Association of Professional Genealogists Announces New Officers, Board and Committee Members

Billie Stone Fogarty M.Ed. Named President for Second Term to World's Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 November 2017 - The Association of Professional Genealogists (APGŪ) has announced the results of its election for new officers, board members, and nominating committee members. The APG membership elected four officers and six at-large board members for two-year terms (2018-2019). Two nominating committee members were elected for one-year terms. Those elected were:

Executive Committee (two-year term)

President: Billie Fogarty, MEd, is a full-time professional genealogist who has served the genealogical community in several capacities, including as APG president since 2016. She aims to continue the commitment to the important tasks initiated last term, including the launch of a new website and the implementation of the member education requirement.

Vice President: David McDonald, DMin, CG, a past APG board member, speaks nationally at conferences and institutes. As vice president, David would like to strengthen APG's place as "the premier voice for professionals in our field."

Secretary: Amy E. K. Arner, a Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit recipient, will continue her work as APG secretary for another term. One of Amy's goals is to increase networking opportunities within APG and the organization's educational efforts regarding good business practices.

Treasurer: Mary Kircher Roddy, CPA, is a professional genealogist, speaker, and writer who has also served as treasurer for several non-profit organizations. She looks forward to collaborating with the board to facilitate interactions among genealogists and answer their needs as professionals in the field.

Board of Directors (two-year term)

Barbara Ball, CG, based in Arizona, is continuing for another term. One of her goals is to "advocate for the areas where access to large archives is difficult and research opportunities can be somewhat scarce."

Valerie Elkins, having recently relocated to Colorado, is continuing for another term. She has a particular interest in "encouraging more involvement and representation for more countries, ethnic groups, and cultures."

Fiona Fitzsimons, located in Ireland, is serving another term on the board. Her core interests for APG are in outreach and education served on the Redistribution, Bylaws, and Members Survey committees.

Benjamin Hollister, from Australia, has served on the board since 2016. He envisions APG "taking a greater role in both international standards and professional development for researchers, as well as supporting members through advocacy and marketing."

Cari Taplin, CG, of Texas, a returning board member, is "committed to supporting continued growth within APG in the areas of education for professionals, improvements in our online presence, and in our work with records preservation."

Katherine R. Willson lives in Michigan. Her vision for APG is "the formation of an outreach committee to pair interested APG members with local Veterans Administration hospitals for the continued recording of lineages, histories, and narratives for all US veterans nationwide."

2018 Nominations Committee

Melanie Holtz, CG, is a Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit recipient based in North Carolina. She is an "advocate for professionalism within the field of genealogy, mentorship, and expanded educational offerings within the organization."

Elizabeth O'Neal of California has served on nominations committees for several organizations and feels that "board members should always be approachable and should reach out to members to learn how they can best be served." She would like to see APG "continue to embrace technology with its educational offerings and webinars, and continue to increase communication with members and chapter officers via social media channels."

"APG is fortunate to have a strong and diverse group of dedicated genealogists willing to volunteer their time to move our organization forward," said APG President, Billie Stone Fogarty. "As we welcome those returning and newly elected, we also thank those board members retiring from board service; Catherine Desmarais, CG, Sandra Ball, CPA, Sharon Atkins, Helen Daglas, Clarise Soper, CG, Christine Woodcock, and Vicki Wright."

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter ( and FaceBook (


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Media Contacts:
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 535, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034-0535
Phone: +1-303-465-6980

Corey Oiesen
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists