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2018 APG Professional Management Conference

4–6 October 2018
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri

PMC Presenters

Dannell "Danni" Altman-Newell is a native Kansas Citian. She began doing family history research at an early age, courtesy of spending summers watching her maternal grandparents indexing at the local Family History Center. Danni is currently employed as a marketing & membership manager at the National Storytelling Network. She serves as a volunteer for the National World War I Museum and Memorial and as education chair for the Heartland Chapter of the Association for Professional Genealogists. She is a graduate of ProGen 28 and enjoys learning and researching Midwest and World War I history.
Amy E. K. Arner specializes in Western Pennsylvania research and editing genealogical works. She serves on the Association of Professional Genealogists Board of Directors and previously was the president of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She proofreads the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly and the co-edits the North Hills Genealogists (of Pittsburgh) newsletter. Her early interest in a box of old family documents led to her taking courses through Brigham Young University and at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. She has applied her knowledge in researching both personal and clients' families.
Kristin Brooks Barcomb is a retired Army officer who uses her military experience to focus on WWII-related genealogical research. Her primary research emphasis is the records and experiences of those who served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Both her parents were WWII AAF veterans, her father ultimately serving 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. She was first introduced to the records available in the Air Force Historical Research Agency when researching her own family history. She wishes to share what she has learned with other genealogists.
Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD, is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world's first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored "Genetics for Genealogy" with Judy Russell in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Elizabeth Shown Mills, Author and Editor). Blaine is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's Board of Trustees, and a board member for the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Kathleen Brandt is a professional international genealogist and keynote speaker. She worked with international businesses from 1981 - 2001 and has been an avid entrepreneur and business coach since 2001. As a keynote speaker, she melds her international corporate executive experience with her entrepreneurial spirit to encourage and motivate her audiences to create their "own" path. A graduate of Kauffman FastTrac® Entrepreneurial Program, and presenter for FastTrac MiniSociety©, Kathleen offers workshops and lectures, and is a consultant for various international corporations, colleges and universities. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, universities and colleges, women's associations, and private associations.
Michael Brophy is an adjunct professor of business at Bridgewater State University and Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Over the past several years he was taught several courses in sales management, marketing, general business and operations management. Mr. Brophy is a nationally known, professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He was the first treasurer of the New England of Association of Professional Genealogists and past board member of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council.
Michael Cassara is a professional genealogist and lecturer, based in New York City. As a speaker, he has presented throughout the United States, and from 2014 to 2016, he gave annual talks at RootsTech, the world’s largest family history conference. His 2016 RootsTech presentation, "Cemetery Crowdsourcing," was filmed and is available for viewing on Michael is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and numerous other professional organizations. He received a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. Michael writes about genealogy and technology topics on his blog,
Brent N. Chadwick is a part-time professional researcher residing in Western Massachusetts. Since 2013 he has been actively creating templates and programming VBA (visual basic application) code in MS Excel and Word, specifically developing time-saving devices for genealogists. He authored the templates for the Forensic Genealogy Institute in Dallas March 2015, and the Forensic class in Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy January 2017. His website Knox Trail Ances-Tree showcases these templates.
Kate Eakman holds an M.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to embarking on her career as a professional genealogist, Kate spent 20 years as a college history professor creating interactive and participatory courses including a genealogically-based study of U.S. History. Today she is a senior researcher for Legacy Tree Genealogists. She has taught a variety of classes on genealogical topics and has been invited to make numerous presentations around the country. Kate's article "Writing the Professional Research Report: Style and Format" was awarded the APGQ Excellence Award for 2016.
Daniel Earl has been doing family history research for over 25 years and has been speaking professionally for the last three years. He has spoken at RootsTech, OGS, Ontario Genealogy Conference, and various state and local society meetings. Additionally, he holds a master's degree in psychology and has taught at the collegiate level, focusing on human development and social interactions.
Mary Eberle, JD is an experienced genetic genealogist, a DNA expert and author. She's a former patent attorney with extensive DNA experience. Mary began her work in the field of DNA research over 30 years ago. She designed DNA tests to match transplant patients and donors. Mary founded DNA Hunters, LLC, which finds people's biological parents and helps people understand their DNA test results. Mary lectures on genetic genealogy throughout the country and Canada.
Diana Elder, AG Diana Elder, AG is accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States. She has fifteen years of research experience and recently went through the accreditation process, receiving her credential in July 2017. She currently serves as the presentation specialist for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen SM), charged with creating webinars and presentations aiding others in the accreditation process.
Yvonne C. Emanuel, MPA earned a bachelor of arts from Angelo State University in modern languages, history, English and education; and a masters of public administration from the University of Oklahoma. She extended her genealogical knowledge of the 19th and 20th century research skills by attending National Genealogical Society conferences, RootsTech, and other local, state, and regional conferences; and by visiting repositories. She is a 2013 graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Research. Yvonne, an Arlington, Texas, resident, recently retired after 43 years with the Social Security Administration. Currently she works with a team organizing a historical cemetery preservation society.
For the past 35 years, Susan Ennis taught English, edited publications, and served as librarian and media specialist in the Seneca Valley School District. She teaches genealogical classes in Butler County, PA. Her specialties include methodology, and writing/editing. Ennis was recently chosen by Scholastic Library Publishing to serve on their first-ever national librarian advisory board. She is a member of the North Hills Genealogists and co-editor of their newsletter. In the Cranberry Genealogy Club, she serves as President and newsletter editor. She is a member of APG, ALA, AASL, and PSLA. She has editorial credit on four published books.
After earning a master's degree in journalism and communication from the University of Florida, Margaret Eves worked in radio, film, and video production for seven years as an announcer, editor and producer. She went on to earn a masters in library science from Florida State University and to serve as a librarian in school and public libraries, where she also teaches genealogy classes. She has been recording family history interviews and researching her genealogy for more than twenty-five years. Margaret lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, two sons, and the family archives.
Shannon Green, CG Shannon Green, CG, is a genealogy researcher and writer. She earned her certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University (2014) and graduated from the ProGen study program (2016). In June 2017, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) published what began as a ProGen assignment. After earning the Certified Genealogist credential in 2017, The Record published her case study originally prepared for her certification portfolio. Shannon's experience as a first-time author provides the unique perspective to inspire other potential authors. She has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, retired college professor (MA - Speech Communication; PhD - Folklore), is a national speaker/author/entertainer. She's researched for two genealogy television programs and taught public speaking, in academia for 13 years, and in the private sector for about 35. With over 40 years of genealogy experience and as half of Genealogy Journeys®, Jean co-hosts social history podcasts. She is a past APG board member and current President of its Southern California Chapter, on the Genealogical Speakers Guild Board, and is Western Regional Rep of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. Her website:
Benjamin Hollister is a professional historian, genealogist, presenter and tutor. He currently owns and operates a historical research business focusing on German-Australian research, and as well as offering a variety of support services to historical researchers. Over the past 20 years, Ben has also held executive management positions in the areas of health, emergency management, education, finance and marketing, and board positions in the areas of education, sport, history and cultural communities, with not-for-profit companies and organizations in Australia. He also serves as Executive Officer of the German-Australian Genealogy and History Alliance, a network of societies, archives and researchers.
Jan M. Joyce, PhD has researched her own family since 1998. She has completed a number of institute courses and study groups, as well as Boston University's certificate program in genealogical research. Her background includes earning undergraduate, master's and graduate degrees in business and marketing, working in the marketing industry, and teaching marketing to undergraduate and graduate classes. Dr. Joyce has had several articles published including one currently in the editing phase with NGSQ.
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG has been involved in genealogy since before her birth. Her parents were excellent genealogists and instilled the same love of history and family in Peggy and her three sisters. One of her favorite pictures is of her mother on her way to do cemetery research four days before Peggy's birth. Her roots run deep in the South, where she is accredited, involving the states of Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and some areas of Pennsylvania.
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Thomas has successfully implemented a variety of affiliate marketing programs to increase his business income over the past three years.
Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS has more than 35 years of experience as a genealogical writer, lecturer, and researcher. She is past vice president of the National Genealogical Society and served as conference chair in 2010 and 2012. She served on the APG board of directors from 2005 to 2008 and is past president of the Colorado Chapter of APG. She has been a volunteer at NARA-Rocky Mountain Region for 18 years.
Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research. Paul has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books, and lecturing for over 35 years. He holds an advanced degree in theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America and research methodology. He is currently the book review editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois Newsletter. Paul is a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Interest Group of Wisconsin and Illinois.
A life-long avocational genealogist who earned his degree in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University, for nearly 40 years Erick Montgomery has worked in the field of historic preservation as a planner, nonprofit director and consultant. Coming to Georgia in 1979, he became executive director of Historic Augusta, Inc. in 1989. He provides client work for preservation projects to fulfill documentation, registration and certification needs. He routinely develops educational programming including documenting, writing and presenting information to support preservation of historic properties. He views historical, archaeological, biographical and genealogical disciplines as inseparable in order to fully understand most historic resources.
Known affectionately as familytreegirl, Shelley Viola Murphy, DM has more than twenty-five years of experience in genealogy research and writing. In her presentations, she imparts to audiences the importance of asking "So what?" at each discovery. She is known for her fresh approach to getting started in genealogy research, keen methods and strategies for analyzing documents, and her common-sense approach to time and file management. Shelley is driven to share the stories of her ancestors, the women in her family's past who survived despite the odds. "This work is not about me, it's about those who came before me and those who will come after me."
Bryna O'Sullivan is a Middletown, Connecticut, based professional genealogy teacher, researcher, and French to English translator. Graduate of Boston University's certificate program in genealogical research and holder of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies' professional learning certificate in genealogical studies (Canadian Records), she has created and presented genealogy courses since 2011.
Barbara Randall is a lecturer and writer. She is the co-chair/moderator of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Jamboree Extension Series webinar program and a member of the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree committee (currently speaker chair). Barbara lectures primarily in the southern California area. She is also on the boards of the Southern California Chapter APG, SCGS and BIFHS-USA. Barbara learned the techniques employed in this presentation in the Launching the Future seminar focused on the film industry and assisted the instructor for several years. Future by Design has become a part of her end of year routine.
David Ryan (MA DIPGEN) is a professional genealogist based just outside of Cork city, Ireland. He has worked as professional genealogist for the past four years. David is a graduate of University College Cork. He has an MA in Medieval History and a Diploma in Genealogy. He has also completed a certificate in Digital Marketing with Cork Institute of Technology in 2017. He previously worked as the Heritage Curator and Digital Marketing Assistant with Triskel Christchurch in Cork City from 2011 to 2015.
Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA first became interested in genealogy when he was a teenager. After fifteen years of occasional forays into courthouses and archives he learned that he was doing it all wrong. His mission to learn to do it right began in 1985 when he first joined the National Genealogical Society. And the journey began. He became the Clan Scott, USA genealogist in 1985, a position he would hold for fifteen years. For nine years he was the editor of The Scott Genealogical Quarterly. His first national lecture was in 1990 at the National Genealogical Society Conference in the States in Crystal City, Virginia. He has been lecturing locally, regionally and nationally ever since. He was the owner of Willow Bend Books and acquired several smaller genealogical publishing companies over the years. In 2003 he acquired Heritage Books and continues to publish titles under that name.
During her twenty-three years as a professional genealogist Joanne M. Sher has worked on fourteen exhibits, some with accompanying published materials. Her work has involved grant writing, fundraising, researching, writing text, selecting images, writing image labels, clearing copyright, and working together with exhibit fabricators to create the exhibits. Her experience also included writing for exhibit catalogs, companion books, teaching guides, and websites that accompanied the exhibits. Joanne’s work as a newspaper editor, obtaining a certificate in non-profit administration, and taking classes in grant writing and museum studies has added to the research and writing skills that she brought to those exhibit projects.
Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL was born and raised on the east coast. For the past 25 years, she has lived in St. Louis, Missouri. After beginning her own personal research, she started teaching genealogy at St. Louis Community College. Currently, she serves as education manager of the National Genealogical Society and volunteers as the education director of the St. Louis Genealogical Society. Her memberships include the National Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, St. Louis Genealogical Society (life member), the State Historical Society of Missouri, and Friends of the Missouri State Archives.
Julie Stoddard, AG is an Accredited Genealogist® in the United States Mid-South region who has been researching for over 15 years. She received a BA in Family History-Genealogy from BYU and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. Julie serves as the Mentoring Specialist and on the Presentations Committee for ICAPGen.
Rich Venezia served on Genealogy Roadshow's research team for two seasons and spoke at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017. He lives in Pittsburgh and specializes in twentieth-century immigration research. He researches frequently at the National Archives and elsewhere in record sets related to twentieth-century immigrants, and lectures nationally on these record sets. He gave a lecture on advanced immigration and naturalization law at SLIG 2018, and taught "Uncovering Immigrant Origins" for VIGR in March 2018. His lecture on USCIS record sets was given seven times in 2017, including at the NGS and OGS conferences.
Penny Walters, PhD, whose PhD investigated ethical dilemmas, has been a university lecturer for 30+ years, lecturing in undergraduate and masters psychology and business studies. Penny was adopted at birth, and is the mother of 6 dual heritage children, aged 12-31. DNA testing revealed that Penny is c71% Irish heritage, which supports her 30 year paper trail. Penny now writes articles lectures internationally about psychological and philosophical issues within genealogy, adoption, diaspora, heritage estimates in DNA.
Ian Watson, PhD teaches in the media and interaction design program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Gjøvik, Norway. He previously taught in Iceland, where he also worked on open-access scholarly publishing and digital librarianship projects. At the same time, he works as a freelance researcher, writer, and editor for genealogical publishers. He has published several articles on open-access issues in Scandinavia and moderated conferences on the topic. For more information, see
Paul Woodbury is a graduate of BYU where he studied Genetics and Genealogy. He also has a master's degree instructional design and educational technology from the University of Utah. Paul currently works as a senior researcher at Legacy Tree Genealogists. He specializes in genetic genealogy but also loves French, Spanish, Italian and Scandinavian genealogy. He researches and presents regularly in these fields and loves to share his knowledge with his students and clients.

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