Speaker Bio's Below
Speakers are included in your admission into OSR
(Except Chip Coffey Gallery Reading)
SATURDAY MAY 22, 2021
11:00 am - Mike Ricksecker - "Shadow People"
12:00 pm - Adam Bonnett - "Putting the Para in Paranormal"
1:00 pm - Mark Nesbitt - "Hidden, Haunted, Hotspots in Gettsyburg"
2:00 pm - Celebrity Talk (TBD)
3:30 pm - Chip Coffey Gallery Reading ($$)
SUNDAY MAY 23, 2021
12:00 pm - Sherri Brake - "Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory"
1:00 pm - Dave Juliano - "So, You Want to be a Demonologist, Huh?"
2:00 pm - (TBD)
3:00 pm - Celebrity Talk (TBD)
Speakers, topics and times are subject to change without notice
Mike Ricksecker is the author of the historic paranormal books Ghosts of Maryland, Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma, Campfire Tales: Midwest, Ghostorian Case Files: Volume 1, and the Encounters With The Paranormal series. He has appeared on multiple television shows and programs as a paranormal historian, including Animal Planet’s The Haunted, Bio Channel’s My Ghost Story, and Russia’s Mysteries of Mankind, Fox 5 News (Washington DC), Fox 25 News (Oklahoma City), ABC 3 News (Virginia Beach), Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory, and he produces his own Internet shows Ghosts and Legends, Paranormal Roads, and Friday Night Ghost Frights. On Tuesday nights, he hosts The Edge of the Rabbit Hole Livestream Show and Inside the Upside Down on the Haunted Road Media YouTube channel. Haunted Road Media is also his own paranormal and supernatural publishing company representing a number of paranormal authors.
Mike’s historic paranormal articles have been published in The Baltimore Sun, Paranormal Underground Magazine, and he wrote an Oklahoma City paranormal column for Examiner.com (2010 – 2014). His work has also been featured in The Oklahoman, The Frederick News Post, Marshall University’s The Parthenon, and Louisiana State University’s Civil War Book Review.
Additionally, Mike is an Amazon best-selling mystery author with two entries to his Chase Michael DeBarlo private detective series, Deadly Heirs and System of the Dead. With over 25 years of involvement in the paranormal, Mike serves as a paranormal investigator and “Ghostorian” with Society of the Haunted and regularly travels to speak about the paranormal and writing.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mike is a father of four and is an avid baseball fan.
Adam Bonnett isn't just any paranormal investigator! What makes him unique? He’s in a wheelchair. Rather than discouraging him, his condition forces him to develop creative alternatives to achieve his goals. Often considered a “rolling trigger object”, he uses his unique situation as an advantage when investigating. His creation, a wheelchair bound ghost named Glider, not only represents him and others with disabilities, but also remains a symbol that there are no limitations to those who truly believe.
Adam has been a guest on numerous radio shows such as: Paranormal Experience, Scarefest Radio, Sunday Night Dead, Americas Most Haunted, Dead Air Paranormal and more… And a guest speaker at many East and West Coast conventions including, Dead Winter Con, Ohio Paranormal Gathering, Scarefest, Hillview Manor Hill Con, Enigamacon, Grave City Paracon, Preston Castle Paracon and many more.
He hopes to continue raising awareness and showing the world that anything is possible. Check out more about Adam at www.the-glider.com.
Sherri Brake is a para-historian and author of 8 books on haunted history including "The Haunted History of the Ohio State Reformatory", "The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary" and "The Haunted History of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum."
Besides conducting Ghost Hunting 101 classes and private ghost hunts at the Ohio State Reformatory she also owns Haunted Heartland Tours, has investigated the paranormal for over 30 years and leads tours/ghosthunts across the country and in Ireland and Scotland.
Dave was the center of a haunting in his childhood home in New Jersey. From the age of three until the day he moved out 26 years later, he experienced a wide variety of paranormal activity. The activity ranged from typical haunting activity to a 3 year period where the activity in the home became demonic. He spent his early years terrified of what was going on in his home. As he got older he became a voracious reader of anything on the topic of supernatural phenomena in a search for answers for what he was experiencing. With the help of people experienced in this supernatural realm he eventually understood more about what he was experiencing. His focus soon became to learn as much as he could about ghosts and hauntings as well as help anyone who was scared of a paranormal situation and spirit activity. Dave can see, feel and discern spirits.
Dave has been investigating haunted locations, consulting on cases and helping people for over 30 years. In 1994, he began the Internet’s first paranormal website with a specific focus on ghosts. He created The Shadowlands as a safe haven for people to share their experiences with spirit activity and to seek comfort along with advice. He also created Ghost Hunting 101 ® which still is a free resource for people looking for free information on how conduct safe and effective ghost research. He has personally trained hundreds of people how to investigate haunted locations via Ghost Hunting 101® classes and SJGR training classes. He has consulted on thousands of cases and investigated hundreds of haunted locations.
Dave is currently the Co Director of South Jersey Ghost Research, Co Director of Sanctuary Paranormal and the webmaster of The Shadowlands. He investigates and helps people reporting mainly negative activity in their homes or businesses. He specializes in problematic, intense, negative and demonic hauntings. Dave is what is commonly referred to as a “demonologist” and is an ordained member of the clergy. He has first hand experience with many cases including deliverance's and exorcisms as well as personal encounters. He assists the public and paranormal groups in need of help and consultations concerning negative hauntings. He is the author of ‘Positive Energy for Haunted Homes’, ‘Ghost Research 101: Investigating Haunted Homes’, ‘Armor of God’ and ‘GhostHunting101.com’ plus numerous articles posted on The Shadowlands website.
Dave now resides in Philadelphia, PA. He owns The GhostHunter Store ®. His background is in law enforcement and private security. He is a graduate of the Cape May County Police Academy, ULC Seminary and majored in History and World Religions in college.
Mark Nesbitt is best known for his ghost stories associated with Gettysburg, virtually every battlefield—large and small—has its share of lingering spirits. In researching his book “Civil War Ghost Trails,” Mark visited all the major battlefields of the Civil War collecting ghost stories and conducting paranormal field investigations.
Using these stories, as well as photographs and audio recordings of the disembodied voices of those no longer with us, Mark will present his evidence for the existence of ghosts in Gettysburg and beyond.
Mark Nesbitt was a National Park Service Ranger/Historian for five years at Gettysburg before starting his own research and writing company. Since then he has published more than 30 books, including the national award-winning Ghosts of Gettysburg series. His stories have been seen on The History Channel, A&E, The Discovery Channel, The Travel Channel, Unsolved Mysteries, and numerous regional television shows and heard on Coast to Coast AM, and regional radio. In 1994, he created the commercially successful Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours(R) and in 2006, the Ghosts of Fredericksburg Tours.