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Speakers' Bios
Gary Shwartz (Guest Speaker)
Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D. is professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona and director of its Human Energy Systems Laboratory.After receiving his doctorate from Harvard University, he served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic... He has published more than 450 scientific papers, including six papers in the journal SCIENCE, co-edited 11 academic books, and is the author of The Energy Healing Experiments (2007), The G.O.D. Experiments (2006), The Afterlife Experiments (2002), The Truth about Medium (2005), and The Living Energy Universe (1999). His research integrates mind-body medicine, energy medicine, and spiritual medicine. His new book The Sacred Promise: How Science is Discovering Spirit's Collaboration with Us in Our Daily Lives was published in 2010.  Lately, Dr. Schwartz has parcipated in Spiritist Events such as the U.S. Spiritist Medical Congress (3rd and 4th) where he has enchanted the audience with his scientific findings on health and spirituality. Read more

Brian Vosberg  (NJ)
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.

Jose Mussi (Canada)
José  Mussi was born in Rio de Janeiro and was raised in Brasila and in Potomac, MD. Married and with a young family, he first came to Canada in 1983 to obtain his MASc at the University of Waterloo and for the past 22 years lives in the city of Toronto. He became involved in Spiritism through his wife Sandra, who was among the pioneers of the first spiritist group in Toronto. They founded the Toronto Spiritist Society in 2010 and are currently directors of the Canadian Spiritist Council.

Elsa D'Agosto (NJ)

Elza D'Agosto worked for the Brazilian General Consulate in San Francisco, CA when she arrived in America. She started a Gospel Study Group in her home in 1997. She joined The Spiritist Group Love and Light in 1998. In 2000 her home study group which had grown enough to be registered as a Spiritist Center joined Love and Light and became its English Department. At Love and Light Elza has served as Treasurer, Vice-President, President and currently Vice-President. She also served as secretary of the United States Spiritist Council for two terms. Elza is a professional translator and member of the American Translator's Association since 1995. She's a member Portuguese Language Division, Literary Translation Division, Medical Division, and Science Division. She's affiliated with the National Council of Non-profits, National Notary Association, Amnesty International and The Golden Key Honor Society. Elza worked in the Financial Division of AT&T for 20 years and Prudential Insurance Corp. for 5 years. Currently Elza works for Catholic Charities as a social worker in the city of Newark.  She holds a Bachelor in Computer Science and a Bachelor in Psychology, Behavior Science.

Patrick M. Jennings (NY)
Pat Jennings is a native New Yorker currently living in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was a founding member of the Spiritist Group of New York. As a member of the Center Andre Luiz in Tampa, Pat led the study group programs in English, including a mediumship group. In 2011 he founded the Spiritist Society of St. Petersburg, a Spiritist
Center exclusively in English. Pat established The Art Supply Store in 2002, and serves on the City of St. Petersburg Public Arts Commission and several not-for-profit boards.

Heather Bollech-Fonseca (FL)
Heather Bollech-Fonseca was born in upstate, NY and currently lives in South Florida. She has been studying Spiritism for over 15 years and actively participates in its dissemination through writing, translating, and speaking. She is the co-founder of the Leon Denis Spiritist Group and co-developer of the website, ExploreSpiritism.com <http://explorespiritism.com/>. 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.

Marcelo Netto (FL)

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 president of the Spiritist Federation of Florida. As an active participant in the United States Spiritist Movement, Marcelo currently serves as Treasurer of the United States Spiritist Council. 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.

Daniel Assisi (CA)

Daniel T. Assisi, MPA, PMP, has been an active participant in the Spiritist movement in California for over 10 years and has spoken throughout the US and abroad. Passionate about education, Daniel works in Education Reform and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Education at the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master in Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from USC and is a credentialed Project Management Professional. Daniel is a member of the board of directors at Blossom Spiritist Society in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife Nicole.

Nicole Tempel Assisi (CA)
Dr. Tempel Assisi has founded several schools in Southern California and also is a professor of Educational Leadership at the University of California Los Angeles and California  State University Dominguez Hills. She has more than 10 years of educational experience in the United States, Germany, Brazil and Mexico. Dr. Tempel Assisi  holds a Doctorate degree in Urban Education from the University of Southern California and two Masters' degrees from the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University. Originally from Germany, she rediscovered Spiritism through her husband and is passionate about looking at Spiritism through the lens of pedagogy.

Kirsten DeMelo (MD)

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.

João Korngold (NY)

Joao Korngold, BS, MBA. is one of the founders and directors of the Spiritist Group of New York and the Spiritist Alliance for Books. He is  a Spiritist for more than 18 years and has been one of the directors of the mediumship meeting for the past 8 years. He is also responsible for Thursday's study group at SGNY that focus on the basic books of Spiritism and on the Andre Luiz Collection. Joao Korngold is an Engineer and has been working as a banker for the past 20 years.

Luiz Lima (FL)
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.

Julio Carvalho (NJ)

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.

Mauricio Cisneiros

Mauricio Cisneiros Filho was born in 1969 in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, and was raised in Brasília, where he started his Spiritist education at the Spiritist Group Irmão Estevão. Mauricio moved to the United States in 1988 and in 1992 he founded the Spiritist Society of Palm Beach, which he still presides today. Mauricio was also the Vice President of the Spiritist Federation of Florida and is currently the President of the United States Spiritist Council.

Jussara Korngold (NY)
Jussara 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 spiritist writer, and has been translating spiritist materials and books since 1993. Jussara Korngold is currently the vice president of the United States Spiritist Council, Executive Director of the TrisState Spiritist Federation, and Executive Director of the International 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. Mrs. Korngold was appointed one of the 100 most influential Brazilians in New York.

Suzana Simões (FL)

Suzana Simoes is a third generation spiritist. She was born in Rio, Brazil. She is a doctor of physical therapy. She is one of the co-founders of the Conscious Living Spiritist Group of North Miami, FL. She is also a board member of the Spiritist Federation of Florida.

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