Speakers Bio


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Jeanie Dean is the author of several poetry books including the Whole World Stopped and a dedicated metaphysical scholar. She also teaches college English and edits the Milwaukee Theosophical website.

Hal Dessel and Judith Kubish are certified mentor-teachers and leaders of the Dances of Universal Peace. They have led dance meetings and special DUP events for over 25 years. When they are not dancing, Hal is a psychotherapist and addictions counselor in private practice at Reconnections for relapse prevention for traumas and addictions. Judith is a Lifecycle Celebrant, interfaith minister, and wedding officiant; her business is Heartland Life Ceremonies. She creates individualized celebrations of significant human events across the lifespan.

Robyn Finseth, M.S., D.C., is a life-long Theosophist having been born into a Theosophical family. She is also a practicing chiropractic physician in Oregon. Robyn will be a featured speaker at the TheosophicalSociety’s 2017 National Convention in Wheaton. Her life’s focus has always been connected to healing.

Janet Kerschner has been the Archivist of the Theosophical Society in America for the last ten years. You may remember her “100 Years of Theosophy in Milwaukee” presentation at the lodge centennial in 2010. Janet works with Pablo Sender to administer the Theosophy.wiki encyclopedia.

Sharleen Leonard has been studying Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy since 1983. Steiner, a spiritual scientist who lived from 1861 to 1925, named his body of work Anthroposophy, or wisdom of the human being. Included in his writings were concepts on social order which he offered to national leaders after World War One. Would they work now?

Peig Myota is a spiritual psychologist and teacher of the Science of Light Energy. She presents international seminars on Energy Frequency Healing, Transformation of Consciousness, and Activation of Spiritual DNA.

Carl and Alanna Penk began attending Gnosis classes as teenagers and have been actively involved in both living and teaching the Gnostic doctrine ever since. They opened their first center in New York state, later relocating to Montana where they taught for over 25 years. They now make their combined knowledge and wisdom available to serious seekers here in Milwaukee.

Dr. William Rogers is a historian focusing on religious history. A retired UWM professor now living in Atlanta, he still lectures at seminaries and for religious groups. He also hosts an internet based radio program called The Black Reality Think Tank.”

Richard Smoley is the editor of QUEST, the TSA journal. His latest book is “THE DEAL: A GUIDE TO RADICAL AND COMPLETE FORGIVENESS.” His presentation is drawn from his next book, “HOW GOD BECAME GOD,” to be published in June, 2016.

Phoenix Suvayas is an interfaith minister in training, he calls himself a Theosophical Scientific Illuminist Gnostic Catholic and studies all spiritual traditions he can. He has lectured on the swastika symbol, the Tree of Life, Egypt, and Aleister Crowley. He is a singer songwriter and visual artist, and a founding member of Saint Rosenkreuz Abbey, a retreat center for interfaith gnostic studies.

Rebecca Zawadiwsky (Dr. Z) has a Ph.D. in Metaphysical Sciences and has studied metaphysics and astrology for over 30 years. Through the National Council of Geocosmic Research (NCGR) she obtained Level 2 certification in astrology, is a past president of the Milwaukee Chapter, and has been teaching for over 15 years. Life-coaching sessions are profoundly deep via a unique blend of astrological techniques, insights, and wisdom to help you discover and realize your highest potential.