Samira Bechara, President
Samira Bechara is a Lebanese-American astrologer, wine professional, and fundraising organizer based in New Orleans, LA. An early skeptic, she came into astrology in her early twenties, and after once having her chart read she immediately began her studies in earnest. She has studied with Kepler College, Erin Sullivan, the Faculty of Astrological Studies and more, and has attended and volunteered at conferences such as NORWAC, UAC, and NCGR. She was a presenter at QAC 2018 NYC, and teaches through TogetherWExpand as well as independently. She leans Archetypal, and has recently begun delving into the ancient practices of Mundane and Horary astrology. She is excited to help usher in a new paradigm of astrology and support the coming generation of astrological practitioners by serving with AYA!
Janay Anthony, Vice President
Janay Anthony (she/hers) is a Hellenistic astrologer and tarot reader based in Chicago, IL. Her study of the subjects spans the better part of a decade, and she incorporates both traditional and modern techniques into her practice. In early 2020, she started getting actively involved in the astrological community and noticed an alarming lack of accessibility in the field. Along with accessibility, Janay is passionate about bringing inclusion and representation to astrology. As a queer, black woman with disabilities, she understands the pain of being part of communities that don’t hold space for such intersecting identities, and It’s her goal to create that space in astrology.
Outside of astrology, Janay’s interests span across a wide array. She graduated with a BA in Screenwriting in 2017. She also has a background in acting and is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Another passion in Janay’s life is her love of human sexuality and sex education. She is currently in a Master’s program to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and receive certification as a sex therapist.
Zacchary Powell, Secretary
Zacchary is a Black Queer Astrologer currently based in Philadelphia, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in political science and sociology, focused on the intersection of race, politics, inequality, and constitutional law. Along with his client work, he is the Communications Manager for Fresh Voices in Astrology; a student of Kelly Surtees, Austin Coppock, and Chris Brennan; and a practicing astro-mage (to be clear, we STAN Venus). Prior to making the glorious leap to become a professional astrologer, he worked in the fashion industry for a number of years; served as a policy analyst for a civil rights non-profit working to make structural changes to increase access to clean, safe, and affordable housing; and managed the Manhattan office of a marketing consulting firm.
If it is not already abundantly clear, he most certainly is a Gemini rising with a 9H stellium, and he is ecstatic to be a member of the AYA board as the organization seeks to establish a more intentional focus on anti-racism and justice work within the field of Astrology.
Alex Zolotov, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator
My name is Alex (or Sasha, which short for Aleksandr) and I am originally from Russia. I had an opportunity to study and travel all throughout different European countries before settling down in the United States. The interest in astrology came naturally after being exposed to an enormous number of books on spirituality. After a few years of soul searching I am now in the process of getting my fancy degree in marketing as well as the Professional Diploma in Astrology from Kepler college. Rich multicultural experience, along with my extremely mutable chart makes it extremely easy for me to relate and connect with people around me (although, that part could just be me being gay). As cliché as it sounds, Astrology allows me to understand myself better and that awareness makes me want to share this knowledge and passion with others! My engagement with AYA doesn’t just allow me to actualize my natural potentials, it makes me feel like a proud part of the Future of the Astrologies.
Grace the Witch, International Director of Community Care
Grace the Witch (any pronouns) is an Afro-Italian consulting astrologer, podcaster, Community Witch, and anti-academic researcher. Currently based in London, UK, she was initiated into Astrology as a child by stargazing with her grandparents between Italy and Ghana. With now almost ten years of astrological studies, focusing on psychological and Jungian schools, Grace is currently researching and building a new framework of astrological interpretation. This is focused around the Black diaspora and the current African displacement in Euro-American hegemonies, looking at identity, liminality, and personal mythologies. Her work is therefore anti-capitalist, anarchic by Spirit (Lucumi, Ile Ochun Kayode), queer, and from the margins to the margins. She is joining AYA as International Director of Community Care to co-create new ways for the association to be of support, platform and community to/for young astrologers worldwide. From envisioning peer mentoring and teaching, to re-imagining organizational structures while lobbying for accessible options to astrology courses internationally, Grace hopes to be the first of many community advisors ready to shake, instigate and democratize the astrological table.
Megan Miller, Social Media Manager
Megan is a writer and student of astrology based in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in Visual & Media Arts and screenwriting concentration in 2017 and now works in the entertainment industry with digital media. She first found astrology as a senior in college after a distant fascination with the subject for several years, and began studying in earnest near the end of 2017. Joining the astrology community on Twitter opened up new doors of exploration, and dove headfirst into learning a wide range of traditions, focusing primarily on a hybrid of modern and traditional. She appreciates social media for its intersection of serious study and clever quips, and loves both nice aesthetics and quality memes.
Hugh Tran, Design Director
Hugh is a designer and astrologer based in Salt Lake City, UT. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in graphic design in 2020, and his design practice heavily focuses on visual identity and branding. His fascination in astrology coincided with his studies of tarot and other occult studies from an early age, and his ongoing quest to find higher meaning is reflected in these disciplines. Hugh is passionate about using his skills in design to promote better pedagogy, especially for astrology and esoterica as these fields can have a barrier to entry.
Today, he strives to deepen his studies in traditional astrology by studying both Hellenistic and Medieval authors, and has a keen fascination for astrological magic. In 2019, he enrolled in Christopher Warnock’s Astrological Magic course and continues to further his knowledge on the topic, aiming to cultivate the art and keep it relevant in the modern day.
Alison, Web Master
Alison graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and embarked on her career in illustration, digital design and web development. Her interest in astrology began in 2008 when a friend did a natal chart reading for her. After studying many different branches of astrology she eventually formed a deep interest in medieval astrology and astrological magic. In 2015 she began Christopher Warnock’s Astrological Magic Course which greatly furthered her passion for the subject. She is continuing her studies on the history of talismanic images and is interested in their preservation and relevance in the modern world. By day she works as a web developer. By night she works on a variety of creative projects, including combining art and astrology to craft magical talismans. She joined AYA to become more involved in the astrological community and to find a path towards turning her love of astrology into more than just a hobby. She lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.