Team Biographies

Ron Kolek - Executive Director/Lead Investigator

Ron KolekRon Kolek is the founder and lead investigator of The New England Ghost Project. With a degree in Environmental Science, he was the ultimate skeptic. However, a near death experience changed all that. No longer blinded by his skepticism, he now uses scientific background to seek the truth about the paranormal. His exploits have been documented in many newspaper, television, radio, and magazine articles and is internationally known with features in the U.K., Germany, China and Japan.

Known for his odd wit and his Van Helsing persona, he is the host of the popular Ghost Chronicles Radio Series (Ghost Chronicles, Ghost Chronicles - Next Generation, Ghost Chronicles International, and Ghost Chronicles Morning Edition). He is a well known lecturer and taught Paranormal CSI at Northern Essex Community College. He also co-authored three books on the paranormal with Maureen Wood and contributed to many others.

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Maureen Wood - Psychic Investigator

Maureen WoodMaureen Wood is a fifth-generation Psychic/Trance-medium. For as far back as she can remember, she has communicated with the deceased. At the age of fifteen, she was introduced to a woman who studied with Laurie Cabot (official Witch of Salem, Massachusetts). This woman took Maureen under her wing and guided her in ways to not only understand, but also control her gifts. At the age of 15, she served as a medium for adult séances. She has practiced, studied, and instructed metaphysical studies for more than thirty-five years. Maureen has been with the New England Ghost Project since 2001 and has accompanied the group on over 100 investigations. She has co-authored three books with Ron: More Ghost Chronicles, Ghost Chronicles and Ghost a Day.

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Lesley Marden - Psychic Investigator

Lesley Marden Lesley Marden is a psychic medium and a psychic investigator for The New England Ghost Project.  She is the author of Medium Rare, a First-hand Account of Growing up Experiencing the Paranormal and has contributed to other books and publications.  For the past several years, Lesley, Ron Kolek and Jim Stonier have facilitated The Red Light Séance, a monthly study group, researching and collecting data to investigate the possibilities of connecting with spirit through physical mediumship.  She is a Reiki Master Teacher, a certified Angel Card Reader and the owner of Positively Brilliant, LLC, creating Reiki infused candles, soaps and spiritual smudge sprays.  Lesley works hard every day as a Behavior Specialist in a central New Hampshire.  She loves her family, Newfoundland Dogs and photography. Her favorite photographic subjects are landscapes but Lesley has caught some intriguing paranormal images as well.

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Jim Stonier - EVP Specialist

Jim StonierJim works at a software company that produces project and task management software. He is responsible for sales, support, and product development and maintenance. He holds both a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering.

Jim joined NEGP in October, 2007. He is responsible for EVP studies and assisting the technology group. He is also a member of the AAEVP (American Association for Electronic Voice Phenomena).

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Susan Yeates - Event Manager

Susie YeatesSusan is an experienced event manager based in New Hampshire. Previously Susan managed sports marketing events at Digital Equipment, Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard - those events included the Winter Olympics, Super Bowl, Masters, Ryder Cup and US Open Golf Tournaments and the NCAA Tournament. Susan has assisted the NEGP team with events for the last 2 years. Susan is very interested in the paranormal and has assisted the team on many investigations.

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Lisa Santoro - Webmaster

Lisa SantoroLisa works as a project specialist at a software company in Manchester NH. She's been creating and maintaining websites for the last 15 years, and owned her own design company.

She has been maintaining the New England Ghost Project website for several years, and helps make sure the annual Spirit Quest event runs smoothly.

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