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Eternea's Board, Management and Staff Members

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.

Dr. Steve Jarecki - is currently serving as Vice-Chairman of Eternea . Dr. Steven Jarecki earned his doctorate in chiropractic from the New York Chiropractic College and a Master of Science from Brooklyn College in health. He is licensed to practice chiropractic care in Florida and New York. He is also certified in clinical acupuncture. Dr. Jarecki is the owner of Jarecki Chiropractic in Delray Beach, Florida. His spouse is Dr. Miri Ingwer who operates an established physical therapy and rehabilitation center in Boca Raton, Florida. He is the proud father of four children. Dr. Jarecki has had several spiritually transformative experiences and non-local consciousness experiences dating back to when he was a young boy.

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. (IANDS.org) together with Dr. Raymond Moody, Dr. Kenneth Ring, Dr. Bruce Greyson and Dr. Michael Sabom. 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 database 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.

Mark Pitstick, M.A., D.C., Mark Pitstick, M.A., D.C., serves as Director of Education. Mark has over forty years’ experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers and private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral counseling studies, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic health care. After working in hospitals with many suffering and dying adults and children, he was motivated to find sensible, evidence-based answers to the tough questions that most people eventually ask. After working in hospitals with many suffering and dying adults and children, he was motivated to find sensible, evidence-based answers to the tough questions that most people eventually ask. Mark works with the bereaved parents group, Helping Parents Heal  and is the director of education for Eternea. He has given many workshops on spiritual awareness and wellness and is the author of several books including Soul Proof: Compelling Evidence That No One really Dies and How That Benefits You Now.


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.

Bren Besser serves as Principal Investigator of STE Induction Technologies. He has been developing custom software applications for businesses for decades. During much of that time, Bren’s avocation has been meditation and studies to further his personal growth on his spiritual path. Bren founded Bliss Mechanics  to apply his technology skills and experience in the field of personal growth and transformation. When Bren discovered how binaural beat audio technology induces the meditative state, he began developing the Bliss Machine app to make meditation easier and affirmations more effective. Bren is now teaming up with the great minds and kind hearts at Eternea to make the Bliss Mechanics publishing platform available to the many healers and teachers here, so they can bring their healing and wisdom to the greater audience of Eternea.

Cathy Beals served as administrative assistant to Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She presently 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.