Our team is made up of people with various experiences and from many walks of life. All are interested in the paranormal and all take a great deal of interest in the truth. Our investigations are run by a team with experience and with open minds.
Our founder is Kurt Knapp, who has a number of years in doing paranormal investigations. Kurt Jonathan Knapp was born August 2, 1953 in Bridgeport, CT. He is a Vietnam era Veteran of the U.S.M.C. Military Police. He attended Los Angeles City College, U.S. Army Military Police School in Augusta, GA, Ryukyu Armed Forces Police School in Okinawa, Japan. He is a former civilian Police Officer. He resides in Middletown, CT. He has been a paranormal Investigator since 1985.
Lead Psychic Medium - Investigator
Karen Hollis is the Lead Psychic/Medium on the G.O.N.E.R.S paranormal team. She is a professional Psychic/Medium who makes her living by connecting the living with their loved ones in Spirit. Karen offers up evidence of life beyond death on a daily basis. Her clients will attest that there are things, which she could not have known, were it not for her ability to speak with the other side. She has lectured extensively on the subject of the Paranormal and the continuity of life after death across the United States. Her client base spans the globe from Milan Italy, to Osaka Japan.
Karen was born a natural medium and is considered a professional in the paranormal investigative field with over thirty years of experience. As a team member of G.O.N.E.R.S., Karen uses her skills and abilities to interact with the phenomena and/or Spirit on investigations. She helps to advise clients in how best to deal with the paranormal activity that they are experiencing.
Over the years, Ms. Hollis has been asked to work with law enforcement to find missing persons, and to solve cases that have gone cold. Her ability to find the truth in any situation is what makes Karen the "Bridge between Evidence and Explanation!" More information about Karen is on her website.
Melanie Knapp brings a lifelong interest in both science and the paranormal to the G.O.N.E.R.S. team. Melanie approaches each investigation with a foundation of skepticism. She also believes strongly in utilizing the process of Critical Thinking to analyze each piece of evidence presented, as well as the methods used to collect it.
As a native New Englander, Melanie also puts her passion for regional history to work, researching background and historical information of the venue for each investigation.
Decorated police officer, Brian Flanagan, has 22 years of service in Connecticut. During his tenure, he was the first Detective to be named in town, a position he set up and implemented. He also has also been assigned to different functions throughout his career to include the Tolland County Multidisciplinary Team, Missing Person's Team, and Field Training Officer.
Besides his career as a law enforcement officer, he was an online adjunct professor for seven years. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master's Degree from Central Connecticut State University. In addition, Brian has been studying the spiritual martial art of Aikido for the past 15 years.
Mike Giordano Had experiences with paranormal activities when he was young. His interest in the paranormal continues today. Giordano seeks answers to many of the questions people have about paranormal activities in many settings with the goal of seeing an apparition while on an investigation and getting documentation of it.
Mark Smith has been interested in the paranormal since he was six years of age. It was at that time that he would awaken to a large hand print in the mirror in his bedroom that did not fit the hand of anyone living in his home at the time. Every home Mark has lived in has had paranormal activity, some heard, some seen and some just felt. Mark is a licensed Master Plumber, in the trade for 21 years. While on the job, he has experienced many paranormal events in the homes he has worked in. He currently works for the Town of Manchester, Connecticut.
Psychic Medium - Investigator
Donna Rak is a clairaudient intuitive psychic/medium born on March 14th in Providence Rhode Island. At a young age her family moved to Middletown CT where she was raised. She is married to John and has one child Stephen.
Donna has been interested in paranormal activity for many years. Donna has always had paranormal experiences since a young child ; but recently Donna explored it in depth and accepted it as " her normal". After a recent awakening experience with a family member, Donna began to seek out more knowledge to learn about one's life's path and what's on the otherside. Donna began looking for a teacher with a highest vibration, with highest frequency energies which would bring Donna clarity, focus, heart opening with more love, joy, passion, prosperity and enthusiasm to live your life to its full potential. In searching for this knowledge she was drawn to study with Karen Hollis.
Donna worked in the travel industry for many years and owned and operated a travel agency and yacht charter company in the Hartford Civic Center until 2004. She enjoys boating, travel and spending time with family and friends. She currently employed in the Anthropology Department at Wesleyan University. . Donna is compelled to do spirit investigations for the good of others, to comfort them and to help them understand more about their paranormal experiences and share hers.
Kellie Gilbert has lived and worked all over CT her whole life. She has been having paranormal experiences since she was a child ranging from scary to fascinating, from hearing disembodied voices to finding objects moved to seeing full-body apparitions. These experiences have occurred at home, at work and occasionally even while out with friends. This has evoked a deep interest in figuring out what's on the other side.
Currently she lives in Manchester and is doing her Undergrad at the University of Connecticut to become a Public Health Educator.
Mark Hollis was born in Kansas on November 26th, but brings the "show me" attitude from the neighboring state, Missouri to the team. Having 30 years of experience in television production and post-production, he can spot a fake or "sexed-up" video shot very easily. Having had experience with both "normal" and "paranormal" phenomenon, Mark brings a sense of humor as well as a reality check to the team.