The Board of Directors

Welcome to the Board of Directors Introduction Page!

 

Here, you can learn more about each Board member. In addition, by clicking on their photo, you can contact them directly via email! Please try to contact the appropriate individual to best suit your needs, so we may address them in the most effective manner possible. 

You can also email the entire Board by clicking on this link:   

 TheBoard@TheAsatruCommunity.org

The Tribunal 

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Topher Henry

President

Hail to the Charter Members of the Asatru Community!


As I begin a new journey with our community as the President of TAC, I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself to anyone I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting or speaking with since joining the TAC.


I'm Topher W. Henry, I live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and I'm a veteran of the USMC. I've been a practicing pagan/heathen since 1985 and a member of TAC since 2015. I have a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, and I currently work as a Data Analyst for a grocery broker in Cincinnati. I'm married to my lovely Witchy Wifey Liz, who's also a charter member. I have a 16-year-old daughter who's currently attending a school of the arts for theater and who tolerates all the “weird” stuff Dad does.


I'm proud to say I'm the first graduate of the TAC Clergy Program, and I'm excited for the opportunity to lead that fine program and help new clergy members learn the Old Ways. I have over 2 years’ experience as an ambassador for TAC and was the director of the program for more than a year.


As the President of TAC, my goals and vision can be best described with one word that means a great deal to me…FRITH. I'll build frith within our community, and outside of our community as well. I'll be extending offers of frith to other heathen and pagan groups; whether creating a new relationship or rebuilding one, I'll do what's necessary to create positive working relationships with all who are willing to take a seat next to me by the fire. 


I look forward to the opportunity to serve our community as the President of TAC, and I don't take that responsibility lightly. I have an open-door policy, so if you need to speak to me about anything TAC-related or otherwise, please feel free to reach out. Together we'll make the Asatru Community the largest and best heathen community in the world!


Our gods are bigger than our differences!


In Frith,


Topher W. Henry
President of The Asatru Community

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Dennis Oglesby

Vice President

Hello, my name is Dennis “Jorvik” Oglesby. I'm a husband, father and grandfather. I'm also the Lead Ambassador for Southern States East.

I'm a Veteran of the US Army Special Forces, serving my regiment in a variety of specialties before finally retiring in 2012 as Special Forces Warrant (CW4). During my career starting in 1984, I had combat tours in Somalia and Iraq twice. Additionally, I served multiple tours in Europe (Yugoslavia), Africa, and the Middle East. My military time also lead me several times to Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. I always enjoyed the culture and felt a special kinship to the people there. Later, I'd find out through DNA testing that this was where my ancestors came from, and led to my deeper exploration of the Norse gods and religion in school, eventually leading me to Asatru.

My goal is to help to grow our community into a close-knit family. I want to help provide a safe and friendly community in which this is possible. Additionally, to help each of you find your potential within Asatru and the calling we all hear, regardless if it's personal or giving back to the community. I'm here to help. I'm always searching for better ways to reach just a portion of TAC here in the SSE, and sometimes I reach out to Ambassadors in other states I visit and grow my network. As heathens, we have to make efforts to come out of our shells and meet others. Our community will only be as strong as we make it, and together we can make it succeed.

I'm deeply honored to have this opportunity to serve all of you in TAC.

Skål!

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Alex Day

 

Board Director

Hail, brother and sisters!

My name is Alex Day, and I'm honored to be the Board Director of The Asatru Community. I'm 48 years old and have been a heathen since my early twenties. I have a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resources and a master’s degree in Education Administration. I teach science to twelve- and thirteen-year-olds in a farming town near my home in Bakersfield, CA. 

My path to Asatru started in my early twenties. My parents let me explore faiths growing up, so I was lucky to not be indoctrinated as a child. However, my mother’s family is Evangelical, and their many quirks, especially denial of scientific principles (did I mention I'm a science teacher?), pushed me away from Christianity. By the time I was twenty, I'd abandoned Christianity entirely.

I first explored Wicca, then Native American Spirituality. Neither met my spiritual needs. I then came across the book The Rites of Odin. It wasn’t the best book on Asatru, but it introduced me to the gods and goddesses of Asgard. I then began researching what I could about Asatru and how to live as a heathen in the modern world. During this time, the internet was expanding, and I found an Asatru mailing list run by the Ring of Troth. There, I had wonderful conversations with authors and professors who were leading the reconstruction movement at the time. I have since been living my life in gratitude of my ancestors for their actions that led to my existence in this realm and living honorably to assure my good name among my descendants.

My hobbies include arts and crafts, gardening, and my biggest pleasure in life, music. I currently play in two bands. I play bass guitar in a classic rock cover band, and perform in a heathen musical group. Our heathen group, Forngala, was inspired by the band Heilung. We're not historically accurate and bill ourselves as historic fiction through sound. Most of our songs are bits of the Poetic Edda sung in Old Norse and put to music.

I'm happy to help any member of TAC with their concerns, spiritual or otherwise.

May we all live in frith.

The Board of Directors

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Seth Chagi

Founder

 

Board Member 

Hail and Hello!

 

My name is Seth Chagi, and I'm a 25-year-old from Southern California. I'm the founder of The Asatru Community and World of Paleoanthropology. I'm currently a student pursuing my PHD in Biological Anthropology while maintaining my status as the founder of TAC.

 

I came to Asatru when I was 12 years old, and have never looked back. My parents tried to force me into Judaism, but it was just not working, and I was miserable until I found my own path, which began when I was 11.

 

It's been a long, hard, and utterly glorious journey ever since. I wouldn't change a thing.

 

Odin is my patron, and he and I have a very close relationship, and have since before I was born; I just hadn't realized it. I honor the Aesir and the Vanir, as well as all spirits, in an equal manner, and see the sanctity of all life and the blessings of the divine.

 

While there is of course just oh-so-much more, I believe it's best to learn about a person with said person, so I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you!

 

Hail!

Chris Ray

Director of Military Affairs

Hail and good day to you all! My name is Chris Ray, I’m 38 married father of 3. I just retired from 20 total years of service, 14 Army, and 6 years in the Navy, so I consider myself more Soldier than Sailor! I currently reside in Clarksville Tennessee right outside of Fort Campbell where I spent the majority of my youth and a full third of my military career. I just moved back in July and as I'm getting settled in, I am working on becoming a DRGL for the Phoenix Rising Open Circle on base, and am working on becoming the Council Chaplain for the local Scouts BSA. I previously re-started the Fort Lee Open Circle which is still going strong in my absence. I was raised in a military family and understand both sides of the conversation when discussing deployments and military family life, both from the dependent and the servicemember's purview. I have an intricate knowledge of the Chaplains Corps and how they do business. I was one of the first to request and receive a Religious Accommodation (RA) for the wear of a beard under the Asatru religious preference and I have been helping service members from multiple branches for a great variety of faith backgrounds with their RAs as well.

I would love to see TAC become a recognized ecclesiastical authority on the list for the DOD thus allowing for a Norse Pagan Chaplain to enter service! This would be a huge step forward for not just our fellow Asatru servicemembers but the Pagan community as a whole. The next thing that I would like to see is an Asatru point of contact on every military installation and aboard every vessel in the fleet, ultimately leading to something akin to a "Hof" so that our followers can have a place to gather in Frith & Faith, as well as seek counsel from someone ordained through our CTP should they require that in their lives! There are several well-established services on a few bases that have followers in the hundreds, and as the DOMA I would like them to continue to receive all the support TAC can muster and bring to bear for them. This is truly a position of service for those serving our country. As TAC is an international organization I would love to work with our Allied services and assist them as well. This is but a small aspect of what I would like to help TAC achieve as it grows and develops into a more important and influential organization for our military members.

    
I look forward to serving the community as the Director of Military Affairs.

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Jeddar Felix

High Drighten

Hello!  My name is Patrick Golden, commonly known as Jeddar Felix online.  I'm the recently chosen High Drighten.  In such, I'm the voice of all of you to the TAC leadership, and this is a position I'm taking great pride in!  If anyone feels they need a voice to the leadership, I'm your voice!

 

I was learning of heathenry from my grandmother until she was called to Helheim.  From there, I've been active in Heathenry for almost 2 years now, and have climbed up through the Ambassadors program as well as the Gothi training program.  Please never hesitate to reach out to me at jeddarf@theasatrucommunity.org.  I look forward to helping everyone.

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Jessica Green 

Director of the Ambassador Program 

Hail, all. My name is Jessica Green. I was born in Sydney, Australia but moved to the USA when I was 7. I spent 10 years living in Florida before moving to Perth, Australia. I've been nominated and elected as Director of the Ambassador Program, a position I hope to fill to the best of my ability. I want to provide the best experience I can for all ambassadors, current and future. I'll work with the other members of Board and the ambassadors alike to ensure we give everyone a great experience.

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Jaclyn "Jaská" Bush

Director of

Religious Affairs

Hailsa!


My working name is Jaská (YAHS-keh), and I've embraced the Old Ways for the past several years.


Heathenry has helped me grow in ways I didn't think possible. I'd always known there was something more, and finally I've found my truth. This truth has led me to be more patient, nurturing, and understanding of not only people in my community, but of the world and other beings as well.


I've been a student of great women who are an inspiration to myself and others. However, the time has come for me to expand beyond this role and offer my knowledge as a teacher to fellow people who choose to follow the same path. This doesn't mean my proficiency ends here! As I walk among you all, my awareness will continue to grasp new information.


May the gods be with you.

Jerry Baker

 Director of

Public Relations

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Hail everyone!

 

My name is Jerry, and I live in Kentucky. I’m 30 years old, have 4 children and am married to my best friend and wife! 

 

Being born and raised in Kentucky I, like so many others I’ve seen, was raised in a christian family. The christian faith never felt right to me, which led me to start searching out other religions. I remember my first experience with anything other then a bible, was when I was in high school. A friend of mine let me borrow a book on green magic, and from then on I knew that christianity was not for me. I eventually came across Asatru in my early 20s, but was very weary of joining any groups back then. Eventually finding TAC really helped me put focus back into my faith, and really dive deeper into it.

 

My hobbies include but are not limited to, gaming and streaming, being outdoors, spending time with my wife and kids, and any form of research. I know some of these things may seem contradictory but what can I say, I like what I like.

 

I look forward to being TACs Director of Public Relations and intend to do my best to fulfill this role. I want everyone to know that I have an open-door policy, which means you can contact me for any comments, questions and concerns that you may have. 

 

Skal!

Eric Schoff

Treasurer

Hello, I am Eric Schoff, I am 42 years old and I'm married to my college sweetheart, Vanessa, and we have 4 wonderful children each having some form of special need. I have a small zoo of animals at home that consists of one dog, two cats, four rats, and five fish. I have been a pagan since age 12 and a heathen the last 20 years. I have been with TAC roughly 3 years now. I am a veteran of U.S. Active Army Chemical Corp and paratrooper. I have a bachelor’s degree in business management specializing in human resources. I spend most of my free time doing game related hobbies, such as building models, playing board games especially Risk, and video games. My gamer tag is urlycan on most systems. However, the kids are mostly on my PlayStation account due to Fortnite. I have volunteered with several organizations throughout the years. I have been in a trustee position for three years for an fraternal organization I am in, and H.R./membership due collector for five years for a social club I was in years ago.

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