OPUS Board Members

Les Velez

Chairman of the Board, Co-founder

Vice President of Luscombe Engineering, a Silicon-Valley manufacturer’s representative company. Previously served as Assistant State Director for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, in Northern California and as an Abduction Specialist, MUFON International. Previously served as an officer in the United States Army Field Artillery Branch. Graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.


Jason Wolf

Board Member, CTO

MIT - Physics, Academy of Art - Multimedia Visual Effects & Design, Stanford D.School, Author, Experiencer, Designer, Engineer and Strategists - Jason is an award winning design leader who creates meaningful and effective products and experiences for clients on a global scale. Experience includes companies such as Industrial Light & Magic, Macromedia, CKS Partners, MARCHFirst, Apple, Pixar, IDEO, SAP Labs, Microsoft, Infosys and Vianai (AI Startup)

June Steiner C.H.T.

Board Member & Former President

PhD. in Altered States Work with Physical and Emotional Pain - C.H.T. Clinical Hypnotherapist - MA in Transpersonal Psychology - Psychotherapist in private practice for 35 years, specializing in helping experiencers recall, process, integrate and accept their Anomalous events - Family Crisis Mediator - Vice-President of ACCET - Fellow in the National Center for Crisis Management - Consultant to MUFON - 30 years experience in fields of paranormal, anomalous, shamanic, and mystery school.Educator, Lecturer, and workshop leader in fields of paranormal, hypnosis, conflict resolution, stress reduction, visualization and intention, communication skills, shamanism, and relationships.


Geraldine Orozco

Board Member

Certified Hypnotherapist, C.H.T, — Neuro Linguistic Practitioner N.L.P, Pranic Energy Practitioner — Quantum Energy Practitioner Meditation Master M.T — Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapist, M.B.S.R. Qigong Master — Shamanic Energy medicine Founder & CEO of San Francisco based - Bay Area Meditation which offers Intl. virtual corporate meditation programs. Founder & CEO - Hirehealing.com  —Virtual holistic and intuitive wellness nexus and social directory Founder HybridMother.com – Intl. Research and Support Group for experiencers, Hybrid parents and ID Phenomena.


Geraldine provides insight as to how DNA is the currency of the past, present and future and how consciousness plays an important role. A life changing contact experience in 2013 resulted in the activation of psychic abilities. In 2017 she underwent several hypnotic regressions with vetted therapists. Regressions uncovered a life-long history of abduction and participation in human hybridization, with 24 hybrid children as the result. She is now dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge of hybridization programs and research of the commonly held dogma of the human genetic timeline, historical record and human structure.


She is a Radio host, Artist, Intl Speaker and Youtuber you can Schedule a one on one session for Hypnotherapy at Geraldineorozco.com

Geraldine's story is now part of a 16 time winning documentary called ”Extraordinary The Seeding” - Focused on the Human ET Hybridization Program

Michael J. Buchele M.D.

Board Member

Michael J. Buchele, MD, majored in microbiology and minored in chemistry and physics in college, became an MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, became Boarded in Internal Medicine, and later Boarded in Emergency Medicine, the latter in which he worked until 2009, and now he works as a Hospitalist in Internal Medicine.  He has an interest in Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the HMF (Health Medicine Forum) in Walnut Creek, CA.  He has an interest in parapsychology, is a member of ISSSEEM and IONS, and is on the Board of Directors of ISC (The Institute for the Study of Consciousness) and on the Board of Directors of OPUS (Organization for Paranormal Understanding and Support).  However, he tries to balance his Fox Mulder “Believer” side on these “X-Files” topics, with his Dana Scully “Skeptic” side, by also being a member of the Bay Area Skeptics, and the Society of American Magicians (not to be a performer, but to learn how the illusions are performed).  He worked with Arthur Young at the Institute for the Study of Consciousness in Berkeley, until Young’s death in 1995. Arthur Young was the inventor of the Bell Helicopter, and the author of “The Reflexive Universe” and “The Geometry of Meaning,” which outlined his Theory of (Evolutionary) Process.

Mark Commerford

Board Member

Mark Commerford is one of the original board members for OPUS, drafting its articles of incorporation, bylaws, and obtaining its tax exempt status.  He has been an attorney since 1974 and recently retired from his position as a civilian attorney for the Air Force.  He has been studying about UFOs and the paranormal since 1958.  He has had two consciously recalled UFO related experiences.  He has also studied the reverse speech phenomenon and become adept at documenting and interpreting it with regard to public figures and experiencers.

Ruben Uriarte

Board Member, VP Treasurer

He is MUFON’s Northern California State Director and Deputy Director for International Investigations/Activities. Ruben has been interviewed on many local and national radio shows and television documentaries on the subject of the UFO Phenomenon. He has been co-authoring a series of books with Noe Torres about major UFO crash incidents that have occurred along the Southwestern United States  border with Mexico.

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Russell W. Scalpone

Board Member

Russell W. Scalpone, Ph.D. is a Consulting Psychologist, an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University, and until recently, an adjunct graduate faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School. He has held positions within three Fortune 500 companies, and most recently, served as Corporate Director for one of the largest not-for-profit health care delivery systems in the U.S. His work over the past 40 years has entailed survey research, consulting, and training to optimize individual and organizational performance, and has taught creativity & Innovation at Northwestern for 16 years. He holds a B.A. degree from The University of Southern California, an M.A. from California State University, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, all degrees in Psychology. He currently serves as Managing Director of his own firm, The Scalpone Group, LLC. His website is www.ideasforinnovators.com. Russ’ research interests include studying the organizational capabilities that make a firm successful at innovation, as well as the factors affecting human creativity and consciousness expansion. Most recently, he served as a board member for the Edgar Mitchell Foundation For Research Into Extraterrestrial and Extraordinary Encounters (FREE), and assisted in analyzing and interpreting data from a global survey of 3200 experiencers, that is, individuals who reported contact with nonhuman intelligence. This work resulted in a journal article A Study on Reported Contact with Non-Human Intelligence Associated with Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, co-authored with Rey Hernandez, Bob Davis, and Rudy Schild, that was published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Garret Moore

Board Member

Garret Moore - has had a long informal interest and study in the general and new sciences, and the study of non-ordinary and anomalous experience. As a science illustrator, astronomical artist, and a Mufon field investigator, he also applies his visual abilities helping to understand UFO/ Alien issues. As an experiencer, he is familiar with effects and impacts of contact and sightings as well as the implications of any gleaned knowledge for our society and technology. Garret is also focused on the deeper implications in the understanding of our universe and human experience. Lifelong studies of cultural and spiritual practice, technology, sciences, astronomical and anthropological subjects and how awareness and human consciousness are evolving are central to his interests. Garret is also focused on education and facilitating visual communication on this knowledge and the many subjects whenever possible.


With Garret’s hands-on in visual development for leading science and technical institutions such as NASA, for Mars Mission Helmet concept HUD Designs, and test bed visualization for Orbital Crop Growth and Life Support Systems, SETI projects for major planetariums and other science entities demonstrates a competence of experience with formal space sciences and exploratory thought.


Gwen Farrell

Board Member & Experiencer Support Team

Gwen is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Regression Therapist specializing in Experiencer Therapy, past UFO field investigator, consultant and CE-5 researcher who has worked with alien abductees/contactee groups online and at conferences for over 13 years. She works with the OPUS Experiencer Support Team and is author of numerous articles and two books in the field of human-ET contact. Her book, Forbidden Questions: A Guide to Human-ET Contact, is available on amazon.com.

Advisory Board Members


Linda Moulton Howe

Advisory Board

Investigative reporter and editor Earthfiles.com. History Channels "Ancient Aliens". iHeart Premiere Radio Network Coast to Coast AM KGRA's Phenomenon Radio. Advisory Board member of OPUS.


Laurie McDonald

Advisory Board

Laurie McDonald, is a graduate of the Alchemical Hypnotherapy Institute of Sacramento and was a member of the teaching staff at the Alchemical Hypnotherapy Institute of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Effective Speaking and Human Relations courses, is a member of the Sacramento Institute of Noetic Sciences and is on the mental health referral list for organizations such as Passages of Malibu addiction center, MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and the past president of OPUS (Organization for Paranormal Understanding and Support). Her passion has been teaching life skills for self actualization and in conjunction with her hypnotherapy practice conducts personal empowerment workshops. Laurie is A.C.H.E. accredited and has been a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist since 1995.


Yvonne Smith

Advisory Board

Certified Hypnotherapist, author and lecturer, Yvonne has helped many victims of post tramatic stress work through their anxiety.  She notes that many subjects, during their regressive hypnotherapy sessions, describe alien abduction trauma.  Lecturing at universities and at many American and international UFO conferences.  An Advisory Board member of OPUS.


Melinda Leslie

Advisory Board

Melinda Leslie is an investigator in the field of Ufology with 30 years of experience. For over 9 years she has been the Owner of UFO Sighting Tours in Sedona, Arizona. Melinda is a UFO abductee and has been public with her own extraterrestrial and covert-ops human abduction experiences for 28 years and is considered by many to be the authority on a military and intelligence agency involvement in UFO abduction cases (a.k.a. MILABS). Both her research and personal experiences have been featured in 25 books by prominent authors in these fields. Melinda is on the OPUS Advisory Board as a consulting expert in UFO sightings, both paranormal and ET experiences, and the covert human agency involvement in abduction cases (MILABS).

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Terry Lovelace

Advisory Board

Lawyer, retired former State's Attorney for Vermont, author of "Incident at Devils Den" and Advisory Board member of OPUS

Experiencer Support Team


Marcie Klevens

Experiencer Support Team

Marcie Klevens, MA, LMHC is a mental health counselor in Washington State who specializes in working with paranormal experiencers, as well as, people going through spiritual awakening. Marcie is trained in both hypnotherapy and Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which are both outstanding tools to help people recover memory and process and move through trauma. Marcie has done extensive research into the contact and other paranormal phenomena over the last twenty-five years, as she grappled with a lifetime of paranormal experiences. Being a life-long experiencer has enabled her to see first-hand the transformative nature of these and other non-ordinary experiences.


Gwen Farrell

Experiencer Support Team & Board Member

Gwen is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Regression Therapist specializing in Experiencer Therapy, past UFO field investigator, consultant and CE-5 researcher who has worked with alien abductees/contactee groups online and at conferences for over 13 years. She works with the OPUS Experiencer Support Team and is author of numerous articles and two books in the field of human-ET contact. Her book, Forbidden Questions: A Guide to Human-ET Contact, is available on amazon.com.


Daniel Hall

Experiencer Support Team

Dan is a retired college educator, He has an interest in UFOs, cryptids and ghosts and teaches community ed classes in each. He also co-hosts a podcast on the paranormal

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John Budrys

Experiencer Support Team

I have degrees in psychology (BA) and international business (MSA). I worked as a therapist, a contract technical negotiator, a multiple facilities manager, and finally a manufacturing consultant, each for a number of years. Concurrently, I've had a lifelong interest in all manner of metaphysical topics, including UFOs, since Jr High. I have been speaking with experiencers for about 6 years, and find this volunteer work very rewarding. The experiencer appreciates finally being able to speak with someone open-minded and more knowledgeable than most. I benefit by learning a bit more in each call about this fascinating topic, which makes me more helpful in future calls. I wrote a few articles for the ERT column of the MUFON monthly Journal, and most recently was interviewed in an Unsolved Mysteries podcast, #59, about an Indiana abduction, which may be of interest. In my free time I enjoy woodworking, high end audio, and spending time with my grandkids.