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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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


Denise Joswiak BSN, RN, HNB-BC, CCA - President

Denise is a board-certified holistic nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist. She creates aromatherapy programs for health care facilities and systems. Denise has published research on the effectiveness of nurse-delivered essential oils in ten hospitals. Denise served as the Integrative Health Clinical Site Lead for United Hospital, co-facilitator of their Holistic Nursing Council, and co-chair on the Perinatal Quality Improvement committee. Denise is an author and international speaker, offering healthcare consultations and aromatherapy education through her company Essential Health.

Denise served on the AIA board for 4 years, as National Representative for 4 years, and as the AIA Global Rep in 2021. She served on the Education Committee, the Clinical Committee, and the Membership committee. In all of her engagements, she seeks to connect and broaden the relationships that make professional aromatherapy so rewarding.

In addition to a passion for holistic health, Denise loves to travel, enjoys canoeing, and cherishes time with family and friends.

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Carol Scheidel, BSN, RN, CCAP - Vice President

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 assumed ownership of RJ Buckle, LLC in March 2016, when Jane Buckle, RN, PhD retired. She previously practiced clinical aromatherapy in a large hospital in Fort Worth, Texas where she was also the nurse ethicist.

Carol continues to consult and teach aromatherapy and ‘M’ Technique® both in the United States and Internationally. She has presented at international aromatherapy conferences in Mexico, Japan, France, Hong Kong, and the AIA Conference in 2019.

She has been a member of AIA since 2011. In 2014 she was elected to the Board of Directors. She served as Treasurer from 2015-2020. She is honored to continue to serve AIA as the Vice President.


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Marian "Marni" Reven MSN, RN, AHN-BC, CNE, RA - Secretary

Marian “Marni” Reven is a Professor of Nursing at West Virginia University where she is also entering the final stretch for her PhD. She is an advanced graduate of Aromahead Institute and completed teacher training in aromatherapy at the Aromatic Wisdom Institute. Marni has a passion for lifelong learning and discovery and through her scholarly work will add new knowledge about aromatherapy in healthcare. Currently, Marni serves as chair of the AIA Research committee where she leads a growing group as they review, and share the latest in aromatic and essential oil research. Additionally, Marni serves on other committees and taskforces and enjoys findings and recruiting new talent.

Since January 2020, I have enjoyed my experience with the AIA Board serving as a Director and would appreciate the opportunity to serve at the executive level. I have served as a secretary in other organizations and bring excellent writing and computer document skills. I have a talent for picking up on details and have been published at several levels including peer-review. Currently, I lead the Aromatic Research Quality Appraisal Taskforce (ARQAT). This requires a sizeable amount of organization, dedication, and creativity as many professionals join together to promote high quality aromatic and essential oil research.

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Meredith Cheshire, CH,RA - Treasurer

Meredith Cheshire joined the Aromatherapy and Herbal Medicine community as a practitioner in 2015. She has owned multiple Alternative Medicine Clinics with her business partner for 15 years. Her desire for schooling and certification came out from a patient at her clinic who drank a 5ml bottle of Frankincense and wound up in the hospital. What started as a “quick” class drew her down a rabbit hole where she holds certifications from the Scholar’s Program at Aromahead, Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, New York School of Aromatic Studies and is currently working on her final paper for Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. She also hold a Certified Herbalist certification from Heart of Herbs and is finishing up her Master’s Certification in that as well. She became an RA in 2017 and opened her own business, Faeve Plant Therapies as an adjunct company to one of her clinics.

Her original background and schooling has been in business and financial management. Her building of businesses has been awarded her Business Woman of the Year in 2018 by her local Chamber of Commerce along with numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Meredith has sat on Boards in the Treasurer capacity since 2012. She has worked in the non-profit sector in this capacity for Chambers of Commerce, Humane Societies and her neighborhood HOA.

Reconciling bank accounts while drinking peppermint, lemon balm and nettle tea and having Rosemary and Bergamot in her diffuser is truly one of her life’s great pleasures.

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Nancy Lubin, CA, CPCC - Director

Nancy has been been a founding board member of two local (Camden ME) organizations, and is presently the Membership chair and the Nominations Chair for AIA, having served on the AIA board for 4 years.

She has studied many wellness modalities as diverse as Homeopathy, Five Element Theory, and the Zentangle method. She is an avid organic gardener, making many of her own herbal tinctures and remedies. She has been a certified Life Coach for more than 25 years

Her first Aromatherapy certification was from Aromahead Institute in 2013. She then continued her Aromatherapy education with Rhiannon Lewis and successfully completed Mark Webb’s Aromatic Medicine Diploma course and CO2 class. She completed Madeleine K Hayes/Kicozo Master Class in Palliative Care in 2019. Nancy has taken workshops with Gabriel Mojay , Joy Bowles, The Tisserand Institute and Dr. Tim Miller. Recently she has been engaged in Susan Parker’s lipids classes (Lipid Hub) seeking to further understand the role of carriers in Aromatherapy.

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Colleen Thompson RA, EOT - Director

Colleen is presently the AIA Education Committee Chair and has been a Director on the AIA Board for four years. She previously served as AIA Secretary for three years.

Colleen is the director of Essence of Thyme Aromatherapy school. Since 1996 she has also run 3 retail stores and a holistic health Spa. She has been Registered Aromatherapist since 1997 and has Advanced certificates in Indian Head Massage and Lymphatic Drainage Massage. She is Reiki level 2 and has a reflexology certification as well.

Included in her many accomplishments are Cross Fiber massage training and Ayurveda Study, along with E-learning instructor’s diploma and BC (Canada) instructor’s diploma.

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Amanda Lattin BA, MAT, Dip. Aroma, MH, RA - Director

Amanda Lattin is a trained chemist, teacher, and practicing herbalist and aromatherapist. Amanda earned a BA in chemistry from Huntingdon College, and an MAT with a concentration in chemistry from Lewis and Clark College, before earning her diplomas in both Herbal Studies and Aromatherapy from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She is a Registered Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council.

Amanda has almost 20 years of experience as a professional educator. She has developed and taught curricula on chemistry, biochemistry, and essential oils at several institutions including the College of Botanical Healing Arts, the Traditional Roots Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine, and the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Amanda is currently a professor and the Aromatherapy and Spa Management Program Chair at the American College of Healthcare Sciences.

She founded her herbal and aromatherapy consulting practice, Terracina Aromatics and Herbals in Portland, Oregon, in 2007, designing its line of therapeutic aromatherapy products. Amanda has serviced hundreds of clients with aromatherapy and herbal consults and has collaborated widely with other holistic and allopathic healthcare providers to bring aromatherapy and herbal supports to their clients.

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Liz Fulcher, CA, CAI, RA - Director

Liz brings 29 years of essential oil & hydrosol experience, research, and education to her work as a Clinical Aromatherapist, Hydrosol Therapist and Aromatherapy Educator.

Liz began teaching aromatherapy in 1997 as Director of Aromatherapy Studies for the Mt. Nittany Institute in State College, PA and opened the Aromatic Wisdom Institute in 2010. Her live classes have included a 235-hour Aromatherapy Certification Program, Aromatherapy Teacher Training, Distillation 101, Hydrosols for Health.

In 2020 she shifted her school to an online format. Liz has been the Pennsylvania Regional Director for NAHA since 2000. As the host of the highly popular Aromatic Wisdom Podcast, Liz shares the benefits of aromatherapy with warmth, passion, and humor.

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Amanda May-Fitzgerald, AAS, RA - Director

Mandy received her Associate of Applied Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine with an Aromatherapy specialization from American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) in June 2015. In April 2017 she became a Registered Aromatherapist through the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and she continues to work towards her Bachelor’s of Science in Integrative Health Sciences with ACHS.

As founder of Wild At Heart Botanicals, she consults and educates on best aromatherapy practices. She joined the Aromatherapy Research Quality Appraisal Task Force (ARQAT) in January 2021 and sees the improvement of research methods as paramount to furthering best practice in the field of aromatherapy.

Mandy is an author, presenter, and a lived-experience expert. In her hometown of Vista, California she serves as a Public Art Commissioner furthering opportunities for public art in her local community. She conducts workshops on the basics of essential oil use and some of her favorites include how to incorporate essential oils into artistic pieces. She believes art and science are complementary and their integration brings harmony to the practice of holistic health.

Mandy joined AIA in 2017 and began volunteering as a California Co-Representative in 2019. She became the Pacific Region Regional Rep in 2021.  In 2020 she joined the AIA Research committee and currently serves as the committee’s co-chair and Board Director since May of 2021.

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Karen “Sue” Jordan RN, BAN, CCAP - Director

Sue Jordan has been a practicing RN for 49 years. She started incorporating EO’s in her practice in 2004, using Lavender as her ‘gateway’ Aromatic. In 2014 she earned her CCAP from R.J. Buckle Clinical Aromatherapy program.

In the last 3 years Sue established a well-utilized and administratively supported clinical aromatherapy program for the Veterans at the Northern Arizona (Prescott) VA Health Care System which focuses on the veteran population and the medical professionals who care for them. Prior to that, she also facilitated a clinical aromatherapy program at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis, IN, after being trained by an RN CCAP. Being able to offer aromatherapy helps to restore that “caring connection” which is the reason most people chose health care as a career.

She provides clinical aromatherapy consultations and teaches aromatherapy education classes in the Prescott (AZ) community. She is a Stephen Minister, a long-time volunteer for Maggie’s Hospice, a volunteer with Count the Kicks (stillbirth prevention program) and a volunteer with Yavapai Food Neighbors (prevention of hunger in Yavapai County).

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Founded in 2006, the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the professional organization representing aromatherapists.

AIA aims to increase awareness of and expand access to aromatherapists, help its members build successful practices, expand the body of aromatherapy research, and serve as a resource for members, the media and the public.

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