Chuck Swedrock, BSc Comp. Sci., MBA

IANDS Board Member, 2005-2011, 2017-
ISGO™ Lead Moderator and co-Developer
IANDS Groups Coordinator and Technology Committee
ACISTE Life Coach

Residence: Arizona
Co-facilitator of Tucson & Central AZ IANDS Groups.
Occupation: Retired Information Technology Specialist





Ruth Secreto, ICF, A.S., CCDC, 12-Step CF

Ruth had a near-death experience in 1981. After her encounter with pure love, Ruth returned, despondent, frustrated, and confused. In time, she was able to work through and understand these conflicting emotions.
Ruth has a degree in applied sciences. She is certified in alcohol studies and a certified chemical dependency counselor. For over thirty years, Ruth has facilitated 12-Step support groups. She has been featured as a guest on the television program “Carry The Message”.
Ruth is an inspirational speaker, spiritual intuitive, mentor, and a believer in divine energy healing. Ruth has a deep passion for serving others and sharing a message of love and hope.


Dean Christensen

ISGO Certified Facilitator
BS Interpersonal Communication

Dean has been a researcher of the NDE phenomenon for over thirty-eight years. A possible NDE (at a very young age) and multiple STE’s have compelled Dean to actively share these spiritual phenomena with others. Dean has a deep fascination toward the human experience in tandem with the spiritual, as interpreted from the universal message of the NDE. As a musician and lover of music, Dean believes we can “tap into” various spiritual energies via the musical experience.


Ingrid Honkala, PhD

Ingrid  was born in Bogota, Colombia, where she grew up with her parents and three sisters. From the moment she drowned in a tank of cold water at the age of nearly three, Ingrid was aware of other dimensions of life than those most of us normally experience. She was also gifted with the wise input of “Beings of Light” who gave her invaluable insights and assistance as she faced the challenges of
growing up, falling in love, and finding her professional destiny as a research scientist and oceanographer.

Despite many hardships she accomplished her dreams, becoming not just a successful marine scientist, world traveler, and a mom, but also a mentor and a giver of light.

Through her compelling life adventure that journeys from her native Colombia to Europe and her eventual home in the United States — and from a deadly war zone to underwater explorations and a NASA research center — Ingrid reveals how any human experience can be illumined from within. If we are willing to pay attention to subtle signals, take our intuition seriously, and forgive our most challenging difficulties, anyone can experience a brightly guided life. Throughout her life Ingrid has been guided to meet and help many people on their journey to become aware of a deeper reality and reconnect with their inner wisdom.
In her autobiography called: “A Brightly Guided Life: How a Scientist Learned to Hear her Inner Wisdom.” Ingrid reveals how after having her NDE, the first glimpses of heaven were revealed to her and the doors that allow her to communicate with Beings of Light were opened. Since then a myriad of experiences that many could call as mystical and perhaps impossible have crossed her path. However the Beings of Light have made it clear to her that she not here to convince anyone about anything but to be a giver of light. To accomplish this purpose she has been guided through an amazing journey of unimaginable challenges, awakenings and miracles where along the way she became the vehicle to help others to rise up from some of the deepest states of hopelessness and bring them back to life. Through helping others she was also able to become aware of her own shadows and overcome them as well. For all of this she is forever grateful. So she wants to continue awakening, growing and giving anything she can to anyone that is open to listen.


Silvia Guersenzvaig

Esalen Institute Faculty since 1998.
Astrologer since 1975- Transformational Kinesiology
Practitioner and International Teacher from Polaris School, Denmark. Developer of AstroSoma (somatic astrology).
Spiritual Coach.
IANDS Conference, panelist and speaker 2015-2016
ISGO certified facilitator (2019).

From the time of birth, which she remembers vividly, Silvia knew she came here to remember and help others re-member themselves. Her first encounter with “the something else” happened before her mother died, when a being of blue shimmering light appeared at the feet of her bed when she was 5 years old. She knew later on, this was a celestial guide preparing her for her mom’s prompt departure.

Silvia had several encounters with friends and family members as they were crossing, letting her know of the journey of Soul on the way home. Silvia became involved with IANDS in 2015 after the departure of her son Josh, with whom she experienced a shared NDE, an experience, she says happened on many sensory levels including telepathy with higher vision states, body sensations, light, sound, and a super heightened experience of what divine love feels like. Since then, she had continuous ADC’s (after death communications) with her son and doesn’t fear death any longer.

Silvia is committed to support people, helping them find heart, joy and meaning in their lives. Her special focus is helping others with PTSD and assist those who lost their love ones. She counsels nationally and internationally. www.transformforjoy.com


Susan Hebard

ISGO Certified Facilitator
Susan is a near-death experiencer. Susan leads the Greater Boston IANDS group.


Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury

The Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury has been an Episcopal Priest for 25 years and has professionally counseled many people who’ve had NDE’s and STE’s. She herself has had a number of Spiritually Transformative Experiences beginning at age 6. Stephanie is drawn to the bright overlap between matter and spirit, and how life in this reality is intertwined with the transcendent. She feels called to act as a translator to a world that is often blind to the astonishing wonder of All That Is, and help facilitate the processing of those who have been touched by the extraordinary. Stephanie has led retreats, spoken at Boston IANDS gatherings, and been interviewed for the Leap from Within podcast. While grounded in the Christian tradition, Stephanie welcomes insight both from within organized religions and beyond. You can learn more at Grannypriest.com.


Rev. Stephanie Chase Bradbury currently hosts the “Christian Theme NDE / STE Discussion Group” (every 4th Monday of the month)

Greg Thompson

Greg Thompson is a retired software engineer who lives with spirits on a daily basis. They help him through rough times and rejoice with him when life is good. It’s difficult to grow up in these surroundings when others don’t understand. Greg has had more than one near death experience. At one point, due to serious illness, Greg was on “death watch” for many days until he was healed by spirits. The medical staff was surprised. 

The most traumatic part in his life was living with 9/11 for the thirty years before it happened and it nearly destroyed him when it did. After that, Greg’s life changed. At that time, his spirit guides and friends instructed him to “Write the book”. It took eighteen years of soul searching, but it turned out to be wonderful therapy, which in turn, is helping others who’ve had similar experiences but aren’t sure if they were real or not. The book is titled “Living with My Spirit Guides”.


Tamara Caulder Richardson

AKA “Southern Belle Medium”
6x NDE’r, Evidential Psychic Medium, Author, Speaker, Minister, Spiritual Teacher

Tamara is a 6x Near-death experiencer, a “mental and physical” and, an evidential psychic medium and channeler of Jesus. She gives readings around the world via Skype, demonstrates her mediumship on stage with her show, Messages from Heaven, to audiences throughout the US for large events for; the Southern Women’s Show series, Levity Live, afterlife conferences and for charitable events such as; Relay for Life. Tamara was seeing and communicating with spirit people at the age of three. She was born with many spiritual abilities but feels her six near-death experiences greatly enhanced her gift of mediumship, psychic abilities, remote viewing, channeling ascended masters and saints in the heavenly realm. Tamara also does trance and transfiguration. To master her psychic medium gifts, she has trained with evidential mediums in the “British Style of Mediumship” with John Holland, Janet Nohavec, UK’s Tony Stockwell, and certified as an Advanced Psychic Medium, by International Medium, Lisa Williams. Tamara’s fun-loving and evidential “Southern Belle” style of mediumship uses humor and love to create a space for healing to take place. Mrs. Richardson is also writing her first book about her near-death experiences called, Love from Heaven – My Six Near-Death Experiences, the Gifts I Received and the Wisdom I Learned. Tamara is also an Ordained Christian Minister and is the director of IANDS Charlotte, North Carolina (USA). For more info go to: