About IRVA

Our Story

The International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA) was organized March 18, 1999, by selected scientists and practitioners meeting in Alamogordo, New Mexico in conjunction with the first professional conference on Remote Viewing in Ruiduso, New Mexico.

The concluded objective was to create an organization that would provide a mechanism for evaluating the discipline called “remote viewing”, encourage scientifically sound research, propose ethical standards and provide overview educational information to the remote viewing community and general public.

IRVA’s primary goal is to provide an unbiased approach relative to information, training, research and education regarding Remote Viewing.

One of IRVA’s major tasks is to maintain a credible and responsible Remote-Viewing focused internet site which presents:

  • Key existing published scientific findings
  • Newly-breaking scientific published articles
  • Current educational options/considerations
  • Remote viewing practice targets
  • Community discussion forum
  • Remote-viewing related videos
  • Easy access to the CIA Stargate Archives
  • Remote-viewing related event listings

Our Founders

Photo Courtesy of Robert M. Knight

(Standing – left to right)

  • Hal Puthoff – Co-founder of  SRI’s remote viewing program
  • David Hathcock – Organizing facilitator and retired business executive
  • John Alexander – US Army Colonel (ret.) Special Forces and Intelligence
  • Lyn Buchannan – Former US Army remote viewer and trainer
  • Paul H. Smith – Former US Army remote viewer and trainer
  • Skip Atwater – Former US Army RV unit operations and training officer
  • Angela Thompson Smith – RV researcher, author and trainer
  • Macello Truzzi – Professor of Sociology Eastern Michigan University

(Seated – left to right)

  • Russell Targ – Co-founder of  SRI’s remote viewing program
  • Stephan Schwartz – Author and remote viewing researcher

Our Team

John Cook

John Cook

President | Director

John has been entangled with Remote Viewing since 1998 and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology, and has worked in information technology and as a business analyst for the past 20 years. As a viewer, he has contributed to both research and operational RV and psi projects, including work with both Bevy Jaegers & Pam Coronado in support of law enforcement agency requests. He lives in Ontario, Canada, where he operates Red Oak Intuitive, providing workshops and training for intuition & innovation.

Pam Coronado

Pam Coronado

Vice President | Director

Pam is the star of the popular television series, Sensing Murder, and has been involved in psi criminal work since 1996, consulting as a psychic detective to government and private agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on some of the nation’s highest profile crimes. A constant advocate for victims and their families, she is the founder of the non-profit Project Search for Hope. She also provides training for those interested in assisting with psychic detective work.

William F. Higgins

William F. Higgins

Treasurer | Director

Bill is a businessman from New York City, a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a Naval Reserve officer who has been associated with remote viewing and psychokinesis research since 1989. As former director of PEAR Inc., he assisted in the funding of their process patent on the effect of intention on random events. He is a former vice-president of IRVA, and currently a director and vice-president of the Rhine Research Center.

Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

Secretary | Director

Nancy has been a teacher, principal and public education activist for over twenty years. She manages the Sublime Remote Viewing Group which predicts outcomes through Associative Remote Viewing. She also works in remote healing and participates in collaborative RV work to find missing people. Nancy has been involved with the Applied Precog Project since its inception as a remote viewer, analyst-judge, group manager and presenter for the APP Workshops. She serves as a Monroe Institute Outreach Trainer and is a member of the Monroe Professional Division.

Dale Graff

Dale Graff

Director

With degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Physics and an extensive background in research and applications of psi phenomena, Dale became involved with remote viewing research in 1976 as the Department of Defense contract manager for RV research at the Stanford Research Institute and then eventually a director of Stargate, the military Remote Viewing program. Currently Mr. Graff presents seminars and workshops for individuals through Psi-Seminars-Initiative. His dream seminar focus is on precognition and healing potential. His published books include Tracks in the Psychic Wilderness and River Dreams.

Debra Lynne Katz

Debra Lynne Katz

Director

Debra has been training in, practicing and teaching numerous psi based methodologies for 25 years. She is a two time winner of IRVA-IRIS Warcollier Prize, which launched her onto the path of formal research and eventually into a Ph.D. program at University of West Georgia, where she has been studying the Ingo Swann Archives at the Ingram Library’s Special Collections. Debra is the Director of The International School of Clairvoyance, and author of three books on intuitive development. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a former United States Probation Officer.

Jon Noble

Jon Noble

Director

After first experiencing  remote viewing during a conference with RV pioneers Russell Targ and Stephan Schwartz,  Jon has made it a mission to promote the practice and introduce it to others. To that end, he started a remote viewing group in 2011, with the goal of providing an open, friendly environment in which to discuss and practice remote viewing. The group meets regularly in Manhattan, NYC.  Jon runs Focal Point, IRVA’s online target practice program, and publishes practice targets on the website related to his book, Natural Remote Viewing – A practical guide to the mental martial art of self-discovery.

Sean Mahoney

Sean Mahoney

Director

Sean holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and has a broad range of work experience having worked in the fields of automotive engineering, Information Technology, and human performance research. Sean learned remote viewing in 2012 and later became a certified hypnotist in 2014. He is particularly interested in using tools like remote viewing to tap into human intuition for augmenting creative problem solving efforts and accelerating the speed of innovation by provoking insights.

 Angela Thompson Smith

Angela Thompson Smith

Director

Originally trained in the U.K. as a registered nurse and social worker, Dr. Angela Thompson Smith worked in medical research. She was eventually hired by the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Laboratory and served for five years as a member of the staff, participating in almost every part of the Lab’s functions. In the mid-1990s she trained in CRV with Paul H. Smith and Lyn Buchanan, and was one of the Founders of IRVA. Since then she has been training others and consulting through her Mindwise Consulting company, and writing. Her books include Seer, Tactical Remote Viewing, and Scribe.

Our Advisors

Leonard Buchanan

Leonard Buchanan

Advisor

A retired, Sergeant First Class, in the United State Army, Lyn was a Remote Viewer, Database Manager, Property Book Officer and Trainer in the US Army Remote Viewing Unit from 1984 to 1992.  A founder and former IRVA director, he is the author of The Seventh Sense and currently executive director of Problems>Solutions>Innovations, a Controlled Remote Viewing training school, and founder of the Assigned Witness Program, a non-profit CRV applications and research corporation based in New Mexico.

Ellen Huffman-Zechman, M.D.

Ellen Huffman-Zechman, M.D.

Advisor

Ellen , is a former board member of the American Board of General Practicea nd past president of the American Academy of General Physicians. She is a Social Security Disability Consultant and former Veteran’s Administration Disability Consultant. She is owner and director of Skin Solutions, a non-surgical aesthetics medical practice. She began her remote viewing training in 2008, and is currently advising and helping to facilitate the Rhine Research Center Remote Viewing interest group.

Nancy C. Jeane

Nancy C. Jeane

Advisor

Nancy, has a M.Ed. degree from Lamar University with 23 years of experience as an educator in public schools. She has taken remote viewing training from most of the principle remote viewing trainers, including David Morehouse, Lyn Buchanan, Skip Atwater, Joe McMoneagle, and Paul H. Smith. She is currently an Assistant Instructor and Operational Remote Viewer for RVIS, Inc. (Paul H. Smith). Nancy also offers private CRV training in Texas, and she has been a Monroe Institute Excursion Trainer and a member of the Monroe Professional Division.

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

Advisor

Stephan is a Senior Fellow at the Samueli Institute, former Research Director of the Mobius Group, and an Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Author and researcher in extraordinary human performance for more than 30 years, focusing on anthropology and parapsychology. Stephan’s most recent book is Opening to the Infinite; his two classics, The Alexandria Project (1983) and The Secret Vaults of Time (1978), were revised and reissued in 2000. He has written and produced a considerable body of work in documentary film.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

Advisor

A retired Major in the United States Army,  Paul was a seven-year veteran of the military remote viewing program, and author of the remote-viewing program’s Corordinate Remote Viewing (CRV) training manual.  He is author of Reading the Enemy’s Mind: Inside Star Gate: America’s Psychic Espionage Program and The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing: The Secret Military Remote Perception Skill Anyone Can Learn.  He is a founder and former president and director of IRVAPaul is currently president and chief instructor for Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc., of Austin, Texas.

Russell Targ

Russell Targ

Advisor

Russell Targ, of Palo Alto, California, is a physicist, author, and retired senior staff scientist from Lockheed-Martin. He is founder of Bay Research Institute, and ESP Research.com. Russell was a pioneer in the development of remote viewing and co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute’s investigation into psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. Russell has authored many titles including Do You See What I See?: Memoirs of a Blind Biker and Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness. He is a founder, former director, and President Emeritus of IRVA.

Jessica Utts, Ph.D.

Jessica Utts, Ph.D.

Advisor

Jessica is a professor of statistics at the University of California at Irvine. She spent a year as a visiting scientist with the remote viewing program at SRI International in 1988-89 and was a consultant for the duration of the program at SRI and SAIC. Dr. Utts was one of the evaluators of the government remote viewing program when it was declassified in 1995.  She is the author of numerous books on statistics, and is a former IRVA director.

Our Past Presidents

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.

2015 - 2016, 2006 - 2010

A retired Major in the United States Army,  Paul was a seven-year veteran of the military remote viewing program, and author of the remote-viewing program’s Corordinate Remote Viewing (CRV) training manual.  He is author of Reading the Enemy’s Mind: Inside Star Gate: America’s Psychic Espionage Program and The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing: The Secret Military Remote Perception Skill Anyone Can Learn.  He is a founder and former president and director of IRVAPaul is currently president and chief instructor for Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc., of Austin, Texas.

Glenn B. Wheaton

Glenn B. Wheaton

2015

Glenn B. Wheaton, Sergeant First Class, US Army (ret.) is the co-founder and president of the long-running non-profit Hawaii Remote Viewer’s Guild (HRVG) dedicated to the research and training of remote viewing. He is a retired military intelligence professional having served in the Army Security Agency and later in Special Forces. He retired in 1993 as Senior SIGINT Advisor for the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, and currently works in Honolulu as a radio frequency engineer.

Pam Coronado

Pam Coronado

2013 - 2015

Pam is the star of the popular television series, Sensing Murder, and has been involved in psi criminal work since 1996, consulting as a psychic detective to government and private agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on some of the nation’s highest profile crimes. A constant advocate for victims and their families, she is the founder of the non-profit Project Search for Hope. She also provides training for those interested in assisting with psychic detective work.

John P. Stahler

John P. Stahler

2010 - 2013

John, formerly president of a San Diego electronics design and manufacturing firm specializing in digital video processing devices, has been awarded several domestic and international patents. His designs have flown as experiments in NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He is a co-investigator in the IRVA sponsored CRV-REG Study and served as IRVA’s secretary, vice-president, and board member.  He studied Controlled Remote Viewing with IRVA directors Paul H. Smith, Lyn Buchanan, and with Ed Dames, David Morehouse, and Psi Tech.

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

2004 - 2006

Stephan is a Senior Fellow at the Samueli Institute, former Research Director of the Mobius Group, and an Associate of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory of the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Author and researcher in extraordinary human performance for more than 30 years, focusing on anthropology and parapsychology. Stephan’s most recent book is Opening to the Infinite; his two classics, The Alexandria Project (1983) and The Secret Vaults of Time (1978), were revised and reissued in 2000. He has written and produced a considerable body of work in documentary film.

F. Holmes (Skip) Atwater

F. Holmes (Skip) Atwater

2002 - 2004

F. Holmes (Skip) Atwater is a retired United States Army Captain and was an Operations and Training Officer of the Army Remote Viewing Star Gate Unit from 1977 to 1987.  After retiring from the Army, Skip became Research Director at The Monroe Institute and later Executive Director. Since then he has published technical research on methods for expanding consciousness, authored the inspirational book, Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul, and assisted hundreds of individuals in experiencing and exploring expanded states of consciousness.

Russell Targ

Russell Targ

1999 - 2002

Russell Targ, of Palo Alto, California, is a physicist, author, and retired senior staff scientist from Lockheed-Martin. He is founder of Bay Research Institute, and ESP Research.com. Russell was a pioneer in the development of remote viewing and co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute’s investigation into psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. Russell has authored many titles including Do You See What I See?: Memoirs of a Blind Biker and Limitless Mind: A Guide to Remote Viewing and Transformation of Consciousness. He is a founder, former director, and President Emeritus of IRVA.

Our Member Honor Roll

Lifetime

  • Jodeau Anderson
  • Julia Ashley
  • Fm Bonsall
  • Fulvio Boselli
  • Jerry V Di Trolio
  • Ronald Kuhn
  • Colleen Page
  • Marshall Payn
  • Charles Peltosalo
  • Greg Radabaugh
  • Linda K. Rodkey
  • Dr. Karen Stevens
  • Chandler Vreeland

Sustainer

  • Brett Scharf

Tasker

  • Carol Casebeer
  • Michael Cei
  • Sarah Courtney
  • Margaret Couture
  • Dave Gannon
  • William Gattis
  • James Hinson
  • Rhonda Hohmann
  • Richard Iardella
  • B Johnson
  • Robert W. LeAnder
  • Donald Lord
  • Anthony Mintiens
  • Greg Morochove
  • Julia Mossbridge
  • Ruth Mosteller
  • Avery Owen
  • Hal Puthoff
  • Brian Rose
  • Joe Seanor
  • Dave Sell
  • William Stickevers
  • Preska Thomas
  • Albert Venczel
  • Joyce Wahlberg
  • Vance West
  • Ellen Zechman