Keynote Address - "The Web of Love"
Keynote Address - "The Web of Love"
Keynote Address - "Transformation IS the Near-Death Experience"
BFA San Francisco Art Institute.
MA & MFA University of California, Berkeley
MDiv United Theological Seminary
Professor of Art at Northern Kentucky University for 20 years
Served as Pastor in churches in Ohio and Kentucky for 30 years. Rev. Howard Storm is an author, artist, and pastor. His NDE account is riveting and profound.
Keynote Address - "The 4th Dimensional Perspective to Life in the Real World"
In February of 2006, Anita was on her deathbed. Having suffered from cancer for several years, Moorjani was in a coma with malignant tumors throughout her body. Doctors told her husband and mother that she had only hours to live. After coming out of a 30-hour coma, Moorjani emerged from an out-ofbody experience where she says she experienced the afterlife and gained a new understanding of our physical life. Medical records show that Anita was miraculously found cancer free within three weeks of her NDE. The lessons from her experience in the other realm were powerful: Love yourself unconditionally, live fearlessly, release your fears and be yourself. Surviving cancer and a NDE have shaped Anita’s life and work. She has since shared her story with audiences all around the world as a highly sought-after inspirational speaker. Anita will inspire you to transform your life by living more authentically, discovering your greatest passions, transcending your deepest fears, and living from a place of pure joy. You will feel energized as Anita explains such mind-bending concepts as timelessness, non-duality, and simultaneous realities, in such simplified terms that everyone will understand. You will experience many “aha” moments as she explains how by merely understanding and becoming aware of these concepts, and adopting an “inside out” view of the world, you can radically alter your reality instantly.
Keynote Address - "Joy is Found at the Intersection of the Near-Death Experience and Faith"
Dr. Neal was the Director of Spine Surgery at the Univ. of Southern California. She is currently in private practice in Jackson Hole, WY. Mary has authored 2 New York Times Best-selling books about my NDE and its integration into my daily life. She is a sought after Keynote Speaker, and subject of many media events featuring her NDE including a late 2019 episode on Headline News/CNN on the subject of Near-Death Experience.
Featured Speaker - "Love Over Fear: Life Lessons from the Dying"
Dr. Karen Wyatt is the bestselling author of the books The Tao of Death and 7 Lessons for Living from the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospice doctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives. Dr. Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University Podcast, which features conversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widely regarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying in the U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness and healthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we must each overcome our fear of death and embrace the difficulties that life brings us. Karen's journey into the realms of spirituality began with the suicide of her own father, after she had graduated from Medical School. Her compassion and loving-kindness is authentic, and experienced-based.
Tricia Barker experienced a profound near-death experience during her senior year of college. Her near-death experience story has been featured on I Survived: Beyond and Back and covered in National Geographic.
Tricia’s memoir, Angels in the OR: What Dying Taught Me About Healing, Survival, and Transformation tells a story of her near-death experience, teaching mission, and eventual triumph over trauma in her past. The book also focuses on the importance of being of service to the world.Tricia is a graduate of The University of Texas. She also received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Currently, she teaches English and Creative Writing in Fort Worth, Texas.
Plenary-"Awaken to Oneness"
"Jeff Olsen's latest book, (KNOWING) outlines the lessons learned from Olsen's NDE, as result of a horrific automobile accident which took the lives of his wife and youngest son, also inflicting multiple life-threatening injuries to Jeff including the amputation of his left leg. Olsen is a bestselling author who inspires audiences internationally with his intriguing story of perseverance and inner strength."
Plenary - "You Don't NEED an NDE : Seeing Throught the Veil "
Rev. Peter Panagore was recruited to TV as the fifth minister of America’s oldest religious broadcast. Peter’s two-minute spot aired for 15 years just before the morning weather on NewsCenterMaine on two NBC stations reaching 80k viewers a day. Previously, Peter served in New England as a United Church of Christ minister. His Audible Best Seller, Heaven Is Beautiful, has been optioned for a film. His first book, Two Minutes for God, is a nondenominal devotional drawn from his 1700 TV stories. He is working on his third book build around his talk and provides mentoring to spiritual seekers worldwide.
Panelist: "SUICIDE DETOURED by NDE's and Spiritually Transformative Experiences"
Angie Fenimore is the NYT bestselling author of "Beyond the Darkness", where she details her own near-death experience after attempting suicide in 1991. While Angie experienced a traumatic childhood and other difficulties that led her to end her life, she has come out the other side with a renewed vision of the importance of connections with others, and with a love of life. Angie empowers others to embrace life, regardless of what it looks like, discover ways to serve and to champion their own healing. Angie is a transformational writing coach and publisher.
Plenary Panel: "Healing Perspectives on Dying Alone"
RN with 25 years "hands on" experience in the care of the dying in Hospice. Author of the award-winning, "Final Gifts". Simultaneous 30 yrs experience as writer, speaker, expert witness and consultant on End of Life Care issues.
Healing Perspectives on Dying Alone Panelist
Kelvin was a test subject in the first medical studies on meditation done in the U.S. in 1971. Kelvin teaches on video conference and in-person — to 28 countries so far. Kelvin Chin has been meditating for 49 years, teaching it for 46 years, and has had many experiences “piercing the veil.”Kelvin experienced near-death in the ocean at age 20. His clients are diverse, from age 4-94, the healthy to the emotionally or mentally challenged, and the fullof-life to end-of-life. He teaches a meditation technique called “Turning Within.” His clients report relief from panic attacks, PTSD, anxiety, better health, faster healing, and balanced spiritual and psychic abilities. Kelvin is the author of the best-selling “Overcoming the Fear of Death: Through Each of the 4 Main Belief Systems” — a non-religious approach to the 4 Beliefs that underlie all religious and cultural beliefs. He uses these principles to help people reduce and eliminate their fears of death. He has taught in healthcare and universities, is a graduate of Dartmouth, Yale, and Boston College Law School, has lived in 8 countries and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He is the Executive Director and Founder of the Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation and the “Turning Within” Meditation Foundation.
Moderator: Healing Perspectives on Dying Alone panel
William Peters is the founder of the Shared Crossing Project and director of its research initiative. He presents nationally on the topics of extraordinary endof-life experiences and conscious dying. William is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and trained at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. He is currently writing a book informed by his research with Dr. Michael Kinsella. Michael Kinsella, Ph.D. is a faculty member at Central Michigan University and chief researcher for the Shared Crossing Testimonial Project. He has several publications that examine personal experience narratives of extraordinary phenomena. He is currently writing a book informed by his research with Michael Kinsella, PhD, to be published in 2021.
Kitty’s childhood near-death experiences introduced her to the world beyond death. She has studied with wisdom keepers on three continents, learning various methods to cross the threshold of death in service to herself and others. In her private practice as an Ayni Energy practitioner, Kitty helps those confronted by death find the courage to release their fears.
Kitty is an author of many articles on the use of rituals to prepare for death as a rite of passage. Mythic and energetic rituals deepen our understanding of the psychological and emotional closure needed in the dying process.
Kitty is the Executive Director of The Living & Dying Consciously Project, a non-profit organization that offers workshops in Conscious Transitions: Living with Dying and Conscious Caregiving. She is the co-founder of the No Regrets Project and Conversations on Death in Boulder, Colorado where she works from home in these unusual times.
"Walter Russell: The Unusual Pattern of His Near-Death Experiences and How They Prepared Him for Cosmic Consciousness"
P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., had three near-death experiences within three months in 1977. The following year, she turned to research and became one of the original in the field of near-death studies, having now completed 18 books on the subject. Some of her findings have been verified in clinical settings, among them the prospective study done in Holland, published in Lancet Medical Journal (12-15-01). Her work covers nearly 5,000 adult and child experiencers. She has been given many awards, traveled the world – always inviting people to look beyond what they think they know.
"From Chaos to Healing: Spiritual Help During a Pandemic "
Rebecca Austill-Clausen is an Occupational Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, author, and inspirational speaker. She has extensive experience in after-death communication, shamanism Reiki, meditation, sound healing, automatic writing, and crystal energy. After 20 years, Becky finally gained the courage to share her STE journey, sold her large rehabilitation business, and published the award-winning book, Change Maker, How My Brother's Death Woke Up My Life. Rebecca was honored to be the Healing Room Coordinator for the 2019 IANDS Conference in Philadelphia. She is presenting a 7 week LIVE online one day a week course on techniques to increase after-death communication this October.
Co-Moderator: Grief and Loss: Journey to Healing Panel/Discussion Group
Sarina Baptista is an Award-Winning Author, International Speaker, Spiritual Teacher, and Psychic Medium. Her latest book, My View from Heaven, is a 2019 COVR Visionary Awards Bronze Recipient in the Iconic Book category. She was a featured speaker for the “Life, Death and Beyond” International Conference in Crete, Greece, and is the resident psychic for iHeart Media’s Big 97.9FM in Northern Colorado. She teaches classes and is a visiting medium at Lily Dale, NY, during their summer program, and has created mediumship training programs, including mentoring, long distance training, workshops, and webinars. Website: sarinabaptista.com Sarina Baptista is the Director of Bridge to Healing in Loveland, CO and also is a long-distance healer and educator.
Chris Batts is an author and motivational speaker who had a near death experience that happened after a suicide attempt. He experienced a distinct lack of love and care in his childhood years. In his book "Boom - The Life and Times of a Suicide Near Death Experiencer", Chris goes in detail about his life, what led up to his suicide attempt and how his life has changed thereafter. He was taken to the spiritual realm and experienced telepathic thoughts from God and told “Yes, I am. God, Yes I am real, Yes, angels are real. They are a gift from me.” Chris felt pure love from God and was overwhelmed because he didn't believe in any of this before. He then met many angels including two, who were oddly "familiar" - - and is still in continual contact with them to this day. They guide his understanding of the spiritual realm and how it works. One of Chris's strongest missions is to get the word out about suicide prevention. Many people who go through dark times and depression don’t realize how much they are loved. God’s message to Chris was: to “Go and Tell Everyone that I Love them.”
Mary Jo Bulbrook is an expert in multi-dimensional health and healing, a master practitioner/specialist and teacher of family care and energy modalities including Energy Medicine, Healing Touch, Energy Psychology and Transpersonal Studies. She has taught psychiatric mental health nursing worldwide and communicates between realms of living, before, during and after life.
"The Afterlife is REAL!"
Sandra Champlain conducts an internet radio show, lectures, and has authored a #1 International Best Seller, “We Don’t Die – A Skeptics Discovery of Life After Death”, and documentary “We Don’t Die”. She is co-host of “Diamond in their Own Backyard” radio show.
Grief & Loss: Journey to Healing Panelist
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 by her inner Spirit guidance six months after the transition (passing) of her son to launch her show and found a non-profit foundation in her son’s memory. The mission of Awake 2 Oneness Radio and The KYLE Foundation is to inspire the world to awaken to the Universal Truth of Oneness. Science and Spirituality 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. Caroline is also the former producer for Xpnsion Network, Global Oneness Day 2017, and Living in Oneness Summit. She is the former Executive Assistant to the Director of Humanity’s Team, a non-profit organization founded by Neale Donald Walsch, author of the Conversation with God bookseries. The mission of Humanity’s Team is also to Awaken the world to Oneness.
"Healing Gifts from the NDE: Mental Health, Transpersonal and Depth Psychology"
After a near-death experience in 2008, my personal values, perspectives, and life direction were permanently altered. I began experiencing heightened intuition, synchronicity, as well as increasingly vivid dreams. I started searching out other worldviews and techniques that could help explain and help me better understand these experiences.
In 2012, I began studying Carl Jung, who emphasized the importance of dreams, the collective unconscious, and synchronicity. I completed my studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2015 and became a licensed professional counselor in 2018. My professional work has led to work with a diverse population in a variety of settings, including homeless shelters, hospitals, prisons, and community mental health centers
"NDE 101" Presentation and Active Military/Veterans NDE Panel, Moderator
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. Diane is currently listed in Wikipedia.
Janet Crawford has six degrees and six board certifications; over 42 years as a Critical Care Nurse, EMT Level 1 ER tech, ICU at age 20, 12 years as a Flight Nurse, Directing Life Fighting helicopter programs, Director of ICU's and ER's. Janet is a greatly sought after conference speaker both nationally and internationally. She has talked to and resuscitated many NDEr's
Dr. DeMaria’s life turned inside out and upside down 27 years ago when he underwent a life transforming vision fast (lament in the wild) without food or water, guided by a native teacher. He went there suffering compassion fatigue and burn out after serving as a child protection team psychologist for close to a decade. The experience provided a profound healing, a course correction and gave him a vision for his life. Ever since his mission has been to help guide others to what he calls, “The ocean of peace that lies within.” This experience helped him understand more fully and deeply the Near-Death Experience he had at the age of 7 during abdominal surgery and guided him back to his love music which has been his form of prayer and meditation ever since or what he calls, Musitations™. This experience also prepared him for his Shared Death Experience with his mother, not once, but twice as she went through her own NDE, before crossing over 2 years later in his arms.
His healing music is heard over a million times a week across the world, garnering him four Grammy® nominations, 8 ZMR awards, 6 #1 albums, a Native American Music Award and appearing on the Grammy Winning album, All About Bullies Big and Small. He is also a Sounds True recording artist with his music being featured on projects with Eckhart Tolle, Mark Nepo and Noah Levine. He is the author of 5 books, 3 of which were bestsellers, and is the creator and author of the Peace Within Process for Integrative Wellness. His newest book Souling: Birthing, Weaving and Tending a Soulful Life is due out in 2021. You can find out more about his work at www.michaeldemaria.com and www.alldaypeace.com.
Dr. Elaine Drysdale, BA (Psychology), MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry), is a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at U of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Her major focus has been to help people with life-threatening illnesses cope with their medical, psychological, social, and spiritual challenges, and she has taught for thousands of hours the staff and patients at medical and psychiatric wards, emergency departments, and in palliative care and hospice settings. She has been the Psychiatric Consultant to the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Programme of B.C. for over 25 years; was on staff at the BC Cancer Agency for 25 years; and has been a consultant in Palliative Care. She co-led a weekly group for 6 years for women with terminal cancer, as part of a research study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and felt honoured to give eulogies at many of the funerals.
She has taught about NDEs for over 25 years to seriously ill patients afraid of dying, to bereaved family members, to depressed patients feeling a lack of purpose in their lives, and to health care professionals. She believes that especially during the Covid pandemic, we can all use the wisdom from “Near Death Experiences” to give hope to so many who are grieving or frightened of dying.
"Light and Sound Healing: Guided Information Systems to Disarm Fear and Anxiety"
Rev. Dr. Norma Edwards is a Near Death Experiencer, a recognized Change Agent, Spiritual Therapist and Certified NLP Life Coach. She is an expert at merging spiritual orientation into clinical practice. Dr. Edwards is the Founder and Director of Reprogram Your Life, a Talk Show host and Motivational Speaker. A Wisdom Keeper on the planet she is noted for her work in the fields of re-alignment, Rites of Passage and Life Coaching at its very best. She is perpetually open to Divine guidance. Dr. Edwards is married with five children, eight grandchildren and presently lives with her husband in the Carolinas.
Moderator: "Transformational Power of the NDE" panel
Claudia Watts Edge had a profound earth-death experience in 1984, where she and her new-born baby died together in an SLC hospital. Her journey into fully remembering her NDE experience took over 30 years to surface. She has written two books of exploring the spiritual mysteries of the Other Side, through her memories, and dreams called GIFTS FROM THE EDGE Stories of the Other Side, and GIFTS FROM THE EDGE Volume Two Lessons from the Other Side. Claudia is a Utah native, an active Real Estate agent, and volunteer Hospice worker.
Grief and Loss: Journey to Healing
Nell Rose Foreman lost her beautiful 23-year-old son Jack to a horrific 9 month battle with Glioblastoma, an insidious brain cancer that began just after he graduated from college. Shortly after his transition, she started getting signs from Jack.
Previous to Jack's death, Nell Rose was a resiliency coach. She created a process using a blend of conscious and subconscious work that includes mindfulness, neuroscience, psychology, and ancient wisdom to successfully allow people to achieve what they want. Now she is using this same process to help herself to survive, heal and thrive after child loss. She feels traditional thinking of grief focuses on disconnection, and after receiving several signs from her son, it has challenged her own beliefs and now she is working towards connection with him.
Brooke is a Near-Death Experiencer, intuitive guide, Spiritual coach, empathetic healer, wisdom teacher 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. Additionally, Brooke has completed certifications in Transpersonal Psychology, Eco-Psychology and Meditation. Brooke's background in the healing arts includes being a Reiki Master of a Shamanic-oriented lineage, Tera Mai Seichem. She maintains a private healing practice, wherein she specializes in teaching other experiencers and/or intuitives how to fully align, embody and ground their gifts. Brooke is a poly-trauma survivor and a certified Trauma specialist.
Ali Ghasemian received his Bachelor's in biomedical engineering and Master's in psychology from Isfahan University, Iran, and his PhD in psychology from Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran. Since 2017, he has worked as a couples therapist and Imago therapist in Isfahan, Iran. He is also active in research on NDEs. In particular, he has collaborated with colleagues to investigate and publish findings on NDEs among Shia Muslims in Iran. He is the founder of the first NDE community and online magazine about NDEs in Iran. Ghasemian currently resides in Isfahan, Iran, with his wife. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Moderator: "Healing with Sound, Vibration, Frequency and Light" panel
Dr Hensley is a metaphysical healer, chiropractor and international inspirational speaker. She has authored numerous books including Promised By Heaven (Simon and Schuster 2015)Understanding Is the New Healing (Lisa Hagan Books 2019) the number one best-seller Bringing Death To Life (Rainbow Ridge 2019)and she is currently touring the US with the first two books in her gender identity series, Hugh and the Manatee and Lu of Lannigan's Farm (Book Hub Publishing 2020) Mary Helen lives and creates in Athlone, Ireland with her two daughters, Jemma Skye and Jada.
"Divine Guidance from Beings of Light and the Power of Healing"
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.
Barbara Ireland is author of the Amazon bestseller, “How To Stop Negative Thoughts: What My Near Death Experience Taught Me About Mind Loops, Neuroscience, and Happiness,” and contributing author to “The Transformative Power of Near-Death Experiences: How the Messages of NDEs Can Positively Impact the World.” She is a speaker and founder of The De-Looping Method that uses neuroscience to interrupt repetitive, negative thoughts (based on her NDE), and creator of the Blueprint For Magic method for conscious creating. Ireland trains individuals and corporations (Boeing and others) to stop worry, raise low self-esteem, and develop conscious creating (NDE-based workshops). She is also a musician, jazz singer, and avid hiker.
"Compassionate Care Nursing of the NDE Patient" Workshop and NDE Nursing on the Front LIne" workshop
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.
Diane Corcoran, PhD, RN *Content Expert in Medical Military NDEs
Judith Mandalise RN, MEd, LPC *Nurse, counselor, NDEer
Mary Jo Bulbrook, CEMP/S/I, HTCP, ICF *Direct Patient Care Provider
Janet Crawford, DNP, MBA, MSNs, APRN-BC, FNP-BC, CCNS, CCRN, CEN *Critical Care Nurse
Maggie Callanan, RN *End of Life Specialist
"Transformational Power of the NDE"
Pat Johnson experienced an NDE as a result of a kayaking accident in 2010. Pat has been a self-employed businessman most of his life. He and his wife Jody own a furniture store and loan business in Brenham, Texas. They have five children and sixteen grandchildren. Since Pat's NDE he has been an active member of IANDS. He was the leader of the Austin chapter of IANDS for two years. He is the cofounder of the newly formed Houston IANDS chapter. He was a key organizer of the "Wisdom of the Near Death Experience," symposiums. He has been has been featured in several articles and television shows. Pat is a regular lecturer at Texas State University where he speaks on his NDE, the after effects of it and how students can use what he has learned to improve their lives.
"Healing from Shared-Death Experiences & AfterDeath Communications" with Paula Lenz
Lisa Jones, Soul Coach, Past Life Coach, Former Certified Public Accountant for Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young
After a transformative shared-death experience, Lisa Jones expresses her passion for life by exploring death. Author of Art of Living Happy After the Loss of a Loved One: A Real-Life Awakening, speaker, and host of the Exploring Death podcast, she has had the privilege to work with groups and individuals, business leaders, entertainers, and fellow spiritual seekers. Lisa brings refreshing clarity and honesty to a challenging subject. She seeks to use her gifts to give encouragement, comfort, and inspiration to a culture that has hidden death and dying from view. You'll be uplifted by her energy and touched by her warmth.
"Shared Death Experiences Research/Shared Crossings Project", with William Peters, M.Ed., MFT
Michael Kinsella, Ph.D. is a faculty member at Central Michigan University and chief researcher for the Shared Crossing Testimonial Project. He has several publications that examine personal experience narratives of extraordinary phenomena. He is currently writing a book informed by his research with William Peters.
William Peters is the founder of the Shared Crossing Project and director of its research initiative. He presents nationally on the topics of extraordinary endof-life experiences and conscious dying. William is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and trained at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco. He is currently writing a book informed by his research with Dr. Michael Kinsella.
Panelist: "The Transformational Power of the NDE"
At the age of 24, Chris Kito went into anaphylaxic shock from a food allergy and it lead him into a life changing Near-Death Experience, in 2012. He will be discussing the events leading up to the NDE, the NDE experience, the NDE event’s aftereffects upon him, and how he has been integrating the experience into his life, both personally and professionally. Chris will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of this life-altering event and how it affects individuals entering adulthood.
Panelist: "Active Military/Veterans NDE Panel/Discussion Group"
Genny Krackau is a multiple spiritually transformative and out-of-body experiencer (STE/OBE), lecturer and author of a one of a kind combat neardeath-experience (NDE) book “Beyond The Explosion, Stories of the Light”. Genny personally relates to the near-death experiencer since she also had spiritual experiences since the age of nine. Genny is a life resident of San Antonio, Texas, military city USA. She spent the majority of her civil service career working in the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and retired from the U.S. Army Medical Command, 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 civilian burn injuries, supporting a clinical trial for head injury patients and hearing conservation research with the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence. Her sincere dedication and compassion for the military and patients is well established by her numerous accomplishments and awards. She always put the patient first and foremost in any job she performed. By compiling these combat near-death experience stories, she once again is serving the military in a very unique and special way. Additionally, she has supported numerous IANDS conferences as a volunteer, as a featured panelist for the Military NDE Discussion Groups moderated by Dr. Diane Corcoran, and supported The Experiencer’s Lounge. She has been a guest on several talk radio programs and podcasts.
"Healing from Shared-Death Experiences & AfterDeath Communications" with Lisa Jones
After a 40-year business career, Paula Lenz, now an author/speaker, is featured at conferences and on worldwide podcasts/YouTube. Her transformative experiences in Infinity with her deceased brother inspired her to help those who have lost loved ones. She now teaches her Oneness experience through her Meld Into Spirit Technique.
"First Responders: Spiritual and Mystical Experiences"
William (Bill ) J. Letson is a retired fire captain and forester of 35 years. He is the author of "Full Contact Kundalini", a book about his Near Death Experience in 1994, where it eventually led, and what he has learned regarding the true nature of our earthly journey and our connection to an eternal higher consciousness of pure love.
Bill lives in Atascadero, California with Lia, his wife of 40 years, along with their ranch cats, running dogs, and joyful egg laying hens. He likes to split his time between California and Costa Rica and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Mandalise is a multiple NDEr. She is a licensed professional counselor in private practice with children, adolescents and adults in individual and group settings. She is a former volunteer instructor with the American Red Cross as a ship nurse. Judith is experienced in pediatrics, intensive care and medical/surgical units, and a Specialist in Trauma Care. She is a patient advocate with Swedish Medical Center, Denver, CO.
Panelist: Active Military and Veterans NDE Panel Discussion Group
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 “The Art of Healing” and on the History Channel with the documentary “In the Shadow of the Blade”. He has authored several books that deal with his 3 NDE-like events and his many STEs.
Panelist: "Healing with Sound, Vibration, Frequency and Light"
Suzanne Price is a spiritual teacher, research scientist, presenter and cultural anthropologist. Some have called her a visionary due to her persevering quest to bridge universal spirituality and the quantum sciences with a unique unifying approach, a journey inspired by spiritually transformative experiences that began in childhood. In this panel ,she will share with us how inner light and sound with encoded information are the keys to understanding and accessing our STE and NDE experiences. Enjoying a successful career in communications, public relations and marketing, Suzanne never dreamed she would become a scientist delving into physics and spirituality until one day the unusual happened. Suzanne is a sought-after speaker at the Tesla Tech conference in NM.
Panelist: "Grief and Loss: Journey to Healing "
Nancy Regan, an aerospace engineer, is a leading authority on Reliability Centered Maintenance. She took a five-year hiatus from her career to care for her mother with advancing Alzheimer's. Little did she know that the experience would culminate in a Spiritually Transformative Experience (STE) that helped transform her consciousness and brought her the three greatest gifts of her life - gifts that are helping her achieve her life’s purpose.
Panelist: "Healing Gifts from the NDE: Mental Health, Transpersonal and Depth Psychology", Panel
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 Church 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.
Panelist: "Grief and Loss: Journey to Healing"
For 20 years, Rose Thornton (Rosemary Ringer) enjoyed a national reputation as an expert on old houses. The author of nine books, Rose has been featured on everything from PBS’ “History Detectives” to BBC Radio.
In 2016, her husband committed suicide and two years later, Rose was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. After a “routine” medical procedure, Rose bled to death. In heaven, she was told that if she agreed to return to earth, she’d be restored to wholeness.
Subsequently, medical tests affirmed that not only had the disease disappeared, but she was also healed of the crippling grief.
Panelist: "Healing with Sound, Vibration, Frequency and Light"
Shawna Ristic is a nationally renowned body therapist and intuitive healer. She had a Near Death Experience at the age of 19 and returned to life knowing that she was here to help people heal and find their way back to their home, to pure consciousness. With the assistance of a council of light beings she met while on the other side and hundreds of hours of academic and hands-on training, she has spent the last 23 years helping thousands of people integrate their experiences and access their true essence. After receiving a download from her council about our vibrational nature, she developed the Your Unique Vibration workshop series. Shawna works by phone and in person. www.shawnaristic.com
Nancy Rynes is a spiritual explorer, making the path to a peace-filled life clearer for seekers the world over. Nancy is a leading voice for bringing eternal, spiritual wisdom into our lives on earth, developing our heart-centered intuition, and living a life of inspired creativity. Known for her fun, lighthearted, girl-next-door demeanor, Nancy teaches others how to live a more purposeful, joyful, and spiritually-inspired life.
Nancy was raised in a Christian household but moved away from those teachings by her early 20s. As a scientist, science writer, and corporate trainer, for over two decades Nancy aligned herself with the skepticism prevalent in so much of the scientific community. She remained an atheist until her life-changing bicycling accident and near-death experience (NDE). Now, Nancy is an avid spiritual seeker as well as practitioner of compassion, kindness, contemplative prayer, and present-moment awareness.
Drawing on the transformational wisdom learned during her own NDE, she integrates the teachings of love, compassion, kindness, gratitude, and joy that form the foundation for a peace-filled, meaningful life.
Nancy believes that the road to true happiness starts with acting in love and gratitude: loving ourselves for who we truly are, loving others for the spark of Divinity we each hold inside, and showing gratitude for our lives by living our core truths as fully and abundantly as possible. Her book Awakenings from the Light dives into these and other topics, giving the reader concrete examples of how to make spiritual wisdom a very real part of life on Earth. She has also authored Messages from Heaven, and contributed to the book Awakened by Death.
Nancy Rynes has been featured on NBC's TODAY Show, as well as a popular keynote speaker at conferences such as the IANDS Annual Conference and SCL Healthcare's Provider Resilience conference, the "Shifting Your Reality" Conference, and with Eben Alexander at The Vail Symposium. She has also appeared on many radio programs including Inspired Conversations with Linda Joy, We Don't Die, Tell Me Your Story with Richard Dugan, On the Couch with Dr. Michelle, Spooky Southcoast with Tim Weisburg, and Sunny in Seattle. Nancy's writing has been featured in BeliefNet.com, Aspire Magazine, Regenerate Magazine, Excellence Reporter, and The Journal of Exceptional Experiences and Psychology.
Kirsty Salisbury is an Auckland, New Zealand, speaker, podcaster and coach who speaks straight from the heart. Her talks explore the topics of death, resilience, regrets, and how we can create opportunity through effective habits. She is engaging, inspiring and filled with passion in a way that connects at a personal level. Through her own story of overcoming death and paralysis, Kirsty is inspiring many people to make meaningful change in their lives. Kirsty is also the host of the podcast ‘Let's Talk Near Death’, where she connects with guests to discuss life, death, and experiences in between.
Moderator: Grief & Loss: Journey to Healing Panel
Brian Smith is a life coach, grief partner, and small business consultant. He dedicated his life to helping others heal after the tragic loss of his daughter, Shayna Elayne in 2015, at the age of 15. Brian is the author of the best-selling book “Grief 2 Growth, Planted. Not Buried. How to Survive and Thrive After Life’s Greatest Challenges. Brian is the host of the podcast of the same name. Brian has interviewed many Near Death Experiencers for his podcast. Brian is a board member of Helping Parents Heal and the SoulPhone Foundation.
Yvonne Sneeden is the executive co-producer together with Robert Neal Marshall of “Back From The Light”, a film-documentary focusing on the near death experience survivors and the after effects, bringing together Near-Death Experiencers, family and friends, after such a life transforming experience and how they have readjusted to a ‘normal’ life.
Yvonne’s professional career background includes working in the foreign diplomatic service in Europe and a lobby to the European Union. This has enabled her to meet people from around the world with various backgrounds through the course of her career. She has realized that, regardless of the level of social and public influence people exercise, we are all on a journey towards learning how to love, if we allow the life traumas, and challenges of lessons learned, to bring us in a higher spiritual inner place. Yvonne currently works for a successful IT company as a global Operations Manager.
Moderator: "SUICIDE DETOURED by NDE's and Spiritually Transformative Experiences "
Yolaine Stout was on a serious, well-planned path to suicide and was rerouted back to a spiritual life of helping others . She has been a founding member of ACISTE, a life-coach, and a long-time member of IANDS. ACISTE (American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences) was formed in an effort to support experiencers in all areas of life after the STE or NDE.
"Spiritual Activation for Healing the Wounded Soul"
Gregg Unterberger, M.Ed. is former Adjunct Faculty in Psychology at Texas State University, currently in private practice in the Austin,Texas area. He is the developer of Spiritual Activation and Transpersonal Breathwork, two breakthrough modalities that catalyze spiritually transformative experiences for ordinary people without drugs or years of meditative practice. His first book, The Quickening: Leaping Ahead on Your Spiritual Journey was widely anticipated and rushed to a second printing just months after its initial release. Unterberger presents internationally for Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment and has touched the lives of millions through articles, workshops and his appearances at colleges, retreats and on local and national television.
Moderator: Gifts from the NDE: Mental Health, Transpersonal & Depth Psychology
Dr. Rebecca S. Valla is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with a holistic focus, integrating mindfulness with traditional psychiatry methods. The goal of this approach is to help the client discover his or her life purpose and attain a state of wholeness and self-love. Through heart-work and soul-work, Dr. Valla’s unique approach to psychiatry helps to bring her clients into a state of alignment with their highest good. Dr. Valla has been in full-time practice since 1990. She trained for 3 years through Yale University and 1 year through University of California, Irvine. She is committed to her own development, both personally and professionally, and the theme of integration permeates her work. She envisions herself helping others grow both spiritually and psychologically; and bridges traditional psychiatry (brain-based) with nontraditional (energy-based) understandings.
"Your Divine Spiritual Essence: Connect with Inner Light, Healing, and Guidance"
Dr. Ann Charlotte Valentin is an N.M.D., author, evidential medium, spiritual educator, and a dynamic speaker! She teaches workshops in Spiritual Development, Expanding Consciousness, Spiritual Embodiment as well as Psychic and Mediumship development. She has experienced two out of body near-death Experiences, NDE's which led her to start medical school at age 54. Dr. Lotte captivates her audiences and inspire them to become the person they were born to be by moving from their mind to their heart. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she operates Center for Integrative Medicine as well as her Spiritual Center, Divine Spiritual Essence.
Nancy van Alphen is a spiritually-transformative experiencer and has detailed her amazing story in her book, Caught Between Heaven & Earth: My profound encounters with God, and the remarkable truth of our existence. Nancy found a kindred community in IANDS, as the divine messages given to her on suffering, our Oneness, and reincarnation (including her own), aligned perfectly with messages brought back by near-death-experiencers. Nancy holds a bachelor degrees in anthropology and journalism, and is semi-retired from a 30+ year marketing career.
"Lessons from the Other Side: Using Spiritual Experiences as a Guide for Healing"
Ellen is a board certified music therapist and energy healer with an MA in Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University. Trained in GIM, Breathwork, Reiki, and Aroma-Release, she teaches how to "tap-in". She hosts a spiritual-series on AwakeTV. Ellen's approach stems from a head injury and subsequent NDE that gave her first-hand knowledge of the web of light available to us at all times. She has developed an approach combining transpersonal counseling, music therapy, singing bowls, aromatherapy, & GIM. She helps others connect with something greater, recognize untapped potential, and discover how to lead an inspired, content and harmonious lives.
Active Military and Veteran's NDE Panelist
Tony Woody is a US Navy Chief Petty Officer (ret.) with 22 years of honorable service as an Instructor Flight Engineer on the P3 Orion aircraft. In 1982 during an emergency landing the aircraft suddenly departed the runway at just over 135 knots (155MPH) and the plane narrowly missed slamming into a firetruck already sitting a mere one hundred feet off to one side of the runway. He realized that imminent death was only seconds away causing raw visceral terror in the moment and it triggered a spontaneous Out of Body Experience ((OBE). The OBE was later followed by a full blown Spiritually Transformative Experience (STE) that instantly placed Chief Woody in the direct Presence of an infinitely intelligent all powerful Supreme Being of living Light. The Light was expressing unconditional Love, Wisdom, Purity, Power, Perfection and much more while also pouring out eternal Life, Light and Energy on a Cosmic scale; all of It coming straight from the Unifed Heart Flame of that Mighty “I AM” Presence. Tony will talk about his own subsequent spiritual crisis and struggles caused by his profound life changing Experience in the Light.