The Global Association of Applied Neuro Synergy (GAANS) is an organisation formed to enable various “human technologies” to be shared and, more importantly, applied into the lives of its members and their associates. An emphasis on total-actualisation exists as the ultimate outcome generated by GAANS members. Towards that end, we have formed an Academic Advisory Board to make recommendations that ensure the highest quality materials and delivery of materials integrated into any GAANS curriculum or developmental pathways.

The peer review provided is based on the assumption that quality is best served by standards created and applied by professionals to advance the quality of our association. In all evaluation processes, judgment, reason, and the documentation of evidence contribute to effective peer review.

The common heritage of GAANS with various social-cognitive-behavioral psychologies growing out of the Human Potential Movement suggests an amount of rigor and attention to detail that goes above and beyond just training individual skills. This advisory board exists to provide overarching guidance to the association as a whole and academic-level support to those GAANS members who pursue publication of training materials or original research.


Academic Advisory Board members are responsible for a combination of activities that might be considered “editorial” or peer review as well as the larger scope of guiding the development of GAANS as a whole. As part of that, advisory board members must reveal any conflicts of interest or bias that may impair their impartiality and then recuse themselves as appropriate.

Academic advisory board members are expected to provide written, sensory-based feedback in a timely manner on the quality of presentation, scholarly merits, and applicability of the submitted works in the appropriate contexts. Quality of presentation will be based in part on clarity, conciseness, and relevance to the proposed audience.

Feedback on scholarly merit will be provided with documented bases for the reviewer’s opinion, including any existing sources that contradict the submitted work, should be cited as source material, or are otherwise relevant.

Works submitted to the Academic Advisory Board for review must include a statement of intended audience that is as specific as possible. Broad labels such as “academic audiences” or “corporate clients” are useful for initial categorization but typically do not provide enough information to enable useful feedback. Additionally, if submitting

potential training manuals for review, include a timeline and an outline for expected delivery. E.g. “This training manual is aimed at a 3-day training for middle management within a financial services company with each section of the manual being presented in a half-day.”


Bob Bodenhamer, DMin
Bob Bodenhamer, DMin
Dr. Bodenhamer’s under-graduate degree (BA) is from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (1972). His major at Appalachian State University was
Philosophy and Religion with a minor in Psychology. He received the Master of Divinity (1976) and the Doctor of Ministry Degree (1978) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. The Master of Divinity Degree included training in Pastoral Care with both classroom and clinical work. Dr. Bodenhamer received one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education from Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, N. C. while working on his doctorate. His marriage to Linda now spans 51 glorious years.
His NLP Practitioner’s Certification comes from L.E.A.D.’s Consultants in Reynoldsburg, OH, Dr. Gene Rooney, Trainer. Dr. Bodenhamer’s NLP Master Certification and Master Time Line TherapyTM Practitioner Certification came from Tad James, Ph.D. of Advanced Neuro-Dynamics of Honolulu, HI. Additional training has been received from NLP conferences. He is a certified Hypnotherapist from the American Board of Hypnotherapy. Dr. Bodenhamer has approximately 1500 hours of formal NLP training. He taught NLP for 10 years in the Corporate/Community Education program at Gaston College. Dr. Bodenhamer received his certification as a Trainer of NLP from Tad James, Ph.D., Advance Neuro Dynamics, Honolulu, Hawaii and Wyatt Woodsmall, Ph.D. of Advanced Behavioral Modeling, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Bob worked as an International Master NLP Trainer, he offered both certified training for Practitioners and Master Practitioners of NLP. He has a private part-time NLP Therapy practice. Dr. Bodenhamer has served four Southern Baptist churches plus a mission church as pastor. His time in the pastorate spans 44 years. All his pastorates have been in North Carolina. Dr. Bodenhamer has retired from serving as a pastor of the mission church. In addition he has retired from his NLP work with the exception of doing some part time therapy. He is not accepting new clients. After 25 years of doing NLP therapy, Bob has built up a large number of people whom he has helped. He does his best to work with any former client with whom he has worked with. In addition, Bob is serving as the volunteer Counselor/Therapist at the rather large church where he and his wife now go, Anthony Grove Baptist Church.
He has co-authored 10 books and is the sole author of his 11th book I have a voice: How to stop stuttering. His books are listed below:
1. Figuring Out People: Design Engineering With Meta-Programs
2. Time Lining: Advance Time-Line Principles
3. Patterns For Renewing The Mind: Christian Communicating & Counseling Using NLP
4. Mind-Lines: Conversational Reframing
5. The Structure of Excellence: Unmasking The Meta-Levels of Submodalities
6. The User’s Manual for the Brain: The Complete Manual for Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner Certification, Volume I
7. The User’s Manual for the Brain: The Complete Manual for Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner Certification, Volume II
8. The Structure of Personality: Modeling “Personality” Using NLP and Neuro-Semantics with Richard Bolstad and Margot Hamblett
9. Frame Games for Mastering Fear
10. He co-authored the book Hypnotic Language Its Structure and Use with John Burton, Ed.D.
11. And, he authored the recently released book I have a voice, How to stop stuttering.
Wayne Buckhanan, PhD
Wayne Buckhanan, PhD
Dr. Wayne Buckhanan’s background is wide, varied, and allows him a unique perspective on technology, education, and human development.
His academic background covers computer science, math, physics, and electrical engineering degrees while his work and life experience also covers various human oriented technologies and teaching/learning methodologies such as Neuro-Semantics, NLP, ChangeWorks®, and 4MAT instructional design. His teaching, tutoring, and training has spanned age ranges and disciplines with his life’s work centering on enthusiastic adults and young professionals. His two decades of entrepreneurial experiences enhance his trainings and consulting for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Beyond the extensive credentials, Wayne brings an interesting mix of polar opposites. His love of theory and strategy then translates into a passion for creating actionable and practical plans. His esoteric knowledge of the internals of computing technology meshes with his passion for people and leads to human oriented technology solutions that generate desired behaviors.

As a highly curious, yet social, geek, his interests span from adult developmental modeling and “accelerated” learning to blacksmithing and human neurology and physiology. He and his wife live in Napa Valley with their two children, five rabbits, two cats, and a fish. He works with international clients and partners developing technology and training solutions for the problems of today and tomorrow.

Geoff Aitken, PhD
Geoff Aitken, PhD
Management, Chief Instructor, Curriculum Development, Training Staff, Marketing, Business Development, Leadership.
B.Sc. Hons I, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Canterbury University, NZ
Ph.D. Clinical Biochemistry, University of Otago, NZ
Doctoral Thesis: Molecular Biology of Ovine Natriuretic Peptides.
Worked as Research Scientist 6 years.
Completed Neurosemantics Trainer Certification.
Martial Arts: 6th Degree Black Belt – Freestyle Martial Arts System
3rd Degree Black Belt – Will/Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Trainer, Referee and Judge Muay Thai
Former member of Mensa – not currently a financial member.

Co-owner and Chief Instructor of Academy of Combat Mixed Martial Arts
Winner of Action International’s “out of the Blocks” Award, 2005
Completed “Billionaire in Training” Boot Camp 2004
Studies Into The Molecular Biology Of Natriuretic Peptides, 1996
Numerous research papers in the field of Molecual Biology
No B.S. Streetfighting & Self Defense Guide, 2010
No B.S. Street Weapons Guide, 2011
Muay Thai Training Course, 2011
Member of Canterbuy Society of Magicians. Currently Vice President


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