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.

Samira Bechara

Samira Bechara is an astrological counselor and educator based in New Orleans, LA. She leans toward the archetypal psychological school of astrology, and uses her understanding of the archetypes to enrich peoples’ lives through counseling, workshops, and one-on-one tutoring sessions. Originally from Seattle, WA, she has lived and practiced in NYC, LA, PDX, and now NOLA. She has a knack for languages and she is currently studying at the University of New Orleans, pursuing an degree in Romance Languages with a focus on both Spanish and French.


Christy Caramelo

Christy Caramelo is an Astrologer dedicated to promoting the use of Astrology as a tool for personal and spiritual development. Having been raised in a spiritual Latinx family, Christy developed a deep passion for Astrology at a very early age leading her to begin her independent astrological education as a teenager. Through her studies, Christy found her path within the Evolutionary/Esoteric side of Astrology. Aside from having her own consulting practice which she opened in 2014, she has taught astrology classes, appeared on several YouTube channels, and is an active member of NCGR through her local Las Vegas chapter. Outside of her life as an Astrologer, Christy enjoys dancing, meeting people, and being the coolest mom ever to her 10 year old Leo princess.


Nathaniel Craddock – Web & Social Media

The Rev. Nate Craddock, MDiv, QHP 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 & Social Media

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.


Melanie Gurley – Media Watch & Social Media

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 – Mentors

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.


Giulio Rocco Pellegrini – Mentors, Correspondence

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.


Leisa Schaim – Presiding Officer

Leisa Schaim is a Denver, Colorado-based astrologer with a particular interest in combining the best of both modern and traditional astrological approaches. She provides the monthly astrology elections for The Astrology Podcast, and prior to that co-wrote a monthly electional column for The Mountain Astrologer. Leisa has a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Antioch College and did graduate work in Religious Studies at the University of Colorado. She is the current presiding officer of AFAN, co-organizer of the Denver Astrology Group, and is a former board member of the Association for Young Astrologers.


Cassandra Tyndall – Web & Social Media

Hailing from Australia, I’ve been practicing astrology for over 12 years and spoke at UAC in May 2018, my first international conference. It was a wonderful experience to connect in person with so many people I’ve established online friendships with. I’d love the opportunity to continue to connect and help AFAN explore its Aussie reach! I’m a former National Council representative of the Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA) as well as the Astrological Association of New South Wales (state chapter). I am also a former president of the Young Astrologers Association of Australia. Skills I have to offer AFAN are best suited in the IT/web/email divisions as I’m used to running my own busy website. However, my Gemini ascendant is exceptionally adaptable to various roles.


Alicia Shaich Yusuf – Legal & Membership

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.