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NCGR-SF Board of Directors

cathy-colemanPresident & 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_pincusPresident Emeritus
Steve Pincus
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.

ncgr-sf-gemini-brettVice President
Gemini Brett
The world might not have ended in 2012, but Gemini Brett’s certainly underwent a wholesale death and rebirth. He stumbled into his spiritual a-weird-ening through a synchronistic maze of mysteries that shattered the walls of skepticism and initiated an unquenchable thirst for the star songs heard in times before the written word. Brett’s wonder has since led him through stone circles and cave cities, deep into the Amazonian jungle and high above the clouds of the Andes, atop the pyramids of the Mayan daykeepers and deep into the chambers of those in the Egyptian desert; adventures which continue to unlock intuitive abilities and inspire a unique astrological approach. Gemini Brett is a leader in the movement to re-nature astrology by integrating our two-dimensional charts with the infinite living sky. He is a world-renowned astronomy-for-astrologers authority and inspiring educator of the astrological mysteries. Brett’s terrestrial translations of the celestial conversation, expressed through the ancient arts of sacred geometry, musical harmony, embodied astronomy, and number magic, activate seasoned sages as much as they initiate students new to the cosmic curriculum. Learn more about Brett at GeminiBrett.com

Mary GowExecutive Secretary, Webmaster & Graphics and Refreshments
Mary Gow Pincus
Mary’s fascination with the mysteries of the Universe were sparked as a teenager when at her local library researching for school papers, she would get immersed in the 133.5’s, a section encompassing philosophy, parapsychology, occultism and astrology. Since then she’s studied astrology 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 (a Printmakers’ Cooperative in San Francisco). She’s a graduate of the Moody College of Communication at 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. More at marygow.com

Cary DakinTreasurer
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.

Karen La Puma NCGR SFMembership Director and Recording Secretary
Karen La Puma
Karen’s a self-identified metaphysician who is knowledgeable in both western and eastern astrology; she’s been a practicing Western astrologer since 1979. Since the Western form is more her specialty, she is considered a “newbie” in Vedic Astrology or Jyotisa, even though she has studied years with the world-renowned Jyotish master Hart de Fouw. For the last four decades, Karen has been on a long and often solitary journey of researching and writing about metaphysical and psychological systems, mythology, and spiritual teachers. She has blended the archetypes of the Goddess, Warrior and Hero with personal and ancient stories, reflective inquiry, directive codes, and artistic imagery. What evolved was A Toolkit for Awakening, a series of practical, motivational, life-changing, and life-enhancing guidebooks. In the 1970s Karen studied Egyptian tarot with the late Angeles Arrien, using the Aliester Cowley deck, which integrates the astrological symbols. Karen blends astrology with the tarot as her special intuitive gift. Karen’s goal and mission is to help others in their evolutionary processes. She plans to donate a portion of her profits for the development of girls’ education. More at http://soul-source.org