Eleventh Conference on Current Pagan Studies Presenters:

Jeffrey Albaugh is a pagan mystic residing between the mountains and the sea on the west coast of Southern California.  He actively participated in and practiced various forms of the occultism for over twenty years, received initiation into various branches of the craft, and has studied within the Anderson Feri Tradition for a number of years.  Jeffrey taught first through third grade and special education for two decades in California public school system, and now works as Lead Case Manager for a Workforce Investment Act Employment Program.  Jeffrey holds a BA in Theatre, a M.A. in Depth Psychology, and is currently working toward Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute.  He is serving as President of the Board of Directors for Cherry Hill Seminary, Program Manager for the Conference on Current Pagan Studies, and as a consultant for the Pagan History Project.

Marie Cartier is a scholar, visual /performance artist, queer activist, poet and theologian who has been active in many movements for social change.  She teaches at UC Irvine in Film and Media Studies, and California State University Northridge in Gender and Women’s Studies.  Her Ph.D. is in Religion from Claremont Graduate University (2010), with a major in Women Studies in Religion, and an emphasis in theology, ethics, and culture.  Her book, Baby You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars and Theology before Stonewall was published by Routledge, 2013.  She has three Masters of Fine Arts Degrees, in Film, Theater, and Art.  She is co-chair of the Lesbian Feminist Studies in Religion session for the AAR and for the western region she is co-chair of the Queer Studies in Religion session and founded the Queer Caucus.

Joan DeArtemis is the daughter of a self-described “Irish Gypsy Heathen” mother and a “fallen Catholic” father.  Joan is an initiated priestess of Artemis as well as consecrated in the Western Mystery Tradition.  She has a BA in Religion & Society from Syracuse University, and holds an Master of Divintiy from Claremont School of Theology.  Currently, she is working her way towards ordination in the Unitarian Universalist Church, where she is an active participant in CUUPS.  Joan is also a respected member of the Dianic tradition, and is on the fringes of the Order and Fellowship of the Hallows of Avalon.

Starr Goode, M.A., is a writer and a poet who teaches literature at Santa Monica College.  Her work on the Sheelas has been published in Irish Journal of Feminist Studies; ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation; the three volume encyclopedia, Goddesses in World Culture; and “The Power of Display: Sheela na gigs and Folklore Customs” in About Place Journal.  In the spring of 2015, Goddess Ink is publishing her book, Sheela na gig: Dark Goddess of Europe, In Pursuit of an Image.  Email:

Joseph Greene, LCSW, MSW, is a forensic social worker at Patton State Hospital where he has worked for 15 years.  One of his primary interests is in the incorporation of spirituality in mental health recovery, and he consults with the clinical staff at PSH regarding non-mainstream spiritualities.  He embraces a Pagan warrior path, and sees his study of medieval German swordsmanship as an essential part of his spiritual practice.  Joseph was initiated as a Master Knight of the Order of Paladins, a Pagan order of Knighthood founded by Kerr Cuhulain, in November 2014.

Wendy Griffin is Professor Emerita of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at CSU Long Beach.  Currently Academic Dean of Cherry Hill Seminary, she was one of the first scholars to publish academic research in Goddess Spirituality and Wicca.  She is founding Co-chair of the Contemporary Pagan Studies Group for the American Academy of Religion, co-editor of the first academic series in Pagan Studies, and on the editorial board of The Pomeganate: the International Journal of Pagan Studies.  Editor of the anthology Daughters of the Goddess: Studies of Healing, Identity and Empowerment, she has published numerous articles and chapters here and internationally.

Francesca Ciancimino Howell, Ph.D. is an independent scholar whose research has specialized in New Religious Movements, materiality, and deep ecological themes of humanity’s relationships with place and the other-than-human.  In addition, she has been an activist, performer, and workshop leader across the Americas, the UK, and Europe.  Francesca is published in the academic as well as the popular press.  Among her publications are her metaphysical book Making Magic with Gaia: Practices to Heal Ourselves and Our Planet (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2002); it was translated into Italian in 2008 (Venexia editrice) and became a bestseller on Italy’s mind-body-spirit lists.  In May 2015 her chapter “Bellisama and Aradia ¾ Paganism Re-Emerges in Italy” will appear in anthropologist Dr. Kathryn Rountree’s latest volume Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe: Colonial and Nationalist Impulses (NY and Oxford: Berghahn Publishers).  Although she has lived in various countries, Boulder, Colorado is Francesca’s permanent home, where she has been a lecturer and staff member at Naropa University and The University of Colorado.  Her current classes at Naropa are “Geography, Pilgrimage and Sacred Landscape” and “The Cultural Implications of the New Science.”  Among other involvements in Colorado, Francesca has been a naturalist for Boulder County, has created children and teens’ curriculum for the Religious Education Council of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, and has been a counselor at the Boulder County Safehouse, a shelter for women.  Her Wiccan coven “The Temple of Gaia” now has Initiates and students in various US states.

Kimberly Kirner, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist at CSU Northridge specializing in environmental anthropology, applied cognitive anthropology, and medical anthropology.  She is interested in understanding interrelationships between cognition, emotion, and decision-making; construction of identity and community; and the way informal knowledge systems interact with policy to impact human behavior.  Her research has focused on the political ecology of American West rangelands; cultural modeling of health care-seeking behavior; and the relationship between ritual, belief, and sustainable behaviors in Pagan traditions.  Kimberly has also worked as an applied anthropologist in program design, evaluation, and fund development for the non-profit and government sectors.

Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Northridge.  A recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright and Hewlett fellowships, and an honorary Fellow of the American Folklore
Society, she has published on religion, folklore, foodways, festival and witchcraft in Europe and the United States, and is a leading authority on the modern Pagan movement.  She is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Two Madonnas: the
Politics of Festival in a Sardinian Community (1993, 2005), Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America (2004), Neopagan Sacred Art & Altars: Making Things Whole (2001), and with filmmaker John M. Bishop produced the documentary film series “Oss Tales,” on a May Day custom in Cornwall and its reclamation by American Pagans.  Her current research is on animals in the spiritual imagination.

Armando D. Marini/Murtagh A. anDoile is an independent scholar and researcher.  He is the Director for the Pagan History Project. He has a degree in Anthropology and has worked as an archaeologist for Brown University.  Tagh has been involved in the Pagan movement since 1968, and is a Druid and elder of the Tuatha De Danann Tradition (NECTW) and the group, Nemed na Morrigna.  Through talks given in the early 80’s, he is one of the progenitors of the Celtic Reconstructionist movement.  He was interviewed in Keepers of the Flame: Interviews with Elders of Traditional Witchcraft in America.  Contact:

Lauren Raine is a sculptor and mask artist known for her Masks of the Goddess collection, which travelled throughout the U.S. for 10 years.  She was a Fellow at the Alden Dow Creativity Center and Resident Artist at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts at Wesley Theological in Washington, D.C.  She is currently resident artist for Cherry Hill Seminary.  Her work can be seen at

Mary Beth “Kat” Robb is a founding member of COMMA, founded in 1986, Http://, primarily Dianic, lesbian coven in the San Gabriel Valley and has been an out since 1979.  She is also an Arch Druidess in the Druid Clan of Dana, a branch of the Fellowship of Isis and a Priestess of Temple of Isis/Los Angeles.  She has a B.S. from CSUN as a Naturalist Interpreter with six Minors because she has a magpie brain.  She is the author of the Tales of BunniHoTep and the Heart Town Witch and Other Stories, available on Amazon.  Her blog is

Dr. Alfred Surenyan, D.M.A. is a Composer and an Ethnomusicologist.  He currently is an Adjunct Professor at the Art Institute of Ca- Inland Empire.  He has studied folk music and has incorporated folk music elements into his musical compositions.  He has researched the music of the Neo-Pagan Movement with plans of a book.  Currently, he is composing music in the realms of electronic music for Theremin, Synthesizer and computer.  He has plans this year for chamber music that include Pagan Theology and music for the Toy Piano (a musical instrument first used by John Cage).

Dorothea Kahena Viale is the creator and organizer of the Conference on Current Pagan Studies.  She is currently teaching at Cal Poly Pomona where she enjoys the opportunity to introduce her students to experiential activities like being born into their new lives through mask making, dancing, as well as, guiding them to be critical thinkers.  This year she received an Improving the Classroom – Instructional Innovation funding grant to fund her mask project.  Kahena is an ardent fan of embodied knowledge and acquires hers through raqs al-sharqi, referred to in the United States as belly dance.  She shares this knowledge through her classes and sacred dance dramas. Dr. Kahena is currently writing on lived religions as shared by women, as well as, the validity of religion not based on revelation.

Angela Woodcock is a second-generation shamanic witch who emerged from the cauldron of Appalachian Folk Magic that bubbles in the soft, blue mountains of Western Maryland.  Spirit taught from the cradle, Rev. Angela has been teaching Magickal philosophy and practice throughout the US for nearly two decades.  She holds a degree in anthropology, is a Certified Hypnotherapist, a published author, an ordained minister, the founder and High Priestess of The Inner Temple and chief architect of the temple’s three Pagan holiday festivals, Into the Green, Into the Gold, and Into the Blood.  More about Angela at