Meet the Council

Here are the members of the Council for Awaken the North! We are all volunteers, and here to help you in whichever manner we can! Each member was picked for their dedication to the cause of creating a safe space for all to learn! Together, we represent all aspects of life: young, old, straight, gay, transgender,  non-binary, Pagan raised and “reformed” Heathens with extensive Abrahamic backgrounds. We have a wide variety of perspectives from Heathens, Pagans, Druids, Witches, and eclectics! Our diversity is what makes us strong, and allows us the opportunity to be exposed to other frames of mind, ideas, and world views. 

Click on each photo to view their introduction video (where available)!

Chancellor of Religious Affairs

Casey “Beast” Clark

(He/Him)

Hailsa! I am Beast, the Chancellor of Religious Studies here at Awaken The North! I look forward to leading our members on the spiritual journey of a lifetime! Skal!

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Chancellor of the Emissary Program

Chris Claus

(He/Him)

Greetings fellow heathens! I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I’m Chris Claus, the Chancellor of the Emissary Program. I’ve been a heathen for 10 or so years now, and have been more focused on my faith for the past two or three years.

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Scribe

Laurel Rae Clark

(She/Her)

Hello, all! My name is Laurel Clark. I am Beast’s wife, and the Scribe for Awaken the North. It is my job to keep you all up to date on what the Council is doing, and keep the official logs of our meetings. If I can help you in any way, please feel free to contact me via email by clicking the button below.

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High Drighton

Cynthia “Cal” Leffler

(She/Her)

My name is Cynthea Leffler but you can just call me Cal. As a member of this Council, I seek to expand my knowledge of the teaching of my ancestors and how they relate to my own beliefs in the great cycle of time. As your High Drighten it is my great pleasure to help ensure that we provide a welcoming and open community to all our kin. I serve as the “sheriff” of our community, ensuring that all of our members are being treated properly and fairly. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions you may have.

Chancellor of Military Services 

Rebecca Simon

(She/Her)

Heilsa all! I’m Becca, the Chancellor of Military Services at AtN! My role is to assist our uniformed members with their path and the way it falls within the military! Like you’ll see in the video, if you have any questions or need help hit that “email the coms” button! Hail to the Aesir and to the Vanir! Hail to Awaken the North!

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Chancellor of Member Affairs

Anja Solsystir

(She/Her)

Anja is a practicing Heathen Witch in the red deserts of Utah. She has studied Christianity, Wicca, Green Witchcraft, Modern Traditional Witchcraft, and has been initiated in Modern Hekatean Witchcraft. It is the Norse path that has truly called her home, however, and she is eager to one day be a dedicated Gyðja. She honors the sun goddess, Sunna, and specializes in divination through tarot, oracle, and runes. 

Chancellor of Public Affairs

Carrie McKenzie

(She/Her)

Carrie lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs, three cats and a lovebird. She fell into Heathenry after what she can only describe as a mystical experience. After participating in her first blót, her ancestors visited her in the form of eagles, clearly leading her to the gods. Carrie is a member of the Wolves of the North kindred, is dedicated to the goddess Freyja, and most enjoys worshiping the gods at her 150 year old cottage on the Wisconsin River, which has been in her family over 100 years. She dearly wishes to help others on their path to the gods and hopes to become a Gyðja in the future.

Chancellor of the Treasury

Russ Ferguson

(He/Him)

Heilsa! My name is Russell Ferguson, the Chancellor of the Treasury. My canine companion, Loki, and I live in a tiny cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I came to Heathenry within the last couple of years; it’s the first spiritual path that’s truly resonated with me. Óðinn & Loiki Laufeyjarson are the two Norse Gods I’m most drawn to, at least for the time.

Chairs & Assistants

Official TikTok'er

Finn Odinschild

(They/Them)

Hailsa all! I’m Finn (they/them pronouns) and I run the TikTok page for Awaken the North, @AwakenTheNorthOfficial.
I’ve been a practicing Heathen for 5 years, and have been practicing green witchcraft for just as long. I’m happy to connect with other members of the community and share mead recipes 😉, magic, and discussions on the lore of our Heathen faith. A couple of my passions are making mead and working to expand my acting career! Skål!

Chair of Regnbue Aett

Wesley “Khaos” Wares

(They/Them)
Hailsa! My name is Wes “Khaos” Ware, I go by Wes or Khaos, my pronouns are He/Him. I am an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. I have been a practicing pagan since the age of 8, but a Norse pagan for about the last 7 years. My goal is to be the best ally to all the members of REGNßUE Ætt that i can be. I spent 19 years in the US ARMY and i can be loud if need be. I am your voice, I am your shoulder to lean on, I am that helping hand up, I am the one you call upon when no one is listening. I am your ally, friend, brother, father(if you need one)  But most importantly I see each and everyone of y’all and i love you all.

Chair of Social Media Outreach

Sarah Dowell

(She/Her)

~Bio and video coming soon~

Awaken the North's Vitki

Kurt Hoogstraat

(He/Him)

Kurt Hoogstraat is a Vitki and Gothi living in northern Illinois. He is the founder of the Facebook group Vitki/Volva Forum. His personal Facebook page is A Contemporary Vitki. He is the author of the books “Vitki Musings” and “On Contemporary Seidr” both available exclusively on Amazon. His blog is Esoteric Musings.

Chair of Kaupmaðr Félag

Kat Killmaster

(She/Her)
Hailsa All! My name is Kathryn, but I go by Kat or Skírr (which means pure in old Norse like Kathryn does in English). I grew up in a Christian home, but I never felt like I belonged. About 8 years ago is when I really felt drawn to the pagan paths. I have studied Wicca, though it is not the path that called to me. The paths  that called to me really are Norse paganism, which I have been following for about 4 years now, and Druidry, following for about 2 years. I live in Idaho with my wife and our 2 fur babies. A male American short hair cat named Sukko and a female mini-Dachshund named Peanut. I work in health care, so I feel drawn to the goddess Eir, but lately I have been called to Óðinn and Freyr. I hope to one day become a Gyðja in the future for my Kindred in Boise ID.

Chair of the Kindred Affiliation Program

Dilan Motsenbocker

(He/Him)

~information coming soon~

Drighten

Dave Adams

(He/Him)

Hi all! I’m Dave, a Drighten here at Awaken The North. I’m a former Army medic and a retired RN. My wife Ashleigh and I live in Tulsa OK. My role is to ensure everyone feels welcome and at home here with AtN. Skål!