Board of Directors

  • Richard Gage, AIA, is a San Francisco Bay Area architect of 30 years, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the founder and President of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. During his architectural career, Gage has worked on most types of building construction, including numerous fire-proofed, steel-framed buildings. His most recent project, before making AE911Truth his full-time endeavor, was working on the construction documents for a $400M mixed-use urban project with 1.2 million square feet of retail, 320,000 square feet of mid-rise office space and parking structure — altogether consisting of about 1,200 tons of steel framing. Since founding AE911Truth, Gage has delivered his live multimedia presentation 9/11: Blueprint for Truth more than 550 times in 44 foreign countries and 110 American cities to audiences ranging in size from 100 to 4,000. He has appeared in more than 600 radio and television spots.

  • Kelly David received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York Institute of Technology in 2002 and immediately launched her career in management. Over the next 11 years, she helped organize the day-to-day operations of several businesses in New York, where she grew up, and then moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where she currently resides. A supporter of AE911Truth for many years, she joined the organization as an assistant to CEO Richard Gage in April 2013. After effectively managing the organization's back-end operations for several months, she was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer. The board then named Ms. David a director in the spring of 2015.

  • Dan Barnum, FAIA, of Houston, Texas, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rice University. He retired in 2015 after practicing architecture for more than 40 years. During his career he designed a variety of buildings, from houses to high-rise office buildings. Among his major projects are One Shell Plaza and Two Shell Plaza in downtown Houston, and Houston Lighting and Power, which is now the Houston Public Works office building. Barnum is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor bestowed on its members by the AIA. Like many others, Mr. Barnum was concerned from the outset that the story being told about 9/11 did not add up — his skepticism stemming from the fact that both of the buildings collapsed suddenly and in the same manner.

  • Tom Spellman has an undergraduate degree in architecture (with a minor in civil engineering) from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He managed a housing co-op for 15 years and was an accountant for five years. In late 2002, he learned that the official story of the World Trade Center’s destruction could not be true. Upon hearing Dr. Steven Jones state that random fires and damage could not produce a symmetrical collapse, Mr. Spellman understood that explosives had to be involved. Later he contacted Richard Gage to clarify technical points made during a presentation and was invited to join the weekly team calls as a volunteer. He has served as Treasurer ever since.

  • Roland Angle graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BS in civil engineering, served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, where he was trained in the use of explosives, and became a licensed civil engineer in California. His 50 years of engineering experience has included designing and testing of blast-hardened missile launch facilities and designing U.S. Naval explosive containers, harbor terminal facilities, earth foundation systems, and hydraulic systems. In addition, Roland has owned three construction companies and has taught engineering subjects to high school students. He was skeptical of the official explanation for the failure of the World Trade Center towers but did not investigate in depth until he heard a presentation on the radio by Richard Gage several years after the attack. After doing further research, he signed the AE911Truth petition and began to devote long hours to uncovering the truth about the events of 9/11. In 2016, Roland was invited to join the board.

  • Kamal Obeid holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a practicing civil and structural engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980 and a licensed structural engineer since 1985. During his career, Obeid has served as engineer of record on many building design and retrofit projects. He specializes in structural steel building analysis as well as investigating structural failures of steel-framed buildings. At one point he served as a volunteer for the Office of Emergency Services (FEMA), investigating earthquake failures. Obeid is a long-time member SE of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California and has served on several of its Code and Business Forum committees.

Staff

  • Ted Walter holds a master of public policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his current role with AE911Truth, he was director of NYC CAN’s 2014 High-Rise Safety Initiative, a volunteer campaign manager for AE911Truth’s ReThink911 campaign in 2013, and director of NYC CAN’s 2009 ballot initiative. In between his 9/11-related work, he was a budget and legislative analyst for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Since joining AE911Truth full-time in 2015, he has authored the 50-page booklet “Beyond Misinformation,” the 13-page “World Trade Center Physics” publication, and AE911Truth's preliminary assessment of the Plasco Building collapse in Tehran — in addition to overseeing the organization’s strategic initiatives, communications, and fundraising operations. Ted moved to New York City two weeks before 9/11 and has lived there for most of the past 16 years.

  • Andy Steele received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 2001 — the same year as the event that, unbeknownst to him, would one day compel him to become a full-time activist for truth and justice. In 2004, Steele joined the Peace Corps and served as a teacher and community organizer in Uzbekistan. Some months after returning to the States, he began researching the events of 9/11. So deeply was he moved by what he discovered that he decided to become an independent journalist so he could educate others about the World Trade Center evidence. In 2010, Steele began to volunteer for AE911Truth and five years later was hired as manager of operations. In that capacity, he coordinates the work of AE911Truth’s volunteers and oversees its day-to-day organizational functions. In addition to his regular duties, Steele hosts the 9/11 Free Fall podcast, an hour-long weekly show that focuses on discussing AE911Truth’s activities and features experts on subjects related to the World Trade Center destruction.

Lead Volunteers

  • Steven Olsen has worked as a software and web developer since graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University in 2005. During that time he has led numerous teams of various sizes on a wide range of projects for such companies as Ricoh Canada, Trans Plus Corp, and Desire2Learn. Steven is delighted to be able to use his skills to help AE911Truth further its mission of educating the public through its online presence. He originally joined AE911Truth’s web team in 2011 and has served as the team’s leader since 2014.

  • Sandra Jelmi began volunteering for AE911Truth in 2010 after questioning the inconsistencies of the official narrative and deciding she couldn't simply sit on the sidelines. Given her trilingual upbringing in Montreal and her Bachelor's Degree in Translation from the University of Montreal, joining the Translation Team was a logical choice. "We are making critical information — brochures, videos, documentaries — available to the public," says Jelmi, "and it's important that it be accessible to people who speak languages other than English, considering that the fallout of 9/11 was not limited to the US alone." After spending her first two years translating AE911Truth's materials into French, Jelmi was then paired with German-speaking Wibren Visser as Translation Team Co-Leader. With the help of other dedicated volunteers worldwide, they now translate from English into more than 30 languages.

  • From his home in Linz, Austria, Wibren Visser was doing an Internet search on Iraq weapons inspector Scott Ritter when, much to his surprise, he came across information about inconsistencies in the official 9/11 narrative. After studying the materials of several sources, he decided AE911Truth's information was most credible, so he signed its petition for a new investigation. But Visser felt "unrest," as he puts it, at doing so little. So he volunteered to translate AE911Truth’s publications from English into German. (A native of Holland, Visser has been a long-time translator from German to Dutch and vice versa.) Not only was his offer welcomed, but he was made co-leader of the Translation Team with Sandra Jelmi. Visser regards 9/11 as both "the eye-opener" of his own life and "the geopolitical pivotal point" for an increasingly awake populace. And, though he is gratified by the ever-higher percentage of people who distrust "the official conspiracy theory," he is concerned that the truth of 9/11 hasn't yet made mainstream headlines and resulted in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Says a determined Visser, "We have to keep poking."

  • Xander presently works as a nuclear medicine technologist, where he uses radionuclides and highly advanced imaging equipment to diagnose and treat various pathologies. He previously worked as a health physicist for the State of Arizona and as a Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) Inspector for the FDA. In the latter capacity, he ensured that medical and industrial registrants were in compliance with regulatory rules and law. He’s a member of American MENSA and a published origami author and artist. Xander understood in 2001 that the official explanation for the World Trade Center’s destruction was erroneous, but felt it was far too daunting a topic to face at that time. He was inspired to take action in 2011, when he learned of professor Steven Jones’ research and the malicious treatment Jones received. Xander is a member of the foreign signatory verification team, where he helps to determine the authenticity and qualifications of architect and engineer petition signers outside the U.S.

Contributing Authors

  • Frances Shure is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is now retired from her private practice and works as an adjunct instructor at Naropa University at Boulder, Colorado. She holds a B.S. (specializing in biology) and an M.Ed. (specializing in vocational rehabilitation counseling) from the University of Texas, and an M.A. (specializing in community agency counseling) from the University of Colorado. In her 20 years as a psychotherapist, she focused on "depth psychology," which involves both the psychodynamic and transpersonal aspects of psychological healing. Shure co-founded Colorado 9/11 Truth in 2004 and is a member of the 9/11 Consensus Panel as well as the Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth. Shure has brought her expertise to the study of 9/11 by authoring the groundbreaking series, "Why Do Good People Become Silent—Or Worse—About 9/11?" Published at AE911Truth.org, these articles examine the psychological resistance to information that contradicts the official account of 9/11 or any strongly held belief.

  • Ronald Brookman is a licensed structural engineer in the state of California. He obtained B.S. Civil Engineering (1984) and M.S. Structural Engineering (1986) degrees from the University of California, Davis, and has over 23 years experience in structural analysis, design, evaluation, and rehabilitation of buildings in northern California.

  • Tony Szamboti is a mechanical design engineer with over 25 years of structural design experience in the aerospace and communications industries. Since 2006, he has authored or co-authored a number of technical papers on the WTC high-rise failures that are published at AE911Truth.org, in the Journal of 9/11 Studies, and in the International Journal of Protective Structures.

  • Craig McKee has been a journalist in Montreal for 30 years, covering news and entertainment. He has won eight provincial and national weekly newspaper awards and is the creator of the blog Truth and Shadows. A longtime member of AE911Truth's Writing Team, he is the author of numerous news articles at AE911Truth.org.