People At ACVA

ACVA Board of Directors

William Levacy
Jessica Sayles
Christina Collins
Charlotte Benson
Angela Pennington
Shoba Mohan

ACVA Steering Committee

William Levacy
Jessica Sayles
Angela Pennington
Shoba Mohan

ACVA Online Faculty

Charlotte Benson
Christina Collins
Ronnie Dryer
Gary Gomes
William Levacy
Shoba Mohan
Angela Pennington
Patty Sanders
Jessica Sayles
Komilla Sutton
Juliana Swanson

Bios of People at ACVA

Charlotte Benson
Charlotte has practiced Astrology, full-time, as a credentialed (PMAFA, NCGR, ISAR, AFAN, ACVA) professional for over 40 years, in Phoenix, AZ. She has been dedicated to serving ACVA, and to the passionate pursuit of Jyotish knowledge, since 1994. Charlotte has recently been honored to receive the designation of “Jyotisha Choodamani” from the Raman Foundation in Bangalore; the Jyotish Kovid designation from the I.C.A.S.; and proudly serves as a board member of the American College of Vedic Astrology.

Christina Collins
Vachaspati Christina Collins (Rani Bhuvana Tara Chandi Saraswati) Consulting Vedic Astrologer Jyotish Kovid, International Council for Astrological Sciences 1994, New Delhi Jyotish Vachaspati, ICAS 1996 Bangalore Jyotish Kovid, CVA 2011 USA Jyotish Visharada, CVA 2011 USA Jyotish Medha Pragya, ICAS 2012 Bangalore Saptarishi of the West, conferred by Gayatri Devi Vasudev, 2012 Bangalore Jyotish Mahasagara, Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation, 2013 Bangalore ACVA (American College for Vedic Astrology) Founding and Present Board Member CVA (Council of Vedic Astrology) Founding Board Member and Lifetime Professional Member Christinaji is a third generation sidereal astrologer and founding member on the Board of Directors of the American College for Vedic Astrology (ACVA online), and was former Editor of the ACVA News. President of Celestial Resource (The Timing Coach) she serves corporate and private clients from students to celebrities as a full time consulting Vedic astrologer. She tutors with ACVA online’s Flex program and CVA’s accreditation program. Contact Information: Celestial Resource 303-665-9996 jyotish@indra.com www.christinacollinsastrology.com editor@jyotishstar.com

Ronnie Dreyer

Ronnie Gale Dreyer is an internationally known astrological consultant, lecturer, and teacher specializing in both Western and Indian (Vedic) astrology (also known as Jyotish and Hindu astrology), based in New York City. A practitioner of both of these systems, as well as a longtime student of numerous metaphysical systems, she is a pioneer in bringing Vedic astrology to the attention of, and making it accessible to, Western audiences. Ronnie has clients and students throughout the world, ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, with teachers, politicians, salesmen, doctors, bookkeepers, sports figures, professors, and movie stars among their professions. Ronnie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Theater Arts from the University of New Mexico, and studied Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) and Palmistry, both privately and at Sanskrit University in Benares, India. Ronnie has studied Sanskrit at Columbia University where she is in the M.A. program in Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Culture. Ronnie co-founded the first astrological computer service in the Netherlands where she lived for 13 years and was the official Dutch representative for Astro*Carto*Graphy. Ronnie also has served as manuscript reader, editorial consultant, and proofreader of new age and self-help books for several major publishing companies. Ronnie was the corresponding secretary of the Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN) from 1992-1998, and its presiding officer from 1999-2003. She is currently the editor of NCGR’s memberletter, and served on the AFAN Newsletter committee. Ronnie is on the Board of Directors of ACT (Astrological Conference on Techniques). In 1994, she received the Jyotish Kovid award from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences for “promoting the cause of astrology through writings and lectures” and AFAN presented her with its Jim Lewis Community Service Award at UAC in 1998. Ronnie is the proud recipient of the 2002 Marion D. March Regulus Award for Community Service, which she received at UAC 2002 in Orlando Florida. She holds the NCGR Level IV certificate (C.A. PAA-NCGR). ronnie@ronniedreyer.com ronniedreyer.com

Gary Gomes

Gary Gomes, the co-owner of CRYSTAL EXPECTATIONS, 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 has also written extensively on this system of astrology, and has been published in the United States, England, France, South Africa, Australia, and India. His honors include being recognized and certified by the Bharata Vidya Bhavan, an Indian institution devoted to traditional Hindu knowledge, as an expert in Hindu Astrology. Gary holds degrees in Sociology and Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He is an ordained Swami of the Temple of Kriya Yoga and is a duly initiated practicing Hindu of the Shaivite tradition. He has studied Hindu Astrology with several prominent Indian and American astrologers, is certified to instruct Jyotish (Hindu Astrology) by the American Council of Vedic Astrology, has organized an Institute for instruction in Jyotish in the New England area, and has done charts for thousands of individuals from different parts of the United States and the world. He is also an Assistant Professor of Jyotisha (Hindu Astrology) at the Hindu University of America and is a Reiki Master. crystalx@verizon.net

William Levacy

William R. (Bill) Levacy holds a B.A. in English, a Master’s in Education, a Master’s in the Science of Creative Intelligence, and a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement. The Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS), has awarded Bill the titles of Jyotish Kovid, Jyotish Vachaspati, and Jyotish Medha Pragya. Bill has practiced Vedic astrology since 1983 and has thousands of clients around the world. Bill has written numerous articles in The Astrological Magazine and the new Modern Astrology Magazine, and the Astrological eMagazine. Bill is also author of Beneath a Vedic Sky -A Beginner’s Guide to the Astrology of Ancient India, as well as Beneath a Vedic Sun, and Vedic Astrology Simply Put. Bill has made TV appearances, been a guest on numerous radio shows, and has conducted workshops on Vedic astrology around the US, Europe, and Asia. Bill is the President of the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) www.acvaonline.org. You can visit his website at www.vedicastrologer.com

Shoba Mohan
Shoba holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (Finance) and another MBA from the University of Missouri, Columbia (MIS). She retired in 2009, after a long career in Banking, to pursue her lifelong interest in Vedic Astrology. Certified by ACVA, she conducts readings from her home and is also an online instructor at the school. Her inspiration was her mother, who was a renowned palmist and numerologist for many years. Shoba is a mother of 2 girls and a grandmother of 4, she spends her spare time traveling around the globe with her husband Krishna. They live in the Princeton New Jersey area.
Shobamohan.usa@gmail.com

Angela Pennington
Angela has owned and operated successful businesses in the fields of import/export, computers, and metaphysics. She has an extensive background in earth based philosophy and incorporates this understanding into her Astrology Practice. She has received ACVA Jyotish Certifications in Level I, II, VAC and JOI. Angela serves on the Board of Directors, Steering Committee and is an Online Instructor for ACVA. Angela lives in the Seattle area and works full time in astrology, specializing in self development. www.angelapennington.com

Patty Sanders
Patricia Sanders, M.Ed. is a professional ACVA Certified Vedic astrologer who received her Masters degree in Counseling and Education from the University of North Texas. Patricia serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Vedic Astrology™and is an Online instructor for ACVA as well. Her focus is on personal growth experiences with her individual readings and through teaching astrology workshops and seminars. She has worked in the areas of health, healing and wholeness for over 20 years and incorporates Vedic Astrology Coaching™ into her work with clients. Patty has published research and articles on Vedic Astrology through the ACVA Journal, YogaModern (www.yogamodern.com) and the ACVA Newsletters. Patricia is in private practice at the Dallas Yoga Center (www.dallasyogacenter.com) and has a world wide clientele connected through telephone and travels Patricia Sanders, M.Ed. ACVA Certified Vedic Astrologer Board Member – American College of Vedic Astrology™ www.vedicastrologyservices.com www.dallasyogacenter.com

Jessica Sayles
Jessica holds master degrees in Medieval History & Exceptional Education from the University of Wisconsin. She also earned a master degree in Hindu Studies: Vedic Astrology from Hindu University. She is also a graduate of the ACVA Level I and Level II Certification program. For more than 20 years she worked in the field of education. Over the past several years she worked with the development team creating course material and certification exams for the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) Online program. She also taught in the ACVA Online program. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Vedic Astrology.

Komilla Sutton
Komilla Sutton is the co-founder and chair of the British Association for Vedic Astrology. She is on the faculty of the American College of Vedic Astrology. Komila is a council member of the Astrological Association of Great Britain. As an internationally renowned consultant, Komilla is also a teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in creating opportunities for Vedic Astrology to be more accessible for western readers. Komilla is the author of several books: Personal Panchanga; The Essentials of Vedic Astrology; Lunar Nodes – Crisis and Redemption; Personal Panchanga and the Five Sources of Light; Vedic Love Signs; Indian Astrology. Komilla lectures worldwide. http://www.komilla.com/

Juliana Swanson
Juliana Swanson is a registered nurse, healer, astrologer, mother, and wife. Since she was old enough to walk, Juliana had spiritual and healing gifts, and as a young teenager, under the guidance of her parents, she began a lifelong pursuit of spiritual knowledge. At age 14, with her mother’s encouragement, she began studying and practicing yoga and astrology. At Antioch College and Naropa University, she continued to study and practice astrology as well as Eastern philosophy and yoga. Juliana attended nursing school in West Virginia, and graduated in 1977, after which she worked for many years in a variety of hospital settings, including maternity, operating room and psychiatric care. When she was in her early 30′s, Juliana took some time away from professional nursing to be a mother, and during this time, she studied psychic and spiritual development; metaphysical healing; Polarity Therapy; Rebirthing (conscious breath therapy); and, MariEL-Reiki healing. Juliana began formally studying Jyotisha in the mid-90s and today is certified as a Level II astrologer by the American College of Vedic Astrology and the Council of Vedic Astrology. She teaches Vedic astrology for ACVA’s online program as well as for the International Academy of Astrology, and she is also a private astrological tutor, consultant and researcher. Juliana lives on Hawaii’s Big Island, where she runs her private practice as an international astrologer and holistic health practitioner. omhamsa@gmail.com astralharmony.com

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