Directors and Advisors

We have built a strong board or directors and advisory group comprised of industry expects to ensure we’re focused on our mission and operate with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.

Board Of Directors

Jason Burdge

President of the Board

Jason has over 18 years of non-profit leadership experience with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration. His leadership focus has been on increasing mental health services to underserved communities. Jason is an advocate for foster youth and military veterans to receive services that help them live full and productive lives.

Jason is the co-founder of the Psilocybin Assisted Therapy Association and is passionate about expanding psychedelic mental health care to those dealing with end-of-life challenges. Additionally, he’s changed legislature in Oregon to allow Equine Assisted Physical Therapy to be covered by OHP and hopes to take the same measurers to enable insurance reimbursement for Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy to broaden access and affordability.

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Jason has over 18 years of non-profit leadership experience with a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration. His leadership focus has been on increasing mental health services to underserved communities. Jason is an advocate for foster youth and military veterans to receive services that help them live full and productive lives.

Jason is the co-founder of the Psilocybin Assisted Therapy Association and is passionate about expanding psychedelic mental health care to those dealing with end-of-life challenges. Additionally, he’s changed legislature in Oregon to allow Equine Assisted Physical Therapy to be covered by OHP and hopes to take the same measurers to enable insurance reimbursement for Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy to broaden access and affordability.

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​Amy Samuelson

Treasurer of the Board

Amy serves on the Board of the Psanctuary Church as Treasurer and is a Certified Cleric and More Than Integration Coach for Psanctuary.    Psanctuary’s vision is to live in a world with supportive and joyful communities, empowered to discover our own divinity with sacred mushrooms and each other. You can find more infor mation about Psanctuary at https://www.psanctuary.org/​.

Amy spent 20 years in the financial services sector, with roles across Finance, Administration and Operations, leading and supporting transformational programs. In 2020, Amy left her career to focus on her mental and physical health.  Entheogens  played a major role in her healing and reconnected her spiritually.  She is passionate about enabling access and community support to help others on their path.

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Amy serves on the Board of the Psanctuary Church as Treasurer and is a Certified Cleric and More Than Integration Coach for Psanctuary.    Psanctuary’s vision is to live in a world with supportive and joyful communities, empowered to discover our own divinity with sacred mushrooms and each other. You can find more infor mation about Psanctuary at https://www.psanctuary.org/​.

Amy spent 20 years in the financial services sector, with roles across Finance, Administration and Operations, leading and supporting transformational programs. In 2020, Amy left her career to focus on her mental and physical health.  Entheogens  played a major role in her healing and reconnected her spiritually.  She is passionate about enabling access and community support to help others on their path.

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Catherine Durkin Robinson

Member of the Board

Catherine Durkin Robinson is a death doula and educator with Anitya Doula Services. She graduated from the University of Vermont’s End-of-Life Doula program and is NEDA- proficient at National End-of-Life Doula Alliance. She was also a longtime hospice-trained volunteer before relocating to Chicago in July 2022.

Her varied career includes 30 years as a political organizer, 10 years as a high school and college educator, and 10 years as a newspaper columnist in Tampa. You can find her at www.anityadoulaservices.org.

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Catherine Durkin Robinson is a death doula and educator with Anitya Doula Services. She graduated from the University of Vermont’s End-of-Life Doula program and is NEDA- proficient at National End-of-Life Doula Alliance. She was also a longtime hospice-trained volunteer before relocating to Chicago in July 2022.

Her varied career includes 30 years as a political organizer, 10 years as a high school and college educator, and 10 years as a newspaper columnist in Tampa. You can find her at www.anityadoulaservices.org.

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Julia Mirer, MD

Member of the Board

Dr. Julia Mirer is a pioneering voice in the realm of psychedelic medicine, leveraging her background as a former physician to champion education and advocacy in this transformative field.

Since 2019, Dr. Mirer has been an influential figure in the burgeoning psychedelic ecosystem, assuming pivotal roles in advisory and consulting capacities in areas ranging from early-stage funds, psychedelic research, and organizations dedicated to policy reform. Notably, she actively participated as one of the overseeing physicians in a groundbreaking study employing psilocybin for treating major depression.

She currently serves as the Director of Strategy and Impact at Nushama, a distinguished ketamine clinic based in New York. Her multifaceted expertise extends beyond traditional medicine; she has also obtained a coaching certificate specializing in healthcare burnout and family-centric support for youth and parents.

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Dr. Julia Mirer is a pioneering voice in the realm of psychedelic medicine, leveraging her background as a former physician to champion education and advocacy in this transformative field.

Since 2019, Dr. Mirer has been an influential figure in the burgeoning psychedelic ecosystem, assuming pivotal roles in advisory and consulting capacities in areas ranging from early-stage funds, psychedelic research, and organizations dedicated to policy reform. Notably, she actively participated as one of the overseeing physicians in a groundbreaking study employing psilocybin for treating major depression.

She currently serves as the Director of Strategy and Impact at Nushama, a distinguished ketamine clinic based in New York. Her multifaceted expertise extends beyond traditional medicine; she has also obtained a coaching certificate specializing in healthcare burnout and family-centric support for youth and parents.

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William Turner Heath

Member of the Board

William is a Death Concierge and Licensed Funeral Director. With the heart and empathy of an artist and his skills in and knowledge of funeral services, William thoughtfully guides clients toward rituals and ceremonies that speak to that which is meaningful and comforting to them and that reflects the religious and family traditions that they hold close. William is also an enthusiastic proponent of green burial, which guided him to relocate to Gainesville, Florida in order to work in proximity of Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery and Heartwood Preserve.
Newly licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer, William is a graduate of the Mortuary Science program from Miami-Dade College. He received education on becoming an End-of-Life Death Doula through the University of Vermont certificate program and is the co-owner of CallingHours.co.
Community engagement above all else: Board of Directors for Historic Evergreen Cemetery, Student Liaison for Independent Funeral Directors of Florida Association & Haven Hospice Volunteer
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William is a Death Concierge and Licensed Funeral Director. With the heart and empathy of an artist and his skills in and knowledge of funeral services, William thoughtfully guides clients toward rituals and ceremonies that speak to that which is meaningful and comforting to them and that reflects the religious and family traditions that they hold close. William is also an enthusiastic proponent of green burial, which guided him to relocate to Gainesville, Florida in order to work in proximity of Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery and Heartwood Preserve.
Newly licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer, William is a graduate of the Mortuary Science program from Miami-Dade College. He received education on becoming an End-of-Life Death Doula through the University of Vermont certificate program and is the co-owner of CallingHours.co.
Community engagement above all else: Board of Directors for Historic Evergreen Cemetery, Student Liaison for Independent Funeral Directors of Florida Association & Haven Hospice Volunteer
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Christine Caldwell

Founder EOLPC, Psychedelics Advocate and Educator

My experience owning a 250-client home health agency taught me a lot about how people age and die in our society. I knew then that our home health care aides worked to the best of their ability to stave off loneliness, depression and anxiety over the fear of dying, but often their compassionate care was not enough.

​Fast forward to three years ago when I began to study the benefits of psychedelic care. I was drawn to the research using psilocybin in cancer patients that showed significant reductions in anxiety and depression while also helping participants accept their death and dying with peace and equanimity. Along the way, I dove into the benefits of Ketamine and MDMA, as well, and realized that bringing safe, psychedelic care to those with life-threatening or terminal illnesses would become my life’s work.

As a result, I founded the nonprofit, End of Life Psychedelic Care, to educate and provide patients with access to compassionate care and support during the end-of-life process. We believe that psychedelic-assisted care can play a pivotal role in easing anxiety, depression, as well as the emotional and spiritual challenges that often accompany a life-threatening or terminal illness.

Highlights from My Background

  • Member, Dying Well Initiation/Global Wellness Institute
  • Certificate of Completion, Psychedelics Today Vital Training Program, 3/23
  • Enrolled in Dr. Rosalind Watts’ ACER (Accept, Connect, Embody, Restore) Integration Program, completion, October 2023
  • Manager, End-of-Life Programs, Diaspora Psychedelic Society, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
  • Certified Deepak Chopra Total Well-being Coach, Meditation and Health Instructor
  • Owner and Administrator for a 250-client Home Health Agency in Florida
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My experience owning a 250-client home health agency taught me a lot about how people age and die in our society. I knew then that our home health care aides worked to the best of their ability to stave off loneliness, depression and anxiety over the fear of dying, but often their compassionate care was not enough.

​Fast forward to three years ago when I began to study the benefits of psychedelic care. I was drawn to the research using psilocybin in cancer patients that showed significant reductions in anxiety and depression while also helping participants accept their death and dying with peace and equanimity. Along the way, I dove into the benefits of Ketamine and MDMA, as well, and realized that bringing safe, psychedelic care to those with life-threatening or terminal illnesses would become my life’s work.

As a result, I founded the nonprofit, End of Life Psychedelic Care, to educate and provide patients with access to compassionate care and support during the end-of-life process. We believe that psychedelic-assisted care can play a pivotal role in easing anxiety, depression, as well as the emotional and spiritual challenges that often accompany a life-threatening or terminal illness.

Highlights from My Background

  • Member, Dying Well Initiation/Global Wellness Institute
  • Certificate of Completion, Psychedelics Today Vital Training Program, 3/23
  • Enrolled in Dr. Rosalind Watts’ ACER (Accept, Connect, Embody, Restore) Integration Program, completion, October 2023
  • Manager, End-of-Life Programs, Diaspora Psychedelic Society, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
  • Certified Deepak Chopra Total Well-being Coach, Meditation and Health Instructor
  • Owner and Administrator for a 250-client Home Health Agency in Florida
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Advisory Board

Michael Kydd

Advisory Board

As Founder, Kydder Group Inc. and Senior Regulatory Communications Specialist, Michael has brought extensive regulatory communications experience to professional sports, gaming, politics, government, digital health technology, and the cannabis and psychedelic sectors.

Stemming from a deep and very personal journey after losing his parents to palliative illnesses at a young age, Michael has committed himself to working with organizations that provide better quality-of-life outcomes through emergent technologies and medicines, including psychedelic therapies. As a natural relationship-builder, a dedicated mental health advocate, and a 19-year cancer survivor, Michael brings a unique and holistic approach to his work in helping start-ups and small businesses make a bold statement.

Michael currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he enjoys watching his two children play hockey, and fishing with his dog, Clem.

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As Founder, Kydder Group Inc. and Senior Regulatory Communications Specialist, Michael has brought extensive regulatory communications experience to professional sports, gaming, politics, government, digital health technology, and the cannabis and psychedelic sectors.

Stemming from a deep and very personal journey after losing his parents to palliative illnesses at a young age, Michael has committed himself to working with organizations that provide better quality-of-life outcomes through emergent technologies and medicines, including psychedelic therapies. As a natural relationship-builder, a dedicated mental health advocate, and a 19-year cancer survivor, Michael brings a unique and holistic approach to his work in helping start-ups and small businesses make a bold statement.

Michael currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he enjoys watching his two children play hockey, and fishing with his dog, Clem.

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Grateful Deb Servetnick, MEd

Advisory Board

Grateful Deb is a Certified Transformational Coach, psychedelic guide, and international conference speaker. For more than forty years she has taught massage and bodywork, specializing in fertility and recovery from life threatening illness.
In the 1980s Deborah provided loving touch as a bodyworker and breathworker in San Francisco and Philadelphia for people with AIDS; often easing a transition from this life. She became an ordained minister in 1989 to continue working with her clients when they were hospitalized. The Grateful Dead and psychedelics have inspired her to live a life she loves – a life of authenticity, joy, vibrant color, community, creativity, and kindness – as she guides people in their transformation.

In 2012 Deborah was a participant in the Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin Cancer Study; that reconnected her with the transformative power of entheogenic substances

Grateful Deb is the Founder and Director of ServeMedicine, a 501c3 nonprofit on a mission to provide 1000 facilitated psychedelic journeys annually for people with life-threatening or end-of-life diagnoses. To donate a facilitated journey or to apply for one, visit www.ServeMedicine.org

Deborah is a graduate of the Naropa University, MAPS Psychedelic Assisted Therapies Certificate Program, and is a PRATI certified Ketamine facilitator. Additionally, Grateful Deb is an International Best Selling Author: Short, Sweet and Sacred, 2021. You can reach her at deb@gratefuldeb.com

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Grateful Deb is a Certified Transformational Coach, psychedelic guide, and international conference speaker. For more than forty years she has taught massage and bodywork, specializing in fertility and recovery from life threatening illness.
In the 1980s Deborah provided loving touch as a bodyworker and breathworker in San Francisco and Philadelphia for people with AIDS; often easing a transition from this life. She became an ordained minister in 1989 to continue working with her clients when they were hospitalized. The Grateful Dead and psychedelics have inspired her to live a life she loves – a life of authenticity, joy, vibrant color, community, creativity, and kindness – as she guides people in their transformation.

In 2012 Deborah was a participant in the Johns Hopkins University Psilocybin Cancer Study; that reconnected her with the transformative power of entheogenic substances

Grateful Deb is the Founder and Director of ServeMedicine, a 501c3 nonprofit on a mission to provide 1000 facilitated psychedelic journeys annually for people with life-threatening or end-of-life diagnoses. To donate a facilitated journey or to apply for one, visit www.ServeMedicine.org

Deborah is a graduate of the Naropa University, MAPS Psychedelic Assisted Therapies Certificate Program, and is a PRATI certified Ketamine facilitator. Additionally, Grateful Deb is an International Best Selling Author: Short, Sweet and Sacred, 2021. You can reach her at deb@gratefuldeb.com

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Keith Fiveson, MDiv

Advisory Board

Keith Fiveson is a Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Therapist, Integrative Health and Wellness Coach, and founder of The Work Mindfulness Institute. He also serves as the Spiritual Director of Mettatouch.org. With a background as an Army Veteran and two-time cancer survivor, Keith advocates for Integrated Health and Wellness programs. With over three decades of experience since his wellness journey in 1992, Keith brings wisdom to his practice.

Keith is also an IPI/MAPS-certified/trained psychedelic-assisted therapy provider (PATP), offering preparation, guidance, integration, and coaching for individuals exploring this healing modality.

In addition to his therapeutic practice, Keith has a successful career in communications, consulting, and coaching Fortune 100 companies and executives. Known for his compassionate and wise approach, Keith continues to touch lives with loving-kindness.

As an entrepreneur, speaker, and author of “The Mindfulness Experience: 8 Strategies to Live Life Now,” Keith combines esoteric knowledge with practical skills, providing a unique approach that resonates with his clients. Find his book on platforms like Amazon, Apple, and Google.

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Keith Fiveson is a Mindfulness-Based Contemplative Therapist, Integrative Health and Wellness Coach, and founder of The Work Mindfulness Institute. He also serves as the Spiritual Director of Mettatouch.org. With a background as an Army Veteran and two-time cancer survivor, Keith advocates for Integrated Health and Wellness programs. With over three decades of experience since his wellness journey in 1992, Keith brings wisdom to his practice.

Keith is also an IPI/MAPS-certified/trained psychedelic-assisted therapy provider (PATP), offering preparation, guidance, integration, and coaching for individuals exploring this healing modality.

In addition to his therapeutic practice, Keith has a successful career in communications, consulting, and coaching Fortune 100 companies and executives. Known for his compassionate and wise approach, Keith continues to touch lives with loving-kindness.

As an entrepreneur, speaker, and author of “The Mindfulness Experience: 8 Strategies to Live Life Now,” Keith combines esoteric knowledge with practical skills, providing a unique approach that resonates with his clients. Find his book on platforms like Amazon, Apple, and Google.

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Lisa Ritter, LCSW

Advisory Board

Lisa is an Oregon licensed therapist working in private practice, specializing in helping people with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and those who have used a psychedelic like psilocybin to address a mental health concern. In addition to her work as a therapist, she is cofounder and clinical director of the Psilocybin Assisted Therapy Association (www.PATA-us.org), a non-profit helping the public, therapy professionals, and anyone involved in or curious about Oregon Psilocybin Services to understand and explore adult use of psilocybin for healing and recovery.

Her work with PATA has included publishing educational materials, teaching webinars, and starting 2023 conference presentations on the use of psilocybin-assisted therapy. For more information, visit https://www.pata-us.org

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Lisa is an Oregon licensed therapist working in private practice, specializing in helping people with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and those who have used a psychedelic like psilocybin to address a mental health concern. In addition to her work as a therapist, she is cofounder and clinical director of the Psilocybin Assisted Therapy Association (www.PATA-us.org), a non-profit helping the public, therapy professionals, and anyone involved in or curious about Oregon Psilocybin Services to understand and explore adult use of psilocybin for healing and recovery.

Her work with PATA has included publishing educational materials, teaching webinars, and starting 2023 conference presentations on the use of psilocybin-assisted therapy. For more information, visit https://www.pata-us.org

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Stuart Sovatsky, PhD

Advisory Board

Stuart is degreed in Religion from Princeton where he did earliest lab research on dmt, was first in the US to bring yoga to incarcerated youth & to the homeless mentally-ill in the mid-1970s, director of the first spiritual emergence service and his Admiration Therapy was certified by the Russian Government He was founding-consultant for the $34million award-winning sustainable GreencityLofts and co-convened a 40-country World Spirituality Conference in India cosponsored by The Office of The Dalai Lama.

​Author of Advanced Spiritual Intimacy [on coentheogenesis] and Words From The Soul [on suicidal-homicidal-relational hopelessness] chantmaster with San Francisco band, Axis Mundi and has chanted with South African Sangoma shamans. He was co-president of the US Association for Transpersonal Psychology for 16 years and served as Faculty and Trustee Board Member for the California Insitute of Integral Studies.

More information can be found at: https://princeton.academia.edu/StuartSovatsky and https://www.stuartsovatsky.com/.

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Stuart is degreed in Religion from Princeton where he did earliest lab research on dmt, was first in the US to bring yoga to incarcerated youth & to the homeless mentally-ill in the mid-1970s, director of the first spiritual emergence service and his Admiration Therapy was certified by the Russian Government He was founding-consultant for the $34million award-winning sustainable GreencityLofts and co-convened a 40-country World Spirituality Conference in India cosponsored by The Office of The Dalai Lama.

​Author of Advanced Spiritual Intimacy [on coentheogenesis] and Words From The Soul [on suicidal-homicidal-relational hopelessness] chantmaster with San Francisco band, Axis Mundi and has chanted with South African Sangoma shamans. He was co-president of the US Association for Transpersonal Psychology for 16 years and served as Faculty and Trustee Board Member for the California Insitute of Integral Studies.

More information can be found at: https://princeton.academia.edu/StuartSovatsky and https://www.stuartsovatsky.com/.

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