Speakers Bio

Get to know the Speakers that will be participating on the event.

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Bea Lopes

Beatriz Lopes

Connecticut

Beatriz Lopes a recent Stony Brook University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics as well as a minor in Italian language. Bia has started her career as a Quantitative Consultant at MassMutual. Bia has grown up in Spiritism, attending the Allan Kardec Spiritist Center of Danbury CT since the age of 3 and during college she attended the Long Island Spiritist Center. She has been involved in Spiritism by participating in study groups, giving lectures, delivering a speech at the United Nations, and most recently helping to coordinate a Youth Spiritist Retreat.

Dan Assisi

California

Dan Assisi is an award-winning author and internationally celebrated speaker who has delivered hundreds of talks and conferences on spirituality in over 60 cities on 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. Dr. Assisi 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. Daniel 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.

Joao Korngold

Joao Korngold

New York

Joao Korngold is one of the founders and directors of the Spiritist Group of New York and the Spiritist Alliance for Books. He began studying Spiritism more than 25 years ago and has been one of the directors of the mediumship meeting at SGNY for the past 20 years. He is also responsible for study groups 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 works as a banker.

Jussara Korngold

Jussara Korngold

New York

Jussara Korngold is currently the General Secretary of the International Spiritist Council, former president and current Vice-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.

Lia Gouveia

Lia Gouveia

Maryland

Lia Gouveia is an active worker of the US Spiritist movement and a board member of the Spiritist Society of North Beach in MD since its incorporation in 2009. Currently she is serving as Vice President of the Society. Professionally, Lia manages Enterprise Applications and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science.

Leonardo-Vieira

Leonardo Vieira

Maryland

Leonardo Vieira is one of the workers of the Spiritist Society of Baltimore (SSB). He has conducted and helped with several works at the SSB including study groups, mediumship meetings, and public talks. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and he is currently working on his Master’s degree in Management with a specialization in Homeland Security. Professionally, he works for a major financial institution as a Banker.

Ligia Carvalho

New Jersey

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 more than 15 years experience working with children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health problems, and as a grief and bereavement therapist.

Luiz Lima

Luiz Lima

Florida

Luiz Lima has begun his journey in Spiritism since 1990. As a serious researcher on the scientific aspect of Spiritism, Luiz has been facilitating the studies of how to bridge science and Spiritism in both languages: Portuguese and English. Mr. Lima is a renowned lecturer in the Spiritist movement and participates in local and national seminars and events all year around. Luiz Lima holds a degree in Electronic Engineering, and he works in the computer network industry.

marcia trajano

Marcia Trajano

Tennessee

Marcia Trajano is the president and one of the founders of the Solitude Center for Spiritual Living. She is also one of the co-founders of the Christian Spiritist Community of Atlanta and a former board member of the US Spiritist Federation. She is a Spiritist for more than 25 years and has participated in 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.

Peter Hays 

New Jersey

Peter Hays is a worker at Spiritist Group Love and Light in Newark, New Jersey. He is also the current Outreach Director of the United States Spiritist Federation (USSF) and an active participant in the Tri-State Spiritist Federation (TSSF). Peter has published several children’s books with his wife, Beti Rozen, through their company Sem Fronteiras Press, and with other publishers in Brazil, Colombia, and the U.S. Having a long background in theatre, he holds am MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University and currently works in commercial real estate.

Sarah dos Santos

Rosana De Rosa

Florida

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