AHG Staff and Volunteers


Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG)
AHG Executive Director

Mimi Hernandez comes from a background as an herbalist and an ethnobotanist. She has a Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from Tai Sophia Institute and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Duke University. Mimi believes strongly that keeping plant wisdom alive is essential and has dedicated her life's work to serving as an advocate for both traditional and professional herbal pathways while building cultural bridges of understanding. 

Heather Lee Compton
AHG Assistant Director

Heather Lee Compton was born in Chicago, but has deep roots in Western North Carolina where she has resided most of her life. A love of plants and the natural world was instilled in her by her parents from an early age. She graduated from Brevard College in 2002 with a BA in Fine Art. She enrolled in 2008 at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in Asheville, NC, finishing both the Fundamentals in Herbalism program and Traditional Herbalism certification program. Heather has published a book on Herbal Body Care with Sterling Press. She brings over 13 years of management experience in both the for profit and non-profit sectors to the American Herbalist Guild. Heather also works at a dance studio. In her free time she dances hip hop, bhangra, and hula; runs long distances competitively with a local running team; makes art; gardens; volunteers and does social justice work; and plays with her animals: pitbull Lilith, kitty Luna, and snake Lazarus.

Greta Kent-Stoll
AHG Office and Events Manager

Like the American Herbalists Guild, Greta's origins are in the Santa Cruz mountains. She was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, attended college in Los Angeles, and then spent a decade working as an educator and yoga teacher in San Francisco, CA. In addition to her role at American Herbalists Guild, Greta is an Ayurvedic practitioner, writer with the Herbal Academy, and a member of NAMA (the National Ayurvedic Medical Association). Her practice, Asheville Ayurveda, is located in downtown Asheville. Greta has held a long-time interest in herbalism and is thrilled to be on staff with American Herbalists Guild! She is also an avid student and practitioner of Iyengar yoga and spends her free time practicing yoga, cooking, writing, reading, and exploring Western North Carolina. 

Adaira McInerney
Special Projects Assistant

Adaira McInerney is a budding herbalist studying and practicing in the heart of Western North Carolina. Her journey began in the Shenandoah Valley, where she grew up immersed in mountain living, learning primitive skills and folk herbal traditions by direct experience with the land. Always having a strong inclination towards the inner workings of nature, she completed her undergraduate studies in biology and chemistry at Mary Baldwin College. Adaira’s path led her south on the same Appalachian Mountains that she called home, to Asheville, NC, where she completed the Holistic Herbalism program at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys foraging for wild foods, tending her garden, concocting herbal remedies, attending live music events, hula-hooping, and spending time with her animal companions.

Susan Marynowski, MS
JAHG Editor

Growing up in northern Florida, Susan Marynowski spent lots of time outdoors and developed a keen appreciation for the wonders of nature. She has studied and practiced herbal medicine since the early 1990s, holding two herbal medicine certificates and advanced training in cancer therapeutics, metabolic syndrome, herbal botany, and functional blood chemistry analysis. Susan teaches herbs and nutrition at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Susan takes an eclectic and Vitalist approach in her teaching and with clients in her small practice. Susan has sponsored a number of herbal weekend intensives in Florida and is a regular favorite at the Florida Herbal Conference.
Susan’s formal education includes a fine arts degree and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Public Education from the University of Florida. Concurrent with environmental consulting work, she developed an interest in the botany and healing properties of native plants. She now exercises her artistic and ecological eye toward understanding the patterns of both natural and human ecosystems. Susan lives near Gainesville, Florida.

Heather Wood Buzzard
Symposium Education Coordinator

Heather Wood Buzzard is a wildcrafter, writer, herbalist, and doula. She has her MA in Writing and Narrative Medicine and is working on a forthcoming book about her adventures in wildcrafting in the Appalachians. She apprenticed at Herb Pharm, completed the three-year Clinical Herbalist program at the Appalachian Center for Natural Health, and is a researcher and wildcrafter at Red Moon Herbs. Her particular focuses within herbalism are crafting the wild with words and story and women’s and family health. Heather, with her husband and son and their rotating ark of flora and fauna, dwells in the botanical abundance of Madison County.


Jennifer O'Hagan, RH(AHG)
AHG National Chapters Coordinator

Jennifer O’Hagan is a clinical herbalist and founder of Woodland Naturals located in Hope, NJ. She integrates traditional herbalism, nutrition, bodywork, emotional/spiritual healing following Maya traditions, and various integrative therapies. She is active as an educator in her community, is a co-founder of the North NJ AHG Chapter, and a co-founder of the Changewater Wellness Center (a clinic that provides clinical experience to advanced herbal students, while serving the community with low cost counsel and herbs). She is a practitioner and educator for the Arvigo Institute offering advanced classes in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and Maya Spiritual Healing. She also worked in the computer industry as a project manager for 32 years. Her hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, animal tracking, and aimless wandering through the woods.

Karta Purkh (“K.P.”) Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj, DN-C, RH
AHG Global Ambassador

KP mentored in Ayurveda with Yogi Bhajan for 32 years. Along the way, he incorporated deep studies in Western and TCM herbalism. His school has been training professional herbalists for over 30 years. Karta Purkh has presented over 150 times at professional conferences, has written over 3,000 articles on health topics and is the author or editor of 30 books on health, including his latest, The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs. He is curriculum director and lead instructor in the Portland Community College Nutritional Therapy Program and heads the herbal education department of the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda. He lives in the Northwest with his family.

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