Board Members

Laurie McDonald

• President

Laurie has been a certified clinical hypnotherapist since 1995 and is a graduate and / or a member of: 


   Alchemical Hypnotherapy Institute of Sacramento / Alchemical Hypnotherapy Institute of New Mexico / Sacramento Hypnosis Institute / Sacramento Institute of Noetic Sciences / A.C.H.E (American Council of Hypnotist Examiners) / The Dale Carnegie Effective Speaking and Human Relations

June Steiner C.H.T.

• 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

• Former President of OPUS

• 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.

Michael J. Buchele M.D.

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

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.

Linda Moulton Howe

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

Yvonne Smith

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.

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.


Ruben Uriarte

Ruben Uriarte, 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.


Garret Moore

Garret Moore, Secretary - 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.


Garret Moore has been a visual media producer, artist, illustrator, and graphic designer for over 30 years.  He has worked in computer graphics since 1983. Garret’s illustrations and artworks have shown in galleries from California, to New York, including NASA Ames Research Center, Lawrence Hall of Science and the Hayden Planetarium.  His illustrations have been published throughout Europe and the United States for books, magazines and note cards, album and CD cover designs for classical, Jazz, and Space Music also.

In the early 2000’s Garret was Creative Director and Senior Producer for a web-based science portal and as chief visual designer in helping produce a true visual interactive encyclopedia of the Universe, and earlier working as Art Director for a science research institution.  Previous to that Garret was chief illustrator and animator for NEC Systems Inc. where he produced animations for NEC Japan and graphics for software and web development applications.


Terry Lovelace

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

Melinda Leslie

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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