Presenters

Ngo Áine is an independent scholar, with interests in Naturalist spirituality, astronomy, and naturopathic medicine. She pursued her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, and later a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Business at the University of Antioch Los Angeles, along with some grad school under her belt. When she’s not guzzling tea, watching other people do yoga, or reading astrophysics journals for fun, she’s an inventor and formulations chemist for her startup company.

Jeffrey Albaugh, and independent scholar, 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 Bachelor’s in Theatre, and a Master’s in Depth Psychology.  He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Cherry Hill Seminary and Program Manager for the Conference on Current Pagan Studies.

Lisa Allen/Calantirniel is published in Moon Books’ anthologies, Paganism 101 and Pagan Planet, the upcoming Everyday Magic Book, as well as in over two dozen Llewellyn annuals since 2007.  She has practiced many forms of natural spirituality for two and a half decades.  Professionally, she is primarily a timing expert who is also an astrologer, herbalist, tarot card reader, dowser, energy healer, ULC reverend, and flower essence creator/practitioner.  She is also a co-founder of Tië eldaliéva, meaning the Elven Path, a spiritual practice based upon the Elves’ viewpoint in JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth stories, particularly The Silmarillion.  Find her at IntuitiveTiming.com and ElvenSpirituality.com.

Ayamanatara is a Shaman, author, healer, teacher, trance channel, clairvoyant, mystery school initiate, kabbalist, and animal communicator. A guest lecturer at Southern California University of Health Sciences, she was the Resident Shaman at Everyday Zen Relaxation Studio, and has worked with Cliffside Malibu, Kenneally Acupuncture & Healing Light Resource Center, and The Crystal Matrix Center, among others; is the founder of both The Healing Alliance and Present; founding faculty member of Matrix International University, advising the NeoShamanism and Earth Magick departments; and is a member of the American Botanical Council, the Sound Healers Association, the American Society of Dowsers, and the Society of Shamanic Practitioners.

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 a Master’s of Divinity 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.

Rev. Wendilyn Emrys: working towards a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology.  Wendilyn is the Foundress & Ijereja of The Adyton Of The Goddess In Her Many Forms (a Pan-Pagan Temple).  Wendilyn is an Ordained Priestess of the Fellowship of Isis, and Foundress of The Iseum of Aset, Neit & Sekhmet Within The Adyton Of The Goddess. She is also active as a Pagan Community Outreach Facilitator, Interfaith Clergy, Historian, Archaeomythologist, Artist, Book Editor & Publisher, Writer, Play & Film Producer, Screenwriter, Animal and Human Rights Advocate.

Joseph Futerman has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis is Jungian Depth Psychology, a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Family Therapy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Criticism. He is licensed by the State of California as Marriage and Family Therapist. Joseph is also a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner and Hypnotherapist. He is the associate chair of the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. An adept of the Golden Dawn Tradition, Joseph is also a founding member of the Fellowship of the Gods, and a member of the Kaotic Order of Adventurers, Seekers and Sorcerers, and the leader of the Magus Project. He currently is working on a book titled Postmodern Qabbalah: Psychological Magick for the 21st Century.

Starr Goode, MA, teaches literature at Santa Monica College. Producer and moderator for the cable TV series, The Goddess in Art, it is now available on YouTube. She is the author of The Art of Living: Falstaff, the Fool, and Dino. Her latest essay, “Adventures She Has Brought My Way” appears in Elders and Visionaries Anthology. Her latest book is Sheela na gig: the Dark Goddess of Sacred Power. She can be located at her webpage at www.starrgoode.com

Jeffrey M. Keefer, Ph.D., is the Director of Training and Knowledge Management in New York City for The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for people. He is passionate about research and practice in social and networked learning, doctoral education and researcher development, threshold concepts in higher education, liminality in learning experiences, and actor-network theory. Jeffrey is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University in the Management and Systems / Human Resource Management & Development graduate program. While he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research, he recently began studies at Cherry Hill Seminary to complement his focus on the social sciences.

Kimberly D. 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, festivals, 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.

Murtagh anDoile/Armando Marini 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: tagh@att.net.

Joseph Merlin Nichter: holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling, specializing in Crisis Response and Trauma; a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, specializing in Military Resilience; and an Associate’s Degree in Religious Studies. He is a state licensed Residential Care Administrator, and is a certified Law Enforcement Chaplain. As the first state-recognized Minority Faith Chaplain; Joseph provided religious services and facilitated religious accommodations for a diverse population of faith practitioners, on behalf of the California Department of Corrections, and has also served as an Alternative Religions Program Instructor for the California Department of Mental Health. Joseph has authored two books and a number of articles, published both online and in periodicals such as Modern Witch Magazine, Living Stones Magazine, and Witches & Pagans Magazine.

Paul Parrett: Paul Parrett is a senior undergraduate in the Department of Anthropology at California State University – Northridge. He has done field studies in the Yucatan, and among Pagans and New Agers in California; his interests are in alternative health modalities, altered states of consciousness, and communities of practice. Integrating homebrew herbalist training, and academic scholarship, Paul aims to parallel his personal narrative to everyone he meets, and find common ground. He is also a 1st degree Witch, in the Clan of The Well & The Web, and has been an active member in the community for the past 7 years.

Mary Beth Robb is a founding member of COMMA, founded in 1986, http://mothermountain.org, 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 http://elfkat.wordpress.com.

Kellen Smith currently works at California State University, Channel Islands in the area of Document Management as an Electronic Records Specialist. She holds two bachelor’s degrees; one in Religion from California Lutheran University and one in History from CSU Channel Islands. Kellen is also a board member for the Ventura County Interfaith Community (VCIC) and a member of Campus Interfaith at CSUCI.

Rev. Devon Rachelle Setukara Starwell

Rev. Dr. Karen Tate, social justice activist and speaker is the long-time host of the internet show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine Radio on Blog Talk.  Her books include Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations, Walking An Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth, Goddess Calling: Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy, and she’s curated the anthologies Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to ReShape Our World and most recently, released in December 2016, Goddess 2.0: Advancing A New Path Forward. For more information on her talks, radio show, presentations, life coaching services or sacred tours check www.karentate.com

Kahena Dorathea Viale, Ph.D., is the creator and organizer of the Conference on Current Pagan Studies. She teaches at Cal Poly Pomona where she enjoys the opportunity to introduce her students to experiential activities like mask making, dancing, as well as, guiding them to be critical thinkers. 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. Viale is currently writing on lived religions as shared by women, as well as, the validity of religion not based on revelation.