PRESIDENT: Armand Diaz Ph.D.
Armand is an NCGR-PAA Level IV certified Consulting Astrologer. He is President of NCGR, as well as acting Publications Director. Armand is Books and Articles Editor for the Astrology News Service, and Contributing Editor to NCGR’s e-News. His book credits include Integral Astrology: Understanding the Ancient Discipline in the Contemporary World and Transpersonal Astrology. Separating Aspects, his most recent book, is about relationship astrology.
CLERK: Ramya Krishnamurthy
Ramya is a practitioner of both Western and Indian (Vedic) astrology. She hails from a family of traditional Indian Vaidhyas (Ayurveda practitioners) and astrologers. She combines findings from both Western and Indian astrology to offer a complete perspective. She has served as the treasurer of the Boston Chapter and is currently serving as the Clerk for National NCGR as well as Director of Outreach for the Boston Chapter. She has been active in national conferences as a volunteer and speaker.
TREASURER: Linda Wilk
Linda has been Treasurer for NCGR National since 2012. Her astrological studies began after attending a NYC fall membership meeting, where she became hooked and studied with many outstanding teachers. Linda was Treasurer for NCGR NYC for approximately 15 years and then became Treasurer of NCGR National. In her non-astrological career, Linda has been an HR Director, an elementary school teacher, a curriculum writer for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities and a Care Manager for individuals with I/DD. Serving as Treasurer for NCGR is Linda’s way of giving back to the community that has given her so much.
MEMBERSHIP: Shirley Prisco
Shirley’s interest in astrology began in the dark ages when it was not so popular and information was hard to get. Her education in the field was haphazard until she discovered NCGR. Here was a thorough grounding in the basics and beyond in the subject she held so dear. From her work in Human Resource she developed people and problem-solving skills. With a BA in English from the University of Rhode Island, she put that knowledge to work writing a Sun-sign column for a local monthly newspaper that publishes pieces about art, culture and politics. On occasion she writes Astro-profiles about local celebs, politicians and folks in the news. She has taught beginning astrology classes.
CHAPTERS: Leigh Westin
BS,Education; MS,Management/Dietetics; MA,Psychology; Minor, Marketing; university instructor, registered dietitian, product manager, corporate advisor, editor. CA, NCGR; DF Astrol.S.; researcher, author, lecturer, editor, NCGR-PAA Examiner.) Pioneered research founding a declination premise from Earth’s dynamics; the LunarSeasonsTM theory; Venus and Mars out-of-bounds in fixed signs; and delineation basis for true antiscia. The late Dave Roell’s “best books list” cited Leigh’s Beyond the Solstice as, “rich in analysis…and startling insights”; while The Mountain Astrologer noted its “wealth of information …by a highly creative astrological thinker.”
OUTREACH: Rachel Lang
Rachel Lang is a professional astrologer, psychic medium, and author of Modern Day Magic: 8 Simple Rules to Realize Your Power and Shape Your Life. She earned her master’s in theology from Loyola Marymount University. She writes for the Omega Institute, Club Magic Hour, and Conscious Living. She contributes to Well+Good and Women’s Health Magazine. Rachel teaches classes and hosts spiritual and astrological workshops, and she runs a Psychic Mediumship Certification program. She teaches with the Theosophical Society in America, the Organization for Professional Astrologers, and the Omega Institute, among others.
Rachel is the Outreach Director for the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) and the VP of the Los Angeles NCGR chapter. Dedicated to social justice and environmental sustainability, she believes in magical activism. She stays involved with organizations and leads ritual experiences for activists and organizations.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE: Lars Mellis
Lars Mellis is a professional astrologer based in West Hollywood, CA. In addition to meeting with clients, he hosts an astrology-themed YouTube channel that contains series including “Taking the Scare Out of the Square” and monthly Astro weather reports. In 2021, Lars was elected to the NCGR Board of Directors. He also currently works as the Outreach Director for NCGR-LA.
In addition to astrology, Lars has a well-rounded educational background which includes a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science focusing on honeybee research from Franklin & Marshall College and a Master’s degree in University Management and Student Affairs from USC. Outside of counseling clients within his astrology practice, he is a competitive recreational tennis player and stand-up comedian.
Advisory: Christeen Skinner
Education: Jackie Slevin
Research: Manda Selva
Technology: Meira Epstein
Social Media: Maria Wander
International Relations: Monica Escalante-Ochoa
Executive Secretary: Alvin Burns
E-news: Rita Chabot
Around the World: David Perloff
Advertising: Sara Priebe
Bernadette Brady Ph.D.
Nicholas Campion Ph.D
Priscilla Costello M.A.
Robert Hand Ph.D.
Babs Kirby M.A.
Richard Tarnas Ph.D.