Our Speakers

This is the list of different speakers that will be at the show! Along with their pictures are some biographies to let you get to know them before the conference.

Bio coming soon...

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Ken Gerhard

Ken Gerhard is a widely recognized cryptozoologist, author, and lecturer who frequently appears on television.

 

Ken has traveled the world searching for evidence of mysterious creatures including Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, Mothman, and The Beast of Gevaudan.

 

In addition, he’s written six books on the subject of unknown animals. His research has been featured on numerous TV shows including – Missing in Alaska, Monster Quest, Ancient Aliens, America Unearthed, The UnXplained and Legend Hunters.

 

Ken has appeared on major networks including History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, Syfy, and National Geographic.

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Robert Kryder

Currently living in New Mexico, USA, Robert Kryder has spent most of his life in the Southwest regions of the country as an adventurer/ explorer specializing in research and recovery projects of various forms including ancient treasures & mines, above and below ground megalithic sites, gems & minerals, dinosaurs & forensic evidence of cryptids. Robert also specializes in various technologies like subsurface imaging with his services being utilized by private, academic, and law enforcement agencies. This includes scanning the largest murder gravesite in the country for the APD in Alb, NM in 2013 and using his scanning and expertise in 2008 to push forth and work with the USFS and Department of Agriculture to create the first-ever "Treasure Trove Recovery" permits. His ability, methods, and approach have made him a valued resource for Universities and academics working on the fringe sciences. Eventually cooperating on Bigfoot research studies at the request of Oxford University London, the Museum of Zoology Luzzane Switzerland, and the University of New Mexico Gallup, NM where he presented the results of a year-long Bigfoot field study conducted for the University to the faculty and public. Robert is also a designer and builder of custom equipment specially suited for tactical ops and paranormal research. Since childhood, Robert Kryder has had a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world, all living creatures, and its hidden wonders. And since birth, a circumstantial relationship with the supernatural. At a very young age, he was already frustrated with seeing evidence of creatures and histories that he expected to learn about as he grew older, not being taught in schools and even being scoffed at by academics as the years progressed. Feeling that his "want and need" to know had been pushed aside and so many wonders yet to be realized were being stolen from him, he began an early quest to find these truths for himself. And to attempt to battle this effort to hide these wonders and truths from all of us by laying what he finds on the table for all to see. His gained expertise has resulted both in his great value and respect by the scientific community and as well made him a direct threat to the establishment who serve to color what people see of that science. His ongoing yearning to know and having the feeling that things have been and were being hidden from us, only made his powers of observation and association more astute and his mind more aware. This being so, details often overlooked by others became his personal clues to a larger reality, bread crumbs on a trail to truths of great importance and unfathomable significance. All this did not come without consequences however with Kryder having witnessed UFO's+ since 11 mo. old, had his back broken by a ghost at 14yrs old, was almost killed in a stone deathtrap at 30 yrs old, nuked by a chrome ball in the sky at age 32, and injured by a rock thrown by a young Bigfoot during the UNM study at 49. As well as numerous gunfights with unknowns on digs at night, playing black bag tag, and having a dig site raided by government agencies in National Guard Helicopters. Kryder gained immense experience in the extreme deserts and mountains of the southwest with his early 100mi per week on foot average. Which over the years, yielded in finds of great historical and legendary importance. Such as discovering Coronado's legendary lost winter home and mines in Az in 1988 along with the secret yet actual* route they took east to the white mountains. Lost mines that referred to in Apache legend as the Golden Tear Drops... In 2004 he discovered the lost city of Hopi Legend called Kuskurza, or "3 Steps", according to their prophecy. In 2005 the lost mines of Taos, 2007 Spanish mines and treasure trove(s) south of Santa Fe NM, and in 2010 the infamously lost gold mines of Montezuma, The Don Peralta, Gonzales, and possibly King Solomon. Robert became fluent in a coded script used throughout the world and after decades of research discovered a geometric template that when used with coded symbols and stone monuments reveals the locations of ancient sites sought after by others, some for thousands of years. Excavation and examination of some of these located sites have yielded finds of international historical importance and point to the entire missing epoch(s) of North American and world history. Over the decades spent in the most remote and rugged terrain offered by the Southwest USA, Robert and his team(s) experienced many "hi-strange" occurrences and encountered Bigfoot subjects many times. In 2010, with the advent of youtube, he again became frustrated with the supposition, rumor, and misconceptions surrounding the reality of the Bigfoot species. He again noted the total disinformation campaign and the people making great steps to keep the public from the truth. So, the decision was made to go public with the first video of a Bigfoot Robert was able to capture in 1995 and to then focus his/ KX efforts toward cracking the lid on the Bigfoot enigma and laying it out on the table for all to see. The years and research efforts have culminated in a time where KX, short for Kryder Exploration, has not only been on the forefront of understanding through fieldwork, and assisting the top of the top regarding the Bigfoot species, but be a primary target for the powers at being and their constant efforts to block, stall and exploit the truth with false interpretations. Not only has the USFS closed entire forests because of KX findings, but even Network News special investigations and a State Senator also attempted to slander Robert's name and go so far as to create a law to prevent KX future studies. By now, It has become hia and KX's fight to reveal the "truths of the species" and to wake-up the "cult of Bigfoot" crowd to the disinformation and counter-disinformation tactics and operatives. Mr. Kryder has been featured on various news broadcasts and radio shows including Art Bell's Midnight in the Desert, Crypto Reality, Night Callers Radio, MN.B.R.T Radio, and others. He has had over a dozen TV show offers to date, but his refusal to play a scripted part and to create docu-drama-type productions has prevented interests in cooperation. KX - Kryder Exploration, founded by Robert Kryder exists as an LLC since 2007 and as a private research Group since 1998. The LLC is a custom Research and Recovery company. Featuring services: Surface Surveys/Mapping, Code Breakdown, Subsurface Imaging 100' Deep 3D, Excavation, Archaeology, Recovery, Tracking, First Response/Investigation, Research/Location. Recoveries Include Biologic physical and trace evidence of Bigfoot, Lost Cities, Ancient Advanced Technology, Treasure, Meteorites, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Gem and Mineral. Robert Kryder/ Kryder Exploration, have various disclosure platforms established: https://www.kryderexploration.com , https://www.youtube.com/user/kryderexploration , https://www.facebook.com/groups/KRYDEREXPLORATION . https://www.facebook.com/groups/KXCRYPTIDRESEARCHGROUP , https://www.patreon.com/kryderexploration , Several books on Bigfoot and other explorations are now in the works by Mr. Kryder, with first releases hopefully in the very near future.

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Janice Carter

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Miranda Young

Miranda Young, creator and star of the hit web series Ghost Biker Explorations, is an experienced paranormal investigator, who has turned her passion for photography, history, URBEX, and motorcycles into a unique and popular show that highlights history, legends, mysteries and the unexplained. Growing up in Robbins, Tennessee, a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and an hour away from the closest metropolitan area, Miranda’s immersion into folklore, ghost stories, and mysteries began at an early age through reading library books and exploring abandoned locations. Her interests were further fostered through long conversations with her 90-year-old grandmother, who would tell her stories about mountain haints and legends from the past. While continuing to research legends and ghost stories, Miranda earned a degree from Middle Tennessee University and began a career in marketing, graphic design and photography, which afforded her an employment position with a prestigious, international photography company. Due to her expertise in photography and graphic design, in 2013, Miranda was approached by a coworker who asked that she examine several photographs purported to show captured paranormal phenomena. The coworker was the founder and lead investigator on a 4 person paranormal investigation team, and he deferred to Miranda’s background and knowledge of photography and photographic elements to determine the legitimacy of these initial photographs. Her professionalism in examining these photographs led to further requests of photo reviews, which then led to an invitation to participate in an investigation with two members from the team. This investigation, conducted at a local restaurant, was a success in that several Class A EVPs were captured, along with intelligent flashlight activity, as well as Miranda being touched by an unseen entity. This initial investigation led to subsequent investigations along with Miranda being formally voted in as a member of the team. Her roles on the team included: investigator, photo analyst, marking specialist, and video/audio evidence producer. While Miranda and the team traveled throughout the country investigating at private residences and at well-know paranormal “hotspots”, Miranda never strayed far from her fascination of exploring abandoned locations, photography, and motorcycle riding, and she would often embark on solo adventures to engage in these endeavors. Telling the stories of the history, the legends, and the ghostly tales of lesser known locations through her photographs, blogs and posts on her social media pages, interest in Miranda and her personal explorations grew. Miranda, in a joke with a friend, mentioned that she should call herself “The Ghost Biker”, to which her friend exclaimed “I’d watch that show!”. Encouraged further by friends, family, and fans, Miranda designed a logo and began creating a plan to film and produce a new and unique show entitled: Ghost Biker Explorations. GBE was designed around the concept of highlighting Miranda, along with her motorcycle, as she travels to various towns to figure out the mysteries within the ghost stories and legends that have been passed down throughout the generations. Since 2018, Ghost Biker Explorations has amassed a large fan base over various social media outlets. GBE is unique among other paranormal web series because it has a scheduled release date and time for each episode during the month of October; a full-scale marketing blitz for these releases, which starts in September, including: teasers, trailers, episode countdowns, and promotional podcasts and media events. While Miranda’s passion for travel, history, motorcycles and the paranormal are emphasized in each episode, the ultimate goal of GBE is to tell the history and stories of small-town locations, that might otherwise be lost among the popularity of other “commercialized” paranormal sites. Miranda’s ability to highlight the history, legends, and possible paranormal activity at these locations has endeared herself to her fans and has allowed her and GBE to emerge as a fresh and unique concept within the paranormal community. Each episode of GBE contains enough history and mystique that it can carry the episode, even if paranormal activity was not evident during the investigation. This has also allowed for a diverse fan base. There’s something for everyone, whether they enjoy the paranormal or are just a history buff. Since the release of season #1 in October of 2018, Miranda’s popularity within the paranormal community and within the biker community has grown, and is continuing to grow, as she has been invited to be a speaker at paranormal conventions around the country, a guest on multiple podcasts and radio shows, as well as a guest investigator at several charity events. In September of 2021, Miranda was invited to the UK to speak at their largest paranormal convention, Festival of the Unexplained. With GBE branded and trademarked merchandise that includes shirts, hats, photographs of the featured locations, as well hand drawn artwork of featured locations, the GBE website showcases Miranda’s varied and unique talents that extends beyond the episodes of the show. Miranda’s popularity within the biker community has also grown rapidly, with Harley Davidson contacting her directly with an invitation to host her Season 2 Release Party and Meet and Greet at the Harley Davidson location in Chattanooga, TN. Since then, she has hosted many Meet & Greets Speaking Events at Harley Davidson Dealerships around the country. She was also approached and asked to wear and endorse motorcycle leathers, armored jackets and luggage for a west coast company. Motorcycle groups from across the country have also contacted Miranda in an attempt to schedule her for guest appearances and to participate in and/or coordinate motorcycle rides and bike nights at historic locations. Currently, you can follow along with Miranda and Ghost Biker Explorations on the Ghost Biker Explorations Facebook page, YouTube channel and the GBE website. Miranda is also active on Instagram (Runaway_Vixen) and on Twitter.

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Steve Ward

Steve Ward has been fascinated by the unexplained for over half a century. There were two events that had a major influence on Steve and set a course for his future path. Growing up in Michigan, the March 1966 UFO flap occurred virtually in his backyard. The best, however, was yet to come. The following November a winged humanoid chased two couples down a lonely country road near Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and the legend of the Mothman was born. In a way, Steve would be chasing the Mothman for the rest of his life. Influenced by John Keel and Jacques Vallee, his views on UFOs became unconventional and moved more toward a paranormal explanation. While in Europe in 1973 he stood at the foot of Stonehenge & on the shores of Loch Ness. In 1974 he explored the Mayan ruins at Tikal in Guatemala and the Aztec ruins at Altun Ha in Belize. In 1976 he attended the MUFON Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and met such major figures as Ray Stanford and DR. J. Allen Hynek. He was also able to interview Gray Barker of Saucerian Publications who was one of the attendees at the symposium. In 1977, he made his first visit to Point Pleasant, after having read "The Mothman Prophecies" by John Keel. In 1980 he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Billfish, a nuclear fast attack submarine. Since 2006 he has been involved in the Mothman Festival, both behind the scenes and as a tour guide in the TNT area where the Mothman was first seen. He is a regular speaker at the Mothman Festival and has also spoken at the Butler Paranormal Conference, The Center for Unexplained Events, Michigan M.U.F.O.N., the Van Meter Visitor Festival, the Kecksburg and Exeter UFO Festival's, the UFO Contact Event in Michigan, and at the Toledo Bigfoot and Paranormal Conference. He has also hosted an annual event in Point Pleasant for Para Expeditions which focuses on the events that occurred in the Ohio Valley in the mid-1960s. He has been on such radio shows as Just Another Tin Foil Hat, Spaced Out Radio, Taskforce Gryphon, Into the Outer Realms, Podcast UFO, Radio Wasteland, Rogue talk Radio, Exploring the Bizarre, Mystical Awakenings Radio, Paranormal UK Radio, to name a few. Steve's main area of research is, what some call "high strangeness" or "window areas" (as John Keel dubbed them) where disparate types of paranormal phenomena all seem to occur in the same location, and that studying these paranormally active locations may be the key to understanding what the source behind the manifestations may be. Steve has been a correspondent for 5 years on "Mack Maloney's Military X- Files Radio Show". He also has his own podcast now for 2 years on the "Paranormal UK Radio Network" called "The High Strangeness Factor" He is writing a book on the underlying patterns that connect the different aspects of the paranormal. You can contact Steve on Facebook, and he runs a Facebook page called The Phantom Menagerie.

Robert Daigle

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She-Squatchers

She-Squatchers came together in 2015 to begin their "all female bigfoot experiment" as the midwest's first all female bigfoot research team. Jen Kruse founded the team after receiving a suggestion from cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman who had shared his idea that the recipe to success for interacting with bigfoot would be to send women into the woods without men, dogs or guns. She-Squatchers isn't just women in the woods, they are psychic women, utilizing their extra senses while looking for bigfoot. Team leader, Jen Kruse is a missing persons psychic medium and remote viewer. Her teammates Jena Grover & Tammy Treichel are also gifted intuitives as well as adventurous woodswomen! Together they have had some amazing, sometimes scary experiences, collecting evidence along the way. The team is based primarily out of Minnesota, but have literally been traveling from coast to coast sharing what they have found. Website: SheSquatchers.com Facebook: facebook.com/SheSquatchersOfficial YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCLgIzwiM3h_pb5reMFONN1g

Jason Kenzie

Adventurer and Photojournalist Jason Kenzie was born and raised on the West Coast of Canada, surrounded by the beautiful scenery this area has to offer. His expertise includes special events, animals, and extreme adventures. 

 

Jason's passion for photography started at a young age and he has had the privilege of photographing around the world in places such as Thailand, Australia, England, the USA, Netherlands, Belgium and many more. 

 

Forest fires, raging floodwaters spilling banks and icebergs breaking off plunging into the ocean, we are observing a planet that is warming up at a feverish rate. We need a proper understanding of why this is happening and how this is impacting the animals on our one and only planet earth. Upset with recent events Jason has set his sights on a new challenge to produce a documentary as he finds out how climate change is impacting animals in the wild.

Shetan Noir

Shetan Noir is a Michigan-based Author and Paranormal Travel Journalist. She is a Cryptozoology researcher and has spent 25 years researching the Paranormal and Cryptozoology fields. While writing several books, she also teaches at Owens Community College and Kellogg Community College. Her courses are on the Paranormal History of the Great Lakes and Cryptozoology of North America. Her current book is The Marvelous Misadventures of Teagun Gray (Teagun Gray meets Bigfoot). She has also written Mothman and Other Flying Creatures of the Midwest. In 2018, she wrote Lake Monsters and Odd Creatures of the Great Lakes. She is the active managing head writer for Squatch GQ magazine, Squatch Digest magazine, Cryptid Extreme (Cryptozoology) G-Hunter magazine, and (Paranormal) Watchers (UFO) magazine and a contributing writer to Supernatural magazine. She now specializes in paranormal travel destinations and legend trip investigations. Her fascination began with lake monsters at an early age when she first learned about the Loch Ness monster, then hearing reports of lake monsters in her own state of Michigan. Her research has since grown to include Michigan's own Dogman and Nain Rouge, Bigfoot, and ghost hunting. She is currently the lead investigator for the Michigan chapter of the North American Dogman Project and also runs the paranormal investigation team of Michigan center for unexplained events and phenomena. She is available to do book signings for her two current books, Lake monsters and odd of the great lakes and Mothman and flying creatures of the Midwest. Shetan also offers presentations and lectures on the following: Prehistoric marine reptiles and cryptozoology, Pterosaurs and cryptozoology North America's cryptid canines, Paranormal history of the great lakes, Infrasound and species that use it, Home town monsters Bigfoot and strange bipedal creatures of north American, Comparative analysis of bigfoot vs. Dogman sightings, Mothman and other flying creatures of the midwest, Lake Monsters of the Great Lakes Michigan's Dogman Detroit Legend, The Nain Rouge and other wee folk of north America, Cryptozoology of the Great lakes Dealing with the Paranormal and moving on with your life, The Haunted Great lakes The Christmas tree ship and other ghost ships of the great lakes, Lizard people, Extant species or Ancient Aliens? Halloween's folklore and history, Legends and lore of Christmas and winter monsters. If interested in any of the above presentations please contact Shetan at shetannoir@yahoo.com to inquire about her list of workshops.

Cliff Barackman

Cliff was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Throughout his youth, his interests were drawn towards both the physical and biological sciences, as well as to music. These interests later brought him to dabble in a wide variety of sciences in college before later deciding to pursue his degree in Jazz Guitar. Cliff can be heard performing guitar around the Portland area when he’s not busy in the field. Cliff’s interest in the sciences drove him to a teaching career where he could share his love and appreciation of the natural world with young people, and participate in the occasional singalong.

While Cliff was navigating his life, his growing interest in the bigfoot phenomena drove him to travel to other parts of the country to look into the mystery. By extensively traveling the West Coast, he found himself unsatisfied with living in Southern California and wanting to live closer to Bigfoot habitat. After living in various parts of California and Washington State, he eventually settled in Portland, OR where he lives today.

Cliff has been a dedicated sasquatch field researcher for more than two decades. It was his dedication to the subject and his online presence that drew the attention of Discovery Communications, who later invited him to be a cast member on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot television series.  Both on and off camera, he has managed to gather data supporting the hypothesis that sasquatches are an undiscovered species of great ape that walks bipedally and lives in North America. Though finding and documenting data is a goal of Cliff’s research, it is not the primary goal. As it turns out, the journey is just as rewarding as any destination!

Cliff has appeared in various media outlets over the years in regards to his bigfoot experience. He has written extensively on the subject with his work being featured not only on his own blog but on other websites as well. He has also been featured in student reports, newspaper articles, video documentaries, and more.

In 2007, Cliff was contacted to be on the History Channel’s “Monsterquest.” The episode, entitled “Legend of the Hairy Beast,” featured Cliff and fellow bigfoot researcher, James “Bobo” Fay investigating bigfoot sighting reports on the Klamath River in Northern California. Being the first whites to ever be invited to do bigfoot research on the Yurok Indian Reservation, Cliff and Bobo interviewed Native American elders about their experiences with sasquatches. They hired Indian river guides and made base camp in a cabin with no access other than by river. They also utilized advanced night vision technology to try to film sasquatches at night from a river jet boat.

Being well-respected in the bigfoot community and beyond, Cliff is often called upon for comments about bigfoot evidence and research. He was the featured expert in news items broadcast to the Portland, OR and Seattle, WA media markets in regards to the infamous Georgia Bigfoot Hoax of 2008 where he clearly stated that it was a falsification. He has appeared on many internet radio shows, and was also a featured guest on “Coast to Coast with George Noory.”

In Spring, 2010, Cliff was asked to accompany Bob Saget on a bigfoot expedition in Northern Washington State. Bob was filming an episode of his A&E series, Strange Days with Bob Saget, where he would partake in an eccentric subculture’s way of life for a weekend. Bob and Cliff were filmed discussing the various types of recorded sasquatch vocalizations on record, and Bob walked away very impressed with the evidence. As a parting gift, Cliff gave Bob a copy of the 1982 Grays Harbor, WA footprint cast.

Cliff is currently being featured in Animal Planet’s new series, Finding Bigfoot. Once again teaming up with colleagues James “Bobo” Fay, Matt Moneymaker, and Ranae Holland, Cliff is traveling the country investigating bigfoot evidence. His expert opinion, level-headed approach, and an analytical mind are essential to the team. When numbers need to be extracted for the sake of data analysis, or when a footprint needs to be permanently recorded, he is there to offer his unique skills. Cliff augments the credibility of Finding Bigfoot with his passion for data collection, and his ability to explain complex ideas in simple fashions.

Cliff holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Long Beach.  Cliff was a jazz guitar student of Bay Area guitarist, Dave Schroeder, and later went on to take lessons from jazz great, Ron Eschete, and specialized in the seven-stringed jazz guitar.  Having graduated from both the university and from Mr. Eschete, Cliff now does casual gigs in and around Portland, OR where he lives.  He commonly plays in small groups, but most notably the jazz guitar duet, Mo’ Strings Attached with Andrew Wright, a skilled luthier living in Beaverton, OR.  Cliff occasionally updates his musical website, though the demands of bigfooting often prohibit him from giving his musical projects their deserved attention.

Adam Davies

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Dr. Igor Burtsev

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Robin McCray

My first encounter with the Forest people was when I was very small. I've had contact with them ever since. I've been an active habituator and experiencer my whole life. I've worked with cryptids as well as many other beings. The Forest people have taught me many things. I've learned more things than I ever believed I could. My contact and relationship continues yet today. I've had a lifetime of experiences with them and I look forward to many more.