2012 Roswell UFO Festival Speakers

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Freddy Silva
Freddy Silva is one of the world’s leading researchers of crop circles, ancient systems of knowledge and the interaction between temples and consciousness. He is best-selling author of ‘Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles’. His new book is Common Wealth Origin of Sacred Sites and the Rebirth of Ancient Wisdom. He has also directed three documentaries.

He lectures internationally, with keynote appearances at the International Science and Consciousness Conference, the International Society For The Study Of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine, and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, in addition to appearances on Discovery Channel, BBC, and radio shows such as Coast To Coast. Described by the CEO of Universal Light Expo as “perhaps the best metaphysical speaker in the world right now.”

Stanton Friedman
Nuclear Physicist-Lecturer Stanton T. Friedman received his BSc. and MSc. Degrees in physics from the University of Chicago in 1955 and 1956. He was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist by such companies as GE,GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics and McDonnell-Douglas working in such highly advanced, classified, eventually cancelled programs as nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and various compact nuclear power-plants for space and terrestrial applications. He became interested in UFOs in 1958, and since 1967 has lectured about them at more than 600 colleges and 100 professional groups in 50 U.S. states, 9 Canadian provinces and 16 other countries in addition to various nuclear consulting efforts. He has published more than 90 UFO papers and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs including on Larry King in 2007 and twice in 2008, and many documentaries. He is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident and co-authored “Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident”. TOP SECRET/MAJIC his controversial book about the Majestic 12 group, established in 1947 to deal with alien technology, was published in 1996 and went through 6 printings. An expanded new edition was published in 2005. Stan was presented with a Lifetime UFO Achievement Award in Leeds, England, in 2002, by UFO Magazine of the UK. He is co-author with Kathleen Marden (Betty Hill’s Niece) of a book in 2007: “Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience”. The City of Fredericton, New Brunswick declared August 27, 2007, Stanton Friedman Day. His book “Flying Saucers and Science” was published in June 2008 and is in its 4th printing. His book “Science Was Wrong” with Kathleen Marden was published in June 2010. He has provided written testimony to Congressional Hearings, appeared twice at the UN, and been a pioneer in many aspects of ufology including Roswell, Majestic 12, The Betty Hill-Marjorie Fish star map work, analysis of the Delphos, Kansas, physical trace case, crashed saucers, flying saucer technology, and challenges to the S.E.T.I. (Silly Effort To Investigate) cultists. He has spoken at more MUFON Symposia than anyone else. Friedman is a dual citizen of the USA and Canada.

Kathleen Marden

Scientific UFOlogist Kathleen Marden earned her B.A. in Social Work at the University of New Hampshire in 1971. She then entered into graduate studies in Education at the University of Cincinnati and later at U.N.H. She began her professional career as a social worker and eventually entered the field of education as a teacher. She was promoted to a supervisory position coordinating education programs and supervising education staff. In 1990, she left her job to pursue a career as a UFO investigator, researcher and writer. She taught adult education classes on UFO and abduction history and for 10 years volunteered as the Mutual UFO Network’s Director of Field Investigator Training. In 2003, MUFON publicly recognized her for her outstanding contribution of advancing the scientific study of the UFO phenomenon by dedicating the annual MUFON International UFO Proceedings to her. She is a historian and UFO abduction researcher with a unique approach to the specialty where tangible evidence is often elusive. As the niece of Betty and Barney Hill, Marden had the opportunity to observe and learn from many of the great late abduction researchers in action. As such, she takes to task the pseudo-skeptics who fail to do their research but who disseminate false and misleading information with regard to several of the high profile substantial evidence abduction cases. She is currently a full time writer and lecturer. Several of her articles have been published in UFO magazines. She has also written papers on the use and the misuse of hypnosis in abduction investigations, the ethical use of hypnosis in abduction investigations, the comparative analysis of the Betty and Barney Hills’ statements made under hypnotic regression versus Betty Hill’s dream account of abduction. Also written is a critical analysis of the Harvard false memory study of self reported UFO experiencers and “The Conundrum of Alien Abduction”. Her 2007 book “Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience” with co-author Stanton Friedman is a case study of her aunt and uncle 1961 UFO close encounter and abductions. She also co-authored with Friedman “Science Was Wrong.” Marden has appeared on television and radio programs in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including the History and Discovery Channels, NH Chronicle, Fox News and Coast to Coast AM. She has lectured at major conferences and colleges throughout the United States.

Yvonne R. Smith

Hypnotherapist/abduction researcher Yvonne Smith began researching the UFO phenomenon in the late 1980s.  After 2 years of studies and 1000 hours of internship at the California Hypnosis Motivation Institute, the only accredited Hypnosis College in the United States; she received her hypnotherapy certification in 1990.  Specializing in cases of posttraumatic stress disorder, she uses her hypnotherapy skills to assist such victims to work through their anxiety, with many of her subjects referred to her by physicians and psychiatrists who believe Smith's expertise can benefit their patients.  In fact, many such patients are themselves doctors, university professors, engineers, lawyers, domestic and foreign pilots and other professionals. Because Smith [who is internationally known in UFO circles as simply “hypnotherapist Yvonne”] observed that many of the PTSD cases being referred to her involved subjects describing similar patterns of UFO abduction encounters, she founded Close Encounters Resource Organization [CERO] as a support group for such individuals in 1992.  She is also on the board of the Organization for Paranormal Understanding and Support (OPUS) which furthers support for such subjects. In addition to being a hypnotherapist "in demand", since 1991 Yvonne has traveled extensively, presenting lectures in the United States at M.I.T. and several other universities, at many American "UFO" conferences.   The International UFO Museum & Research Center at Roswell, NM annually invites Smith to present multiple lectures, be a panel member and be moderator of their investigator panel at Roswell’s internationally known UFO Festival. She has lectured and conducted many standing-room-only experiencer sessions at the International UFO Congress in Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.A. and has also lectured for several years at international conferences from South America to Europe. Comfortable in front of cameras, Smith's 25-30 television appearances have included programs such as The History, Discovery, and Biography channels, The Montel Williams Show, Intruders,  MSNBC, Encounters, Sightings, Joan Rivers, Rosanne Barr and The Leeza Show. She was interviewed on Germany T.V. and Italian television for broadcast to Italy and other European countries. Telemundo T.V. selected Smith to participate in a project with Jaime Maussan and Dr. Roger Leir. Having her living room turned into a television "studio" for many hours has been a common occurrence, and she is frequently a consultant to producers, directors and actors for movies and television programs in the works. In 2009, the Biography Channel featured Smith’s regressive hypnotherapy on “Alien Intent” which was co-produced and narrated by prize winning author Whitley Strieber and also featured well-known surgeon Dr.Roger Leir. She is the author of CHOSEN:  Recollections of UFO Abductions Through Hypnotherapy which exposes, with dramatic regressive hypnotherapy transcripts, the hidden memory trauma reality suffered by abductees.


Tom Carey

UFO Researcher/Investigator Thomas J. Carey, was born and raised Philadelphia. He attended public schools where he was competitive in three sports. He attended Temple University on an athletic scholarship and graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. After a stint in the Air Force where he possessed a TOP Secret/Crypto clearance, Carey became interested in anthropology and human evolution which he pursued at California State University, Sacramento. He received a Masters Degree in Anthropology. He then received a fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Toronto. Carey became interested in UFO’s while in high school and rekindled that interest when he became the MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) State Section Director for Southeastern Pennsylvania (1986-2002). In that capacity, Carey investigated local UFO sightings in the Delaware Valley which encompasses the five-county area surrounding Philadelphia. Since 1991, his research has focused solely on the so-called “Roswell Incident” and the alleged retrieval/cover-up by the U.S. government of an alien spaceship and crew that crashed near the town of Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. In this research, he has worked closely with Roswell investigators Kevin Randle (until 1996) and Don Schmitt (since 1998). He was a Special Investigator for CUFOS (the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies) from 1992-1997 and served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2001. Carey’s research has contributed to a number of books and articles on the Roswell Incident such as The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell (1994) by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt and will ultimately yield additional books and articles on the subject. He has also appeared as a guest on many radio and television shows concerning the Roswell Incident as well as appearing in numerous Roswell Incident documentaries. He has lectured all over the country regarding the subject. His photo appears in the Hall of Fame for the International UFO Museum for his work on the Roswell Incident. With Schmitt, he was the investigative consultant for the highly acclaimed and top-rated 2002 Sci Fi Channel documentary The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence. He has appeared on Larry King Live, CN8 Weekend Live, Fox News Channel, History Channel, Sci Fi Investigates, Travel Channel, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and the Jeff Rense show.

Diana Perla Chapa

UFO Researcher Diana Perla Chapa is considered a serious female Mexican researcher of the UFO phenomena. After having an experience at age 9 years, she got interested in the investigation of the phenomena, doing it professionally and not for profit for over 30 years. She is the Founder, the Director for 18 years of OVNI CLUB NUEVO LEON (Mexico), when a series of sightings called the attention of the media, media where she was a leader of opinion through her own TV show “Women” broadcasted by air and cable throughout Mexico. She has become the Mexican pioneer woman of massive public diffusion of the phenomena in TV, Printed Press and Radio, even when threatened with losing her job as TV host and producer in national Mexican television. Mrs. Diana Perla Chapa is a hard field researcher and videos, photographs and film analyst with the available professional equipment at her reach. She is also a frequent guest at national and international television to talk about the UFO phenomena, recently for The History Channel. Guest speaker and presenter at both national and international congresses and conventions, her motto is “Because we know, not because we believe.”


Researcher/author Kevin Randle has, for more than forty years, studied the UFO phenomena in all its various incarnations. Training by the Army as a helicopter pilot, intelligence officer and military policeman as well Air Force training as both an intelligence officer and a public affairs officer provide Randle with a keen insight into the operations and protocols of the military, their investigations into UFOs and into a phenomenon that has puzzled people for more than a century. Randle’s educational background is as diverse as his military experience. As an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, he studied anthropology. Graduate work included journalism, psychology and military science at the University of Iowa, California Coast University and the American Military University. He has both a master and doctoral degree in psychology and a second master degree in the Art of Military Science. During his investigations, Randle has traveled the United States to interview hundreds of witnesses who were involved in everything from the Roswell, New Mexico crash of 1947, to the repeated radar sightings of UFOs over Washington, D.C. in 1952, to the latest of the abduction cases. Randle was among the first writers to review the declassified Project Blue Book files. He was among the first to report on animal mutilations and among the first to report on alien abductions. Randle also was the first to report the alien home invasions and among the first to suggest humans working with the aliens. He has written extensively on UFOs beginning in 1973 with articles in various national magazines. He has published many books about UFOs starting with “The UFO Casebook in 1989 and continuing to Roswell Revisited in 2007. His recent book is “Crash: When UFOs Fall from the Sky.” Randle was away from his UFO studies when recalled to active duty with the Army that included a tour in Iraq from 2003-2004. He retired from the Army and the Iowa National Guard as a lieutenant colonel in 2009.


Robert Salas is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, class of 1964. He served seven years on active duty before separating from the Air Force in 1971. While on active duty, he worked as a Weapons Controller, flew target drones, commanded inter-continental ballistic missiles as a launch officer and worked as an Air Force missile propulsion engineer on the Titan III program. In 1969, he earned a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. From 1971-73, he worked as a safety and reliability engineer for Martin-Marietta Aerospace and Rockwell International on Space Shuttle design proposals. From 1974 until his retirement in 1995, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an aircraft structures certification engineer. In 1998, he earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Washington. From 1998-2005, he worked as a high school mathematics teacher. He currently teaches science at a private school and tutors students in mathematics. In 2005, he published the book Faded Giant with co-author James Klotz which details his UFO incident while stationed at Malmstrom AFB, Montana in 1967. Salas has been publicly speaking about his incident at UFO conferences, radio and television for over sixteen years. On September 27, 2010, he co-sponsored a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC where he and six other ex-military witnesses testified to the reality of the UFO incidents at U.S. nuclear weapons bases.

Donald Schmitt

UFO Researcher/Investigator Donald R. Schmitt is the former co-director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago where he served as Director of Special Investigations for 10 years.  Prior to that time, he was a special investigator for the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek and the art director for the International UFO Reporter. Schmitt graduated from MATC with a degree in Commercial Art and graduated cum laude from Concordia University with a degree in Liberal Arts. He is currently taking graduate courses in Criminal Justice. He is author of numerous articles about UFOs as well as the co-author of two best-selling books UFO Crash at Roswell, The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell, Witness To Roswell, unmasking the 60 year cover up and Roswell, The Chronological Pictorial. He has appeared on Oprah, CBS 48 Hours, Larry King Live, CNN News just to name a few. Schmitt has led and organized the three only archeological dig projects at the actual Roswell crash/debris field conducted in 1989, 2002 and 2006. The second effort became the central theme of the highest rated show up to that time in the history of the Sci Fi Channel The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence. He is an internationally known lecturer including Battelle Institute. His interview list includes Oprah, Peter Jennings, CBS 48 Hours, Paul Harvey, Larry King Live, Montel Williams, Mancow Muller, Kevin Mathews, Art Bell, George Noory, Shirley McClaine Show, Fox Good Day LA, NPR, Mutual Broadcasting Network, CNN Investigates, Sci Fi Investigates, Disney Channel, The Travel Channel, BBC, Learning Channel, Today Show, NBC, ABC News, CNN News, OMNI Magazine and many more. He was an on-set consultant at Paramount Studios on one episode of the TV series Roswell. The basis of his research and consultation has been the theme of many documentaries including UFO Secrete: The Roswell Crash and two-time British Academy Award winner producer John Purdies’s The Roswell Incident. Schmitt feels that by far his greatest achievement was the Golden Globe Best Picture nominated motion picture Roswell, that was based on the first book.

Derrel Sims

UFO Investigator/researcher Derrel W. Sims had his first encounter with an alien presence more than forty years ago. As he grew older, he experienced a malignant contact with these alien beings that would alter his life forever. At a young age, he made the decision that he would no longer willingly be victim to their bizarre quests. With the abduction of his young son, he was determined to change his role in life from being the “hunted” to the “hunter”. Every path he took would equip him mentally, physically and intellectually to become a warrior for his cause and to assume the role he was born to play. Sims has spent the past three decades researching the world of alien beings. His area of focus has dealt primarily with medical and scientific evidence of human/alien contact. To that end, he has spent years studying and training in a broad range of areas that would provide him with a full array of skills necessary for his search to find evidences of these entities. From his accomplishments and certifications in hypnotherapy, to his education in Graphoanalysis (handwriting analysis), he has pursued extensive training to assist in his efforts to aid abductees in reclaiming memories of their experiences. In addition to learning the methods for memory retrieval, Sims has acquired considerable training in police, military, intell and investigative work. These assets are critical to aid in the search, rescue and discovery of alien evidence. Being the first to collect and share the concept of alien implants, Sims has been sought by those in the UFO communities, as well as those within the medical and scientific communities, to share his breakthrough methods at worldwide conferences. In addition to this global recognition, he has been acknowledged for his contributions via a series of awards and commendations. His acclaim is further recognized through the many requests he receives annually to appear on a variety of radio and television shows, where he shares his knowledge with thousands across the globe. Derrel Sims is the Alien Hunter.


Travis Walton is the subject of the Paramount Studios movie, Fire in the Sky, based on his book of the same name. On November 5, 1975 he was a 22 year-old member of a seven-man logging crew cutting trees in the forested mountain region of Arizona. On the way home from work, the crew encountered a strange glowing object, resulting in an incident that has become recognized as the best documented case of alien abduction ever recorded. Walton recklessly left the safety of their truck to take a closer look. Suddenly as he walked toward the light, he was blasted back by a bolt of mysterious energy. When his companions fled in fear and reported their UFO encounter, they were suspected of murder and give polygraph exams. They all passed. After a five day massive manhunt searching for Walton – or his body – he suddenly reappeared, disoriented and initially unable to tell the whole story of his terrifying encounter. In Fire in the Sky, Walton relates in his own words the best documented account of alien abduction yet recorded, the story of his harrowing ordeal at the hands of silent captors, his return to a disbelieving world, interrogators, press, debunkers and his efforts to try to make a truly significant contribution to the world's understanding of this phenomenal after all. He speaks to audiences and media around the world to share what it has been like living through the ordeal of the experience and its aftermath. He presents the evidence for the incident and takes wide-ranging questions from the audience, which usually results in bringing out new perspectives and bits of information previously overlooked.