National Genealogical Society

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NGS Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society consists of the elected officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer), eight directors, and the most recent former president willing to serve.

Article VII of the National Genealogical Society Bylaws details the responsibilities of the Board of Directors.

NGS Board Members



Home State


President Jordan Jones North Carolina
Vice President Julie Potter Miller, cg Colorado 2014
Secretary B. Darrell Jackson, cg Michigan 2014
Treasurer Jean F. Atkinson Andrews South Carolina
Director Area 1 Stefani Evans, cg Nevada 2014
Director Area 2 To be filled 2014
Director Area 3 Benjamin B. Spratling, jd Alabama 2016
Director Area 4 Teresa Koch-Bostic New York 2016
Director at Large To be filled
Director at Large Pam Eagleson Maine 2016
Director at Large To be filled 2016
Director at Large Robert Raymond Utah 2014
Past President Ann C. Hilke, cg
North Carolina

President: Jordan Jones
North Carolina

Jordan Jones received a BA in Honors in English with a minor in Philosophy (magna cum laude) from California State University, Northridge, and an MA in English from UC Davis. He has been a genealogist since 1973; has designed, edited, and published books and magazines since 1987; and has designed and published websites since 1995. He has published poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and works in translation in numerous magazines and is the author of two books of poetry, which include poems on genealogical subjects: Sand & Coal: Poems and The Wheel: Poems. He has worked in technical writing and software development and is currently a senior software development manager for content management services at Cisco Systems. He is the webmaster for the North Carolina Chapter APG and the Virginia and North Carolina and Genealogical Societies and is on the board of directors of the North Carolina Genealogical Society. He has spoken at several regional, statewide, and national conferences in the fields of technology and genealogy, and writes the “Technology” column for the NGS Magazine. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and stepson.

Vice President: Julie Potter Miller, CG

Julie is a professional genealogy researcher, lecturer, and writer. She was elected to the NGS Board as a director-at-large in 2006, served as conference chair for the NGS 2010 Family History Conference and is the conference chair for the NGS 2012 Family History Conference in Cincinnati. Julie is past president of the Colorado Genealogical Society, Colorado Chapter APG, Broomfield Genealogical Society, and has served on the APG board of directors. She wrote a monthly newspaper column from 2001–2011 for the Broomfield Enterprise and was the winner of the 2010 International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Excellence in Writing for Newspapers Columns Award. She is a contributor to numerous genealogical publications, both locally and nationally, is coordinator for Broomfield County USGenWeb, and has been a volunteer at the National Archives at Denver since 1996.   

Secretary: B. Darrell Jackson, cg 

B. Darrell Jackson,  phd, cg, retired as Director of Research for the Missouri House of Representatives in 2003.  Prior to his twenty-seven years with the House, he taught philosophy at several colleges and universities in the East and Midwest.  He began gathering information on his family and ancestors in his twenties and has compiled family histories two of his maternal lines and since retirement has published Jackson Family History on his paternal ancestral line and De Guire dit La Rose on one of his wife’s lines. He became certified in 2008.  His articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Missouri Historical Review, and Missouri Genealogical Association Journal.  From 2002 to 2009 he was an officer of the Missouri State Genealogical Association, serving as president the last two years.  He was educated at the University of Missouri (BA in Philosophy) and Yale University (DB and PhD in Religious Studies).  He and his wife have lived on a small farm in central Missouri for the last thirty-eight years.

Treasurer: Jean F. Atkinson Andrews
South Carolina

JJean Atkinson Andrews holds degrees in accounting and finance and worked for thirty-plus years in the automotive industry as a financial analyst and program manager. Jean resurrected a long-dormant interest in genealogy in 2004. She is a 2011 graduate of the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course and researches ancestors in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Germany. She has written articles for the NGS Magazine and other publications. She lives in Aiken, South Carolina. 

Director Area 1: Stefani Evans, CG

Stefani Evans is the conference chair for the National Genealogical Society’s 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas. She received her CG in 2005 and currently serves as a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the BCG Education Fund. She is also the BCG advertising manager, and a member of the BCG Outreach and ACTION committees. A PhD student in the History of the U.S. West at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she has presented at the Whitsett Graduate Seminar and at conferences of the Urban History Association, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, and Nevada Historical Society. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Director Area 2: To be filled 

Director Area 3: Benjamin B. Spratling

Benjamin B. Spratling III is a partner in the law firm of Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker. He received his law degree (JD) from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1971 and his undergraduate degree (BS, Economics) from Auburn University in 1967. He also received a Master's degree (LL.M, Taxation) in 1982 from the University of Alabama School of Law. Mr. Spratling is a former adjunct instructor of Business Law at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a member of the Sections of Business Law and Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association and the chairman of the History and Archives Committee of the Alabama State Bar. He has received the highest “Peer Review Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell national attorney rating service and is listed in the current edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

From 1992 to 1994, Spratling was president of the Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS) and continues to serve as legal advisor to AGS. He is the author of the “Court and Legal Records” chapter of Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. He is a coordinator and lecturer at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy (IGHR) where he has been a member of the IGHR faculty since 1992. He resides in Brimingham, Alabama.

Director Area 4: Teresa Koch-Bostic
New York

Teresa (Terry) Koch-Bostic brings an extensive business background in advertising, marketing, market research, strategic planning and new product development to her board role at NGS. She spent twenty-five years at senior management levels working with Fortune 500 companies to build their brands. Starting in the late 1980s, Terry spent over ten years on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America ( where she led the strategic repositioning of the foundation with a new name, logo, programs and a chapter reporting structure that helped increase member growth, physician participation, and greater donor contributions that ultimately increased private and NIH funding of grants for research to find a cure. 

A lifelong enthusiast of family history, she began studying genealogy in earnest in 1985. As a professional genealogist, she specializes in New York City, Long Island and Irish and German-American research. Her articles have appeared in the German Genealogy Group newsletter, the NYG&B Researcher and The Record, and the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. In addition to the NGS board, Terry serves on the NYG&B Education Committee and as chapter representative for the New York Metro Chapter of APG for whom she also writes their “Spotlight and Member News” for the APG Quarterly. She resides in Long Island, New York.

Director at Large: To be filled


Director at Large: Pam Eagleson, cg

Pam Stone Eagleson, CG, of Kennebunk, Maine, is a researcher, writer, and teacher who conducts client and personal research nationwide with an emphasis on New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. Winner of the 2004 NGS Family History Writing Contest, Pam has been a member of NGS since 1981 and serves in an advisory capacity to its educational offerings.  Pam served six years on the APG Board of Directors.  She has attended the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the National Institute of Genealogical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research. Pam received a BA degree in sociology and history from Northwestern University, an MSEd. from the University of Southern Maine, and a CAS in Museum Studies from Tufts University.  She is co-administrator of the Stone surname DNA project and member of several local, state and regional historical and genealogical societies.

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Director at Large: To be filled 

Director at Large: Robert Raymond

Robert Raymond is a deputy to FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher, helping increase genealogical soundness of FamilySearch products and improving relationships with the genealogical community. Additionally, Robert helps set the record acquisition and publication strategy.

Robert is a popular speaker and writer. His blog (authored pseudonymically) has won many awards and recognitions and is consistently ranked among the top ten genealogical blogs. He is the author of an acclaimed family history website where he has published hundreds of digitized genealogical records and personal histories, written numerous articles, and created several maps. Before FamilySearch, Robert worked at and before that was vice president of an award winning technology company.

Robert is a genealogy technologist with more than 40 years experience in genealogy and 30 years in technology. Robert holds over a dozen technology patents and earned a masters degree in electrical (computer) engineering from Brigham Young University where he was honored as a Kimball Scholar. He is a volunteer at a FamilySearch Family History Center where he can be found in the trenches every Wednesday night. 

Past President: Ann Christnacht Hilke, cg
North Carolina

Ann Christnacht Hilke, cg, a native of Tennessee, has lived in Raleigh for more than thirty years. She served as local host chairman for the NGS 2009 Family History Conference. Since fall 2004, Ann has served as program chair for the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS), which sponsors three programs each year, and currently serves as president of the society. She has been a frequent contributor to the NCGS Journal. In November 2008, NCGS awarded her its outstanding contribution to the society award. Previously, she served as president and program chair for the North Carolina Chapter of APG and is currently serving as past president. Her personal research covers most of the eastern states and a few states west of the Mississippi.

*Certified Genealogist, cg, Certified Genealogical Lecturer and cgl are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

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