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 had other occurrences through his life that happened but nothing like the two he had in 1994 in Melbourne, Florida.
This event became a life changing experience for Mike and put him in the direction too seek out answers about the Afterlife. From those experiences they 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 those years of paranormal investigating he 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 and Many other areas of Middle Tennessee.
He 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 Paranormal Internet Radio shows, seen on the TV show ” 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,was guest for CAFEMOM.COM magazine, has guest spoke at various events in Middle Tennessee, and has been published in 3 issues of VISIONS Magazine and also an issue of UN-X News about his paranormal experiences he had in 1994.
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. In 2005 Mike moved to Middle Tennessee with his wife Monique and their 2 children from Florida.
Besides his passion for the paranormal Mike has returned to college and is majoring in teaching/early education; planning a new career in teaching or Historical Preservation. Mike volunteers as a living historian of the WWII time period,which he has done for almost 30+ years.
CO-DIRECTOR- Beth Lunceford
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
When I was a kid I used to talk to my house. Seriously, I felt that the walls did indeed have ears, but more than hearing me, they listened. We had some wallpaper in the hallway with birds on it. Those were my favorite walls to talk to. I felt very connected to my childhood home. As a child I never thought it was odd. As I grew up I looked back on those days and figured I was a little nuts back then. Now, after being a paranormal investigator for a couple of years and really delving into the topics of spirits, ghosts and spirituality as a whole, I think there may have been some sanity in talking to the walls.
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 interest in all things paranormal, especially the things that go bump in the night. He has had a multiple experiences throughout his life that are outside the bounds of conventional explanation.
In the past, Jerry has been an actor, director, writer for a local paper, comic colorist and letterer, HAZMAT truck driver, explosives handler, and a soldier in the Army National Guard. In the present, Jerry is an amateur runner and an LPN working the night shift at a retirement home.
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.