North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana,
Ohio, Michigan, & Kentucky
Hail TAC community! I'm Saga Erickson, new Lead Ambassador for North Central. I am honored to find myself in such good company.
I am a Heathen Hedgewitch. My husband, Dan Roesinger and I are artists and run our business, Stark Raven Studios, just outside of Hurley, Wisconsin. We live within walking distance of Upper Peninsula of Michigan and are only twenty minutes from Lake Superior. Where we are living our own experiment in sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible. I have two adult daughters and a four grandchildren.
My trek down the Pagan path started with Wicca in 1989. In 1992, I came across the Runes and my life was forever changed... From a word to a word, I was led to a word...from a deed to the next deed. By 1993, I was immersed in everything Norse!!! I've always been fascinated by folklore and the Eddas and Sagas are an endless font of learning. In that same time period, I started an eclectic coven. The coven lasted for thirteen years before I retired from it to pursue activities, in the company of my now husband, with the Northwoods Pagans of Rhinelander Wisconsin and Deeply Rooted Church (an intentional pagan community) in Athens, Wisconsin. Where we put together both ADF style rituals and Heathen blots for several years. I served on the board of Deeply Rooted as secretary for two terms.
In 2009 we ventured into more strictly Heathen events for a few years, got to know a few Midwest kindreds and were acknowledged as a Heathen hearth (we call our Hearth HrafnaBrunr).
In 2013, I fell out of circulation at public events as a MS diagnosis knocked me out of the game for a bit. But, have held some small blots for close friends at my home. My condition is more manageable in the past two years, so, in that time I've become a TAC charter member, am involved in several pagan FB groups and started a group called The Northern Lights Collective. The Northern Lights Collective is a Universalist group intent on building both a local and extended community from multiple belief systems.
I'm continually studying the Runes, Norse and Celtic lore, practice Seidhr, have earned my Reiki master initiation and am in Volva training with Kurt Hoogstradt.. I'm looking forward to serving the TAC community.
Des Moines, Iowa
Hello. I am Derrick Welcher from Des Moines, Iowa. I am married to an amazing woman by the Name of Connie, and together we have five boys. I was initially raised as Pentecostal, but I had it out with the church based on the fact that the preacher told me the relationship I was in was wrong because apples and oranges don't mix.
From there I joined the Church of Satan (I do like my extremes) where I was a grotto master for a few years before realizing that was not where I belonged. Feeling a strong pull towards the Norse faith I followed the path that was most common in Sacramento, California, and became a Wiccan. After many years I became a third level initiate and was granted the ability to begin my own coven. Even though my faith in the Norse Gods was true I knew that path was not. Eventually I came across a friend in Des Moines that was a Heathen and I was finally feeling like I found my right path. Baldr, my patron deity and God of Light, brought me home to where I have been happy in my faith ever since. You may think He is a dead deity, but I will show you He is very much alive.
I look forward to serving my community as Ambassador to North Central and appreciate the chance I have been given. May the Gods bless you and keep you. SKAL!
I grew up in the small village I call home in Tuscola county Michigan. I first heard the call of Odin a long time ago when I was in middle school. Ever sence I have devoted myself to Odin and the runes. I later started to work as my local heathen community's Gothi and a teacher of the old ways to those willing to listen. I can't wait to help more people find their path in life as an Ambassador for the Asatru Community!
Saverio "Big Sal" Donancricchia
I am from Europe, but lived in the states for the majority of my life. I go by Sal, my name is a mouthful. I am a husband and a father to one biological and 2 step children. I have been a Heathen for about 10 years. My full time job is a software/solutions Consultant. I'm a big believer in community and helping others.
I was raised in a Mennonite home. I was baptized at age 12 then excommunicated when I joined the military. I attended bible college and seminary with the intention of becoming an evangelical pastor.
The first call of Tyr came to me when I was young but I didn’t understand what it was. I quashed it as evil because of the teachings i had received as a child. While I was in seminary I began to realize Christianity wasn’t for me, I became more and more attracted to the gods and goddesses. After four years of studying the Eddas, Havamal, and other readings I finally gained the courage to shed the dogma ingrained within me and answer the call. Encounters with Odinists and the like almost made me despair before stumbling upon The Asatru Community on Facebook.
I look forward to serving Southwest Wisconsin as a TAC Ambassador. I’m excited about representing Asatru and TAC to this area and about the opportunities that we have here.
Hello, I am Tate, and I am from Columbus, Ohio! I currently work as a nurse here in town. While I was raised Catholic, in my early teens I fell into a pagan path, and took about a decade for me to find Heathenry and Asatru. For the last 5 or so years I’ve been a practicing Heathen, and I work specifically with Thor, Freyr, and Freyja. Rune work is a vested interest of mine, and I’ve been working on my skills in seidr as well. I first found and joined TAC in 2017, and have since created a heathen kindred with a few friends of mine, though we’re not yet official with TAC yet. My goal is to work to grow the Heathen community here in Ohio, and to present Heathenry as an option to those still finding their way. Hail yourselves, and hail the gods!
I grew up in a small town in extreme Northwest Ohio called Bryan, Ohio.
I am now located in Montpelier, Ohio.
I started actively working with Odin and Freya about 10 years ago.
I have been a Rune worker for about 5 years and look forward to using this skill in my Ambassador duties. I have classes planned for the future.
I will be finishing my apprenticeship to become a Norse Core Shaman at the end of this month. I am also a Völva.
I’m also co-founder and an Elder of an inclusive and diverse pagan group in our area called the The Hollow Tree Society. We have been around for about 5 years.
I look forward to being a TAC Ambassador and to help grow our community.