The Faculty and Staff at Rhodes Wellness College Welcomes You

Welcome to Rhodes Wellness College!

Bea Rhodes, B.A., M.Ed.

President & Founder


Bea Rhodes founded Rhodes Wellness College (originally known as Rhodes and Associates) in 1996. She holds a Master of Education (Adult Education) from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelors Degree from Simon Fraser University. For many years, Bea was a college instructor and contract trainer for the University College of the Fraser Valley. She worked in the Federal and Provincial Prison system, providing counselling and conducting Life Skills programs for convicted offenders. Additionally, she has designed and instructed many counselling, wellness, and personal development programs over the past thirty years. Bea believes that we are all interconnected and that “hurt people hurt people.”

Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.26

Areas of Instruction:
Basic Counselling
Sexual Abuse and Trauma Counselling
Emotional Wellness

Denise Stroude, RPC, MPCC-S, CCPCPR

Vice President & Director of Admissions


Denise is a Registered Professional Counsellor, Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling and approved CPCA Supervisor.  She is also a member of the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  Denise has a diploma in Wellness Counselling and is also certified as a Life Skills Coach.  She has 25+ years of experience in healthcare, specializing in chronic illness related to Allergy and Immunology.  During that time she volunteered as coordinator of the anaphylaxis support group, counselling patients and their families for the Asthma and Allergy Information Association.  Denise also has her own private practice focusing on healthy relationships.

Email (General):
Email (Direct):
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.23

Areas of Instruction:
Physical Wellness

Marcus Dias

Admissions & Marketing Coordinator


Marcus has had plenty of experience working in Administrative roles in diverse sectors and thrives when helping others. He has worked with local designer Brent Comber, and at Canada’s premier lifestyle magazines, NUVO and MONTECRISTO. Marcus has spent the last few years working in the College Admissions & Marketing Industry and finds he loves working with people, helping them find their career niche. Marcus has travelled extensively throughout Europe, North and Central America and has spent time living in the United Kingdom and the Prairies. He likes to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and can usually be found at the gym, on a bike, or running the seawall.

Email (Direct):
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.28


Faris Khalifeh

Part-Time Business Development Instructor


Faris Khalifeh is a Quiet Leadership Coach, named among the Top Six Life Coaches in Vancouver by Crowd Wellness.

Before becoming a coach, he was engaged in the corporate world serving clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. His experience spans industries including education, hospitality, FMCG and automobiles.

Faris serves on the board of directors for the International Coach Federation (ICF) and teaches at various institutions including Rhodes Wellness College and Spring Activator. He is the founder of Vancouver Quiet Leadership Meetup, which is one of the fastest growing and the only leadership group dedicated to introvert personality types in British Columbia.

Phone: (604) 708-4416

Janice Dalupang, RPCC

Office Manager, Career Development Coordinator & Online Life Coach Instructor


Janice is a Registered Professional Counsellor and Certified Life Coach. She has a passion for helping people making conscious decisions for a healthy and fulfilling life. Outside of Rhodes you can find Janice conducting one-on-one sessions, couples and family sessions, support groups, facilitating workshops, coordinating special events and volunteering. She strives to create a safe place of non-judgment, empathy, communication and positivity.

Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.24



Lindsay Robertson, RPC

Program Manager & Life Coach Instructor


Lindsay is a counsellor, coach, teacher and musician. She’s a graduate of the Wellness Counsellor Program at Rhodes. She teaches the Part Time Online Life Coach Certificate Program, and works on campus as the Student Success Coordinator. She connects directly with the students to ensure their success during and after their program.

Lindsay maintains a private coaching and counselling practice in Vancouver, working with individual clients, and leading workshops. Her areas of speciality include personality typologies, and integrating creativity into one’s life. She’s a practicing singer/songwriter, and performs regularly around Vancouver. She believes that our relationship to creativity mirrors how we approach much else in our lives. Creativity is more than a hobby or an outlet for our ambition, it can be an avenue that brings healing and fulfillment.

Phone: (604) 708-4416

Greg Gurel, RPC

Program Instructor


Greg is a passionate, caring, and skilled facilitator who strongly believes that a learning environment should be safe, supportive, and fun. In his teens, Greg became involved with the Red Cross Provincial Leadership Committee, where he received many accolades for his work in instructor and trainer of trainers. In his mid-twenties, after achieving his Diploma in Computer Systems and Design from BCIT, Greg entered the corporate world, where he led teams of designers and implemented large business systems throughout North America. Greg then attended The Haven Institute for Personal and Professional Development, where he ended up leading groups and teaching for much of the past 25 years.

Greg has his own private counselling practice and has his Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) designation. Today, Greg is committed to empowering people to define themselves by making informed choices, whether in the classroom or out in the world.

Phone: (604) 708-4416

Areas of Instruction:
Life Skills Coaching
Group Leadership

Chad Verigin

Online Life Coach Instructor


Chad is a Professional Counsellor who spent many years working in Vancouver’s film industry, where he fine-tuned his communication skills and developed a way of being that allows him to stay calm and present – no matter what is going on around him. Chad is trained in hypnosis and various forms of meditation and teaches workshops and courses in these areas. Chad is also a professional photographer, where his interest in communicating an authentic experience between subject and viewer was developed. Chad is strongly interested in our Spiritual aspect of self.

Phone: (604) 708-4416


Our Outside Faculty

At Rhodes Wellness College, we are proud of our instructors!

They are carefully chosen for their ability to work well with adult students. They are fully qualified to teach in their area of expertise, and know how to blend theory with practice.

Life skills theory holds that the client or student is the ‘expert’ on how to solve their own life problems. Our instructors respect each individual’s learning style. At Rhodes Wellness College, training is conducted in an experiential learning environment and includes a variety of instructional methods, such as lectures, reading, writing assignments, role plays, instructor demonstrations, and in some instances, field trips.

Our professional instructors keep pace with adult learning principles and industry standards, and our employment counsellors will assist you to target your job search.

Dr. Catherine Hajnal


Catherine was a tenured business school university professor – outwardly successful, inwardly unhappy. She lived with chronic back pain that eventually became so loud it forced her to stop and take stock. She quit without knowing what would come next. What she has since discovered is that she is meant to be a teacher. Ironically she already was one; she just needed to be a different kind of teacher with a different set of topics. And she needed to discover some things about herself first.

As a Life Skills Coach and Educator, Catherine’s curriculum is now life. Her focus is on helping clients find their own answers by tapping into their inner wisdom and life experiences. She has a knack for creating safe and nurturing learning environments in which students feel empowered to show up in their own lives. And they have fun!


Areas of Instruction:
Life Skills Counselling (Employment)
Grief and Loss Counsellling

Marc Keith M.A. Counselling Psychology

Marc Keith is a happily married husband and father to two daughters, aged 12 and 7. The family is actively engaged in recreational and social activities in their home community of North Vancouver.


In his role as instructor at Rhodes Wellness College, he teaches Youth Counselling, Addictions Counselling and Family and Couples Counselling to first year students, and Ethics and Professional Practice to second year students.

Prior to teaching at Rhodes College, Marc held a position as “Alcohol and other Drug Prevention Educator” with Vancouver Health’s Child and Youth Mental Health Team. Marc delivered the Constructive Alternative to Teen Suspension (CATS) program in B.C. school districts 44 and 45. CATS works with students suspended for drugs or alcohol use. Marc worked with the suspended students on drug and alcohol education and recovery. In this position, he also trained school administrators, government agencies, and parent groups.

Prior to this, Marc spent eight years as Youth Services Supervisor for Parkgate Community Services Society. He engaged in counselling with youth and their families, supervised program development, and provided clinical supervision to the staff team.

Areas of Instruction:
Youtth, Adcitions, and Family and Couples Counselling
Ethics and Professional Practice.

Alexandra Ricard M.A.

Alexandra is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 23 years of experience as a therapist, facilitator, College Instructor and Yoga teacher. She uses mindfulness, mind-body approaches and Western Psychological approaches to assist every individual to be more, ask for more, and receive more in this journey through their one blessed, sacred life.

Areas of Instruction:
Human Development
Basic Counselling