Faculty and Staff

Ifá ni Afinimọ̀nà Ọmọ Aráyé

Faculty and Staff

Meet Our
Team

We are a team of 26 Ìyánífa, Babaláwo, Babalórìṣà, Ìyálórìṣà, Educators, Medical Directors, Dentists and Nurses (with Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral and other professional qualifications).

Central Administration

Abímbọ́lá, Kọ́lá

President
abimbola@ifa.university

Babaláwo (Ifá Priest)

Ph.D. (Philosophy of Science) London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ph.D. (Law of Evidence) University of Birmingham.
LLB (Laws) London School of Economics and Political Science.
B.A. (Philosophy) Ọbáfẹ́mi Awólọ́wọ̀ University, Nigeria.

Harris, Daryl Táíwò

Provost
harris@ifa.university

Babaláwo (Ifá Priest)

Ph.D. (Philosophy of Science) Howard University, Washington, DC.
B.A. (Political Science) Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Hector-Mason, Anestine

Deputy Provost
hector-mason@ifa.university

Deputy Provost

Ph.D. (Rhetoric and Linguistics), Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.
MS.Ed. (Educational-TESOL), Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY.
M.A. (Rhetoric and Composition), Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY.
B.A. (Theater Arts and English), Clark University, Worcester, MA

Mason, Eric

Dean of Academic Affairs
mason@ifa.university

Dean of Academic Affairs

MBA (Finance), University of New Orleans, LA.
BGS (English, Culture and Ethnic Studies), University of New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, Adréia

Dean of International Affairs
johnson@ifa.university

Dean of International Affairs

Ph.D., Education/Cultural Studies; The University of Texas at Austin; Department: Curriculum & Instruction.
M.A., Culture, Organization & Education; University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Department: School Admin./Education.
B.A. Portuguese Language & Literature, Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Department, Romance Languages.

Ìṣọ̀lá, Òòṣákáyọdé

Registrar
isola@ifa.university

Registrar

M.S. (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.
B.S. (Psychology) Capella College, Minneapolis, MN.
A.S. (Graphic Design) Gibbs College, Vienna, VA.
Certification (Usui Shiki Ryoho – Reiki) Zawadi Arts & Leadership Training Institute Washington DC
Certification as Organic Farmer & Rancher, Future Harvest–Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Cockeysville, MD.

Ifárónkẹ́ Garret

Staff
Garret@ifa.university

Staff

Department of Ifá Studies

Victor, Ifálàṣẹ̀ Terry​

Co-Chair
victor@ifa.university

Babaláwo (Ifá Priest)

DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery), Howard University, Washington, DC. License State: DC.
B.S. (Computer Science), University of Kansas, KS.

Wynn, Kọ́ládé Pamela​

Co-Chair
wynn@ifa.university

Iyánífá (Ifá Priestess)

Ph.D. (Urban/Public Affairs Administration), University of Texas, Arlington, TX.
M.A. (Urban Affairs), University of Texas, Arlington, TX.
B.A. (Psychology), University of Texas, Arlington, TX.

Harrison, Alálàádé Bonnie Claudia

Professor
harrison@ifa.university

Iyánífá (Ifá Priestess)

Ph.D. (Anthropology of the African Diaspora) The University of Texas-Austin.
M.A. (Anthropology) The University of Texas-Austin.
B.F.A. (Documentary Film) The Art Institute of Chicago.

Mason, Eric

Professor
mason@ifa.university

Babaláwo (Ifá Priest)

MBA (Finance), University of New Orleans, LA.
BGS (English, Culture and Ethnic Studies),
University of New Orleans, LA.

Thompson, Sàlàkọ́ Adé Randall

Professor
thompson@ifa.university

Babaláwo (Ifá Priest)

M.S. (Computer Science and Engineering), University of South Florida, FL.
M.A. (Educational Leadership), Clark Atlanta University, GA

Department of Òrìṣà Herbology

Bernal, Debra

Chair
bernal@ifa.university

Iyánífá (Ifá Priestess)

M.D. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
M.D. Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Akínkúnmi, Ayélékè

Professor

Professor

M.A. (Yorùbá Literature), University of Ìbàdàn, Nigeria.
B.A. (Yorùbá), University of Ìbàdàn, Nigeria.

Àjínhún Ògúndáré , Ifábùsọ́lá

Professor

Ẹlẹ́gùn Ọya

Ẹlẹ́gùn Ọya (Head Priestess of Ọya) of Ọ̀yọ́ Kingdom and Herbology Practitioner, Ọ̀yọ́, Nigeria.
Baàṣègùn of Ọyọ́ Kingdom (i.e., President/Leader of the Indigenous Medical Practitioners Association of Ọyọ́ Kingdom).
Professor of Yorùbá Medicine. Ifá Heritage Institute, Ọ̀yọ́, Nigeria.

Oṣùọlálé, Bàbá Làsísì

Professor

Baàṣègùn

Baàṣègùn of Ọyọ́ Kingdom (i.e., President/Leader of the Indigenous Medical Practitioners Association of Ọyọ́ Kingdom)
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Professor of Yorùbá Medicine.
Ifá Heritage Institute, Ọ̀yọ́, Nigeria.

Ọláníyàn, Ifáṣọlá

Professor

Ẹ̀kẹrin Awo

The Ẹ̀kẹrin Awo of Ọ̀yọ́ Kingdom.
Babaláwo (4th Highest Ranking Ifá Priest of Ọyọ́ Kingdom) and Herbology Practitioner.
Instructor, Ifá Heritage Institute, Ọ̀yọ́, Nigeria

Oṣùọlálé, Bàbá Làsísì

Professor

Department of Òrìṣà Ìṣẹ̀ṣe

Brown, Mari

Chair
brown@ifa.university

Bokor (Iyánífá/Ifá Priestess)

Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (CCI).
Certification (CVT), Washington Hospital Center School of Cardiovascular Science, Washington, DC.
Certification (Healing Touch I, II), Healing Touch International, VA.
Certification (Raw Food Nutrition and Preparation), Sunfired Foods, Panama and Living Foods Institute, GA.
B. A. Interdisciplinary Studies (Adv. Soc. Sci.), Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Àlàdé, Basha

Professor
alade@ifa.university

Ìyálórìṣà (Ọbàtálá Priestess)

M.A. (Film) New York University in film and education.
B.A. (Subject) Stanford University

Craddock, YemọjaKẹ́mi LaShaunda

Professor
craddock@ifa.university

Ìyálórìṣà (Yemọja Priestess)

Ed.D. (Educational Leadership), Virginia Commonwealth University.
M.A. in Interdisciplinary studies, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Graduate Degree for Teaching Certification, Virginia Commonwealth University.
B.A. (English and African-American Studies), Virginia Commonwealth University.

Hampton, Benjamin

Professor
hampton@ifa.university

Ifoma, Òrìṣàgbèmí Madu

Professor
ifoma@ifa.university

Babaláwo (Ifá Priest)

Business Management, University of Maryland (US Army), Munich Campus.
Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science,
United States Army Academy of Science, TX
B.S. Biology, Knoxville College, TN

Ọmọlọlá, Báyọ̀

Professor
omolola@ifa.university
Ph.D. (African languages) University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
M.A. (Yorùbá Literature), University of Ìlọrin, Nigeria.
M.A. (Communications Arts) University of Ìbàdàn, Nigeria.
B.A. (Yorùbá Language) University of Ifẹ̀, Nigeria.

Palmer, Ọlátúndùn

Professor
olatundun@ifa.university
Ed.D. (Educational Leadership) Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
M.A. (School Administration), Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC.
M.A.Ed. (Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities) Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.
B.S. (Social Science: Human Development and Family) Lesley College (now Lesley University), Cambridge, MA.

Washington, Àkànḳé Tyra

Professor
washington@ifa.university

Department of Òrìṣà Studies

Ìṣọ̀lá, Òòṣákáyọdé

Chair
isola@ifa.university

Babalórìṣà (Ọbàtálá Priest)

M.S. (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.
B.S. (Psychology) Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.
A.S. (Graphic Design) Gibbs College, Vienna, VA.
Certification ( Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki) Zawadi Arts & Leadership – Washington DC
Certification as Organic Farmer & Rancher, Future Harvest–Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Cockeysville, MD.

Abímbọ́lá, TaKeisha

Professor
takeisha@ifa.university

Iyánífá (Ifá Priestess)

B.A. (Government and Politics), University of Maryland, MD.
B.S. (Psychology) Brenau College, GA

Ìṣọ̀lá, Òkúnfúnmikẹ́

Professor
o.isola@ifa.university

Ìyálórìṣà (Olókun Priestess)

Herbal Apprenticeship, Wild Ginger Herbal Center, MD.
Herbal Apprenticeship, Sky House Herb School, MD.

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