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., R.H., 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.

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.

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. 

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 professional member and 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.

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.

Advisory Board

Michael Tierra
Advisory Board

Michael Tierra L. Ac., O.M.D., R. H. AHG  is a founder of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) in the U.S., Michael is a California State licensed acupuncturist and herbalist OMD (Oriental Medical Doctor), with over 40 years of clinical practice. He is author of 9 books on herbal medicine including the best selling Way of Herbs and Planetary Herbology, Way of Chinese Herbs, Way of Ayurvedic Herbs. He is also the formulator of Planetary Formulas and more herb products by various companies. His East West School of Planetary Herbology, created with his wife, Lesley Tierra, reaches thousands of students throughout the world through it’s thorough and extensive herbal correspondence course.

James Snow
Advisory Board

James Snow, MA, is the Assistant Provost for Academic Research at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). He has worked as a clinician and educator in the field of Western herbal medicine and has 25 years of experience merging modern scientific perspectives with traditional explanatory models of healing. At MUIH, Mr. Snow’s work focuses on enhancing research literacy and capacity among complementary and integrative health faculty. Current research projects include investigation of attitudes and use of evidence-informed practice among Western herbal practitioners; the role of context effects in the effectiveness of Western herbal medicine; and the construct of

Amanda McQuade Crawford, MA, Dip. Phyto., RH (AHG), MNZAMH, MCPP
Advisory Board, Chair

Amanda McQuade Crawford, M.A. is an herbalist and clinical psychologist practicing in Ojai, CA, as well as conducting home visits in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. She is a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern working with Hospice, and serves in schools as a bereavement counselor. She also consults for the natural products industry on quality issues. Amanda is the author of books on women’s health (Herbal Remedies for Women, The Natural Menopause Handbook) and contributed chapters to The HERBAL Guide: Dietary Supplement Resources for the Clinician, Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants,Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, and other texts. Amanda writes articles and book reviews on natural medicine as an Advisory Board member of the American Botanical Council. She is a founding member of the AHG, was its first Secretary, and served on several councils and boards. Currently, she chairs the AHG Advisory Board.

David Winston, RH (AHG)

David Winston is an Herbalist and Ethnobotanist with 46 years of training in Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal traditions.  He has been in clinical practice for 39 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA and Canada.
In 2013 David was presented with the Natural Products Association (NPA) Clinician’s Award and awarded a fellowship by the Irish Register of Herbalists.

David is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine. He is an internationally known lecturer and frequently teaches at medical schools, symposia and herb conferences.  He is the president of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. a manufacturer that produces herbal products that blend the art and science of the world’s herbal traditions. In addition, David is a founding/professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, he has served four terms on the Board of Directors and he is on the American Botanical Council's Advisory Board.

David was a contributing author to American Herbalism, published in 1992 by Crossings Press,and the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) , 2000-2013, the author of Saw Palmetto for Men & Women, Storey, 1999 and Herbal Therapeutics, Specific Indications For Herbs & Herbal Formulas, HTRL, 2013 and the co-author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief, Healing Arts Press, 2007, and Winston and Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy and Supplements; A Scientific and Traditional Approach, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, 2008.  He is also a member of the AHPA Expert Advisory Council that created the new edition of the Botanical Safety Handbook, CRC Press, published in 2013.

 

Christopher Hobbs, L.Ac., Ph.D.
Advisory Board

Christopher Hobbs is a fourth-generation, internationally renowned herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, herbal clinician, research scientist, consultant to the dietary supplement industry, expert witness, botanist, mycologist with over 35 years of experience.
The author or co-author of over 20 books, Christopher lectures on herbal medicine world-wide. He has taught at universities and medical schools such as Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, Bastyr University and the National School of Naturopathic Medicine. He has taught classes for the last 6 years at the University of California, Berkeley as a Ph.D. graduate student in evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, plant chemistry, and ethnobotany.
He is also a grateful father of Ken Hobbs and partner to Leslie Gardner.

Some recent and past book titles:

Grow It, Heal It (Rodale Press)
The Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants of the Western U.S. (Houghton-Mifflin)
Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health (The Book Publishing Com
 

Leslie Tierra
AHG Advisory Board

Lesley Tierra, L. Ac., R. H. AHG, nationally and California State licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, combines acupuncture with herbal, food and transformational therapies in her private practice. A founding, professional and Advisory Board member of the American Herbalists Guild, she studied and used ancient spiritual and shamanic tools along with modern psychotherapeutic techniques for over forty years and co-led women on vision quests for five. Author of Healing With the Herbs of Life (Crossing Press, 2003), A Kid’s Herb Book (Robert D. Reed Publishers, 2000), Healing with Chinese Herbs (Crossing Press, 1997), The Herbs of Life (Crossing Press, 1992), Metaphor-phosis: Transform Your Stories from Pain to Power (Balboa Press, 2012) and co-author of Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine Volumes I and II with Michael Tierra (Lotus Press, 1998). Lesley collaborated with Michael Tierra to produce the East West Herb Course and has taught throughout the United States and England since 1983.
 

Advisory Board

Amanda McQuade Crawford

Christopher Hobbs
David Winston
 

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