Ghost Huntress - Maryanne Porter - (a.k.a "Mari") Founder of the Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters, proprietor of Santa Cruz Haunted Tours, and author of Haunted Santa Cruz, California.
Mari is a former criminal justice major, who recently went back to college in pursuit of a masters degree in forensic psychology. She is a county employee who worked as a front line worker throughout the Covid-19 pandemic as well as, assisting evacuees with emergency shelter, during the devastating CZU fires. Mari, developed an interest in the paranormal at a very young age, often hearing seeing and feeling things in her childhood home, that were disembodied in nature. Raised in a very strict Roman Catholic family, with even an uncle who while alive, was a presiding Cardinal within the Vatican representing the country of Austria; under Pope John Paul the 2nd. The fearful catholic upbringing of good vs evil, only fueled her curiosity to want to learn more of things that most would consider taboo. Mari, also grew interested in the darker history of Santa Cruz and has dedicated much of her time as a historical researcher. Even going so far as to researching and interviewing imprisoned serial killers, all the while curious to know if they are haunted by their acts, or are they truly the epitome of an evil psychotic consciousness. Mari's voyage into the paranormal has guided her to trying to help the living understand, when faced with their own paranormal experiences, and if willing, setting the spirits of the forgotten, free.
Paranormal Investigator-Officer Timothy Loe: Retired; Air Force Technical Sergeant, with 20 years of law enforcement - investigative experience. Ten years with the Federal Bureau / Prison’s, as a Corrections Officer, Special Operations Team Member, Tactical Liaison & Hostage Negotiator. Currently a Santa Cruz County Sheriff Volunteer patrolman, I also teach Personal Safety, to 2nd grade classes within Santa Cruz County; in addition to Home, and Business Safety and Security Inspections, for the Sheriff’s Office..
Tim is the muscle of S.C.G.H. He not only grounds the team, he also ensures the safety of team members by inspecting basements, cellars, tunnels, hidden passageways etc. All the while keeping an eye out for any potential lost historical clues or areas which may be leaking high electric magnetic fields.
Paranormal Investigator / Research Specialist - Rhiannon Mai:
Rhiannon has over 15 years experience with the City of Santa Cruz, she has vast knowledge in the library systems throughout the county and the research material that are housed within. Rhiannon specializes as a research assistant to S.C.G.H pertaining to history and local documentation.
A BIG WELCOME TO PAUL TASHIRO! OUR NEWEST S.C.G.H TEAM MATE!!
Paranormal Investigator, videographer, paranormal producer - Sgt. Paul Tashiro:
Paul Tashiro has served 31 years with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's office, his investigative experience, includes bomb squad, internal affairs, gang task force, homicide and more. Paul has had countless encounters with the paranormal both on duty and off. Paul is the producer, host and writer for KSCO Ghosts N Grub radio show, 1080 A.M, Santa Cruz, and he is also the producer of a paranormal documentary show, showcasing a variety of paranormal teams. Paul, is the newest addition to the Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters Team and We look forward to working with him and integrating his vast knowledge and experience into new paranormal adventures to come.
Internship. Junior Investigator: Gage Mercado Gage is the son of founder Maryanne Porter. He has had an interest in the paranormal while growing up and a gifted hereditary ability that he chooses to learn more about. Gage is taking on more investigations to learn if his interest in the paranormal is one he wants to pursue in the future, or simply satisfy his curiosity of the unknown.