People At ACVA

The American College of Vedic Astrology has appointed Charlotte Benson as their new president, following the passing of William Levacy, PhD., in February, 2018.

Ms. Benson is dedicated to carrying on the distinguished lineage, begun in 1993, of the previous presidents of ACVA.

ACVA Board of Directors

Charlotte Benson
Christina Collins
Angela Pennington
Shoba Mohan
Karina Weil
Swati Tipnis

ACVA Steering Committee

Charlotte Benson
Angela Pennington
Shoba Mohan
Karina Weil
Swati Tipnis

ACVA Online Faculty

Charlotte Benson
Christina Collins
Ronnie Dreyer
Shoba Mohan
Angela Pennington
Juliana Swanson
Karina Weil
Gary Gomes
Patty Sanders
Komilla Sutton

Bios of People at ACVA (in alphabetical order)

Charlotte Benson (Jyoti Devi)
Charlotte has practiced Astrology, full-time, as a credentialed (PMAFA, NCGR, ISAR, AFAN, ACVA) professional for well over 40 years, in Phoenix, AZ.
Charlotte has received the “Jyotisha Choodamani” from the Raman Foundation in Bangalore; the “Jyotish Kovid” award from the I.C.A.S.; and the “Jyotish Navaratna” award from ACVA. She proudly serves as president 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.comwww.christinacollinsastrology.comeditor@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 received her MA from Columbia University in South Asian Languages and Cultures. 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

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

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. 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 dallasyogacenter.com

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 (RN), healer, astrologer, mother, and wife. She runs her astrological consulting and holistic healing practice from her home office in Lexington, Kentucky. Juliana qualifies as an ACVA and CVA Level II certified Vedic Astrologer, receiving two titles of excellence: the Jyotish Visharada, CVA and the Jyotish Kovid, CVA. Additionally, in 2012 she was awarded the Jyotish Kovid from the ICAS, Bangalore, India. Juliana may be reached by email at Juliana@AstralHarmony.com or through her website www.AstralHarmony.com.

Karina Weil
Karina Weil is a Jyotishi, Leadership Coach, author, Ayurvedic Counselor, and a life-long student of the Vedic sciences. Her goal is to help her clients develop self-leadership so they can lead themselves first and masterfully and live according to their highest truths.  Karina is ACVA Certified Level I (Jyotisha Ratna) and Level II (Jyotisha Prabhakara) and a certified ACVA Jyotish Online Instructor™. She also serves in the ACVA Steering Committee. She holds a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s degree in Adult Education. She has over 20 years of experience in management consulting in South-East Asia, United States and Brazil during which she was associated with mainstream multinational organizations, including the Big Four consulting firms. Karina authored the book Intuition in Decision-Making. She also co-authored the book the Laws of Communication. She volunteers at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital and at the Self-Realization Fellowship in various capacities. Karina lives in São Paulo, Brazil and can be reached through (55) (11) 981121331.

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