Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP, has been a family nurse midwife for twenty-five years. She has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries, and has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. Her current project is the development of a Thanatology program for the study of death and dying.
Annie Oak is the co-founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress and the Women’s Visionary Council. Annie is a science and technology journalist and works with researchers who analyze human rights data. Founder of the San Francisco-based Full Circle Tea House, she is also co-founder of Take 3 Presents, which produces immersive art events.
Danielle Schumacher earned a degree in Anthropology in 2004 at the University of Illinois, where she co-founded chapters of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy in 2001. Danielle was recruited by the Berkeley Patients Group in 2005 to head the Cannabis Action Network. As the first Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, she worked with Richard Lee to establish America’s first cannabis college. For over a decade, Danielle has served as office manager for Frank Lucido, MD and Maria Mangini, PhD, FNP in Berkeley, California. She has also served on the Board of Directors for National NORML, the University YMCA, Channing-Murray Foundation, and PUEBLO: People United for a Better Life in Oakland. Danielle’s newest project, THC Staffing Group, is a boutique recruiting firm whose mission is to encourage diversity in the cannabis industry.
Kristina Soriano is a Texan-born Filipina who has lived in San Francisco since 2005. With her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, she is passionate about helping organizations with psychedelic advocacy. She has volunteered with the Zendo Project at Envision Festival in Costa Rica, and at Burning Man in Nevada. Her most recent project has been to establish a Donor Advised Fund with her husband called the Psychedelic Literacy Fund, to co-finance the translation of books about psychedelic therapy into different languages. She is also a trained classical pianist, a music teacher, and loves to sing medicine songs while accompanying herself on the ukulele.
Patricia James is a medicine woman and cross cultural expert. Her focus is on bridging ancient wisdom with our contemporary times, bringing practical application to the mystical, and to weaving a new ‘braided way’ to live life well. Patricia maintains a private practice in the Bay Area that focuses on psycho-spiritual mentoring, integration, teaching, speaking, and group and individual workshops. She conducts ritual-based ceremonies. Patricia is of Seminole heritage, and is a traditionally trained Cheyenne Pipe Carrier and Priest. Initiated in multiple indigenous spiritual traditions, she has studied wisdom practices and trained in modern healing modalities such as breathwork for nearly 3 decades.