• AKEAC Board Members

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    Regina Randall

    Founder & Chair

    Regina is a from Holy Cross, Alaska, an Athabaskan village located on the Yukon river. She grew up in rural Alaska where her mother, Marie Demientieff, worked as both a traditional counselor and substance abuse counselor. In the spring of 2007, Regina traveled to Peru where she was introduced to the world of shamanic healing. Inspired by her experience, she moved to Peru in 2009 where she spent three years training with indigenous curanderos in the Amazon rainforest.


    Regina has a deep reverence and respect for the Shipibo-Conibo tribe and resonates strongly with their healing practices. She has organized and facilitated many healing retreats in Peru and is passionate about sharing the wonders of entheogenic plant medicine with the world.


    Regina works as an indigenous rights advocate and political organizer in Alaska. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in political psychology at Arizona State University.

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    Betsi Oliver

    Vice Chair

    Betsi is a life coach and integration specialist in Anchorage, Alaska. Her professional background includes science communication, wilderness guiding, and community development. She first learned about entheogens in an immersive course with Dennis McKenna and Kathleen Harrison in 2010, and later had her own awakening experiences, first at Burning Man and later in Peru at an Ayahuasca retreat center, where she was in service for several months. She is dedicated to creating containers, both one-on-one and in groups, where people can heal and grow.
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    Deenaalee Chase-Hodgdon

    Deenaalee, (They/Them) is Deg Xit’an Dene and Sugpiaq from the villages of Gitr’ingithchagg (Anvik) and Qinuyang (South Naknek), Alaska. Descended from Rivers, the Ocean and named after the great northern Mountain, Deenaalee seeks to ground their work in regenerative economies, food sovereignty and security, circumpolar geopolitics, and plant medicine in the lessons these being teach us; to flow and find grace through daily rapids and meandering; to find depth, breadth and pleasure in the vastness of our interspecies being; and to hold space for the multiplicity of life we interact with through time while deeply rooted to place.
    In 2022, Deenaalee visited Peru for the first time to sit with La Medicina under the guidance of Shipibo Curanderos. Their experience with entheogens has led to their sobriety and investment of plant medicine as a path toward addiction recovery and reconnection with the land. Deenaalee is currently working toward building access to ceremony and strengthening the ties between northern and southern traditional healing modalities. They find their joy in spending time working with their hands mending fishing nets and tanning hides, and feasting in community with traditional foods that were gathered, harvested, and grown locally.
  • AKEAC Advisory Board

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    Candace Lewis

    Candace aims to revolutionize mental health care by exploring dynamic environmental and genetic influences on brain-behavior relationships. A native of Alaska, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Next, she earned a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Arizona State University on a Harry S. Truman Scholarship while investigating the effects of early life stress on addiction behavior and neuroepigenetics.


    Candace received a Fulbright Fellowship to learn advanced neuroimaging and psychedelic research methods at the University Hospital of Zurich. She was also awarded the Science Foundation Arizona Bisgrove Fellowship to investigate the interplay between early experiences, epigenetics, physiology and behavior.


    Taken together, her research centers around the age-old question of nature versus nurture with a modern twist. Candace seeks to unravel how genetics and experiences continuously interact to shape neurobiology and behavior.
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    Bia Labate

    Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate (Bia Labate) is a queer Brazilian anthropologist based in San Francisco. She has a Ph.D. in social anthropology from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of plant medicines, drug policy, shamanism, ritual, religion, and social justice. She is Executive Director of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines and serves as Public Education and Culture Specialist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She is also Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Additionally, she is Advisor for the Veteran Mental Health Leadership Coalition and the Soltara Healing Center. Dr. Labate is a co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies (NEIP) in Brazil and editor of its site. She is author, co-author, and co-editor of twenty-eight books, three special-edition journals, and several peer-reviewed articles (https://bialabate.net).

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    Larry Norris

    Larry Norris, PhD is the cofounder of Decriminalize Nature, which began in Oakland, CA in 2019 and has sprouted across the US. He is also the co-founder of Entheogenic Research Integration and Education (ERIE), a nonprofit organization which offers education and integration support for those interested in entheogens. His doctoral research focuses on ayahuasca experiences and integration, as well as expanding integration concepts beyond the psychotherapeutic paradigm.


    He believes it is an unalienable right to have one’s own relationship with Nature, and encourages empowering grassroots communities to build local and culturally relevant support structures related to entheogens.