IANDS Board of Directors and Staff

Executive Committee of the Board

Yvonne Kason3 Yvonne Kason, MD

Education Committee
Family Physician & Psychotherapist (retd)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Joined the board in 2018.
Robert Bare Robert Bare, MPA
Vice President

Occupation: Retired Executive & Intl Bus. Consultant;
Technical Writer & Grant Writer
Residence: South Beach, Oregon
Joined the board in 2019.
Treasurer - Vacant

linda truax Linda Truax, MA Mgmt, Major US Army (Ret.)
Board Secretary
Conference & Education Committees
Residence: Texas
Joined the board 2014.

Other Board Members

Susan Amsden sm Susan Amsden, BSc, ACISTE Life Coach
IANDS Business Manager
Editor Vital Signs; New Groups Mentor
Durham IANDS - Group Facilitator
Occupation: Business Specialist
Joined the IANDS staff in 2015
Joined the board in 2018.
 Jacqueline Arnold Jacqueline Arnold, MSLS
Boulder IANDS & BEES Group Leader
2020 Conference Chair
Residence: Colorado
Joined the board in 2016.
20191207 Dave Bennett David Bennett
Board Member at Large for Groups
Groups Coordinator
Virginia Beach IANDS Board
Joined the board in 2019.

Roberta Moore  Roberta Moore, MA, MBA
Marketing Coordinator
NDE Videos for Healthcare Professionals & Veterans
Joined the board in 2019.
Chuck Swedrock edited smaller Chuck Swedrock, BSc Computer Sci; MBA; ACISTE LC
IANDS Sharing Groups Online (ISGO™) Coordinator
Technology & Groups Committees
Former IANDS Groups Coordinator
Former co-facilitator Arizona IANDS Groups, 2010-2018
Occupation: Retired Information Technology Specialist
Residence: Tucson, Arizona
Served on the board 2005 - 2011, rejoined 2017.
rebeccasvallamd1 Rebecca Valla, MD
Education Committee, Ethics Committee
Occupation: Board Certified Psychiatrist
Residence: North Carolina
Joined the board in 2015.
Photograph of Diane Corcoran Diane Corcoran, RN, Ph.D., US Army Col. (Ret.)
Past President, President Emerita
Occupation: Nurse, Educator, Retired Army Colonel, currently doing legal nurse consulting; Residence: North Carolina
Joined the board in 2004 - 2017
Author articles on NDEs for health care professionals; currently sponsoring research on combat-related NDES.


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


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.
brucegreyson2 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: Certified Public Accountant
Served since 2017.
Dr Nicole Gruel Nicole Gruel, PhD in Transpersonal Psychology, ACISTE Life Coach ISGO™ Lead Facilitator
Residence: Newport, Australia
Board 2018-2019.
(ISGO™=IANDS Sharing Groups Online)
Photograph of Debbie James Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN, CRS 
Conference Committee
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 of experience in non-profit leadership and development. Honors graduate at 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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