About us

grads-2008Kepler began as a dream to improve the educational opportunities for astrologers. Originally, this took the form of a 4-year college that included astrological studies embedded in a liberal arts program. The College included specialized study courses to present a survey of techniques from different cultures and different time periods.

Kepler would not have existed if it were not for the many people who have contributed to its development. This includes donors and volunteers as well as our Board, administration, faculty, staff and, of course, students. We thank you all.

After 12 years of academic offerings, economic realities meant that we could no longer keep the degree program open. But like the proverbial phoenix, Kepler was reborn into a new format. 

Our promise to our students and supporters is that Kepler will keep to its primary goal: to provide high quality educational opportunity for anyone interested in the broad field of astrology and how it has been practiced in different time periods and different cultures up through present day.

Our current governing structure uses a shared system of governance between the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Governance Council.

The Board of Trustees's primary mission is to ensure the College has adequate resources to perform the College's mission and oversees matters of general policy relating to its mission, overall educational programs, general operations and strategic plannning.

The Administrative Governance Council is designed to ensure administrators coordinate on the implementation of administrative policies, work with the instructors to design the overall curriculum, and communicate this information to the Board of Trustees.

gomesGary 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.

hamaker-zondag.jpgKaren Hamaker-Zondag, Drs. (comparable to M.A.) Social Geography, University of Amsterdam; and Drs. Planologie University of Amsterdam. She lives and works in Holland, and has lectured and taught extensively in over 18 countries, including Japan, Russia, Croatia, Australia and the USA. She has been a professional astrologer for 20 years and teaches a four-year course in professional astrology and a three year course in Jungian psychology. She is the editor of the Dutch astrological journal Symbolon, and is the author of over twelve books on astrology and numerous articles.

lehman2J. 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. She is a well-known teacher and lecturer, having run her own private series of correspondence courses under the general title, Classical Studies, as well as teaching history and classical astrology at the Avalon School of Astrology in Gainesville, FL. She also practices Tae Kwon Do, in which she holds the rank of Second Dan.

 

mccauleyKaren 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.

scofield.jpgBruce Scofield, PhD University of Massachusetts; MS History of Science, Montclair University; BA, History, Rutgers University. Mr. Scofield has been a practicing astrologer since 1975 and has been a teacher and lecturer at many regional and national conferences over the last twenty years. He has written many articles for various astrological publications and has published a number of important astrological texts, including Timing of Events: Electional Astrology; The Aztec Circle of Destiny; Native American Astrology from Ancient Mexico, and Signs of Time: An Introduction to Mesoamerican Astrology. Mr. Scofield recently received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts where he works on Gaia theory and solar system influences on climate and life. His PhD thesis examined temperature variations in the northern hemisphere correlated with Saturn-Sun geocentric alignments. Bruce is a faculty member at both Kepler College and the University of Massachusetts.

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Mark Urban-Lurain, Maria Mateus, Robert HandKepler has attracted a wide range of individuals from all over the United States to all over the world.

Our instructors are are known for both their astrological skills and their ability to teach in an online environment. Classes are often team-taught or have adjuncts and lecturers so that students get multiple perspectives.

Out students come from all over the United States and all over the world because they want more than just rote learning.

The instructors in the Kepler educational program are known for their astrological knowledge and ability to teach in a challenging online program.

The first academic class in 2000Kepler was founded in 1992 and opened its doors to academic students from 2000-2012. In 2010, we began our transformation to a Certificate Program. This allows us to continue our mission of offering the best astrological education available online.

While Kepler College currently only offers Certificates, it had been authorized by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board from March 9, 2000 through March 9, 2012 to grant Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Eastern and Western Traditions: The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology degrees to its students attending during those dates. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the Act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Board at: Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way SW, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430

Anyone who desires to know whether an individual was a student in the degree program of Kepler College can email the registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for confirmation.

Administration

Kepler President:
Kenneth Miller

Vice President:
Carol Tebbs

Director of Operations:
Donna Young

Director of Certificate Program:
Karen McCauley

Director of IT:
Enid Newberg

Registrar:
Jillian Yuhas

Bookkeeper:
Jan Porter

Board Officers
Omari Martin, Chair
Tamira McGillivrary, Vice-Chair
Denise Menton, Secretary
Enid Newberg, Treasurer