Functional Directors

KEN ST. JOHN

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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.

DOUG WILSON

MUFON DIRECTOR OF INVESTIGATIONS

Douglas Wilson first became interested in UFOs in 1968 when, at the age of 10, he was required to bring newspaper articles to school for “current events.” The articles he presented kept his fellow students apprised of the workings of the University of Colorado UFO Project, better known as the Condon Committee. At the close of the study, Douglas begged his mother to take him to buy a copy of “The Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects,” the official findings of the Colorado Study. Although only 11, Douglas realized that the “scientific study” was far different from the study’s conclusion. Later, as a teenager in 1977, Douglas had his first UFO sighting while riding with a Missouri State Highway Patrol Officer when the two observed a 30-foot, red, glowing disc at less than a quarter-mile distance. Later that year, during a UFO flap in Northwestern Missouri, he observed the falls of “Angel Hair.” These two events started Douglas on, what has become a 42-year fascination with UFOs. ​ From 1996 to 2006, Douglas took frequent trips to the Nevada desert to investigate and study the area around Rachel Nevada and the northeastern approaches to AREA 51. After 30 years of privately investigating UFOs and AREA 51, Douglas joined MUFON in 2007. After two years as a Field Investigator he was promoted to the position of Colorado Chief Investigator in 2009, followed by his appointment to Colorado State Director in 2011. After eight years of helping to grow the Colorado Chapter into a stable, thriving success, Douglas was selected to be the MUFON Chief Investigator in 2019. And became Director of Investigations in 2021

GWEN FARRELL

DIRECTOR OF EXPERIENCER RESOURCE TEAM

Gwen Farrell is a Certified Hypnotherapist specializing in Experiencer Therapy who assists abductees and contactees with their ET contact experiences. She is also a past MUFON Field Investigator and consultant, and CE-5 and consciousness researcher. She leads experiencer groups at conferences and currently facilitates an on-line support group for experiencers from around the world. She is also the author of numerous journal articles in the UFO/ET field and two books. She is a member of The Academy of Clinical Close Encounter Therapists (ACCET), The Organization for Paranormal Understanding and Support (OPUS), The Journal of Abduction Research (JAR), and The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where she serves as Director of the Experiencer Resource Team.

DEBBIE ZIEGELMEYER

DIRECTOR OF UNDERWATER RESEARCH AND RECOVERY

Debbie Ziegelmeyer of Imperial, Missouri, joined MUFON in 2000 and became a Field Investigator shorty after. She is currently a Star Team Investigator, the State Director of Missouri MUFON, a member of the MUFON Business Board of Directors, a MUFON archivist, conference speaker, Roswell 1947 incident investigator for ​over 20 years, and has made appearances on TV documentaries as an expert witness and archaeologist volunteer. Debbie is also a PADI Scuba Dive Instructor with teaching credentials in Deep Diver, Underwater Search and Recovery, Underwater Navigation, Boat Diving, Night diving, Wreck Diving, Enriched Air, Altitude Diving, Drift Diving, Underwater Photography, and Divers With Special Needs. Debbie’s full time occupation is small business owner. She is co-owner with husband Wayne and son Wayne Jr. of Arco Fire and Water Restoration Inc., Largo Properties LLC, Custom RV and Boat Storage LLC, and “World of Water Foundation”, a 501c3 dedicated to giving disabled veterans and children with special needs, the chance to experience scuba diving and other water related sports.

Debbie established the MUFON Dive Team in 2004 which is a team of expert divers and an underwater rapid response task force. These divers are MUFON Star Team Investigators trained to investigate unidentified submersed objects (USO) in relationship to a UFO sighting. They hold a minimum of an Advanced Diver Certification Card, have Advanced Underwater Navigation and Underwater Search and Recovery Certifications and own their own scuba dive equipment. The MUFON Dive Team is equipped to deploy and investigate a water mass of 130 feet deep or less in search of a USO/UFO or unidentified trace evidence related to a UFO sighting.

ROBERT SPEARING

DIRECTOR OF INVESTIGATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL

Bob Spearing graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Communications with Journalism and Film Production as major concentrations. Bob recently retired from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey after 34 years. His many duties included being an FRA licensed Rail Traffic Controller and Locomotive Engineer. While in management he was a Safety Investigator, Contract Administrator, prepared multi-million-dollar budgets, managed public relations and curated historical railroad exhibitions at a major regional transportation hub. Bob joined MUFON in 2014 as a Field Investigator and has previously been National Director of both Spain and India and led MUFON’s Special Assignment Team. Bob has long been involved with our various special projects including MARRS and the Pine Bush, N.Y. UFO Museum. He has had numerous articles published in various UFO related magazines around the world including two MUFON Journal cover stories and he has appeared in several television series as a photo analyst. A life long UFO enthusiast after reading Frank Edwards’ “Flying Saucers, Serious Business” as a child in the 1960s, he has only had two Ball of Light (BOL) sightings to speak of but has concentrated his area of expertise around that particular phenomenon as a result. Bob lives in eastern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains with his wife and twin boys.