The TBV Investigations Team

In November of 2017, The Black Vault launched TBV Investigations.   Led by John Greenewald, Jr., The Black Vault’s creator, TBV Investigations is a culmination of researchers and investigators from around the globe – to tackle the case files submitted to The Black Vault.

Once your case is submitted, you will be contacted by an investigator about your sighting, possibly do a recorded phone interview (if you are comfortable with that),  maybe visit you for a face-to-face interview (if you are comfortable with that) and even conduct a field investigation while collecting samples, if your case requires it. 

Or, it can be completely anonymous, and we will just take what you submitted and use only that to create your case file. 

Report a UFO / Encounter

Below, you will find a current list of our team members, and their locales. Their contact information is available below. We ask that you respect their time as well, and contact sparingly.  Everyone you see listed here are volunteers, and they work on cases when time permits, so it may take a few days to get back to you.  Urgent matters, please call 1-800-456-2228 x4 (or 1-818-655-0474 x4 for International callers). 

 


United States of America

 

Alabama

Phil Burnette

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Chaplain Phil Burnette spent 12 years in the U. S. Air Force. 1985-1997, and served in crypto originally and later in base level logistics. He maintained large warehouses/inventories of aircraft parts and personnel supplies, also taking part in arranging shipments and deliveries and maintaining records. He took part in research, technical manual development and review, inventories, inspections and many other related activities.

He has served and held leadership positions in several types of organizations – the Air Force, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, a volunteer fire department, and as a Board member of several groups such as the Chilton County Rescue Squad, local newspaper board, a national chaplaincy group, the Owasso Foundation (a veterans assistance group) and Head Start (pre-kindergarten development) in his area.

 

 

Arizona

Marie Snow

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Marie Scherbaum Snow from Chino Valley, Arizona. Snow (she prefers Snow vs. Marie) was with MUFON for 6 years, and was part of the STAR Team.

She was awarded the “Investigator of the Year” in 2014.

Although she is no longer involved with MUFON, Snow has decided TBV Investigations is a place she would like to share her experience, and join our team.

Her professional career was that of a paralegal for the San Diego County, California Probation Department working cases on the death penalty, money laundering, asset forfeiture and other cases.

Ingrid Veronica Virgin

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Joining us from Scottsdale / Phoenix, Arizona, area, Ingrid is excited and eager to take part in investigations. Her excitement is fueled by her own experiences, being a witness to the original Phoenix Lights Incident back in 1997.

Her family has also become convinced, there is much more to this phenomenon after see what she has uncovered with her personal research and curiosity. In fact, her husband joined the ranks of being an eyewitness himself when he saw UFOs on three separate occasions, while with Ingrid.

Excited to have you aboard, Ingrid! Personal experiences are something that will fuel any great quest for the truth. 

 

Arkansas

Richard Kidd

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Richard has been a Paranormal Investigator & Researcher for over 30 years. He began in California in the late 80’s, and in 1991, moved to Arkansas to raise his children in a safer place as he continued research and investigations into the Paranormal.

He saw the program here, and wanted to share his expertise and passion for investigating these cases. He brings with him a lot of experience from the Arkansas (and beyond) areas, so I am excited to have him aboard.

 

 

California

Jeremy Enfinger

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Jeremy Enfinger, from Encinitas, California, has a background in Radiation Physics, Jeremy often works alongside the San Diego County Medical Examiner to provide imaging support, as well as lectures and teaches Forensic studies.

Jeremy’s interests focus on other aspects of the Paranormal in addition to UFOs, like ghosts, spirits, demons, etc., but also has a vast interest in the UFO phenomena itself.

The great thing about TBV Investigations, and the systems I have built, is that all aspects of the Paranormal can easily be investigated by those interested in conducting them! The tools are one in the same, and the investigation technique, can be attributed to all.

Although UFOs is the main focus here (for now), and Jeremy has joined us to take part in that, I know we will get reports of other Paranormal experiences, and Jeremy will be a great resource to either consult with, or forward the cases to.

Tiffany Hahn

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Tiffany Hahn joins the team from San Diego, California. 

Tiffany has a fine tuned skill as a investigator, since she is a licensed private investigator in the State of California and has worked various types of investigations for more than 20 years.

She earned her license by completing a 6,000 hour apprenticeship and taking a lengthy exam before it was issued.

This background brings excellent interview skills, she can map out incident site diagrams, and she has mastered a pretty good way of reading people through the course of her investigations.

Jim Kerr

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Jim Kerr joins TBV Investigations from Antelope Valley, California.  A former California Highway Patrolman, Jim runs his successful business, while maintaining an active interest in the UFO phenomenon.  For the CHP, he held the title of “felony investigator” so he brings with him extensive investigative experience. He had his first two sightings in 1973 and has seen and filmed many unidentified objects since that time.  

Jim wants to offer his law enforcement training as an investigator to the team, and I know he will definitely be an asset. 

 

Florida

Air Force Major David Aiken (ret.)

Retired Air Force Major David Aiken currently resides out of Fort Myers, Florida. With more than ten years active duty, one year ready reserves and twelve years in stand-by reserves, Major Aiken brings with him an extensive military and educational background.

Holding a BS in Chemistry, Master’s in Psychiatric Social Work, and credits towards a Doctorate in Public Health, Major Aiken will offer an extensive background to help us on our journey to make this an amazing project. In addition to all that, Major Aiken brings with him more than ten years part-time law enforcement experience as a Military Police officer in the Ohio Military Reserve and a volunteer patrol officer in the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Having experienced three UFO sightings of his own, I am honored to have Major Aiken as part of the team!

Jon Brown 

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joining us from Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Jon Brown. Jon joins us currently as a college student, on his way to becoming a professor.

He is logically-minded, highly resourceful, and eager to jump right in and help us all on our journey here. 

Michael Ganster

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Michael J Ganster, retired Chief of Police from Illinois, has been a personal friend of mine for many years. Michael has known about my idea for TBV Investigations for more than two years, longer than anyone, and although that may not sound like a big deal — it serves as a testament of my trust towards this man. Not only does this guy make me laugh harder than anyone I know — I trust him with my life. To say I am honored to have him as part of this venture, now that it is a reality, is an understatement.

Michael’s law enforcement career began in 1979 with a city police department, then with a county agency, where Mike had held all positions within that department, culminating as Chief of Police for the last 7 years of his working career. Michael enjoys many hobbies, one of which is the investigation of UFO sightings. His UFO investigation career began about 2002 with Illinois MUFON, where he rose to Asst. State Director status. At the time of his retirement from law enforcement in 2009, with Michael following his lovely wife in her career, moved to California where he was a State Section Director for Northern California MUFON under Ruben Uriarte. In 2013 he relocated to Wakulla County Florida where he served as MUFON FI. In 2016 moved to Annapolis Maryland and was the Asst. State Director for Maryland MUFON until his resignation from MUFON in August 2017.

Michael has now made his permanent residence in north Jacksonville Florida. Michael travels with his wife when possible as she splits time between a home office in Jacksonville, and offices near Washington DC and London England. Michael also has been active in the paranormal research area, having co-founded a group in Chicago that enjoyed several years of scientific research.

Michael is a true trusted addition to this team, and we are all very lucky to have him.

 

Kentucky

Julie Swafford

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Julie has a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Kentucky and is currently working on her Master’s in Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.

Her work experience is in the field of public health. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and is a contributing author to the ASPA’s PA Times online publication.

Julie is a lifetime member of the Theta Omega chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha national Political Science honor society.

On a lighter note, she visited the Little “Ale-INN” in Rachel, NV and drove right up to the gate of Area 51.

 

Michigan

Christopher Cole

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Christopher joins us from Muskegon, Michigan.
 
He studied Computer Science at Central Michigan University, and has worked in the banking industry for most of his adult life.
 
He has been extremely interested in the UFO phenomenon for quite some time, and saw our group here and wanted to lend a helping hand. I think he is going to be a fabulous addition to our team…

 

Missouri

Barbara Becker

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Barbara Becker has been involved in UFOlogy since 1972 when she investigated sightings in the Piedmont, Missouri area. In 1978, she investigated cattle mutilations and UFO sightings in Elsberry, Missouri as well as the Winscher car lift case in Arnold, Missouri.

In 1990 she became involved in the investigation of the Ed Walters/Gulf Breeze UFO case controversy. Her analysis garnered definitive proof of the hoax.

She has had articles published in the International UFO Reporter published by CUFOS, the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Evanston, Illinois as well as Orbiter Magazine.
In the late 1980’s she began the UFO Research Network, one of the first BBS (Bulletin Board Systems, now “lists”) on the Internet. Previous associations include MUFON, CUFOS and the UFO Contact Center International where she served as Director for ten years.

She was a member of the UFO Study Group of Greater St. Louis serving as the Assistant Editor of the group publication, The Enigma.

She was a member of the planning committee for the 1985 MUFON Symposium held in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kelly Head

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Currently working as a business information Librarian, Kelly Head, studied Philosophy and Theology as an undergrad and Library and Information Science as a Graduate Student.  He joins us from Kansas City, Missouri.
 
He has worked as an independent UFO Investigator for 8 years, and his interest was sparked by his sister’s Close Encounter of the Second Kind, when lights shined down on her from a boomerang shaped UFO.
 
This convinced him the phenomenon was real, decided to independently investigate, and now has decided to join us here.

 

North Dakota

Michael Ressl

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I want to take a moment and welcome Michael Ressl to the group. Joining us from Fargo, North Dakota, Michael started his trek into the field after reading Dan Sherman’s Above Black, the work of Richard Dolan, Leslie Kean and many others.
 
He has focused his research on different aspects of experiencers, like Karla Turner, Whitley Strieber and Travis Walton, and considers himself well versed in the field. Working professionally as a graphics and web designer, Michael is eager to jump in and help us all out.

 

Ohio

Phyllis Budinger

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Phyllis Budinger was born and raised in northeast Ohio.  She holds two degrees in chemistry: B.S. – Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio (1961); M.S. – Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (1964).

She joined Sohio, the original Standard Oil Company, in 1964.  Through a series of mergers and takeovers the company ultimately became BP/Amoco.  Phyllis retired with the rank of Research Scientist from BP/Amoco in August 1999.

Her 35 years of experience has been in analytical chemistry in the Research and Development Division of the company.  She headed a group specializing in spectroscopy.  Most of her analytical industrial experience has been devoted to some facet of trouble shooting and problem solving for BP businesses.

She has extensive experience in analyses using spectroscopic techniques (Infrared and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance), and has a working knowledge of most other analytical techniques.

A life long interest in the mystery of the UFO phenomenon was the motivation for her to establish a small laboratory dedicated to the study of physical traces related to UFO events.  Frontier Analysis, Ltd. was launched in March 2000.   Since then, the laboratory has examined numerous UFO trace samples from all over the world.

These include samples from abductions, cattle mutilations, crop circles, UFO deposits, and angel hair. Some highly visible cases for which analyses have been provided include soil traces from the Delphos Kansas landing event and the dress Betty Hill worn during her abduction.

The results of these and other analyses have created media interest.  She has been interviewed on national radio talk shows and T.V.  She has appeared in episodes for the History Channel’s “UFO Files” and “UFO Hunter” series and other documentaries.  She was designated “Ufologist of the Year” by MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in 2013.

James Wilder

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James joins us from Springfield, Ohio, and is a former police officer. He has an extensive IT background, as he is a certified MCSE Microsoft Engineer, Ham Radio operator, Raspberi Pi expert, and, oh yeah, has a background in paranormal activity investigation, as well!

I look forward to Jim’s involvement on the team, especially with his extensive IT background, as we move forward to making this team and this project that much better, each and every day.

 

 

Pennsylvania

Freddy Alvisi

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Freddy joins us from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, where he runs his own VIP DJ Entertainment company. He is an out of the box thinker, who has a very hands on approach looking to help all aspects of our team. In addition, he has worked personally with another TBV Investigations team member here, Michael Andrew McLimans, on various investigations before joining us here. I am excited he is eager to bring his experience, and passion, to the team here.

Michael Andrew McLimans

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A proud father of four, Michael comes to us with a built in team of his own, consisting of his own family, along with a research partner, and his family.

Michael’s interest began around 1979, when he heard his mother describe a sighting of a craft that had landed, then took off before her eyes.

After reading every book he could get his hands on, he had to luck of witnessing his own UFOs on multiple occassions, including a black triangle back in 2002, and just this past Summer, witnessed a bright white light fly over his home, shot up in a straight line/vertical angle, and took off into the atmosphere.

It became as dim as a star, then disappeared. 

 

South Carolina

Christopher Connelly

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Let me welcome to the team former Naval Aviation Med Tech and Search and Rescue Tech, Christopher Connelly . Christopher joins us with a military trained career of assessment, diagnostics and treatment in the field.

Joining us from Charleston, South Carolina, Chris is eager to get into the field and begin utilizing his assessment skills to tackle various cases in his area. Thanks for coming aboard, Chris! We are glad to have you!

 

Texas

Michael Glenn

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Michael holds a BA in English from Angelo State by way of the University of Arizona, and an MFA in printmaking from Texas Tech University.

Currently, he is a post-doc in museum sciences at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

He grew up in the midwest, and moved to the southwest in 2000. His interest in ufology began in elementary school when he would read various mysterious phenomenon books, and recently has developed a more realistic, and deeper interest in the subject.

Other of his interests include literature and art, quantum physics, cosmology, and the sciences in general.

One of his favorite quotes is: Keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.

Jack Neal

Joining us from Paris, Texas, Jack Neal has a 43 year career in broadcasting, which began as a newsman and then he moved on to being a station manager and general manager for 5 different TV & Radio Stations.

His work in news, and investigative journalism, will definitely be an asset to the team, along with giving us an edge as TBV Investigations works on it’s PR efforts to reach out, and get serious coverage by the media.

Monica Salazar

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Joining us from Edinburg, Texas, Monica Salazar works as a police communicator for her local University. (Pictured here is Monica with yours truly. We met in Edinburg just weeks ago… and I instantly knew she would be a great asset to the team!)

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design which will aid the team, and her own assigned cases, in spotting the “photoshopped” images from the REAL ones when it comes to UFO sightings.

Her interest in the UFO phenomena began at 10 years old when she saw the “Phoenix lights” on TV. She was fascinated and immediately wondered about the countless possibilities of other worlds in the Cosmos.

Since that time, Monica has had her fair share of sightings but was never lucky enough to catch anything on video or photo.

Now, Monica always carry a camcorder and a digital camera with great zoom in the hopes of capturing a future sighting.

Dylan Santiso

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Dylan Santiso from South Padre Island, Texas, has a background in Escrow management and Marketing. Dylan joins us with a BA in English Literature, and extensive experience with writing, reporting facts, crunching numbers.

Dylan was a cadet at the Marine Military Academy, and his background and profession has created the ability to look at the bigger picture of a situation, not just reading in to what he wants to see regarding one small part. This ability will be a critical part in evaluating cases, and look at the bigger picture of what a case, or cases, may mean.

Thanks for joining the team, Dylan! Welcome!

 

Utah

Erica Lukes

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Erica Lukes’ passion for the subject of Unidentified Flying Objects dates back to her early childhood. After a series of personal UFO sightings in 2013, however, Erica felt compelled to find out what was taking place in her home state of Utah.  She decided to take an active role in the UFO subject and, as a result, joined MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network.   

Such are Erica’s skills in the field of Ufology, she quickly went from being a MUFON Field Investigator to the Utah State Director for MUFON. She soon took on the role of Associate Producer for the MUFON Communications Team. Erica also worked as  a part of the MUFON Experiencer Research Team.

Erica’s efforts led her to being officially recognized at the 2014 and 2015 MUFON Symposium for her work with MUFON HQ. 

Although Erica is no longer involved with MUFON, her efforts have continued, and she has decided to join us here at TBV Investigations.  In fact, she was one of the first very few to help shape what the project was, and she has become since day 1, a very valuable (and trusted) member of the team.

Erica is an artist, as well as an accomplished, recognized, professional singer. She has been the lead-vocalist for many of Utah’s top bands. She also performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics. In addition, Erica has taken part in voice-over productions, and she has worked in the fields of radio and television, too. Erica’s innate ability to put others at ease, combined with a powerful stage presence, has helped her to positively influence those who come into contact with her, or those who tune into her regular broadcasts. 

 

Washington

James Clarkson

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When it comes to bringing together a team of investigators, you need to choose skills, experience and overall likability to ensure that person can get results during an important investigation.

Retired Detective and police Sergeant James Clarkson, out of Olympia, Washington, fits every category perfectly. Sergeant Clarkson’s background includes more than 30 years experience in criminal investigation. He has also spent time as a child abuse detective, and a fraud investigator for a major state agency. One of his greatest assets is that he approaches the UFO topic with not only investigative expertise, but the ability to approach it in a “no nonsense” way that cuts through the chaff, and gets right to the wheat.   

Lucas Eagleton

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Lucas Eagleton joins us from the Seattle/Tacoma area of Washington State. He is a very talented, and very well known, tattoo artist. Although based in the Seattle area, due to his popularity, Lucas travels extensively throughout the United States for his clients.

In addition to this accomplishment, Lucas has a deep interest in Ancient studies, Ufology, Existentialism, Futurism, and the Singularity. He learned about TBV Investigations, and wants to take his background as an artist, and his attention to the finest detail, and apply it to the efforts and investigations here.

 

Wisconsin

Kevin Samuelson

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Joining us from Waukesha, Wisconsin, is Kevin Samuelson.

Since 1988, Kevin has worked in the Geographic Information System (GIS) field. His work primarily entails converting various company’s data piles to digital.

His background is extensive when it comes to working with data, and digging for information, which in the field of UFO research — will become a big asset very quickly as all of the information comes in!  

 

Canada

Nathan Laanstra

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Joining us from Picton, Ontario, Canada, Nathan is an archaeologist by trade, with a background in cartographic studies.

Currently working full time as a private archaeologist, Nathan’s expertise includes being a trained investigator, who also knows his way around historic documents. This background, coupled with his methodical and accurate approach to his work, will make him a valuable asset to our team.

 

France

Paul Wright

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At the age of 7 (back in the 80’s) Paul Wright remembers witnessing at the time what ‘appeared’ to be a large meteor in the sky passing overhead. He vividly recalls hearing the sound of crackling and seeing blue and orange gas or light trails behind it.

Since then, Paul and his family (wife and twins) moved to France from the UK in 2014 to embrace the wide open countryside, slower pace of life and get back to nature!

He has previously worked in the games, CAD and visualization industry as a 2D / 3D artist. He now works as a PC technician and volunteers at the local mediatheque.

Pauls interests include producing his own electronic music and a keen interest in wildlife preservation.

He enjoys working as part of team, learning from others and taking on challenges.

 

New Zealand

Peter Cooper 

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Peter joins us from Christchurch, New Zealand. He has a lifelong interest in all things Sci Fi and the Paranormal, and during his working adult life, has worked in many industries as a truck driver, car salesman, auto parts dismantler, a pizza store manager and up until 6 years ago a scaffolder. He even owned his own commercial cleaning business at 18.

Peter brings with him an extensive background on New Zealand Military History.

 

United Kingdom

Jo Gill

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Let me welcome to the team police officer and detective, Jo Gill, joining us from Lambourn, Berkshire, England.

Detective Gill has been in the police force since 2002 and has served as a detective since 2011.

As part of her job, she has undergone extensive training in interviewing, law and investigation, all tools which will be a very big benefit to our group, not only with her investigations she chooses to take part in, but the guidance she can share with others here at TBV Investigations.

Philip Mantle

Currently residing in West Yorkshire, England, Philip is the former Director of Investigations for the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA). BUFORA Press Officer and conference organizer.

He is a well respected author, publisher and the recipient of the Yorkshire UFO Society Investigator of the year. I feel Philip will be a wonderful addition to this team — thank you, Philip, for seeing the value of this very new venture, and I know with your help, we will do many great things together with you as part of this team!

 

Heidi Neil

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 Heidi Niel is based in the South East of England and in recent years developed a passionate interest in the broad field of the anomalous. Her eclectic background includes working for a major health care provider, involved in buying, budget management, developing contacts and following up in the field.

Heidi brings her exceptional PR/communication skills and enthusiasm to the field of ufology, and related areas. She enjoys keeping up to date with latest developments, actively promoting events, people and cutting edge developments within the paranormal genre.

Projects that Heidi has been involved in include : The Public Space Initiative (moon viewing project) The World Em-Drive team, UFO Truth magazine team and The ET Newsroom Alongside close connections with KGRA and various radio networks and media outlets globally.

 

 

South Africa

Erika Southey

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I want to take this opportunity to welcome, all the way from Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, freelance Journalist, Erika Southey. Erika is a certified Freelance Journalist, who has talked to many with strange, and unexplained, experiences. She has also written on a wide array of topics – from fitness to cricket, to climate change, volcanoes, earthquakes, to feline fun and creative writing. If it tickles her interest, she wants to know more about it.

This curious and inquiring mind, coupled with the fact that Erika has had her own personal experiences as well, will make her a valuable part of the TBV Investigations team.

 

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