Christine Arens is certified as both a Professional and Teaching astrologer through the AFA, and holds a Level-III certification through NCGR. She has over 40 years of experience in astrology and has been actively consulting and teaching since the early 1990s. She has served as the President of the Chicago-based Friends of Astrology since 1993, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of both the AFA and Kepler College.
Gary Christen is a well-known practitioner of Uranian Astrology, which he is evolving into modern Symmetrical Astrology. An astrologer since his teens, he is the first person in modern times awarded an accredited B.A. degree in Astrology (Livingston College, Rutgers University, 1974). An international lecturer, Gary has been teaching since the early seventies. A professional astrologer since 1969, Gary has maintained a practice while he edited and created many publications and tools to assist astrologers throughout the world.
Joseph Crane, M.A. Received BA from Brandeis Universe with a major in philosophy, an M.A. from Lesley University with an Independent Study degree. Joseph is a consulting astrologer, teacher, and author. As the co-founder of the Astrology Institute in the early 1990’s, Joseph has conducted training programs on astrological interpretation and counseling skills for astrologers. He has been involved with the Kepler College and Certificate Program since 2007.
Joseph is the author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1997), Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy (2007) and Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (2012). Joseph publishes a monthly astrology newsletter that contains current planetary phenomena and astrological profiles of historical and contemporary public figures. Newsletters and other information can be found at The Astrology Institute. Joseph is also a psychotherapist and a Buddhist practitioner. He lives in Rhode Island.
Gary Gomes, BS and MBA, Sociology and Business Administration, University of Massachusetts, currently working on an EdD. Gary Gomes has worked several years as State Vocational Education Liaison for 38 school districts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Grant writer for the City of New Bedford--responsible for city's AIDS Education award from the National Science Foundation; and President of the Council of Vedic Astrology. He was among the first wave of Westerners to take up Hindu astrology and is a founding member and Board member of the American College of Vedic Astrology located in Sedona, Arizona. He has also lectured on Hindu Astrology throughout the continental United States, in Hawaii and in England. He is an ordained Swami of the Temple of Kriya Yoga and is a duly initiated practicing Hindu of the Shaivite tradition. He is also an Assistant Professor of Jyotisha (Hindu Astrology) at the Hindu University of America and is a Reiki Master.
J. Lee Lehman, PhD, Botany, Rutgers University. Dr. Lehman was the 1995 recipient of the Marc Edmond Jones Award and received the Regulus Award for Education in 2008. She is the author of several books on astrology, including, The Ultimate Asteroid Book, Essential Dignities, The Book of Rulerships, Classical Astrology for Modern Living, and The Martial Art of Horary Astrology. Dr. Lehman also translated from the French of Papus' Astrology for Initiates.
Lee is a well-known teacher and lecturer, not only for Kepler College.
Karen McCauley has an M.A. in Educational Psychology from UCLA and spent four years studying clinical psychology at California Graduate Institute. She was the Editor of ASPECTS Magazine, an astrology journal, from 1987-94. A long-time associate and friend of Joan McEvers and Marion March, she taught for Aquarius Workshops from 1976-1999 and has lectured for AW, OAA, NCGR and UAC. She has served on the AW Board, the AFAN Steering Committee and as Oregon Astrological Association Treasurer and President. Since 1993, Ms. McCauley has been administrator of Continuum, a subsidiary of the Jim Lewis Foundation, where she designs and administers the international Astro*Carto*Graphy certification exam. She currently serves as Kepler’s Director of Student Services and the Director of the Certificate Program.
Tamira McGillivray holds a BA in East West Traditions &Astrology 2007 through Kepler College. She belongs to OPA (The Organization for Professional Astrologers) and is the Past President of the San Diego chapter of the National Council of Geocosmic Research (NCGR). She writes a weekly “Silverdisc” Astro Lunar Column and is the founder and editor of the Maven Newsletter. As a Meditation teacher, Usui / Karuna Reiki Master (1996), PLR/Quantum Healing certified and RYT Yoga Teacher Tamira is dedicated to using a variety of methods and energy techniques to meet her clients individual needs.
Kenneth Miller, BA in Anthropology, Psychology, and Religious Studies from University of Colorado: Boulder; MA in Eastern and Western Traditions: The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology from Kepler College; American College of Vedic Astrology: Level II certification; Council of Vedic Astrology: Jyotish Kovid certification.
After years of having his newspaper horoscope read to him by his mom, Kenneth D. Miller made the shocking discovery that all the planets were involved in astrological judgments. At age 13 he taught himself how to cast a chart by hand. This began a lifelong interest in astrology and astrological traditions. He remained an amateur western astrologer studying with various teachers until the mid 1990s, when he was exposed to Indian (Vedic) astrology, and after a few years decided to make a mid-life career switch to become a professional astrologer.
Laura Nalbandian is a 2nd-generation astrologer, practicing and teaching astrology since 1986. She is the co-owner/coordinator of NORWAC – The Northwest Astrological Conference, established in 1984. Her family owns Astrology Et Al Bookstore. She founded and coordinated ROMAC03 (Rocky Mountain Astrology Conference); served in various positions for UAC 2002, 2008 and 2012, and presented at NORWAC, ISAR, EA, UAC, NCGR, and The River of Stars Conferences. Laura was one of the original founding board members of Kepler College, and is a Past Vice-President and President of the Washington State Astrological Association, and is currently serving as the WSAA Treasurer. Laura has lectured throughout the United States. In addition, she has been on radio and internet radio.
Enid Newberg earned a BA from the Evergreen State College and an MA from Antioch University in Whole Systems Design. An astrologer since 1973, she first joined Kepler College as a board member in 1993, and was president when the college first opened in 2000 through the end of 2001. In November 2004, she rejoined Kepler College as the Registrar and Director of Student Services. Enid also has an extensive background in information systems and online learning. In July 2006, she was re-appointed President of Kepler College.
Frank Piechoski specializes in mundane, electional, vocational, and locational astrology. His lectures and workshops include presentations at UAC, NCGR, ISAR, and the Astrological Association of Great Britain. He has served on the AFAN Steering Committee, the NCGR Board, and the Astrology News Service editorial board. He is also founder and president of the Philadelphia NCGR Chapter. He has also taught privately and in study group settings.
Frank is most interested in teaching practical and testable uses of astrology – results-oriented techniques being an emphasis. Critical thinking, explorations of meaning, lack of bias and technical proficiency are what he wishes to instill in his students.
Georgia Stathis, BS Communications, Northwestern University; MBA, Pepperdine University. An astrologer since 1978, Georgia has extensive business and communications experience having worked in the real estate and investments markets as well as in the public relations field. She is a respected international lecturer on such topics as Cycles and Symbols, Business Trends and their Corresponding Mythical Archetypes, Economic Astrology and Stock and Commodity Market Cycles. She is the author of numerous articles on these subjects for various professional journals and magazines, and co-authored Financial Astrology for the 1990's, Civilization Under Attack. She is the publisher and author of the Starcycles Calendar Series as well as the Starcycles Audio Cassette Learning Series.
Inga Duncan Thornell graduated from Kepler College with a BA in East West Studies and a minor in Mythology. She continued her studies at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David in the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology program.
She has returned to Kepler College as a Teaching Assistant in the Counseling and Relationships track. She also works with clients in a private coaching practice in Seattle, WA. Her interests include astrology, mythology and ritual.
Inga’s goal is to help her clients to better understand and constructively utilize the planetary energies in their lives by recognizing them within themselves and others and to invoke their powers at will. Please see www.dunthor.com for information.
Donna Woodwell, M.A. Received a BA in Journalism & Latin American Studies from the University of Michigan. She also has an MA in Journalism (Communication) and an MA in Latin American Studiesfrom The University of Texas at Austin. Donna Woodwell is a writer, hypnotist, astrologer and entrepreneur. Her mission: to live creatively with passion, purpose, abundance and joy, and empower others to do the same. Blending her business acumen and metaphysical training, Donna works with individuals and businesses to find creative and practical solutions to life’s challenges. During her time as a professional fundraiser, Donna raised more than $3 million a year for philanthropic causes. She’s put her business skills to work building her own astrology practice. She’s now the owner of Four Moons Astrology, and a past board member of the International Society for Astrological Research and the National Council for Geocosmic Research.
Kepler Instructors are chosen for their expertise in academic and astrological knowledge and for their ability to effectively teach what they know to others in an online environment.
They must be able to produce quality instructional materials that enhance learning by using multiple strategies and approaches. They need to understand how to work with students remotely, and to develop the trust and respect of their students and colleagues.
They also need to stay up-to-date on new developments and examine the interplay of the new and old. And they must be willing acknowledge their own biases so they can present their students with multiple perspectives.