John Michael Greer, Grand Archdruid
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.
Gordon Cooper, Archdruid of Water
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.
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.
Siani Overstreet, Archdruid of Fire
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.
Dana O’Driscoll, Archdruid of Air
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 and annual gardening, 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.
Tully Reill, Grand Almoner
Tully Reill started out on a Druid Path in the late 1980's as a solitary. In 2005 he joined the RDNA and founded Arizona's first RDNA Protogrove. In 2006 he joined the AODA, being appointed to the Grand Grove in 2008. He and his family currently reside near Winslow Arizona, enjoying the off-grid lifestyle on a ten acre ranch just outside of town.
Lexie Devine, Grand Herald
Lexie Devine was raised as a Christian in the Church of England, and was a member of both the Sunday School and the Church Choir, becoming Cross Bearer by the age of twelve. Her regular visits to churches and chapels of other Christian denominations during her childhood, combined with the many family friends who hailed from different cultures and religions, fostered in her a lifelong interest in World Religions and spiritual beliefs.
Some years later, Lexie became a member of the Bahá’í Faith, and during this period of her life she was voted onto the Local Spiritual Assembly. She also became an active interfaith organizer, regularly hosting meetings, and discussion groups. It was during this time that she began to take a deeper interest in more Earth-based religions. Finding herself attracted to Druidry in particular, Lexie joined the Druid Gorsedd of the First Circle in early 2005, and was ordained to the level of Ovate the same year. In January 2007, Lexie joined the AODA forum, and a few
months later was asked to assist in moderating the group. At Samhain that year she joined the AODA formally, and completed her First degree in December 2008. Currently, Lexie is studying for her Second Degree with the AODA, as well as assisting in the running of the online AODA Mentoring Programme.