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Paranormal Conference

SEP 9-11,2021



The Speakers



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James Keenan


James Keenan is an author and field investigator. He has authored seven fictional books with science fiction or paranormal components. James began his writing career after twenty-four years in law enforcement and civil investigations. His most recent book, "Bigfoot at Skinwalker Ranch," is the conclusion to his, "UFO and an Alien" series. 

James has a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. His main curriculum was anthropology and archaeology. He did the majority of his field work in Mexico. His most recent research has taken place in Northeastern Utah. 

James continues to explore the topics of paranormal and Ufology. He has come to believe that the paranormal, Ufology, and ancient human history may be intertwined. He has been a guest on numerous television, podcast, and radio shows, the History Channel series, "The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch."


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Thomas Winterton

Thomas is the Manager of the famous Skinwalker Ranch where he currently oversees every responsibility of maintaining the property, its facilities and equipment, as well as providing logistical support to its ranching and science activities. 

A native of the Uintah Basin in Utah and a successful entrepreneur and business leader in the area, Thomas is the founder and operator of multiple businesses ranging from a small luxury motel chain, a construction company, a film production office, to a health and wellness start-up and app.  His strong knowledge of business and political strategy secured a perfect win record as the political campaign manager in four county and state elections.   

With a lifetime of experience and nearly a decade serving in numerous leadership posts in the Uintah Basin community, including Rotary President and Chair of the Duchesne County Economic Development Board, Thomas’ unique background qualify him an in-depth insight to the UFO phenomena at Skinwalker Ranch and the surrounding area.

Thomas is the President and CEO of Resonance Meditations, a company that is revolutionizing the meditation space by incorporating the resonant frequencies of essential oils into a quick and powerful meditation experience.  Resonance Meditations is also involved in research using specific frequencies to target diseases and physical ailments, with early indications showing very promising and powerful results.

Thomas currently resides in Utah with his wife Melissa and their 3 Boys. He enjoys the outdoors and studied Shotokan karate for 12 years where he earned his 2nd Degree Black Belt.

Bryant "Dragon" Arnold

As Head of Security for the infamous Skinwalker Ranch, Bryant aka "Dragon" brings a wealth of experience and diversity of skills to his position. 

Mr. Arnold is a licensed armed private security officer in the state of Utah, and is recognized as an expert marksman and private security specialist. A native of Utah, Mr. Arnold has spent much of his life in the outdoors exploring, camping, hunting, and fishing in the remote corners of the state's vast wilderness areas. "Dragon" is an Eagle Scout and is highly skilled in outdoor survival methods. 

As a trusted friend and advisor for nearly 30 years to the current owner of Skinwalker Ranch, Brandon Fugal, "Dragon" has been heading up the security and safety efforts at Skinwalker Ranch since current ownership acquired the property in 2016. Along with his work as head security and safety, Bryant is a vital part of the overall operations at the ranch, as well as assisting in the scientific efforts taking place. 

"Dragon" is known for his, "tell it like it is," and no-nonsense mentality when it comes to executing on Mr. Fugal's instructions and initiatives and looking out for the security and well-being of Skinwalker Ranch, the team, and invited guests. 

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Tom Dongo


Tom Dongo is widely recognized as one of the world's leading experts on the paranormal, UFOs, and Extraterrestrials. He has authored eight books that focus on the paranormal, including his best seller the revised edition of Merging Dimensions. Merging Dimensions examines the incredibly strange paranormal activity which took place on the Bradshaw Ranch near Sedona Arizona. 

Mr. Dongo has appeared on over two dozen national and international television shows. 

He has now been heard on fifty-three world wide broadcast radio shows including Coast to Coast to Coast Live Radio and the Keven Smith show with a combined total of nearly twenty two million listeners. 

Mr. Dongo speaks widely and was a featured speaker at the International UFO Congress. 


Christopher O'Brien


From 1992 to 2002 investigative journalist Christopher O'Brien covered hundreds of unexplained events reported in the San Luis Valley, CO/NM. Working with law enforcement, ex-military members, ranchers, and an extensive network of skywatchers, he documented some of the most intense waves of unexplained activity seen in a single region of North America. His 10+ year investigation of UFOs, mutilations, Indian legends, cryptocreatures, religious miracles, secret military activity and the folklore are found in the three books of this "mysterious valley" trilogy and he has produced one of the largest databases of unusual occurrences gathered from a single geographic region. 

His latest book, Stalking the Herd (2015) is the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject of "cattle mutilations." It is being called the "bible" examining this complicated mystery. 

O'Brien has appeared on over 70 TV show segments and documentaries and hundreds radio programs around the world including: Ancient Aliens, Coast to Coast, Expedition X, Strange Evidence, Conspiracy Theory (SW Ranch Show), Inside Edition, Extra, Sightings, Unsolved Mysteries, Unexplained Files, etc. and his investigations have been featured by History, Learning, Travel and Discovery Channels, the BBC, Nippon TV, the AP, UPI and many others. His research was funded for two years by Laurance Rockefeller. 

He has worked with dozens of production companies and directed two segments for the TV show Strange Universe. His co-produced film "It Could Happen Tomorrow" won two 2012 EBEs for Best Feature and the Peoples Choice Award. 

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Duane Ollinger 

Duane Ollinger is an oil field / refinery contractor, entrepreneur, and adventurer. Duane is also 66% owner of Blind Frog Ranch. You may recognize him from the new hit TV show "Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch." Blind Frog is located just 20 miles north of Skinwalker Ranch. Both properties share a long history of high strangeness activities; which are ongoing to this day. Blind Frog also has a long history of hidden gold. Whether it be Aztec, American Indian, or even Mormon gold; it all has connections to Blind Frog. We are looking for the gold. True. But, this is hardly the important story. There is much more than gold hidden at Blind Frog Ranch.  

Dr. Jeff Meldrum 

Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a Full Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology at Idaho University (since 1993). His research centers on the evolution of hominin bipedalism. His professional interest in the footprints attributed to sasquatch began when he personally examined a line of 15-inch tracks in the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington, in 1996. Over 25 years later, his lab houses well over 300 footprints casts attributed to relict hominoids around the world. he conducts collaboratve laboratory and field research throughout the world and has shared his findings in numerous popular and professional publications and presentations, interviews, television appearances. he is author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science (Tom Doherty Publishers, 2006), which explores the contemporary scientific evidence for the reality of this legendary species, and also affords deference to tribal people's tradiional knowledge of this subject. In addition, he has published two field guides, one focusing on sasquatch, the second casting the net more broadly to consider the potential of relict hominoid species around the world (Paradise Cay Publishing, 2013, 2016). He is editor-in-chief of the scholarly refereed journal, The Relict Hominoid Inquiry (www.isu.edu/rhi), now in its tenth year. 

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April Slaughter

April Slaughter is the author of three books and numerous articles on ghosts, hauntings, physical research, and death and funeral customs. As an active paranormal researcher for nearly twenty-five years, she has delved into almost every facet of the unknown from spirits and psychic phenomena to UFOs, Cryptozoology, and more. She is one of America's leading researchers into the study of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP), Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC), and is the first to introduce her personal experiences with Induced After Death Communication (IADC) to the paranormal field. April is also the founder of Slaughter House Collective, LLC and is an accomplished artist. 

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Sep 9 -11


September 9th,

Paranormal Conference  2pm - 5pm 

Extra activities starting at 6pm

2:00 PM               Welcome to PhenomeCon

2:15 PM               Tom Dongo 

4:00 PM               Skinwalker Ranch Panel

                                              (with cast from the History Channel's Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch)

8PM - 11PM        PhenomeCon Opening Reception 


September 10th 

Paranormal Conference 10am - 5pm

Extra activities starting at 6pm  

10:00 AM           Welcome to Phenomecon

10:15 AM           Duane Ollinger - Discovery Channel's Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch

11:45 AM           Lunch Break 

1:00   PM            Dr. Jeff Meldrum 

2:30   PM            April Slaughter

2:30   PM            Denny Pearson (Lost Rhodes Gold Mine)

2:30   PM            Daryl Wilson (Big Foot)

2:30   PM            Christopher O'Brien 

4:15   PM            Travis Taylor - History Channel's Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch 


September 11th

Paranormal Conference 10am - 8pm

Extra activities starting at 2pm  

10:00   AM            Welcome to PhenomeCon 

10:15   AM            James Keenan 

11:45   AM             Lunch Break 

1:00     PM             TBA

2:30     PM             Erik Bard 

4:30     PM             George Knapp 

4:30     PM             Jeremy Corbell 


Dinner at LaCabana with Paranormal Hotspot

Join us for an fun night of dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, LaCabana followed by a paranormal experience at one of Vernal's hotspots. 

Limit Tickets Available 

Thursday 6pm 

Escorted Trip to/from Skinwalker Ranch

Exclusive trip to/from Skinwalker Ranch with Ranch Manager, Thomas Winterton to the infamous and paranormal hot spot Skinwalker Ranch featured on the History Channel. This will be a fascinating opportunity for questions and conversation with Thomas as you travel to/from the site. You will have a unique opportunity to pass through the public security barrier and take your photo at the Ranch's entrance gate. (Due to safety, unknown paranormal risks, and ranches policies no visitors are allowed beyond the entrance gate.) The tour's last stop is the panoramic overlook of the property where Thomas will be able to point out The Ranch's layout and some of the phenomenal hotspots. Will you experience the paranormal?

Limited Tickets Available 

Friday 6pm 

Saturday 2pm

Voices of Believers -- Open Mic & Dinner 

Join us for dinner at one of the Basin's unexplainable hot spots, Remember the Maine Park. A fascinating night filled with listening to and sharing personal paranormal and mysterious experiences from around the world. Select the event on the registration page. Shuttle busses available from the Conference Center. Parking stalls limited within the Park.

Unforgettable Night  

Thursday 6 pm

Dark Sky Viewing at Steinaker State Park

Dark skies surround Vernal for some of the best night sky viewing at a beautiful State Park. Join other PhenomeCon believers and park rangers to study the natural features of the night sky. Shuttle bus available from the Conference Center. Select option during registration.

Great Night Sky

Friday 7pm

Blind Frog Ranch Tour

Exclusive tour onto Blind Frog Ranch with Ranch owner Duane Ollinger. The Mystery of Blind Frog Ranch is featured on the Discovery Channel. The shuttle trip to and from Vernal will allow a fascinating opportunity for Q&A with Duane. The tour includes many of the sites on the ranch included in the paranormal and treasure hunting show.

Limited Tickets Available

Thursday 9AM 

Friday      9AM 

Saturday  9AM, 1PM, 5PM 

Dark Sky Viewing at Dinosaur National Monument

Vernal is surrounded by excellent dark sky night viewing at Dinosaur National Monument - home of the dinosaur quarry's Wall of Bones. Join other Phenomecon believers and park rangers to study the natural features of the night sky. Shuttle bus service available from the Conference Center. Select option during registration.

Dark Sky Watchers 

Saturday 7:30 pm

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Uintah Conference Center

313 East 200 South

Vernal, UT 84078

Vernal Utah may surprise you! Eastern Utah may seem remote and rugged but nestled in downtown Vernal is a stunning 66,000 square foot convention center.

Vendor Spaces

Vendor space will be available for merchandise and sales in the conference center lobbies. Information will be available in late July.


Area info

Vernal and the rest of Uintah County, Utah have always been a land of adventure, for millions of years! We invite you to come experience your own paranormal adventure in Dinosaurland.


Vernal Regional Airport provides daily air service between Denver, CO and Vernal, UT operated by United Airlines. 

Other options to consider would be the Salt Lake International Airport or the Walker Field Airport in Grand Junction, CO

Ground Transportation is also available.


Vernal, Utah offers everything from camping, bed and breakfasts to hotels. You're sure to find the perfect fit for your stay.


Vernal is home to several locally owned restaurants. Find them along our quaint Main Street or dispersed throughout town. Discover the uniqueness of their history as your enjoy your meal.