26 NOVEMBER 2003


Contact: Kathleen W. Hinckley, CGRS, Executive Director,

Association of Professional Genealogists

P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998

Phone 303-422-9371, fax 303-456-8825, e-mail


Prepared by: Richard F. Robinson, CGRS, APG Information Officer,




(NOTE TO EDITORS: This release contains names of local people from the following states as well as Canada and Italy: Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Utah. A digital headshot of J. Mark Lowe is available upon request to




APG Members Elect New Leaders




J. Mark Lowe, CG, of Springfield, Tenn., has been elected president of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the world’s leading professional organization of family history and related professionals. He will succeed Sherry Irvine, B.A., CGRS, FSA Scot, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


Lowe, a fulltime professional genealogist and lecturer who is currently vice president of APG, said, “APG can continue to make a difference by providing consumers with information regarding ethical professionals, by improving educational opportunities for members, and by expanding the association’s efforts in records preservation and access.” Lowe is also director of RIGS Alliance workshops in cooperation with the National Archives Regional System.


Irvine, reflecting on APG’s change and continuity over her seven years on APG’s board and executive committee in the December issue of the APG Quarterly, wrote, “I think it has matured from just another sort of genealogical society into what it really is, an organization for professionals—if you work in this field you must belong to APG.”


APG members also elected three members of the board’s executive committee and nine of its 19 regional directors to two-year terms as well as two members to one-year terms on the nominating committee.


Taking seats on the executive committee on Jan. 1, 2004, will be Vice President Sharon Tate Moody, CGRS, of Smyrna, Ga., presently a regional director; Secretary Beverly Rice, CGRS, of Coos Bay, Ore.; and Treasurer Gary Mokotoff of Bergenfield, N.J., an incumbent.


Directors elected were: Jake Gehring of Woods Cross, Utah and Joan A. Hunter, M.L.S., CG, of Eugene, Ore., Region 1; Mary Clement Douglass, CGRS, of Salina, Kan. and Nancy Waller Thomas of Columbia, Mo., Region 2; Craig Roberts Scott, M.A., CGRS, of Westminster, Md. and C. Ann Staley, CGRS, of Jacksonville, Fla., Region 3; Elissa Scalise Powell, CGRS, of Wexford, Pa. and Maureen A. Taylor, M.A., of Westwood, Mass., Region 4; and Cornelia Schrader-Muggenthaler of Ostra, Italy, International Region B.


Jana Sloan Broglin of Swanton, Ohio and Arlene V. Jennings of New York, N.Y. were elected to the nominating committee.


The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979 and based in Westminster, Colo. near Denver, represents some 1,400 professional genealogists, professional researchers, librarians, writers, editors, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others in all populated continents.