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STE Volunteers Biographies

The management and staff of Eternea wishes to express our gratitude for the efforts of the following STE Volunteers:


Jeffrey Long, MD, STE Council Chairman

Dr. Jeff LongDr. Jeffrey Long is a radiation oncologist and author of the New York Times bestseller Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences. A leading near-death experience (NDE) researcher, in 1998 he established the nonprofit Near-Death Experience Research Foundation. He also founded the NDERF, ADCRF and OBERF websites devoted to the study of near-death experience, after-death communication, and out-of-body experience respectively. These websites contain the full text of thousands of personally reported narratives. His work has led to increasing awareness that worldwide and across cultural boundaries, people all share these types of experiences, and that they are similar to a degree that is medically inexplicable. Long has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, and The Learning Channel. He has also been interviewed on the Art Bell radio show and on Coast to Coast radio with George Noory over a dozen times.


 Neal Grossman, PhD, STE Council Vice-Chairman

Neal Grossman PhDDr. Neal Grossman has recently retired after 40 years of teaching Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his B.S. from MIT and his MA and PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University. Before beginning his teaching career, he served in the Peace Corps. His areas of inquiry are wide ranging, including the philosophy of quantum mechanics Spinoza, Plato, mysticism, and survival research. He is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the International Association for Near-Death Studies and has published the book, Healing the Mind: the Philosophy of Spinoza Adapted for a New Age, as well as numerous articles on questions of consciousness, near-death experiences, life after death, ESP, and related topics.


Chair, Near-Death Experiences

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Bill Guggenheim, Chair, After-Death Communications

Bill GuggenheimBill Guggenheim and his former wife, Judy Guggenheim, conducted seven years of research on After-Death Communication (ADC) for their bestselling book, Hello From Heaven!  During this time they interviewed 2,000 people and collected more than 3,300 firsthand accounts of ADC experiences.  Bill is on the Board of Advisors of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).  He presents workshops at conferences and local chapters of bereavement support groups, hospices, churches, colleges, bookstores, and many other types of institutions.  His ADC research and book have been featured on television (including "20/20") and radio (including “Coast To Coast AM with George Noory” twice), and in numerous newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada.  Bill has been doing this for more than 23 years, and he does not accept any payment for doing so – this is his “ministry.”

Raymond Moody, Ph.D., M.D.,Chair, Shared Death Experiences

Dr. Raymond Moody is recognized as the leading authority on Near-Death experiences, a phrase he coined in the late 1970s. He is the best-selling author of 11 books, including Life After Life, which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide, Reunions, Glimpses of Eternity, and The Light Beyond. He has also written numerous articles for academic and professional journals and is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter on the topics of Near-Death Experiences, Death with Dignity, Life After Loss, Surviving Grief and Finding Hope, Reunion—Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones, The Healing Power of Humor, Catastrophic Tragedies and Collective Grief Responses, The Loss of Children, The Logic of Nonsense, and many more. He has trained Hospice workers, clergy, psychologists, nurses, doctors and other medical professionals in all aspects of his work. He also works as a practitioner of philosophic counseling and consults on a private individual basis. He received BA, MA and PhD degrees in Philosophy from the University of Virginia and his MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia.

Maggie Callanan, RN, Chair, Nearing Death Awareness Experiences

Maggie CallananAfter working for 15 years in critical care, since 1981 Maggie Callanan has been a Hospice home care and in-patient nurse providing direct patient care. She co-authored Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness Needs and Communications of the Dying, which received The American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award in 1993.  It is now published in 12 languages.  Her first book, Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life, was subsequently published by Bantam in 2008 and now appears in two languages and is available on Kindle.  In recognition of her work, Callanan received the Hospice and Palliative Care organization’s prized award, “The Heart of Hospice” as 1995 National Caregiver of the Year.  She founded and served as primary writer for the American Journal of Nursing’s “Dealing with Death” column; she also founded and continues to serve as Director of the National Hospice, Palliative and Home Care Speakers’ Bureau and speaks nationally and internationally on topics of death, dying and maintaining professional and personal boundaries. She is a member of the Society Group, a think tank on issues of aging, and a member and former Board member of the International Association for Near-Death Studies.

Chair, Past Life Recall Experiences

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Chair, Out of Body experiences / Remote Viewing

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Virginia Michelle Hummel, Chair,  Orb Encounters

Virginia HummelAfter Virginia Hummel is an author and inspirational speaker on the subjects of Orbs and New Age Bereavement Healing. She has been a lifelong student of spiritual and metaphysical studies and most recently of the orb phenomenon. Following the 2007 appearance of a brilliant white orb, visible to her naked eyes, she has focused her energy into discovering the source and identity of these intriguing balls of light. She is a Certified Light Therapist who uses Divine Light, or subtle energy, as a tool to assist in her ability as a medical intuitive. She is the author of Miracle Messenger: Signs From Above, Love From Beyond. Virginia has created a website devoted to the orb phenomenon and is currently working on a new book on the subject. To visit her website click here.



Chair, Mystical Experiences

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Chair, Divine Entity Encounters

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Chair, Induction Techniques

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Chair, Transformative Effects

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Pam Kircher, MD, Chair, Action Initiatives

Pam KircherDr. Pam Kircher is a childhood Near-Death Experiencer.  Her deep awareness of universal love and interconnectedness led her to study at Baylor College of Medicine (1975-1979) and become a Family Doctor with an emphasis on mind, body, spirit medicine.  From 1990-1994 she worked at the Hospice at the Texas Medical Center in Houston where she introduced an open awareness and discussion of NDEs and Nearing Death Awareness in the final stages of life.  In 1994 she moved to Durango, CO where she subsequently helped develop the “Touch, Love, and Compassion” and the “Steps to Surgical Success” programs which led to establishing an Integrative Care Department at Mercy Medical Center. In these programs, patients are offered free-of-charge energy work, aromatherapy, music therapy, and guided meditation.  For over twenty year, Dr. Kircher has given presentations nationally and internationally on NDEs, end-of-life issues, and integrative medicine. Her book, Love is the Link: A Hospice Doctor Shares her Experience of Near-Death and Dying, was published in 1995. And, for the past decade, she has been a Master Trainer in Dr. Paul Lam’s modified Tai Chi for Health programs for older adults and people with chronic conditions. 

Chris Carter, PPE, MA, MBA, Chair, Alternative Explanations

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Educated at Oxford and McMaster, with degrees in economics, philosophy, and finance, Chris Carter is author of several journal articles and books, including: Science and Psychic Phenomena: the Fall of the House of Skeptics; Science and the Near-Death Experience; and his latest, Science and the Afterlife Experience. He currently teaches internationally





Genie Palmer, PhD

Genie PalmerGenie T. Palmer earned her Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP) in 1999 (known as Sofia University as of July 1, 2012). As an Executive Core Faculty member at the university, she serves as Director of the Writing & Research Center, which houses a Writing Lab, and as Dissertation Director for Residential and Global Ph.D. Programs. She supports the dissertation process by teaching and by assisting students with both the inner and outer work of completing their dissertation process. Dr. Palmer teaches courses related to dissertation preparation, advanced research methods, and models of psychospiritual growth and development. Her research and writing emphasis is on exceptional human experiences (EHEs), particularly their disclosure aspects and work and life impacts. As a transpersonal practitioner, she works with individuals and groups using a process of spiritual guidance to foster spiritual growth and development, and of coaching to facilitate assimilation and integration of varieties of spiritual and transpersonal experiences, such as mystical experiences, dreams, and meaningful coincidences.

Contributor and Member, Mystical Experiences Committee

Yolaine Stout, BA, CFRM

Yolaine Stout is founding director and President of the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Yolaine Stoute PhotoTransformative Experiences (ACISTE) and past President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). ACISTE helps provide integration support for people who have had near-death or similar experiences. To gain a better understanding of their needs, she has interviewed over one thousand experiencers. She had an NDE in 1982 and has been researching the literature on near-death experiences since 2001.  Stout has been sought as a resource for conference presentations, other organizations, research projects, radio programs, film and TV documentaries. In addition to her work with ACISTE, she has been a writer, teacher, organizational consultant, facilitator and strategic planner. She graduated with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley and received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.


Contributor and Member: Near-Death Experiences Committee

Claude Swanson, PhD

Photo of Claude SwansonClaude Swanson was educated as a physicist at MIT and Princeton University. At Princeton he received the National Science Foundation Fellowship and Putnam Fellowship. Dr. Swanson conducted postgraduate work at Princeton and Cornell Universities on the design of superconducting plasma containment vessels for fusion energy systems. For the last fifteen years, interspersed with his conventional professional career in applied physics, Dr. Swanson has pursued investigations into "unconventional physics." This has led him to investigate many aspects of the paranormal, which appear to be completely real phenomena which violate our present science. Paranormal research suggests that the human soul, the center of human consciousness, can survive death and is apparently an energy form which can move and exist independently of the body. Dr. Swanson has conducted extensive research in these areas, including: research of the scientific literature, interviews with scientists in these fields, attending and speaking at conferences, and conducting experiments and investigations—to better understand how such paranormal phenomena can be incorporated into modern science. He is the author of The Synchronized Universe Vol. 1 New Science of the Paranormal and Vol.2 Life Force the Scientific Basis. To visit his website click here

Contributor and Member: Orb Encounters



Deborah Erickson, MBA

Deborah Erickson PhotoDeborah Erickson, MBA, is a student at Saybrook University, completing her PhD in Psychology with a concentration in consciousness and spirituality. In her right-brain work she is a telepathic interspecies communicator, parapsychology researcher, Reiki Master, Healing Touch for Animals practitioner, and spiritualist. Her left brain work includes over 25 years in technology, as a director and in technical project management. She is blending her background for her doctoral thesis research which will be a blinded study of telepathic animal communication with 20 pair of human guardian/animal companion teams participating. In March 2011 she was published in the NeuroQuantology Journal with an article titled “Intuition, Telepathy, and Interspecies Communication: A Multidisciplinary Perspective.” The paper is available on her website, www.deboraherickson.com/.


Contributor:  Divine Entity and Orb Encounters


Cengiz Mordeniz, MD

Cengiz Mordeniz PhotoDr. Cengiz Mordeniz is Associate Professor, in the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, on the Medical Faculty at Namik Kemal University in Tekirdag, Turkey.  He was a Visitor at:  Rigs Hospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark; Justus Liebig University, Giessen; Heidelberg University, Germany; and Quantum Medicine Association, Moscow.  He is on the Turkish Scientific Advisory Board of the Access to Opioid Medication in Europe (ATOME) project of the World Health Organization, in collaboration with the EU.  He received his degree in Medicine from Istanbul University. Additional credentials include: Certification from the Moscow Quantum Medicine Academy; Specialist of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine from Istanbul University; and Algologist from the Turkish Ministry of Health.


Contributor: Near-death Awareness and Near-Death Experience 

Audrey Redfield 

Audrey Redfield is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology at Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology). She is currently undergoing training as a psychotherapist and acquiring internship hours for licensure. She is also working on her dissertation research, using qualitative and intuitive inquiry research methods to explore the experiences of transpersonal phenomena that people have at electronic dance music events and how these experiences get integrated into day to day life. This research is inspired by the spiritually transformative experiences she has had at electronic dance music events.

Contributor to Ecstatic States: Mystical Experiences

Nancy du Tertre

Nancy du TertreNancy du Tertre is known as “The Skeptical Psychic™.”  She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University (with award for best thesis) and with honors as a published member of the Law Review at Pace University School of Law.  As an attorney, she practiced securities litigation in New York for nearly a decade.  She was also the editor/publisher of an award-winning newspaper specializing in the health industry, owner of a printing company, owner and operator of a 242-bed skilled nursing home in Brooklyn, and owner of a French porcelain factory.  She trained for more than a decade and is certified in Intuitive Gestalt Psychotherapeutic dialoguing from the SomaPsyche Institute.  After nearly a decade apprenticed to a well-known psychic detective, she is now a psychic detective spiritual medium, medical intuitive, paranormal investigator, minister and energy healer.  Ms. Du Tertre works with law enforcement and victims’ families on homicide cases, and gives private readings.  She lectures, teaches workshops, and hosts a weekly radio show called Hot Leads Cold Cases on CBS and Para-X Radios.  She has written a new book entitled Psychic Intuition: Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask But Were Afraid to Know, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and independent bookstores in August 2012.  For more information, please visit her website at www.theskepticalpsychic.com.

Contributor: Past Life recall Experiences