2021 IANDS DISCUSSION Panels

2021 Friday Panels & Moderators

How NDE/Spiritual Wisdom Can Nourish Today's Children Discussion Group

Moderator: Marla Hughes
PMH Atwater, LHD, Jeff O'Driscoll, MD, Jeff Olsen, BSc, Spencer Olsen, BMus,Brooke Grove, MA, MFT

Friday 12:00-1:30pm EDT

Room 3

90 Minutes

Moderator: Marla Hughes

Marla Hughes is a Podcast Host, Author, Children’s Yoga/Meditation Teacher, and Founder of the “Love Project” working with orphans in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia. Marla has worked with children her entire life in many capacities. At the transplant unit of UCSF Hospital in San Francisco, she taught children about exercise, nutrition, and visualization. She worked with Dr. Gerald Jampolsky at the Center for Attitudinal Healing, using art and music therapy to help young children who had life-threatening diseases or who had a parent or loved one who was severely ill. Her podcast, Interviews with Innocence (interviewswithinnocence.com), features experts in science and metaphysics who focus on children and spirituality. Marla’s first children’s book, Love Magic, reminds all of us that those we love are always with us, and the world is vibrant with reminders of their presence.

PMH Atwater, LHD

P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D. began her research of the near-death phenomenon in 1978, after having had three near-death experiences within three months. To date, her work covers nearly 5,000 adult and child experiencers. Some of her findings have been verified in clinical studies, among them the prospective study done in Holland and published in Lancet Medical Journal (12-15-01). For this talk, she combines her work in near-death states with the research she did in the sixties in her home state of Idaho where she started Idaho’s first non-profit metaphysical corporation called Inner Forum. Over 3,000 people learned about altered states of consciousness, mysticism, psychic phenomena, and the transformation of consciousness under this aegis. She has been given many awards, several from IANDS.

Jeff O'Driscoll, MD

While near-death experiences are increasingly discussed among medical providers, including incidence, proposed mechanisms and long-term impact on experiencers, far less attention is given to shared-death experiences, which may be as common or more common among medical providers. By sharing personal experiences and experiences for colleagues, this presentation will initiate the normalization of shared-death experiences among medical providers and invite collaboration and research into the phenomena

Spencer Olsen, BMus & Jeff Olsen, BSc

Father and son (Jeffery Olsen & Spencer Olsen) share their two drastically different experiences of an auto accident that took the lives of half their family. Jeffery (the Father) having profound Near-Death Experiences, Out-of-Body Experiences and After-Death Communications, while Spencer (the Son, only 7 years of age at the time of the accident) had no NDE nor mystical experience at all and was left to navigate grief, loss and trauma as an innocent child. Now, the two come together to share where their paths have taken them and why. And how they are bonded beyond the experience through a unifying knowledge of love.

Brooke Grove, MA, MFT

Brooke Grove, MA, is a near death experiencer, integrative healer, shamanic energy medicine practitioner and writer in co-creation with Spirit. A former psychotherapist, Brooke has advanced degrees in Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy, enhanced by numerous post-graduate multi-disciplinary certifications. Brooke is the mother of two beautiful, highly-intuitive children, who are her esteemed Wisdom teachers. She maintains a private, international healing practice, offering remote services, wherein her goal is to explore, transmute and empower the evolution in human consciousness through gratitude, service and Light.  www.brookegrovehealing.com

VETERANS GROUP

Moderator:DIANE CORCORAN, PhD, RN
GENNY KRACKAU, CHASE SKYLAR DEMAYO, BILL MCDONALD

Friday 12:00-1:30pm EDT

Room 4

90 Minutes

Moderator: Diane Corcoran, PhD, RN

Dr. Diane Corcoran obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of TX at Austin in 1981. At that time she was also serving as an Officer in the U. S. Army – with a career that lasted 25 years. She heard her first NDE account from a young soldier. In 1981 a new organization was incorporated and is now known as the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Diane has served on the Board of Directors numerous times and this includes many years as President. She helped facilitate research conducted on the reality of events which we now know as Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). Diane now has her own consulting firm and that young soldier in Vietnam — he had told Diane about his NDE before there was a name for these type experiences.

Genny Krackau

Genny Krackau, author of “Beyond the Explosion”, is a life resident of San Antonio, Texas. She spent the majority of her Civil Service career working in the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD), Fort Sam Houston, Texas. After her retirement she worked several government contract jobs within the AMEDD. Of special interest was a research study with wounded warriors for combat related injuries Additional research included military and burn injuries, as well as supporting a clinical trial for head injury patients, hearing conservation research for the military (Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence) and currently supporting a research study in Emergency Department trauma. Her sincere dedication and compassion for the patient is evident as she always put the patient first and foremost in any job she performed. It is no surprise by compiling these combat near-death experience stories for her book, she once again is serving the military in a very unique and special way. Genny personally relates to the near-death experiencer since she also had spiritual experiences. She understands the difficulty in discussing personal experiences.

Chase Skylar DeMayo

Chase Skylar DeMayo is a US Air Force Veteran who Died April 1st 2008 and sent back to spread laughter, light, love and joy with the world. Injured early in Survival Training in the Air Force, Chase became a Public Affairs Journalist where he had the opportunity to share his stories with active duty military and supporters. After a Near Death Experience through cardiac arrest in 2008 while stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Chase kept his Near Death Experience private in fear of judgement and retribution for twelve years until now. Since being medically retired from the Air Force in 2008, Chase has worked in television, radio, sports entertainment, comedy writing and also performing at theme parks and national events. In October 2020, Chase attended a Veteran’s Mental Health Retreat which reopened his Near Death Experiences and created a newfound passion to helping fellow veteran’s and their supporters. Through the work Lilia and Diane Corcoran have done to educate Veterans; Chase hopes to continue that message help heal others and allow them to Chase the Light. To keep in touch with Chase and hear more about his experiences and journey, visit ChaseSkylar.com

Rev. Bill MacDonald

Rev. Bill McDonald was a Huey helicopter crew-chief/door-gunner in Vietnam. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal, 14 Air Medals, The Purple Heart Medal and other medals and ribbons. He had many STEs while in combat, as well as before and after the war including NDE-like experiences which he writes about in his books.

He has been associated with around a dozen films, TV shows and videos including a PBS TV special called “œThe Art of Healing”. He has authored several books that deal with his 3 NDE-like events and his many STEs.

THE POWER OF A TRANSFORMED CONSCIOUSNESS: NDES AS INSPIRATION FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH PANEL

Moderator: REV. STEPHANIE BRADBURY, MDiv
DARRYL PHILLIP, BA, CAROLINE CHANG, BA, MARNI HILL FODERARO, EdD

Friday 2:00-3:30pm EDT

Room 3

90 Minutes

Moderator: Rev. Stephanie Bradbury, MDiv

The Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury has been an Episcopal Priest for 25 years and has professionally counseled many people who’ve had NDE’s and STE’s. She herself has had a number of Spiritually Transformative Experiences beginning at age 6. Stephanie is drawn to the bright overlap between matter and spirit, and how life in this reality is intertwined with the transcendent. She feels called to act as a translator to a world that is often blind to the astonishing wonder of All That Is, and help facilitate the processing of those who have been touched by the extraordinary. Stephanie has led retreats, spoken at Boston IANDS gatherings, and been interviewed for the Leap from Within podcast. While grounded in the Christian tradition, Stephanie welcomes insight both from within organized religions and beyond. She is also an ISGO Certified facilitator.

Darryl Philip, BA

Darryl Philip is an author, self-taught theologian and researcher of spiritual truths and how these truths manifest in our lives every day.

Caroline Chang, BA

Caroline Chang is the Producer and Host of Awake 2 Oneness Radio, Founder of The KYLE Foundation (Keep Your Light Expanding), and Co-Founder of Universal Oneness Alliance. She was inspired to launch her podcast six months after her son Kyle transitioned to spirit. Her mission is to inspire the world to awaken to the Universal Truth of Oneness. Spirituality and Science are teaching us we are literally all connected, we are all ONE and when Humanity awakens to this Truth there will be peace on earth.

Marni Hill Foderaro, EdD

Dr. Marni Hill Foderaro is an award-winning educator and celebrated author. She earned her doctorate in education and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard after a very successful and rewarding 35-year career in education. Marni is a lover of animals, nature, music and world travel. Foderaro handles life’s challenges with love and compassion. She values honesty, integrity, equality and goodness and prays for peace on earth. She was born in the South, raised her children in the Midwest and has made the Caribbean her home. Inspired by hundreds of true STEs, Marni’s critically acclaimed and Best Books award winning Spiritual fiction God Came To My Garage Sale has received praise from prominent endorsers, including James Redfield, best selling author of “The Celestine Prophecy, psychic mediums Thomas John and Lisa Williams, and with founding directors of IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies) Santa Barbara’s Barbara Bartolome and Chicago’s Diane Willis.

40 Years of NDE Research: Enlightening Gens Y and Z Now!

Moderator: DEBBIE JAMES, MSN, RN, CCRN-K
VINCENT DEVICE, JOE HAIN, JOHN HAIN, DARREN MCENANEY

Friday 4:20-5:50pm EDT

Room 2

90 Minutes

Debbie James NDE

Moderator: Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K

Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K has worked in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 44 years as a clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and formed two support groups in San Antonio: one for near-death experiencers (NDErs) and for organ donor families. After completing her master’s thesis on NDEs and Disclosure, she served on the Board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In 2009, Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. She has delivered numerous presentations regarding NDEs and spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) to small group sessions/classes as well as international conferences audiences.

Vincent DeVice

Vincent DeVice is a Senior Nursing student currently working as an in-home caregiver as he pursues his R.N., B.S.N. degree. Vincent has a passionate interest in independent senior care and hospice work. Vincent began reading about NDEs in high school which sparked a lifelong pursuit of learning about NDE research literature, near-death experiencer presentations and books. He attended his first IANDS conference in September of 2019 which was held in King of Prussia Pennsylvania, not far from his hometown of Philadelphia. He went on to attend the first annual IANDS conference online and has had the opportunity to remain connected to near-death experiencers and researchers. He plans to be an active member of IANDS and share the remarkable lessons of NDES whenever possible with anyone willing to listen.

Joe Hain

Joseph Hain is a graduate of Holy Family University, Class of 2020. He studied psychology from a mental health perspective and interned as a social worker at Wesley Enhanced Living in Philadelphia, PA. As a child, Joseph had a deep interest in spirituality that led him to feel called to serve as a priest. He is in the process of being received into The Episcopal Church and continuing his education through Biblical Training.  Joe’s interest in Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) started at a young age when he read the book Heaven is For Real. This book, coupled with his passion for religion andnpsychology grew from there. He has read other perspectives on death from Judaism’s idea of the gilgul (reincarnated soul) to Tibetan Buddhism’s Bardo Thodol and more. When it comes to beliefs on death and NDEs, it can not be denied that something happens after we die or nearly die. Why is it that some people have an NDE and others do not? How do those in Generation Y come to understand and embrace Near-Death Experiences?
Certainly IANDS is a big help!

John Hain

John Hain is a computer management information systems major at Holy Family University. He was introduced to NDE’s through his brother and some friends. His father has taken great interest in the topic through the book “Imagine Heaven“ and has shared many of the stories. NDE’s captured John’s interest and he is excited to continue learning about them.

Darren McEnaney

Darren McEnaney is 25 years old. At the age of 12 following a traumatic event he developed a severe general anxiety disorder. Over a short time this anxiety became focused around his health and subsequently lead to a strong fear of death. At the time, Ihe believed that the death of the body meant the end of everything he knew and loved. This became a depression, which forced Darren out of mainstream education and ultimately at 16 he became suicidal. Thankfully, due to his fear of death, he didn’t follow through but he saw no future beyond anxiety and depression for the rest of his life.

Having never been religious in any way, despite attending a religious school throughout my childhood, Darren had always turned to science to answer the big questions of life, of which he was always interested in.  Over time he began coming across experiences that seemed to counter the purely scientific materialistic perspective. Initially, he dismissed these accounts as fanciful or the result of damaged brains, psychedelic chemistry, or self-delusion.

That was until he came across the phenomena of veridical perception. Commonly associated with NDEs but also in out of body phenomena, mediumship, and various other forms of psi-based practice. This piqued his interest, especially those cases where third-party verification was involved, and with which medical data and scientific study data were available.

Darren continued looking at the scientific study of such phenomena, and subsequently started the Seeking I project in 2018 as a means of sharing his research with others who were interested and documenting his journey through the learning process. At this point, although his beliefs are always subject to change as he discovers new information, Darren no longer sees death as a cessation of the self and life as meaningless with nothing to show for it at the end.

Seeking I acts as a platform of video interviews, discussions, debates, and podcasts with some of the leading researchers and experiencers in the fields of anomalous consciousness studies, and is expanding slowly to help this important information reach a wider audience.

EXPLORING EXPERIENCERS' JOURNEYS: AFTEREFFECTS, INTEGRATION AND EMBODIMENT PANEL

Moderator: BROOKE GROVE, MA, MFT
CHRIS KITO, BSc, RENU ARORA, BA, KEYAUNOOSH KASSAUEI, MD

Friday 4:20-5:50 pm EDT

Room 3

90 Minutes

Moderator: Brooke Grove, MA, MFT

Brooke Grove, MA, is a near death experiencer, integrative healer, shamanic energy medicine practitioner and writer in co-creation with Spirit. A former psychotherapist, Brooke has advanced degrees in Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy, enhanced by numerous post-graduate multi-disciplinary certifications. Brooke is the mother of two beautiful, highly-intuitive children, who are her esteemed Wisdom teachers. She maintains a private, international healing practice, offering remote services, wherein her goal is to explore, transmute and empower the evolution in human consciousness through gratitude, service and Light. www.brookegrovehealing.com

Chris Kito, BSc

At the age of 24, Chris Kito went into anaphylactic shock from a food allergy and it led him into a life changing Near-Death Experience, in 2012.

Renu Arora, BA

In 2017, Renu Arora had a life-changing accident, along with a Near-Death-Experience, in which she was hit by a bus and dragged under its wheel.

Renu is a British Asian artist who has over 16 years experience throughout the UK.

She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and BBC Sounds.

Venues worked at include London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, New Vic Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Renu is a former member of the world-famous Alternatives team in London’s West End.

Keyaunoosh Kassauei, MD

Dr. Keyaunoosh Kassauei MD is an international medical graduate (IMG). She continued her medical education with a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine in the United States.
She is currently a member of ICF (International Coach Federation/Foundation) and an active Fellow at IOC (Institute of Coaching) at Harvard Medical School/Mclean Hospital. She also sits on IOC board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (DEI).
Enlightened by her Near Death Experience (NDE, in 2006), she developed a passion for coaching in health care and became a certified EQ/ SQi Coach and earned a certificate in Mind Body Medicine from MBM/BHI Institute/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Kassauei is founder of “My Conscious Coaching Group” (MCCG), A 501c3 Coaching Nonprofit with a vision to raise self and global awareness for a conscious mind through education and application of EQ/SQ . She Earned a certificate of Spirituality & Healing in Medicine from GW Institute for Spirituality & Health (GWish) in 2009 and ISPEC (Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum) train the trainers program. She is also a certified ISGO facilitator.

INFINITE/PROFOUND EXPERIENCES: FOUR VARIATIONS OF DIVINE EXPANSION AND LOVING ONENESS PANEL

Moderator: REV. ROBIN RICHARDSON, MMH, LMHC
ANDREW PETRO, MBA, JENNIFER JONES, MRE, NANCY CLASBY, BA

Friday 6:00-7:30pm EDT

Room 3

90 Minutes

Moderator: Rev. Robin Richardson, MMH, LMHC

Robin Richardson is a licensed psychotherapist who practices in Sarasota, FL. She is a National Board-Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist at the fellow level who utilizes music, sound, and light in her counseling practice to help facilitate healing for her patients. She is also a Clinical Certified Trauma Specialist, Clinical Family Trauma Specialist, and has knowledge and use of RRT and EMDR. She is also is an ordained minister with the Cosmic Center of Spiritual Light, and a lifelong student of metaphysics, religions, and the ancient perennial wisdom teachings. Her three children are the highlight of her life.
Robin Richardson, LMHC, NBCCH, CCTP, CFTP, HAPI

Andrew Petro, MBA

Andy Petro is just a regular guy who happened to drown, earth-die, and then return unwillingly to earth. He is able to remember exactly what happened to him while he was earth-dead. When forced back into his earth-body after his near death experience he was not given any instructions, missions, or tasks to tell others about his encounter within the Light. He was frighten and very sad for many years. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t forget the Light. He was very angry with the Light for many years. Then he started waking up in the middle of the night with words and images whirling around in his mind. He was compelled to get up and start writing from the chalk board in his mind.

Jennifer Jones, MRE

In 2001, after giving birth to her fourth child, Jennifer suddenly and inexplicably hemorrhaged. Efforts to save her life were in vain, and she died. Over and over, she died and was resuscitated, until she no longer responded to life-saving efforts, and was pronounced dead. She experienced multiple NDEs, and her account has been described by NDERF as “A must read! Among the most profound NDEs ever shared with NDERF.” (Near Death Experience Research Foundation). Hear her personal perspectives and insights about NDEs, what it was like, and what she learned. Jennifer is an avid writer and mom. She enjoys racing one-design sailboats at her local sailing club in Florida.

Nancy Clasby, BA

Nancy Torgove Clasby has been a pioneer practitioner of spirituality and healing since 1996 after a spontaneous awakening that forever changed the trajectory of her life.

Nancy has worked as a healer and meditation teacher since 1996 and has helped hundreds of people and animals find a greater sense of peace.

She is the author of “The Reluctant Mystic, Autobiography of an Awakening” as well as the recording artist of “Healing Meditations.”

She has been a member of IANDS since 2012.
Presenter to the Arizona IANDS groups 2016.
Presenter to the ISGO Stellar Speaker Series 2021.

2021 Saturday Panels & Moderators

EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES FROM A GLOBAL/CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: CONVERSATIONS ACROSS THE CONTINENTS PANEL

Moderator: KIRSTY SALISBURY
LILIA SAMOILO, BSc, INGRID HONKALA, PhD, RITU LABOUEF, MA, LMT, ROLAND ACHENJANG, PharmD

Saturday 4:20-5:50pm EDT

Room 2

90 Minutes

Moderator: Kirsty Salisbury

Kirsty Salisbury is a speaker, podcaster and coach exploring the topics of life, death and experiences in between. Following a Near Death Experience at 12 years of age, Kirsty is passionate about widening the conversation around death and the afterlife. Through her podcast ‘Let’s Talk Near Death’ Kirsty shares personal stories of life after near death, and events of significant spiritual transformation.

Kirsty is the NZ (Auckland) Leader of IANDS (The International Association of Near Death Studies), a certified IANDS ISGO Facilitator, and host of the Auckland Online Death Cafe.

Outside of her podcast, Kirsty is a certified Funeral Celebrant and Author. Her books ‘A Life by Design’ and Let’s Talk Life Design’ help to empower others to delve deeper into the topics of resilience, regrets, and how we can create opportunity through effective habits.

Lilia Samoilo, BSc

Lilia Samoilo is a Veteran NDE Project associate, NDE Advocate and Educator, and the Associate Producer of IANDS NDE Radio. Neologist of the Medical and Spiritual Gap of Care for NDErs, Lilia was a major contributor and commentary author for the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics NDE Symposium published in MUSE by Johns Hopkins University Press titled, Closing the Medical Gap of Care for Patients Who Have Had a Near-Death Experience. Since 2013, she has been raising awareness about IANDS and NDEs worldwide to healthcare professionals and clergy regarding specific ways to close the “Gap of Care.” Lilia has had three NDEs and has had a lifetime of STEs and shared NDEs. NDE-GOC@outlook.com. Lilia is also a Mental Health and Spiritual Counselor & Minister.

Ingrid Honkala, PhD

From the moment of her NDE at the age of two, Ingrid was aware of other dimensions of life than those most of us normally experience. She was also gifted with the wise input of “Beings of Light” who gave her invaluable insights and assistance as she faced the challenges of growing up and finding her professional destiny as an oceanographer. Throughout her life journey from her native Colombia to Europe and her eventual home in the USA — and from a deadly war zone to underwater explorations and a NASA research center — Ingrid teaches how any human experience can be illumined from within when we are tuned in with inner guidance.

Ritu LeBouef, MA, LMT

Ritu LeBouef is a native of India who has had a lifetime of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs). While under the direct discipleship of her Guru, Swami Mohan Das Ji Maharaj she had a life-changing STE awakening her to deep spiritual principles, “I AM That” and that God is Love. Her experience led her to understand the essence of Sanatana Dharma (popularly known as Hinduism). After her profound experience, Ritu decided to leave her successful IT career so that she may share her inspirational messages of Divine Love and Eternal Truth to help others heal holistically. Ritu is an accomplished Reiki Master, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Life Coach, Journalist, and a former Interactive Radio Show host. Through her writings, blogs, and YouTube channel, Ritu has offered her compassionate support of others. She conducts international support circles, spiritual seminars, and workshops. She is currently writing a book “Self Love: Discover your Eternal Truth and Heal Holistically”.

Roland Achenjang, PharmD

Dr. Roland Achenjang grew up in Cameroon, West Africa. His exposure to the cultures in Cameroon, America, and other parts of the world were enriching and a source of a lot of confusion about life on planet Earth. For over twenty-eight years, he questioned all of it. He employed his Catholic teachings, local folklore and diverse cultural beliefs, and pharmacy and business school knowledge to help in vain. In frustration, he taught himself to meditate in 2013/2014. After years of maintaining the practice, he had a spiritually transformative experience (STE) on August 21st, 2018. He immediately remembered who and why he truly is and this put the entire Earth life experience into a perspective he now believes makes more sense than any understanding he held before. The aftereffects of his STE are like those of near-death experiencers. Today, Roland’s passion is helping you remember who and why you truly are.

MENTORING, REVEALING, AND AIDING: DIFFICULT JOURNEYS AND THE UNSEEN AT WORK PANEL

Moderator: ANGELA WILLSON-QUAYLE, PhD
GARY WIMMER, BSEE, DANIEL DALY, MS, FR. NATHAN CASTLE, OP, MDiv, MA

Saturday 4:20-5:50pm EDT

Room 4

90 Minutes

Angela Willson-Quayle, PhD

Angie Willson-Quayle is a Developmental Psychologist currently undergoing a second doctorate to work with couples in distress. While not an NDEr, Angie has had 3 STEs and these laid the groundwork for her starting the Northern Virginia IANDS’ Chapter in 2019. She is working on a docu-series to create a rapprochement between the NDE world and the mainline religious community. Greatly interested in NDE research, Angie will enthusiastically moderate this panel and share one of her STEs.

Gary Wimmer, BSEE

Gary L. Wimmer has been a professional psychic for over forty years. In 1977, he had an intense but enlightening “near-death” experience, which he describes in detail in his book, A SECOND IN ETERNITY. Gary has spoken about his NDE and psychic ability on numerous radio interviews, video interviews, and at IANDS and INACS meetings.

Gary has an interesting and captivating personality, and is witty, insightful and entertaining. He offers readings, only over the phone for the time being, and has worked at numerous parties, conventions, psychic fairs, festivals, on cruise ships, radio shows, etc. Numerous professional references are available.

Daniel Daly, MS

Daniel Daly holds a B.A. in Earth Science from New Mexico Highlands University and an M.S. in Geology from the University of North Dakota. Over a 30-year career as a geologist and research manager, Mr. Daly worked on a variety of projects for government and industry clients, including nine public television documentaries dealing with energy and the environment. Anomalous experiences are one of his personal research interests.

Fr. Nathan Castle, OP, MDiv, MA

Father Nathan Castle graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio and entered the Dominican order in 1979. He received MA and MDiv degrees from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California. He was Director of the Catholic Communities at Stanford University, and Arizona State University. He believes the Holy Spirit has given him a “night job” of helping souls who died suddenly and violently find afterlife peace. He is the author of “And Toto, Too: The Wizard of Oz as a Spiritual Adventure” and “Afterlife, Interrupted (Books 1 and 2): Helping Stuck Souls Cross Over.”

IANDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY GROUP DISCUSSION

Moderators: NANCY EVANS BUSH, MA , DEBBIE JAMES, MSN, RN, CCRN-K,
Panelists: BRUCE GREYSON, MD, RAYMOND MOODY, PhD, MD, JOHN AUDETTE, MS, PMH ATWATER, LHD, DIANE CORCORAN, PhD, RN, KIMBERLY CLARK SHARP, MSW, LICSW

Saturday 6:00-7:50pm EDT

Room 1

90-110 Minutes

Join the founders of IANDS and a couple special guests as they reminisce and discuss the progress of the last 40 years of NDE research and developments!

Moderator: Nancy Evans Bush, MA

40 years embedded in IANDS, author of 3 related books.

Over four decades, Nancy Evans Bush, MA, has built a reputation as a trusted pioneer in research of those near-death experiences which are not the usual peaceful kind but are distressing, downright frightening or even hellish. Well known to IANDS conference audiences, she addresses the long struggle to make sense of a disempowering NDE of the Void.

She says, “At the beginning, learning about ‘all this’–the spirituality, the consciousness, the psychic elements–was like finding threads of meaning, I thought, if one could only get enough of them to braid together, there would be some understanding to work with.” Her unexpected, sometimes humorous, often synchronistic discoveries provide both challenges and reassurance.

Nancy’s most recent book, Reckoning: Discoveries after a Traumatic Near-Death Experience, is a partial gathering of the threads she has been following to achieve the serenity of her present outlook. Bruce Greyson has called her first book, Dancing Past the Dark: Distressing Near-Death Experiences, “the bible on its topic”.

Debbie James NDE

Moderator: Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K

Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K has worked in the Adult Critical Care arena for the last 44 years as a clinical nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. She is a certified bereavement facilitator and formed two support groups in San Antonio: one for near-death experiencers (NDErs) and for organ donor families. After completing her master’s thesis on NDEs and Disclosure, she served on the Board of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). In 2009, Debbie co-authored and edited the first compilation of research on near-death experiences, Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation. She has delivered numerous presentations regarding NDEs and spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) to small group sessions/classes as well as international conferences audiences.

Bruce Greyson, MD

IANDS originally stood for International Association for Near-Death Studies. However, as the organization has focused more and more on providing support and services to near-death experiencers and less and less on research, it may be time to rebrand IANDS the International Association for Near-Death Services. I will review the history of IANDS from its founding as a collective of researchers to a source of support for experiencers and their significant others, and for reliable information for the general public. The COVID-19 pandemic has produced unprecedented global death anxiety with persistent societal and psychological consequences. That combined with global climate change and worldwide political and social unrest suggest a greater than ever need for IANDS to promote a larger perspective on life and death today.

Raymond Moody, PhD, MD

Raymond A. Moody Jr, Ph.D., MD is a world-renowned scholar, lecturer, and researcher, and is widely recognized as the leading authority on near-death experiences as he coined the term NDE. He is the bestselling author of many books, including Life After LifeGlimpses of EternityThe Light Beyond, and Coming Back. Dr. Moody’s work profoundly illuminates our understanding of death, dying and grief and offers compelling answers to the question: Is there an afterlife? Learn more at Dr. Moody’s website: https://lifeafterlife.com/

John Audette, MS

John R. Audette earned a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech. He is a native of South Florida whose professional career spans over three decades of senior executive positions in hospital and hospice administration and physician practice management, as well as the performing arts and public broadcasting.

Mr. Audette has contributed several chapters about spiritually transformative experiences and non-local consciousness to several scholarly books in the company of such prominent authors as Ervin Laszlo, Deepak Chopra, Jane Goodall, Gary Zukav, Stan Grof, Jean Houston, Larry Dossey and others. He is also gratefully acknowledged in numerous other books on these subjects by various well-known authors whom he assisted dating back to 1974. He is also the author of “Fred’s Miracle Moment” expected to be published in the fall of 2021.

Mr. Audette is the principal founder of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc. (IANDS.org) with co-founders Raymond Moody, PhD, MD; Bruce Greyson, MD; Michael Sabom, MD; and Kenneth Ring, PhD.

Mr. Audette now serves as CEO of Eternea, Inc. (eternea.org), which he co-founded with prominent neurosurgeon and best-selling author Dr. Eben Alexander and the late Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and sixth man to walk on the moon. Eternea’s immediate past chairman is prominent author, humanist, futurist and systems theorist, Dr. Ervin Laszlo, based in Tuscany, Italy. Its current chairman is best-selling author Raymond Moody, MD, PhD.

Mr. Audette is an honorably discharged veteran with over six years of voluntary service (both active and inactive duty) in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.

PMH Atwater, LHD

P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D. began her research of the near-death phenomenon in 1978, after having had three near-death experiences within three months. To date, her work covers nearly 5,000 adult and child experiencers. Some of her findings have been verified in clinical studies, among them the prospective study done in Holland and published in Lancet Medical Journal (12-15-01). For this talk, she combines her work in near-death states with the research she did in the sixties in her home state of Idaho where she started Idaho’s first non-profit metaphysical corporation called Inner Forum. Over 3,000 people learned about altered states of consciousness, mysticism, psychic phenomena, and the transformation of consciousness under this aegis. She has been given many awards, several from IANDS.

Diane Corcoran, PhD, RN

Dr. Diane Corcoran obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of TX at Austin in 1981. At that time she was also serving as an Officer in the U. S. Army – with a career that lasted 25 years. She heard her first NDE account from a young soldier. In 1981 a new organization was incorporated and is now known as the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Diane has served on the Board of Directors numerous times and this includes many years as President. She helped facilitate research conducted on the reality of events which we now know as Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). Diane now has her own consulting firm and that young soldier in Vietnam — he had told Diane about his NDE before there was a name for these type experiences.

Kimberly Clark Sharp, MSW, LICSW

Author of “After the Light;” founder and president of Seattle IANDS; named “one of the forty most influential people under the age of 40 in the Pacific Northwest” in 1987 for her contributions to the field of death and dying; founder of the Department of Social Work the world’s first bone marrow transplant center; pioneer in the field of Critical Care Social Work; Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Washington (retired).

2021 Sunday Panels & Moderators

GAP OF CARE FOR THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCER PANEL

Moderator: DIANE CORCORAN, PhD, RN
LILIA SAMOILO, BSc, HEIDI WALSH, MPH

Sunday 12:00-12:50pm EDT

Room 2

50 Minutes

Moderator: Diane Corcoran, PhD, RN

Dr. Diane Corcoran obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of TX at Austin in 1981. At that time she was also serving as an Officer in the U. S. Army – with a career that lasted 25 years. She heard her first NDE account from a young soldier. In 1981 a new organization was incorporated and is now known as the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Diane has served on the Board of Directors numerous times and this includes many years as President. She helped facilitate research conducted on the reality of events which we now know as Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). Diane now has her own consulting firm and that young soldier in Vietnam — he had told Diane about his NDE before there was a name for these type experiences.

Lilia Samoilo, BSc

Lilia Samoilo is a Veteran NDE Project associate, NDE Advocate and Educator, and the Associate Producer of IANDS NDE Radio. Neologist of the Medical and Spiritual Gap of Care for NDErs, Lilia was a major contributor and commentary author for the Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics NDE Symposium published in MUSE by Johns Hopkins University Press titled, Closing the Medical Gap of Care for Patients Who Have Had a Near-Death Experience. Since 2013, she has been raising awareness about IANDS and NDEs worldwide to healthcare professionals and clergy regarding specific ways to close the “Gap of Care.” Lilia has had three NDEs and has had a lifetime of STEs and shared NDEs. NDE-GOC@outlook.com. Lilia is also a Mental Health and Spiritual Counselor & Minister.

Heidi Walsh, MPH

Heidi Walsh is the Managing Editor for Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research (NIB). NIB is published on behalf of the NIB Foundation—a non-profit charitable organization committed to fostering education and research in bioethics. The journal publishes personal stories that describe complex human experiences. Since joining NIB in January of 2017, Heidi has enjoyed helping hundreds of people share their stories through the pages of the journal. In addition to her NIB work, Heidi is a Senior Project Manager in the Bioethics Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She manages research projects on ethical, social, and professional issues that affect patients, researchers, and health care providers. Heidi has worked in clinical settings with emergency and behavioral health patients in the past, sparking her passion for finding ways to improve the patient experience. Heidi has a Masters of Public Health with dual certifications in Health Education and Health Management & Policy. Heidi is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

BRUSHES WITH DEATH AS MIRACULOUS OPPORTUNITIES PANEL

Moderator: REV. DEBRA MARTIN
MICHELLE CLARE, REV. MIRA SAI, BA, M.K. (KATHY) MCDANIEL

Sunday 1:00-2:30pm EDT

Room 2

90 Minutes

Rev. Debra Martin

Debra Martin is a World Renowned Intuitive Healer and International Research Medium. The author of six books: “Believe Beyond Seeing”, “Me and My Angels”, “Soul to Soul”, “Direct Connect to God”, “Proof of Miracles” and “Doctor’s, Faith & Courage”. She has been featured in two A&E documentaries, along with various news reports. One in particular, “The Medium Who Solved A Murder” gained international attention and was on the cover of the Psychic New Magazine. In 2006 Debra screened, tested, trained, and certified as a Lab Research Medium with the VERITAS Research Program, co-directed by Dr Julie Beischel and Dr. Gary Schwartz at the University of Arizona. She is currently a research medium with the Windbridge Research Center. Debra shared her NDE & book; “Proof of Miracles” three times on Coast To Coast Radio with George Noory, several times on Hayhouse radio with John Holland, three times on Unity radio “Messages of Hope” with Suzanne Giesemann, and many more. She has also been a guest speaker for Helping Parents Heal.

Michelle Clare

Michelle Clare is a Certified Medium, Angel Intuitive, Spiritual Coach, Energetic Healer, Intuitive Life Coach and 3 time Near Death Experience (NDE) survivor. She receives messages from loved ones who have crossed over, as well as Angels and Life Guides.

In a span of 11 years she had 3 near death experiences, the first was in April 2000, the second was in May 2006 and a monumental life changing event in which Michelle suffered a traumatic brain injury on November 1, 2011. Shortly after this life altering event, she started receiving information for other people from their loved ones who had transitioned. All 3 NDEs were a reminder of an unconditional love and connection that surpasses our earthly life.

Rev. Mira Sai, BA

A-mystic-living-in-the-world-but-not-of-it, Mira Sai born in India, became CEO of clothing corporation in New York at the age of 23. Later, became a very successful financial-advisor in California, seen often on local media.

In a fatal NDE car-accident in 1994, a complete metamorphosis occurred. An altered psyche and life purpose. Her experience of oneness with Supreme Consciousness, made her walk away from her million-dollar properties and high-end lifestyle. Lived an ascetic life for-10-years in ashram in India, spent months in Himalayas, meditating in caves-bathing in freezing holy rivers-having rare spiritual experiences.

Working towards establishing a sanctuary. Written book, “Enstasy”. Writing autobiography of her NDE.

M.K. (Kathy) McDaniel

M.K. McDaniel’s haunting 2000 Distressing Near-Death Experience, and resulting emotional trauma, released its hold on her psyche when she courageously chose to share her message with others in her 2020 memoir: MISFIT IN HELL TO HEAVEN EXPAT.

Thanks to the Seattle International Association of Near-Death Studies group, M. K. met innumerable people with varied, and similar, NDE’s. She came to accept her journeys into Hell and Heaven as a gift, an opportunity to help dispel the fear of death, and to encourage others enduring difficult situations.

M.K.’s innate grit and sense of humor were the weapons she used against demons, and what she still employs in the struggles of everyday life.

CHILDHOOD NDERS: CONNECTING WITH YOUR ANGELS; LOVED ONES; AND HIGHER SELF PANEL

Moderator: ELLEN WHEALTON, MA
TONYA SWAN, SUSAN WALTER, MARY CATHERINE VOLK

Sunday 4:20-5:50pm EDT

Room 2

90 Minutes

Ellen Whealton, MA

Ellen Whealton is a Near Death Experiencer, transpersonal, and music therapist who uses music, and various modalities in her practice. 

She is a childhood experiencer who received spiritual lessons before being drawn back to her body by music.

Ellen has an MA in Psychology and Music Therapy. She is trained in BMGIM, Breathwork, Reiki, and Aroma-Release. She teaches online courses and presents around the globe. She educates on essential oils in her Facebook group, Music, Therapy & Essential Oils.

She has a series on the AwakeTV network and was recently highlighted by Jack Canfield in the forward of his book.

Tonya Swan

I am a hypnotherapist in Issaquah Washington primarily doing Past Life and Life Between Life Regression. I was lead to this by visiting the spirit world 360 times when I was 11. These experiences have put me on a life long quest to share those experiences with others and help them understand the afterlife so they could loose their fear of it and death as well as learn how to navigate their life and understand their purpose in this life.

Susan Walter

Susan is an Intuitive Visionary Artist. After near death experiences as a child Susan was given the ability to see into the Angelic Realms allowing her see the angels in their pure light form. She uses this ability to draw your Angels Portrait and relay messages and insights from your angels.

Susan is also the Artist/Author of the Solfeggio Mandala Activation Guides & Meditation Decks assisting us to realign with our original blueprint. She also creates healing art with a conscious heart from her visions during meditation. This is her way of connecting with the divine and to assist humanity to do the same and recognize the divine within ourselves and each other.

Mary Catherine Volk

Mary is a best selling author of the book, Believe In Forever – How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved Ones. She is also a NDE speaker and teacher. Mary has been a Shamanic Practitioner since 2002 in Rhode Island and Florida. Her practice focuses on personal empowerment by accessing inner guidance or GPS.

POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH AFTER CHILD LOSS: FOUR PARENTS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES PANEL

Moderator: BRIAN SMITH, BSc
LAVONNE WELLS-SANDBERG, BSc, MARY D'AGOSTINO, MELINDA PETERSON, RN BSN, HNB-BC

Sunday 6:00-7:30pm EDT

Room 2

90 Minutes

Brian Smith, BSc

Brian Smith is a life coach and a grief guide. He is the author of the book Grief 2 Growth, and the host of the Grief 2 Growth podcast.

Brian suffered from a debilitating fear of death for most of his life. He researched the afterlife extensively to overcome this fear. In 2015, his daughter, Shayna Elayne, at the age of 15 years old, suddenly transitioned. This accelerated Brian’s search and led to his starting his grief guidance career. Brian is currently a member of the Board of Helping Parents Heal and is the Vice President of the SoulPhone Foundation.

LaVonne Wells-Sandberg, BSc

LaVonne Wells Sandberg is a spiritual teacher, global speaker, and love activist. 

LaVonne is committed to assisting others remembering who they really are, which is a divine expression of love. Her first love is assisting moms and dads who have experienced the passing/transitioning of a child through the healing process. She believes it is by remembering who they are, they can access their children by using their hearts as the main tool. 

Her workshops include Connections & Communications, From Sadness to Celebration aka Life After Life, and Connections & Insights (C&I). C&I is a monthly gathering for people to ask questions to gain a better understanding about their personal life experiences. 

LaVonne recognizes that we hold all answers within ourselves but acts as a catalyst to help others find clarity and awaken resolutions that currently lay dormant. Her connection with spirit began as a child who experienced many challenges yet worked through them with the full acceptance that she was never alone. She now hopes to instill this same knowledge, and remembrance in everyone

Although she provides insightful private and group support, her real passion resides in the classes she teaches. Allowing clients to learn how to connect to spirit for themselves and no longer require a go between. She adamantly enjoys watching the delightful way life begins to unfold because people become more in tune with their inner awareness.

LaVonne is a frequent expert guest on the segment “Mindful Monday” for Good Things Utah on ABC4 television. 

Mary D'Agostino

Mary D’Agostino is a Professional Intuitive Guide, Energy Medicine Practitioner, Soul Medium, and Educator in the Healing and Intuitive Arts. She is mom to five grown children, one of whom is in Spirit and has always been an avid seeker of the meaning of life.

Melinda Peterson, RN BSN, HNB-BC

Melinda Peterson, RN BSN, HNB – BC, separated physically from her only son Oak in a transformational near-death experience in 2014. A resounding message from the experience was to serve others with the bonus time she received. Through the process of healing emotionally, physically, and spiritually, she changed careers and became a holistic nurse and life coach. She also serves as Board Chair of Return to Zero: HOPE, a non-profit organization supporting bereaved parents and related health providers to improve mental health outcomes around pregnancy and infant loss. Her story making peace with the inability to carry more children is published in In the Waiting Time: Letters from Infertility Warriors. Melinda lives in northern Colorado with her husband and poodle. She enjoys nature, yoga, meditation, dancing, travel, and learning new things.