Faculty & Staff at Rhodes Wellness College Welcome You!

Welcome to Rhodes Wellness College!

Bea Rhodes, BA, MEd

President & Founder


Bea Rhodes is a Registered Professional Counsellor, and Counselling Supervisor. She 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.”

Email: bea@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.26

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

I-Chant Chiang, PhD

Executive Vice-President

I-Chant is a psychologist with a passion for teaching and people. She holds a PhD in Psychology from Stanford University, a BA in English Literature and BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois. She spent many years as a professor, conducting research and innovating pedagogy at Aberystwyth University in Wales and Quest University Canada in Squamish before finding her calling in helping higher education institutes flourish. I-Chant has published books and articles on pedagogy, political psychology, psychological research methods, and psycholinguistics. She sits on the Board of Advisers for Noba, which publishes open educational material for all fields of psychology. On the weekends, I-Chant can be found reading books, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Email: iac@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.27

Greg Gurel, RPC, ACC

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.

Email: greg@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.31

Areas of Instruction:

Wellness Counselling 
Life Skills Coaching
Group Leadership

Katarina Osterlind, BA, RPC

Program Instructor

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.

Email: katarina@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.29

Areas of Instruction:
Life Skills Coaching

Lindsay Robertson, RPC

Program Manager & Instructor


Lindsay is a counsellor, coach, teacher and musician. She’s a graduate of the Wellness Counsellor Program at Rhodes. She teaches the Online Life Coach Certificate Program, and works on campus as the Program Manager. She oversees and maintains the quality of all the programs at Rhodes. 

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 fulfilment.

Email: lindsay@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.25

Areas of Instruction:
Life Coaching

Amanda Richardson, HBSc

Financial Aid Officer & Registrar


Amanda is a graduate of the Professional Counsellor Diploma at Rhodes. Prior to that, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Guelph, majoring in Molecular Biology and Genetics. After deciding that scientific research was not the right fit for her, she changed paths and came to Rhodes to become a Life Coach and Wellness Counsellor. She is passionate about education and is a keener when it comes to learning. She also works as a tutor for elementary and high school students in math and science, providing academic coaching to help them become successful students. Amanda is also passionate about helping others and creating new connections. In her spare time, she enjoys being active through running, hiking and spending time outdoors.

Email: amanda@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.23


Dianne Geeraert, BA, BEd, TESOL

Admissions & Marketing Manager

Dianne has spent many years in education in Canada and further afield, as a high school English teacher and ESL Instructor. She also has extensive experience in print and publishing having run her own company in the Caribbean. As a mother of three, she prides herself on wearing many hats and is very committed to her belief that “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” Dianne has been an Admissions Representative for several Colleges. Being part of the Rhodes family is just another step for her in the direction her heart has always taken her…. helping people make the best of life by empowering them with what they already have within.

Email: dianne@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.22


Janice Dalupang, RPC

Office Manager & Career Development Coordinator


Janice is a Registered Professional Counsellor, certified Life Coach and Postpartum Doula. She has a passion for helping people make conscious decisions for a healthy and fulfilling life. Outside of Rhodes you can find Janice conducting one-on-one and group sessions , facilitating workshops and coordinating special events. She strives to create a safe place of non-judgement, empathy, communication and positivity.

Email: janice@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.24



Marina Cholakian, BA

Office Administrator


Marina has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Aleppo University in Syria. Over the years she has taught English as a second language to students from around the world. Marina is also fluent in Armenian, Arabic, Turkish and is in the process of learning French & Russian. She loves meeting new people and spreading happiness in everything she does. She is a fitness fanatic and professional basketball player. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.

Email: admin@rhodescollege.ca
Phone: (604) 708-4416 e.21


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.

Marc Keith, MA 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:
Youth, Adcitions, and Family and Couples Counselling
Ethics and Professional Practice.


Catherine Hajnal, PhD


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 Grief Educator and Transition Coach, 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!

Website: www.catherinehajnal.com

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

Faris Khalifeh

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.

Website: www.fariskhalifeh.com 

Phone: (604) 708-4416

Alexandra Ricard, MA

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