Our Board

Elected Officers

PRESIDENT: Linda Kubota Byrd

Linda Kubota Byrd left the corporate world to follow her heart into Astrology over 25 years ago. Her passion is bringing a comprehensive, practical approach to integrating astrology into everyday life. As a Consciousness Awakening Coach, she draws on her background in Evolutionary, Experiential and Transformational Astrology and often uses EFT, Heart Assisted Therapy, NLP and Stargate Inner Child work in her international practice. She’s a Certified Dream Coach and is a member of OPA, ISAR, NCGR and ACEP. She has been a two-time guide for the Astrology Hub and was featured on Suzanne Gerber’s “Secrets of the Masters” series and was part of the London and Mayo School of Astrology’s Student Conference, to name a few of her teaching experiences. She appears often on Good Day Sacramento and livestreams with the Stargate Experience Academy. Linda was president of the Sacramento Chapter for 10 years, worked with the Mountain Astrologer magazine for 7 years, and brings her business and marketing consulting background to her role as President of NCGR.

CLERK: KristaLyn Sofia Montrose

KristaLyn Sofia is a professional astrologer and folk magic practitioner who runs a publishing company and program to help writers create books that support emotional healing, as well as international retreats where clients learn about the spiritual history and practices of other cultures to enrich their worldviews and experiences. She began her astrological journey with the intent to develop both spiritual and esoteric skills, and continues to be a proponent of intentionality and purpose.


Pam Wenzel has over 50 years of accounting experience in public accounting and private industry and is the owner of a business accounting firm. She was Treasurer for the 2018 United Astrology Conference and has agreed to be the Treasurer for the 2026 UAC. Pam is co-founder of the Great Lakes Astrology Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan and worked with Donna Van Toen at the SOTA Astrology Conferences in Buffalo, NY until Donna’s death in 2018. Pam first became interested in astrology at age 12 when her psychic great aunt told her she should learn astrology.  In days before the internet, Pam rode her bike to the nearest book store to find astrology books that she bought with babysitting money; she also taught herself how to set up astrology charts manually.  After graduating from high school, she joined a class at the local college taught by astrologer Tom Parsons, and later learned more from nearby neighbors Michael Erlewine and Ray Merriman.

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

Leigh Westin, CA, NCGR Level IV, DF Astrol.S., also holds a B.S. Education; M.S. Management/Dietetics; M.A. Psychology; Minor, Marketing. Leigh has been a university instructor, registered dietitian, product manager, corporate advisor and continues to be an editor, researcher, author, lecturer. Leigh pioneered research founding a declination premise from Earth’s dynamics; the Lunar Seasons TM theory; discovered Venus and Mars out-of-bounds in fixed signs; and the basis of delineation 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 workshopsand 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.PPOINTED DIRECTORS

Appointed Officers

Education: Jackie Slevin
Research: Manda Selva
Technology: John Marani
Social Media: Maria Wander
International Relations: Monica Escalante-Ochoa

Staff Members

E-news: Rita Chabot
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Advisory Board

Bernadette Brady, Ph.D.
Nicholas Campion, Ph.D
Gary Christen
David Cochrane
Priscilla Costello M.A.
Armand Diaz, Ph.D
Adrian Duncan
Michael Erlewine
Monica Escalante-Ochoa
Linda Fei
Steven Forrest
Robert Hand, Ph.D.
Kitty Hatcher
Madalyn Hillis-Dineen
Baris Ilhan
Babs Kirby, M.A.
Alphee Lavoie
Joyce Levine
Michael Lutin
Grace Morris
Michael Munkasey
Ingrid Petroff
Bill Sarubbi
Bruce Scofield, Ph.D
Gloria Star
Rod Suskin
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D.
John Marchesella

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