2022 ALL Panels

2022 Day 1 - Thursday - Panels

Presentation with Complimentary Lunch by the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies: Robert Bigelow & Colm Kelleher, PhD (pre-registration required)

Robert Bigelow, Colm Kelleher, PhD

Thu.
11:30 am
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12:30 pm
MT
Room 1 (Grand Ballroom)
60
Minutes
In 2020, aerospace entrepreneur Robert T. Bigelow founded the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS). BICS’s mission includes “to communicate, facilitate, educate and organize scientific research and exploration into the survival of human consciousness (SOHC)” with a particular focus on consciousness surviving permanent bodily death. Following a successful competition in 2021 for essays providing the best evidence for SOHC, BICS is now looking to the future. In this presentation, Robert Bigelow and Colm Kelleher will reveal the details, including application process and important dates, for BICS’s new grants program for 2023, called “The Challenge”, that promises to significantly impact the future of research in the field of SOHC. Audience members attending this panel are invited to a complimentary bag lunch, for which they may make their menu selection on the conference registration form.
Robert Bigelow >> Las Vegas entrepreneur Robert T. Bigelow is the Founder and President of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies. BICS was founded in 2020 to support research into both the survival of human consciousness after physical death and, based on data from such studies, the nature of the afterlife. In 2021, BICS launched a highly publicized and very successful global essay competition in which $1,800,000 was awarded to twenty-nine (29) winning essays. The essay requirement was to provide the best evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that human consciousness survives bodily death.

Robert Bigelow graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Robert Bigelow is an experienced general contractor, designer, developer, financier, buyer and manager of many large real estate projects in the US. Over the course of his career spanning many decades, he has designed and built numerous apartment complexes, including the Budget Suites of America hotel chain that are currently in
three southwestern states.

In 1999, Robert Bigelow founded Bigelow Aerospace, LLC. The purpose of Bigelow Aerospace was to provide general contracting and research and development for the design, development and construction of habitable space structures for private enterprise and government use. Mr. Bigelow personally provided all financial support totaling over $350 Million Dollars. He has successfully launched two subscale spacecraft called Genesis I & II into orbit as well as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which is attached to the Tranquility module of the International Space Station. Moreover, Mr. Bigelow served as the program manager of the B330 spacecraft – Bigelow Aerospace’s main habitation system for LEO and beyond LEO destinations. He also holds 29 patents on aerospace systems and hardware.

Colm Kelleher, PhD >> Since obtaining his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Dublin Trinity College, Colm Kelleher has spent 35 years of his working life in a wide variety of diverse careers. Between 1991-1996, he was an immunology research scientist at the National Jewish Center in Denver Colorado. Between 1996-2004, Kelleher led the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) team on Skinwalker Ranch and multiple other NIDS projects. From 2004-2008, Colm served as laboratory director at San Francisco biotechnology company Prosetta where he led teams of scientists in executing DoD contracts to discover drugs against the Ebola virus, Rift Valley Fever Virus, Junin, Machupo, Marburg and other viruses of interest to DoD. In 2008 Kelleher became deputy administrator of Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) where he led the day-to-day operations in executing the AAWSAP contract with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). From 2012-2020, Kelleher led the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) Department at Bigelow Aerospace. where he managed eleven separate projects that cumulatively resulted in the building of life support systems for expandable spacecraft in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Kelleher is the author of Brain Trust (Simon & Schuster) and he co-authored Hunt for the Skinwalker in 2005 with award winning journalist George Knapp.
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Afterlife Evidence Panel: Results of Bigelow Essay Contest and Future Research Directions

Moderator: Jan Holden, EdD / Robert Mays, BSc / Suzanne Mays, AAS / Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD

Thu.
12:45 pm
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2:15 pm
MT
Room 1 (Grand Ballroom)
90
Minutes
In January of 2021, Robert Bigelow, of the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies (BICS), announced a competition for the best essay providing evidence of an afterlife–with a top prize of $500,000. In November of that year, BICS announced the winners: 29 essays whose authors received a total of $1.8 million. In this panel, two contest winners will summarize their essays, one is an Honorable Mention author duo, and the other is the First Prize winner. Panelists will discuss what they consider the best directions for future afterlife research; and panelists will respond to questions and comments from the audience.
Janice Miner Holden, EdD, LPC-S, ACMHP >> After 31 years on the University of North Texas (UNT) Counseling Program faculty, Jan Holden retired in 2019 as Professor Emerita of Counseling. Beginning in 1988 with her doctoral dissertation, her primary research focus has been counseling implications of near-death and related experiences. In this research area she has over 50 refereed journal publications and over 100 national and international presentations and has received numerous awards and honors. Since 2008 she has served as editor-in-chief of the International Association for Near-Death Studies’s scholarly Journal of Near-Death Studies, and she serves currently as that association’s President. Her website is www.janholden.com

Robert Mays, BSc/Susanne Mays, AAS >> Robert and Suzanne Mays have studied NDE phenomena together for over 40 years, although neither has had an NDE. They are particularly interested in veridical perceptions during NDEs and apparent interactions during NDEs between the NDEr and physical reality, as well as the neurological evidence of the interaction of the nonmaterial mind with the brain during ordinary consciousness, especially in language comprehension and in memory formation and recall. Their current areas of focus are on (1) NDErs’ prophetic visions of world events, (2) describing the nature of the transcendent realm as is evident in NDEr accounts, and (3) understanding the nature of consciousness as an individuated mind-entity directly interacting with a physical body and brain, as opposed to a non-localized entity spread out across all of existence, transmitting to and receiving from the physical brain

Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD >> Jeffrey is host and producer of the New Thinking Allowed channel on YouTube. He is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “Parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980). Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the Grand Prize winner of the 2021 Bigelow Institute essay competition regarding the best evidence for survival of human consciousness after permanent bodily death



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2022 Day 2 - Friday - Panels

Amazing Gifts from STEs and NDEs

Moderator: Neal Grossman, PhD / Deborah Conner, MA / Christina Rawls, PhD

Fri.
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
MT
Room 2 (Canyon)
60
Minutes
Two panelists, Deborah Conner, MA, and Christina Rawls, PhD, were gifted with after -effects from an NDE/OBE experience, STE experiences, and lifelong connection with psi phenomena and the Other Side.
Deborah’s experiences have finally culminated in her new practice of coaching clients with living their lives with Luminosity – – getting their “Glow On” and integrating their anomalous experiences with compassion and love for others.
Christina’s resulted in Orb photography, the study of mental evidential, trance, and physical mediumship – -providing readings from the Other Side and ongoing gifts of validation of the afterlife, which may ultimately help others. Love is the answer –
– for both panelists who have indeed experienced “amazing” gifts.
Neal Grossman, PhD, >> Since retiring a few years ago after over 40 years on faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Neal Grossman, PhD, associate professor emeritus of philosophy, no longer has anything to profess but has published 2 books this last decade: “Conversations with Socrates and Plato: How A Post-Materialist Social Order Can Solve the Challenges of Modern Life and Insure Our Survival” and “The Spirit of Spinoza: Healing the Mind”, a readable presentation of Spinoza’s remarkable system of spiritual psychotherapy

Deborah Conner, MA >> Deborah Conner is an integrative coach, reiki practitioner and an STE, OBE experiencer. The most profound occurrence involved an OBE following the NDE of her Grandmother in 1977. Deborah has followed NDE literature and science since that time. Undergrad degrees in Communication, and Kinesiology led Deborah to supplement her studies in later years with a Masters Degree in Philanthropy and Development. Deborah has served as Executive Director and Director of Development in the environmental, mental health, social and educational sectors. She has also served on various non-profit Boards

Christina Rawls, PhD >> Christina Rawls has been an intuitive her entire life. Having enjoyed teaching philosophy but ultimately leaving professional academia in 2021, Dr. Rawls began her mediumship practice Orb Magic and published her first spirit photography book “The Technological Age & the Orb Phenomenon” in 2021

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Debbie James NDE

NDEs: What Young People Need to Know

Moderator: Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K / Vincent de Vice / Diane Corcoran, Col.(ret.) PhD / Judith Mandalise / Laura Varela, PhD

Fri.
4:30 pm
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6:00 pm
MT
Room 1 (Grand Ballroom)
90
Minutes
This Panel will highlight students studying NDEs. First, a Student nurse will interview a senior Military Nurse and how she became inspired by a patient who had an NDE. Secondly, a Ph.D. student will gain needed insight from a Near-Death Experiencer
Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K >>Debbie James 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 de Vice >> I am a senior nursing student in the process of completing my B.S.N. degree with an interest in homecare and hospice specialties. I have been reading NDE literature since high school and this interest has led me to IANDS. I deeply aspire to the multitude of research on NDE’s and have had the tremendous opportunity to collaborate with the IANDS community. Thanks to Deborah James and many other speakers and IANDS researchers, I have been graced with connecting with so many amazing people from a variety of disciplines from all over the world. I share my knowledge of NDE’s with many people and in mostly all of those encounters they yield a sincere enthusiastic interest. It would be an honor and a privilege to participate in a panel moderated by Deborah James along with some fellow students who have themselves happily engaged with NDE accounts and research

Dr. Diane Corcoran >> 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 that 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 types of experiences.

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

Laura Varela >> Laura Varela recently defended her dissertation for her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of the Incarnate Word in June 2022. Her research focused on nursing students’ knowledge of and attitudes towards NDEs. She has experience in research, student services, and teaching within higher education. Currently, she works in government contract administration
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Love to the Millionth Power

Michelle Clare, Patricia Grabow, MEd, Betty Guadagno, CRPA

Fri.
4:30 pm
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6:00 pm
MT
Room 2 (Canyon)
90
Minutes
Join Betty Guadagno, Patricia Grabow, and Michelle Clare as they discuss the multiple ways that Spirit is connected to you. From a Kundalini awakening to multiple NDEs, you will see that Love is all around us, supporting us and helping us on this human journey.
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 the unconditional love and connection that surpasses our earthly life

Patricia Grabow, MEd >> Patricia Grabow died in an auto accident in London, England. Following her death and return she began a series of books including the story of her death and life afterwards in he book, Love to the Millionth Power; A woman’s Journey from Death, to Love, to the Immortal Now. The most important book to date, Patricia believes is her books on Climate Change: The Healing, outlined on her web page by the same name. The book has been described by the Dali Lama as a “wonderful” book and shows the oneness of all life and what is actually happening as all life is healing itself. She will discuss this very important topic and the depth of understanding that exists for all to experience

Betty Guadagno, CRPA >> Betty Guadagno went from a drug addicted, sex worker, and self-described radical atheist to a devout believer in long-term recovery, working as a recovery coach, and manifesting a life beyond her wildest dreams. She will take you through her awakening journey where she was shown her pre-birth planning, her divine mission, and the interconnectedness of all things
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Registered Nurse Experiencers Advocating for the Support of the NDE and STE Patients

Moderator: Julie Hedenborg, MSNA / Jean Keegan Daly, RN, AHNA / Susanne Seymoure, BSN

Fri.
4:30 pm
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6:00 pm
MT
Room 3 (Granite)
90
Minutes
Three Registered Nurse experiencers share their personal and patient reports of near-death experiences, spiritually transformative experiences, out-of-body experiences, and inspirational messages about the afterlife, heaven, Jesus, angels and the love of God. Julie Hedenborg will Moderate the Q and A in-person at the Conference. They will discuss medical staff’s responses to patient reports of NDEs and STEs; including witnessing how patients were treated after sharing their events with fellow healthcare workers. Whenever the nurse experiencers actively listened and validated patient’s experiences, it helped them process, integrate and normalize their life-altering events. Such supportive measures help foster increased patient care and comfort. Supporting patient’s needs in every department of care has a positive impact on their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, hastening their recovery or peaceful transition.
Julie Hedenborg, MSNA >> Professionally, Julie loved serving as a nurse. She worked two years in a Cardiovascular ICU, then pursued her Master of Science Degree and enjoyed a 16 year career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. In 2009, she was recognized by the Mecklenburg Times as a Healthcare Hero. She has witnessed supernatural events with her patients, and in 2015 she experienced her own STE. In 2018 she launched the Everyday Miracles Podcast, reaching over 50 countries. The countless supernatural testimonies she receives in her podcast inbox (many people have never shared) have led her to have great compassion for experiencers

Jean Keegan Daly, RN, AHNA >> Jean Keegan Daly, a Holistic RN and former Hospice nurse is a Holistic Therapist, Counselor, and Educator specializing in a body, mind, spirit approach to health, wellness, and transitional phases of life including the dying process. Jean’s self-published book, “Reflections of a Seasoned Soul” details the story of her own profound NDE and some of her many lifelong STEs. In her book Jean also describes the transformational interactions she had with three of her most memorable hospice patients, two of whom appeared to her in their afterlife communications. A 57-year veteran RN, Jean has witnessed the NDEs and STEs of many patients as well as reactions of medical professionals and family members who disbelieved and invalidated the patients’ experiences. Their behaviors toward the patients were primarily due to their own bias and/or ignorance of this very real and important event in the patients’ own vivid encounters. Jean strongly advocates education to promote needed attitude changes and support for patients

Susanne Seymoure, BSN >> Susanne Seymoure was surprised when guided to become an RN after having a profound childhood NDE. Later she had 2 adult NDE’s. Susanne worked in CCU, Dept. Of Health and Nursing, Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury, Nursing Education. A career span of 25 years. Having had a childhood NDE, she learned to integrate science and NDE insights to help others. She was able to assist many patients with their experiences. Author of her book “My Secrets Of Heaven” discussed on radio, TV, and in magazines in an effort to shine more Light

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2022 Day 3 - Saturday - Panels

Panel: Loving Assistance for the Experiencer: How to Help (Bring your Own Lunch)

Moderator: Lynn Johnson, PhD: Jim Bruton / Chris Kito / Bethany Silver / Diana Marquez Lyons DiFranco, LCSW, ACMHP ( pre-recorded)

Sat.
10:15 am
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11:45 am
MT
Room 2 (Canyon)
90
Minutes
NDErs have life changing insights that can make them feel isolated and fearful of sharing with others. This presentation illustrates the process of creating a support group
Lynn Johnson, PhD >> Lynn Johnson received a PhD in clinical/counseling psychology in 1976 and has been a practicing psychologist since that time. In 1991 he and two friends created the Utah NDE support group that became a component of IANDS

Jim Bruton >> Jim Bruton has been a world traveler and adventure for much of his life- his adventures ranging from living in Africa as wildlife filmmaker for National Geographic to serving as a war journalist for NBC News. Using only a backpack, providing news coverage as a war journalist for NBC News in Iraq, and Lecturing in Telemedicine at Yale University School of Medicine. But when his experimental aircraft crashed in Oct. 2016, he had an adventure that topped them all. Transported to the In Between, his NDE there was not a typical passive one but required him to do something- to change his future and see how all things are interconnected. Jim has documented all of this in his book, “The In Between, A Trip of a Lifetime”

Chris Kito >> 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. 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

Bethany Silver >> Bethany B. Silver, Ph.D. has been an educator for 20+ years. She began her teaching career as a psychology instructor at Manchester Community College. At UConn’s Neag School of Education she served as the Director of the Professional Development Academy and Assistant Professor of Educational Technology. Dr. Silver has taught courses in research methods, evaluation, assessment, and learning. She has engaged her research skills with neurology patients at Hartford Hospital, the Capitol Region Education Council, Bloomfield Public Schools, and currently serves as the Chief Performance Officer for the Hartford Public Schools. Bethany has published and presented at conferences nationally and internationally, in the areas of predictive modeling, instructional data teaming, and creating visionary data environments. She is named on a U.S. patent for an assessment reporting system. Mrs. Silver has always been interested in NDEs. Her work in post-NDE-Integration has been inspired and informed by Jim Bruton and Susan Redwine. She extends gratitude to her colleagues Tina Angeli, Jack Lardis, Sue Maisano, and other members of the Farmington, CT NDE Support Group, which she joined in 2020
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Debbie James NDE

Voices of COVID: Near-Death Experiencers

COVID & NDE panel: Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K / Jeff Fusco, AS / Randy Schiefer, MSFS / Travis Shreeve

Sat.
12:45 pm
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2:15 pm
MT
Room 1 (Grand Ballroom)
90
Minutes
Jeff Fusco’s Covid-19 journey began on March 24, 2020 when he was hospitalized after crashing in the ER. Over the next few months, he was moved to 4 different hospitals and with only 2 hours to live, was rushed by helicopter to the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors said Jeff was the worst case of Covid-19 they have ever witnessed. In his last hours, Jeff had a OBE shared experience with his parents giving him permission to leave and his wife telling him to fight if he wanted to live. Jeff’s father pointed for Jeff to look over his shoulder and there stood Christ. Then Jeff found himself sitting on God’s lap discussing whether he should return to earth or remain with Him. Jeff looked over God’s shoulder and saw what he thought were the gates of heaven. Recalling his wife’s words to fight if he wanted to live, Jeff found himself back in his body. What happened next was a Miracle of God, a test of his faith with an evil presence and how prayer helped him miraculously recover from Covid-19!
Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K >> Debbie James 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

Jeff Fusco, AS, >> Jeff is married to his wife Theresa of 35 years. They have 2 children and currently live in Canfield, Ohio. He attained his Associates degree in Computer Science/Programming at the ATES Technical Institute. He began his career at GBS Corp, i-Tech Solutions Group as a Customer Service Representative focused on software for the construction industry, eventually learning to implement and support a core set of Standard Financial Software applications designed for general business management. Following his bout with Covid-19, Jeff decided to in September 2020, ending his 35+ year career as the Executive Vice-President for the GBS Corp, i-Tech Solutions Group headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio

Randy Schiefer, MSFS >> Randy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Forensics Science Degree. He spent 20 years in the United States Air Force as a Security Policeman and as a Special Agent in the Office of Special Investigations. He retired in 1992. From the Air Force Randy started teaching at the collegiate level, entering as an adjunct instructor and working his way to Department Chair and finally as the college campus Director. He retired (again) in 2014 and moved to Florida in 2015. Randy married his high school sweetheart in 1972. They have three marvelous daughters, two grandchildren, and a third due in August

Travis Shreeve, CPA >> I’m a CPA in my early 40s. I’ve lost 2 children to a Genetic condition. Whitney at 16 months and Vincent at 8 years. My wife and I have been married for 18 years with what feels like 3 different families. My experience made the family feel as one
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Portals to Transformation: Abuse and Trauma Before an NDE

Moderator: Chris Batts / Alma Blazquez, EdD / Betty Guadagno, CRPA

Sat.
3:45 pm
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4:45 pm
MT
Room 3 (Granite)
60
Minutes
Each of these panelists had suffered harrowing experiences in their lives, which will be the context for the great contrast and miraculous outcomes of their NDEs. We will see with them, as they illustrate for us their discoveries, awakenings, and healings. Bearing witness to these particular journeys to transformation connects us to the profound power and beauty that each lifetime can bring.
Chris Batts >> Chris Batts is an author and motivational speaker and has been featured by Johns Hopkins University Press. Chris had a near death experience that happened after a suicide attempt. In his book “Boom- The Life and Times of a Suicide Near Death Experiencer”, he goes in detail about his life, what led up to his suicide attempt and how his life has changed after. He was taken to the spiritual realm and experienced telepathic thoughts from God. He also met many angels including two who were familiar and is still in contact with to date. Chris’s strongest mission is to deter people from suicide. Many people who go through dark times and depression don’t realize how much they are loved

Alma Blazquez >> My educational background includes a BS in early childhood development, desiring to learn how the human developed in utero. I continued with a MA in Specialized education due to the passion I gained for infants born with developmental and physical differences. I then researched and completed a dissertation on nine social sciences and how they affect the teenager who has not been able to feel loved. After my 2012 NDE, I have become an international specialized education mediator, assisting those of all ages with gaining greater brain plasticity using brain exercises: yoga, breath work and Ayurveda: Body, Mind and Soul Attunement (Thomas Hubl), Inner Relational Focusing (Gene Gendlin, Ann W. Cornell)

Betty Guadagno >> Betty went from a drug addicted, sex worker, and self-described radical atheist to a devout believer in long-term recovery, working as a recovery coach, and manifesting a life beyond her wildest dreams. She will take you through her awakening journey where she was shown her pre-birth planning, her divine mission, and the interconnectedness of all things
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Journey's to Awareness: NDEs as Transformations to Love

Moderator: Greg Pacini / David Oakford / James Owen / Nadine Telishewsky

Sat.
12:45 pm
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2:15 pm
MT
Room 3 (Granite)
90
Minutes
The journey to awareness that may follow an NDE often leads to a profound sense of expanded love and may express itself in many ways: lifestyle changes, books or music written; even theories developed explaining answers to some of life’s biggest questions. However, the path to those expressions of love is not always smooth. This panel will explore both aspects of the Journeys To Awareness.
Greg Pacini >> By day, Greg is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Group Psychotherapist with over 40 years experience. His book, Journey Beyond Hardship, has the endorsement of both Anita Moorjani and Larry Dossey, MD. Also, by day, Greg’s a musician, creating four CD’s, garnering airplay, and opening for Joan Borysenko. However, recently, on the heels of participation in IANDS and Tricia Barkers’ 2021 summits, Greg realized that he didn’t almost die at birth. He did. And a profound experience while a Benedictine novitiate was actually a remembrance of the NDE that came with his young death. Greg now sees that his music captures much of what has stayed with him from that NDE, and is most evident in songs of his CD, One Soul. Greg will perform songs from that CD, share more about the now-connected pieces of his life, and also sing the title track from his first CD To Soul. Interestingly, Greg spoke at the IANDS Annual Group Leader Retreat in the late 90’s)

David Oakford’s NDE was in 1979. Since then, David has worked in a few factories, served in the USN, and attended business school and earned 4-year degree in accounting. He was a stay-at-home father for his growing family as well. He’s worked as a Software Analyst and was laid off in the Great Recession. Currently, David is disabled and works part time as a Janitor at his city’s spooky old movie theater. David lives with his family in Metro Detroit

James Owen >> Jim Owen has a 50+ year career in real estate marketing and as an auctioneer. Starting his career in his home state of West Virginia he later lived for 30+ years in North Texas where he experienced his NDE. Jim has traveled internationally as an auctioneer selling high-value assets After many life-changing events he’s settled down in Tampa Florida with his fiancé, a lady he nearly married 48 years prior, and with a dramatic story of how his NDE brought them back together

Nadine Telishewsky >> Nadine has a BA in Psychology and worked with the homeless population for a decade. She’s currently an Energy Practitioner and Spiritual Coach, and writing a book about her NDE, astral travels, and angelic communications
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2022 - Day 4 - Sunday - Panels

Extraordinary Experiences From a Global/Cultural, Medical & Spiritual Perspective: A Conversation Across the Continents

International Discussion-Moderator: Dr. Keyaunoosh Kassauei M.D. / Renu Arora / Emilie Spear / Vu Tran / Tony Woody

Sun.
1:00 pm
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3:00 pm
MT
Room 3 (Granite)
120
Minutes
Panelists in this vital discussion will point to helping close and prevent the global medical, spiritual and cultural gap of care of NDErs and STErs by raising awareness, improving understanding and shifting perceptions of NDEs and STEs in different cultures and professions. They share unique and common aspects of their NDEs and STEs, and how their aftereffects impacted their professional and personal lives. They will also discuss how traditional and religious beliefs within their native cultures adversely impact experiencers from sharing, processing, and integrating their events. Panelists will share how they overcame the fears of being ridiculed, disbelieved, misjudged, mischaracterized, and how by openly sharing their stories with others helps validate, educate and support other NDErs and STErs globally.
Dr. Keyaunoosh Kassauei M.D. >> Dr. Keyaunoosh is an International Medical Graduate, with a Post-doctoral Research fellowship from Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a Leadership and Physician coach, Founder and Creative Director at My conscious Coaching Group which is a 501C3 charitable coaching nonprofit, with coaching initiatives in healthcare and education. Keyaunoosh is a certified Emotional Intelligence and a certified Spiritual intelligence Coach. She is a Fellow at the Institute of coaching Harvard/Mclean Hospital and a member at ICF. She is also a Certified WBEC/ACE and Breakthrough Coach. Dr. Kassauei is the author of the International best sellers, Beautiful Scars and a Radio and Podcast speaker.

Renu Arora >> On March 29th, 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/storyteller who has over 16 years of experience throughout the UK and has just finished performing in The Magician’s Elephant at The Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and BBC Sounds. Venues worked at include Royal Shakespeare Theatre, London’s Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, New Vic Theatre, and Theatre Royal Stratford East. Renu is a former member of the world-famous Alternatives team in London’s West End

Emilie Spear >> Emilie Spear is a successful businesswoman, working in corporate America as an Information Technology Auditor. A few days after the birth of her twin daughters, unforeseen medical complications resulted in a life-changing near-death experience. After 10 years of searching for answers and overcoming the cultural challenges of finding the words to express her vivid account, she is beginning to share her heavenly experience. During her NDE, Emilie made a promise to bring her experience of Divine Love back with her to apply within her own life and help others on their own journey of inner healing. She takes her listeners to the bank of the Pool of Peace, where a graceful and all-encompassing love soothes and heals discordant human thoughts and feelings, cultivating greater harmony and peace within oneself.

Vu Tran >> Vu Tran lived through the Vietnam War. His family was among the first Vietnamese refugees who came to the United States just before the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. He had to rebuild a new life in this county. But he lost everything again on a Good Friday, April 13, 1990. He was the sole survivor of a car crash caused by a drunken driver and lost his fiancée. After this NDE, he began a journey of spiritual transformation and became an effective witness of God’s grace and love.

Tony Woody >> Tony Woody is a US Navy Chief Petty Officer with 22 years of honorable service as an Instructor Flight Engineer on the P3 Orion aircraft. During an emergency landing, Tony’s aircraft departed the runway due to pilot error at over 135 knots just missing a firetruck parked on the right side of the runway. That triggered an Out of Body Experience (OBE) and a Spiritually Transformative Experience (STE) that placed Chief Woody in the Presence of God. Woody will discuss the spiritual crisis and struggles caused by the “Gap in Care” culture problem after seeking answers to understand what happened to him.
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The Timeless Power and Meaning of Oneness

Moderator: Rev. Stephanie Bradbury MDiv / Paul Bernstein, PhD / Felice Di Martino, BFA / William Taylor BA

Sun.
1:00 pm
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2:30 pm
MT
Room 2 (Canyon)
90
Minutes
This panel ties together the many aspects of “Oneness” that will be brought to light throughout the Conference. Rev. Bradbury will highlight the luminous message of oneness from the history of Christianity, and will offer each of the panelists their opportunities to share and discuss oneness as a “field”(Felice Dimartino); as a multi-dimensional experience of vibration tied to selfhood (Paul Bernstein), and as part of the “ineffable” experience of many who have NDEs (William Taylor)
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 NDE 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. Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury is the founder and host of the IANDS “Christian Theme NDE / STE Discussion Group” (every 4th Monday of the month), and is the founder and co-host of the IANDS “Christian Clergy Group” (every 1st Monday of the Month)

Paul Bernstein, PhD >> I served on the Board of IANDS, was Editor-in-Chief of Vital Signs, and was a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Near-Death Studies. Later I was an advisor to ACISTE in its early years, drawing partly upon my experience having assisted the Paris, France, Institute for Research on Extraordinary Experiences, whose Clinical Manual I co-created. My academic degrees include both the natural and the social sciences. And my spiritually transformative journey has included time at the Findhorn Community in Scotland, training in intuition and mediumship, researching extra-terrestrial contactee-experiencers with Harvard psychiatrist John Mack, close contact with dolphins in the Pacific Ocean and whales in the Atlantic, and participation in several therapeutic modalities and religious pathways from East and West

Felice Di Martino, BFA >> Felice DiMartino has been a Montessori Teacher, Trainer and Consultant for over 25 years. She holds a BFA from NYU and obtained her Montessori Teaching Credentials from CMTE, NY. She is a trained Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator and Yoga Teacher for the neuro diverse population. As an Intuitive Healer, Lightworker, and Channel, Felice uses a multimodality approach to guiding others in the remembering of the Magnificent, Divine Expression of Love they truly are! In 2015, Felice had a Near Death Experience when she was hit by a large truck while crossing the street. During her NDE, Felice entered into an expansive, luminous space of Love and Timelessness where she was shown the nature of Being A Spiritual Being having a Spiritual Experience, a Spiritual Being having a Human Experience and Human Being having a Human Experience and how Love, Forgiveness, Compassion, Nonjudgement, and Faith can return us to a state of Connection with The Divine Essence within each of us and the Light we are all connected in as One. Felice has been interviewed on multiple podcasts about her NDE and is currently writing a book about her experience

William Taylor, BA >> Mr. Taylor’s professional life included working as a computer data analyst on medical drug and device studies for FDA approval and working for law firms as a computer analyst in anti-dumping duty investigations. An NDE in 1979 changed his life. He continued to work in the same field but as a self-employed contractor before retiring. He became active in the NDE community, leading the Maryland IANDS group for nearly 20 years, joining the IANDS board in 1997, and serving as president from 2000-2003.
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IANDS FILM PREMIERE: "Saying Goodbye: Preparing for Death"

Johanna Lunn, BA , Jude Higgins, MA, PhD (cand.) Rebecca Good, MA,RN,LMHC, QTTT

Sun.
1:00 pm
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3:00 pm
MT
Room 1 (Grand Ballroom)
120
Minutes
Preparing for death is the second in the When You Die documentary trilogy. It will help you pass through fear and into honest conversations about our greatest demon. It will explore questions most of us avoid: What is a good death? Could we possibly heal old emotional wounds as death approaches? Where do we want to die? What quality of life is enough for you? What is a conscious death? Could we do it?

As hard as it is to believe, we know, in the depths of our being, death will come – either through a diagnosis, or from a sudden accident. Don’t wait until you’re in crisis to decide how you want to be cared for. Difficult as it is, making decisions now about what we want when facing the inevitable, is a great kindness to yourself, and to your loved ones.

Through stories from professionals who have spent their careers at the bedside, Saying Goodbye opens the door to good conversation about what is possible as we pass from this life.

A panel discussion will follow the showing with Director Johanna Lunn, BA, Rebecca Good, RN, MA, LMHC, QTTT, hospice nurse and assistant, Jude Higgins, MA, PhD (cand.)

Experts featured in the documentary:
Rev. David Maginley, M.Div; Dr. Laurie Mallery, MD; Dr. Paige Moorehouse, MD; Dr. Penny Sartori, PhD; Dr. Peter Fenwick, MD; Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson, MD; Sue Brayne, MA; Dr. Anthony Bossis, PhD; Dr. Andrew Holecek, DDS; Rev. Olivia Bareham; Jill Shock, MA; Julie McFadden, RN–

Johanna Lunn BA >>An award-winning producer and director, with more than 35 years of film and television experience, Johanna is using her lifelong curiosity about the death and dying process to bring documentaries about, “What happens when we die,” to life. “At a young age I witnessed a number of significant deaths that completely cracked my world apart. Because it was taboo to talk about death at the time, I felt terribly isolated. Looking back on those experiences, and with the wisdom of having done much research on dying, I have learned that death, like birth, is one of the most extraordinary events in life, and it is critical that we learn to talk about it.” By talking about death and exploring what happens, Johanna hopes to make the topic less fearful and more normalized, one film at a time. Johanna lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband Steve and their intrepid companion Gracie, an empathic chocolate lab.

Jude Higgins MA, PhD (cand.) >> Jude is an End-of-Life Doula, and a Spiritual Care Provider. She offers services for end-of-life care and trains End of Life Doulas in this sacred work. HELD Services LLC is located in Salt Lake City, Utah USA. Her website is: www.mydeathdoula.com
Currently, she works as a PRN Chaplain at Primary Children’s Hospital & Everest Home Health and Hospice in Salt Lake City, UT. Jude also worked for many years as a tenured cultural anthropology professor and is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. Jude has completed Dying Consciously Training, No One Dies Alone Training, and has thousands of clinical hours as a Spiritual Care Provider in the hospital, hospice, and as an end-of-life doula

Rebecca Good, MA,RN,LMHC, QTTT >> Rebecca, is a Hospice RN Case Manager and Therapeutic Touch Therapist. She has been an active Registered Nurse (RN) for more than 45 years working in all areas of clinical nursing practice. Rebecca also offers the spiritual integrative therapy, Therapeutic Touch, for pain, anxiety, comfort, health and wellbeing. Rebecca has extensive counseling and therapy experience with individuals of all ages suffering acute, chronic and terminal illnesses, and with their families and issues related to the journey of NDE, death, grief and loss. She continues part time private practice of the Holistic Spiritual therapy, Therapeutic Touch™ (TT)™. Rebecca is a credentialed Therapeutic Touch Teacher, Mentor, Practitioner, lecturer and clinical consultant. Her professional practice in Therapeutic Touch actualized after her first class with Dr Dolores Krieger at New York University in 1986. She realized she had already been doing TT intuitively and now had a name and mentors to deepen her personal journey, spiritual growth, practice and teachings. Rebecca studied over 40 years with co developers of Therapeutic Touch, Dr. Dolores Krieger, Professor Emerita NYU and Dora Kunz, clairvoyant. She teaches and lectures on Transpersonal Nature of Therapeutic Touch and its Compliment in Integrative Health Care.


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