ParaXplorer Project is a quorum of independent investigators based in Southern California that applies tech-based environmental monitoring, objective observation and intuitive disciplines to an ongoing field study of the paranormal. Founded as a true project, PXP welcomes collaboration with the ghost hunting community in pursuit of knowledge and understanding of what awaits beyond our mortal realm.
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Matthew Schulz | Founder
Born into the Scooby-Doo generation and having a curiosity of all things paranormal since a child, Matthew Schulz's interest in the spiritual realm was greatly heightened when it was discovered his uncle and aunt lived within a haunted turn-of-the-20th century mansion located in Alhambra, California. Modeled after a European chateau, The Pyrenees Castle is now infamous for being the one-time home of music producer Phil Specter where he was convicted of murdering his companion, Lana Clarkson.

At the age of eight, Matthew sneaked a shoe box style cassette tape recorder into the estate's attic while attempting spirit communication. With no knowledge of paranormal investigation techniques, these efforts would be later known to him as his first Electronic Voice Phenomenon [EVP] sessions. Several decades later, Matthew cut his formal organized investigation teeth on fascinating locations including an extensive and bustling schedule of private residences and undisclosed historical landmarks, Tombstone Arizona's Birdcage Theater, Iowa's Villisca Ax Murder House, Long Beach's Queen Mary historic ship, San Diego Star of India Maritime Museum, along with co-creating and four years co-hosting Paranormal Investigation Tours at the San Diego Whaley House Museum.

Starting his fifth year, Matthew is the current Paranormal Docent and host of late night weekend Paranormal Investigation Tours aboard Long Beach, California's historic Queen Mary ship. Professionally, Matthew is an independent Creative Director, guiding the visual direction of corporate clients within the Southern California area. Along with objective observation, his career media development skills are an asset to team investigations with evidence analysis and technical management.



Erika Frost-Avila | Founding Member
At age twenty, Erika Frost suffered a critical car accident doctors said she should not have survived. The tragedy did gift her with a vivid near death experience: As she was embraced by a beautiful and all-encompassing light, Erika was met by the silhouette of a man who gently guided her back to her body, insisting it was not her time to move on and she much work to accomplish. Her life has been spiritually focused since.

Emerging as a paranormal media personality and intuitive life coach, Erika has been seen on SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters, the Travel Channel’s Most Haunted, The Tyra Banks Show, The Lifetime Network, VH-1’s New York Goes to Work and National Geographic and Discovery’s Haunted Ships. She has been featured several times on radio's Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and featured in many newspaper and magazine articles around the world. Many will recognize her as Long Beach's Queen Mary historic ship paranormal ambassador and popular ParaTour hostess. She brings her invaluable intuition sense and investigation experience to ParaXplorer Project.

Professionally, Erika is owner of hUman AWAKEnings healing arts, a center for self-empowerment.



Sharon | Founding Member
Some of Sharon's earliest memories from childhood involve the unexplained. Some still make her catch her breath. Partially growing up in Newport, Rhode Island, with Fort Adams as part of her back yard, she and her brothers played in the fort as children. Even today, she sees and hears the soldiers as she closes her eyes. Hasn't everyone had scary people hiding in their closet? A young Sharon believed this was the norm, especially since one of her younger sisters, a three-year-old fellow ParaXplorer Dawn, came to her with similar stories. The sisters have shared countless paranormal experiences together.

It is an honor to have intuitive gifts, and there is a responsibility attached to it. Sharon has had many adventures with with Matthew, Jodi and Erika, and enjoy the respect, communication, commitment and consideration the team members have not only for the unknown, but for each other.


Dawn
| Founding Member
Having grown up in a family of intuitively-gifted siblings, parents and grandparents, and seeing many premonitions and dreams coming to fruition, Dawn brings many years of personal paranormal and unexplained experiences to the Project. Her curiosity of the spirit realm has led her down many paths but always brings her back to the here and now with renewed amazement, knowledge and respect. Dawn's quiet introspection and sense of calm are valued within the team as is her spirit photography. Dawn and her sister, fellow ParaXplorer Sharon, are closely tied and embrace the bond that goes beyond sisterhood, often connecting to the same experience when investigating. Having worked with her sister, Matthew, and Jodi for many years, and most recently with Erika, Dawn is up for adventure with the ParaXplorer Project.


Jodi (in memoriam) | Founding Member
Jodi's passion for the spiritual came into focus when she moved to well known metaphysical hot spot, Sedona, Arizona in her early twenties. During her seven-year residency along side the Red Rocks, she encountered many unexplained events that peaked a paranormal interest. Jodi is known within the team for her investigation photography with many displaying haunting results, along with sharp evidence review. As she works with gifted ParaXplorer sensitives, Jodi has noticed her own intuitive ability sharpening.


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Todd Bates Todd Bates | EVP Specialist | Investigator| Radio Broadcaster
Chances are you'll find him in a mysterious abandoned home, walls yellowed by age and doors teetering precariously on their hinges. Maybe a murder occurred or perhaps a fire. Whatever the case, Todd Bates is on the scene for a singular task: capture voices of the dead.

Electronic Voice Phenomenon, commonly referred to as EVP, is possible spirit voices captured on a recording device that are not heard with the ear at the time of their recording. For Todd, collecting this potential evidence of the paraormal is a life calling. After years of personally investigating its mysteries and studying under pioneering EVP researcher, Sarah Estep, he took his passion to the Internet. Now into its second decade, Todd has transformed hosting a single radio show dedicated to the paranormal and discussion of EVP, Haunted Voiced Radio, into 24.7 WHVR-DB ‘The Stream' radio network, one of the largest internet radio networks presenting original paranormal, general interest and music programming.



Phillip Roell

Phillip Roell | EVP Specialist | Investigator
Always a fan of horror and fantasy stories, Phillip Roell became curious about paranormal occurrences that were alleged to be real as a teenager. He and his brother, living in St. Louis at the time, traveled sixty miles to St. Genevieve to drive around an Civil War era house with hope of seeing an apparition.

In 2003, Phil along with wife Dianne, spent a night in the Ohio State Reformatory. That experience set off something in both of them. Over the next four years they investigated many private residences.
Phillip developed a fascination for Electronic Voice Phenomenon [EVP] and studied audio files from Sarah Estep, Constantine Raudive, and other EVP pioneers. While working with audio editing software that is

often used to clean and analyze audio files, Phillip did extensive training with Todd Bates of Haunted Voices, eventually becoming their EVP Analyst and Todd's radio show co-host where top paranormal community members are interviewed. Phil and his wife also currently "freelance", helping whoever needs assistance with a possible hauntings.


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