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Eternea's Management and Staff

Eben Alexander, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist educated at Duke University Medical School now in private practice in Lynchberg, VA. He formerly served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School from 1988 to 2001. He currently practices neurosurgery in Virginia. In November 2008, Dr. Alexander had a profound life-changing near-death experience which is the subject of his best selling book entitled "Proof of Heaven".  He currently serves as Eternea’s Chief Science Officer (CSO). Click here to view a more complete biographical description of Dr. Alexander.

Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is also Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. In 2002, he created a Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science at the University of Arizona, which he directed for four years. He continues to collaborate on biofield science and energy healing research, serving as Corporate Director of Development of Energy Healing at Canyon Ranch. He is currently serving as Chairman of Eternea. Click here  to view a more complete biographical description of Dr. Schwartz.

Raymond Moody, Ph.D, M.D., is a best selling author of 11 books including  Life After Life -- which has sold over 13 million copies world wide -- and Reunions, a bestseller, as well as numerous articles in academic and  professional  literature. Dr. Moody conducts many different lecture/workshop presentations on the topics of: Near Death Experiences, Death with Dignity, Life After Loss, Surviving Grief and Finding Hope, Reunions- Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones. The Healing Power of Humor, Catastrophic tragedies & events causing collective grief responses, The Loss of Children, The Logic of Nonsense, and many more. He also trains Hospice workers, clergy, psychologist, nurses, doctors and other medical professional in all aspects of his work.  Dr. Moody also works as a practitioner of philosophic counseling.

John R. Audette, M.S. , serves as President & CEO. Mr. Audette holds a Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech. His professional career spans over 35 years of senior executive level experience (non-profit and for-profit) in hospital and hospice administration, physician practice management, public broadcasting and the performing arts. In 1977, he founded the International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc. ( together with Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Kenneth Ring, Dr. Bruce Greyson and Dr. Michael Sabom. Mr. Audette also co-founded Quantrek, Inc. with Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon in 1971. Mr. Audette served on active duty in the U.S. Army for nearly four years during the Vietnam era.

Robert Staretz, M.S., serves as Executive Director. Mr. Staretz has a background in Electrical Engineering and brings very strong business, technical and managerial skills to Eternea. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Ohio State University. During his professional career he has held various technical and management positions including VP Product Development, Director of Research & Development, Director of Marketing, and Principle Investigator at some of the nation’s most prestigious high tech research facilities such as Bell Laboratories, GTE Laboratories,  GTE Data Services, Racal Datacom, and Midwest Payment Systems. He was also co-founder and co-owner of a data base marketing company. He has written and published several papers, articles and other works on consciousness and the nature of reality. He currently coaches children on topics of science, consciousness and personal growth.

Elizabeth Hare serves as Booking Manager for Eternea's Speakers Bureau. She has spent 25+ years in nonprofit management, as CEO of several organizations and as a strategic consultant in the fields of music, the arts, health, publishing, and education. Notably, she served as CEO of the Aspen Center for Integrative Health, producing national educational symposia for professionals and the public, as well as pilot programs for schools and hospitals. She developed a keen interest in the nature of nonlocal consciousness through her private practice as a certified health practitioner and teacher. She holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from Rice University. She is also certified as a Master-Instructor for Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) and a Reiki Master-Teacher.

Cathy Beals serves as administrative assistant to Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and co-founder of the Quantrek, Inc, the parent company of Eternea. She also serves in an administrative capacity for Eternea. Cathy has spent much of her professional career as Administrative assistant to various executive positions. She has a strong interest in the nature of consciousness and spiritually transformative experiences.