Our Team


Kirsten DeLeo

International Trainer and Author of Present Through The End. A CAregiver’s Companion for Accompanying the Dying

Kirsten is a pioneer in contemplative care and online learning and lead faculty for Authentic Presence. Trained in the Hakomi mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy, she has served as a counselor, hospice volunteer coordinator and educator at various healthcare and academic institutions. Kirsten is an international trainer with the Spiritual Care Programme, a network offering contemplative education and care worldwide. Kirsten has been immersed in Buddhist contemplative practice for more than twenty years and is a member of the Harvard Buddhist Ministry working group.

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Dr Ann Allegre


Former director of medical programs, Kansas City Hospice, medical director of palliative care, Providence Health, professor of medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine and Spiritual Care Educator. Ann was awarded the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine “Project on Death in America Community Leadership in Palliative Care Award” in 2007, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of the field of palliative medicine through the education and training of future leaders. She was named as Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2008 and honored with the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon 2011 Award in the senior palliative care physician category.


Chantal Bergers


Chantal has worked with dying people in her eighteen years as a general practitioner and in recent years in nursing homes. She has been a palliative care consultant and teacher for over ten years and is a member of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Taskforce Spiritual Care. Chantal is a trainer in Deep Listening and an educator in the Spiritual Care Programme offering skills training and workshops on death and dying in Holland and Germany.


Katie O’Connell

CNS, MSc. Interdisciplinary Palliative Care, End-of-Life-Care (EOLC) and Spiritual Care Educator/Trainer.

Katie facilitates NMBI accredited EOLC and Spiritual Care training modules for care-assistants, nurses and allied health-care professionals.


John Douglas

Counselor and Meditation Instructor

John is a Senior Meditation Instructor and Spiritual Care Educator and facilitates courses and workshops including Facing Loss and Healing Grief, Deep Listening and Healing Relationships. John is also a Pre-Accredited member of the IACP, working in private practice as a Counselor in Castletownbere and in ARC Cancer Support House in Bantry as well as being part of the care team supporting guests at the Spiritual Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara, Ireland.

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Pam Russell


Pam is currently a hospice social worker in upstate New York supporting patients and families living with terminal illness and facilitating bereavement support groups for parents and children. Pam is a Spiritual Care Educator and has developed and led contemplative educational trainings for both public and healthcare audiences based on her 30 years of meditation practice. She has served as an activities and volunteer director for long term care facilities and worked with the American Cancer Society to benefit people facing chronic illness and dementia, and their family and professional caregivers.


Youske Eto


Youske has supported and accompanied terminally ill patients and their families as a hospice social worker for the past 18 years. He is a Spiritual Care Educator and currently the lead social worker at Housecall Providers Hospice in Portland, OR. Prior to pursuing his MSW, Youske served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, volunteered for the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, and worked as an outreach worker for those experiencing homelessness in New York City.

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Dr. Angela C. Anderson


Angela is a graduate of the Authentic Presence’s Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Brown University and Director of Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She received her M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Yale Medical School. She then completed fellowships in both Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Clinical Toxicology and Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She is quadruple boarded in Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Clinical Toxicology, and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. She has received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Emergency Medicine Residents' Association, the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award from Brown Medical School and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.


Christine Longaker

International Trainer and co-founder of the Spiritual Care Programme

Former director and staff trainer of the Hospice of Santa Cruz County in California, Christine has provided hospice training internationally since 1978. She is the author of Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying, which is translated into nine languages.

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Dr. Karen Wyatt

MD and Author of What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying

Karen is a family practice physician who spent most of her 25-year career in medicine caring for patients in challenging settings such as nursing homes, hospices, free clinics and homeless shelters. Dr. Wyatt hosts an online interview series entitled End-of-Life University, which features interviews and conversations about all aspects of the end-of-life. She has won numerous awards for her volunteer service including the Spirit of the American Woman Award and being named one of Utah’s 100 Notable Women.


Rosamund Oliver

BA, Dip Psych, ECP, International Trainer

Rosamund Oliver qualified as registered psychotherapist and supervisor in 1996 and trained psychotherapists for five years at the Karuna Institute in Devon. As a UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor, she had a large practice for private clients in North London for many years. She also worked in psychiatric care focusing on bereavement with the elderly. Her education work includes tutoring at St Josephs Hospice, teaching meditation and mindfulness skills, creating a prison meditation project and three years developing the first Buddhist-based psychotherapy training in South Africa. She has done extensive training in meditation since the 1970’s with various teachers and schools.


Andrew Warr

Meditation Teacher

Andrew has had a regular meditation practice for 40 years and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 1982. He has been teaching meditation for over 20 years and since 2001 has been leading courses, seminars and retreats, principally on the subject of loving kindness, in Europe, Australia and North America.


Dr. Ian Gawler

OAM BVSc MCounsHS and Author

Ian is one of Australia’s most respected authorities on Mind-Body Medicine and meditation. A long-term cancer survivor, Ian co-founded the world’s first lifestyle-based support groups for both cancer and multiple sclerosis and expanded his work and writings into the fields of disease prevention, health and well-being. He also established the first Australasian Mind-Body Medicine conference for health professionals. Ian is the author of 6 bestselling books including the classics, You Can Conquer Cancer and Peace of Mind.


John Eric Baugher

Ph.D. and Author of Contemplative Caregiving: Finding Healing, Compassion, & Spiritual Growth through End-of-Life Care.

John’s life-long commitment to caregiving began on the front lines of the AIDS crisis in New Orleans in the early 1990s. Over the past 25 years he has provided emotional, spiritual, and bereavement support to countless dying persons and their family members in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, community centers, and private residences. John is a certified nursing assistant (CNA), bereavement group facilitator, hospice caregiver, and chaplain with a Ph.D. in sociology.