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.

Inga Wieser, MS, MA, APAIA, MH - President

Inga Wieser completed her bachelors and masters degrees at Michigan State University in education in 1978.  In September 2013, she graduated with honors from the American College of Healthcare Sciences with a degree in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine earning a double major in aromatherapy and herbal studies.  She continued her education becoming a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor and earning a Masters Degree in Herbal Medicine.  She continues to travel around the world taking classes and attending seminars for the latest and most comprehensive education to pass on to her clients.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of International Aromatherapist and as Education Committee Chair, before being elected to President.  She teaches Complementary and Alternative Medicine at The College of Southern Maryland and speaks around the United States.  She seeks to help others through education and support with the use of essential oils, herbs, diet, lifestyle practices, and homeopathics in her clinic.  Email President

Anita James, MIFPA, SPdipA, Cert Ed. - Vice President
Anita is a clinical Aromatherapist, holistic practitioner, and owner of Essentially Holistic based in Derbyshire, England. An Aromatherapist for over 15 years, her passion is working with children in educational settings to help overcome emotional and behavioral issues. She teaches Aromatherapy both in the United Kingdom and Asia, and has spoken at international conferences about her work. She offers an online Aromatherapy diploma program and engages with students from all over the world.

With a strong focus on education, Anita served on the Council of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA) for two terms; first as the Continuing Education (CPD) chair and later as the Education and Accreditation chair. While with the IFPA, she worked with the Education Committee to develop the IFPA’s statement on internal and intense usage. When attending the AIA Conference in 2009, Anita was impressed with the AIA was honored when asked to become the representative for the United Kingdom. Email Vice President


Jennifer Eden Clark - Secretary

Jennifer is the founder of Learn Essential Oils and author of Essential Oil Basics: The Complete Pocket Guide to Safe & Effective Essential Oil Use. She has used essential oils for over 20 years in personal care products and with her family and friends. She was certified and received her master’s diploma in aromatherapy from ACHS in 2011 and been in private practice since then. She has been a Registered Aromatherapist since 2010 and completed two courses in Advanced Clinical Aromatherapy with Rhiannon Lewis in France. She enjoys furthering her education through practice, reading, conferences, and distance learning.  Email Secretary


Carol Scheidel, RN, CCAP - Treasurer

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®. She has presented at international aromatherapy conferences in Mexico, Japan, France and Hong Kong. She has been a member of AIA since 2011 and has served on the AIA Board since 2014. Email Treasurer


Lora Cantele, RA, APAIA - Executive Director

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 in 2016, Lora continued to elevate the presence of AIA in the international community and served AIA members by engaging them to see how AIA can best meet their needs. In 2017 she became the Executive Director where she continues to support the AIA and its mission and goals. Email Executive Director


Michelle Bardwell - Director

Michelle Bardwell, Founder and President of Flower Road, LLC has spent a lifetime merging her passion for physical and planetary wellness with her innate entrepreneurial savvy. Always one to passionately and vigorously pursue her interests, Michelle sought out her Clinical Aromatherapy education from one of the world’s leading Naturopathic doctors and Aromatologists—Dr. Patrick Collin. For over 10 years, Michelle studied aromatic medicine extensively under Dr. Collin in the Languedoc Region of southern of France. Her education also includes Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Bach Flower Essences, Clay Therapies and Leech Therapy under the prestigious Madame Anne Portier—a practicing Naturopath in the Drone area of France.  Email Director


Nyssa Hanger - Director

Nyssa Hanger, MA, LMT, RA, is a second-generation aromatherapist and the Assistant Director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. Founded in 1989 by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, the Atlantic Institute provides premier education in aromatherapy and is one of the oldest aromatherapy schools in the country. Nyssa was a founding member of the United Aromatherapy Effort in 2001 and has continued to be an active member since. An international speaker on aromatherapy, she writes the aromatherapy column for Massage Today.

Nyssa holds a Master's Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida. She is also the founder of Upward Spiral Center in Tampa, FL. Email Director


Sylla Hanger - Director

Denise Joswiak, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, CCAP, CA - Director

Denise Joswiak created the Aromatherapy program for the Allina Health system.  She has enjoyed teaching patients, families and nurses throughout her 34 years as a nurse. At Allina Health, Denise currently teaches classes involving self-care and integrative therapies.  Denise is the Integrative Health Clinical Site Lead for United Hospital and sits on the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing Nursing Council.  She is co-facilitator of the United Hospital Holistic Nursing Council.  Denise co-authored two research articles and three poster presentations regarding implementation and effectiveness of aromatherapy in the hospital setting.  Her passion is learning and teaching about aromatherapy. Email Director


Nancy Lubin - Director

Nancy has studied many wellness modalities as diverse as Homeopathy, Five Element Theory, and Zentangle. As an avid organic gardener, she makes many of her own wellness tinctures and remedies. 

Her first Aromatherapy certification (2013) is from Aromahead Institute,  with continuing education in advanced courses from Rhiannon Lewis, and  Mark Webb’s Aromatic Medicine Diploma course. In addition to her Aromatherapy training, she is a Certified CO-Active Life Coach and Certified Zentangle teacher. Email Director

Colleen Thompson

Colleen Thompson, RA, EOT - Director

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. Email Director