Board of Directors

Angie Buchanan: Is the Founder and Director of Earth Traditions, and of Gaia's Womb, an interfaith spirituality group that has been producing women's spiritual retreats for over 10 years. In 2002 she was elected to the Bo ard of Trustees of The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions and held the Office of Secretary on the Executive Committee, 2007-2009. In addition to CPWR, Angie has been involved with a number of organizations that encourage interfaith dialog and promote peace among the world’s religions, including, the Lady Liberty League, for which she served as the Public Relations Director for 10 years, Women For International Peace & Arbitration, and the Our Freedom Coalition. Angie was the instructor for "Introduction to Interfaith" at Cherry Hill Seminary for four years. She has been a religious freedom activist and an advocate for the protection and safeguarding of First Amendment since the 1970's. She was instrumental in securing the pentacle symbol for use as a religious symbol on the headstones and grave markers of deceased Pagan veterans. Angie can be reached at

Drake Spaeth: Drake Spaeth, PsyD is the Co-Founder of Earth Traditions. He is a Clinical Psychologist, and a faculty member of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is the author of several entries in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion (Springer , 2010), as well as contributing a chapter (Psycho-spiritual roots of adolescent violence; The importance of rites of passage) in the book, Transforming Corrections; Humanistic Approaches to Corrections and Offender Treatment. ( Carolina Academic Press, 2009). Dr. Spaeth has been a presenter at the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions events in Barcelona , 2004 and Melbourne , 2009 and he regularly presents papers on spirituality and psychology at conferences including the annual meetings of the Midwest American Academy of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He has been a staff member, presenter, and ritual facilitator at the annual Pagan Spirit Gathering for the past 16 years. His interests include the relationship between spirituality and psychology, ecopsychology, Humanistic-Existential psychology, transpersonal psychology, Jungian psychology, shamanism, Celtic mysticism, and the Western Mystery Tradition. He holds ministerial credentials with Earth Traditions. Drake currently serves as a Director, and is the Treasurer for Earth Traditions. He can be reached at

Nancy Halwix: A “Jill of All Trades and Mistress of Many” Nancy, who has a background in legal studies, is a corporate executive for three family owned businesses in Illinois; a multimillion dollar manufacturing company, which she operates with her husband, a pet shop; serving the exotic reptile market and specializing in educational exhibits for local schools and organizations, and a pet grooming salon. Additionally, she is a nationally certified massage therapist, Reiki Master and a student of herbalism. Nancy currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Earth Traditions. She can be reached at

Holly Kerr: Holly is a farmer who supports her habits by co-owning a school bus company. Her habits include raising sheep, a few bees, some cattle, a couple of llamas and a pair of border collies. She spins, is a beginning weaver, knits and cooks. When not doing those things she enjoys coordinating some of the Earth Traditions Wheel of the Year events, especially loving those involving the various harvests. She is passionate about using local food, preserving farm land and green living. Holly currently holds the office of Secretary on the Board of Earth Traditions. She can be reached at

Dave Espinoza Aguilar: A student of comparative religions (thru emersion), dave has been a Wiccan priest since 1987, facilitating private and public rituals and Rites of Passage for covens and public Pagan festivals/gatherings for over 20 years. A long time member of Wisconsin's Circle Sanctuary community and one of the founders of the Columbian Wicca Tradition in the Pacific Northwest, he has also presented lectures and workshops internationally on a variety of magical technologies from an engineer's perspective and has been mentoring youth and new students of the Craft since 1993. dave currently serves as a Board Member At Large for Earth Traditions, and he can be reached at