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.
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.
Stormie Grace is a practicing Astrologer at Stormie Grace and houses her own show on Youtube producing learning, weekly, monthly, and yearly content. Practicing in Colorado and around the globe since 2014. Holding a Doctorate of Business enables her to apply those skills to business and mundane astrology, as well as personal chart work. She specializes in teaching groups, one on one sessions, and personal readings. Under the study of Steven Forrest and with guidance of other Astrology mentors, she continues to expand the astrology skills and practice in Evolutionary Astrology. A Member of OPA, AFAN, ISAR, NCGR, contributor to Astrologyhub.com, Midheaven Magazine, and faculty member for the Portland School of Astrology.
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.
Wayne Hall – Treasurer & Correspondence
Wayne’s primary focus in professional life is Network and Information Security. He was introduced to Astrology through his wife Christy in the mid-2000’s and in an effort to support and communicate better with his wife, obtained Level 1 NCGR Certification along with her. Fascinated by financial astrology, he believes there are astrological underpinnings to the rise of cryptocurrency and how the world can benefit from a major shift of awareness, transparency, sovereignty and elevated consciousness. Wayne volunteers for astrological organizations when possible. He co-founded Astrological Society of Austin with Christy as well as served on the board in various positions with the Astrological Society of North Texas. More of an astrological supporter than actual astrologer, Wayne is eager to provide technological, media / graphic-related, and other talents so that the real astrologers can help and educate the community, distribute their message and usher our world into the next phase.
Glenn Mitchell – Democratic Procedures & 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.
Mj Patterson, BA BSc, BEd, MEd, CA-NCGR-PAA is a founding Director of the Atlantic Professional Astrologers’ Association and the ISAR Global Director for Canada. She is also the convener of the Northern-Stars Astrology Conference. Specialising in rectification, with clients worldwide, Mj teaches and consults in French, Spanish and English in person, through her online astrology school HalifaxAstrology.ca and her weekly radio show (ckdu.ca) Mj is also a systems programmer, technical writer and web designer. She practices from Halifax Nova Scotia Canada and remains always a grateful student of Axel Harvey of Montréal.
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 became Presiding Officer of the AFAN Steering Committee.
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.
Bear Ryver is a counseling and lecturing Astrologer and Reiki Master based in Pinole, California – part of occupied and unceded Huchuin Ohlone territory. He holds certificates in Horary, Hellenistic, and Electional Astrology. He is a prior recipient of an AFAN Study Stipend (2019) and OPA’s Most Promising Astrologer Scholarship (2018). Bear’s community service work began in 2001, and has now been married with his passion for Astrology. He has a special commitment to increasing the inclusion and visibility of QTBIPOC astrologers.
Alicia Shaich Yusuf – Mentoring and Newsletter
Alicia Yusuf is an 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, blending counselling skills with her astrology understandings to consult, teach and write. She also co-hosts The Water Trio astrology podcast. Alicia has been on a number of NFP boards in a volunteer role, including the Red Cross 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.