Gordon Cooper, Grand Archdruid
Gordon Cooper began his study of natural sciences, nature spirituality and magic in 1976 while serving in the US Navy. In the early 1980's he began his study of the poetic traditions of Ireland and Wales and their contemporary applications. Along that mist-wrapped variegated green road he became one of the founders of the Celtic Reconstructionist movement and a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, where he holds the distinction of being one of their Mt. Haemus scholars. Due to a growing awareness of the viability and elegence of the Lodge system and the desire to help explore North American spirit ecologies, he joined AODA shortly after its revival in 2003, and was elected to the Grand Grove in 2005. Gordon became the 8th Grand Archdruid on December 21st, 2015.
His formal degree work is in anthropology and Turkish language studies. He has attained the rank of 3rd dan in Hsin Lu Tong martial arts school and continues to learn and apply lessons from this discipline. He is a bishop in the Universal Gnostic Church and one of the moderators of the Gnostic Druid Forum, the online branch of the UGC's Druid fellowship. Current projects include a book on Physical Culture ("Hermetic Tension") with another druid author. He is a licensed amateur radio operator and resides on the shores of the Puget Sound.
Dana O’Driscoll, Archdruid of Water
Dana O’Driscoll spent most of her childhood in the wooded hills of the Laurel Highland region of Pennsylvania, making mud pies, building brush cabins, and eating berries. Thankfully, little has changed, and she can still be found searching out tasty mushrooms, gathering herbs, playing her panflute for the trees. Dana enjoys various kinds of wildcrafting and natural arts and is often covered with paint, dirt, or both. She is a certified permaculture designer and is working towards more resilient, self-sufficient lifestyle through beekeeping, perennial agriculture, animal husbandry, food preservation, herbalism, and natural building. She works as a community organizer to promote sustainable education, food security, and community empowerment using permaculture methods.
Dana joined the AODA in 2005 and, after completing her first and second degrees, earned the degree of Druid Adept in 2013. Her Druid Adept project explored connections between permaculture and druidry. She joined the Grand Grove in 2014 as Grand Pendragon and became an Archdruid in 2015. She is chief editor of Trilithon: The Journal of the Ancient Order of Druids in America and runs Star and Thorn Grove in Western Pennsylvania. She is also a Druid-grade member in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, a Bishop in the Gnostic Celtic Church, a member of the Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn. Dana holds a Bachelors Degree in English, a Masters Degree in Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition, and by day, enjoys her job as university professor where she teaches a variety of courses in writing, rhetoric, community engagement, pedagogy, and research methods. Dana is the illustrator and author of the Tarot of Trees, a whimsical, tree-themed tarot deck published in 2009 (www.tarotoftrees.com). Her writings on druidry and sustainability can be found at The Druid's Garden (druidgarden.wordpress.com).
Adam Robersmith, Archdruid of Fire
An unaffiliated Druid since the early 1990s, Adam Robersmith joined the AODA in 2007 as a way to nurture his own spiritual life while following his call to work in the world as a Unitarian Universalist minister and spiritual director. He was granted the degree of Druid Adept in 2016 upon completion of the Nine Hazels Qi Gong, a qigong form designed to teach and support Western energetic practice through movements that also support bodily health. He joined the Grand Grove in 2016.
Adam holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Master of Divinity. His undergraduate studies focused on Biology (Behavior and Ecology), Myth, Ritual, and Literature. He was the St. Lawrence Fellow for the study of Universalist History in seminary and is now completing a Doctor of Ministry, studying the process of spiritual formation.
Adam is an artist who most often works in fiber as a spinner, weaver, and knitter; a musician who plays harp, bodhran, and sings; and a writer of poetry, fiction, and spiritually focused non-fiction. When he is not actively tending his garden, he can often be found enjoying it and the wilder spaces beyond whenever the weather and his work permit. He has particular interests in contemplative practices, divination, storytelling, and the intersections of myth and history. Having lived in New York, Ireland, California, and Arizona, he now lives in the far western suburbs of Chicago with his partner, their dog, two looms, and many, many plants indoors and out.
Paul Angelini, Grand Pendragon
A native-born Michigander, Paul Angelini has had a deep love of the natural world and it's wonders since his earliest years of childhood. In his late teens, he discovered the Western Esoteric Tradition, largely by way of Manly P. Hall's “The Secret Teachings of All Ages”, and “Learning Ritual Magic” (Greer, etc.). In 2008, Paul attended a conference on Peak Oil in Rochester, Michigan entitled Plan C, where he met, among many other great people, then-Grand Archdruid, John Michael Greer. While not acquainted with the AODA or Druidry in general at that time, Paul was deeply impressed by his conversations with JM, and a seed was planted in his mind at that time which later sprouted and took root when he joined the AODA in 2013, and was formally initiated as a Candidate by JMG and Dana O’Driscoll on April 20th. At present, he is working on his AODA 2nd degree.
In addition to his Druidic path, he is committed to sustainability and the conservation of old skills and knowledge, having completed a Permaculture Design Certificate course in 2011 in Detroit, MI, a 4-season Traditional Western Herbalism intensive with acclaimed Michigan-based herbalist, Jim McDonald in 2012, and in 2013, went on to co-organize a meetup group in SE Michigan centered around permaculture design, community building, and the exchange of useful skills and knowledge. His passions include foraging wild food/medicine, making music and exploring new music, hiking, collecting old/used/new books, cider making (and zymurgy in general), book design and layout, and learning new skills/subjects.
Kelly Trumble, Grand Almoner
From an early age Kelly has had a passion for learning. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s and PhD in British literature. She has worked as an accountant, an adjunct professor of English, and a freelance editor. She formally joined AODA in 2013 and is currently working on her second degree, which she plans to complete at the end of 2016. She is a student of the Dolmen Arch magical system and a copyeditor of Trilithon: The Journal of the Ancient Order of Druids in America. Kelly joined the Grand Grove in 2016.
Kelly spends most of her time homeschooling her son, doing the occasional copyediting, volunteering at the local library, and caring for her family. She has a newly discovered passion for birdwatching, so she can often be found walking in the woods of her northern Michigan home with a pair of binoculars. She enjoys learning traditional skills and practicing organic gardening, animal husbandry, knitting, and homemade food preparation. Kelly has dedicated her life to living simply and caring for the Earth, and is committed to teaching her son to do the same.
Adam Milner, Grand Herald
Adam has been called to a spiritual connection in the natural world since childhood. After searching for ways to explore that connection through the lenses of Christianity, Taoism and Paganism he eventually found a home in Druidry. After a long Candidacy, he was initiated into the AODA First Degree on Alban Hefin, 2015 and is currently working on his Second Degree.
Adam grew up exploring the canyons, deserts and wide open skies of New Mexico. He currently lives in Oakland, CA and is exploring urban sustainability, pollinator protection, and the streams and forests of his adopted home.
Our Archdruids Emeriti have stepped down from service, but we honor them for their years of dedication to the order.
John Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid Emeritus
Born in 1962 in Bremerton, Washington State, USA, John Michael Greer was raised in a nonreligious family but developed an intense interest in spirituality, mythology, and esoteric traditions in childhood. He began studying the Golden Dawn tradition of Hermetic spirituality in his teens, and followed the "golden thread" of esoteric teachings into a wide range of related subjects, from martial arts and Asian mystical traditions to environmental science and sacred geometry, in the years that followed. He attended college at Western Washington University and the University of Washington, graduating from the latter magna cum laude in 1993 with a BA in Comparative History of Ideas.
In 1995 Greer joined the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD), began its correspondence study program, and progressed through the three degrees of Bard, Ovate and Druid, receiving his certificate as a Druid Companion of the Order in 2002. In 2003 he was honored with OBOD's Mount Haemus Award for Druid scholarship. He is also a member of the Reformed Druids of North America (RDNA), and was initiated as a Third Order priest of that tradition in 2008. In 2003, after a series of discussions with the surviving members of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, he was brought into AODA's Grand Grove as Archdruid of the East. On December 21, 2003, on the resignation of Grand Archdruid Betty Jean McCloud Reeves due to ill health, he moved to the Northern Chair of AODA as the order's seventh Grand Archdruid.
Greer is a freelance author in the fields of nature spirituality, ecology, and esoteric traditions; he is the author of twenty-one books and a widely read blog, "The Archdruid Report." He is also an archbishop in the Universal Gnostic Church, and a certified instructor in one of the old "temple styles" of t'ai chi ch'uan. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland, with his wife Sara.
Sara Greer, Archdruid of Water Emeritus
Sara Greer, Archdruid of Water, has been involved in modern Druidry since Lughnasadh 1994. She is an archpriestess in the AODA and a Bishop in the Druid arm of the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. In addition to AODA, she is a member of OBOD, RDNA, and the Druid Gorsedd of the First Circle. Under her pen name Clare Vaughn she is coauthor of two books, Learning Ceremonial Magic and Pagan Prayer Beads.
Siani Overstreet, Archdruid of Air Emeritus
Siani A. Overstreet has been a practicing Pagan for going on 40 years now. She first 'found' Druidry in any formal respect in 1990-91 via Ross Nichols' book on Druidry. In the late 90's She found and joined ADF, then Keltria, but remained restless. Shortly after she enrolled in the OBOD and is currently in the Ovate Grade. Sometime around '05 she found the AODA and with transfer credit from the OBOD joined as an Apprentice, then progressed to Companion. In 2007 she became a Druid Adept in the AODA, and was elected to the post of Archdruid of the East of the Grand Grove. She lives in Western Massachusetts, leads the Oakstone Grove, and generally spends a lot of time studying various things.