Executive Director

 

Daniel Grauer is a writer, speaker, and organizer whose work focuses on individual and collective transformation. He is the author of Psychedelic Consciousness: Plant Intelligence for Healing Ourselves and Our Fragmented World and a cofounder of the Hudson Valley Psychedelic Society. He lives in a homesteading community in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

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Integration and Community Support Director

 

Dee Dee Goldpaugh, LCSW (they/them/theirs) is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and Woodstock, NY. Their practice specializes in queer, sex and body-positive psychotherapy, and psychedelic integration, a form of therapy that assists clients in processing and applying the lessons from transpersonal and entheogenic experiences to their lives. Dee Dee has taught and written widely on the topic of psychedelics and sexuality.  They are an advocate for therapist education, cognitive liberty, and the decriminalization of psychedelic medicines. Dee Dee is a leader in their field on the topic of psychedelic integration and healing sexual trauma. 

Policy and Outreach Director

 

Aaron Genuth co-launched Decriminalize Nature New York City and State. He is the founder of Darkhei Rephua (Paths of Healing), a 501c3 religious nonprofit supporting naturally based community health and educational projects in the Catskills and Hudson Valley. As a journalist and editor he has covered cannabis and psychedelic policy, medicine, and culture for outlets including High Times and Lucid News.

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Research and Education Director

 

Melanie Blair Pincus, PhD is a neuroscientist, inventor, and artist who researches and designs transformative experiences that enhance emotional resilience and cognitive plasticity. Melanie received her B.S. from Stanford University, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University. In her doctoral work, she studied the legacy of early life trauma and stress on emotion regulation circuits in the brain, spurring an interest in the types of experiences that can build resiliency and rewire the brain. She is now an independent researcher studying how psychedelics and non-ordinary states of consciousness impact the brain and promote neuroplasticity. Melanie also teaches a course at Columbia University on how childhood play shapes the brain and promotes socioemotional development. Melanie designs play-based installations that blend the educative power of play with biosensing technology to cultivate emotion regulation, connectedness, and complex cognitive skills in children and adults alike.  

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Events and Indigenous Outreach Director

Li Wojehowski (they/them/theirs) is a queer utopian dreamer, shamanic practitioner, and plant lover. They were born and raised in Arden, NY, on unceded Munsee Lenape territory. They have political organizing experience in the student and labor movements. Their shamanic training is in the Quechua tradition of the High Andes of Ecuador, and the vegetalismo Shipibo-Conibo/Quechua-Lamista traditions of Peru. They aspire to help reconnect people to their humanness, and are driven by the belief that “another world is possible”. Li is a certified reiki practitioner, and holistic landscaper by trade.  

Clinical Outreach Director

 

Doug Cullen, MHC has been keenly interested in the powers of psychedelic medicine for the past 15 years. Within the realm of entheogenic use, his focus mainly lies in the great potential that psilocybin has to act as a heart opening medicine and aid on the spiritual path. Having graduated from Marist College in 2018 with a masters in Mental Health Counseling, he is eager to begin working in the fields of psychedelic therapy and integration. He is currently offering psychotherapy sessions through The Therapy Collective 

Training and Volunteer Director

 

Stephanie Bifolco, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker providing an integrative approach to mental health that safely and effectively addresses the symptoms of the individual or family while taking into account personal preferences, cultural beliefs, and other constraints. Stephanie specializes in using both conventional and alternative methods to help with recovery from mental health challenges. She has dedicated over a decade to the practice of community mental health care.  Stephanie has extensive training and certification in various evidenced based treatments, and has been a Hatha yoga teacher for 14 years. Her background in Vedic and Buddhist contemplative practices, as well as popular education pedagogy, both inform her approach to mental health treatment today. Her most recent focus involves the breakthrough use of psychedelic medicines for treating treatment resistant depression and other mental health challenges. Stephanie speaks both English and Spanish.