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.
|President||Jordan Jones||North Carolina
|Vice President||Benjamin B. Spratling, jd||Alabama||2016|
|Secretary||B. Darrell Jackson, cg||Michigan||2016|
|Treasurer||Daryl Jackson Johanson, cpa||Texas
|Director Area 1||Angie Bush, ms||Utah||2018|
|Director Area 2||George Findlen, phd, cg||Wisconsin||2018|
|Director Area 3||Jean Atkinson Andrews, cg||South Carolina||2016|
|Director Area 4||Teresa Koch-Bostic||New York||2016|
|Director at Large||Peggy Baldwin, mls||Oregon||2016|
|Director at Large||Pam Eagleson, cg||Maine||2016|
|Director at Large||Ronald V. Hodges, phd||California||2018|
|Director at Large||Robert Raymond||Utah||2018|
|Past President||Ann C. Hilke, cg
Ben Spratling is an attorney with Haskell Slaughter & Spratling, LLC. He received his law degree (JD) from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his undergraduate degree (BS, Economics) from Auburn University. He also received a master’s degree (LL.M, Taxation) from the University of Alabama School of Law. Ben is a former adjunct instructor of Business Law at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. From 1992 to 1994, Ben 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 and Historical Research (IGHR) where he has been on the faculty since 1992. Ben was elected to the NGS Board of Directors in 2012. He resides in Birmingham, Alabama.
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.Daryl S. Johanson of San Antonio, Texas, is a Certified Public Accountant. She currently serves on the Executive Committee as NGS Treasurer and she is chair of the Finance Committee. She is also the controller for Boral Material Technologies LLC, a company marketing coal combustion products. She received a BBA from Texas A&M University in College Station and an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She was certified as a CPA in 1981. Daryl's interest in genealogy began when she wanted to know more about her paternal grandfather. She learned about the NGS Family History Conference just in time to attend the conference in Charleston. That conference whetted her appetite for the full pursuit of a genealogical education. Since that time, Daryl has attended the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research three times, took part in a Mastering Genealogical Proof online class, participates in NGSQ article study groups, and uses any opportunity possible for onsite research. She is working to become a certified genealogist and hopes also to be a certified genealogical lecturer.
Jean Atkinson Andrews holds degrees in accounting and finance and worked for thirty-plus years in the automotive industry as a controller, financial analyst, and program manager. Jean joined the NGS board in 2010 and has served two terms on the Executive Committee as NGS Treasurer and head of the Finance Committee. Jean is a 2011 graduate of the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course and is currently working on her portfolio submission to the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She has a special interest in Ohio for its interesting history as the first federal land state and particularly enjoys researching in land and legal records. In addition to Ohio, Jean researches ancestors in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states as well as Germany. She has written articles for the NGS Magazine and other publications. She lives in Aiken, South Carolina, with her husband and two rescue dogs.
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.
Ronald V. Hodges, PhD, a scientist and amateur genealogist, lives in Palo Alto, California. He studied chemistry at Southern Nazarene University and the California Institute of Technology. He is a Senior Staff Chemist at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto. Ron began researching his family’s genealogy in 1999. In 2004 he and Terry Barton founded the Hodges-Hodge surname DNA project at FamilyTreeDNA. He is co-administrator of the project, which now exceeds 250 participants with seventeen identified Hodge(s) lineages. Ron is active in the Hodges-Hodge Society serving on the DNA and conference planning committees, lecturing at society conferences, and developing and maintaining the society’s website at http://www.hodges-hodge-society.org/. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group.
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.Back to top
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 Ancestry.com 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.
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.