Board of Directors

DAVID (DAVE) MACDONALD

David started his entrepreneurial career at about the age of 8 shining shoes in the bars and streets of his home town. At about the age of 10 or 11 he read Project Blue Book” and many other early “Flying Saucer books”.

His adult career started in a laboratory, working on the development team that produced such products as Behold Furniture Polish, Windex and Endust. However, being an entrepreneur by nature he went on to establish and run a number of businesses among which was The MacDonald Defense Company, which became the largest independent security firm in the region. Additionally he owned a manufacturing firm which produced an array of wireless microphones, listening devices and other clandestine gizmos. He owned a book store and a photo studio specializing in model portfolios and underwater photography.

David served eight years as a County Peace Officer in Kentucky. In 1991 Dave founded Flamingo Air and it developed into a full time Air Carrier operation. He and his wife Sharon McGee have further developed Flamingo Air Academy which is now global in scope and Cincinnati’s premier Flight and Airline Dispatch school. Dave resides with his wife, Sharon, at their home in Northern Kentucky.

JOHN SCHUESSLER

John is currently an aerospace consultant. In May 1998, after 36 years of service to the U.S. Human Space Flight program, he retired from his position of Director of General Services for the Boeing Company in Houston, Texas. Earlier positions held were Director of Engineering and Project Manager for Space Shuttle Flight Operations for McDonnell Douglas in Houston. He was Program Manager for the Design and Construction of the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and in 1997, he received the NASA Public Service Medal for his leadership on that project.

John earned a Master of Science degree in Studies of the Future: Technology Forecasting, from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, Texas. He is a founding member of the Mutual UFO Network, Administrator for the MUFON Medical Committee and a member of the UFO Research Coalition Board of Directors. He has authored more than 100 technical papers, articles, and book chapters. He is the author of two books: UFO-Related Human Physiological Effects and The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident.

John served on the IEEE Aerospace Policy Committee in Washington, D.C. since 1992. He is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a member of the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE), the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). John currently resides in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife and their family.

DEBBIE ZIEGELMEYER

Imperial Missouri MUFON Ranks and Positions: MUFON Board of Directors, Missouri MUFON State Director, MUFON Star Team Investigator, MUFON Benefactor, Founder: MUFON Dive Team Debbie is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, First Responder, Underwater UFO/USO Search and Recovery Instructor, PADI Master Scuba Instructor and PADI Rescue Diver Instructor. She also holds PADI Scuba Instructor Specialties in Deep Diver, Underwater Navigation, Boat Diving, Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Underwater Search and Recovery, Underwater Photography, Enriched Air, Altitude Diving, Drift Diving, and Instructor for Divers with Special Needs.

Debbie’s other interests have been as a volunteer archeologist on two of NBC’s projects, “Roswell Crash Starling New Evidence”, who published her personal “dig diaries” experiences in a book entitled “Roswell Dig Diaries”, and also on the episode of UFO Hunters entitled “Roswell Revisited”. She has been an dependent Investigator for over 15 years, spent over 10 years partnered with her brother Chuck Zukowski re-investigating the Roswell New Mexico incident of 1947, worked with Ted Phillips’s group for 2 years investigating and researching Marley woods, and has been a MUFON Field Investigator for over 10 years investigating over 1000 UFO sighting reports. Debbie has been an amateur astronomer since childhood and has made several personal appearances over the past 10 years as a public speaker on the UFO topic. In the summer months she conducts Scuba diving and water safely seminars for children’s groups and teaches children scuba camps.

Debbie owns Missouri Scuba, LLC and, along with her firefighter son-in-law Roger Meyer, teaches Scuba Diving to St. Louis City and surrounding county firefighters. Debbie and her husband Wayne are co-owners of Arco Fire and Water Restoration, Inc., Largo Properties, LLC which is commercial rental, and Custom RV & Boat Storage, LLC. They are also the founders of “World of Water Foundation” which is dedicated to giving veterans and children with special needs the chance to experience scuba diving and other water related sports.

ROBERT (ROB) SWIATEK

Robert has had a curiosity about space, aeronautics and UFOs all his life. From launching rockets as a boy to working as an intern at NASA during college, Robert has only continued to increase his knowledge of conventional space vehicles as well as unconventional UFOs. His degrees in physics and earth science paved the way for a career at the US Patent Office where he is a Physics Examiner in Aerospace Technology.

Robert has lectured at conferences throughout the US and contributed writing to numerous UFO projects and titles, especially for the Fund for UFO Research (FUFOR). Robert is frequently seen turning up on the Discovery or History channels in various productions. His aggressive debating style on programs such as Larry King Live has won him accolades from many in the field. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer of both FUFOR (since 1986) and the UFO Research Coalition (URC) since 1997. Robert has been on the Board of MUFON since 2004. Rob currently resides in Virginia with his wife, Susan.

THOMAS (TOM) WHITMORE

Thomas has been actively involved in the UFO field since 1990 and has served on the MUFON business board since 1994. He is a retired financial analyst and assists the business board with strategic planning, administrative and long term issues. Tom takes a particular interest in the relationship between the UFOs and the national security state. He is currently undertaking a research project on the history of the MJ-12 affair.

THERESA (TERI) LYNGE-KEHL

Theresa comes to us from FL where she serves as Florida State Director. She has over 35 years in business management in the Medical/Dental fields. She holds a Radiographer degree, has Professional Privileges, and acts as a TV and radio host. Serving as Director of Membership she uses her varied skill sets and passion to help organize new chapters & expand MUFON’s member base as well as assisting MUFON to grow in public awareness, understanding and visibility.

RICHARD (RICK) BECKWITH

 Richard has been with MUFON for nearly 15 years and presently serves as the State Director for Wyoming. He has been a practicing attorney for more than 26 years and possesses a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology. He wrote for Law Review and published his first novel in 2016. He presently serves as the City Attorney for the City of Rock Springs Wyoming.

Prior to obtaining his law degree, Richard worked as a research assistant and microbiologist in numerous research laboratories. He has conducted research in molecular genetics, molecular virology, atmospheric and soil microbiology, and participated in a study of the effects of anti-cancer drugs called “anthracyclines” on cardiac tissue for the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Richard has been involved in UFO research since the late ’70s. He met renowned abduction researcher, Dr. Leo Sprinkle, in 1980 when, as a young broadcast journalist, he wrote and produced a week-long investigative news special on UFOs. He would eventually become involved in the formation of the Institute for Human-Cosmic Interaction with Dr. Sprinkle, and others, including some who had been involved in parapsychological studies conducted at the Stanford Research Institute which led to the inception of the CIA’s remote viewing program. He served as legal counsel to Dr. Steven Greer’s Orion Project and was directly involved in the Orion Project’s efforts to obtain the Stan Meyer technology, all as detailed in Dr. Greer’s documentary film “Sirius”. Richard has also provided legal counsel to the MUFON Board of Directors.

KENNETH (KEN) ST. JOHN

 Ken St. John is currently MUFON’s COO. He retired from a Fortune 500 company where he served in human resources as global training and development manager. His team was responsible for instructional design, development, and delivery of technology, sales, management, and personal development training to over 17,000 employees in 56 countries. Ken is a certified trainer for Wilson Learning specializing in effective communication courses and distance learning methodologies.

Ken is a member of the MUFON’s Strike Team Area Research group (STAR) and Special Assignment Team (SAT) as well as a State Section Director and a Board Member for Colorado and MUFON International. He previously served as MUFON’s Director of Training and Chief Information Officer for IT. As Director of Training Ken developed and launched MUFON University which serves as MUFON’s current online learning management system. As CIO he designed the MUFON Anomalous Research and Reporting System (MARRS) and architected dedicated servers to handle both systems.

Ken holds a B.S.E.E degree in electronics engineering, and degrees in mathematics and physics. He has studied marketing at the London campus of Western Business School. His technical background includes design engineering of analog and digital products with a specialty in RF/wireless, software engineering, and website design. He holds an Extra class amateur radio license as well as a First Class commercial broadcasting license. He has designed commercial broadcast equipment and communications equipment for several major manufacturing companies and broadcast radio & TV stations.

Ken is a commercial pilot and flight instructor with over 45-years of flight experience and has given over three thousand hours of instruction to both civilian and military pilots. Ken and his wife owned and operated a flight training school which provided instruction and advanced rating training in airplanes and helicopters. He has been a certified instructor for the FAA at their Florida flight service district office providing classroom training to FAA personnel and flight safety teams. His 45-year interest in ufology stems primarily from sightings of unconventional flying objects observed while operating as a pilot.

SAUNDRA (SANDY) KLEVEN

Sandy is considered to be a lifelong student. She attended college and earned four Associate of Arts degrees in Administration of Justice, General Studies, Sociology, and Psychology. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with minor equivalencies in Sociology and Social Welfare. She eventually earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Sandy worked with people who had both physical and mental disabilities at a community college and state university for many years. She learned sign language so that she could better serve the needs of those who were hearing impaired. She volunteered to work with many non-profit organizations such as Special Olympics, California and National Wheelchair Games. She was certified to be an official for competition at the wheelchair games. Her career path went in a different direction when she became employed as a counselor for the California Youth Authority, now called the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Time elapsed and she became a Parole Agent. She especially loved working with those individuals who were identified as having special education needs and her passion was working with violent offenders.

Sandy has had an interest in UFO’s for a significant period of time. She has been attending MUFON functions for over 20 years. She believes that collecting data, researching, scientifically studying this phenomenon, and educating the public about UFO’s can be a positive contribution to humanity.