Speakers and Presenters

Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. J. Robert Alley:
Dr. Alley is a retired professor from the University of Alaska at Ketchikan where he has conducted extensive research into the life and habits of the sasquatch people.

He is the author of the highly acclaimed book, “Rain Coast Sasquatch”, based on his personal research in the Pacific Northwest of the US and the Southwestern region of Canada.

Dr. Alley is a highly effective speaker who will entertain and enlighten us with anecdotes from his personal research.  Don’t miss this man’s presentation, we are very lucky to have him on our dais this weekend.

Thom Cantrall – Founder of International Society for Primal People – Conference Organizer

Thom is a fifth generation son of the west and has been in sasquatch research for over sixty years.  His years spent as a forester and logger on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula afforded him the opportunity for a solid basis on which to enjoy a lifetime of investigation of this enigma.  He has recently concluded a formal five year investigation into sasquatch made glyphs and structures based in his team’s research base in British Columbia, Canada.  Health concerns have limited his field time recently, but he remains active as an advisor and Senior Affiliate to such research groups as “Squatching with Barb and Gabby”, “West Georgia Sasquatch Research Group” and Dr. Igor Burtsev’s, “Forest People’s Communications”.  Thom is a prolific writer, having penned ten books on the subject and is currently working on an eleventh.  www.GhostsofRubyRidge.com


Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor has been a BFRO investigator for many years now.  He has investigated over 120 reports and has been on expeditions in Washington, Oregon and Utah every year since 2006.  Scott has personally seen six sasquatch and has been a mere three feet from one in the dark.  He is most interested in habituation studies.  Scott will speak on his experiences in the woods with these magnificent creatures and will discuss how to establish your own relationship with these remarkable beings.  Scott will offer tips on the “do’s and dont’s” for the novice or the in-depth results of his findings for the professional.



Ron Morehead

Best known for the Sierra Sounds, Ron Morehead is an adventurist, researcher, author, and producer. He’s been known for decades for his world-wide research into the Bigfoot/Sasquatch phenomenon. The Sierra Sounds are the only Bigfoot recordings that have been scientifically studied, time-tested, and accredited as being genuine. Ron has documented his personal interactions with these giant beings and produced his story on CD and in his book, “Voices in the Wilderness.”



Jaymi Trimble is a boots-on-the-ground field investigator who has been tracking in the Blue Mountains of Washington for nine years. Her current research focus is a three-year project studying Bigfoot feeding habits in an area that offers a natural corridor to certain crops, namely wheat. Jaymi Trimble, with a master’s degree in History, is devoted to documenting the continuous, systematic narrative of Bigfoot history. She has a deep respect for the Bigfoot going back to her Native American roots. Her book BIGFOOT BOOT CAMP shares many techniques for those new to the field, including kids, as they begin their journey into tracking. You can reach Jaymi at: jaymitrimble@gmail.com; through bigfootbootcamp.com; or Northwest Bigfoot on Facebook.
Samantha Ellen “Sam” Ritchie  
Samantha ‘Sam’ Ritchie has been a Bigfoot researcher since 2013 . Once a non-believer, she has had numerous life changing encounters with not only the Sasquatch but other “over the top” experiences such as coming face-to-face with a strange glowing light portal and orb hovering over the ground, capturing on video and photos strange entities that appear ET in nature and the possible connection of the Sasquatch to UFOs. Sam has recently authored a book called “The Sasquatch: Journey Through The Veil” documenting all these experiences and their high level of strangeness. She has been a guest on numerous talk shows including Coast to Coast AM and Beyond Reality and also creates videos for her Planet Sasquatch YouTube Channel as well as does regular presentations for various groups in Washington state.
Joe Houser
Joe is a researcher from the cold country near Glacier National Park in far Northern Montana.  Here, he and wife and partner, Tammy own and operate the “Montana Vortex”, an area of extreme geological anomaly.Recently, the pair have been able to catalog some specific occurrences around their area that tend to boggle the mind!  In addition, they have had an increasing frequency of sasquatch sightings in and around their facility.Joe, a graduate wildlife biologist, has been successful in recording many of these curiosities and anomalies on video and he is here to share his findings with us. 
Brian Bland
Brian comes to us from British Columbia Canada where he has been honing his long time interest in the sasquatch mystery over the past seven years by conducting research in his area into the enigma.  For five years he studied, with his partners, Thom Cantrall and Sue Funkhouser, the glyphs and structures found in such abundance in his area.  This study, unheard of prior to this vanguard effort had not been addressed in all of North America.  Subsequently, Brian has come to understand something of the nature of the enigmatic sasquatch through the interactions with the clan living in his home district.
Brian has been blessed with the opportunity to live in the heart of a very sasquatch rich area and he has taken advantage of this largess in conducting his research.  He is here with us today to share his findings from the people of his clan.
Mitchel Townsend
… US Army, Special Forces… College instructor, researcher, enthusiast.  Mitchel led the investigation of a site in the Mt. Saint Helens area of Western Washington wherein a cache of gnawed and chewed bones were discovered… His forensic work on this site, including the examination and analysis of the tooth marks resident on those bones has led him to the conclusion that…
Mitchel has authored a peer-reviewed report on this research and is continuing in the field with this and other research projects.  He is with us to share his findings and conclusions… and to answer, “Where do we go from here?”
Join us in learning the latest from the field of forensic research from a very gifted researcher and presenter…
Arla Collett
There is not a person alive that I know of who knows more of these beings than does Arla.  From her first sighting as a child of but five years old in her yard while playing in the dirt to today, she has lived around and with these people.  Growing up in Southeast Oklahoma afforded her the opportunity of being around them full time.  Arla’s Native American heritage has afforded her an insight into the structure of their family life and community organization that the rest of us just cannot match.
In the years I have known her, she has always been my “go-to” person for help and insight when they left me confused or uncertain. 
This much I know, we are in for a real treat in hearing what she brings to share with us this weekend!
Keith Bearden

Keith is a researcher from Western Georgia and is the author of the very fine volume, “Forest Friends of the Night”.  Keith began as an agnostic if not a complete skeptic but when things began happening that he could not explain on the family hunting lease, he had to stop and reassess his opinions.  Fortunately, he was open-minded enough to be able to do this without harming his basic psyche.  Over the years, his investigations have led him to understand that what he was dealing with was not an unfeeling, unthinking animal but a sapient being, one capable of independent thought and reasoning.  It has only been in the past handful of years that he has come to know the sasquatch people on a face to face basis, but since that has happened he has grown by leaps and bounds in his understanding of the nature of them.  This weekend, Keith will share with us his latest research and activity in the field.

Sandy Nelson

Sandy is rapidly becoming a prime forensic investigator.  It was her work that preserved the site of the two butt casts from the east side of the Cascade Mountains in September of 2018.  She has been with the “Squatchin’ with Barb and Gabby” group for several years now after having met the Barb half of the team at a monthly meeting then conducted by Dr. Matt Johnson in the Tacoma, Washington area.  Since those simple beginnings, that team has gone on to conduct the best outdoor expeditions investigating this phenomenon of any I have seen.  Sandy will be teaching us how to preserve and keep safe anything found of interest.  This will be done in two Sunday outdoor classes in Greenwater, Washington.