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Speaker's Biographies
Dr. Mark Baker (Guest Speaker). Mark Baker has received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree in Theology, as well as a certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Baker has published numerous articles in professional psychological journals and has appeared on television and radio programs to discuss his ideas regarding Psychology and Spirituality... Read more

Brian Vosberg was born in the United States and was raised in a number of places around the world. Working as a Civil Construction Engineer, he was brought to the New Jersey area and was introduced to the Spiritist Group Love and Light in 2005. Since that time he has read and studied numerous Spiritist and Religious books and has become an instructor for the Center teaching adults, teens and leading an Introductory course of Spiritism for those new to center.

Daniel T. Assisi, MPA, PMP, is a member of the board of directors at Blossom Spiritist Society, in Los Angeles, California. Daniel has been an active participant in the Spiritist movement in California for over 10 years and has spoken throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Assisi works at the California Charter Schools Association as the Director of Operations and Information Technologies supporting the over 900 charter schools throughout the state. Mr. Assisi also holds a Master in Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from the School of Planning, Policy, and Development at the University of Southern California, and is a credentialed Project Management Professional. Daniel lives in Los Angeles, with his wife Nicole.

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, taught data processing for five years at the NYU School of Continuing Education and leads educational seminars at his workplace.  Edward was introduced to Spiritism 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.

Heather Bollech-Fonseca was born in upstate, NY and currently lives in Sunrise, Florida. She has been studying Spiritism for over 14 years, during which time she has been working to raise awareness about its existence and teachings, through writing, speaking, and translating. She is the co-founder of the Leon Denis Spiritist Group and co-developer of the ExploreSpiritism.com website. Heather has worked as a volunteer in local charitable organizations and is an active participant in the activities of Spiritist Centers in Florida attending meetings and contributing as a guest speaker. With Bachelor's Degrees in Spanish and Environmental Policy and Planning, as well as a Masters in Business Administration, Heather currently works in the field of Project Management.

Julio Carvalho first encountered the Spiritist Doctrine when he was about 14yo.  Since then, he has become an active participant in the USA Spiritist movement, has co-founded the Spiritist Center Divine Light in Newark-NJ 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 Korngold, BS, MBA. Jussara is the founder and president of the Spiritist Alliance for Books (SAB), a non-profit organization, which has the sole aim to promote and disseminate the Spiritist Philosophy, 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. Mrs. Korngold is also a Spiritist writer, author of three books, and has been translating Spiritist materials and books since 1993. Jussara Korngold is currently the vice-president of the United States Spiritist Council. 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.

Luiz Lima was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1990, Luiz moved to the United States, where he then came in contact with Spiritism a few years later. He has been lecturing on Spiritism in both Portuguese and English 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 business.

Marcia Trajano was born in the city of Recife, Brazil and came to the US in 1986. She is one of the founders of the Christian Spiritist Community of Atlanta (CSCA) in Georgia in 1997 where she also served as president.  Marcia has coordinated studies in inner tranformation and is currently co-responsible for Sunday's study group. Marcia holds a MS in Management of Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology and has has been working in business development for the past 15 years.

Sonia Doi is member of the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Maryland since 1990 and, currently, is the Doctrinal Director on this organization. She is also one of the founders and president of the U.S. Spiritist Medical Association. Professional career: MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland.

Vanessa Anseloni, Psy.D., Ph.D. is a neuroscientist and psychologist. She is the founder of the Spiritist Society of Baltimore. Vanessa Anseloni is also medium and translator of Spiritist books. As a national and international speaker, she has been training and teaching several groups on the Spiritist teachings and its therapeutic practices. Recently wrote the book The New Generation with Divaldo Franco.
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