Alice McDowell, Ph.D., director of the Hidden Treasure program, is a counselor in private practice, retreat guide, and co-founder of Light on the Hill Retreat Center. Formerly a professor of religious studies at Ithaca College for 18 years, she now facilitates groups devoted to inner work.
She has trained with healers, humanist and transpersonal psychologists, Sufi and Buddhist teachers, and Christian contemplatives, and has guided people in their personal and spiritual journeys for over 30 years. She draws upon her diverse training and life experience to help others awaken to their true selves, their divinity within.
Diane Woodhouse, M.L.S., is an energetic healer in private practice, an artist, and a retired library media specialist. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts, a M.L.S. in Information Science, and is a graduate of the IM School of Healing Arts. She is a certified spiritual guide and Raphaelite healer.
Diane has assisted with the Hidden Treasure course since its beginning in 1998.
Julie Schnepel, Ph.D. (in music), is a Hidden Treasure graduate, and she has been assisting with the program since 2006. She holds graduate degrees in music and heads the U.S. office of an international database of music literature at Cornell University. She has taught music history at Ithaca College, and is active in the music and spiritual gifts ministries at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ithaca. Her experience with the Hidden Treasure program has profoundly affected all areas of her life and has deepened her connections with her family, friends, and colleagues.
Elisa Sciscioli, B.M., is a Hidden Treasure graduate. She began working with Alice while she was finishing her degrees in music education and vocal performance in 2002. Elisa is the facilitator and founder of the Joy of Group Singing program designed to help people connect more deeply with themselves and each other while learning simple songs and chants from a variety of cultures. She teaches private voice lessons for adults and teenagers. Elisa is the lead singer and songwriter for the band Solstice. Many of her song lyrics have been influenced by the teachings of Hidden Treasure.
Jamie Yaman, B.A. is a Hidden Treasure graduate. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and works with his family’s real estate company in the Cortland area as an agent and manager. He is a performing musician and an active member of his community. Attending leadership conferences, personal development seminars, and retreats has been a primary focus for his growth. He has also gained spiritual and psychological insights through his travels, especially to India. His experience with the Hidden Treasure program has deeply influenced him, and through this program he has experienced profound growth in his relationship with others, as well as himself.