Our Team

 Jan Booth, MA, RN,

Jan Booth, MA, RN,

Jan Booth, MA, RN, NC-BC, is the Program Facilitator for the Art of Dying Thanatology Certificate Program. She has worked as a nurse for over 37 years within the intersection of quality of life and end of life, and she is deeply curious about what creates and sustains wellbeing throughout the human experience. Her work trajectory has taken her from years at the bedside of hospice and palliative care patients to supporting the wellbeing of caregivers, and now into the larger community to further open our cultural conversation about end of life. Her current work is primarily as an end-of-life nurse, coach, and educator. She serves as faculty for the Integrative Nurse Coach Academy, the Conscious Dying Collective, and the Art of Dying Institute’s integrative thanatology certificate program; and presents a wide variety of workshops on the transformative possibilities of end-of-life care. Additionally, Jan is the author of Re-Imagining the End-of-Life: Self-Development & Reflective Practices for Nurse Coaches, and one of the co-authors of Bold Spirit Caring for the Dying.

Laura King Otazo

Laura King Otazo

Laura King Otazo serves as Program Coordinator of the Art of Dying Thanatology Certificate Program, where she acts as the administrator of the program and the primary communicator between teachers, faculty, students and the public. Laura is a graduate of the program and can attest to its transformative potential. She is also an actor and teaching artist based in New York.

Please feel free to reach out to her with inquiries about the certificate program or the Institute as a whole at Laura@artofdying.org

Tom Valente

Tom Valente

Tom Valente provides oversight, guidance, and program development for the Art of Dying Institute. For over 30 years Tom has been at the forefront of transformative and holistic education. From his role in the development of the Omega Institute to his role as President of the Global Academy Foundation, Tom has distinguished himself as one of the premier creators of innovative educational programs. He has developed programs for many national and international educational institutions including, Imperial College London, Smithsonian Institute, Beijing University, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Foreign Ministry of Panama, Mayo Clinic, Michigan State University, Albert Einstein Medical Center and AARP.

Ralph White

Ralph White

Ralph White is the co-creator of the New York Open Center and his vision guided its direction and programs for decades. He also co-founded the Art of Dying conferences in 1995 that have since evolved into the Art of Dying Institute where he provides guidance on areas of focus and development. A writer, speaker and organizer, he is president of the New Center for Holistic Learning NY and the author of The Jeweled Highway: On the Quest for a Life of Meaning.