President & Education Director
Cathy Coleman, Ph.D., NCGR-PAA Level IV
Cathy Coleman has been a practitioner of astrology for over 30 years. She holds a doctoral degree in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She has earned NCGR Level III* Certification, and has passed the Level IV Rectification exam. She is an ISAR Certified Astrological Professional; and is a certified Astro*Carto*Grapher. She was in the first graduating class of the Online College of Astrology (now International Astrological College) from which she has a diploma. She was also in the first graduating class of the Online College of Vedic Astrology and has ACVA Level I Certification. From 2001-2003 she was President of Kepler College. She has lectured widely at various Bay area astrological organizations, at national conferences, and in January 2015 she lectured at a Vedic Astrology Conference in India. Tropically, she has Sun in Virgo, Moon in Sagittarius, and Aries rising. Sidereally, she has Sun in Leo, Moon in Sagittarius, and Pisces Rising. She is married to Ralph Metzner and lives in Sonoma, CA.
Steve served as NCGR-SF President from 1985 to 2015. He began studying Astrology in 1976 and has maintained an Astrological Consultation Service since 1979. He became a certified Astro*Carto*Grapher in 1985 and received his Professional Astrological Certification from the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) in 2000. His approach to astrology combines contemporary methods with Uranian techniques. He’s lectured on Uranian astrology, cosmobiology, and astronomy for astrologers for local astrology organizations and astrological conferences including UAC, AFA, AFAN, NCGR, ISAR and SWAC. Steve is producer of the Star Dial System, a 90 degree dial designed by Arlene Kramer. He’s owner of Sun Recording Service, a company he began in the late 1970’s, fueled by his love for astrology and desire to preserve the information presented at lectures, workshops and conferences. His recording equipment has evolved over the years from a single Marantz Cassette Recorder to a multi-channel mobile digital studio.
Joseph Kaminski, NCGR-PAA Level III
Joseph Kaminski became interested in astrology in the late 1960s when he began intuiting various personality characteristics, sensing key planetary emphasis in some individuals, and observed cycles and patterns affecting himself and others. Exploration grew as he studied astrology, attended classes, presentations, and conferences. He is currently certified at NCGR Level III. Developing and writing his own philosophy since his teen years, Joseph is also a Reiki Healer, Commissioned Spiritualist Healer, and a writer/dream journalist. He enjoys strong interests in spirituality, metaphysics, and universal concepts that affect our consciousness as a whole. Joseph has run a small business in San Francisco since 1998. Explorative Communications offers astrological analysis, reiki healing, writing/editing, and voice production services.
Cary Dakin, MFT, Ph.D.
Cary’s interest in astrology began in her early 20’s when she had her first reading from Miriam Wadief. Since then she’s been hooked. Over the years she has taken numerous astrology classes including Linea Van Horn’s beginning, intermediate and advanced courses. Cary has worked as a psychotherapist for twenty years and has both her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Depth Psychotherapy. She is currently researching the horse-human relationship and intuitive experiences in addiction recovery. Over the years she has served as a board member of Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, the Access Institute, Women’s Trust, and One World Children’s Fund.
Mary’s fascination with the mysteries of the Universe were sparked as a teenager when she discovered her favorite section in the library was the 133.5’s, encompassing philosophy, parapsychology, occultism and astrology. Since then she’s been a student of astrology and uses it as a tool for personal insight and transformation. She’s served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the American Society of Media Photographers Austin-San Antonio Chapter, the San Francisco Women Artists and the Graphic Arts Workshop Printmakers’ Cooperative in San Francisco. She’s a Communications graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received her M.A. in Education with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from San Jose State University. Mary’s a published writer, photographer and producer of inspirational products.
Social Media & Marketing Director
Catherine has been an avid student of astrology since a sociology course in college taught her how to do charts by hand. She has continued her studies over the years, attending many workshops and conferences. Catherine completed a three year online astrology course in 2013 with Rod Suskin’s School of Astrology, studying both traditional and modern astrological methodology. She has studied Horary astrology with Deborah Houlding, completing the STA Practitioners Level in 2012. Having travelled widely, she is fascinated by locational astrology. Catherine is honored to serve the San Francisco Bay Area astrology community by serving on the board of NCGR-SF.
Membership Director and Recording Secretary
Bles has been counseling clients via astrology, tarot, and oracle cards since 2001 and continues to do so nowadays through her Stargazer Bles Facebook page. She’s been endlessly fascinated by astrology ever since she read her first astrology column in a Filipino women’s magazine when she was 8 years old. Having mostly taught herself the rudiments, she has taken the Basic Astrology course from the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA). She has a bachelor’s degree in Basic Medical Sciences from the Philippines, as well as certificates in Multicultural Relations and Case Management from Chabot College. Currently a para-educator for moderate to severely-disabled students in a middle school in San Leandro, Bles is also the author of a book of poetry, A Novice in Altruism and Other Poems. Sun in Aries, Moon in Pisces, Leo Rising. She is married to Leandro De La Rosa and they reside in Hayward, CA.
Yvonne Smith Tarnas, MFT, Ph.D.
Yvonne has been a student and practitioner of astrology since she was 14 years old, when she was given a horoscope reading by a woman in her neighborhood. Astrology became, for Yvonne, a lens through which she could understand her world, her life, and her relationships. Through astrology she found her way into the field of Jungian psychology. Yvonne has an M.A. in Clinical Psychotherapy, Ph.D. in Depth Psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is an analyst member with the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She has had a busy psychotherapy practice in San Francisco and Marin for the past thirteen years. Since receiving her doctorate with her dissertation, titled ”Destined Meetings: Synchronicity, Intentionality, and Archetypal Meaning in the Initial Therapy Session,” Yvonne has presented her integration of psychotherapy and astrology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, the International Scientific Astrological Research conference, the Jungian North South conference, and the Synchronicity: Matter and Psyche Symposium, and has taught astrology to pre and post doctorate psychology interns at the San Francisco Jung Institute.