The NYPS Team

The New York Paranormal Society is composed of professional, highly-educated individuals who all share a passion for the paranormal. We approach every case with professionalism, respect and discretion. Feel free to contact any of our members with any questions you may have.


Jason StromingJason StromingFounder & Lead Investigator | E-Mail
Jason is the Founder of The New York Paranormal Society and head writer of our blog, The Occult Section. His interest in the paranormal began at an early age, when he would watch such shows as In Search Of… and read books like “The Encyclopedia of Monsters.” He has dedicated most of his free time to researching and investigating all facets of the unexplained and paranormal, including cryptozoology, ufology and forteana in addition to the supernatural. He served as Associate Producer on the documentary “Haunted Snug Harbor,” and appeared in episodes of Dark Matters, Love/Lust and the Paranormal, and numerous local news stories. He is 42 years old, is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., and has his BA in Psychology from the College of Staten Island, CUNY. He currently lives on Staten Island.


Laura PennaceLaura PennacePhotographer & Investigator | E-Mail
Laura is 33 years old and grew up in Central Massachusetts. She attended NYU where she graduated in 2005 with a dual degree in History and Journalism, and now lives on Staten Island. She’s been fascinated with the paranormal for nearly her whole life, stemming from an experience she had as a child. As a history major, Laura specialized in American history, and loves traveling to, researching, and learning about new locations. She is also a professional photographer, and you can see her work at www.pennacephotography.com. By being a part of NYPS, Laura hopes to combine her passions while helping those in need. Laura also contributes to The Occult Section on a regular basis.


Jimmy BricksJames Bricks, Lead Historian & Investigator | E-Mail
James, 31 years old and a native Staten Islander, is a graduate of the College of Staten Island CUNY, with a BA in History. His interest in the paranormal began at an early age, largely due to the fact that his family had a deep interest in the subject as well. James hopes that his involvement in The New York Paranormal Society will not only satisfy his curiosity, but that his involvement and what he brings to the proverbial table will help satisfy the curiosity of many others as well.


Stacey ConwayStacey ConwayCase Manager & Investigator | E-Mail
Stacey is 38 years old and has been fascinated with elements of the paranormal since she was a child. Her childhood experiences fed her curiosity and after several other experiences as an adult her desire to discover the truth prompted her to join The New York Paranormal Society. She has a BA in English, an MS in Special Education, and is a high school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She is also an unpublished author, working on several novels at this time, all of which share a common paranormal element. She currently resides on Staten Island with her very patient and supportive husband. Grounded in reality, Stacey’s approach to the paranormal is strictly science-based. She hopes that with her philosophy, her writing skills, her out-going personality, and her enthusiasm, that she will become a valuable asset to the team.


Michelle MasonMichelle Mason, Blog Columnist and Investigator | E-Mail
Michelle grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she developed a fascination with all things paranormal as a child, thanks in part to R.L. Stine and repeat viewings of Poltergeist and Ghostbusters.  She graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2004 with a degree in Journalism and moved to New York City shortly thereafter to pursue a career in advertising.  Michelle is also a freelance writer who is near completion of her Master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School University; she has recently joined The Occult Section in the hopes of exploring her interest in the paranormal more seriously, and works with The New York Paranormal Society as a contributing member.  She is 29 years old and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog, Gertrude.  In her free time, Michelle loves traveling and visiting places that are reported to be haunted.