Maurice Fernandez, President
I have been practicing astrology for more than twenty years and have since then built an international network, taking astrology across nations and layers of understanding.
I have worked independently, sharing its wisdom through authoring books, training new generations of professionals, or organizing conferences, but the greater calling is now to work as a community. I’m inspired to lead the organization together with the board and the expanding membership to new grounds. OPA serves the community in ways that are different and unique. It is my vision to solidify its core, refine its existing programs and expand them, and develop completely new projects.
Our world is in transition, and OPA has a central role to play for Astrology. Thank you for your support.
Alexandra Karacostas, Vice President
I have served as President of OPA since 2010. During this period OPA has re-organized its Board of Directors, held three successful retreats, and implemented its Professional Certification program. The organization has progressed in services to its members, including OPA’s monthly phone lectures. OPA’s membership has grown, both nationally and internationally. We are seeing organizational-level connections with the international astrological community, particularly in Russia, U.K., Israel, and Greece.
I now seek to serve as OPA’s Vice President, passing the Presidency on in turn. In doing this, I seek to ensure organizational continuity, in working toward organizational and educational excellence, and the advancement of OPA’s interests and mission. I will work closely with the President and all the members of the board to advance professionalism in astrological practice.
I love OPA! Working and learning with the OPA membership, a community of astrological peers, is an ongoing experience of joyful and meaningful growth. It would be my pleasure to once again serve the OPA membership.Vice President's Role:
Sandra-Leigh Serio, Treasurer
I have been a full-time professional astrologer since 1981 and have served on OPA boards in many positions since 1998 but never the position of Treasure. I am a certified group leader for OPA and have been to every Retreat they have held, ten of them and counting. I am also certified by OPA as a professional astrologer and carry that designation from ISAR and AFA as well. My vision for OPA is for it to continue to grow and expand and offer this very unique Retreat format as well as encouraging more members to participate in the certification program. I see OPA becoming much more international without losing its friendly charm and appeal in the coming years. I am proud to have served on the OPA board these last two years as Recording Secretary. OPA will always occupy a very special place in my heart.
Boaz Fyler, Community Outreach Director
I am a 36 yrs old astrologer from Tel Aviv Israel, and strongly inspired to serve as the Community Outreach Director for OPA.
I love astrology since a very young age. I have been studying it for about 10 years and practice it professionally for the past 3 years.
I began volunteering at age 16 at Environmental NGOs and have been a professional PR and media advisor for them. I also served as a journalist for one of the most prominent newspaper and news site in Israel.
I see OPA as a very important international astrological organization and believe it could play a significant role in bringing the professional practice of astrology to broader audiences as well as to younger people.
As I live outside the US, I can help network more globally, and with today’s technological tools, distances matter little. Thank youCommunity Outreach Director's Role:
Moon Zlotnick, Recording Secretary
Moon Zlotnick has been practicing as a full time professional astrologer in the Twin Cities area since 1977 when she received certification from Zipporah Dobyns. In the early 1990s she developed a three year training program to take astrologers from students to professionals and has graduated close to 75 students. Having served on the OPA board once before, she is excited about bringing her ideas and enthusiasm to the board.
Nancy Beale, Membership Secretary
As a perpetual student of astrology, I have been attending OPA Retreats since 2006. I find the small group format of the retreats wonderful for getting a good grasp on the information provided in the tracks through personal attention.
After spending my entire life as a native Floridian where I was a wife, CPA and fashion stylist, I moved to the mountains of Brevard, NC in 2012. In Brevard, I am an avid tennis player and a participant in the Asheville Friends of Astrology group.
I have found OPA to be a welcoming community of astrologers. Through attending the retreats, I have grown as a professional astrologer and as an individual. My Virgo rising and Sun and Mercury in the 6th house will help me accurately maintain the membership database. It would be a privilege to give back to OPA in the position of membership secretary.
Arlan Wise, Publications and Products Director
I’m thankful to serve in the position of Publications Director, which I held for one term before becoming Vice President for the past four years. I have been on OPA’s Board of Directors for a full node cycle and it seems that the organization is not ready to let me go. I feel I function as historian and archivist and have a deep understanding of OPA and its goals. I look forward to working on keeping the website updated and exciting, help with editing work, and serve OPA in every way.