The Pennsylvania Paranormal Association - Investigation and Resolution

Members of The PPA come from a variety of backgrounds, beliefs and religions. Based on their individual personal life experiences, each member brings to the group their own unique skills and perspectives on paranormal research and investigation. Some are skeptics, others are believers. To conduct the most accurate investigation possible, our members strive to remain unbiased on each case by leaving out personal views and beliefs and focusing on facts and evidence. Our findings can later be discussed with clients on how it relates to their own particular faith if requested.
Director | Co-Founder | Parapsychologist

Mark's interest in the paranormal began in his pre-teen years with a general fascination of all things supernatural and spiritual. Mark later graduated from Wilkes University with a psychology degree and is a retired State Police Criminal Investigator (Detective), now working as a Private Investigator.  This background has helped to develop how the PPA investigates cases, collects evidence and documents findings, while also looking at the psychology of a haunting.

Mark spends most of his free time hanging out with his wife and three daughters along with landscaping, traveling, website updates and checking out Unified Physics.

Co-Founder | Administrative Director 

Lauren 's interest in the paranormal grew out of personal life experiences and a desire to learn more about this little-known field. Lauren takes on many of the administrative duties of team.

Lauren likes to travel in her spare time and spend time with her family. When she is not running from school functions to sporting events, Lauren can usually be found planning trips to Disney World. Lauren conducts most of the in-person interviews for The PPA and helps manage the on-site investigations.

Paulette became interested in the paranormal from a young age of 7 years old when she had a paranormal experience of her own. Since then, she has read many books on various subjects relating to the paranormal and continues her quest to learn more. Paulette often has the opportunity to talk with many people in her line of work and has shared many stories with many people who also have had experiences of their own.

Paulette spends most of her time with her family and friends and is very active in youth development programs. She also enjoys ice skating when time allows.

Don has had a long interest in the paranormal field and began investigating independantly before joining the PPA. Don comes to us from the emergency services field, being both a fire chief and EMT, and works for a national fire supression company.

When Don is not working, he can be found hanging out with his wife and two children, hunting, fishing, or engaged in some other type of outdoor activity.

Lead Psychic Medium | Investigator | Metaphysics Instructor

Virginia began to sense spirits around the age of two years old. With many years of developing and fine-tuning her ability, Virginia began to professionally assist clients with her mediumship abilities. Virginia now has over 30 years of professional experience as a psychic medium and continues to help people with her work. Virginia teaches a variety of metaphysical subjects and lectures around the country. She has taught metaphysical topics in public school adult education programs for 7 years and meditation classes for over 20 years in the tri-state area.
      When Virginia is on her own time, she can be found enjoying life with friends and family, working in her garden and taking care of animals in need.

Investigator | Historical Researcher

John has always had in interest in the paranormal and a keen interest in the history and explanation of possible reasons why these occurrences may be taking place. John has always been fascinated how various spiritual beliefs, individuals' backgrounds, and scientific theories combine to explain personal accounts by those who have claimed to have paranormal experiences. John believes in applying the scientific method to investigations of the paranormal to understand what actual experience and misconceptions could be. John has been a public educator for the last 15 years and is in the process of completing his master's degree in Education.

In his free time, John enjoys reading, writing, studying Astronomy and Psychology, playing basketball, cheering on the Phillies and living and dying with Notre Dame football. John also enjoys spending time with his family.

Investigator | Historical Researcher

Brian became interested in the paranormal at a very young age when he started having personal experiences that happened quite frequently and continue today. This taught Brian to be open and accept what may be around him. Having grown up with these experiences, Brian can relate to what a client may be going through. Brian is a US Marine Veteran with an interest in Native American and Civil War history, old houses and everything that comes with them. He received a degree from Johnson College in Computer Information Technology and is employed as a senior IT technician for a large company.
     In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his son, traveling, camping, and skiing in Vermont.
Psychic Medium 

Cheryl began to notice spirit around the age of 7 when she started to communicate with spirit guides.  She has been using her abilities to read energy professionally for over 5 years, assisting clients through spirit communication and empathic intuition.  Cheryl is an Intuitive Medium offering Akashic Record readings, gemstone readings, spiritual guidance and messages from loved one by phone, private parties and psychic galleries.

When not at work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, collecting gemstones, reading and being in the outdoors.

From as early as he can remember, Ed has had a healthy interest in the paranormal. He has had many experiences throughout the years that have intrigued him to pursue his fascination with all things paranormal. His inquisitive mind and attention to detail are extremely valuable assets to have.

Being a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper, Ed's investigative skills compliment the PPA's team of already skilled investigators. Ed now uses his skills learned throughout his career to investigate and search for answers to the unexplained and the paranormal. His interest grows more daily. Kelly

Kelly has a naturally calm demeanor, is intuitive and believes in being open to the possibilities of all the things around us, not just what we can see or touch. Although she has always had a strong interest in events thought to be unexplainable, Kelly remains level-headed and always looks for a reasonable cause for an odd event before jumping to conclusions. She has strong troubleshooting and research skills and is extremely confident under pressure.

For the past 17 years, Kelly has worked with the State's correctional facilities, implementing and managing the inmate phone system. Jim

Jim’s interest in the paranormal began at a very young age when he would listen to tales that were told by his mom and older brother who both had experiences with the unknown. In 2009 Jim started his own investigative group.  His experiences and evidence that he gathered really opened his eyes to all that is possible. 

When Jim is not investigating, he makes deliveries for a popular tire company and works at a local home improvement center.  Jim’s other interests are traveling with his wife and a love for antique and muscle cars. Jim hopes that his time spent investigating with the PPA will help others in need.


Ian is a very detailed oriented person and has always been a skeptic of the paranoraml until a recent experience set him in motion to find answers beyond the scope of normal understanding. Ian also comes to us from the law enforcement community.

Ian is a coach in his off-time for two girls basketball teams that his daughters are players on, and when not coaching, Ian can be found running with his daughters to dance and competitive cheer events.


Jenn comes to our team with a long history of interest and fascination with the paranormal world.  She has always been pulled towards this topic and her interests grew stronger after taking an anthropology course in college, which led her to her first investigation 20 years ago at Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY.  She has met several times with psychics and mediums to try and reach for answers unknown and has even had her own natural psychic experiences through dream state.
Jenn loves to spend time with her twins and watching them play soccer and volleyball. When she’s not doing that, you can find her out hiking trails throughout NY State with her two favorites: Ian and their beloved Doberman, “Rocco”.

Starr@theppa.netElizabeth "Starr"
Psychic Medium / Quantum Shaman

Starr began to have paranormal and psychic experiences early in life, seeing spirits as a baby and developing precognitive and clairvoyant abilities by the age of 4.  Her interest in the paranormal peeked after her first and only son was born with similar gifts. Starr received an education at the University of Missouri in photography optics and physics.  She continues to push the boundaries of science & spirit to this day, always seeking to learn more with the goal of reuniting these long-lost fields.
     Starr is currently working towards a PHD in Natural Medicine at Quantum University in Hawaii.  Starr is our quantum shaman and a graduate of The Four Winds Society of Shamanic Energy Medicine.  She currently practices energy medicine and works with people all over the world, specializing in distance healings and spiritual readings.

K9  Investigator - In memory

Ben passed away in early 2014. He was our official team mascot and paranormal investigator. He was a specially trained police K-9 that was part of a PPA research project who assisted on certain cases. It is strongly believed that animals can sense the presence of spirits and other energies, so we put Ben to the test. With his handler, Hawk, Ben has accompanied us on cases to see if he would "alert" with the presence of paranormal activity. We've had some great results! Ben was the first paranormal investigating K9 to ever be featured on national TV.

The PPA has counselors on staff (not shown here), including a certified EMDR Therapist specializing in emotional trauma resolution for severe cases and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psy.D for consultation and counseling on specific cases concerning psychic sensitivities, psyc consults and paranormal related stress in children.

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