Administrative Structure and Council Members

The AHG Governing Council consists of 5 elected AHG members that operate by consensus rather than majority rule policy.  The council is the decision making body of the organization.

The AHG Officers consist of 4 council appointed members, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Unless they are elected council members they do not vote but play an active role in facilitating the organizational plan and advising council.

The AHG Staff implements council plans and manages the organizational workflow.
The AHG Advisory Board is made up of AHG founders, long time members, and trusted community leaders.  Their role is to provide institutional memory and offer input when important decisions are made.

AHG Leadership

Officers

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

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.

Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS
AHG Vice - President, Director of Education, Symposium Committee Chair

Bevin Clare is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a deep love of plants. She is the Clinical Division Chair of the Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine Program at Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD.  Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. Her clinical practice focuses on wellness, nutrition, infection, and women’s health. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease, serves on the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and the New York Chiropractic College and lectures nationally. Bevin is the director of the Herbal Clinic for All program, a program offering cost free clinical services to the population in need in DC, Baltimore, and Laurel, MD. She is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. Bevin has been a professional member of the AHG for nearly a decade, on the governing council for 7 years and the vice president since 2010. She is grateful to be of service to the herbal community, both within and beyond the AHG.

Phyllis D. Light, RH(AHG), LMT, MA
AHG Secretary phyllisdlight@hotm

Phyllis Light is an herbalist and healer with almost 30 years of clinical experience. She is traditionally trained in Appalachian Folk Medicine and began her studies with her Cherokee/Creek grandmother, and later with Tommie Bass, in the deep woods of North Alabama. Phyllis maintains a private practice in Arab, AL where she supports an integrative approach to well-being and a preventive health model based on healthy lifestyle choices. She teaches at symposium, clinics and herb schools around the country. Phyllis offers herbal and natural health classes and a practitioner program for herbalists at the Appalachian Center for Herbal Studies in Arab, AL. She is a member of the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama, on the board of directors of Herbs for Orphans in Haiti, involved in the Common Ground Clinic in New Orleans, and is a consultant for the Alabama Medicinal Plant Grower’s Association. She also teaches classes on Energy work and Shamanic techniques.

David N. Harder, RH (AHG)
AHG Treasurer

David practices Clinical Herbalism at 143 Northampton Street in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is active as an educator in his community, a co-founder of “Herbal Exchange” the NJ AHG Chapter and “Changewater Wellness Center”, a clinic that provides clinical experience to advanced herbal students, while serving individuals needing low cost counsel and herbs. David has been a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild since 1999. He and his wife, Linda has owned and operated Nature’s Way a natural foods store in Easton since 1975.  On play days with mild weather, gardening, herbal wild crafting and cycling, take him out doors. Inclement weather allows time for research, woodworking and music. 

Staff

Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG)
AHG Executive Director

Mimi Hernandez is a clinical herbalist and herbal educator whose courses balance traditional reverence with scientific understanding and intuitive awareness. She has served as the Director of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland where she taught undergraduate Ethnobotany. With roots in Asheville, NC, Mimi is a founder of the One World Healing Arts Institute and continues to mentor community herbalists through the One World Healing Community. Mimi also developed the herbal formulations at Mortar & Pestle Apothecary.  Mimi holds a Master of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine and some of her favorite mentors have included James Duke, Simon Mills, and Rocio Alarcon.  As an herbalist, Mimi draws upon her rich ethnic background & the Granny healers and Shamans in her life and believes that the handing down of plant wisdom is essential. She enjoys nature time, especially waterfalls, creeks, and oceans and is a mom of two cool and unique kids, Anais and Evan.

Heather Lee Houdek
AHG Office Manager

Heather Lee Houdek 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. She currently teaches classes in beginning herbalism and medicine making at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism and at the International Center in Greenville, SC, as well as conducts a number of private workshops. Heather is currently working on an herbal book with Sterling Press. She brings ten years of management experience to the American Herbalist Guild.

Gloria Black Anders
AHG Office Assistant

Gloria Black Anders grew up in The Haw Creek area of East Asheville. She spent most of her time in the woods, hiking, tasting plants and making villages. As an adult, she has returned to her home, and attended Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, and completed the Fundamentals of Herbalism and The Traditional Herbalism program. Most recently she completed The Clinical Program with The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine. Serving as an intern for The American Herbalist Guild is like a dream come true!

Adam Pedersen-Doherty
AHG Symposium Coordinator

Adam is a budding herbalist, recently graduating from the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC where he apprenticed with Juliet Blankespoor. Prior to his journey with plants, he acted as a fundraiser and policy analyst for a number of non-profit organizations, including Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Immigration Equality, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He hopes to start a clinical practice with an emphasis on radical healthcare and community empowerment, and specializing in men's health and queer-bodied wellness. 

Anne de Courtenay
Editor, JAHG

A born and bred Chicago native, Anne de Courtenay has been studying herbalism in the Western and Chinese traditions for over a decade with Althea Northage-Orr. She is a graduate of the Chicago College of Healing Arts, from whom she has earned certificates in Herbalism and bodywork. She is also a graduate of the East West School of Planetary Herbology headed by Michael and Lesley Tierra in California, whose curriculum encompasses Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic materia medica and diagnostic systems. She holds a diploma in Asian Body Therapy from the NCCAOM. Her original professional venture began with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the the prestigious Medill School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.; she now uses these skills to support her dedication to botanical medicine. Currently, Anne teaches herbal classes at the Chicago Center for Psychophysical Healing and at the East West School’s annual herbal seminar. She also works as an editor for Michael and Lesley Tierra. Anne practices herbal therapy and bodywork at her clinic, Imagine Health, in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. She has been happily married to the singer/songwriter Martin McCormack for seven musical years.

Governing Council

Bryan Bowen, Clinical Herbalist Msc
Advisory Board Liaison, Membership Benefits

Bryan Bowen is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist in Sebastopol, California. He has a passion for nature and enjoys growing, wildcrafting, and making medicines for his apothecary. He utilizes both scientific and traditional approaches to promote wellness and vitality in his practice.  Blending science and tradition is truly holistic and combines advances in evidence-based medicine, physiology and pathophysiology with (sometimes) centuries-old empirical knowledge, constitutional and historical approaches to healing (e.g., Ayurveda, Four Humors, TCM). Bryan is a faculty member at the California School of Herbal Studies. He studied at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the California School of Herbal studies and has a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.  He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in psychology.

Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH(AHG), Council Member

Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH(AHG) is co-owner of Restoration Herbs in Franklin, PA, where she has a clinical practice and works as a community herbalist. For Leslie, herbalism brings together years of using herbs, a passion for the outdoors and her training in health-related research. She received her B.Sc. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Environmental Sciences and her Ph.D. from Heriot Watt University for her work with Enteromorpha, an intertidal seaweed. For several years she worked in England and Scotland as a research scientist, focusing her work on environmental factors affecting children’s health. Drawn increasingly to more natural ways of healing, she retrained as a Medical Herbalist and returned to the States in 2005. She completed a diploma in Herbal Medicine, with Honors, from ACHS and later her clinical training with Richard Mandelbaum RH(AHG). She continues to learn from students, colleagues and plants. Leslie has been an active general member of the American Herbalist’s Guild since 2004 and a professional member since 2009.

Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG), Council Member
Annual Symposium Committee, Chapters Liaison, Mentoring Committee Chair

Patricia has more than nineteen years’ experience as a clinical herbalist and teacher. Her book, Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians (2006) is one of the foremost resources on the topic of regional native plant medicines. She is founder and director of BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, (www.wildhealingherbs.com) located in the mountains of north Georgia.  A third generation chef, Patricia is passionate about cooking, and specializes in wild foods and the traditional cuisine of Crete, Greece. She is co-owner of Wild Crete, a small tour operator that specializes in unique custom travel experiences on the Greek island of Crete that emphasize the connections between art, culture, history, cuisine, archaeology and native herbs.  Patricia is currently serving her second term on the Governing Council.

Robert Linde, AP, RH, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Council Member

Bob Linde is an Acupuncture Physician and Registered Herbalist with a masters degree in Oriental Medicine and BS in Education. Bob began studying herbs and alternative medicine in 1975 and has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 10 years. He is the owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, a multi-practitioner practice in St. Petersburg Florida. Bob is also the director of the Professional Herbalists Training Program, a two year clinical herbal program in St. Pete. He consults as a product developer for a national herbal product company. He serves on the board of directors for the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association (FSOMA) and Dog Tag Hero's (a veterans support organization) and has presented at state and national alternative medicine conferences and frequently lectures at colleges and organizations in the US. He has worked as a wilderness counselor for teenagers, treasure hunter and is a Desert Storm veteran as an infantryman during his 5 years in the army. Bob volunteers for Acupuncturists Without Borders, Homeless Connect and Free Community Acupuncture for Senior’s as well and other community focused organizations. Bob specializes in Gastrointestinal/digestive issues, Dermatology/skin issues and working with children. 

Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG), Council Member

Richard is a clinical herbalist in New York and has studied primarily with David Winston and William LeSassier. In addition to his practice he teaches classes and mentors students in herbal medicine, medicine making, and botany. Richard teaches primarily in Brooklyn and is a guest instructor at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. Richard’s herbalism is part of a larger approach to reestablishing a healthy relationship with our planet, and he is also active in the areas of fair trade and human rights, and food justice. He is the former chair of the Domestic Fair Trade Association and currently serves on the board of the Brooklyn Food Coalition. Richard migrates throughout the year with his wife Gabrielle and daughter Rose between Brooklyn and their straw bale home in Forestburgh, NY.

Volunteers

Rosalee de la Foret
AHG beautification and photography coordinator

Rosalee de la Foret is a clinical herbalist and Structural Medicine Specialist who lives on the edge of the wilderness in the Northeastern Cascadian Mountains of Washington State. She contributes regularly to HerbMentor.com where she enjoys answering questions in the community forums and providing herbal education through ebooks, articles, videos and photography.
Rosalee is certified by the Institute of Structural Medicine and the East West School of Herbology, Rosalee has been privileged to be mentored by herbalists Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Michael Tierra, Paul Bergner, and Kiva Rose.  She has taught at many herbal gatherings, including the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference. Many of the photos featured in this website have been gathered by Rosalee.

Karena Stroh, National Chapters Coordinator

Karena is a licensed massage therapist and herbalist, has been volunteering as the AHG Chapter Coordinator since April 2012.  With a background that includes a B.S. in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University; work as an environmental canvasser, herb grower, harvester and processor; medicine maker; soap maker; whole body health practitioner and massage therapist, Karena is currently finishing up her 3rd year of clinical herbal studies at David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies, working towards becoming a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild.  She currently lives in Eastham, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Advisory Board

Amanda McQuade Crawford
Victoria Fortner
Charlene Muhammad
James Snow
Lesley Tierra
Michael Tierra
Roy Upton
Christopher Hobbs
David Winston
Susan Wynn

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