Our Administration team comes from a diverse background and collectively has broad and extensive experience in the field of education. We do what we do because we love helping individuals step through challenges and achieve their education goals. We deeply believe in Rhodes Wellness College’s values and are honoured to help, encourage, guide, lead, plan, and problem solve so that our students can become the helping professionals they want to be and make a difference in their own lives, the live of those they love, and our communities.
Ben Colling, MA Leadership
Ben has been a professional administrator in post-secondary education for close to twenty years, helping organizations in the areas of program development, community involvement, student services, and business development. He established B.C.’s largest Master of Arts of Education program, has been successful in enriching each of his schools with international growth, and has a huge passion for human development. He established the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow program and has a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.
Ben is an eternal optimist that believes there is greatness in all of us!
Brian Parker, BM
Brian has over 20 years experience in private post-secondary education and the automotive industry. He is known for consistently delivering results, and achieving goals. He’s an ethical and loyal leader with a reputation for turning around underperforming schools. He enjoys taking on challenges and brings a calm, honest approach to managing his teams. He truly cares about the success of students and employees. Previously he was the President of The Art Institute of Vancouver and Fortis College in Ohio.
Education Management & Senior Faculty
Director of Education
Chelsea Lee, MM, BA, C-IAYT
Chelsea is the Director of Education at Rhodes Wellness College & the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. She holds a Master of Management and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma of Yoga Therapy from Pacific Rim College. As an educator and Certified Yoga Therapist (International Association of Yoga Therapy), she strives to empower students and clients with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals. She believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to live a life that is filled with purpose, connection and growth and understands this takes dedication, strength and the support of a compassionate and caring community. She is grateful to be a part of such a community at Rhodes Wellness College and the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. Chelsea acknowledges with respect that she works, lives, and plays as a guest on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Senior Educational Advisor
Bea Rhodes, MPCC-S, MEd
Bea Rhodes is a Registered Professional Counsellor, and Counselling Supervisor. She founded Rhodes Wellness College 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.” Bea teaches the Basic Counselling and Sexual Abuse & Trauma sections in the Life Skills Counselling semester, as well as Advanced Trauma in second year.
Manager of Supervision
Kerry Vega, MPCC-S, RCS, MA (Clinical Counselling), BA
Kerry is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, a Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling and Qualified Clinical Supervisor, with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling.
Kerry teaches Supervised Clinical Practice, Ethics, Business & Marketing, and Mental Wellness, as well as providing Counselling Supervision for second year students (and beyond) with Rhodes. Additionally, Kerry teaches business, leadership and communication courses for multiple agencies and corporations, as well as in her private practice where she provides both counselling, coaching, and business development courses for wellness practitioners growing their own practices.
Program Manager, Nutrition
Tova Payne, RHN, B.Sc. (Psychology), LCD
McGill trained in Psychology, A Certified Life Coach, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Certified Yoga Instructor, Tova has over 15 years’ experience in the health and wellness industry as an instructor, facilitator, educator and coach. Tova has designed curriculum and course development in yoga, nutrition, holistic business, and body-mind-spirit wellness. She has led trainings at colleges, and facilitated coaching and wellness programs in both government and in the private sector. She brings a mindful holistic approach to organizations, classes, and with private clients. She is passionate about sharing the fundamentals of health and wellness from a space of simplicity: daily movement and daily optimal nutrition along with the simplicity and power of daily time with nature which she advocates for with ecotherapy. She is also passionate about the power of animal assisted therapies and believes that healing and wellness is an integrative process of body, mind, emotions, and spirit and that nature is a key ally in health and healing. For more about Tova’s private practice please visit www.tovapayne.com
Program Coordinator, Northern Indigenous Counselling
Cody Erasmus, RTC-c, PCD, DBA
Cody is a father of two, Counsellor, Coach, Facilitator, and Program Coordinator. He coordinated the Northern Indigenous Counsellor Training initiative in Yellowknife. And has been the TA and emotional support person for the students for the duration of the program. He has brought the Rhodes Professional Counsellor program to the North, during the pandemic. He helps his students and clients embrace themselves in all of their entirety; and to ultimately become empowered, find direction and live their purpose. He believes this leads to spiritual fulfillment.
His goal is to help indigenous people in Canada heal themselves, starting with the Northern Cohort. He is excited for this cohort to go into their communities and help heal many, which he believes will have a butterfly effect.
Lead Administrator, Rhodes Counselling Centre
Heather-Lynn is a passionate Coach + Counsellor. She graduated from Rhodes Professional Counsellor program in early 2021 and currently works towards supporting individuals in creating the life and career they strive for. Her co-collaborative approach in working with clients and students is rooted in accountability and attainable goal setting.
With a diverse background in small business and as an entrepreneur herself, she works with the second year students to develop the skills needed to begin own practice post graduation.
Katarina Osterlind, BA (Psych), RPC, PCD
Katarina is a Registered Professional Counsellor and Certified Life Coach. She is currently teaching the Life Skills Coaching class and has also taught in the Counselling department at Rhodes Wellness College. As an Instructor, Katarina welcomes her students with warmth, curiosity and acceptance. She believes in the power of digging deep into the psyche to discover the shadows that life experiences may have cast and how that has shaped the individual. As light is shed on the shadows, the individual will move closer to their own authentic self and create the life that they want. After graduating from SFU with a degree in Psychology, Katarina spent years working in the corporate world in telecommunications, insurance and the mental health industry. Outside of teaching, Katarina also has a private counselling practice with special attention to the journey of grief.
Jill Cherewyk, RPC, ACC, PCD
Jill received her Professional Counselling Diploma from Rhodes Wellness College in 2016 and immediately jumped into industry, working with Coast Mental Health as a community mental health worker, and for Rhodes as an accomplished online facilitator and coach.
Alexandra Floyd, BBA, CLC
Alexandra is the Academic Advisor and your go-to for anything related to your academic journey at Rhodes Wellness College & the Vancouver School of Healing Arts. Alex has obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in International Business from Thompson Rivers University and is also a certified Life Coach. Through her experience in managing people, running events with 200+ guests, and coaching, she brings a strong understanding of cross-cultural competence and a passion for helping people on their journey. Alex enjoys bringing joy to all with her sense of humour and smile.
Student Services Advisor
Nadia Yang, RTC, BA (GRSJ)
Nadia is a Counsellor, Therapist, Life Coach, Instructor and Group Facilitator. Diversity inspires her and her goal is to provide a secure, healing relationship with and for people. She aims to dedicate her practice to creating a client-centered, empathetic and safe space as explore your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual wellness. She combines safety with compassion in order to hold a warm space for whoever comes her way.
Director of Admissions
Dianne Geeraert, Bed, BA, TESOL
I have worked in Education and Admissions for decades now. My passion lies in truly wanting to help people find a career that inspires them to get up every morning and go to work. In being able to do this, I help people bring more than an education and experience to a job – they bring joy. These are the people who keep on giving and bring meaning and purpose to the lives of others. This is what I strive for.
If your current career or employer or life style doesn’t align with what you want, then it’s time to make a change, and I’ll help you do that. Together we’ll discover what makes you tick, what you value, and what your true goals are.
Senior Admissions Advisor
Sandy Verma, MBA, BBM, CLC
Sandy loves helping people see their potential and find what fills their soul. She has a Masters degree in business and has worked in the human development and personal growth field for the past 15 years.
Her love of coaching and personal growth led her to Rhodes College where she helps potential students find out if Rhodes is a good fit for them or not. Sandy is a proud mother of 2 little girls. She describes herself as a community builder and connector.
Senior Admissions Advisor
Cat Thomson, BA, AED
Cat joins Rhodes with over 10+ years experience within the private postsecondary education system. As the previous Admissions Director with the Vancouver School of Healing Arts, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the holistic side of educational training. A classically trained musician and teacher, Cat received her Bachelor of Music with a major in operatic performance, and whole-heartedly understands the path less traveled. Cat is thrilled to work with both Rhodes and VSOHA where she will continue to help students find their passion and assist them in reaching their goals. She is always looking to learn and grow, and hopes students feel welcome in a safe, non-judgemental place of openness and sincerity. Don’t be too surprised if you hear a little aria in the hallways, or find Cat gushing about her son. And she is always up for a cup of tea and a good chat!
Tricia Vivienne-Blanc, ADJ, CLC
Tricia has almost two decades of experience in creative management and client relations. She loves connecting and supporting others towards personal development. As an empath, she believes deeply in the power of collaboration and the rewards that exploration can produce.
Director of Operations
Sam Issari, BA
Sam was the previous owner of Rhode’s sister school, the Vancouver School of Healing Arts (VSOHA). He was drawn to the healing energy of the space and the human element of VSOHA that is often absent in other industries. Sam has a background in health and sport supplements and comes from a successful career in sales and marketing in the ever-evolving world of e-commerce. He is passionate about working with the school’s dedicated instructors to deliver high quality education to students at all stages of the healing journey. Sam believes in the transformational power of the healing arts and in his spare time enjoys many outdoor pursuits including skiing, volleyball and swimming. Students and staff are encouraged to utilize Sam’s open door policy should they have any questions or concerns about their experience or the school.
Betty Chen, BA
Betty has over 10 years working with both domestic and international students. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at Simon Fraser University. She brings experience from various parts of Asia in international trade and education.
Astrid Mercado, LLB, HMD
With a bachelor in law in Mexico, and a couple of years of experience in Canadian Immigration field. Astrid loves providing all the support she can to the Rhodes team in the administration process. With a bubbly and positive personality, she will always welcome you with a bright smile.
Pardis Pirhadi, BBA, DSc, CLC
Pardis has recently come to us from Dubai. There, she worked most recently as a Country Manager for EF Education First, an international education company that specializes in educational travel, academic degree programs, and cultural exchange. Pardis’ passion includes marketing and helping find unique solutions for students to be able to afford their education. She prides herself on customer care and students can count on her easy-going nature and warm smile.
Finance and Administrative Assistant
Tushar Shetty, BSc, DBA
With a bachelor’s in accounting and Finance from University of Mumbai and Post Degree Diploma in Business Administration from Camosun College. I enjoy being part of the Rhodes team and provide all my support to Finance and Administration. Being compassionate and shedding light in people’s lives is something I take pride in.
When I’m not at Rhodes, I usually go-biking around the city and play tennis.
Communications & Marketing Team
Director of Communications & Marketing
David Chua, BSc, DGD
David has over 10 years of experience in marketing, communications and advertising; with a distinctive ability to deliver highly effective and measurable strategies that drive growth, new students, brand awareness, and reputation. He excels between strategy, marketing and collaboration. Prior to joining Rhodes Wellness College, David worked at ILAC, Canadian Tourism College, Sterling College and a number of prominent marketing agencies within Germany and Canada. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Portsmouth, UK and studied Graphic Design and Marketing Communications at BCIT. Having lived in 6 countries David enjoys working with people from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, personalities and languages.
Mayura Yamanouchi-Colling, BDes
Mayura graduated with a Bachelor of Design degree from Emily Carr University. She is currently in Emily Carr’s Masters of Interdisciplinary Design program. She has worked in education for over ten years.
Mayura is a designer who believes that good design can change the lives of people for the better. She enjoys walking with her canine collaborators, paying attention to the liveliness of the local animals, trees and plants, and the old knowledge of the land. Originally from Tokyo, Mayura has specialized in design work for over eight years and is passionate about improving connections between diverse populations as well as humans to nonhuman animals.