LAPSS 2018 PANEL MODERATORS


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Zach Leary

Zach is the host of both the “It’s All Happening with Zach Leary” podcast and “The MAPS Podcast.” They have helped to cement him as one of the most thought provoking podcasters in the cultural philosophy genre of podcasting. He’s also a blogger/writer, a futurist, spiritualist, a technology consultant and socio-cultural theorist.

In all of Zach’s work he blends his roles as a spiritual aspirant and a futurist into a unique identity all his own. His spiritual background has it’s roots in being a practitioner of bhakti yoga as taught through many of the vedantic systems of Northern India, in particular Neem Karoli Baba as taught by Ram Dass. Through the practice of bhakti yoga he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it’s true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In addition to bhakti yoga, Zach is influenced by many different methods and traditions of consciousness exploration ranging from trans-humanism to buddhism and clinical psychology. Zach is also a frequent pundit on the political systems that are fueling todays economic and cultural structures. At the core of all of Zach’s work is the belief that we have been fused together by the collective practice of using technology to expand our species imagination with spirituality and mysticism to define the very nature of who we are.


Shane Mauss

Shane Mauss is an award winning stand-up comedian who has appeared on Conan five times as well as Comedy Central's ‘This Is Not Happening’, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Showtimes ‘Comics without Borders’.  He has also had specials on Comedy Central and Netflix.  Shane also hosts a popular science podcast ‘Here We Are’ in which he travels the country talking with scientists about behavior, decision making, evolution, and the meanings of life.  

In 2016 Shane started a 111 city ‘A Good Trip’ tour with his solo comedy show about psychedelics which is a culmination of his 20 years of psychedelic experience and his 12 years of stand-up experience.  Last year he shot his first documentary ‘Psychonautics: A Comic’s Exploration of Psychedelics’ which has its world premiere on June 15th2018 at the famous Hollywood Chinese Theater as part of the Dances With Films Festival


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Nisha Money, MD

Nisha N. Money MD, MPH, ABIHM, US Air Force Flight Surgeon, with further specialization in preventive and
integrative medicine, has recently transitioned from active duty military and is very involved with the treatment and care of Military-Veterans and their families. Her most recent positions include serving as the Senior Medical Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security’s US Customs and Border Protection, where she oversaw the comprehensive treatment and wellness of 60,000 national and international Border Forces, and the Medical Director for Sonoma County Native American Health System for Northern California. Her other positions have included: Global Chief of US Air Force Medical Fitness, Head Physician Epidemiologist for Department of Defense (DOD) Global Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response Systems, and DoD’s original Chief Medical Officer for Integrative Medicine for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Money has also recently completed a two-year assignment to travel the world, from the jungles of Brazil, to the villages of India/Asia, to remote tribes in Africa, South America, and Europe to study the most effective medical and healing practices to treat trauma, pain, chronic illnesses, and methodologies to activate latent bio- physiological potential to induce regeneration and/or reverse the aging processes. Collaboration with national and international experts has been the hallmarks of Dr. Money’s success in bridging and implementing these therapeutic modalities and tools for those in need locally and regionally. She has launched multi-lateral global health collaborations between the White House, the US military, WHO, NATO, and foreign public-private sector agencies, which has resulted in sustainable resources and systems for countries with severely compromised health care. A champion of community outreach, Dr. Money has served on several non- profit boards and advised committees worldwide on cultural competency, health disparities, and the merits of mobile, decentralized wellness care. She’s an expert in cross-cultural care and whole person treatment programs that have significantly improved the lives of patients with histories of extreme trauma, wounds of war, and various chronic disorders Having escaped near death encounters with anacondas in the jungles of the Amazon, in search of ancient healing
practices and remedies amongst the shamans and indigenous medicine elders, she has empowered her medical practice with the knowledge and resources that support, heal, and transform patients on multiple levels. Her research and work have been published by numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and white papers, along with keynote lectures delivered at professional medical conferences around the globe. Her clinical work regarding Military-Veteran care has also been featured in prominent media outlets, such as Forbes and CBS, and other military media platforms; all of which resources are available for public consumption. By harnessing the power of integrative and narrative medicine, patient and staff satisfaction, wellness inducing principles and practices, and population outreach, Dr. Money drives clinical excellence and transforms health systems so that top-tier care and cutting edge holistic modalities for treatment reaches all communities regardless of socioeconomic level or ethnicity.


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Rev. Merrill Ward, Ep. Gn.

Rev. Merrill Ward, Ep. Gn. is a staunch proponent of cognitive liberty and a passionate advocate for the safe and responsible use of entheogenic sacraments for engendering direct spiritual experience. He possesses the rare gift of exquisitely articulating deep esoteric wisdom and transmitting this wisdom through his writings, ceremony, ontology, noetic experiences and profound metaphor. Merrill has been deeply involved in the western esoteric spiritual traditions and comparative world religions for over 25 years. He is an ordained Gnostic priest, ritualist, teacher and student of the religious spiritual philosophies of Thelema and Hermeticism, as well as the disciplines of Transpersonal Alchemy, Raja Yoga, Qaballah and Ceremonial Magick with a special emphasis on the Mystical Unitive Experience and the practical application of entheogenic techniques and sacraments for exploring and expanding human consciousness for attaining direct access to the Divine. His work over the past decade serves as a transformative catalyst, effectively guiding individuals and groups into deeply profound states of Unitive consciousness. Providing them with a richer and deeper integrated understanding of their innate power, love, wisdom, creativity, sovereignty and spiritual abilities while aligning them with their True Will, purpose and mission in life. Most recently he has co-authored a comprehensive “Best Practices & Integration Guide” for working with entheogenic sacraments. Merrill has offered detailed presentations and spoken on entheogenic spirituality and related subjects at a wide variety of venues including Burning Man, Mystic Garden Party and the Beloved music and arts festivals, the 2013 National O.T.O. Conference (NOTOCON), the 2014 Science & Non-Duality Conference (SAND), The Aware Project (LA) 2016 & 2017, The Portland Entheogenic Exploration & Research Society (PEERS), Southern Oregon University (OLLI Program) and the 2015-2018 Exploring Psychedelics Conferences in Ashland, Oregon. He is the founder of Awakening Divinity Ministries (ADM), serves as the Chief Enlightenment Officer of the Abundance, Wellness & Enlightenment Institute (AWE) in addition to being an ordained Bishop of the Gnostic Catholic Church (EGC) and a committed, conscious and loving father to his 13 year old son. 


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Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart is an American documentary filmmaker and musician. In 2008 he released his first conscious documentary Esoteric Agenda and promptly released another full length film in 2009 called Kymatica (Best Scientific Film at New York Independent International Film Festival).  After splitting with his progressive rock group Hierosonic in the midst of national touring, he switched his focus to speaking publicly around the world on consciousness, esoterics and human potential.  He is currently a producer at Gaia and has just released a Gaia original series titled Psychedelica which focuses on the mystery of psychedelic plant medicines and their long and controversial history with human kind


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Lindsay Kent

Lindsay Kent is a documentary producer, director and editor based in Los Angeles. After graduating with a degree in film from the University of Texas, Lindsay spent several years traveling and working in television and digital media in Sydney, Honolulu, Bangkok, New York and Dallas before making Southern California home. Her documentary film Going Furthur, chronicling the 50th anniversary tour of the world-renowned Furthur bus, connected her with many luminaries in the psychedelic scene. She worked with MAPS in creating testimonial videos with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy participants, in an effort to generate more awareness around this cause. 

She is currently curating the first ever Women’s Visionary Film Symposium with Allyson Grey at CoSM, a visionary art sanctuary in upstate New York, slated for summer 2019.

More information can be found at KrenshawFilms.com