IANDS Fact Sheet

As of December, 2021

Date of incorporation:
1978 as the Association for the Scientific Study of Near-Death Phenomena
     (John Audette, MS, President, 1978-1980)
1981 as the International Association for Near-Death Studies
Tax exemption:
Internal Revenue Service Section 501(c)(3), IRS Determination Letter;
IRS Group Exemption Letter for affiliated groups
John Audette, MS; Bruce Greyson, MD; Raymond Moody, MD; Ken Ring, PhD; Michael Sabom, MD
Ken Ring, PhD 1981
Bruce Greyson, MD 1982
Ken Ring, PhD 1983
John Alexander 1984-1986
Elizabeth "Pat" Fenske, PhD 1986-1991
Nancy Evans Bush, MA 1992-1995
Bruce Horacek, PhD 1996
Diane Corcoran, PhD 1997-2000
Bill Taylor 2000-2003
Jan Holden, EdD 2004-2006
Yolaine Stout, BA 2007
Diane Corcoran, RN, PhD 2008-2016
Robert "Bob" Frank, EMBA 2017-2018
Charles "Chuck" Swedrock, MBA 2018-2019
Diane Corcoran, PhD 2019
Yvonne Kason, MD 2019-2020
Jan Holden, EdD 2020-

As of JUNE, 2022

Basic: 377
Supporting: 641
Professional: 333
Life: 56
Sponsor: 20
Patron: 3
Benefactor: 2
Total: 1,432
Scholarly peer-reviewed journal (quarterly; triannually starting in 2019):
1982-1987 - Anabiosis: The Journal for Near-Death Studies
1988-present - Journal of Near-Death Studies
Editors: Bruce Greyson, MD, 1982-2008; Janice Miner Holden, EdD, 2008-
Circulation: Total: 354
Magazine (quarterly):
1981-present - Vital Signs
  • 1981-1982 Ken Ring, PhD
  • 1983-1984 Charles Flynn
  • 1985-1988 Nancy Bush, MA
  • 1989-1991 Leon Rhodes
  • 1992-1996 Nancy Bush, MA
  • 1997-2001 Pat Fenske, PhD
  • 2002-2004 Paul Bernstein, PhD
  • 2005-2007 Linda Jacquin
  • 2007          Nancy Bush, MA
  • 2008-2009 Joan Donovan
  • 2010-2016 Leland Witting, DMin
  • 2016-         Susan Amsden, BSc
Articles (some available formatted for printing as brochures):
Selected Bibliography on Near-Death Experiences (introductory reading list)
Research Resources:
Near-Death Experiences: Index to the Periodical Literature through 2005 (all journal and magazine articles related to NDEs through 2005 indexed by topic and including journal abstracts).
Conferences and Symposia
Conference Coordinator(s):
1994 Bruce Horacek, PhD
1995 Nancy Bush, Leslee Morabito, Anneliese Fox
1996-2006 Debbie James, National Conference Director; Anneliese Fox; and local site coordinator
2008 Julie Lapham, then Diane Corcoran
2009 Ann Ellis
2010-present Delaine Deal
Local Support and Interest Groups
There are approximately 96 IANDS groups throughout the world; including about 82 in the U.S.A.
  • www.iands.org domain name registered December, 1995
  • There were 2,926,771 page views of this site between November 18, 1998 and February 27, 2005.
    • 632,207 page views from March 10, 2005 through December 31, 2005
    • 227,000 unique visitors, 1,524,400 page views and 14,628,500 hits in 2011
  • Instigator and designer of first IANDS web page: Marty Chandler
  • Webmaster:
Prior to 1982: First, an office in Oxford, OH
Then, Storrs, CT, administered by Nancy Evans Bush, Executive Director
Then, Philadelphia, PA, administered by Pat Fenske, PhD, Pres. & Exec Director
1992-1993: Administered by Association Resources (Hartford, CT)
1994-2008: Administered by Fox Computer Systems (South Windsor, CT)
2008-Present: IANDS office in Durham, NC  

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