FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Raven Ray: Currently a graduate candidate in psychology at the Citadel in Charleston, SC, focusing on developing medical protocols for ayahuasca treatment centers. Raven has experience with a range of psychedelics, including ayahuasca. Her work is grounded in her spiritual life and her passion for helping others. Raven’s role includes connecting therapists with seekers multi-nationally by developing an online referral system, growing a volunteer network of trained graduate psychology students to offer 24 hour support through use of the web forum, moderating the web forum, and putting together a board of advisors. She will also coordinate dialogue on best therapeutic practices among experienced psycho-integrative therapists.
CO-FOUNDER & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Jonathan Thompson: Currently managing in a complementary health care practice, Jonathan is a husband and father of 3. He has a BS in Anthropology from Michigan State University, He is committed to the personal and cultural healing that are capable with traditional plant medicines. Jonathan brings to the project over 10 years of management and business leadership, and over 15 years of experience studying plant medicine spirituality, meditation, and contemplative prayer. Jonathan’s role is in general project management, in promoting the project on social media, and in navigating and defining volunteer expectations and results.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Sara Gael, M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University; Intern-Investigator, Phase II Clinical Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy, & Harm Reduction Coordinator, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
Zhenya Gelfand, M.D. Psychiatry is co-author of the MAPS Therapist Adherence & Competence Rating Manual for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and MDMA therapeutic research. He is also a Psychedelic Harm Reduction Volunteer with Zendo.
Ingmar Gorman, M.A. is the Administrative Director of the Psychedelic Education and Continuing Care Program and a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research. He received clinical training at Beth Israel Hospital, South Beach Psychiatric Hospital, and Bellevue Hospital. He is currently training at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Ingmar conducts psychotherapy research in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). His primary interests include psychotherapy variables in drug-assisted psychotherapy and integrative harm reduction psychotherapy. He is a board member of Horizons Media, Inc., a not for-profit educational charity and organizer of the Horizons Conference: Perspectives on Psychedelics.
Adele Lafrance, PhD, C. Psych is a Psychologist and Associate Professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Dr. Lafrance has published extensively in the field of clinical psychology–eating disorders in particular–and she is the co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. Dr. Lafrance is currently studying the use of plant medicines and psychedelics in the healing of mental health issues, with a particular focus on ayahuasca and eating disorders.