The Board of Directors

Welcome to the Board of Directors Intro. Page! Here you can not only learn about each board member, but by clicking on their photo, you can contact them directly via email! However, please try to contact the appropriate individual to best suit your needs; so we can address them in the best way possible. 

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

 TheBoard@TheAsatruCommunityOrg

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 would like to take a moment to introduce myself to anyone whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting or speaking with since joining the TAC.


I am Topher W. Henry, I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and I am a veteran of the USMC. I have 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 am married to my lovely Witchy Wifey Liz, who is also a charter member. I have a 16-year-old daughter who is currently attending a school of the Arts for Theater, and who tolerates all the “weird” stuff Dad does.


I am proud to say that I am the first graduate of the TAC Clergy Program and I am 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 will build frith within our community, and outside of our community as well. I will be extending offers of frith to other heathen and pagan groups, whether it involves creating a new relationship, or rebuilding one, I will do what is necessary to create positive working relationships with all that 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 do not take that responsibility lightly, I have an open-door policy, so if you need to speak to me about anything TAC related or other, please feel free to reach out. Together we will 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 am a husband, father and grandfather. I am also the Lead Ambassador for Southern States East.

I am 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 to Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland several times. I always enjoyed the culture and felt a special kinship to the people there. Later, I would find out through DNA testing that this was where my ancestors came from and lead to my deeper exploration of the Norse Gods and religion in school and eventually leading me to Asatru.

My goal is to help to grow our community into a close-knit family. I want to help to 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 that we all hear regardless if it is personal or giving back to the community I am here to help. I am 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 that I visit and grow my network. As Heathens we have to make effort 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 am 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 am honored to be the Board Director of The Asatru Community. I am 48 years old and have been a Heathen since my early twenties. I have a Bachelor’s Degrees 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 am a science teacher?) pushed me away from Christianity. By the time I was twenty, I had 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 lead 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 are 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 am 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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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 had always known there was something more, and finally I have 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 that 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 that choose to follow the same path. This does not mean my proficiency ends here! As I walk amongst you all, my awareness will continue to grasp new information.


May the Gods be with you.

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David Nix

 Director of

Military Affairs

Hello all, my name is David Nix. I am Active duty U.S. Army E-7 with 13 and a half years of service as of April of 2019. I am a husband of 11 years and father to one beautiful daughter and handsome little boy. I was raised in a Christian home, but never felt like it was me. When I was in high school, I discovered the New Age section in the local book store and started on the adventure that was Runes and Wicca/Pagan. I felt more at home, but still didn’t feel quite right. 
I still have my first set of runes from the early 2002. I joined the Army in 2005 and deployed to Iraq in 2006. As anyone who has ever been to war can tell you, it changes you. I tried to be normal during that time and gave being a Catholic a try. Needless to say, that wasn’t for me.
 After this, I started back down the road of learning and started on the road I would later learn as Asatru. I continued down this road quietly and kept to myself. I struggled with depression and anxiety due to work and family. After getting tired of being miserable, I decided to put my family and my faith first. I requested a religious accommodation and needless to say this put me on a highway for the Community, not just a path. Shortly following this decision, I encountered other practitioners who, like me, felt like Fort Bragg needed an Asatru community that was in accordance with Army EO policies; because no one likes meeting a group only to learn that they are racist or sexist. We have been on an amazing journey since then.       
I look forward to serving the community as the Director of Military Affairs.

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Stephan Gunn

Director of

Public Relations 

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Saverio Donancricchia 

Director of the Ambassador Program 

Hail Brothers and Sisters!

My name is Saverio Donancricchia, aka Sal. I am truly honored to be on the board of The Asatru Community.  I am 42 years old and found my path in my mid-twenties. I have a bachelors and master’s degree in Business. I speak traditional Sicilian dialect, Italian, and Spanish. My full time profession is as a Senior Solutions Consultant.

My path to Asatru started in my mid-twenties, but was truly defined in my late twenties, early thirties. I was raised and educated Catholic under the Holy Cross, and was groomed to be clergy. Being from Europe, Catholicism was very much enforced in our daily lives, but I never really took to it, I just went with the motions. I started to read the “forbidden” books in my teens and was introduced to Satanism and Paganism.  I found many things in my readings that felt more as it applied to me and nature.  I began to study Asatru due to my love and interest in Mythology.  It wasn’t until my late twenties when I had the pleasure of speaking to Druids from overseas and they explained the practice. I would say, after that, the flood gates of yearning to learn were really opened.  I found a strong connection to Asatru and the Gods. I have been visited in dreams many times and I know they guide me.

After years of a self-practicing Asatruar, I was introduced to the Wolves of the North Kindred. After 6 months of interaction, I gave my oath.  I was later voted on as High Drighten and then as Chieftain. I am current Chieftain and Goði for the Wolves of the North.

In my tenacious ways of being more involved, I reached out to TACs programs and was an Ambassador for the North Central Region and High Drighten. I’m currently an Ordained Goði. My love for TAC, Asatru, and the community inspires me to become more involved. As Director of the Ambassador Program, I look to be fair, keep frith, and listen to all that may have questions or concerns that I can address and assist in growing the TAC family.

In my personal life, I am the proud father of 3, proud grandfather of 2 (long story), and loving husband to my soulmate.  I enjoy weight lifting, reading, Heavy Metal music, and smoking fine cigars.

I am more than happy to lend a helpful hand to anyone who needs one and always look to inspire frith.

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Seth Chagi

Founder

Board Member 

Hail and hello! 

 

My name is Seth Chagi and, as many of you probably already know, I am the Founder of The Asatru Community. As of the writing of this, I am 24 years old and living in Southern California. I am pursuing my academic studies in Biological Anthropology; specifically PaleoAnthropology, or the study of early hominids and our evolution. 

 

I first started walking down the Asatru path around the time of my Bar-Mitzvah as I was raised in a Jewish family. However, because it all just didn’t sit well, it seemed to be the time to start exploring. It became very clear, very early, that this was the path for me, and always had been. Things began to make sense, and “click” like they never had. Images, dreams, and emotions from early childhood would resurface; only to now make sense. I had found Asatru, or rather it found me, and the fit was perfect. 

 

After a few years of practicing Asatru on my own, I felt something was missing; not only in my life and practice, but in the greater Heathen world. Thus, in 2012, TAC was born as a simple blog; to grow into what it is today. 

 

I have recently gotten married in April of 2018. My favorite hobbies and pastimes include reading, hiking, spiritual work, and just enjoying time with family. 

 

I have Tietze's Syndrome and Advanced Degenerative Disc Disease throughout my spine. I'm Bipolar 2 with rapid cycling mixed features and psychotic tendencies. It sure makes life interesting! 

 

That’s about it, not too much to say, just trying to live life to the fullest. That should give you a small window into my world!

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Mardoll Brisinamen

Treasurer

My name is Mardoll and I turned 32 on February 5th. I was very blessed to be born into a family who practiced the Heathen Faiths. I am a Mother-Writer-Historian-Clergy-Warrior-Daughter. I am from Central Ohio and I serve my community as the Gyðja of Fólkvangr Kindred.

 

I have been teaching the old ways in one form or another for the last 19 years, holding history classes, 101 classes in runes, Gods, magic, and folklore. I hold/host gatherings in Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio; I have done so for the last 13 years.

Last year, I hosted a NERF festival on my venue of Land known as Midian. I am one of the local pagans in the community for organizing festivals and event. I also volunteer a majority of my free time at Midian Festivals and Events in southern Indiana, where N.E.R.F (northern European religions Festival) is located.

I am a festival organizer and Head of the First Response team, where many of my hours are spent in service to my Heathen community.

I try to organize gatherings that are of such quality that anyone who attends will have life long memories of kinship and magic to bring home.

I work a full-time job and am also rearing a family while continuing to earn her Master’s Degree. I also run a home spun-business, called Skapandi Hugarró, that sells all sorts of handmade Heathen goodies!

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