YourInfiniteLife | Instructors

MEET THE INSTRUCTORS AND COACHES

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KATHY BARNETT

I facilitate the Remembrance Course because that course rocked my world—in all good ways—16 years ago. I became a better parent, a better spouse, and a better nurse to my patients when I was able to clear away some of the emotional clutter that was making life so much harder than it had to be. And I continue to teach the course because it is the most healing thing I do. We have an amazing assistant team in Tallahassee, and I always consider it a privilege to occupy the loving space that they create for our courses.

I am a nurse by training, with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. I’ve been a nurse all of my professional life, initially specializing in emergency and trauma nursing, though I have spent the past 2 decades assisting people with managing their pain physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I’ve been a Remembrance Course instructor since 2004—it never ceases to amaze me what this course can do to transform lives and families! Now in Tallahassee, Florida, for the past 25 years, I am mother of a son, Robert, 26 and a daughter, Julia, 23, both of whom attended the course in their teen years. My husband of 27 years, Lonnie, is a former instructor of the course and continues to be an avid supporter of this work.


BOBBI CECIO

I have proudly been an instructor since 2004. I wholeheartedly believe in the vision, mission and methodology of this company, and consider it my absolute privilege to contribute to others in support of each and every person knowing their innate magnificence. Your Infinite life Training & Coaching Company has been the source of both my personal and professional journey to knowing and appreciating who I am, what I am capable of and connecting with my passions and purpose.

A world of people living in alignment to their purpose and value is the one I want for my children and the youth of the world. I believe these courses are the road to making that world a reality. In addition to the work I do with Your Infinite Life, I also hold a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelors in Mathematics. For the past 20+ years I have been involved in school leadership and in 2009, dream in hand, moved my family across the country to Encinitas, California to start a kindergarten through eighth grade Montessori school.

That school started with kids in a garage and has grown to a community of 70 students in three buildings. My strength in the field of Education and Consulting comes not only from my background in school leadership, but also from a variety of other additional certifications and trainings including; Certified Corporate Empowerment Consultant, a Certified Parent Educator and Parent Educator Trainer.

My love of people and the courage that it takes to navigate the journey of life is the basis for all that I do, with adults and children alike. I am blessed to be doing what I love!


VIOLET LEHRER

I became a coach and instructor to be a resource for people finding more inner peace and fulfillment in their lives. I am passionate about people's conversations and connections and love providing tools for growth and self-awareness. I have been teaching leadership and communication classes with Achieve Global certification for 15 years and was craving more. I became a certified coach through Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching Company and am a certified instructor for The Remembrance Course. This course completely changed my inner dialogue and created a lot of expansion for me. It’s very rewarding to be in service for others in the course room.

I graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Biology and began teaching science to High School students immediately after graduation. My life as a parent took a drastic turn when our son at the age of 7 was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a condition that is life threatening and requires constant daily attention. I became active in our local JDRF community and started an outreach program to connect and support others that are living with this autoimmune condition. This journey has taught me a lot about presence and perseverance.

In 2016, my husband and I began our own coaching company Clarity Path Coaching. We have been in San Diego for 20 years. I love spending time with my husband and two children, reading, being in nature and practicing yoga.


INGE MICHIELSEN - HONDMANN

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I have lived and worked all over the world for the past 27 years, living in 3 continents and four USA states.

I have a B.S.C. and R.D. degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a marketing degree. After college, I worked for Numico in the Netherlands and in South Africa for Unilever, both in international food marketing. After moving to Florida, and by then a mother of 3, I realized that is was time for a change in me, and an upgrade of my parenting skills. Via my neighbor and dear friend I rolled into the, for me unknown, world of personal development, and I never left.

During my first course, a new realm of possibilities and a new way of looking at me, my married life, and parenthood opened up for me. After being a student and assistant in all the courses, I wanted to learn all there was to learn and decided to go back to school and became a certified instructor for the Remembrance Course in 2004. Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching Company is really the School of Life, as it helps people to enjoy and face life in all its glory. I love teaching because it gives me the humbling responsibility to guide students to further discover their self in all its glory. In 2006, I also certified as instructor for the Instructor Training. Ever since, I have assisted in developing the instructor training program and the business programs.

I have always been passionately active in each school our children attended, most recently as board member and PA president at North Shore Country Day School, in Winnetka, Illinois. I am happily married to Dirk and together we just started our journey of empty nesting. Our awesome, multicultural, bilingual, dual nationality children, Floris, Sara and Maurits attend college at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Looking back at our wonderful life so far, I am in such gratitude for the places we have lived, the people that crossed our path, and the life lessons learned. I am thankful for the global perspective and the true notion of oneness it gave me.


CRISTINA TRETTE

I am a Certified Coach and Instructor with Your Infinite Life Training and Coaching Company. I feel blessed to have a career that is centered around witnessing the healing and transformation of others and calls me to continually grow and transform myself. I offer coaching and classes that assist individuals in cultivating deep self-love while elevating connection within relationships and family life. I have a holistic approach to working with clients drawing from theory, spirituality, and the healing arts. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of San Diego.

LISA EZEAMII

Facilitating the Freedom To Be Course is getting to watch people discover the power and magic in learning how to use forgiveness and empathy. It’s celebrating along with new friends as they learn new ways of looking at their emotions and their relationships. Every weekend is packed with moments of revelation, inspiration and determination. And being able to have a front seat for it all is profoundly rewarding.

I began my journey with Your Infinite Life nearly 20 years ago. That first Remembrance Course planted the seed in me that I was born to do this work. I was an instructor for the Remembrance Course for six years, as well as a facilitator for the Peaceful Project, working with juvenile gun offenders in St. Louis. My professional life as a social worker took me away from Your Infinite Life for a few years; as a foster care case manager, I wound up developing my own weekend empowerment program for teens in foster care, as well as teaching parenting courses for foster and birth parents. Then, a few years ago, I realized my heart was demanding that I return to this amazing company and work.

Still a social worker, I have developed a program teaching empowerment and advocacy to teens and young adults with disabilities, which is now being taught by disability advocates from all over the state of Missouri. I also coach people with disabilities, one-on-one, to navigate the many obstacles facing people with disabilities, and to achieve maximal independence. At the end of the day, I am blessed to go home to the love of my life. Much love and many thanks to my husband, Ndu, who taught me there is always room for love. Together we raised two brilliant and beautiful children, Duke and Sofi, who bring tremendous pride and joy to their families in both America and Nigeria. I am blessed beyond measure.

RONI CASALE

Of the many adventures I've been on in my life including living in 11 states, attending a Police Academy, Culinary School, Business Management Program and Acting, I found my true calling somewhat by chance.

In 1989, I took my first personal development course. The course had an immense impact on my life. I witnessed one by one, each of my fellow participants transforming through the healing process that was this course.

After being involved for three years as a volunteer, I realized the passion I had for it and decided to train to teach the course. The program was an intense and rigorous two year training that involved class time, course room time, student teaching, study, testing and in depth personal transformation.

Over the next 24 years, I have had the honor of teaching hundreds of students as well as eventually training new instructors of the program. I spent an additional four years in training myself to teach several of the other courses offered by the company.

I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia and have one grown, successful daughter who is a designer for a hotel chain as well as a Veteran of the US Navy.

It's always hard to say the exact impact that one has on someone's life, but I'm happy to have reached others in such a way that has me part of this life and world-changing mission.


MARK GEISLER

Back in 1995 my wife and I took our first course. It was and remains the most eye-opening experience of my life. We both agree that it saved our marriage and that we could love each other for who we are, without blame and recrimination. By Saturday night I told her that I could see myself teaching this course. After almost three years of rigorous training, I did become an instructor and have been teaching ever since.

As a social worker whose entire professional life has been dedicated to improving the circumstances of society and individuals, this course is a natural fit. Nothing has come close to the wonderful feeling of serving others and by extension, serving the world, than teaching.

My time as the administrator of a large human service agency involved in protecting children and adults from abuse and exploitation, among other things gave me the opportunity to positively affect public policy. After retirement from this aspect of public service, I ran a local agency dedicated to the treatment and prevention of AIDS. This was when the epidemic was still killing so many good people and we were able to expand services to many patients who were marginalized in our society and to bring needed prevention and education to our community at large.

Before retiring in early 2016, I was the Patient Advocate for a hospital. It was there that I began helping people who were nearing death, and those who were grieving the loss of loved ones. I also helped patients in need of kidney transplants, get and keep these vital organs. In the meantime I remained active in Child Protection and other community organizations.

My four adult daughters all have followed in the path of service and each give me great pride. We recently moved to St. Augustine, FL, to be closer to grandchildren. What an adventure, moving after 40 years in one place! Living what I teach means trying out new things while remembering those things that make me unique and magnificent in my own way.


MAGGIE MACAULAY

I love the work of Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching Company, finding it so effective and enriching that I was inspired to become an instructor for Freedom to Be: An Embracing Life Experience and The Remembrance Course: A Journey to Magnificence. I also serve as the Executive Director of The Peaceful Project, the non-profit wing of Your Infinite Life. Since 2000, I have provided coaching, professional development workshops, parenting courses, and a variety of experiential conferences and seminars through my company, Whole Hearted Parenting.

With a Master of Science in Education degree as well as undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Computer Science, I have had multiple career paths. I worked in several therapeutic fields – as a counselor in the correctional system, in a residential drug treatment program, and in a psychiatric facility – before becoming a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. After retiring from the field of dance, I worked for ten years in IT, chiefly in the airline industry. I find that each path has made an important contribution to my current work with Your Infinite Life.

A Florida native, I now live with my husband, Bill, and daughter, Madeleine, along with our sweet herd of animals in the wide open space of New Mexico, which is gorgeous and enchanting.


SUE PECK

I teach the Remembrance Course because it makes me happy and I care deeply about the human race. At the end of a weekend, I love to see people connecting because they have all experienced a life-changing event together. Being in service and contributing to others achieving their dreams fills my heart. Everyone deserves to have a community where they are seen as special and unique in all their "flawsomeness" (We all have flaws and we are also still awesome).

I have worked as physical therapist for over 24 years and also have a Masters Degree in Social Work. Teaching the Remembrance course since 2009 is a strong passion of mine. I also enjoy learning about energy medicine and holistic health.

St. Louis is my home where I live with my three-year old daughter. We both love to travel. My passport has been stamped a few more times than her, but I am sure she will catch up with me some day.


SUSIE WALTON

I teach and coach because of my love for kids and my commitment to make this world a better place for our future generations.

For the past 25 years, I have been a parent educator and family coach and 12 years ago I became a certified instructor for the Remembrance and Freedom to Be course . I live in Cardiff, Ca and have 4 incredible sons, 4 awesome daughters-in-law, and 8 amazing and spirited grandchildren. I am blessed!

My journey in parent education began growing up in a family with 10 kids, which gave me a lifelong foundation of and reference to family love and dynamics. During my University years, I was an athlete (volleyball) and studied toward a teaching degree. The arrival of our oldest son put my teaching ambitions on hold for a while but being a mom of four brought me back to it.

I learned a lot from my life in the limelight, it first threw me for a loop, not knowing who to be in the fast pace media frenzy NBA world. After the birth of my first child I got back into my own, taking care of myself, managing a family, not letting it take over, and simply wanting to be a good mom.

I took my first parenting course when my sons were becoming teens, looking for tools to better guide them. A colleague then told me that I would be good at teaching this and so I became a fulltime parenting-educator. 25 years later I can’t imagine not teaching.

One of the requirements for becoming a parenting educator was taking the then called Understanding Yourself and Others, the Remembrance course. I did the other courses as well and assisted for a while when some close friends told me that I would be good at teaching this. That was the exciting start of an intense time of soul searching and growth. I certified for the Remembrance Course, Freedom to Be, and train the trainers training, and together with fellow instructors we started organizing courses in San Diego. It was in 2005, in a hot hotel room filled with 23 students and double the amount of assistants that I decided to create my own space for courses; ’Indigo Village’ was born, a one-stop-shop for people looking to enrich their life.

Managing The Village, teaching the courses, doing radio shows and TED-talks, coaching parents and schoolteachers lead to the logical next step, to write about it. My book ‘Key to Personal Freedom (How Myths Affect Our Family Lives)’ sums up the wisdom that I have gained over the years. After the book was published in 2009, I found the courage to write my own curriculum, and with the professional guidance of Pam Dunn, I created my own parenting course ‘Joy of Parenting.’

Parenting courses are the icing on the cake, but it always starts within. Our personal development courses Remembrance and Freedom to Be are the cake, they lay the foundation of who we want to be as a parent. That’s why taking these courses is a mandatory part of The Joy of Parenting and the combination is a very rewarding way to create the desired family dynamic.


TIRZA ARAD

Joining Your Infinite Life first as a participant, then as a certified coach and instructor candidate, has deeply enriched my life, both in subtle and more noticeable ways.

I retired in 2014 from a long career as a leader in the field of education and after a year of filling my bucket list with traveling and other pleasures, the question was:
”What now?” I took a course at NYU (New York University) and became a certified life/executive coach, but it was the experience of the Your Infinite Life training that deepened my self-discovery and enhanced my self-awareness. It helped me transition to my next chapter and a new, exciting vision and life purpose.

My formal education background with degrees in psychology, sociology and educational leadership, as well as years as experience of mentoring/coaching teachers, clergy, families and grad students is the foundation that informs my work as a coach.

I currently live with my husband of many years both in New York City and San Diego, we have three children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild, whom we adore and cherish.

I have always loved adventures, grew up in the Netherlands, lived in Israel, Ethiopia and Zambia and for the past approx. 30 years first in South Florida and then in New York City.

I am passionate about being in service to anyone who desires to be on this journey of self-discovery in search of their best future self and a fulfilling, meaningful life.

APARNA CASARELLA

I am an individual, small business, and corporate coach and consultant. I focus on recognizing the patterns we all create in our lives and environments, working with clients to optimize healthy patterns and get rid of those that don’t align with their values. I believe that teams are more than a sum of of their parts and that people are more capable than they often realize. My hobbies include reading mysteries, cooking new foods, and looking at pictures of baby animals. I have a degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and live with my family in Saint Louis, MO.


JOHN GREFFET

I am a certified Life Coach with Your Infinite Training & Life Coaching Company. I approach life and coaching with a reflective, passionate regard. My love of personal development and my gift of service have led me to this gratifying field of Life Coaching.

I am also a licensed real estate broker, facilities manager and bible study leader, father of three thirty-something’s and a grandfather of one. My own life experiences and training help me to guide clients to see the rewards of enjoying the journey. I practice with the intent to empower my clients rather than train them.

Next to personal coaching, I also practice business leadership consulting to assist business leaders into the paradigm of building trust and mentoring commitment and passion in their teams in lieu of managing and seeking compliant behavior from their staff.


BILL MCFATTER

I am a practicing dentist with over 30 years of experience in removable prosthetics near Tallahassee, Florida. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Molecular Biology, I attended Emory University Dental School. A product of 3 successful marriages and in an effort by one of my wives to 'fix me' I took my first personal growth course around 2005. I've been involved ever since as both a student and an instructor. There are many things that I've accomplished only because of the personal growth from these experiences. I love learning and am an inspired teacher. I have two grown sons, Brent and Darren and currently live "The Modern Family" TV show with Adriane and Dylan.

The thing I love most about teaching is watching the discovery that goes on in the classroom. I love when something clicks and that 'Ah-ha?! moment' shows up that inspires someone to look at things differently. Often, they are overcome with joy and the relief that there is another way to look at things and that is encouraging. These are often places that also inspire me to see things differently in my own life. These self-discoveries guide me in my own life to know that I have the tools to create the life I want.


DAN SIVILS

Teaching is my second career; I am a trial lawyer and practiced law for over 20 years. My path to teaching began with a life changing hiking experience in 1997 while on an Incan trail in Peru. That adventure woke me up to my desire for a more meaningful life. I began a journey of inward discovery that included taking personal development courses and my life wonderfully improved.

Over the next few years, I became certain that I wanted to teach these same courses to assist others to discover, honor and express their magnificence. While still practicing law, I began my formal training to teach on September 13, 2001. My commitment to teach was immediately tested when all flights were grounded and I had to drive across the country for my first session of a 2-year intensive program. Over time my love of teaching became my singular passion and purpose. I made a huge decision to retire from my law firm and now my career is teaching courses and life coaching.

I value the skills I developed as a lawyer which help me listen and understand complex situations while zeroing in on what is relevant for students to obtain their goals. I am particularly skilled in both logic and emotional intelligence, which provides understanding, perspective, and empathy. I teach the Remembrance Course, Freedom to Be Course as well as Mastery, Coach Certification, and Instructor Training courses. Additionally, I provide life coaching to individuals.

I am also trained to guide people on wilderness expeditions designed to serve as personal quests. I have experience with vision quests, outdoor survival training, outdoor leadership training and spiritually centered wilderness trips. I am a certified Wilderness First Responder through the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medicine Institute, which enables me to manage the risks inherent in wilderness adventures. I love what I do.

Teaching fulfills me and requires incredible responsibility to continuously learn about myself as well as how to teach others. My work takes me throughout the U.S. and my home is in St. Louis, Missouri with my wife, Nikki, and 3 dogs. I also have a son, Henry, who is away at college and knows I have a standing offer to do his laundry to entice him to come home more often.


MONICA HAAS

I am a strong business leader that is passionate about people. As an experienced executive in the energy industry, I have a broad background in strategic planning, investment analysis, information technology and cybersecurity. Guiding complex financial decisions, building high performing teams and leading major business transformations are the cornerstones of my success and the natural byproducts of my commitment to individual excellence. It is this commitment to excellence that defines who I am as a coach, collaborator and leader.

As a seasoned executive, coach and professional educator, I recently left my corporate role to build my own consulting and coaching business where I combine my business acumen, passion and personal development expertise to engage with others at a transformative level. My goal is to assist people and companies to develop a greater vision for what they want to achieve and then to give them to tools to achieve it.


SARA AFSHARI

I am currently an Instructor Candidate for Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching Company, residing in beautiful San Diego, California. With a successful career in the field of accounting - it is volunteer work and my ongoing education through Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching Company that gives me the most fulfillment in life. Building awareness around Domestic Violence, breaking the silence surrounding related PTSD, depression & anxiety and shattering the stereotypes of what sort of men and woman fall victim – I am proud to stand as an example of the power behind emotional development, self-awareness and self-love.

The first course I attended was Freedom To Be. Struggling to put the pieces of my life back together, every step felt against the oceans current, pulling me back. I saw the insanity my life had become, but I had separated myself from the choices I made that got me there. I walked into that course room Friday night feeling alone, ashamed and anxious. Sunday, when I walked out...everything changed, including me. Like a gentle breeze blowing through the clouds to reveal the bright blue sky, I could see. I chose to embrace my life with acceptance and gratitude. Every experience, terrifying, isolating and desperate led me in the most serendipitous way to walking out of that course room with the passion of purpose.

Although I’ve loved and gained from every course I have taken, it’s the Freedom To Be Course at the forefront. It was a beautiful gift and perfect timing that brought these courses into my life but it shouldn’t take a perfect cocktail of circumstances for people to discover this type of learning, support and community. My ultimate goal and intention is to have these courses part of the Domestic Violence resources offered here in San Diego, and someday nationwide. Shining the light on the strength and the value that survivors and/or current victims feel they’ve lost. Walking alongside them as they discover the freedom of letting go of shame, holding on to hope and seeing how truly magnificent they are. “Love yourself” always sounded so foreign to me, like “what does that really mean and how do I get there!?” What once was foreign, can be fluent…and this is a beautiful way to start.


GABI ARAD

At age 13, I made the decision to become a Rabbi. From that point on my path was clear: I wanted community, a spiritual life, and to teach teach teach! I was ordained in 2003, first as a Cantor (that's the person who sings all the prayers) and then as a Rabbi in 2005. I have served congregations in Israel, New York, Washington D.C, Florida, and San Diego.

My life as a spiritual leader has been incredibly fulfilling. I have counseled people of all ages and in all walks of life. I have accompanied them through life cycles events and served as a witness to both their highest moments and their most challenging ones. I have taught hundreds of classes, sung thousands of songs, and spoken millions of words. And only when I walked into the world of Your Infinite Life did I discover a whole new depth to my work. It begins with me! I have to walk the walk if I'm going to talk the talk. And I am doing it every day.

As a certified coach, I have combined my faith, teaching skills, and coaching tools. I focus on the "whole"istic approach, an approach that is not about perfection but rather about wholeness.

I am the founder and Rabbi of the Jewish Collaborative of San Diego, a Jewish community that is all about acceptance, growth, and connection. I live in Encinitas, CA with my two beautiful daughters, Noa and Maia.

Jewish wisdom teaches that the journey of life is not about finding yourself but about returning to who you always were. We are all beautiful, magnificent, and significant. Sometimes, we just need someone to guide us on that path.