Administrative Structure and Council Members

Download AHG 2015 Call for Nominations to the Governing Council

The AHG Governing Council consists of 10 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 from amongst council, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  

The AHG Staff implements council plans and manages the organizational workflow.

The American Herbalist’s Guild (AHG) Advisory Board a group of professionals from clinical, education and industry backgrounds providing non-binding, strategic and expert advice to the AHG Board of Directors. Advisory Board members must be members in good standing with the AHG.

AHG Leadership

Officers

Bevin Clare, M.S., RH(AHG), CNS
AHG President

Bevin is currently appointed as an Associate Professor and Program Manager of the Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, serves on as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York Chiropractic College. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. She is founder of the Herbal Clinic for All program, providing cost-free herbal medicine healthcare since 2007.  She is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. She resides in Maryland with her husband and two little ones who you will see at the annual gatherings. You can find Bevin’s musing on a variety of Clinical Herbalism topics, including infectious disease, at www.bevinclare.com.

Phyllis D. Light, RH(AHG), LMT, MA
AHG Vice-President

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 Registered Herbalist 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. 

Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG)
AHG Secretary

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.

Governing Council

Henriette den Ouden
Council Member

Henriette den Ouden is a herbalist and herb farmer with a master’s degree in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrated Health.  She is the co-owner of Habanera Farm, Maryland’s first (and only) licensed herbal tea processing center in a rural area of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  The farm grows a variety of herbs, native and non-native that love the local low and moist land and long growing season.  She is partnering with researchers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) to assess the essential oil content of Tulsi varieties and other herbs grown at the farm.  The farm also has a growing antioxidant orchard of Aronia berries, Elderberries, local plums and a variety of other fruits.  Henriette is a clinical herbalist and teacher and has committed to outreach work in her area.  She teaches community groups, master gardeners, is a visiting instructor for the Pharmacy School of the UMES and teaches at a Community College.  Henriette offers classes and workshops at the farm and in the area on herbal medicine, growing and identifying medicinal herbs, and healthy eating and cooking.  Henriette is originally from the Netherlands.  In the US she started a career as an HR professional with an MA in Human Resource Management. In 2004 she quit her job and started at MUIH.  She graduated in 2007, by then she and her partner had already bought a 1740 farmhouse and started creating an oasis of stillness and beauty 2 hours from Washington DC.

Ashley Litecky Elenbaas, RH(AHG)
Council Member

Ashley Litecky Elenbaas is a Clinical Herbalist and owner of Sky House Yoga, a donation-based wellness collective in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ashley holds an MS in Clinical Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she graduated in 2008 and is a Registered Herbalist (RH) with the American Herbalists Guild. Ashley's passion for plant medicine and her affinity to myth and story started at a young age. She studied plant medicine and myth in the rainforests of Australia, central Costa Rica, and the mountains of North Carolina. Ashley is on the teaching staff at George Washington University, and has presented at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and is currently the facilitator and host for the Evolver Herbal Learning Labs, an international online classroom that hosts professional herbalists from across the world.

Her early years of studying herbal medicine were spent working on biodynamic farms and summer internships as a garden hand. From 2003 – 2006 she worked on staff at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) as an admissions counselor educating and enrolling prospective students into graduate programs. Ashley is a self-motivated worker, cheerful, and is an active advocate of the plants and the people who protect them.  Her days are spent managing the Deep Green Herbal Apothecary, seeing clients, leading 20 amazing herbal apprentices, hosting online herbal webinars, and teaching donation-based yoga in her community.

Ashley cherishes the work of Matthew Wood, Stephen Buhner, Susun Weed, Simon Mills, and Kiva Rose and hopes one day to have a garden like Rosemary Gladstar.

Jane Hawley Stevens
Council Member

Jane Hawley Stevens has been working with herbs from starting seeds to creating her herbal wellness since 1981.

Jane believes that healing comes from Nature, so dedicates her power to nurturing healing herbs, both cultivated and wild then formulating them into effective remedies people can trust. These are hand harvested at peak potency to create her unique and potent blends.

Jane and her family have lived on her 130 acre certified organic farm in rural Wisconsin since 1991, harvesting and drying over 3,000 pounds of dried herbs used in her line, Four Elements Organic Herbals.

In this rural setting, Jane has contributed her message of honoring Nature to schools, civic groups and through Four Elements Annual Open House over the past 23 years and by serving on several boards.

Leslie “Leslita” Williams RH(AHG), M.Ed
Council Member

Leslie is an ordinary herbalist, after her grandmothers in rural northern Florida.  She has traveled often.  Her grandfather knew trees. Her dad knew Cuba. She studied Ayurveda, basic TCM, many European/USA traditions, some Japanese, Thai and folk herbalism. She has lived off the grid, in a truck and in houses. She has had some of the best herbal and shamanic teachers you’ve probably never heard of, because they are grassroots folk, working in their own realms. She has worked in food co-ops, big natural food stores, in herbal manufacturing and as a corporate herbal educator. She has been an herb buyer and co-founder of an international natural products company, written compliant labels and tracked research documenting claims for lines of medicinal herbal formulas. She has been in herbal practice 30+ years. She writes about herbs. She teaches herbalists. She wanders in woods.

Leslie loves cooking, wilderness, tree medicine, books, triune formulas; dogs, writing, Latin, bicycles, saltwater, justice; bad puns, making music, gardening, teaching people that they are herbalists. She has practiced Zen for 50 years. She makes mistakes and keeps learning. Teaching herbalists is her favorite work.

Holly Hutton
Council Member

Holly’s primary focus is as a clinical herbalist.  Her training includes a East West Certified Herbalist certificate from the East West School of Planetary Herbology and completion of a mentorship with Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.  She owns an herbal products company, Herbal Goddess Medicinals and grows and sells medicinal herbs in Bend, Oregon.  Holly teaches a variety of classes ranging from beginning herbalism to advance medicine making.  She has focused much of her time to exploring her bioregion and working on a book about traditional use.  She has served on a wide variety of boards over the years, the last two with organizations dedicated to fostering support for local farming and food production. She has a MA in social services focusing on issues related to homelessness and economic self sufficiency and has worked in a variety of management positions for over 30 years.  Concurrently Holly completed a MFA and has been creating and exhibiting art for the last 40 years.

Kristi Shapla
Council Member

Kristi Shapla has a degree in Molecular Biology and license in massage therapy. She is a graduate of Michael and Lesley Tierra's East West School of Planetary Herbology, where she now teaches. In 2012, she organized the Oregon Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild, where she served as president for two years.
She is currently writing a new edition of her book, Brew Your Medicine, about herbal beer making. She runs an apothecary and clinic from her home in Salem, Oregon with her husband, a youth permaculture educator, and her two lovely children.
When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she enjoys canoeing, archery, wildcrafting, and teaching.

Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH(AHG)
Council Member

Leslie Alexander, PhD, RH(AHG) is owner of Restoration Herbs in Erie, PA, where she has a clinical practice and works as a community herbalist. In 2014, Leslie's first book, Dental Herbalism: Natural Therapies for the Mouth, was published by Healing Arts Press. 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, a Registered Herbalist since 2009 and was invited to join the AHG governing council in 2013. She is also a member of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and the American Botanical Council.

Currently she divides her time between clinical practice, and her work as an educator, working with students and professionals, offering lectures and workshop opportunities for continuing education. Additionally, she offers individual holistic health & wellness consultations.

When not at work, Leslie enjoys a number of hobbies, as well as her canine pal Ms ZadieBrindle, cooking, the outdoors, Tai Chi and QiGong.

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