Speakers’ Bios

andrea-mashallAndreia Marshall-Netto was born in Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil) and has resided in the United States since 1991. Having been in contact with the Spiritist Doctrine in the United States from an early age, today she volunteers at the Conscious Living Spiritist Group in Morth Miami as Director of Operations and is also responsible for the Youth Department. As an active participant in the Spiritist Movement, Andreia has volunteered and coordinated several events with the Spiritist Federation of Florida and today serves as the Marketing Director for this federative group. In the dissemination of the Spiritist teachings, Andreia represents Edicei of America, a Spiritist Publisher affiliated to the International Spiritist Council’s publisher in Brazil serving the USA, Canada and other countries.

Bernadete_LealBernadete Leal, BA, MAED  – Bernadete was born and raised in Brazil and has been working with Spiritism for more than 18 years. She has been a Spiritist educator devoting her time to compiling materials, resources, and workshops to educate children, youth, parents, and educators in Spiritism in the United States. She studied Spiritist Philosophy at FEESP (Spiritist Federation of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil). She is an Elementary School teacher in San Diego, CA and she is the coordinator of the Youth Program for the United States Spiritism Symposium. She is also a collaborator of Kardec Radio team and The Spiritist Magazine writing Spiritist articles about children and youth. Bernadete Leal is currently a board member of the Spiritist Society of San Diego.

daniel assisiDaniel T. Assisi, Ed.D., MPA, PMP, has spoken on Spirituality and Spiritism throughout the US and abroad and has also been an active participant in the Spiritist movement in California for over 15 years. Passionate about education, Dr. Assisi works with public schools and education reform in California and holds a Doctorate degree in Education and a Masters in Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Daniel lives in San Diego with his wife Nicole and son David.



Edward Christie is a native of New York and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.  He is a classically trained pianist and received his degree in Music from Brooklyn College.  He has been a computer programmer for over 30 years and taught data processing for five years at the NYU School of Continuing Education.  Edward was introduced to Spiritism over 15 years ago and he has been studying ever since.  He has given lectures at various centers in New York and this has given him an opportunity to combine his love of learning and teaching.




Julio Carvalho first encountered the Spiritist Doctrine when he was about 14 years old.  Since then, he has become an active participant in the United States Spiritist movement, has co-founded the Spiritist Center Divine Light in Newark, New Jersey which he coordinates with a group of friends and has become a prolific speaker, disseminating the Spiritist message not only in the Tri-State area but also in the Union County Jail where he works as a Mental Health Counselor.


jussara korngoldJussara Korngold, BS, MBA. Jussara is the founder and president of the Spiritist Alliance for Books (SAB), a non-profit organization, which has the aim to promote and disseminate Spiritism, in English, as codified by Allan Kardec. Mrs. Korngold is also one of the founders and directors of the Spiritist Group of New York, located in Manhattan, New York City. She is a third generation Spiritist from Brazil, Mrs. Korngold is also a published author, and has been translating spiritist materials and books since 1993. Jussara Korngold is currently the President of the United States Spiritist Council, Executive Director of the TriState Spiritist Federation, and Executive Director of the International Spiritist Council. Mrs. Korngold is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. Mrs. Korngold has been working as a volunteer in the office of Brazil Child Health in New York, since it’s opening in 2000, as its main executive. In 2010 Mrs. Korngold was appointed one of the 100 most influential Brazilians in New York due to her charitable work.

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Leonardo Vieira is a member of the Board of the Spiritist Society of Baltimore and presently serves as its Executive Director and Treasurer; he as well volunteers as an educator, speaker and Spirit counselor at the Society’s mediumistic meetings. In addition, Leonardo contributes to the Spiritist Movement through his participation at Kardec Radio and in various other activities to help disseminate Spiritism. Professionally, Leonardo  is a Banking Center Manager and is currently pursuing his Bachelor degree in Business Administration.


ligia_carvalhoLigia Carvalho was born in a Spiritist family which prepared her for the Spiritist work that she would choose to become involved with as an adult.  Today, she is the Secretary for the Spiritist Center Divine Light in Newark-NJ which she co-founded and coordinates with a group of friends.  She is also the coordinator of the Spiritist Education Department, the bookstore and the ‘Know Thyself’ study group for that Spiritist center, as well as an active participant in the USA Spiritist movement as a speaker.  Professionally, Ligia is a licensed therapist and has been working with children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health problems at a major psychiatric hospital for many years.  However, her most relevant role is as wife and mother.



Luiz Lima was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1990, Luiz moved to the United States, where later he came in contact with Spiritism. He has been lecturing on Spiritism in both Portuguese and English for several years and is a member of the Kardec Spirit Renovation Spiritist Center, in Coconut Creek, Florida. Luiz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and currently works in the computer network industry.


Kirsten DeMelo


Kirsten DeMelo was born and raised in the USA. She has been actively studying Spiritism since childhood. Currently she is an active member at the Spiritist Society of Baltimore and has participated in giving talks at the center as well as at other Spiritist events in the United States. Professionally she is a Registered Nurse specialized in Critical Care and Case Management.


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Marcelo Netto has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he has resided in the United States since 1997. Marcelo is co-founder of the Conscious Living Spiritist Group in North Miami, where he serves as Vice-President of the board of directors. As an active supporter of the Spiritist Movement, he is also the current vice-president of the Spiritist Federation of Florida. In the dissemination of Spiritist Books in the United States and Canada, he represents Edicei of America; an affiliated branch of the International Spiritist Council Publisher in Brazil, as President.




Suzana Simoes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is the third generation of a spiritist family. She is a doctor of physical therapy and works as an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University. Suzana is one of the founders of the Conscious Living Spiritist Group in North Miami, FL. and the current president of the Spiritist Federation of Florida. She is an active speaker in the Spiritist Movement in the US.




Sonia Doi, MD, is a member of the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Maryland since its foundation and is currently serving as President of this organization. She is also one of the founders and current President of the U.S. Spiritist Medical Association. Professionally, she is an MD, PhD, occupying a position of Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, in Bethesda, Maryland.


Vanessa AnseloniVanessa Anseloni, PsyD, PhD: is a neuroscientist, psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Maryland. Fifth generation Spiritist, Dr. Anseloni is the founder and former president (1998-2012) of the Spiritist Society of Baltimore. She also founded and is the president of the Spiritist Society of Virginia. Vanessa Anseloni is a Spiritist medium, fraternal counselor and coordinates spiritual treatments and workshops in the U.S. and worldwide. She is also the co-author of the book The New Generation with Divaldo Franco and the editor-in-chief of The Spiritist Magazine. Dr. Anseloni is the founder of Kardec Radio.