Meet the Team
Kristen Perkins - Founder INsight Paranormal Investigations
As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the strange, the unique, the odd things that nobody else wanted to talk about. My personal experiences began at a young age and have continued through adulthood, ranging from having brief OBE experiences and a surprise remote viewing episode, to having experiences with spirits in our home. My “pivotal” experience happened in 1994, when my oldest son was an infant. Experiences in the home included flashing lights and electronics, a pen rolling back and forth across the table, personal contact, and culminated in a dresser flying across a bedroom. At this point, I knew I had a decision to make: I needed to either find out more, or pretend nothing had happened. At this point, research resources were slim, and the internet was just really emerging as a research tool. By the time I moved to the Boston area in 2003, this had changed. I researched and found a local team, while at the same time beginning work for an area team known as The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), working on their online message forum. When I actually finally met the TAPS team, I remember being fascinated that people actually did that sort of research. It was an illuminating moment for me. Upon returning to Oklahoma, I briefly joined an area team, but found frustration in finding one that reflected my personal goals and ideals. To meet that end, two close friends and I founded INsight Paranormal Investigations in 2006, and I have been running this amazing team since. Our efforts have remained to stay committed to a science based form of research, while recognizing that we must include the use of our senses. While we do not utilize psychics or mediums on our investigations, I’m a spiritual person by nature and firmly believe there will come a day when science and metaphysics will recognize they have more in common than first thought, and will see that all of our answers lie in a combination of the two. My efforts within the paranormal community also include my role as the TAPS Family Manger, managing the largest global paranormal network in the world for The Atlantic Paranormal Society. (www.tapsfamily.com). I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, so it is a blessing and honor that part of my paranormal involvement also includes traveling and teaching methods of researching the paranormal for TAPS Institute. To be able to combine my love of the paranormal with my passion for teaching is incredible. This is something I also enjoy doing in my home state of Oklahoma with my team, INsight Paranormal. What an amazing journey this has been so far, and it only proves to be more interesting, and more amazing with each passing day.
Vicky Van Denburg - Case Manager
Vicky Van Denburg moved from Buffalo, NY to Tulsa, OK in 1998. She founded Tulsa Ghost Investigators (TGI) in the spring of 2003. TGI has completed over 300 investigation in the past decade which include residential, private property, historic sites and landmarks in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. In 2001, before founding TGI, Vicky was a member of PICO and has trained and worked with the investigation team of OKCGC, as well as other teams located in NE Oklahoma. Vicky is a practicing psychic and medium. However, she does not believe psychic input should be utilized in the paranormal investigation field. She believes the best investigations are compiled completely with science based reports which could stand up in a court of law if necessary. And let’s face it, psychic readings are fun, but they have no place in a court of law, at least in our lifetimes!
Jay Thomas - TAPS Family Central Liasion/Paranormal Investigator
I am the central liaison for the TAPS family, and I have been a paranormal investigator with Insight Paranormal since 2009. I am an elementary school science and technology teacher and a husband and father of two kids. My first experience with the paranormal was as a child when I saw something unexplainable. As an adult I realized what it could be and began to research the paranormal. I like to investigate with a scientific approach and I especially enjoy learning about the history of the places we investigate. Being a part of this team is one of the things I enjoy most.
Scott Bowers - Paranormal Investigator
I am an open-minded skeptic, actively looking for the truth. I had never really considered researching the paranormal, until a friend invited me to dinner in 2010. I met Kristen at this dinner and, after talking with her awhile, decided she was crazy. However, I also found her beautiful, so I listened as she shared her obvious passion for paranormal research. I became interested in learning more, and attended an investigation with her. We’ve been together since, and I eventually joined the team. It made sense to me to do so, because I think we have a choice to make: We either actively seek answers to our biggest questions, or we simply let them remain unanswered. Now, as a paranormal investigator, and a member of the INsight tech team, I draw on my life experiences that have shaped me as a person, to further shape my investigative skills. My years in the Army’s 1st Infantry, the Big Red One, included experience as an infantry squad leader, OPFOR training and an assignment to Schweinfurt, Germany, where I did two tours in Bosnia and one in Macedonia. All of these experiences instilled in me a deep sense of integrity, and allowed me to develop critical observation and evaluation skills, as well as patience and perseverance. These translate well to paranormal situations, when we are often put in situations that require us to quickly ascertain the safety of both our team and clients, as well as respond quickly and appropriately to developing situations. Today, I work in the construction field, which allows me to evaluate locations for structural issues which may be mistaken for paranormal activity. I truly believe there will be a day in my future when we do arrive at the answers we are seeking. I am excited to be involved with that process.
Casey Lambert - Paranormal Investigator
I was born in Denver, CO, and raised all over the place as an Air Force kid. We were stationed in Panama, Wyoming, Germany, and finally landed here in Oklahoma. I have lived here for the majority of my life in Moore and call Oklahoma home. I attended college at the University of Central Oklahoma and earned a BS in Forensic Sciences with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Criminal Justice. After graduating in 2008, fate would have it that I would not work in the field. Instead, I changed paths to become a 7th grade science teacher back in my hometown. I have always been a scientific and logical thinker, and I love to solve problems. I have also been curious about paranormal and other-worldly things for a very long time. My first encounter with a spirit came in 2012 when my Papa visited me with an unknown male (we believe it may have been a great-uncle I never met). My husband, Shane, and I share this interest and even took our honeymoon to Estes Park, CO, in hopes of visiting the famed Stanley Hotel. Unfortunately, our ghost hunt at the Stanley Hotel was canceled. I was later at Science Fair competition with a group of students, and ended up chatting with one of my student's mother - Kristen Perkins. We were discussing the wedding and honeymoon, and I expressed my disappointment with not being able to experience the Stanley Hotel, thus divulging my interest with the spirit world. Kristen shared with me her connection to paranormal research and investigations with TAPS (wasn't I thrilled!), and the next thing I knew my husband and I were invited to join the Insight Team! My approach to the paranormal is a logical one - what evidence can we use to support what we experience? Everything happens for a reason, and sometimes those reasons are not as easy to explain.
Shane Lambert - Paranormal Investigator
I was born and raised right here in Oklahoma, Muskogee and Mustang respectively. I joined the US Army about 2 years after high school. I was stationed in Germany and was deployed to Kosovo for a 6-month tour during that time. Then I was stationed in California for my last 2 years in the Army before an injury forced me to take an early exit. For the last 10 years, I have worked in the IT industry. After marathoning the first season of Ghost Adventures, which led me to find Ghost Hunters, I wanted to become a paranormal investigator, just didn’t know how to start. After being visited by my Grandmother, my Grandfather, and my Uncle John the night before my Grandmother passed away, I knew I had an other-worldly connection that would drive my thirst for paranormal knowledge. My wife and fellow team member, Casey Lambert, talked one day to a former student’s parent and the discussion turned to the paranormal, for some strange reason. That parent ended up being our team’s leader, Kristen Perkins. We were later invited to our first investigation, our trial run so to speak. We didn’t blow it I guess; cause here we are. My curiosity and love for technology keeps me interested in wanting to find new devices or techniques to utilize during our investigations. This has grown to become a huge passion of mine. I will continue to take a scientific approach in the search for answers. They’re out there; we just need to continue to look, to see, and to hear.
Aubrie Hodson Bayless - Paranormal Investigator
Aubrie Hodson Bayless is a member of the paranormal investigation team INsight Paranormal Inc., which uses science and technology to investigate paranormal activity as an investigator. She believes it is important to keep an open mind while also looking for logical explanations into paranormal occurrences.
Aubrie also holds a master’s degree of science in clinical psychology and is a community mental health psychotherapist during the day. She is a member of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and the Parapsychological Association and has been published for her research thesis: “Koko Creates Good Karma: Using Effective Materials Creates Positive Attitudes Towards Animal Cognition and Environmental Conservation”.
Additionally, Aubrie is the co-owner and Creative Director of Psychometric Studios Interactive, LLC, a video game development company. She is also classically trained in dance and music and loves travel, the arts, and animals.
Michael Bayless - Paranormal Investigator
Michael is a self-proclaimed jack-of-all-trades, being a software engineer by day and a videogame developer, business owner, freelance graphic designer, and actor by night. He was first interested in paranormal investigation when he—as well as everyone else in his family and many of his friends—saw what appeared to be an apparition on multiple different counts in his home. While he found the occurrences remarkable, he is still a skeptic and is highly science-focused. He has degrees in both Biochemistry and Software Development and regularly tinkers with small electronics. While relatively new to the team, he utilizes his thirst for scientific discovery and knowledge of scientific methodologies to help explain activity as accurately as possible.
Brad Reed - Paranormal Investigator
I have always been curious about the possibility of an unseen world around us. When people find out I have been doing paranormal investigations for almost a decade, they ask if I really believe in ghosts. The answer is no. Not in the sense that someone died and their spirit still haunts this world. I do believe there are a great many mysteries out there that have always kept me wanting to investigate. Plus, I love old houses, theaters, hospitals, and anything else that is kind of creepy. More importantly, I love helping people. Helping someone who is going through a scary, even stressful event in their own home is why I love doing what I do. I have spent more than a decade as a broadcaster in the radio industry. I love using my experience in radio and recording to get EVP’s, which I find to be the most mysterious, and exciting of all the evidence we gather.
Kristi Ayers - Paranormal Investigator
I can't say I've always been interested in the paranormal because there was a time I was downright scared to walk through my house at night, hang a foot or hand off the bed, and function normally after watching a scary movie. Of course, I was a small child at that time, and as I grew older I began noticing things that didn't make sense. Those peculiar things made me wonder about life after death. When I was 13-14 my cat had to be put to sleep at the vet's office and right after that I noticed a dark, cat-shaped shadow dart from room to room for at least a full week. I assumed my eyes were just used to seeing a cat around, even though in her old age she never ran or even played. (Much later I found out there were such things as ghost animals.) In my early twenties I grew to develop a love for everything spooky. That high-charged, creepy feeling you get after watching a horror film or a TV show about ghosts soon changed into curiosity. Could there really be ghosts? I knew that if there were then the spirit truly doesn't perish at the time of death. And that fact was comforting because I had lost my grandmother in 1995 and had a strong need to know she was okay. I got my sign one night, which included seeing something both beautiful and scary. I wanted to know what exactly I had seen and I wanted to see it again. I'd been trained as a Registered Nurse to look for detail, to perform tests until you get an answer, and I wanted to do just that with the paranormal. I discovered a couple people from Oklahoma on a forum in 2007 and soon met them as INsight Paranormal members. I was thrilled to join them and begin my journey into proving to myself that life does go on after death. I recently lost two people in my family and would venture to say that not all strange happenings come from ghosts, that they may also be spirits visiting from their heavenly home and letting you know they are still with you from time to time.
Stephanie Birdwell - Paranormal Investigator
To say my roots run deep in Moore, Oklahoma is an understatement. I was born and raised here, met and married my husband here and, together, we have raised our son here. I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Elementary Education and have been teaching in Moore Public Schools for 26 years. I’m a cancer survivor, and devote much of my time and effort to supporting and speaking at Relay for Life events. I first became interested in things I couldn’t explain when my young son began having dreams that would foretell events. At first, they were simple things, such as seeing someone crying, and later finding that they had lost a pet. The dreams became more frequent and detailed, until the unexplained sickness and extreme sadness at midnight on September 11, 2001. He awoke that night with unexplained crying, upset to the point that he became physically ill. I kept him home from school the next morning, and watched in horror as the news displayed the terror attacks before our eyes. I knew I had to know more, and began researching a connection between his dreams and the events. As I began to research, I found a world of paranormal information. I waded through the scams, hoaxes and misinformation, and began to find good, quality theories. At this point, my mother shared with me that I, too, had prophetic dreams as a child. She felt it wasn’t good to encourage the dreams, however, and we didn’t discuss them. When I met Kristen Perkins, and learned about her team, INsight Paranormal, my son and I decided to attend one of their events at a haunted theater. We were able to learn investigation methods, and then try them out in the theater afterwards. Shortly after that event, Ethan announced that he was joining a team that was going to be featured on a cable program. A concerned mother, I followed along. This is when I discovered the difference between quality paranormal investigation teams and those out to spread fear and glorified untruths. After reflecting on both experiences, I contacted Kristen and asked if Ethan and I could become involved with INsight. During the time that has followed, I have seen and experienced things that I cannot explain. I have met people who are fearful of things they have experienced in their homes or businesses. It is great to be part of a team that can operate professionally using science based methods to address the concerns for these clients.
Members currently awaiting bio's and pictures:
Brian Willis - Paranormal Investigator
Sandra Scarborough - Paranormal Investigator
Skylar Shofner - Paranormal Investigator
Tim McGregor - Paranormal Investigator
Wayne Harris-Wyrick - Paranormal Investigator