into Western Astrology began when I attended an introductory workshop in Bali in 2008. Coincidentally, it was right when the financial markets were crashing worldwide. I then started wondering whether any of this could have been predicted. I realised that I had to have a good grasp of the basics. A year later, I began my formal training in Western Astrology at IAA. I believe that this is just the begining of a long journey.

The years attending the classes at IAA were tedious, challenging but interesting. I would like to thank all my instructors for their guidance and dedication in helping me move forward.

Class of 2012

Janet Carrol, Dipl. I.A.A.

Janet Carrol, Dipl. I.A.A.


Tom Chaplin, Dipl. I.A.A.

Tom Chaplin, Dipl. I.A.A.

After studying astrology on my own for close to twenty years, including learning from two other astrologers, I enrolled in IAA. There’s no doubt that IAA was the right choice.

I currently teach NAT05 and co-own an executive search organization. I am also an experienced Career Coach. I find astrology to be a powerful coaching tool, as it has so many applications for someone in career transition. My main interest is helping people to find work that is meaningful to them. I am co-founder of NOVA Astrology Group, which officially kicks off in March 2012 with monthly meetings and guest speakers. I live in Northern Virginia in the Washington, DC suburbs.


Kathleen Erickson, Dipl. I.A.A.

Kathleen Erickson, Dipl. I.A.A.


Marcha Fox, Dipl. I.A.A.

Marcha Fox, Dipl. I.A.A.

Marcha Fox has a bachelor's degree in physics from Utah State University and retired from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, after a twenty-three year career in the aerospace industry. She began studying astrology over twenty-five years ago with the intent to debunk it, and the rest is history. She is a graduate of and instructor for the International Academy of Astrology and maintains a worldwide client base through her website at www.valkyrieastrology.com.  For those who may be wondering about her sign, she is a Christmas baby, making her a December Capricorn with a Virgo rising and Gemini Moon.


Claudia Frankel, Dipl. I.A.A.

Claudia Frankel, Dipl. I.A.A.


Linda Furiate, Dipl. I.A.A.

Linda Furiate, Dipl. I.A.A.

On one glorious day in February 2009 I was drawn in into the gravitational pull of Ena Stanley and began my studies at IAA. Since then life has been like a new Moon and Jupiter return in conjunction with the scores of incredible opportunities for novel beginnings with an expansion of inner wisdom and philosophic understanding. I completed my studies with IAA in July 2011. I now work as a full-time professional astrologer and writer. I also maintain a public relations and marketing practice working with clients who are seeking promotion of their business and services. In early 2010 I became the Media Director for IAA working as the Editor for the monthly newsletter.

As an astrologer, author, former television executive producer and talk show host, I wish to cover every angle in my quest to heal one soul at a time. I feel that all of my work revolves around communications and helping others move through adversity while helping to launch them into the next happy and healthy phase of their lives. I hope I have helped countless souls with my insightful astrology readings and articles, as well as through my former television show "Portraits in Determination." I am also the author of 101 Simple Suggestions and Quotations to Express Compassion and Empathy, available through www.amazon.com. One thing that surprises people when they meet me is to know that I served in the U.S. Air Force for six years working as a cryptologist aiding national intelligence for the State Department and the White House. Having a Moon in Virgo [3rd] and Saturn, Pallas Athene and Vesta in Capricorn in the 6th house, I would rather be working and creating ways to serve others, than sitting around wasting the limited moments our Creator has placed us on this Earth. If I had to give everything up and do just one thing with my career, I would want to be the creator, writer and executive producer of a thought-provoking television series that had something to do with astrology.

As an astrologer and mentor, my niche is to work with souls who are suffering and feeling limited as a result of their addictions. I feel it is my job is to inspire people to do great things with their lives despite any and all obstacles or planetary configurations. My goal is to assist those who have stumbled upon a cross-road in life and are seeking guidance and move them toward their destiny. I use my combined twenty-five years of business expertise, personal experience and my ever-expanding knowledge as an astrologer to help develop and enhance the person as a whole.

Linda may be reached through her website at www.ofuniversalmind.net or log onto http://elementaladvice.wordpress.com/.


Anne-Christine Gruber, Dipl. I.A.A.

Anne-Christine Gruber, Dipl. I.A.A.

My name is Anne-Christine Gruber. I was born and raised in Switzerland where I lived until I moved to the US in 2003. My professional background is in business; I studied economics and worked in the public sector for the Swiss government.

My move to the US gave me the opportunity to reconsider my path and to orient my professional career towards a field I really liked. I was always interested in astrology but had never the time and the courage to undertake in-depth studies. In 2008, however, I decided to study astrology in depth and I found IAA. I started in May 2008 and it has been a captivating journey learning the different techniques, discovering the power of astrology and also finding out new sides of myself.

After receiving my IAA certification, my goal is to start my own astrology consulting business. I would like also to get more involved in the local astrology groups. I was also approached by IAA to become a teacher and I will have the privilege to work with Gary Caton. These are all very exciting perspectives and I look forward to 2012.


Natalie Yacono, Dipl. I.A.A.

Natalie Yacono, Dipl. I.A.A.

My love for astrology is as evident in my chart as it is in my life. The passion was first seeded in 1993 while studying Oriental Medicine at a college in Australia. The school was offering an introductory class and I was immediately intrigued as I was going through a dark period and so was desperately seeking answers. What I discovered was more profound and life-changing than I anticipated. I was able to gain perspective and pull meaning out the phase that I was going through, and to find out that it had an expiration date was also a blessing!

I moved from Australia to New York where my studies continued at the Theosophical Society and then through a mentorship program studying psychological astrology with Glenn Perry, who is also an instructor at IAA. My astrological education progressed through the years; however, I was looking for a more structured program to fill in the gaps (Saturn in the 9th will do that) and was thrilled to find the Diploma Program at IAA. The program has been both challenging and rewarding and has given me the skills and the confidence I needed to start my practice. I can be found at www.natalieyacono.com.

Class of 2011

Leigh Randolph, Dipl. I.A.A.

Leigh Randolph, Dipl. I.A.A.

Class of 2010

Sharon Harris, Dipl. I.A.A.

Sharon Harris, Dipl. I.A.A.

I was born in Waco, Texas, Feb 8, 1945, 5:52 a.m., and reared in a very conservative, Southern Baptist environment. In 1964, I married and moved to Southern California, giving birth in November 1965, to my only child and son. In 1966 I relocated to San Jose and remained there until 1978. The years in California were liberating and led to an absorbing interest in esoteric philosophy as mediated by Alice Bailey with my studying briefly, but intensely, with the Arcane School.

I emerged from this experience with a greater interest in astrology. In 1980 I received intermediate certification through a correspondence program with the Jeff Mayo School of Astrology. Not only was I interested in the arcane, but also began pursuing a degree program which was interrupted by a move to the Denver area. In 1982 I finally graduated from the University of Colorado (Denver) with a B.A. degree in English with distinction.

In 1990 my marriage of 26 years, which had been in decline for some time, ended. I then worked as a secretary at Denver International Airport for the City and County of Denver in the Finance Department during the '90s. In 2000 I returned to Texas, this time to coastal Rockport, to be nearer aging parents, and secured employment in the estimating department of a nearby offshore platform fabrication yard.

My interest in astrology slowly began to revive along with the realization that I had never really advanced very far in my astrological studies. I searched for an affordable, accessible, and academic approach, which I was pleased to discover in the Online College of Astrology (now, of course, International Academy of Astrology -- IAA) and enrolled enthusiastically in January 2005 for Astro 101. Not only were the courses exciting and enlightening with supportive and encouraging instructors, but also the program encouraged extemporaneous communication and interaction with others -- skills which most people take for granted, but which I find challenging. Study by correspondence would have been much easier for me but not so rewarding.

Whether or not I will join the ranks of professional consulting astrologers is still undecided, but it is certain that my astrological understanding as well as my personal growth has been deepened and enriched by the IAA curriculum and faculty.


Ricardo Santacruz, Dipl. I.A.A.

Ricardo Santacruz, Dipl. I.A.A.

I was born on May 6th, 1958, at 9:27 A.M., in Pamplona, Colombia, South America, and became interested in the so called "occult sciences" since I was very young. I received my initiation in Kriya Yoga techniques when I was 17 from a Paramahansa Yogananda's disciple, Rajarshi Krishna Yogananda. I practiced with him Hatha Yoga and meditation during five years under his supervision. At the same time I went to college and studied Computer Science in Bogotá and also obtained a master degree in networks and communications. Simultaneously I felt great interest in Astrology, Kabbalah, and Chinese martial arts and Tai Chi Chuan. Actually (when I have the time) I teach Tai Chi. Twenty years ago I also became a Traditional Feng Shui student and more recently I became a professional in that field under Master Larry Sang's supervision in Los Angeles, California.

After several years of practicing Astrology, reading charts and studying with Colombian teachers, I felt that my knowledge was very incipient or incomplete and I decided to search for a professional institute which might fill my needs, and that is how I happily and fortunately found the IAA, formerly OCA, in 2005. Now I'm graduating, I'm a professional Astrologer, and I feel that this is, again, the beginning of a longer road!

In this institute I have found many wonderful teachers who encourage me to continue when I wanted to give up.

Class of 2009

Luiza Azancot, Dipl. O.C.A.

Luiza Azancot, Dipl. O.C.A.
astrocape@gmail.com

My journey with OCA started in 2005 with an email to Evan Bortnick followed by a long phone conversation with Ena. This triple Gemini encounter (I am also a Gemini) was so stimulating that I immediately enrolled. I felt that OCA was the right school for me. I loved every minute of the grueling semesters and my exchanges with instructors and fellow students. I am indebted to all that contributed to my astrological education but especially to Ena to have the vision and the courage to lead OCA. The focus of this school is on teaching astrology and developing critical thinking not indoctrination, a characteristic that I deeply appreciate.

I see that my life's purpose is to take my very direct and positive astrological voice and use it in the service of my clients and my community. Having lived in several continents and speaking several languages I have a pretty wide sense of community. So let's say that I want to make the Universe a better place through astrological knowledge.

My plans for the future include expanding the number of people that I touch. I have already given consultations to clients in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. I am passionate about the value to astrology, Jungian psychology and mythology and through teaching, conducting workshops and writing I intend to promote this sacred knowledge.

Now that I have celebrated my second Saturn return I can proudly and confidently say "I am a Professional Astrologer and an Instructor at OCA."


Dori Alsop Paden, Dipl. O.C.A.

Dori Alsop Paden, Dipl. O.C.A.

I am a Scorpio with a stellium in Libra (9th and 10th house) and with what you might call an ambidextrous (right and left brain) personality. Not only did I graduate with a BA in Geology and worked in IT for 25 years, I also have been a working psychic for 45+ years.

My decision to study astrology came from an astrology reading that "felt wrong." (It turned out the person's math was off and was looking at the wrong houses). The Rooster (and Snake Daymaster) in me decided that it was time not to rely totally on someone else's perceptions, but to learn my own.

Astrology feels like a good "fit," as it is both metaphysical and scientific.

Currently, I publish a blog at www.theastraltourist.com, most business days, that features metaphysical writings that are moving from channeled sources to direct exploration of other realities, including astrological realities from time to time.

My intention, at this time, is to consolidate the blogs, which I have published since August of 2005 into books, and to build a part time business doing readings that consolidate astrology -- both Western, and Chinese -- which is my next astrological project -- and the paranormal.

Class of 2008

Ruby Burkhalter, Dipl. O.C.A.

Ruby Bulkhalter, Dipl. O.C.A.

I am a Libra who lives in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains with my Gemini Doberman pinscher, Jupiter. In my day job I work as a legal assistant, where I draft wills, trusts, etc., and keep the office and computers running smoothly. In my spare time, I like to hike, garden, attend seminars and practice my creativity in decorating and collage.

My passion for astrology began when I was eight. Later, I studied with several fine teachers in Denver, Colorado, and dabbled in astrology for many years -- gave readings at psychic fairs and taught several beginning astrology classes.

At my second Saturn return I decided to become very serious about my astrological studies and enrolled in OCA. What a ride it was!! It was challenging but wonderful and amazing in so many ways!! Now that I have graduated, I am very excited about pursuing a second career in this fascinating arena. I am now busy working on a website and plan to do astrological consulting, public speaking, and will be teaching astrology classes as my schedule allows. Somewhere in the distant future, I may even write articles and/or a book. The sky is the limit -- I will let life guide my steps!


Arthur R. Gianfermo, Dipl. O.C.A.

Arthur R. Gianfermo, Dipl. O.C.A.
agianfermo@gmail.com

Astrology has been my passion for well over 35 years. My studies at Online College of Astrolgy have helped me integrate multiple techniques to advance a true "stellar consciousness." I owe a great debt to Ena and the staff at AstroCollege. My commitment to both the practice and study of astrological techniques is as deep as my devotion to creating a healthier planet. My other lifetime passion is gardening, the practice of permaculture and sustainable living. I practice as an astrological counselor and help with a number of gardening projects including sitting on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Sustainable Community Gardens. Perhaps it is best to describe me as an all around Aquarian multi-dimensional, multi-cultural, multi-tasking human being.

I can be reached via my website, www.aquasoul.com.


Grace Davison Topping, FSAC, Dipl. O.C.A.

Grace Davison Topping, FSAC, Dipl. O.C.A.

Through a combination of Feng Shui and Astrology, quite possibly I will be able to help a few people to find more harmony and guidance in their lives.

Class of 2007

Madji Abraham, Dipl. O.C.A.

Madji Abraham, Dipl. O.C.A.

I was born in Lebanon on October 22, 1958. Initiated in the Sufi order in 1972, I studied Logic, religions, Astronomy, Philosophy, Esoteric, Classical Astrology, Geomancy and Planetary Magic. I joined the university in 1979 and I had a diploma in Pure-Maths and was a karate instructor by early 1982.

After a few short stays in France (1975-1981) I settled in Bordeaux, where I joined the university again and had a second diploma but this time it was in Physics! I also dedicated myself to the study of Freudian Psychoanalysis and Hypnosis. They constituted all the electives I had studied during that time.

I was a member of Jacques Cousteau Environmental Society as I came to adopt the peaceful fight for better human resources and became an environmental adept.

I emigrated to Australia in 1988 where I worked for my community for fourteen years as a counselor, teacher of languages and religions. I initiated several students in the Sufi order. Meanwhile I founded my own distribution company and worked hard for twelve years to achieve the biggest dream I ever had that was to see my daughter and my son have their names printed on Honours certificates.

Since every action is doomed to enact a possible reaction -- to simulate one of Newton's three laws in Physics -- my health deteriorated in early 2000. During the trauma, and in order to resist the heavy physical burden of cancer, I intensified my readings in western esoteric books and I had the privilege to study Jungian Psychology which paved the way for me to reanimate my old astrological beliefs in new psychological concepts.

In early 2003, I was still under medical scrutiny as a result of two major surgeries when I joined the OCA to follow four years of rigorous studies in astrology. I graduated on January 28, 2007.

I am currently a member of the FAA, a writer and a practicing astrologer.


Ron Dankowich, Dipl. O.C.A.

Ron Dankowich, Dipl. O.C.A.
rondank@gmail.com

Ron enjoys a quiet life in Hockley, Ontario, Canada. He employs the many skills he learned through the IAA in a modest astrology consulting practice as "The Village Astrologer" and is also an instructor on the IAA Faculty.


Cheryl Manley, Dipl. O.C.A.

Cheryl Manley, Dipl. O.C.A.


Daniel Piper, Dipl. O.C.A.

Daniel Piper, Dipl. O.C.A.

Daniel lives in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently pursuing a degree in psychology.

Class of 2005

Rae Alston-Harris, Dipl. O.C.A.

Rae Alston-Harris, Dipl. O.C.A.
raemona@rogers.com


Mary L. Barcella, Ph.D, Dipl. O.C.A.

Mary L. Barcella, Ph.D, Dipl. O.C.A.
mlbarcella@msn.com


Terry L. Johnson, MA, Dipl. O.C.A.

Terry L. Johnson, MA, Dipl. O.C.A.
StarCycles12@aol.com

My first introduction to astrology was an unforgettable experience. I was seventeen years old, a high school senior wandering the SMU campus in Dallas with my boyfriend in search of a Bahai Faith meeting. A friend of Johnny's waved us over and immediately asked me when my birthday was. I was perplexed but when I gave him my date, February 27, he confounded me further. "Oh my gosh, you are the most perfect Pisces I have ever seen! Blue eyes, long hair, tiny hands and feet...and here you are looking for a spiritual group to visit, seeking the numinous!" He went on to tell me several things about myself that evidently impressed me profoundly, despite his use of the largely debunked "physical" Sun sign types. For the next 30 years, I was never able to turn away from anything that promised me more knowledge of astrology. I found a spiritual path that day back in Dallas, just not the one I thought I was seeking.

I went through college, obtaining a B.F.A. and later an M.F.A. in Fine Arts and had a successful career as a studio artist, all the while collecting books on astrology that were often out of my grasp. It was 1999 when I had a few dollars left on a Barnes and Noble gift card that the Mountain Astrologer with the ad for OCA jumped off the rack and led me to the Gates of the Kingdom. From entering my first virtual classroom, I spent hundreds of hours on homework. I loved and hated classes, I tangled with frustration and doubt and a couple of instructors, but all the while I became more passionately entwined in the Cosmos, my clear evidence of the DIVINE. Despite or because of my singleton earth Capricorn Moon, I graduated.

Today I study Joytish Astrology with Ernst Wilhelm and have a small word-of-mouth consulting practice in which I do blended east/west charts. My blog http://exitingchaos.blogspot.com is an expression of my reflections on astrology as a practical tool for everyone and their everyday concerns. My goal is to bring the wisdom and order of astrology back into conversations, considerations and consciousness.


Julene Packer-Louis, Dipl. I.A.A., ISAR-C.A.P.

Julene Packer-Louis, Dipl. I.A.A., ISAR-C.A.P.
jpacker@centurytel.net

Julene teaches Astro 201 and Astro 202 in the Diploma Module and is IAA's Education Director. She is also on the IAA Board of Directors. For seven years she was the IAA Media Director, until her "Sky Watch" column was purchased by The Mountain Astrologer magazine.

She is Secretary on AFAN's Steering Committee. She lectures at national conferences and holds local classes in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.

Class of 2000

Evan Bortnick, Dipl. O.C.A.

Evan Bortnick, Dipl. O.C.A., AP.D, NCGR IV(rect)
thebortnick@spamfence.net

Former Dean of Education and Dean of Professional Training at International Academy of Astrology as well as a former member of the Board of Directors, Evan has been author and co-author of much of the IAA curriculum, some of which have been e-published and are available in the IAA Shopping Area. He lives in Wiesbaden, Germany, and has a certificate in Cranio-Sacral work as well as his practioner and master certificates in neuro-linguistic-programming (NLP). A former opera soloist and present dozent in functional vocal pedagogy at the U. of Weimar, he also teaches voice and presentation training at his academy Musa-Vocalis (www.musa-vocalis.de). He has an active private astrology practice where he creatively combines these various disciplines to help his clients and students on their voyage of self-discovery.

He has formerly taught Astro 102, 103, 105, 106, 201 and 202 and has, over the years, added to and improved the structure of IAA's Professional Tracks. He lectures and gives seminars in applied archetypal astrology in Germany. He is presently on sabbatical from IAA.


Cathy Coleman, Ph.D., Dipl. O.C.A.

Cathy Coleman, Ph.D., Dipl. O.C.A.
ccoleman9@comcast.net
ccoleman@noetic.org

I have an ongoing astrological practice and see a few clients on a regular basis. However, my practice is small as I have a very big day job as Director of Administration and the Retreat Center at the Institute of Noetic Science (www.Noetic.org). The past couple of years I have focused on studying Vedic astrology more deeply, as my goal has always been to be an East-West practitioner of astrology, equally knowledgeable in both traditions. I have studied more methodically through classes with three Vedic teachers this past year, and passed my Level I ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology) exam in July 2007. Professionally I read charts from a Western perspective, and am working by practicing with friends and colleagues to incorporate Vedic information into my consultations as well.

My special interests are locational astrology (I'm Jim Lewis Certified), health, and relationships, including parent-child relationships. In 2007 I published my first article on astrology, an article about OCA's 10th anniversary -- published in the Nov-Dec issues of Mountain Astrologer.

Also in 2007 I passed the written portion of NCGR's Level III exam. My goals in 2008 are to complete the electional and mundane take-home test aspects of the NCGR Level III exam, to complete NCGR Level IV, to launch a website, and to begin again teaching astrological classes. I have become a part of an archetypal astrological study group with Rick Tarnas leading, thus keeping my Western archetypal psychological astrological channels of knowledge sharpened as well. As director of the IONS Retreat Center, I hope to host some astrological workshops and conferences there as well.


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