Functional Directors



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.



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.



Ruben Jose Uriarte graduated from Cal State University at Hayward/East Bay with a B.A. degree in Psychology and Latin American Studies, and has taken M.A. courses in Public Administration. Ruben is additionally a member of MUFON as a Field Investigator and State Director for Northern California. Ruben has been involved with a large network of research organizations. He had served as a California State Coordinator for Crop Circle Phenomena Research International. He was a former research director for Beyond Boundaries, a company specializing in taking tour groups to various UFO “hotspots” around the world. Ruben currently serves as a board member for OPUS (Organization for Paranormal and Support Understanding at Ruben has been interviewed on many local and national radio shows and television documentaries on the subject of the UFO Phenomenon, such as the Discovery Channel’s “UFOs Over Earth,” The Learning Channel’s “Monster Hunters,” and the History Channel’s “UFO Files,” “UFO Hunters,” “Ancient Aliens,” the Travel Channel’s ” How UFOs Crashed My Vacation” and the Discovery Science Channel’s “Unexplained Files.” Ruben has authored a number of books, co-written with Texas UFO researcher Noe Torres about major UFO crashes that have occurred along the border of the Southwestern United States and Mexico and other historical cases. His books include, Mexico’s Roswell (1st & 2nd Edition), The Other Roswell, Aliens in the Forest and The Coyame Incident and Falling Angel. Ruben worked as a contributor/translator with Noe Torres on their recent book project, UFOs Over Mexico – Encounters With Unidentified Aerial Phenomena with authors Carlos Guzman and Alfonzo Salazar. See the web site at



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.



Kathleen Marden is a prominent UFO abduction researcher, author and lecturer with 23 years experience in the field. She is MUFON’s Director of Abduction Research. For ten years Kathy volunteered as MUFON’s Director of Field Investigator Training. In 2012, she was the recipient of MUFON’s “Researcher of the Year” award. She earned a B.A. degree in social work, with honors, from the University of New Hampshire in 1971, and participated in graduate studies in education while working as a teacher and education services coordinator. She is also a certified hypnotist with advanced training in regression and PTSD. Her interest in UFOs dates back to September 20, 1961, when her aunt, Betty Hill phoned her nearby home to report that she and Barney had encountered a flying saucer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A primary witness to the evidence of the UFO encounter and the aftermath, Kathleen has intimate knowledge of the Hill’s biographical histories, personalities, and the previously unpublished historical files pertaining to their sensational story. She is the author of three books, Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience, Science was Wrong, with nuclear physicist/scientific ufologist Stanton T. Friedman, and The Alien Abduction Files, with Denise Stoner. Her chapter “UFO Abductions: Fact or Fiction” appears in UFOs and Aliens: Is There Anybody Out There?. Her articles have been published in the MUFON UFO Journal, Open Minds magazine and on several websites. Kathy has appeared in television and radio programs in the US, Canada and the UK, and has lectured throughout the United States. She is recognized as the world’s leading expert on the Betty and Barney Hill abduction.