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.onmicrosoft.com
Hail Brother and Sisters!
My name is Alex Day, and I am honored to be the High Drighten 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.
As the High Drighten, it is my duty to assure members are heard and TAC operates in an honest and ethical manner. I believe that my professional career and personal life have prepared me for this task. I have been Vice President and Grievance Chair and am currently site representative for the teachers’ union I belong to. My duties there are to bring member concerns to the union board and school district administration and to make sure members are given due process and not treated arbitrarily. I am a Libra and regardless of what you believe about Astrology, I fit the description of taking fairness, justice, and equality seriously.
I believe I can be of help as High Drighten because I am fortunate enough to have a diverse background. I come from the most conservative county (Kern) of the most liberal state (California), exposing me to a spectrum of political views. I have experience as a business owner, union representative, and government employee. Even my last name, Day, can be translated to the Proto-Germanic, Dagaz, which is the rune of awakening and blending of opposites. This fits me well because I am a heavy-metal/biker/hippie/environmentalist/scientist/spiritualist trying to live my life in this crazy world.
I am happy to help any member of TAC with their concerns, spiritual or otherwise.
May we all live in frith.
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!
Topher W. Henry
President of The Asatru Community
I have been a practicing Heathen and Priestess since the early 1980s; and I have had the honor of meeting, knowing and working with some of the early pioneers~ not only in the Goddess Movement but also in the US Heathen reconstructionist faith.
The resurgence in the past 10 years of folks being called to the path of our Asatru faith has brought to the forefront a need for a merging of modern pagan techniques and crafting, with the staunch Reconstructionist traditions. There is a collective drive to implement our sacred Lore and the wisdom of our ancestors with the effectual Spá practices of today.
I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains, the remote high peaks region of northern New York. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast, an instructor of wilderness survival, a naturalist, herbalist, Reiki Master, Crystal therapist, and a certified Life Coach. I work with NOLS and teach outdoor survival, as well as advanced first aid for The American Red Cross. I have participated as a leader, healer, and Priestess in the pagan community since 1995.
Walking the path of a Northern Shaman, I became initiated as a Master Core Shaman and was taught a Sami form of Core Shamanism by the late Alio Gaup from 2010-2012. I was introduced to the arts of the Seið-practitioner in 2005 by a Völva from Norway, and today I have taken two consecutive summer sessions of weeklong Norse Mysteries intensives with Inger Borg and Lindy Fay Hella when they visit the states. I was a member of the Troth in 1998, I became a Gythia, and performed many public blots, rites of passage and oversaw many teaching Circles from 1998 till today. I discovered The Asatru Community 3 years ago now. I have written a couple of books, and somehow, I got the privilege of helping to create the Clergy Training Program for TAC. After a time, I was then asked to be Director of Religious Affairs, which I adored, then after the death of Sage Nelson, I became the Vice president at the end of 2018.
Myself and my long time Spiritual Sister run the 21st Century Heathen and the Germanic/Teutonic Center for Cultural Arts websites which promotes the memory, use, and re-constructing practices of our Ancestors way of living -transposed on a modern high-tech world; thereby ensuring the continuing evolution, of our cultural heritage arts.
My lifestyle of living close to the natural world as well as my dedication to the Earth Spiritualism lead me to become an active Heathen steward in the protection and furtherance of our planet and its future. I am a landscaper, master gardener, and plant whisperer. Currently, myself, my husband, and our dog Basil live in western Washington.
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.
The Board of Directors
Jaclyn "Jaská" Bush
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.
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.
My name is Amy Marie Flickinger. I am 24 years old and I have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work w/a minor in Psychology. I am from a small town called Maysville, NC.
I am an Ambassador in NC and have found kinship in those of TAC SSE. I am honored to be the PR Director and I look forward to continuing my path in this way. I hope to do everything I can to help TAC achieve our goals and be of service to our members.
I was raised in a Christian family, but was never at peace with that religion. Ever since I was about 4 years old, I've heard a call back to the ancient gods. I learned to find my own path and have met many friends and kindred spirits along the way who have helped me discover myself. I have held and experienced other Pagan beliefs on my path, but I have found my spiritual home in Asatru. My beliefs include spirit and energy based work that began long before I came to know that I'm a Heathen.
I grew up knowing hardship and so my professional, personal, and spiritual work all revolve around helping others and healing in many forms. I am closest to both Hel and Loki, though this does not take away from my connection to all the divine. I'm always open to talking, especially about Pagan/Asatru topics. I'm pretty much an open book so long as you have an open mind. I look forward to the many journeys I will continue to have within The Asatru Community.
Director of the Ambassador Program
Hailsa, fine members of The Asatru Community! For those who may not know me yet, I am Casey "Beast" Clark, the Director of the Ambassador Program.
I have been a member of TAC for quite a while now, and have served as both state ambassador and regional ambassador. It is a great honor to be asked to step up to Director now.
I began my journey on the Pagan path 30 years ago, and have learned never to "know" what to expect next. The Gods have an amazing sense of humour at times. I started as simply “New Age”, progressed my way into Druidic studies, and finally landed here at Heathenry, my true home. I am the proud father of 4 small children, and somehow hit the Lucky Guy Lotto with my wife, Laurel. She is beautiful, intelligent, and Heathen. She tolerates me most the time.
As for my plans with the DOAP position. Our community is based on just that: Community. In order to grow and thrive as a family, we need to have some sort of direction, some guidance, someone to go to on a daily basis for direction. It is my goal to get not just bodies, but able-bodied, well-trained, WILLING people into the spots of Ambassador in each state. It is my goal to eventually have multiple Ambassadors in each state, to help lighten the load. I want Ambassadors who will work with the people, and for the people, to help our communities grow and thrive. It is more than just posting a daily rune study, or a weekly Havamal stanza. It is interacting with people, leading workshops, leading meet & greets, blots, moots, and sumbels, to name a few things.
I will be revamping the Ambassador training a little, working on the awesome basis that we have now, and utilizing my own experiences to expand on and improve the training, and day to day working of the Ambassadors.
I am excited to begin this journey, and look forward to working with all of you as Director of the Ambassador Program.
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!
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!