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Thomas Ahern
Thomas Ahern

Graduate Certified Appraiser (GCA), College For Appraisers

Tom is a life-long collector and a popular teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge of glass, jewelry, gemstones and pottery. He is a successful appraiser and antiques dealer for over forty years with shops in several malls in Southern California. He is a member-supporter of several glass collector clubs and has done research for the Glass Museum in Redlands. Small parts of his enormous collection go on display annually at the Pomona Public Library. Tom teaches glass and pottery courses, and he coordinates the Home Study Program.






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Mike Aversa
Member - Distance Learning Faculty
GCA, AAS College for Appraisers

A.A., EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE,
B.S. , CAL. STATE UNIV. LONG BEACH, CA

Mike specializes in furniture and is Chair of the Furniture Department. He operates a very successful Estate Sales and Appraisal business with his wife Sally. He was among the first to sell online; his site is at Go Antiques. He has added online and live auctions to his estate sales liquidations practice. He also has expertise in music, musical instruments and early photography. Mike teaches furniture, appraisal writing, collectibles, and business related seminars.









Sally & Mike Aversa
Sally Aversa
Member - Distance Learning Faculty
Graduate Certified Appraiser (GCA), College For Appraisers

MCA, College For Appraisers
A.A., East Los Angeles College
Sally is a long-time collector of Victorian jewelry and boxes. She and her husband, Mike, operate a successful Estate Sales and Appraisal service in Southern California.
Sally is pictured here with her husband Mike Aversa.









Belinda Belisle
Belinda Belisle
Graduate Certified Appraiser (GCA), College For Appraisers
Certified Textiles Appraiser (CTA), College for Appraisers

B.S., M.A., CSU LONG BEACH
Belinda is an award-winning lace-maker, restorer, and appraiser. She has studied and collected antique textiles for over 25 years. She is a member of International Old Lace, Inc., The London Lace Guild, The Wearable Art Guild, Textile Museum Associates of So. Calif., Old Colonial Coverlet Guild, the Textile and Costume Guild, and American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC). Belinda has a BA degree with specialization in textiles. She has completed coursework in collections care, coverlet identification and restoration. She designed and teaches the Textiles Certificate Program.






William Belisle
William Belisle
Certified Fine Arts Appraiser (CFAA), College For Appraisers

M.B.A., M.A., CSU Long Beach
Bill is chair of CFA's Fine Arts Program. He is an expert in original prints of all types, an avid collector of art and antiques, and has received training in Fine Arts Restoration in England. He is a successful dealer and has expertise in silver as well as fine arts. He teaches the Fine Arts Appraising Program.









David Brownlee
David Brownlee
Graduate Certified Appraiser (GCA), College For Appraisers
Certified Fine Arts Appraiser (CFAA), College For Appraisers

Master Gemology Certified Appraiser (MGCA), College For Appraisers
David is the owner and operator of
Estate Sellers, a successful estate sale and appraisal business. For over ten years, he has been providing his expert appraising services to individuals, attorneys and estates as well as at major events of the trade such as the Rose Bowl Antique Flea Market, the Torrance Antique Street Fair and the Collector’s Conference.
David is an avid “
ancients” collector. He teaches in the jewelry and gemology department of CFA. He is in particular specialized on ancient Roman and Byzantine artifacts and coins, as well as antique and collectable jewelry and gems.
David provides appraising services to the public every first Saturday of the month at King Richard’s Antique Mall in Whittier, as well as Street Faire Antiques in Torrance and other shops around southern California on various other days.










Jerelyn Cobb
Jerelyn Cobb
Graduate Certified Appraiser (GCA), College For Appraisers
B.A., Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
Jerelyn is the collectors' collector. She has vast historic collections of kitchenware, baskets, textiles and ephemera. Her collection of 19th and 20th century Valentine's cards has earned her the title "Queen of Hearts." She is a focused and very popular teacher who has taught home economics in the past, and now teaches the Early Americana course. She also does estate sales, shows, swap meets, and coordinates major rummage sales for fortunate non-profits.










Roger Cook
Dr. Roger Cook, PhD
Roger has been an “automobilist” since cars started “following him home” when he was just a young boy. He has been assembling and appraising cars for over 55 years. He is a musician and song writer and an award-winning filmmaker. He has produced over 300 training videos in all aspects of automobile repair (most recently producing a training video with legendary car restorer, Gene Winfield, “Painting the Winfield Way”), and also produced training videos in music and antique instrument restoration. He is a member of the North American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Guild of American Luthiers, Association of String Instrument Artisans, several antique car clubs, is an avid antique car and musical instrument collector. Roger teaches Auto Appraising.






Robert Davis
GCA, College for Appraisers

CPA, UCLA

Robert is a long-time collector, specializing in turquoise and Indian jewelry. He teaches CFA’s Business courses including how to open and operate various business entities. He has a special understanding of the bookkeeping needs of dealers and collectors.






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Mischa Dobrotin
Member - Distance Learning Faculty
A.A., Pasadena City College
B.S, UCLA
Mischa spent his early years in Yosemite National Park and on his family ranch in Ramona. He is an expert in early farm tools, metals and metal working, American Indian artifacts, jewelry, and Early Americana. He developed and teaches both the Metals of Antiques and Early Americana courses. His knowledge is vast, and he is a uniquely popular teacher.












Vivian Hessel
Vivien L. Hessel
Member - Distance Learning Faculty
Graduate Certified Appraiser (GCA), College For Appraisers

Certified Textiles Appraiser (CTA), College for Appraisers
B.A. Art History, CSU Long Beach
Vivien is certified through the College for Appraisers since 1999, and accredited through the International Society of Appraisers (ISA). She has three specialty designations: Antiques & Residential Contents, Fine Art, and Japanese Prints. She has taught both the European Pottery and American Pottery courses live and on video for the College for Appraisers.

Vivien has been actively appraising personal property and conducting estate sales for over ten years, and was associated with the appraisal web site "
What's it Worth to You" for many years. She opened her "Art Price" accredited internet fine art store in 2006 where she lists art for sale.
Vivien recently returned from an extensive Europe tour where she visited the Meissen Manufactory in Meissen, Germany and the Dresden Meissen collection in Dresden.







William Novotny
William Novotny
Graduate Certified Appraiser (GCA), College For Appraisers

International Society of Appraisers, AM
A full time dealer in antiques, art, and collectibles from 1979-1999, Bill has exhibited at important antique shows in California and provided restoration services since the 1990's; he has been a full time appraiser since 1993. He has experience providing litigation support as a designated expert witness and is published in the Journal of Advanced Appraisal Studies and certified by the Appraiser Qualification Board of the Appraisal Foundation as "AQB Certified USPAP Instructor." He was the first personal property appraiser in the USA to achieve this certification and has taught USPAP courses yearly since 1998 for American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), Appraisers National Association (ANA) and the College for Appraisers. In addition to his USPAP courses, Bill will also be teaching an “Introduction to Appraising” course in the coming semesters.






William Price
Member - Distance Learning Faculty
GCA, College For Appraisers

A.A., Engineering, Fullerton College
Certificate, Arizona State University
William has been a long-time collector of glass – with specialty in American Glass. His knowledge is vast. He also has expertise in automobile appraising. He has taught Glass on-campus as well as for the Home Study Program.

Lee Schamadan
CGA, College for Appraisers
B.A., CAL STATE UNIVERSITY LONG BEACH, CA
Post-Graduate Certificate, Oxford University

Lee has expertise in Art History, ceramics and pottery with specialty in European ceramics houses.. He has worked in architectural salvage and operates an Estate Sales business. He teaches both European and American pottery.



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