Adrian Alvarez is a fourth generation Spiritist, born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He currently serves as the Secretary of the the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Maryland, and is a public interest attorney with a medical-legal partnership in Washington, D.C.
Kirsten DeMelo is an active board member at the Spiritist Society of Baltimore. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Spiritist parents and was a part of the Spiritist Society of Philadelphia before moving to Maryland in 2011. She has participated in the Spiritist Medical Congress and multiple Spiritist symposiums here in the USA. Professionally she is a Registered Nurse with experience in critical care and case management.
Lia Gouveia is an active member of the Spiritist Society of North Beach (SSNB) since its incorporation in 2009, and has been serving as Program Director, Communications Director, as
well as Vice President of the Society. Professionally, Lia is a business analyst and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Sonia Doi is currently serving as President of the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Maryland, U.S. Spiritist Medical Association and the International Spiritist Medical Association. Professionally, MD, PhD,, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, Member of the Board of Directors of the National University of Natural Medicine and Food Drug Administration.
Alba N. Morales, M.S., has a bachelor degree in Psychology and Pedagogy from Universidad Pedagogica Nacional and a Master degree in Education from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, both institutions from Bogotá- Colombia. She has been working in education for more than 27 years and has been involved with different age-groups working with workshops, classes, conferences, etc.Ms. Morales is an active member of the Spiritist Society of Baltimore since 2006 and has been coordinating their Children and Youth Spiritist Education Program for the past 6 years.
Heloisa Grimwood, B.A,, holds a degree in Journalism and Communication from the Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. She is an active member of the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Maryland and teaches at their Children and Youth Spiritist Education Program since 2006.
Michele Souto, S.L.P., holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Speech Therapy from the Catholic University of Petropolis, RJ, Brazil, with a specialization in Neurophysiology from the Brazilian Institute of Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has been working at All God’s Children Pre-school, in Alexandria, VA, as a Pre-K teacher for the past 15 years. She is an active member of the Allan Kardec Spiritist Society of Maryland and teaches at their Children and Youth Spiritist Education Program since 2008.
Victor Sousa, C.E., Musician, is an accomplished violinist and currently plays in the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. He has been with this organization for the past 14 years. He started playing violin in Middle School and later had the opportunity to study under Yong Ku Ahn, from the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Sousa is a Civil Engineer and works for Montgomery County in the Division of Building Design and Construction.
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Bradley Apling, B.A., M.S., is a Technical Writer. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Florida International University and a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunication Systems for Business from Johns Hopkins University. He was first introduced to Spiritism in 2002 and has since been actively involved in the study of Spiritism and engaged in the U.S. Spiritist Movement as a speaker and volunteer in many Spiritist events. Mr. Apling is a member of the Germantown Spiritist Society and currently serves as a member of its Board.