Advisory Council

Dr. Katie Eastman (USA)

Dr. Katie Eastman is a national grief/trauma therapist, speaker, and consultant with ReCreate Coaching and Counseling in Anacortes, Washington.

As a licensed psychotherapist, licensed social worker, and life coach specializing in loss and transition, she supports individuals

Deborah Grassman (USA)

Deborah Grassman: The country’s foremost expert on veteran’s affairs involving hospice. Deborah Grassman is a Nurse Practitioner.

Her career at Bay Pines VA in St. Petersburg, Florida lasted for nearly 30 years, where she was the Director of the Hospice program and personally took care of 10,000 

Dr. Karl Lorenz (USA)

Dr. Karl Lorenz, MD, MSHS is a general internal medicine and palliative care physician, and Section Chief of the VA Palo Alto-Stanford Palliative Care Program. Formerly at the VA Greater Los Angeles, he directed palliative care research at the VA Center for Innovation to

Dani Monte (Brazil)

Dani Monte is based in Fortaleza, Northeast, Brazil. After a near-death experience, I felt a turning point in my life when I met Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross. Those eyes looked straight in my soul and have been guiding me ever since. Her light, her love, her words touch my heart.

Karla Wheeler (USA)

Karla Wheeler co-heads the Public Relations & Marketing Committee for the Open to Hope Foundation. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she is Founder and President of Quality of Life Publishing Co., a national publishing firm specializing in grief support books and a growing number of publications to help

Mariya Vynnytska (Ukraine)

Mariya Vynnytska is a psychotherapist, educator, global health practitioner, co-founder and partner of Ukrainian Psychology Center THE SOUL. She is a practising psychoanalyst in Kyiv and has set up a psychology crisis centre serving persons affected by the war in Ukraine. She is passionate about developing community-based programs to help countries and communities affected by humanitarian crisis move through grief and trauma towards post-traumatic growth. Her interests include using creative and therapeutic means through social media and communication tools for driving social change and creating an impact. Maria has also experience as a consultant in international organisations, contributing to international and local projects in strategic development, budget and resource management, program design and implementation.


MA in Communication & International Journalism (Focus on civil society, human rights and socio-economic development)

Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University   2002 – 2004

LLB (Jurisprudence)

(International law, human rights, public health, NGO sector)

National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine   2001 – 2006

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