Speakers’ Bios

al-turriAl Turri resides in Orlando, FL, with his wife Christiane and three daughters: Gabriella (9), Julianna (8) and Cecila (8). Al is a worker at The Peace and Knowedge Spiritist Center of Orlando. Professionally, Dr. Turri is the Director of Audiology for The Vilages Health System.


daniel-assisiDaniel T. Assisi, Ed.D., MPA, PMP, has spoken on Spirituality and Spiritism throughout the US and abroad. A founding member of The Spiritist Institute, Daniel 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.

eduardo-haddadEduardo Haddad, MBA, MSFM, has been an active participant in the spiritist movement in California, Florida and more recently in Texas for the past 16 years, as co-founder and active member of several spiritist centers. Mr. Haddad was formerly the Treasurer of the Spiritist Federation of Florida, and is currently the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the US Spiritist Federation. As a worker in the spiritist movement, Mr. Haddad has focused on helping structure programs to disseminate Spiritistm in English, and has worked as a speaker and lecturer. Professionally, Mr. Haddad occupies an executive finance position in the technology industry and holds degrees in computer science, education, accounting & financial management, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.

edward-christieEdward Christie has been involved with Spiritism for more than 20 years and is an active member of both SGNY and IESS. Edward is a classically trained pianist, has taught music in NYC schools as well as computer science courses at NYU. He enjoys learning and uses his love of teaching to share what he has learned with others.


elmo-deslandesElmo Ferreira Deslandes was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He has been in the US since mid 80’s, and began studying Spiritism in the 90’s. Mr Deslandes is a spiritist practitioner at the Spiritist Group New York in New York City. He graduated in 1998 at the Sophie Davis Physician Assistant Program New York City. Presently he works as a Physician Assistant in Neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Elmo has been married for 23 years and has 2 children.

joao_korngoldJoão Korngold is one of the founders and directors of the Spiritist Group of New York and the Spiritist Alliance for Books. He started studying Spiritism more than 20 years ago and has been one of the directors of the mediumship meeting for the past 15 years. He is also responsible for study groups at SGNY that focus on the basic books of Spiritism and on the Andre Luiz Collection. He has been giving lectures on Spiritism in Portuguese and English for the past 6 years. Joao Korngold is an Engineer and has been working as a banker for the past 20 years.

jon-santosJon Santos is a native of São Paulo, Brazil. He discovered Spiritism in the United States about 11 years ago and has been studying ever since. He has been lecturing and giving talks on Spiritism in both Portuguese and English for a few years and is an active member of the Renovation Spiritist Society (a.k.a. S.E.R.). As an active participant in the Spiritist Movement, Jon has volunteered and coordinated a few events for the Spiritist Conference of Georgia and serves as the Treasurer for this group. He is also a volunteer worker for the Spiritist Radio. Professionally, he is a consultant in the telecommunications industry. Jon lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Silvia.

julio-carvalhoJulio 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.


julio-padovanJúlio Padovan was born in Brazil and holds http://nygoodhealth.com Ph.D. degrees in Biophysics and Molecular Biology from the School of Medicine of São Paulo/University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has been working since 1996 at the Laboratory for Mass Spectrometry and Gaseous Ion Chemistry at The Rockefeller University in New York as both Senior Research Associate and Associate Director; he is also an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the City University of New York. Júlio Padovan has been studying Spiritism since the age of 15 and is currently a member of the Spiritist Group of New York, where he is responsible for the Sunday Study Group. He is also dedicated to translations of spiritist books from Brazilian Portuguese and French into English. Júlio has been teaching for over 30 years and he is both a lecturer for Spiritism and the general sciences.

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 president 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 Federation, Executive Director of the TriState Spiritist Federation, and Executive Director of the International Spiritist Federation. 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

nahur-fonsecaNahur Fonseca has a PhD in Computer Science from Boston University. Dr. Fonseca migrated to the United States in 2002 to pursue his doctorate and has been an active contributor in the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Massachusetts, as well as the Spiritist movement in the USA ever since. In 2003, Mr. Fonseca with other spiritist educators organized the first meeting of youth spiritist educators of the North East, uniting a dozen spiritist centers. The next year, they organized the first Family Spiritist Retreat, an annual event that has brought more than 300 families together over the past twelve years. Dr. Fonseca has also collaborated with the Spiritist Magazine, the Kardec Radio, and many regional events, including the Third U.S. Spiritist Symposium, in 2009, in Boston, Mass.

Peter Hays is a very active member at the Spiritist Group Love and Light in Newark, New Jersey where he is on the teaching staff for the Education Department. He has done lectures on the Doctrine in Miami, Atlanta, the tri-state area, and the weekly Live Web Study Meetings via the United States Spiritist Council.   Recently, he was involved with the editing staff on the new edition of The Spirits’ Book that is being published by the U.S. Spiritist Council. He has also helped to edit the very first publication by the Spiritist Group Love and Light, the English edition of Diary of a Counselor by Luiz Gonzaga Pinheiro, plus a second book, A Shipwrecked Life, written in English by the American spirit, Hercules, and channeled by the American medium, Jennifer Arlotta.

sonia-doiSonia Doi is currently serving as President of the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Maryland, U.S. Spiritist Medical Association and the International Spiritist Medical Association. Professionally, MD, PhD,, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, and Member of the Board of Directors of the National University of Natural Medicine.


vanessa-anseloniVanessa Anseloni, PsyD, PhD is a neuroscientist and psychologist. She worked for 18 years as faculty at the University of Maryland. She founded the School of Emotion. Fifth generation Spiritist, Dr. Anseloni is the founder and former president (1998-2012) of the Spiritist Society of Baltimore. Anseloni also founded and is the president of the Spiritist Society of Virginia and the Spiritist Group of Washington, DC. 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.