Pagan Alliance Staff
Arlynne Camire: Board Member and Executive Director
Pagan Alliance co-founder Arlynne Camire is a solitary practitioner and has been active in the Bay Area Pagan Community since 1998. She grew up in Southern California and has been an environmental activist and community event organizer in California for 30 years. Arlynne graduated with honors from California State University, Long Beach, with a bachelor's degree in geography. She also graduated with honors with a master's degree in public administration and a certificate in urban and regional studies.
Arlynne has been a Planner for the City of Hayward since 1997 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is also a Certified Green Building Professional. Arlynne chose the field of urban planning because it allows her to influence the urban environment's impact on the Earth and her inhabitants. She has been an organizer for the Alliance for Survival, a non-profit anti-nuclear organization and a former chapter president of Friends of the Earth as well as a Citizen Forester for the TreePeople. Arlynne is also active in the LGBT community. She is a regular volunteer for the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration and has served two years on the Lighthouse Community Center board of directors. Arlynne is a recipient of the Joanna Caron Memorial Award from TransGender San Francisco.
She explores life's spiritual and metaphysical mysteries. In her free time, she enjoys altar building, volunteering, traveling, wine tasting, photography, gardening, and spending time with her friends and family.
JoHanna White: President Board of Directors & Acquisitions Coordinator and Procession Coordinator
JoHanna White has been involved with the Pagan Alliance since 2003 in a variety of different capacities. She is currently President of the Board of Directors as well as Procession Coordinator the day of the event. She was one of the founding leaders of Spiral Scouts Circle #171 Earth Heart Circle. She is a member of the Renaissance Faire guild the Danse Macabre as well. She recently relocated to Vacaville, where she lives with her husband, John, and stepdaughter, Morgan (not to be confused with the head of security). As a solitary practitioner of faerie, Erisian and animist magick, she considers her work with the Pagan Alliance to be part of her spiritual practice in that she does a service for the larger community of Pagans in this area. She has a BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Art & Education from the now defunct New College of California, as well as two AAs. She is currently working on three degrees at once: two BAs from CSU East Bay (Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Native American Studies and Art Studio) aswell as an MA in Instructional Leadership (Education) from Argosy University. Her life goal is to open a Pagan private k-12 school that integrates earth-based spirituality, rigourous academics and sustainability.
James L Bianchi, Esq.: Board Member, Clerk, & Legal Advisor
James L. Bianchi, Esq. incorporated and was the first president of the Pagan Alliance. He is in the core group operating the Spark Collective in Oakland, and on the Council of Phoenix Fire. He is a professor at the Cherry Hill Seminary for the professional pagan ministry where he teaches a course on Religion and the Law.
James is a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids centered in Sussex, England. He is the leading Ovate of the Taliesin in the San Francisco Bay Area, and represents them on the Council of 8 governing the Druid House of Danu where he serves as the corporate board president and Gorsedd Master.
James practices law in the town of Benicia, California. He is among the first graduating students from the oldest public interest law school in the country, New College of California, School of Law and is best described as a community activist. Over the years he has been on Boards and Commissions, or founded non-profit corporations, that operate homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, sexual assault programs, drug treatment programs, legal aid offices, after school programs for elementary school children, and has served as president of the Benicia School Board. During the Vietnam War, he operated the largest draft counseling center West of Chicago that freed over 15,000 men from the War. He later worked to help returning veterans as a member of the initial staff of Swords to Plowshares in San Francisco.
He is a musician who has performed with Babatunde Olatunji at Big Sir, the famous Puerto Rican Drummer, Modesto Capeda, at La Pena in Berkeley, and performed with Gideon and his Zulu Dancers, and Kismet Mahal at the Harmony festival in Santa Rosa. James was music director for the staging of Equus at the Ashby Theater in Berkeley for the Magic Acts Theatre, and has opened for Axis Mundi at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley. Jim also served as art director for the Carnival of Venice in San Francisco. He is a member of the Spiral Dance Chorus, and has been a band member of World Fusion groups, such as, Tenuka and Mahal. Over the past 7 years, James has performed with Danse Macabre at numerous Renaissance Faires and Dia de Los Muertos in San Francisco. . He is trained in 23 instruments and has been the back-up drummer for belly dancers and fire spinners in performance at Burning Man.
Donald Burbano: Vice President Board of Directors and Project Manager/Vendor Coordinator
Donald Burbano, B.A., Ex'pression College of Digital Arts in Sound Arts. Audio engineer, sound designer, musician, composer, fire dancer, creator of a multi-media ritual, and organized the San Francisco Fire Conclave at Burning Man in 2003.
Sarah Soward: Art Director
Sarah Soward is a Bay Area artist and designer. She holds a BFA from the California College of the Arts and is getting herself certified as an Adobe Expert. She does everything from fine art oil paintings to Flash animation to fire dancing. In addition to creating her own work and work for the Pagan Alliance (and all and sundry for various clients), she teaches design and how to use design programs (mostly the beloved Adobe Creative Suite) at the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). She is currently co-authoring the WordPress and Flash Cookbook to be published by Packt Publishing in April/May 2010.
Her work can be viewed at sarahsoward.com.
Amara: Board Member & Authors Circle Coordinator
Amara (aka Natalie Case) has been involved in the Pagan Community in the Bay Area for the last four years, after transplanting out of El Paso, Texas. She has served as Treasurer for a number of organizations in the past, including religious and civil groups. Her volunteer career has spanned Police and military organizations, running a food bank, organizing Crime and Safety Awareness events, coordinating city-wide (In a border city that included city, county and state Police, Military Police, Border Patrol, FBI offices, Texas Rangers, Federal Marshals and up to 10 campus police organizations) law enforcement agencies and emergency response agencies for information campaigns. In her mundane life, Amara is a data analyst by day, a Business student by evening and a struggling author by night. In February 2003, Amara released a chapbook of poetry titled "Sacred and Surreal". In May 2005 Amara's essay "The Tulip Bulb of Samhain" will be published in "Celebrating the Pagan Soul", an anthology of stories by and about the Pagan community, edited by Laura Wildman and published by Citadel Press. A dedicant of Morrigan, Amara is a life long student of the human connection to the Divine, walking a Pagan path for the last 13 years, after walking away from a very restrictive and less than nuturing journey through the darker regions of Christianity.
Dean Jones: Board Member and Ad Sales Coordinator
Dean Jones has lived in the Bay area for 17 years. He has worked with a Men's Pagan Group (Samildanach) has trained with a Wicca Coven, and now is a Bard with House of Danu, grove of Taliesin and Grove Dore Breed. He lives in Napa with his Son Joshua (Seen Volunteering with the Pagan Alliance) and belongs to a CUUPS group there that he also volunteers with. When he is not working in a Library he bakes, writes poetry and really bad horror fiction.
Arielle: Board Member and Environmental Director
Arielle is a catalyst of communication. She has studied Anthropology and Visual and Game Programming which allows her to play with tech culture. Her enjoyment of things geeky is tempered by her adoration of things natural. arielle’s commitment towards protecting our Mama Earth is extended through her duties as environmental director by helping minimize the impact that our fun and festivities leave behind. arielle also volunteers for other local organizations: San Francisco Sex Information (elf) and the Hotties of Harm Reduction (art director & calendar coordinator). Frequently you will find her knitting, writing, zooming in her zipcar, playing video games, circling with her sisters and enjoying the tremendous energy of our Bay Area Pagan Bubble.
Victoria Slind-Flor: Board Member
Victoria is an accomplished writer, journalist, artist, and teacher within Pagan and non-Pagan Communities. As a journalist she specializes in intellectual property law. Circle Magazine and The Beltane Papers have published her work. Victoria also contributed a number of chapters to Celebrating the Pagan Soul (pub. Citadel Press). She taught at Cherry Hill Pagan Seminary and has presented art and spirituality workshops for Pantheacon, Gaia's Womb, and the Sacred Harvest Festival. For more information, resources, and to enjoy her writing, please visit Victoria's blog, Driving Audhumla.
“Victoria is a brilliant, artistic, creative and inspirational Crone and Journalist. One whose mission is to teach and encourage the next generation of women the ways of our ancestors. She leads by her examples of honesty and perseverance in the face of life’s many challenges. I have found no better mentor in my spiritual path”. Raven, HP Coven of the Sacred Feminine.
“Victoria Slind-Flor has, without intending it, become one of the best-loved Grandmothers of the Bay Area Pagan community. For nearly a decade, she has encouraged---and sometimes badgered---others to allow their divine creativity to flourish. By example of her own artwork, and in more formal workshops and rituals, she has taught us to honor the sacred through courageous and joyful expression of the creative power that each of us embodies. She continues to mentor younger women of our community, gracefully, generously, and sometimes fiercely encouraging them to seek their own unique voice. And among her fellow elders, she has acquired a stellium of devoted friends and colleagues who count themselves blessed by her friendship.” Brighde Indigo
Christine Tigerman (aka Miss Tiki): Outreach Coordinator
Christine Tigerman grew up in southern California and Salt Lake City, Utah. She has her Masters in Gerontology, Business and Psychology from San Francisco State University. She has an Emphasis in Business aspects for Elder care.
She has worked with the elderly population for the majority of her adult life, holds an RCFE license, and was an Assistant Executive Director in a Nursing Home in Burlingame where she learned to love the Elder population. Following this path she found other avenues to enact change in the nursing home Industry.
Born to a catholic family, she converted to Judaism and has, more recently, rediscovered her pagan path. She still identifies with each of these communities, and feels that it is important to preserve her rights--and everyone's rights--to practice any spiritual path.
She has lived in the Bay Area since 1992 and has been a part of the Pagan Alliance since 2008, volunteering and offering her help when and where ever she could. Christine is very community minded and volunteers for many other groups and Bay Area Organizations. Often seen gardening, she also does needle point, softball, soccer, yoga and enjoys dancing when she isn’t baking or assisting one of the many community organizations she volunteers for. She has also traveled to many ancient ruins of the world. She lives with her 9 year old daughter in Pacifica.
DJ Hamouris: Ritual Music Director
Deborah "DJ" Hamouris has been involved in music all her life, playing piano beginning at the age of 5 and continuing through a BA in vocal music. She was founding director of Gaia's Voice, a Pagan Chorus, and East Bay Harmony, a community a cappella choir, as well as music director for the Reclaiming Spiral Dance from 1999-2001. While at CSUH, she created Musica delle Donne, a music festival of compositions by women, which continues annually.
DJ has recorded, performed, directed and taught music in the Pagan community for more than two decades. Recordings include "Welcome to Annwfn" (1986 with brother Rick Hamouris), "The Chorus of Life" (1990 with Gaia"s Voice), "Let It Begin Now" (1997 with Reclaiming), and Moonrise"s "Songs of Love, Magic & Other Mysteries" (2003). Her rendition of "Angel of Bells", on "The Chorus of Life" was chosen by Serpentine Music for "The Best of Pagan Song" CD, (2004).
DJ conducts vocal ensembles, sings, plays mountain dulcimer, composes, and arranges music. Besides performing with Moonrise and her jazz trio (DJ & Brook), DJ teaches music at her home in Oakland and leads vocal workshops. www.ninshibar.com/Music.htm
Molly McEnerney: Info Booth Coordinator
Molly McEnerney found her way into the Bay Area pagan community through Catherine Pennington's Nine Sisters and Magical Acts Ritual Theatre. She is one of the founders of Come As You Are Coven http://www.cayacoven.org/
Ben Penn: Security Manager
Raven: Altar Coordinator
Raven is High Priestess for the Coven of the Sacred Feminine in the East Bay and ordained non-denominational clergy. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry at M.I.T in Cambridge, MA. As a full professor at a leading UC Campus, she has been involved in both teaching and research. Currently her interest lies in how our environment can physically alter our cellular make up; what makes us healthy, and what harms us. Raven blends her scientific training holistically with the folklore and spiritual practices of herbology and ritual, as she believes both can enrich and heal the spiritual and physical elements of our lives.
Rebecca PoeticSparrow: Media Coordinator
Rebecca PoeticSparrow (will answer to Becca or Sparrow) relocated to the Bay Area from the East Coast in 2007. After five days on a Greyhound bus, she arrived in San Francisco with two suitcases and flowers in her hair. She received a B.A. in Literature/Theatre Arts at The College of New Rochelle, a women’s college in NY, where she was an outspoken activist for the Queer and Transgender communities.
A practicing solitary, newly out of the “broom closet,” Sparrow is excited to be working with The Pagan Alliance. She considers herself a professional wanderer and bohemian, has been involved on and off stage with The San Leandro Players, designed chapbooks for local poets and is a certified Pet Care Technician. She loves to bake, blog, and macramé, play dress up with vintage clothes and sway her hips in the middle of drum circles.
Brian Spore: Event Coordinator