AFAN’s policies and business are directed by a 10-member Steering Committee elected by and from the membership. Each Steering Committee member chairs a Working Committee with a specific area of responsibility. In addition, there are various official appointments made by the Steering Committee, either in accordance with AFAN’s Bylaws or on an ad-hoc basis.
Steering Committee members are listed alphabetically by last name.
Nathaniel Craddock – Web & Media Watch
The Rev. Nate Craddock, MDiv, is a classical astrologer, priest & UCC minister, spiritual director, and corgi enthusiast. His practice & research focus on the use of horary astrology as a spiritual care modality, as well as astrology for vocational discernment. Nate serves the astrological community as the organizer of the Bluegrass Astrology Circle in Lexington, Kentucky and as a member of the AFAN steering committee. He is a continuing student of Deborah Houlding’s School of Traditional Astrology. Nate maintains an active horary and natal astrology consulting practice, hosts the Jailbreak the Sacred podcast, and serves a congregation in Berea, Kentucky. Nate lives in Lexington with his husband and their corgi.
Christine Dabney – Community Activities
I am a longtime student of astrology since the mid 1970s. I do astrology for pleasure and my own growth. My “day” job is as a traveling NICU nurse. I have a packed 11th house (Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and north node all conjunct in Pisces, along with Mars in Aries) , which I hope will help me serve AFAN well. I started the successful “Meet Me in Chicago for UAC 2018” Facebook group, which is still active. I have been an AFAN unofficial volunteer over the years, and it is now my pleasure to serve everyone in an official capacity.
Aria Gmitter, M.F.A., is a Senior Editor for YourTango whose works have been featured on Yahoo!, MSN, iHeartRadio, and other news publications.
Aria is a writer, astrologer, numerologist, tarotist, and theologian who earned her undergraduate degree in comparative religious studies from the University of Miami. When she’s missing in action, she can be found eating way too much peanut butter while spending all her money on books or out walking her dogs while counting stars.
Ali Gully – Membership and Media Watch
Ali Gully is the voice and visionary behind Ascent Astrology. She blends her background in therapy and passion for Hellenistic astrology into her work. With a masters in social work and a masters in organizational psychology, she brought a new perspective into pediatric healthcare administration. She has taught many classes in crisis management, self-care, and building relationships. Ali is a member of several professional astrological organizations including the AFA, OPA, AFAN, and NCGR. Ali lives with her husband, son, daughter and Scottish Terrier in Wisconsin.
Melanie Gurley – Social Media and Mentoring, ANS Representative
Melanie Gurley is a creative and active professional Astrologer in Portland, OR, USA. Melanie studied at The Portland School of Astrology and now offers classes there. She serves on the board of her local Astrological group, The Oregon Astrological Association, as Vice President and loves to support the workings of various Astrological conferences, such as NORWAC, UAC, PSA’s annual conference, and ISAR’s upcoming conference. Melanie is the creator of the AstroBodies® Drawing System and hosts The Beautiful Astrology Podcast.
Christy Hall – Treasurer & Correspondence
Christy picked up her first astrology book in 2001 and is still left in awe by the discovery of the way the Universe operates. A practicing astrologer since 2009, she was a founding member of the Astrological Society of Austin and is currently serving on the board of Astrological Society of North Texas as well as AFAN, the Association for Astrological Networking, a global non-profit dedicated to enhancing the role astrology has in today’s society. With a diploma from Glenn Perry’s AstroPsychology Program, and more than 12 years of consultation experience, she teaches classes on Manifesting Venus, Lunar Phases, and other astrology courses. She has lectured on Hero Myths as well as a wide variety of other astrological / metaphysical topics with great enthusiasm and making the subject matter accessible to anyone attending the talks. She wants everyone – even non-astrologers or beginners to fully comprehend the amazing nature of the Cosmos. Christy is married with two children, and two dogs whom she loves beyond all reasons.
April Elliott Kent – Community Activities & Membership
April Elliott Kent has been a professional astrologer since 1991. She is the author of Astrological Transits (Fair Winds Press 2015), The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology (Alpha/Penguin 2011), and Star Guide to Weddings (Llewellyn 2008). Her writing has also appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and Dell Horoscope magazines and in Llewellyn’s annuals. April currently serves as President of the San Diego Astrological Society.
Glenn Mitchell – Democratic Procedures, Newsletter, & Legal
Glenn Mitchell (aka Mitch) is an astrologer with 30+ years of consulting experience. He’s a student of Noel Tyl, Kathy Rose, David Cochrane, and the Faculty for Astrological Studies. Mitch belongs to several astrological associations, including AFA, AFAN, BA, NCGR, and OPA. His astrological research has been published in the AFA Research Journal and is forthcoming in the NCGR Research Journal, “Syzygy.” His book, “Discover the Aspect Pattern in Your Birth Chart: A Comprehensive Guide” will be released by Llewellyn Worldwide in March 2020. Mitch lives in Tallahassee, FL USA with his wife, Lillian.
Giulio Rocco Pellegrini – Presiding Officer
Giulio Pellegrini, is a consulting astrologer living in Seattle, WA. He combines esoteric, hermetic, and psychological traditions in a new synthesis of understanding. Giulio has studied astrology at The Faculty of Astrological Studies and is a certified horary astrology practitioner, STA. He is a recipient of the 2018 OPA Most Promising Astrologer Scholarship and he recently joined the AFAN Steering Committee as co-chair of the mentoring and study buddies programs.
Tracy is a lifelong student of people and culture. She has always been entranced by what astrology provides in understanding self, purpose and social and cultural cycles. Tracy’s first career as a hairstylist allowed her to dialogue with people and learn astrology through real life analysis of events and personal characteristics. In the middle of that 25 year career she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology. She is now a full time Astrologer, president of the Edmonton Astrological Society, Lead coordinator of the 2019 Canadian Astrological Conference, and horoscope writer for the Llewellyn Astrological calendar.
Alicia Shaich Yusuf – Membership and Newsletter
Alicia Yusuf is a qualified Astrologer (Dip. Astrology), Counsellor (Voc. Grad. Dip Counselling) and Scientist (B Sc.). Fascinated by both astrology and astronomy as a child, it is now her life passion. She formalised her astrology studies in 2005 and has worked with clients ever since, coming from a modern astrology background while using traditional techniques. Alicia also has a background in administration and retail, as well as non-profits. She has been on a number of boards in a volunteer role, including her local Red Cross in Sydney and environmental organisation OzGreen. She enjoys blending her practical administrative skills with her passion for astrology to support the work of AFAN and the astrological community as a whole.