Past UFO Festival Speakers

2016 Speakers:

Dr. Lynne Kitei

As the leading authority of the Phoenix Lights case and an eyewitness to the event, Dr. Lynne Kitei M.D. is an internationally acclaimed physician and health educator who set aside her successful medical career to pursue both a book and documentary about the sighting.

Dr. Lynne combined her artistic and academic talents during her medical residency to reach out to the community. She was called the “woman pioneer” of medical communications in TV Guide after creating and producing innovative TV News health reports for NBC in Philadelphia. Dr. Lynne has dedicated more than 40 years to global public awareness, wellness and health education.

She was the Chief Clinical Consultant of the Imaging-Prevention-Wellness Center at the world-renowned Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, until coming forward, after seven years of anonymity, as a key witness to the Phoenix Lights.

In addition to the hundreds of radio and TV appearances sharing the historic Arizona mass sighting, she continues to tour worldwide, introducing screenings of the award-winning Phoenix Lights Documentary, as well as presentations for her book, The Phoenix Lights: A Skeptic’s Discovery That We Are Not Alone.


Peter Davenport

Peter Davenport has been director of the National UFO Reporting Center since 1994. Davenport reports UFO sighting cases regularly on the Jeff Rense Radio Show and presents lectures on specific UFO cases, most notably the Phoenix Lights sighting. In addition to being the director of the National UFO Reporting Center, Davenport has served as the director of investigations for the Washington Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network.

Davenport has been witness to several anomalous events, possibly UFO related, including a dramatic sighting over Baja California in February 1990, and several nighttime sightings over Washington State during 1992.

Davenport received his undergraduate education at Stanford University in California, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both Russian and biology, as well as a translator’s certificate in Russian translation. His graduate education was completed at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned an M.S. degree in the genetics and biochemistry of fish from the College of Fisheries, as well as an M.B.A. degree in finance and international business from the Graduate School of Business.

Davenport has worked as a college instructor, a commercial fisherman, a Russian translator in the Soviet Union, a fisheries observer aboard Soviet fishing vessels, a flight instructor, and a businessman. Davenport was the founding president of a Seattle-based biotechnology company, which currently employs over 300 scientists and technicians. In 1986, Davenport was a candidate for the Washington State Legislature, and in 1992, he was a candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives.


James E. Clarkson

James Clarkson has been a career professional investigator – He is a former police officer who worked as a patrol sergeant, a detective sergeant, fatal accident team supervisor and training officer. After 20 years’ service, he became a child abuse detective and he worked 10 years as a fraud investigator for a state agency. Parallel to working on criminal investigations, James has had a lifelong curiosity about UFOs. In the last 30 years he has investigated over 700 UFO Reports for the Mutual UFO Network.

In 1986 he joined the Mutual UFO Network. Applying the same passion for solving crimes to the world of High Strangeness, James Clarkson serves as the Washington State Director of MUFON and on the MUFON Special Assignments Team. He has lectured at many UFO events across the country from Roswell, NM to McMinnville, OR and in 2010 in Paris as well as appearances on radio and TV. He is the author of TELL MY STORY- June Crain, the Air Force & UFOs as well as the Westport UFO Crash Retrieval Event.


Jonathan Dover


Jonathan Dover is a veteran law enforcement officer. He has worked as part of the City of Winslow, Arizona Police Department, The National Park Service, Navajo Historic Preservation Department and the Navajo Nation Rangers. He retired from active duty as a Lieutenant in 2011 after 31 years as a law enforcement officer.

Jonathan Dover was trained in criminal investigations and was an Archaeological Resource Crimes Investigator. He was also trained as an EMT, in SWAT operations, hazardous materials, search and rescue, and was an instructor in police firearms training and High Angle Technical Rescue.

During his work on Navajo Nation lands, he along with Stanley Milford Jr. were assigned over a period of 10 years to officially investigate and document significant cases involving Bigfoot, the Paranormal, Navajo Witchcraft and UFOs.


Stanley Milford Jr.

Stanley Milford Jr. currently serves as a Ranger Sergeant with the Navajo Nation Rangers headquartered in Window Rock, Arizona. He grew up in rural Oklahoma and spent some of that time on the Navajo Reservation, and graduated from an Indian Junior College. He later attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Milford graduated from the United States Indian Police Academy (IPA) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and has worked as a sworn law enforcement Ranger for 18 years.

Milford serves as a department firearm instructor and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team Leader. His primary responsibility is managing the Special Projects Unit (SPU). It was within this section that he worked alongside Jonathan Dover, a retired Ranger Lieutenant and featured speaker, for ten plus years. This section’s primary role is managing cases and projects that are deemed critical, sensitive or high-profile in nature, ranging from priority investigations, dignitary protection and high-risk detail to emergency operations.

One of the other responsibilities of this section is the investigation of those cases that don’t necessarily fit within the everyday parameters of law enforcement or the use of common Criminal Investigation techniques and procedures; the “paranormal” cases involving UFOs, aliens, bigfoot, witchcraft, skinwalkers and ghosts. Today Milford continues to oversee this unique section. While these may constitute less than 1% of the overall cases that are investigated by the SPU, it’s guaranteed that most of these cases will not be easily forgotten.


Clyde Lewis

Clyde Lewis is unsurpassed in his ability to attract listeners to his Ground Zero radio show on KXL . Clyde is a powerful voice in the field of paranormal news and par apolitical commentary. Clyde comes from a news and acting background which he uses to entertain and captivate audiences with his audio magic.

Clyde has appeared on a Showtime special with magicians Penn & Teller and appeared in The Discovery Channel special Return to the Bermuda Triangle.Clyde has been published in both UFO Magazine and Unknown Magazine and featured in Rolling Stone magazine. He has also been the model for characters in such books as Safe House by Andrew Vachss, Supernatural Law by Batton Lash, and Alien Invasion by Michael Tresca.

Currently, Clyde is working with lawyer and P.I. Galen Cook on the investigation of the latest suspect in the D.B. Cooper case, Wolfgang Gossett, a one-time associate of Clyde’s and a new suspect in the mysterious case.


Frances Barwood

Councilwoman Barwood simply asked a basic question about what was happening in the sky over her city and all hell broke loose. The events of March 13, 1997 were brought back to life and the “Phoenix Lights” became a part of extraterrestrial-related phenomena history. She paid a substantial career price for simply doing her job, doing what was right. It was only common sense, but in the context of the 60-year truth embargo, to PRG it was courage.


Sue Watson

On March 13th, 1997, the 21-year-old daughter of school administrator Sue Watson noticed lights seemingly coming straight over the 2,704-foot Camelback Mountain. From the front yard she screamed to her mother, “Come quick. You won’t believe this!” Sue Watson joined her two daughters and two sons in front of their Phoenix home one mile south of Camelback Mountain.

“We came right out in the front yard and we saw this huge aircraft coming over, it probably covered half the mountain,” she recalls.
They saw seven bright, whitish lights approaching their home.
“We could see the outline of the craft. We couldn’t see stars through it. It was boomerang shaped, and going slowly and soundlessly.”
Watson estimated the craft to be 10 of her fists in size, its underside lit up in an amber hue. Giddiness from this sudden excitement prompted the entire Watson family to reflexively wave at the object as it went overhead, “disappearing really fast to the south.”

This was not military flares or balloons; in fact, the massive object she describes as a “floating city” passed silently over their home. Sue Watson and her daughter Monica described seeing five lights in the shape of a boomerang flying slowly. Both women said they could not see any sky between the lights, suggesting the lights were part of an immense solid object. They also reported seeing a flash of light like a laser beam coming out of the craft just before it took off into the distance.

Air National Guard spokesmen later suggested the witnesses may have seen military flares that were dropped that night, while some proposed that observers were confused by aircraft flying in formation.

“I Know What I Saw” gets its title from the poignant comment by Sue Watson, who points out that there is no way to hide the reality of a silent, unidentified black object that floated over her head.


Here are just a few of our UFO Festival speakers from previous years:

Budd Hopkins – world-renowned author and pioneer UFO abduction researcher

Dr. Bruce Maccabee – U. S. Navy Research Physicist and author of The UFO/FBI Connection: The Secret History of the Government’s Cover-Up

George Noory – host of nationally syndicated radio program, “Coast to Coast AM”

David Marler – author of Triangular UFOs: An Estimate of the Situation

Kewaunee Lapseritis – authority on the Bigfoot / Sasquatch phenomenon

Grant Cameron – Charlie Red Star witness and UFO researcher

Peter Davenport – director of the National UFO Reporting Center since 1994

Stanton T. Friedman – Nuclear physicist, UFO researcher and lecturer

Peter Robbins – best-selling author and noted UFO researcher

Dr. Roger Leir – alien implant removal specialist

Peter Davenport – director of the National UFO Reporting Center

Dr. Jesse Marcel, Jr. – the only individual acknowledged by the U.S. government to have handled Roswell wreckage

Dr. David M. Jacobs – noted alien abduction expert and professor at Temple University

Terry Halstead – director of the Trent Case Documentary

Richard Dolan – author of UFOs and the National Security State

Robert Nichol – award-winning director, producer and filmmaker of Star Dreams

Linda Moulton Howe – reporter/editor for and investigative reporter for “Coast to Coast AM with George Noory”

Kathleen Marden – UFO researcher and co-author with Stanton Friedman of Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction (2007)

James Clarkson – well-known UFO investigator

Colin Andrews – U.K. crop circle expert

Travis Walton – UFO witness and abductee on whom the book and Hollywood film Fire in the Sky were based

Robert Salas – UFO sightings at nuclear weapons facilities

Stan Gordon – the nexus between UFO and Bigfoot sightings as well as the 1965 Kecksburg, Pa., crash

Paola Leopizzi Harris – the 12 Protocols of Exopolitics (i.e., rules for intergalactic policies) as well as the 1945 San Antonio UFO crash

Donald R. Schmitt — former co-director of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies and Roswell crash site archaeologist

Yvonne R. Smith — UFO abduction researcher specializing in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder

Tom Reed — part of a well-documented multigenerational alien abduction case that dates back to 1954

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