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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 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
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: Ben Spratling, JD

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.   

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: Daryl Jackson Johanson

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.

Director Area 1: Angie Bush, MS

Angie Bush, MS (Biotechnology), BS (Molecular Biology), is a professional genetic genealogist in the greater Salt Lake City area where she has established a successful traditional and genetic genealogy consulting business. She volunteers several hours per week at the local LDS Family History Center and the Family History Library lecturing on both traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy skills. Between obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she spent several years working in the biotech industry where she gained an in depth, working knowledge of the technologies used in DNA testing. Angie is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Utah Genealogical Association, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Society of Genetic Genealogists (ISOGG). She is a moderator on the ISOGG FaceBook page and the DNA Newbie board. Angie uses both her knowledge of traditional research methodologies and genetics to solve complex genealogical puzzles. She lives in Sandy, Utah, with her husband of eighteen years and two daughters.

Director Area 2: George Findlen, PhD, CG 

George Findlen, PhD, CG, of Madison, Wisconsin, is a retired college and university faculty member and academic administrator. In retirement, he has re-invented himself as a genealogist, becoming certified in 2005 and recertified in 2009. He researches and publishes articles on Acadian and French-Canadian families in Eastern Québec, the Canadian Maritimes, and New England. His articles have appeared in theNational Genealogical Society Quarterly and genealogical society journals in New England, Louisiana, New Brunswick, and Québec. George currently sits on the editorial board of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and he volunteers at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives where he assists patrons. In addition, he enjoys giving talks to genealogy groups in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. This year, he will segue to the Internet and begin giving webinars. He also leads groups through skill-development exercises for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.

Director Area 3: Jean Atkinson Andrews, cg
South Carolina

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.

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: Ronald V. Hodges, PhD

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 He is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group.

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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: Peggy Baldwin 

Peggy Baldwin, of Portland, Oregon, formerly a Health Sciences Library manager, now serves genealogy clients through her company Family Passages LLC, which she began in 2005. Peggy has attended advanced genealogical classes at the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama; the National Institute on Genealogical Research at the National Archives; and the Salt Lake Institute. Peggy also completed the NGS American Genealogy course and received a Genealogical Research Program Certificate from Boston University. She has a BS in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and computer science and a Masters of Library Science. Peggy is a frequent speaker at both local and national meetings, including RootsTech in 2012. Peggy believes in giving back to a profession that has given so much to her. She has served as treasurer and chapter representative for the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Peggy represented NGS at the Genealogical Council of Oregon in July 2010, by delivering an NGS-sponsored talk.

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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