Board of Directors
PRESIDENT: Laura Nalbandian (On sabbatical)
Founding Board Member
- Responsible for overseeing the activities of the organization, along with all committees.
- Drafts agendas for IAEA Board meetings.
- Participates in one or more of the committees.
- Responsible for structural and strategic planning.
- Facilitates Board of Directors.
- Responsible for visioning and strategic planning.
Laura is a 2nd-generation astrologer based in Seattle, WA, and the owner of NORWAC, established in 1984 by her mother Maggie. Laura has been active in the astrological community since 1990. She is a founding board member of Kepler College; has served on the board of WSAA for more than 15 years. She has been teaching since1986 and co-founded SoulWise School of Evolutionary Astrology, Laura was the UAC coordinator for 2002 & 2018, and Registrar for UAC 2012.
Based in Seattle, Washington, USA
Website: https://lauranalbandian.com; www.SoulWiseAstrologySchool.com; https://norwac.net
VICE-PRESIDENT: Patricia Walsh (Interim president)
Founding Board Member
- Assumes President’s duties when President is unable to do so for any reason.
- Assists the President in various capacities
- Contributes to conceptualization and implementation of IAEA’s vision and mission.
- Assists and supports other board members with their tasks and coordinates across committees to steer the overall vision.
- Mediates when parties are conflicted.
Patricia has been a full-time practicing Evolutionary Astrologer for 15+ years and Deep Memory Process® regression practitioner and chief trainer for 20+ years. She is the author of ‘Understanding Karmic Complexes’ and has been active in the astrology community, lecturing internationally since 2005 and served as track coordinator for UAC 2018. She is co-founder of the SoulWise School of Evolutionary Astrology and Kairos Astrology training. She brings executive management skills from her past life (pre-astrologer) as co-Publisher and European Director of four international medical journals 10+ years. She also served as an independent business consultant while living in Germany, London and Paris for European medical conferences, journals and professional communities.
Based in Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Website: www.healthepast.com; www.KairosAstrology.com; www.SoulWiseAstrologySchool.com
TREASURER: Anne Ortelee
Founding Board Member
- Membership/Directory, Co-Chair
- Maintains a positive
- balance in the account.
- Prepares a monthly fiscal report that is distributed at the Board meetings.
- Maintains IAEA’s checking account.
- Pays bills on time.
- Reconciles income from credit cards and all forms of payments.
- Coordinates with accountants to file IAEA’s annual IRS tax returns.
- Prepares intermediate reports to inform the Board of current status of income and expenditures.
Anne Ortelee has been a full-time professional astrologer since 2001. She started to consult with clients in 1995. She is certified by ISAR-CAP, NCGR-PAA Level 3, PM-AFA, and OPA. Her pronouns are She/Her.
Based in New York, New York, USA
DIRECTOR: Michelle Gould
- Ethics, Chair
Michelle Gould, MFA, TACC, is a sought-after speaker and teacher of astrology who enjoys integrating the best of traditional and modern techniques into her counseling practice. She is a founding member of the Association for Young Astrologers (AYA), an instructor and board member at the Avalon School of Astrology, and a contributor to MoxyWomen magazine and AstroDatabank, as well as other publications. Active in the astrology community, she served on the ISAR board, as an advisor for the Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN), and as an organizer for the United Astrology Conference (UAC). She’s currently is acting Chair of Ethics for CAPISAR, the training subsidiary of ISAR.
Based in Gainesville, FL
DIRECTOR: Ali Gully
Ali Gully is the voice and visionary behind Ascent Astrology. She blends her background in therapy and love of Hellenistic astrology into her work. She has a BA in Political Science, a MSW, and a MA in Organizational Psychology. Her passion is advancing the professionalism of astrology. Ali is a member AYA, ISAR, AFAN, and NCGR. She is a Steering Committee member for AFAN. Ali is also on the editorial staff of Midheaven Magazine and teaches for Kepler College.
Based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
DIRECTOR: Stevie ‘Wilder’ Lowe
Stevie ‘Wilder’ Lowe is a consulting astrologer from Southern California. He works as a teacher’s assistant at Kepler college of astrological arts and on the school site council of his son’s special needs school. He has done sensitivity training for staff regarding the LGBTQIA++ community. As a young single parent of a neurodivergent son, a survivor of abuse, and a trans man, his personal experiences of traversing difficulties and change are paramount to his practice in assisting others to do the same. He has a passion for astrology and community organizing (books to prisoners, Food not Bombs, Earth First, and T.W.A.C / trans and women action camp). His pronouns are “he/hymn”
Based in Canyon, California USA
DIRECTOR: Christopher Marmolejo
Christopher Marmolejo is a queer astrologer, tarot teacher, and writer. His queer and indigenous identity arises from the Serrano Land, as he works with community to decolonize divination and decolonize through divination. His classes are a (re)membering of being, lost to histories of imperialism, colonialism, and slavery. He seeks to cultivate a classroom of liberatory possibility, as it is elevated into a temple of ritual for communal soul-retrieval. He has a B.A. in Mass Communications and Public Relations, an M.A. in Education, and single-subject teaching credential in English.
Based in San Bernardino, California USA
DIRECTOR: Omari Martin
- Finance, Chair
Omari Martin is a life member and certified professional astrologer with the American Federation Astrologers, President of The Friends of Astrology, Inc., and Board Chair of Kepler College. He is the owner of SOULAR WISDOM™ and ASTROPRENEURSHIP®. He has presented at NORWAC, United Astrology Conference, Organization for Professional Astrology, Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage, International Society of Astrological Research, the Astrological Association and several chapters of NCGR. He has been a guest on KUBU 96.5 FM. Omari holds a Masters of Accounting and Financial Management.
Based in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
DIRECTOR: Chris Mitchell
Chris Mitchell (he/they) has a PhD from the University of Leicester on the topic of medieval astrology and has recently published a book on his research, is a tutor on the MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at the University of Wales, and holds a diploma in Medieval Astrology from Astrologos. He has been actively involved in promoting and teaching astrology for 20 years, is on the boards of the Astrological Association and the Association of Professional Astrologers International (APAI), and has given talks to groups and conferences in Europe and the US. His day job involves programming computers for the UK’s National Health Service, which he’s done for the last four decades.
Based in Leicester, United kingdom
DIRECTOR: Amanda Moreno
- Diversity, Chair
Amanda Moreno (she/her) is a queer, mixed-race astrologer and teacher who has served on the AFAN steering committee and is core faculty at Portland School of Astrology. Amanda holds a master’s degree in psychology and spirituality, and has been practicing therapeutic astrology since 2012 with a focus on helping folks through collective rites of passage. She has more than 10 years experience in non-profit program development and administration and a passion for keeping astrology accessible.
Based in Seattle, Washington, USA
DIRECTOR: Wendy Stacey
- Education, Chair
Wendy Stacey, B.A, M.A, Dip LSA became Treasurer of the Astrological Association (UK Charity) in 1999 and has been the Chair since 2002. She is the principal of the international Mayo School of Astrology and has been an active board member of the APAE (Advisory Panel of Astrological Education – UK) since 2001. Her non-astrological background includes finance, accountancy and the social sciences and Wendy has initiated national policy changes in areas of diversity within employment, housing, and immigration. She has also lectured on social issues and ethics in HE and to undergraduates.
Based in London, United Kingdom
DIRECTOR: Laura Tadd
- Website, Chair
A spiritually oriented psychological astrologer, Laura works as an astrological counselor, writer, and lecturer. She has served on the AFAN Steering Committee, the Washington State Astrological Association board, and the UAC 2018 Planning Committee. She is a faculty member and educational coordinator at Lived Life Resources, a nonprofit specializing in resiliency education, training, and research. Laura lives in a wellness community south of Atlanta, GA, and holds a PhD in Human Science.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
DIRECTOR: Mecca Woods
- Communications & Media, Chair
Communications & Media Role:
- Develop content for distribution via press releases, newsletters, email, social media, websites, and other channels.
- Monitor online and offline campaigns, and report on progress and results.
- Build and manage IAEA’s social media profile and presence.
- Identify press opportunities based on relevant topics and issues concerning astrology and ethics.
Mecca Woods is a New York City-based astrologer and author with over a decade of experience fueled by a background in social services, communications, and creative writing. Mecca’s writing and astro-guidance have appeared in places like Essence, Cosmopolitan, and Bustle (where she has written horoscopes since 2015). She has also presented for the Fresh Voices in Astrology summit and hosted TLC’s astrology-based show Stargazing. Her books, Astrology for Happiness and Success and the Cosmic Coloring Book series are on shelves now. Her third book, The Astrology Journal: A Celestial Guide to Recording Your Cosmic Journey will be released in August 2021.
Based in New York, New York, USA.
Executive Secretary: Geni Picazo
Executive Secretary’s Role:
- Organizes IAEA meetings.
- Takes minutes for the conference calls, the monthly Board Meeting, and any other organization meeting, and archives them.
Geni is a certified professional astrologer based in Ontario, Canada. An avid student of astrology since 1971, she has been practicing professionally since 1976 serving clientele in many countries. Her work integrates practical wisdom, insight and research. Currently, Geni is the membership secretary with the Organization for Professional Astrology. As with all astrologers, Geni continues to broaden her astrological knowledge with continued studies in astrology.
Based in Ontario, Canada