Research and Development
I've been interested in the paranormal since I was about 5 years old.
U.F.O.s, ghosts, even big foot sightings. If someone reported seeing it,
I wanted to figure it out. I think I watched every show I could, growing up,
such as The Other Side, Sightings, and Unsolved Mysteries. As I grew up, I
left the Yeti, and Nessies behind but still kept the strong UFO and ghost
I became very good friends with Stephanie, from the group, and even went to
the initial start-up meeting. I was in a band that played every weekend so
this couldn't work. Now, I'm not so tied down and ready to go. I hope to
someday get this down to a science; for now, I'm still learning.
Andrea Burnett Calkins
I’ve been interested in the paranormal & unexplained since I can remember. I watch & read anything I can find on the subjects. I’ve wanted to join an experienced paranormal group for a long time but only just recently found Mississippi Valley Paranomal. I noticed on their website that they were planning an investigation where I live so I contacted them to see if perhaps I could tag along. They were really great and allowed me to investigate with them so, my first investigation was at the Grand Opera House in Dubuque. It was really interesting seeing & using all the equipement so, needless to say I was hooked. I look forward to learning and experiencing as much as I can in the scientific research of the paranormal. I would consider myself a skeptic with the understanding that perhaps we don’t fully understand everything & maybe we’re not suppose to.
My interest in the paranormal began when I was pretty young. It started as a fascination with UFOs and aliens and bloomed into interest in ghosts, urban legends, unexplained stories, and all sorts of other mysteries. I became interested in investigating these things in 1999 when I spent some time in a local apartment complex which has long been rumored to have paranormal activity. In 2004, when the TV show “Ghost Hunters” hit the air, I realized that there were people out there who shared my interest in researching and unveiling the truth behind paranormal activity. MVP member and co-founder Becky Reid and I spent some time doing a few impromptu investigations in places that interested us because of a history of claims of activity and the results were amazing. It was enough to spark the interest for Becky to help form this group. While I became too busy with nursing school to participate in investigations anymore, my interest never waned. When the opportunity finally came again for me to be able to investigate with MVP, I jumped at the chance. I look forward to putting my “people skills” to work in future investigations and helping assist folks with claims of paranormal activity in their homes and businesses.