About IRVA

About 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 public.

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
  • Standardized On-Line testing


  • John Cook, John has been entangled with remote viewing since 1998. He 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 & psi projects, including work with both Bevy Jaegers & Pam Coronado in support of law enforcement agency requests. He has a keen interest in the intersection of the physical & non-local aspects of consciousness, and how this relates to topics as diverse as precognition, synchronicity, art, artificial intelligence, and personal growth. He lives in Ontario, Canada, where he operates Red Oak Intuitive, providing workshops and training for intuition & innovation.
  • Pam Coronado, star of the popular television series, Sensing Murder, has been involved in psi criminal work since 1996 and has consulted 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. Pam also provides training for those interested in assisting with psychic detective work.
  • Dale Graff, With degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Physics and an extensive background in research and applications of parapsychological phenomena, Mr. Dale E. Graff 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 combined psi-RV research, applications and Soviet psi assessment effort in the Defense Intelligence Agency. Currently Mr. Graff presents seminars and workshops for individuals through Psi-Seminars-Initiatives and other organizations in the USA, Canada, and Europe. He facilitates programs with an integrated approach for psi exploration that emphasize balance and well being while offering user-friendly guidance and explorations of psychic abilities. His dream seminar focus is on precognition (future-seeing) and healing potential, while his independent psi research explores the relationship between cognitive processing, art principles and the nature of the psi target. His published books include Tracks in the Psychic Wilderness and River Dreams. Website:
  • William F. Higgins, 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, currently a director and vice-president of the Rhine Research Center, and the current IRVA treasurer
  • Debra Lynne Katz 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 (2011, 2015), which launched her onto the path of formal research and eventually into a Ph.D. program at University of West Georgia, where she has just completed all her course work in a Psychology and Consciousness program. She has also been studying the Ingo Swann Archives for the past few years, which are also located in UWG's Ingram Library's Special Collections. Debra is the Director of The International School of Clairvoyance, and author of three books on intuitive development, including:You are Psychic; Extraordinary Psychic; and Freeing the Genie Within. She holds a Master's Degree in Social Work and is a former United States Probation Officer. She has been an active IRVA member almost a decade, and is also a member of several other parapsychological oriented organizations.
  • Sean Mahoney 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. His background is mainly in technical project management but he has a strong interest in the potential of the human mind. 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.
  • Jon Noble. Since experiencing the remote viewing for himself in a week-long conference with pioneers Russell Targ and Stephan Schwartz in 2010, Jon has made it a mission to promote the practice and introduce it to others. To help spread the word he started a remote viewing practice group in 2011, with the goal of providing an open, friendly environment in which to discuss and practise remote viewing. The group continues to meet regularly in Manhattan, NYC. Instructed by many of remote viewing luminaries as well as Russell Targ and Stephan Schwartz, including Skip Atwater, and Paul H. Smith, Jon is an advocate of all forms of RV. Jon runs Focal Point, IRVA's online target practice programme, and publishes practice targets on the website related to his book, at Natural Remote Viewing - A practical guide to the mental martial art of self-discovery, Originally from South East England, Jon is based in Brooklyn, NYC.
  • Angela Thompson Smith, originally trained in the United Kingdom as a registered nurse and social worker, Dr. Angela Thompson Smith worked in medical research in New Jersey while volunteering with the Psychophysical Research Laboratories (PRL). 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, as well as becoming one of their most prolific operators. In the mid-1990s she trained in controlled remote viewing with Paul H. Smith and Lyn Buchanan, and was one of the Founders of the International Remote Viewing Association. Since then she has been training others in remote viewing and consulting in the U.S. and abroad through her Mindwise Consulting company, and writing. Her books include Seer, Tactical Remote Viewing, and the soon to be released Scribe.
  • Nancy Smith, has been a teacher, principal and public education activist for over twenty years. Nancy 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. Nancy has a strong passion for the exploration of consciousness and human potential. She currently serves as IRVA's Secretary.
  • Advisors:

    • Leonard Buchanan, Sergeant First Class, US Army (ret.), Remote Viewer, Database Manager, Property Book Officer and Trainer in the US Army Remote Viewing Unit from 1984 to 1992; author of The Seventh Sense; currently executive director of Problems>Solutions>Innovations, a Controlled Remote Viewing Training Enterprise, and founder of the Assigned Witness Program, a non-profit CRV applications and research corporation based in New Mexico.
    • Ellen Huffman-Zechman, M.D., is a former board member of the American Board of General Practice (2007 to 2009) and past president of the American Academy of General Physicians (2009). She was selected to the North Carolina Medical Society Leadership College class of 2014. Dr. Zechman 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. Actively developing her interests in parapsychology and remote viewing for nearly a decade, she has been a Rhine Research Center member since 2005, where she contributes and assists in sponsoring various Rhine projects: and an IRVA Member since 2007. 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 Jeane, has a M.Ed. degree from Lamar University in Texas 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). She also offers private CRV training in Texas. Beyond remote viewing, her certifications include several energy healing modalities including Reiki, energy work with Mietek and Margaret Wirkus of Washington DC, and Dr. Norman Shealy of the Holos Insitute of Health. And for six years she has been a Monroe Institute Excursion Trainer and a member of the Monroe Professional Division.
    • Stephan A. Schwartz, 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., Major, US Army (ret.), seven-year veteran of the military remote viewing program and author of the remote-viewing program's CRV training manual; author of Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate: America's Psychic Espionage Program; and, president and chief instructor for Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc., of Austin, Texas.
    • 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 Russell was a pioneer in the development of remote viewing and cofounder 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 President Emeritus of IRVA.
    • Jessica Utts, Ph.D., 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.


    • President:  John Cook
    • Vice President:  Pam Coronado
    • Treasurer:  William F. Higgins
    • Secretary:  Nancy Smith

    Past Presidents:

    • 2015-2016:  Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.
    • 2013-2015:  Pam Cornado
    • 2010-2013:  John P. Stahler, 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.
    • 2006-2010:  Paul H. Smith, Ph.D.
    • 2004-2006:  Stephan A. Schwartz
    • 2002-2004:  F. Holmes Atwater, Captain, US Army (ret.), Operations and Training Officer of the US Army Remote Viewing Unit from 1977 to 1987; currently Research Director at The Monroe Institute in Nellysford, Virginia; Author of Captain of My Ship, Master of my Soul: Living with Guidance.
    • 1999-2002:  Russell Targ

    Founders Emeriti:

    • Advisor Emeritus:  H. E. Puthoff, Ph.D., of Austin, Texas, theoretical and experimental physicist; Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin.
    • Organizing Facilitator:  David Hathcock, Retired Business Executive
    • Past Advisor:  Marcello Truzzi, Ph. D., Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University; Director of the Independent Center for Scientific Anomalies Research (CSAR). Marcello remained an advisor to IRVA from it's founding meeting until his death. His insightful guidance will be missed.

Member Honor Roll


(Standing - left to right)

  • Hal Puthoff
  • David Hathcock
  • John Alexander
  • Lyn Buchannan
  • Paul H. Smith
  • Skip Atwater
  • Angela Thompson Smith
  • Marcello Truzzi

(Seated - left to right)

  • Russell Targ
  • Stephan Schwartz
IRVA Founders

Photo Courtesy of Robert M. Knight


  • Jodeau Anderson
  • Julia Ashley
  • FM Bonsall
  • Jerry Di Trolio
  • Robert Dorion
  • Ronald D. Kuhn
  • Christer Lofgren
  • Sean Mahoney
  • Marshall Payn
  • Charles Peltosalo
  • Greg Radabaugh
  • Linda Rodkey
  • Dr. Kaz Stevens
  • Karlie Stevens
  • Chandler Vreeland


  • Brett Scharf


  • Derrick Bostwick
  • Elisha Buhler
  • Abby Calabrese
  • Carol Casebeer
  • Michael Cei
  • Sarah Courtney
  • Margaret Couture
  • Carla Fox
  • Dave Gannon
  • William Gattis
  • Edward Hall
  • Rhonda Hohmann
  • Gail Husick
  • Richard Iardella
  • B. Johnson
  • Anthony Mintiens
  • Greg Morochove
  • Julia Mossbridge
  • Ruth Mosteller
  • Avery Owen
  • Preska Thomas
  • Hal Puthoff
  • Joe Seanor
  • Dave Sell
  • William Stickevers
  • Carl Totton
  • Joyce Wahlberg
  • Vance West
  • Ellen Zechman