AIA Representatives

AIA Representatives are available to serve you. They can help you with questions about AIA and membership. Representatives also have educational programs about aromatherapy and AIA. We invite you to attend these programs. Please visit our events page to learn of upcoming programs.

Positions are available at the state and regional levels. If you are interested in becoming an AIA Representative please contact the office.


Guidelines for AIA Regional Representative.
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United States of America

New Mexico
North Dakota
South Dakota
West Virginia

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island


North Carolina
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
West Virginia


New Brunswick

United Kingdom

Central-Eastern Europe*















Stephanie Veilleux-Welch, CA
National Representative
Brunswick, Maine
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Stephanie Veilleux-Welch is a Certified Aromatherapist.  As with most Aromatherapist her education and training is ever-growing through classes, workshops, conferences and more. Stephanie is also in the process of creating her own Aromatherapy Consulting Business Peace Be the Journey Aromatherapy where she will help to strengthen Aromatherapy as a respected complimentary medicine.



“ I was first introduced to the amazing therapeutic benefits of essential oils about 10 years ago and have been in love with them ever since. At first it was just a new tool in my first aid kit but as time went on I found my life being surrounded and healed through mind body and soul with essential oils. After the arrival of my first born, Aromatherapy became a passion due to its sweet gentle nature and I could not get enough information. Since then I have been studying and becoming an active member of the Aromatherapy world.


My personal vision is to make Holistic Aromatherapy wellness available to all and to share with the world the great respect essential oils deserve, as these powerful medicinal plant extracts. With this goal comes the great responsibility of educating friends, family, clients, and the public on the importance of safety and use.


I am honored to be an active part of the AIA Team, and share in the vision of ‘Moving Aromatherapy Forward with Vision and Action’. Peace be the journey!”










Rodney Schwan
Pacific Region Representative
San Diego, California
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Rodney Schwan holds diplomas from the International Academy of Holistic Studies Aroma Genera Diplomat (London); Well Being Institute and has been a CA state licensed Esthetician for over 20 years. He is on the Alliance of International Aromatherapists Research Committee and is a recognized specialist in the fields of medical and spa aromatherapy.Mr. Schwan is best known for developing a model for medical aromatherapy through the Institute of Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice. Rodney oversees a medical pharmacy and education program treating over 6000 patients yearly. He also is a consulting aromatherapist for several medical, elderly care centers as well as leading spa companies world wide. Rodney Schwan is the owner of Aromatherapy Institute and Spa in San Diego, California.



Leiann Phenea King, MH
Utah State Representative
Elsinore, Utah
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Leiann King is a California transplant, farmer’s wife and homeschooling mother of nine children. She has spent a lifetime learning and exploring natural and alternative living. She is a certified Master Herbalist through The School of Natural Healing, an expert on the therapeutic uses of essential oils and has begun practice in the field of iridology. Leiann is an energetic and informative speaker with a treasure trove of experience and insight. She walks her talk. A passion for working with nature and blessing the lives of others are foremost in her life.
“My vision is to remove the veil of ignorance that prevails, correct myths and educate others on safety. How to do this is to spread the message of AIA, encouraging membership, having booths at major events and in cottage meetings.”










Jodi Baglien
Midwest Region Representative
Osseo, Minnesota
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Jodi Baglien is certified in Clinical Aromatherapy through Australasian Herbal College, (2002), in Shiatsu Therapy from CenterPoint Shiatsu School in Minneapolis, (2006) combined with a 20+ years of classes and in depth training in Spirituality and Healing.

Jodi’s business - Inner Scents, is a blend of - Healing Services Shiatsu integrated with essential oil treatments from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, Inner Scents oils – professional quality essential blends sold online and in Holistic Clinics in the Twin Cities area, and workshops and classes.

Jodi shares her passion for healing with essential oils by teaching Aromatherapy through Integrative Health and Healing programs with local Community Colleges and directly to practitioners. Her focus is to teach the skills necessary to confidently and safely integrate essential oil treatments into your care plan for clients, family and self care.

Jodi believes in inspiring others to find joy and balance in their lives, and to take responsibility for their own health.




Erica Schveighofer
Massachusetts State Representative
Plainville, Massachusetts
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Erica Schveighoffer is on a journey to live a more holistic lifestyle. She has always been interested in natural health alternatives and has been using them for years for herself and her families benefit. Both Erica and her children have very sensitive skin, and even products that were touted as being non-toxic would cause skin reactions for them. This led her to an interest in using essential oils, and making her own skin care products. She decided to learn more about essential oils by taking the Aromatherapy Certification course through Aromahead Institute.


Erica believes that people need to take control of their own health, and the best way to do this is through education. She is in the process of starting her own company where she does aromatherapy consultations as well as teaches classes.


Erica is looking forward to supporting AIA throughout promoting the safe use of essential oils on a local level. She plans to build a networking group for aromatherapist in Massachusetts, as well as a place for the general public to receive accurate information on the use of essential oils.



Robin B. Kessler, CA
New Jersey State Representative

Princeton, New Jersey
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I am a Certified Aromatherapist, My interest in essential oils began about 3 years ago because I needed an alternative to boost my immune system and help deal with the pain that I was experiencing. I realized that I needed to learn more about the safety issues that come with the proper use of essential oils. I enrolled in Aromahead Institute and took their free class. My interest peaked and I joined many aromatherapy groups. The more I learned the more I understood how little I knew and that I was not alone in the sea of ignorance. I chose Aromahead Institute and went through their program and became certified. Even as a Certified Aromatherapist, I realize that there is much more to learn and understand. Towards this goal I continue to take related courses with several institutions and other online seminars.


The more I learned about Aromatherapy the more I found that most people do not understand the science or the significant safety issues that must always be kept foremost in every users mind. I decided to offer seminars on “Safe uses of Essential Oils- the do’s and do nots” at Libraries, Senior Centers, Adult Communities and nonprofit organization throughout Central NJ. In addition to the lack of knowledge I found significant misinformation and dangerous practices, especially on the internet. In response, I started a Facebook group called Safe Essential Oils Recipes Only! As its name denotes it is a group that publishes safe recipes and follows the guidelines embraced by the AIA. We started with 10 users and have grown to over 9,000.



I am currently working on my own aromatherapy consulting practice, working with Doctors and Alternative Medicine Practitioners, helping their patients and clients manage pain and use aromatherapy to enhance their wellbeing.


For over 25 years I have also maintained a computer, IT consulting practice that incorporates education: “How to Keep Your Computer Safe” at Libraries and with other public support groups. As rewarding as it is to help fix one’s computer, I like the opportunity to “help fix” one’s spirit, mind and body with the aid of Aromatherapy. I find this very fulfilling and rewarding, not only for myself but for those I can help.


My goal is to spread the word about the importance of using essential oils safely and properly so that the user can benefit, without putting themselves at unnecessary risk or harm.











Paula Schmid Begel, LMT, NCBTMB, PTA
New York State Representative
Cicero, New York
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Life is a journey. We never learn all there is to learn, we never fully arrive. Our desires and passions and interests push us to new levels of education and experience.

I fell in love with essential oils in 2005 when a friend introduced me to them. I am extremely grateful for that time because I found that information was what was missing from my life. It greatly improved my personal life as well as my clients. That excitement led me to reconnect with Andrea Butje, which led to Rhiannon Lewis; which leads me here today.

I am excited to share and network and build a group of aromatherapists to open ways of discussion and help others along the way. I have 22 years’ experience as a Physical Therapist Asst, 18 years as a licensed massage therapist; and 8 years a certified holistic aromatherapist. In addition my experience includes 30 years as a certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor (retired). I still continue training and teaching the martial arts; 5th degree black belt: Sensei. My blending seems to be most for this population! I recently added yoga and Qi-Gong to the mix.

I am looking forward to supporting the AIA through networking and all the education and potential that lie ahead for us. I would like to bring to the AIA community all that I have learned and excited to share with others all of our combined skill and knowledge. It is humbling to be in an arena with such profound minds and leaders in the aromatherapy field from all over the world!

I think if we work together with honesty and integrity, and being confident in our skills and knowledge; we can change the industry. We can reach out to those who don't know what we do in a positive and professional manner. We have each other and many great leaders and research to support what we do. Let's Move ahead in 2014 with a positive outlook.










Amy Lechner ND, Certified Aromatherapist, Wellness Coach
Pennsylvania State Representative
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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Amy Lechner has 13 years of experience in assisting people on their personal journey to health and wellness.  She has worked with essential oils creating blends and has a business where she makes essential oils blends for specific therapeutic purposes.  Essential oils are a part of her everyday life and she enjoys sharing the benefits and uses of essential oils.  Amy is very committed to the education of aromatherapists and essential oil usage.  She has a strong passion for essential oils and desire to help others learn the safe and effective way to use essential oils. She attends workshops and educational events to stay current.  Amy makes essential oil blends to help with both physical ailments and emotional support and incorporates aromatherapy into Reiki treatments to help promote a more relaxing experience.  









Mary Ellen Dorey, RA
Texas State Representative
Plano, Texas
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Mary Ellen Dorey, Natural Perfumer and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist founded Dorey AromaTherapy in 2009 with WellCare and BodyCare products . As a natural branch of aromatherapy, Mary Ellen studied Natural Perfumery and launched True by Dorey Perfume as a line of all natural elegant and sensual perfumes.
Mary Ellen also conducts individual consultations to create custom formulations for clients as well as two unique reflexology treatments, Ayurvedic and European styles, incorporating her essential oil blends.


Mary Ellen worked for many years in technical product development in the retail industry and holds degrees in Textile Technology and Fashion Design as well as Certificates in Management, Clinical Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Natural Perfumery.  She is a Registered Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and is Secretary of the Dallas Holistic Chamber of Commerce.



Lora Cantele, RA, CMAIA™, CSRT
International Representative
Boulder, Colorado
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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. 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.


"I am very fortunate that my work in Aromatherapy affords me opportunities to travel abroad. As a practitioner I am always interested in how Aromatherapy is being used by practitioners in other countries. As the International Representative, I strive to bring together Aromatherapists and their practices so that we can share and learn from each other and build a greater pool of information for our aromatic community."

























Anita James, MIFPA, SPdipA, Cert Ed
England, United Kingdom, Representative

Somercotes, Derbyshire, England
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Anita is a clinical aromatherapist and holistic practitioner, and owner of Essentially Holistic based in Derbyshire, England. She has been an aromatherapist for over 10 years. She changed career and retrained after a series of major life changes. Her passion is working with young children and families using a mixture of aromatherapy, massage and nutritional advice to help overcome  behavioral issues.She teaches aromatherapy both in the United Kingdom and abroad and has spoken at international conferences about her work. Anita was so impressed by the membership and the running of the AIA when attending their conference that she felt honoured when asked to become the United Kingdom representative. "I feel that there is a need for all holistic therapists no matter where they are in the world to work together to progress this wonderful therapy."


Joanne Smith-DeGarie, CCMA
New Brunswick Canada Representative
Charlo, New Bruswith, Canada
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My love of aromatherapy began twenty five years ago as a result of trying to find alternatives for my children's environmental allergies. This led me on a path of self-education which also resulted in my remission from lupus as a result of an holistic aromatherapeutic approach to my illness. In 2013 my husband suggested that I become certified as an aromatherapist so that I could have a career in my passion.


I began my studies with Joyessence Aromatherapy where I received my CAHP, RCRT and Aroma Touch Massage certifications. I then proceeded to the International Certified Aromatherapy Institute where I received my CCMA. I have also recently become a Certified Reiki Master/Teacher. I am a proud member in good standing with the AIA, NAHA, CFA, RAC, IARP, and the AEOTA.


I believe in continuous education and live a simplistic holistic lifestyle because I believe that leading by example is the best form of education and awareness one can provide to the community at large.




Gergely Hollódi, LMP, Certified Aromatherapist
Central-Eastern Europe Representative
Budapest, Hungary
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Gergely holds an BA in English teaching and after a 12-year long  period spent in the advertising-marketing world decided to change his life and started his journey in the field of healing. Gergely has graduated from Cortiva Institute Seattle School of Massage and is a nationally certified (NCTMB) and Washington state licensed massage therapist. He completed the Masters Apprenticeship program with The East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies (EWSHAS) in Seattle. He is professional member of the Association of International Aromatherapists (AIA). He currently lives in Budapest, Hungary where he practices massage as a certified therapeutic massage therapist and offers aromatherapy courses to the public. He is currently studying alternative medicine and plans to become a phytoherapist.


'I have a passion towards massage and aromatherapy. I am committed to help my clients with massage for stress reduction, treatment of and rehab form common injuries, relaxation, and discomfort associated with everyday activities. My massage and aromatherapy practice is grounded in the union of East-West healing traditions. I approach healing with healthy curiosity and invite my clients do the same.'

*In answer to the question of what countries are referred to in the Central-Eastern Europe:  Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzeqovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bulgaria.