IANDS Board of Directors and Staff

Executive Committee of the Board

Chuck Swedrock edited smaller Chuck Swedrock, BSc Computer Sci; MBA; ACISTE LC
IANDS Groups Coordinator; Technology & Groups Committees
IANDS Sharing Groups Online (ISGO™) Coordinator
Co-facilitator Arizona IANDS Groups 
Occupation: Retired Information Technology Specialist
Residence: Tucson, Arizona
Served on the board 2005 - 2011, rejoined 2017
Photograph of Diane Corcoran Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD
Chair of Education and Research Committees
Occupation: Nurse, Educator, Retired Army Colonel, currently doing legal nurse consulting; Residence: North Carolina
Joined the board in 2004 - 2017
Past IANDS president emeritas, author articles on NDEs for health care professionals; currently sponsoring research on combat related NDES.
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James Fisher, MBA, CPA
Occupation: Retired Business Executive - Anesthesia Mgmt.
Residence: North Carolina
Joined the board in 2018

linda truax Linda Truax, MA Mgmt, Major USA (retd)
Secretary, Conference & Education Cmtes
Residence: Texas
Joined the board 2014

Other Board Members

Jacqueline Arnold

Jacqueline Arnold, MSLS
Boulder IANDS & Bees Group Leader
Residence: Colorado
Joined the board in 2016

Bev Byers Robert Bare, MPA
Occupation: Retired Executive & Intl Bus. Consultant;Technical Writer & Grant Writer
Residence: South Beach, Oregon
Joined the board in 2019
Daniel Endy Daniel Endy,
Technology Committee, IANDS Group Facilitator
Residence: Pennsylvania
Joined the board in 2019
Jose Hernandez, Artist, NDExperiencer
Spanish Translation Task Force, Groups Cmtes
Summerland, BC, CN
Joined the board in 2018
Yvonne Kason Yvonne Kason, MD
Family Physician & Psychotherapist (retd)
Education Committee
Toronto, Ontario, CN
Joined the board in 2018
david maginley Rev David Maginley, MDiv, Chaplain
Publicity, Marketing
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CN
Joined the board in 2018
rebeccasvallamd1 Rebecca Valla, MD
Education Committee
Occupation: Board Certified Psychiatrist
Residence: North Carolina
Joined the board in 2015



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Susan Amsden, BSc,
IANDS Business Manager
Editor Vital Signs; New Groups Mentor
Durham IANDS - Group Facilitator
Occupation: Business Specialist
ACISTE Life Coach
Joined the IANDS staff in 2015


Marybeth Maranuk, BA
Marketing, Office, IANDS Groups Support
Residence: North Carolina
Occupation: Retired CPM, Property Management
Joined the IANDS staff in 2008

Hope Carson Pickard edited smaller Hope Pickard, BA
Membership, Donations,Office
Residence: North Carolina
Occupation: Certified Holistic Health Coach
Joined the IANDS staff in 2019


Photograph of Janice Holden

Janice Holden, Ed.D
Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies
Past president of IANDS
Residence: Texas
Occupation: Professor of counseling at the University of North Texas in Denton
Served on the board from 2000 - 2006
Dr. Holden is an NDE researcher who also supervises doctoral students conducting NDE research.


Bruce Greyson, M.D
Past President of IANDS
Consulting Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies
Residence: Virginia
Occupation: Professor of psychiatry
Served on the board 1981-1992
Served as Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies from 1982 - 2008 (26 years!).

 Katie Connolly

Katie Connolly, CPA
Media Council
Residence: Colorado
Occupation: Certifiied Public Accountant
Served since 2017

  Nicole Gruel, PhD in Transpersonal Psychology, ACISTE Life Coach ISGO Lead Facilitator
Residence: Newport, Australia
Joined the board in 2018
(ISGO=IANDS Sharing Groups Online)
Photograph of Debbie James Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN, CRS 
Conference & Education Committees
Residence: Texas 
Occupation: Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Served on the board 1995-2008; Rejoined the board in 2011-2017
National conference coordinator from 1996 - 2006, 2010
robertmays2 Robert Mays, BSc
Former Treasurer
Finance, Technology & Website Committees
Residence: North Carolina
Occupation: NDE researcher (consciousness, veridical perceptions), retired Senior Software Engineer, retired science teacher
Photograph of Yolaine Stout

Yolaine Stout, B.A.
Chair of the Integration/Support Committee
Past president of IANDS
Residence: California
Occupation: Self-Help Writer, Life Coach, Nonprofit Consultant
17 years experience in non-profit leadership and development. Honors graduate UC Berkeley. 25 year educator in Austria and the United States.

66 Marjorie Woollacott

Majorie Woollacott, PhD
Director of Research
Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oregon
Researcher in the field of rehabilitation, cognition & meditation

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