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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 (Effective 1 October 2016)
Position Name Home State Term Expires
President Ben Spratling, JD Alabama 2018
Vice President Teresa Koch-Bostic New York 2018
Secretary B. Darrell Jackson, CG Michigan 2018
Treasurer Daryl Jackson Johanson, CPA Texas 2018
Director Region 1 Angie Bush, MS Utah 2018
Director Region 2 Vacant 2018
Director Region 3 Janet A. Alpert, FNGS South Carolina 2020
Director Region 4 Jean Atkinson Andrews, CG Ohio 2020
Director at Large Sharon Cook MacInnes, PhD, CG Virginia 2020
Director at Large Kathryn Doyle California 2020
Director at Large Ronald V. Hodges, PhD California 2018
Director at Large Robert Raymond Utah 2018
Past President Jordan Jones North Carolina 2018

NGS Region Map (As of April 2018)


NGS Current Board Biographies

The following are biographical sketches of members of the Board of Directors:

President: Ben Spratling, JD, Alabama

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 has served on the NGS Board of Directors since 2012 and as NGS Vice President since 2014. He resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

Vice President: Teresa Koch-Bostic, New York

Terry Koch-Bostic brings an extensive business background at senior management levels in advertising, marketing, market research, and strategic planning for Fortune 500 companies to her board role as Chair of Marketing and Communications at NGS. Terry was a volunteer for ten years on the Board of Directors of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA.org) where she led the strategic repositioning for 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 research grants. Currently a professional genealogist and lecturer, she specializes in New York City, Long Island, Irish and German-American research.

Terry is a contributing author for the NYG&B’s award winning New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer; she serves as an advisor for NGS Magazine and NGS Monthly; and her articles have appeared in the New York Researcher, The Record, and Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. In addition to the NGS board, Terry is the APG-New York Chapter Representative and an NYG&B Education Committee Member. She resides in Long Island, New York.

Secretary: B. Darrell Jackson, CG, Michigan

B. Darrell Jackson, a native and long-time resident of Missouri, now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was educated at the University of Missouri (BA in philosophy) and Yale University (PhD in religious studies). He was a college professor for ten years, then served as Director of Research for the Missouri House of Representatives for twenty-seven years. In 2008 he became a board-certified genealogist. His writings include family histories on four of his and his wife’s lines and articles 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, the last two years as president. He was elected to the NGS board as Director at Large in 2012 and has served as NGS Secretary since 2013.

Treasurer: Daryl Jackson Johanson, CPA, Texas

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 Region 1: Angie Bush, MS, Utah

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 Region 2: (Vacant)

Director Region 3: Janet A. Alpert, FNGS, South Carolina, 2020

Jan retired from a thirty-five year career in the title insurance industry and lives in Hilton Head Island, SC. She was secretary of NGS from 2004-2006, and president from 2006-2010. She also serves as chair of the Records Preservation and Access Committee. Jan was NGS Family History Conference chair in 2011 for Charleston, 2018 for Grand Rapids, and co-chair in 2014 for Richmond. Jan returned to the NGS board in July 2018 as chair of the Conference Committee.

Director Region 4: Jean Atkinson Andrews, CG Ohio, 2020

Jean Atkinson Andrews, CG 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 has served on the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Board of Directors since 2010, including four years on the Executive Committee as Treasurer and head of the Finance Committee. Jean is a 2011 graduate of the NGS Home Study Course and received her Certified Genealogist® credential in 2014. She has a special interest in Ohio’s history as the first federal land state and enjoys researching in land and court records. She resides near Dayton, Ohio with her husband, a seventh generation Buckeye, and two rescue dogs. She blogs for the NGS Family History Conference and has written articles for APG, NGS Quarterly, NGS Magazine, and other publications. She also authored “Structuring A Business” in the 2018 publication Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards published by Genealogical Publishing Company and edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Director at Large: Ronald V. Hodges, PhD, California

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 www.hodges-hodgesociety.org. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group.

Director at Large: Kathryn Doyle, California

Kathryn Doyle has been researching her mother’s Japanese, her husband’s Greek, and her father’s Irish and English ancestry since 1999. She was a member of the board of directors of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) for six years, overseeing communications and marketing. She was an “early-adopter” of social media for genealogical societies, creating a presence for CGS on Facebook and Twitter and writing their award-winning blog. She edited the CGS e-News from 2008-2013. For several years, Kathryn was involved in strategic planning for CGS and served as their FGS delegate.

Kathryn has been a member of the National Genealogical Society since 2007 and currently serves on the NGS Membership Committee. She completed the Boston University Online Certificate in Genealogical Research Program (OL5) in May 2011 and has attended courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She is currently enrolled in ProGen28. Before retirement, Kathryn pursued a career in hospital pharmacy administration. She holds a degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan. She resides with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Director at Large Sharon Cook MacInnes, PhD, CG, Virginia

As a Foreign Service spouse, Sharon lived in Japan, Korea, England, Jordan, Israel, and southern Africa, teaching school in most of those locations. Her life as a world wanderer sharpened her desire for roots and sparked a magnificent obsession in 1976 – the one called genealogy. Settling permanently in northern Virginia in 1984 gave her easy access to the National Archives, DAR Library, and Library of Congress, plus county courthouses in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. After retiring from teaching high school in 2006, she transitioned to teaching genealogical skills. She is an alumna of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR, now Gen-Fed), advanced methodology at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and three successive sessions at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Sharon is now co-coordinator and instructor at GRIP. She specializes in Pennsylvania research, federal land records, and early German ancestors.

Sharon is currently Program Chair for Mount Vernon Genealogical Society and teaches methodology for Fairfax County Genealogical Society. She has written eight volumes of Early Landowners of Pennsylvania: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of *** County. She maintains the website at www.ancestortracks.com where she posts 19th-Century Pennsylvania landowner maps and atlases as a service.

Director at Large: Robert Raymond, Utah

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 master’s 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: 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.