APPA is a community, and we are incredibly grateful for and proud of all of the time, talent, and dedication of the many hands, hearts, and minds that have made us what we are.
Board of Directors
Why do we exist?
The American Psychedelic Practitioners Association was born out of the need to establish, legitimize, and self-govern the reemerging field of psychedelics. In addition to creating a national home for the diverse community of psychedelic practitioners, a professional association is necessary to advocate for the adoption of psychedelic treatments into the healthcare system and to ensure access for all who could benefit.
How did we get here?
The Medicine Midwives came together in 2020 with this vision in mind, and with the recognition that such a representative body requires open and broad participation from its inception. Through a series of national summits, they set out to bring together a group more broadly representative of a mosaic of identities, expertise, and practices.
The Medicine Midwives included: Bob Jesse, Jeffrey Guss, Sylver Quevedo, Veronika Gold, Lia Mix, Robert Krause, Jeremy Dalnes, Madrone Love, and Alex Cardenas.
Out of this effort, a steering committee was formed with the task of designing an election for the founding board and creating an interim board focused on building APPA’s organizational capacity and starting relevant working groups.
A national search and a series of national summits generated nominations and an election was held in December 2021. This included an evidenced-based intervention meant to reduce bias among electors.
The Steering Committee and Interim Board included: Solana Booth (Interim Board), Monnica Williams (Interim Board), Emma Knighton (Interim Board), Alex Cardenas (Interim Board), Sonya Faber, Dan Gross, Hannah McLane, James Lawer, Rob Colbert, and Courtney Watson (former member).
APPA was brought into this world on January 28th, 2022 when our founding board first convened, beautifully facilitated by Hanifa Nayo Washington. And the rest is psychedelic history.
WE APPRECIATE YOU!
Hanifa Nayo Washington
Joseph Holcomb Adams
Florie St. Aime
Dana Tsyconyea StarByrd
TaLisa Ramos Watts