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.


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Nancy d'Angelo, CCA - President (2016-2017)
With knowledge and understanding of aromatherapy and what the public is looking for, I believe I would prove to be an asset in keeping our organization moving forward with vision and action. As a co-founder of AIA, it’s my utmost desire to keep things clear and concise. I have been privileged to study with some of the finest minds in aromatherapy today. I have worked in the clinical setting over 8 years, and in teaching aromatherapy 15 years. I own and operate a full service essential oil company, supplying the public, hospitals, hospice and health care clinics with quality essential oils and custom blends.



Lora Cantele, RA, CMAIA™, CSRT - Vice-President (2016)
Lora Cantele is a Registered Clinical Aromatherapist and Certified Aromaflexology practitioner/instructor. Her work as former president of AIA has helped the organization flourish to become a leading voice in advancing an ethical practice of Aromatherapy for personal as well as clinical use. During her tenure at the AIA (2006-2011) she successfully lead the development and implementation of AIA’s Aromatherapy educational standards to take the level of aromatherapy education in the USA to new heights. With her return to the AIA board, Lora continues to elevate the presence of AIA in the international community and serves AIA members by engaging them to see how AIA can best meet their needs.




Colleen Thompson, RA, EOT - Secretary (2016-2017)
Colleen Thompson has worked in the field of Aromatherapy since 1995 and has been a Registered Aromatherapist® since 1997. Colleen has owned 3 aromatherapy stores over the course of her career however her main focus these days is teaching Aromatherapy Certification through her school Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies. Colleen has sat on many Boards in a variety of capacities. 



Carol Scheidel, RN, CCAP - Treasurer (2016)
Carol Scheidel has a passion for aromatherapy & a passion for professionalism.  She is a Registered Nurse and became a Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner in 2005. Carol teaches and practices clinical aromatherapy in a large hospital in Fort Worth, Texas where she is also the nurse ethicist.  The hospital clinical aromatherapy program has 25+ CCAP on staff.  Carol has taught clinical aromatherapy to 175+ students. She has presented at international conferences in Mexico, Japan, France and Hong Kong. 



Tracy "Trey" Anderson - Director (2016-2017)
Tracy Anderson is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Aromatherapist and Polarity Therapist. His first introduction to aromatherapy was in massage school and he began formal training in 2010. Tracy has over 700 hours of aromatherapy classes and is always looking for more education to further his knowledge. Tracy taught massage and energy techniques at the Charleston School of Massage in Charleston, SC from 2005 to 2007 and is hoping to teach aromatherapy in the near future. He owns a small aromatherapy business in Asheville, NC where he does aromatherapy consultations and sells products.




Paula S. Begel, NYSLMT/NCBTMB-PTA, CA - Director (2016)
I love this profession and I look forward to serving on the board to share ideas to catapult us into the future and complementary care. After being involved on AIA committees, I can see the need for more people to get involved in this organization. My goal is to continue to promote what I love and encourage more people to be a part of something big and to bring back members that have left. We need to promote unity and professionalism in this field and share our knowledge so that we can all grow and reap the benefits.


Julia Caira, LMT, CHTP - Director (2016)
Julia is a continuing education provider for licensed massage therapists, nutritionists and dietitians through (CE Broker) the State of Florida Health Department. Julia volunteers monthly as the Reiki Facilitator for Gilda’s Club and has taught Aromatherapy at Broward College. AIA gives me a stronger platform for my mission to help educate my local community. I would be honored to represent this association and its mission. My work as a massage therapist has given me the ability to reach many people who are searching, looking for holistic ways to help heal. Through the use of essential oils many of my clients and students found hope and healing. I want to continue to help others to find healing through aromatherapy. 


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Cary J. M. Caster, LMT, CA - Director (2015-2016)
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.



Fai Chan - Director (2016-2017)
I have an innovative mind. I love to experiment with new ideas. I read a lot and test many ideas to gain insight in various aspects of aromatherapy. So far I have applied the knowledge of aromatherapy in many people and some of them achieved faster, more powerful healing compared to other means of medicine. The field of aromatherapy is still new; there is still a vast realm of knowledge for me to discover. I am eager to contribute to this industry.



Inga Wieser, CMAIA™, AAS - Director (2016-2017)
The past eight years I have been working in the field of alternative medicine, where I lecture, formulate and sell products in a small store, and conduct consultations for individuals. I have studied at the American College of Healthcare Sciences earning a degree in Aromatherapy, taken a web class with Robert Tisserand, studied with Rhiannon Lewis both in the States and France, and attended conferences and webinars to learn all I can about the safe and effective use of essential oils. I am a Master Herbalist, Certified in Iridology and a Homeopathic Consultant, and Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor.