Our Staff

Leanne Abdnor, MSW, is a psychotherapist in Boulder, CO. She specializes in grief and trauma. She was a member of the staff of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center.

Ed Gayda, MD, is the medical director of Whatcom Hospice in Bellingham Wa. He is a psychiatrist with extensive experience with people who are facing life threatening illness and bereavement issues. He was a member of the staff of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center and has facilitated workshops for survivors of abuse.

Valerie Knight, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and an expressive arts therapist. Her journey started with exploring bereavement issues with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and has radiated outward into a variety of settings. Her specialties include victims of trauma, care for the caregiver and health professionals, HIV/AIDS, loss and bereavement, the psychological needs of women and people of color, cultural diversity, and conflict resolution training. She is a psychology professor at the City University of New York, and maintains a private practice in Manhattan specializing in those with chronic illnesses.

Roz Leiser, R.N., is an Integrative Health and Bereavement Counselor in private practice in San Francisco, CA. During more than 20 years as a Registered Nurse, she worked in specialty areas including psychiatry, HIV/AIDS and hospice. She was a member of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ staff. Currently she leads bereavement groups and teaches health care professionals about end of life issues and mind/body healing skills.

Nancy Mullins, MA, is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has presented workshops for 20 years on grief, loss, trauma, and abuse, nationally and internationally, including in Oklahoma City, Northern Ireland, and Zimbabwe (12 years as a member of the staff of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross). She is a partner in Support Services for Animal Care Professionals (SSACP), co-leading workshops nationally on Compassion Fatigue and Burnout, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Anger Management for animal care professionals.

Peter Selwyn, MD, has worked over 20 years in HIV/AIDS, palliative and end of life clinical care, research and education. He is Chairman, Department of Family and Social Medicine; Director of Palliative Care, Montefiore Medical Center; Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY.

Rev. Sandy Stewart is the director of the North Carolina Zen Center. He has been an ordained minister for 43 years. His training with Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross began in 1986. Since then he has staffed these externalization workshops mostly on the East coast.

Rev. Jacob Watson, an Interfaith minister with a Doctor of Ministry from the University of Creation Spirituality, is a hospice chaplain, and is the abbot and founder of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. He was a grief counselor and staff member of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center, and started the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine.