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DIRECTOR:  Honor McGregor   B.Sc., Grad.Dip.Ed. 
 
Honor McGregor is the Head of Vocational Education and owner of Careerline Courses; an online college dedicated to delivering affordable quality education with the flexiblity required in a modern world. Careeline Courses deliver Short Courses, Certificates and Diplomas in everything from agriculture to zoo keeping.
 
Honor is equal parts academic, small business owner, outdoor enthusiast and mother. A qualified secondary science teacher with a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in Education, Honor has has been involved in the online delivery of education in both the university and vocational sectors since 1994.
 
ANIMAL SCIENCES
 
animal-science-courses.Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)
 
Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing vet and has worked in several practices over 10 years since graduating from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.  
 
 
 
Nicola Ridley BHS Assitant Instructor Cert (Equitation & Stable Management), Cert IV Training & Assessment, Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing, B.Sc. Equine Behaviour & Welfare (incomplete)
 
Nicola brings to careerline over 14 years experience in the equine industry having worked aspects from track riding, grooming through to many years experience as a riding instructor.
Nicola has been involved with horses for many years. She had her first riding lesson at the age of 3 and ridden ever since. She has competed at a more serious level throughout her teenage years and continues to do so. Nicola studied at The Talland School of Equitation gaining her riding instructor qualifications. She continued working there as an instructor for 3 years before moving to Australia.
She has worked in a variety of sectors in the horse industry in Australia, working for at Lindsay Park Racing Stables and Gill Rolton at her private competition yard. She has also taught privately for the last 10 years in riding and both the practical and theoretical aspects of horse management.
Nicola has a particular interest in Equine behaviour and she has spent time working with Manuela McLean from the Australian Equine Behavioural Centre during her visits to SA. She is passionate about teaching people horse management, behaviour and welfare.
 
 
BUSINESS, EVENTS & WEDDINGS
 
events-wedding-business-tutorThea Roberts   B.Comm., M.A. (Leisure Management), Grad. Dip. Ed. Fitness Leaders Cert., I.T.C.
 
With over a decade of hospitiality experience at all levels from recreation to resort General Manager, combined with both a love of education and business, Thea is a very welcome addition to Careerline Courses. Thea is actively involved in continuing professional development in both hospitality and business as well persuing her interest in the education of children on the Austism Spectrum. 
 
 
 
COUNSELLING & PSYCHOLOGY
 
Jeanine Pilat MA, LPC, NCC
 
Jeanine Pilat, MA, LPC, NCC, has 14 years of professional experience in the field of psychology, after working within various Chicagoland healthcare settings conducting research, psychometric testing and assessment, and therapy. Jeanine’s clinical interests include studying the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of neuropsychological conditions – particularly, neurocognitive disorders (dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease) and mental health disorders (anxiety and mood disorders). In 1999, Jeanine earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Italian at DePaul University. Post-baccalaureate, she worked for diverse medical and academic facilities within Chicago in both research positions and in neuropsychological assessment. Jeanine then went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Psychology at Roosevelt University in order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Illinois and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
 
Currently, Jeanine is a Project Coordinator for Rush University Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, where she is responsible for the daily oversight, coordination, and execution of multiple clinical and pharmaceutical trials as well as observational studies. Additionally, she serves part-time as a Consultant/Counselor for The Alzheimer’s Association National Headquarters located in Chicago. Jeanine is also a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
 

PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING

 
Photography Courses tutor.Orlando Luminere - Luminere Imaging
 
Orlando brings experience, expertise and creativity to Careerline's photography courses.  He is the owner of Luminere Imaging which focuses on commercial photography as well exhibiting his own landscape photography work.  As well as this Orlando is also an experienced tutor having helped many students gain the confidence to develop their creativity and technical ability in photography.
 
 
Photography Courses tutor.John F Keller Adjunct Professor, Photography (Digital SLR Introductory and Advanced, and “Point and Shoot” classes).
 
John’s first photography job was as an electron microscope technician, photographing the ultrastructure of human and mammalian cells and the accompanying darkroom work. From there, it was only natural he branch out to include weddings, portraits, architectural and commercial subjects! Since the 1980s, he has also taught photography, starting with 35mm and 2 ¼” and following the technology to digital. Currently, he owns and operates a studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, teaches intro and advanced digital courses at Doane College and for the OLLI program at the University of Nebraska and writes a monthly column called “Ask Dr. Photo” for L Magazine, where he is a regular contributor of the cover photos and other magazine photography. Until 2009, John and his wife Kit, a college librarian and online instructor of research methods and other courses, co-hosted the radio program “BookTalk” for over thirteen years, heard both locally and worldwide online. John’s other passions are tennis, piano, scuba diving and the lifelong project of restoring a 1954 XK-120MC Jaguar .
 
Robert N Stephenson
 
Robert N Stephenson is a published author of 5 books and the publisher of 25 books for other authors through his publishing imprint. Over his career thus far he has had over 100 short stories published in 10 countries and a number of languages. For fourteen years he also worked as a literary agent for his own agency where he represented such authors as Tony Shillitoe and Christy Jordan. As a tutor he has worked with over 1500 students in the last 10 years and a number of which have gone on to develop careeers in writing. Besides wining awards for his own writing he is also the runner up in the 2008 Pride of Australia Medal for his contributions to the development of writing in others. Robert ran Altair Magazine for seven issues before it stopped production b ut during this time he discovered several new writers who have gone on to do great things both in Australia and in the USA. As he says, writing is a journey and a conversation with a reader, may we learn to create together.
 
Lucinda Gibson-House
 
Lucinda brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in Writing. She have been writing since a teenager with varying levels of success. She is a professional teacher having been teaching for 26 years and is currently employed working with adults. She teaches Writing for Publication, Creative Writing and Literacy and do examination marking as well as glorying in the title of supervising editor of a small community newspaper.
 
She had some excellent overseas work experience in Greece, Turkey and Poland starting out as an English language teacher and progressed to become part of a teacher training team in a college in southern Poland.
 
As a teacher of writing, many of her former students have found publishing success, either as freelance writers or writing their own articles or books and many have won competitions or awards.
 
She enjoys teaching and mentoring students and satisfies to see students flourish and realise their potential. She finds herself as enthusiastic and sometimes a little strict as a tutor.
 
HEALTH SCIENCES
 
Vicki Dunk Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), Master of Science(Qual), Bachelor of Science
 
Vicki brings to careerline a great knowledge and skills in the areas of Biomedical sciences and Anatomy courses. She is a teaching assistant in practical sessions, undertake marking of practical assessments and assisting in development of practical component of these courses. In addition, she is an experienced research assistant in Australian Institute of Marine Science for almost six years and has passion in teaching Biology courses.
 
Vicki is a skilled group mentor of Veterinary Sciences students and has established the veterinary bequest program.
 
Jodie Walpole Bachelor of Applied Science (Food & Nutrition), Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching
 
Jodie is a qualified Nutritionist and Advanced Practitioner in Life Coaching.
 
Jodie brings to Careerline over 15 years corporate nutrition and health experience as a result of working for several large multinational food and beverage companies.  Jodie is passionate about all aspects of nutrition, health and wellness with particular interest in weight management and childhood obesity.  
 
More recently Jodie completed her Advanced Practitioner of Life Coaching course and is a certified Life Coach with hours of practical experience.  As a Life Coach Jodie enjoys working with clients to close the gap between where they are currently in their lives and where they want to be.  
 
Jodie is also an experienced tutor enjoying the challenge of working with students to reach their full potential. Jodie is a welcome addition to the Careerline team.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
 
Zan Hammerton BSc Env. Sci & Mgt (Hons), Phd (current)
 
Zan has a very strong background is in Environmental Science and Management, with particular focus on aquatic ecosystems. Her main area of research involves marine and estuarine communities, how these communities respond to various types of human activities, and some of the conservation methods that can be used to manage them.
 
Zan is an avid SCUBA diver with extensive diving experience over a diverse range of marine and freshwater environments in Australia and Internationally, she is a qualified
 
PADI Master Scuba Diver Instructor and also holds an ADAS 1 (commercial) diving qualification. This has included research diving, instructing and coordinating community and social groups in all aspects of diving over the past 20 years. In addition Zan is a founding member of the Byron Underwater Research Group, which conducts ongoing fish surveys and reef clean ups with the Cape Byron Marine Park. 
 
Tom Ferrier MA (Environmental Management) BA (Veterinary Science), Dip Ed, Grad Dip (Sustainable Agriculture), Cert IV Training & Assessment
 
Tom is currently building  and establishing gardens and an orchard on 40 on the NSW north coast. On two boundaries of our property there is a kilometre of remnant riparian rainforest. With government assistance we are well under way to restoring its biodiversity – a very rewarding process so far.
 
Tom says: Bush regeneration is a passion of mine and I have been involved in a range of Landcare projects, privately and professionally. Most recently I have been working as a team leader and as a volunteer. Another of the appeals of our present locality is I can combine our love of the Australian bush and rural living with my addiction to surfing. Around here we are blessed with relatively uncrowded coastal parks and beaches.
 
Previously I have lived and worked in regional Victoria, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the north coast of NSW. The larger part of my career has been in secondary teaching (Environmental Science, Biology and Agriculture) and I have also taught in TAFE in Natural Resource Management. The TAFE teaching was very satisfying for me and I am looking forward to being associated with similar courses again.
 
 
AGRICULTURE/PERMACULTURE/HORT 
 
Karen Huntley Permculture Tutor.Karen Huntley MSc Marketing Mgt (Food Related Industries), PDC, PG Dip Organic Farming, Cert Marketing, BA.
 
Karen has a strong background and passion for organic food production systems, nutrition and community agriculture.  Karen also has experience and training in Permaculture (PDC), horticultural therapy, community organic enterprises as well as being an experienced bee keeper.
 
 
 
 
 
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
 
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
 
Valerie Loew Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture, Masters in Education with a specialty in online teaching and learning, Certified Arborist
 
Having spent the last two decades in both public and private industry, Valerie is well versed in all aspects of ornamental horticulture. After completing her horticulture degree at California State Polytechnic in Pomona, California, she started a wholesale/retail nursery and successfully grew the business to 20 acres before selling it. She transitioned to agricultural compliance with the United States Department of Agriculture and supervised several teams responsible for detecting insects, diseases and restricted articles on imported fruits and plant material. Eager to share her knowledge of horticulture, entomology, urban gardening, composting and hydroponics, she became a tenured professor of horticulture and has been teaching for nearly 15 years. She enjoys the outdoors, likes examining the structure of trees, and will hike for great lengths to photograph a flower in bloom.
 
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
 
Norman Khershberg, M.A. Information Technology (Database & Business Intelligence)
 
Norman has been working with Unix / Linux / MS technologies since 1989 and has previously taught at RMIT.  Norman enjoys Open Source technologies and brings to careerline vast experience in programming and IT in general. 
 
 
 
 
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