Get to know the Speakers that will be participating on the event.
Al Turri has been an active worker at the Spiritist Movement in the US, as a speaker in several National symposia. On a regular basis he is a speaker at the Peace and Knowledge Spiritist Center of Orlando, where he also teaches classes on Spiritism 101, among other courses. Professionally, Dr. Turri is the Director of Audiology for The Vilages Health System in Orlando, Florida.
Dan Assisi, Ed.D., MPA, PMP, is an award-winning author and internationally celebrated speaker who has delivered hundreds of talks and conferences on spirituality in over 60 cities in 4 continents. Known for a mix of deep thinking and witty humor, Dan takes a unique approach to spirituality that is steeped in reason to remind audiences everywhere of our spiritual nature. He is a founding member of The Spiritist Institute and of the California Spiritist Association. You can also find him as the host of the Spiritist Conversations podcast. His book “Our Road to Damascus” is available now in hardcover, paperback, and e-book.
Eduardo Haddad, MBA, MSFM, has been an active participant in the spiritist movement in California, Florida and Texas for the past 20 years, as co-founder and active member of several spiritist centers. Mr. Haddad was formerly the Treasurer of the Spiritist Federation of Florida and the US Spiritist Federation. He is one of the founders and currently a board member of the Sunrise Spiritist Society of Texas in Houston. Mr. Haddad has focused on disseminating Spiritistm in Portuguese and 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.
Edward Christie has been involved with Spiritism for more than 20 years and is an active member of the Inner Enlightenment Spiritist Society. 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.
Flavio Zanetti has worked in the Board of Directors of the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Massachusetts in different positions. He acted as the Programs Director for the United States Spiritist Council, and more recently helped found the Spiritist Institute, a non-profit dedicated to disseminate Spiritism in English. He also contributes as a translator of printed Spiritist materials, and with simultaneous translation for Spiritist events nationwide. Professionally he is an engineering manager, working for a multinational telecommunications company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s degree in International Management and Business Operations.
Joao Korngold is one of the founders and directors of the Spiritist Group of New York and the Spiritist Alliance for Books (SAB), that promotes and disseminates Spiritism in English. He has been one of the directors of the mediumship meeting for the past 18 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 gives talks on Spiritism in Portuguese and in English. Joao Korngold is an Engineer, and professionally he works as a banker.
Jussara Korngold is currently the General Secretary of the International Spiritist Council, the President of the United States Spiritist Federation. She is the founder and president of the Spiritist Group of New York and the Spiritist Alliance for Books. Mrs. Korngold is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish. She is an International speaker, a published author, and a translator. Mrs. Korngold works for Brazil Child Health as its main executive. She is also an Executive Board Member of the Grupo Mulheres do Brasil in NY.
Kirsten DeMelo is an active board member at the Spiritist Society of Baltimore. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Spiritist parents and was a part of the Spiritist Society of Philadelphia before moving to Maryland in 2011. She has participated in the Spiritist Medical Congress and multiple Spiritist symposiums here in the USA. Professionally she is a Registered Nurse with her bachelors of science degree with experience in critical care, case management and utilization management.
Leonardo Haddad is an undergraduate student at the University of California in Irvine, pursuing degrees in psychology and philosophy. He is a spiritist youth educator at Sunrise Spiritist Society of Texas. Mr. Haddad has focused on providing teens and young adults with a “useful spiritism” by presenting the spiritist doctrine in a practical manner and integrating its teachings with a variety of relevant subjects, including psychology, philosophy, history and religion. Leonardo attends He is also the co-founder of the website The Mind Forum, a forum featuring articles discussing many intellectual subjects.
Ligia Carvalho is the Secretary, and the coordinator of the Spiritist Education Department and bookstore for the Spiritist Center Divine Light in Newark-NJ which she co-founded and coordinates with a group of friends. She is an active participant in the USA Spiritist movement as a speaker. Ligia is a member of the United States Spiritist Federation serving as their “Family, Youth and Children Spiritist Education” Director (FYCSE). Professionally, Ligia is a licensed therapist with over 10 years working with children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health problems. She also works in grief counseling with the terminally ill as a hospice social worker.
Marcia Trajano, PMP, is one of the founders of the Christian Spiritist Community of Atlanta and a former board member of the United States Spiritist Federation. She is a Spiritist for more than 20 years and has been giving talks and leading study groups in English and Portuguese. With a Master’s Degree in Management of Technology and a Project Management Professional certification, Marcia currently works in the field of Project Management.
Mateus Pessanha is a junior at North County High School. He aspires to be an architect. After High School graduation, Mateus plans to apply to a design school in the tri-state area. He is a second generation spiritist who has experienced the spiritist movement in Brazil and the US. Mateus is currently involved and participating in the youth group at the Spiritist Society of Baltimore, Maryland.
Peter Hays is the President of Spiritist Group Love and Light in Newark, New Jersey. He has done lectures on Spiritism all over the US and has participated in several U.S. Spiritist Symposiums. Besides doing over sixty episodes of the radio program Living Spring on Kardec Radio, he was on the editing staff for The Spirits’ Book by the U.S. Spiritist Federation. Peter loves playing guitar, so he teaches kids and adults at Love and Light. Peter has published several children’s books with his wife, Beti Rozen, through their company Sem Fronteiras Press, plus other publishers.
Sarah dos Santos
Sarah Dos Santos is a 19 year old pre-nursing college student. She grew up in a Spiritist family and has been attending the Spiritist Society of Baltimore (SSB) for 10+ years. Sarah has given Spiritist presentations and participated in the Spiritist Youth activities both at the SSB and nationally. Sarah is deeply connected to spirituality and sharing what’s she’s learned thus far with others.
Sonia Doi, M.D. Ph.D, is currently occupying the positions of President of the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Maryland, U.S. Spiritist Medical Association, and International Spiritist Medical Association. Graduated in Medicine by the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, with specialization in Endocrinology. Over 25 years of research experience in the US.
Suzana Simoes is an active worker of the Spiritist movement. Dr Simoes spends her time between her professional work as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, her family, and the dissemination of Spiritism. Suzana has worked as a member of the Spiritist Federation of Florida and the United States Spiritist Federation. She is one of the founders of the Conscious Living Spiritist group in Miami where she works primarily overseeing the work in English. She is an active speaker in the US and abroad.
The Spiritist Symposium presents spiritual related themes in today’s life, with the goal of taking it to a new level of self-awareness and purpose.
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