Delegate Council Steering Committee

The Delegate Council Steering Committee is an advisory group to help create the representative body for societies and organizations in the “new NGS.” It is comprised of genealogy societies, libraries, and other organizations located throughout the United States. They are:

Dawn Carey Henry

Dawn Carey Henry, chair, is a professional genealogist and founder of Discover Your Roots, a family history and genealogical research firm. She received her Certificate in Genealogical Research in 2014 from Boston University and is a graduate of ProGen 25. She served as the president, conference chair, and genealogist of the Illinois State Genealogical Society as well as the conference chair for her local society. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), International Society for British Genealogy and Family History, NGS, and Utah Genealogical Association, and a Guild Member of the Ulster Historical Foundation.

Sam Williams

W. Samuel Williams, vice chair, is a professional genealogist with a focus on Central Virginia, African American, and Greek American research. Sam received the NGS Certificate in American Genealogical Studies and is currently in ProGen Study Group 50. He has presented on genealogical topics to local societies and at conferences. He serves on the Program Committee for the Virginia Beach Genealogical Society and is a member of APG, NGS, Virginia Genealogical Society, and the Virtual Genealogical Association.

Susan Howard

Susan K. Howard has been interested in genealogy since she took a course in genetics in college in the 1970s. After a thirty-year career in the USAF, she retired and turned her focus to genealogy. She has attended many genealogy classes with an emphasis on DNA and conferences. Her family research interests include Irish, Welsh, and German. Howard is a member of NGS; vice president and webmaster of her local genealogical society in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a member of the organizing committee for The Genealogy Show in Birmingham, England.

Taneya Koonce

Taneya Y. Koonce, MSLS volunteers extensively in the genealogy community. In addition to being a member of NGS, she is currently serving as president of the Nashville Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society. She also is assistant editor-in-chief of FamilyScrybeTM magazine, and coordinator of multiple county websites for the USGenWeb Project.

Lois Abromitis Mackin

Lois Abromitis Mackin, PhD is a professional genealogist specializing in American and English research. She lectures and teaches in the upper Midwest. She is first vice president of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Minnesota and registrar for the Minnesota State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She is a past president and founding member of the Northland chapter, APG; past vice president, director, and education chair of the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS); and founding member of the MGS DNA Interest Group. She is also a member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, NGS, and Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.

Laurie Hermance Moore

Laurie Hermance-Moore, MLS, AG®, is a professional genealogist who serves individuals with family history research and law firms with forensic genealogy. She is accredited in genealogy research for US Midwest states through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGenSM). She is a member of NGS as well as the first vice president of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and serves on the marketing committee of the APG.

Cheri Hudson Passey

Cheri Hudson Passey is a professional genealogist, instructor, writer, and speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. She is the host of the genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher, subcontracted by Eagle Investigative Services, Inc., for the US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch. She is a member of NGS, a past president of The Grand Strand Genealogy Club, and currently serves as its program chair. She is treasurer of GeneaBloggersTRIBE and served as secretary for the Federation of Genealogical Societies before the merger with NGS where she currently serves as vice president, Society & Organization Management.

Elissa Scalise Powell

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG®, CGLSM, is co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP); past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists; coordinator of the IGHR “Genealogy as a Profession” course in Athens, Georgia; and author of two chapters in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (2018). She was an instructor and creator for part of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course and past SLIG course coordinator. She is a member of NGS and has been a president of two local genealogy societies. She was honored with the APG 2017 Professional Achievement Award and in 2010 with the NGS President’s Citation.

Ari Wilkins

Ari Wilkins is a member of NGS and has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, American Library Association, RootsTech, and a multitude of local societies. A Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007, She teaches a series of basic research classes using popular genealogical websites. She specializes in African American research.