Meet the Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors are elected by the Membership annually. Some positions are elected for a two-year period.



Bev Day, MBA, CFE, RA - President (2014)
Bev Day is a Registered Aromatherapist, aromatherapy and business educator, seminar leader, and co-founder of AIA. She shares her passion for aromatherapy and business dynamics through teaching, working with clients and serving as AIA Executive Director. Prior to aromatherapy entering her life, and equipped with an MBA degree from the University of Utah, Bev devoted over 23 years working as an auditor, accounting supervisor and regulatory manager. In these roles she supervised troubled companies, proposed statutory law, testified before legislative committees, served on a national oversight committee, and trained auditors.


Robin R. Deaton, AIC, CHPT, ESMT - Secretary (2014-2015)
Robin Deaton is a Certified Aromatherapist, Healing Touch Practitioner and an Equine Sports Massage Therapist.  I have a passion for knowledge and continually seek learning opportunities to strengthen my crafts, as well as educating others.  I am a lifelong resident of Indiana and have worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the past 29 years.  


Nancy C. Graves, MBA, CA, HHC - Treasurer (2014)
Nancy Graves has been studying a variety of healing arts for over 15 years. With a Bachelors of Science from Penn State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University, she brings forth both a scientific and business perspective to her services for AIA. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Kundalini Yoga Instructor and a Reiki Master Instructor. Her career experience includes Operations Management and Analysis, Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance.


“The Alliance of International Aromatherapists has an important purpose in bringing together a community of professionals whose interest is to set a high standard of service through education, scientific research and esteemed private practice so that the value of aromatherapy can be recognized more strongly as a natural, affordable approach to health care. I am honored to be a part of the team that is building this amazing organization.”



Marilyn Addison, BS, RA – Director (2014 - 2015)
Marilyn Addison is Registered Aromatherapist, Certified Chakra Practitioner, aromatherapy /energy educator; and due diligence consultant.  She is a graduate of the American College of Health Sciences’ Certified Aromatherapy Program.  In her quest to address health challenges naturally, aromatheraphy provided options that alleviated pain associated with those challenges; she continued on her holistic journey with essential oils and founded Spiritual Blends.  Her company focuses on custom essential oil blends that calm, energize, balance, purify, and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.  She conducts workshops on various aspects of aromatherapy and energy work.  Ms. Addison’s prior career experience includes:  Compliance, Quality Assurance, Risk Management, Training and Development.     

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Cary J. M. Caster, LMT, CA - Director (2013-2014)
A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Botany, Cary began her career as a botanist. Cary then obtained a Certificate in Aromatherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy in London, her LMT license from The Florida College of Natural Health, an Advanced Aromatherapy and Teacher Training from Aromahead Institute in Sarasota, FL, and an Advance Clinical 1 and II Aromatherapy Certification at Essential Oil Resource Consultants in France. In 2009, Cary founded 21 Drops, LLC, a line of essential oil blends.


Bridget Kelley RA, LMT

Bridget Kelley, RA, LMT - Director (2013-2014) Past President (2012)
Bridget Kelley is a Registered Aromatherapist, nationally certified licensed Massage Therapist, owner and main essential oils blend formulator for Kelley Pure Essential Oils.  She is a clinical essential oil consultant for area hospitals as well as a local instructor of aromatherapy in west central Wisconsin.


My mission is to provide education on the safe use of essential oils and to take every opportunity to speak about essential oils to hospitals, health seminars and women’s conferences.


It is a privilege to be on the board of an organization whose mission and vision is to advance research and professionalism and to make aromatherapy a readily accessible and respected holistic healing modality to health professionals along with the general public.



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Joan Price-McLaughlin, BA, CA - Director (2014-2015)
Joan is a certified aromatherapist and the owner of Aromatix Signature Scents, a business that focuses on educational workshops for newcomers to aromatherapy, and private consultations in the greater Chicago area. Her background includes over twenty years as a paralegal, both in firms and on her own freelancing. She served on the planning committees for both the 2009 and 2011 AIA International Conferences.


“AIA is such a dynamic organization for the aromatherapy community. Being a member has accelerated every aspect of my training and business through the educational resources, conferences, and other members who are so generous with their time and knowledge. I’m excited to be serving on the Board as AIA continues to grow, expanding the influence of essential oil therapy in the holistic field and offering opportunities to current and new aromatherapists.”



Stefania Borrelli - Director (2014)
Originally from Rome, Italy, Stefania Borrelli began her holistic journey in 1979 in her native country. Her interest in Holistic therapies expanded in the study of Psychoneuroimmunology, Energy Healing, and Ayurveda. In 2009 she founded JoyAmore, a business providing holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle by restoring balance through Aromatherapy and Reflexology. Sensitive and empathetic, creative and enthusiast, constant learner and workshop leader. Through passion, energy and sharing she loves to inspire more and more people to the benefits of Aromatherapy. By coming from a country with a millenarian tradition in herbal medicine and a healthy and natural lifestyle, she brings a “unique” Italian contribution to AIA.


Betty Surette, BSN, CCAP, LMT, CHPN - Director (2014-2015)
I have been a nurse for 44 years. Became interested in complementary medicine in the '90s. Studied therapeutic touch in 1994, then Reiki in 1996, integrative imagery, became a massage therapist in 2000 and studied under Jane Buckle for aromatherapy certification in 2006. I have used aromatherapy in the hospice program and developed a mouthwash for patients with mucocitis from chemo/radiation treatments and for Candida infection, and an aromatherapy solution for wound care..