Mike has had experiences of the paranormal most of his life. Starting at a very young age of 5 when he saw his first spirit/ghost of a little girl appearing in his bedroom when he lived in Upstate New York. Mike has had other occurrences through his life that happened but nothing like the two he experienced in 1994 in Melbourne, Florida. This event became a life changing for Mike and put him in the direction too seek out answers about the Afterlife.
From these experiences it fueled his passion to learn more about the paranormal field. In 2006 Mike joined a Paranormal Investigating Team in Middle Tennessee with his wife Monique. During that time he learned the various ways of investigating and to be able to help others understand what they might be experiencing. Mike has been Investigating the Paranormal since 2006 and has worked with various paranormal teams in the Middle Tennessee area. After working with the teams and learning various techniques investigating the Paranormal, Mike started his own team in the spring of 2009 known as Volunteer State Paranormal Research.
During the years of his paranormal investigating Mike has investigated throughout the state of Tennessee, Kentucky and parts of Alabama. Some well-known haunted places like Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, Sloss Furnace, in Birmingham, Alabama, Octagon Hall, Franklin, KY, Rippavilla Plantation, Spring Hill, TN , Clement Railroad Museum in Dickson,TN and many other areas of Tennessee.
Mike was nominated in 2009 By the International Paranormal Acknowledgement Awards for National Male Paranormal Investigator and best in Spirit Photography. Mike won for Best in Spirit Photography in 2009 by the International Paranormal Acknowledgement Awards.
Mike has been a guest on various multiple Radio and TV shows, ” America’s Most Terrifying Places
“, on TRAVEL CHANNEL ,TV show “Tennessee Crossroads
” on PBS in Tennessee ,that featured the VSPR team investigating the Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, TN, A guest on the Art Bell production radio talk show Midnight in the Desert
with show host Heather Wade, VSPR was a guest for CAFEMOM.COM
magazine. Mike also has guest spoke at various events through out Middle Tennessee and website blogs. Mike has been published in 3 issues of Visions magazine, Chat is Fate magazine from United Kingdom and UN-X News
about his paranormal experiences he had in 1994.
Mike attended at the Rhine Research Center
studying parapsychology in 2018. Graduate of Nashville State Community College in History and Early Education. Besides the Paranormal Mike has served as a Police Officer in the US Air Force Security Police and is a Veteran of Desert Shield and Storm. Is a WWII living historian for 30+ years and enjoys photography.
Beth believes that existence beyond the physical body is just another phase in the ongoing evolution of our souls and that belief motivates her daily mission towards the scientific understanding of dis-incarnate consciousness. Towards this end, she began working as a paranormal researcher in 2006. Her main expertise is in Electronic Voice Phenomena and Analysis, primarily with EchoVox and related applications. Beth is currently one of the main admins for the Echovox Users group on Facebook and conducts private research and experiments under the moniker Music City Ghosts
. Beth is also a Registered Nurse with a background in computer technology. She is currently a stay-at-home mother of two teens. In what little spare time she has Beth enjoys paranormal research, reading, television and social networking.
Monique became interested in the paranormal as a teenager, and even more so, in her twenties when her mother passed away. Monique joined a paranormal team in 2006 to learn about investigating and the paranormal. She has worked with other teams in the Middle Tennessee area as well to learn various ways of investigating. She strives to inform, help people, and collect true evidence of life after death. She has investigated in KY, TN, and AL, in both private and public locations. Monique is a Registered Nurse (RN).
Lead Investigator Becki Baumgartner
Becki has two main goals which are being supported by her paranormal work. One goal is to validate those who personally experience the spirit world through the collection of solid, scientific data. Becki Baumgartner has been interested in the paranormal all of her life. As a child, her parents described her as “very imaginative”, because she saw and heard things that nobody else did.
Her quest for validation began with a “Hag Syndrome” experience in her early teens
, in which she awoke to an evil presence on her chest. Although many scientific circles dub such experiences as simple sleep paralysis, Becki has always felt it was something more. She also likes to validate the “voices in her head” by catching them on a digital recorder during investigations.
Her other goal is to find answers to the age-old question “What meaning of life?” by learning more about those who have crossed over.
Becki has a BS in Natural Health from Clayton College and Master Herbalist diploma from Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She’s CMO and Master Herbalist at PET | TAO Holistic Pet Products
, and is also certified in several other alternative medicine mind/body practices. Learn more about Becki at beckibaumgartner.com
Investigator Tracy Lucas
Tracy Lucas is a professional writer with a personal interest in the paranormal. She has published five books, sold over two hundred news and magazine articles, and had short fiction and poetry pieces appear in literary magazines and anthologies. She owns Smash Cake Press
(a book publishing company) and Writing for Your Supper
(a writing advice blog), teaches seminars on writing and blogging, and lives near Nashville with her husband, three kids, and one overweight cat. She is currently working on a middle-grade novel, new coursework for her blogging class, and a giant pile of laundry. Tracy is an open-minded Christian and intuitive who first became interested in the paranormal through her own personal experiences, which began at a very young age. For a long time, she didn’t realize other people didn’t
have these experiences. Once she did, she kept her stories quiet. It wasn’t until she was a young adult that she began to look for answers and figure out her own path. Tracy previously worked with several other paranormal groups before getting involved with VSPR. Her goal is to seek hard evidence of the afterlife that she can point to and share with others. She believes that the world is a big enough place for many different walks of life, and hopes to bring resolution to those who are troubled by their own unexplained phenomena.
Investigator Jerry Lucas
Jerry has had a lifelong love of all things paranormal, beginning at a young age with dream visitations when his grandmother passed away.
ESP, Ghost, ghouls, Haunts and Haints, pretty much all things that go bump in the night. He has had a multiple experiences throughout his life that are outside the bounds of conventional explanation. Jerry has been working with VSPR for over 5 years searching for evidence to help others become more aware of the paranormal and above all help those in need.
Jerry is a father of three, has love for outdoors, 80′s cartoons, horror movies and Minecrafting with his children.
Jerry has been an actor, director, writer, comic colorist and letterer, HAZMAT truck driver, explosives handler, and a soldier in the Army National Guard.
Currently Jerry is living in Bellevue, TN, Making comics and working as a nurse at an assisted living facility.
Investigator -Mary Jennings
Mary Jennings is a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN that has been interested in the paranormal all of her life. The real spark to do paranormal research started when she lost her mother when she was 18. Experiencing events that could not be explained, Mary has searched for answers. She wants to not only find explanations for these bizarre events, but she wants to help educate those that are also experiencing the paranormal. These things need to be explained, not feared. She joined VSPR in 2013. You can Learn more about Mary’s music at her website
and youtube page.