State Liaisons

RPAC State Liaisons

Each state and territory should have a genealogist, preferably someone with public policy experience, who serves as a liaison to RPAC. This is an individual responsible for maintaining communication between the Records Access and Preservation Coalition and the statewide genealogical/historical community. Communication focuses on matters concerning the preservation of and access to national, state, and local historical records of genealogical and historical interest.

Records Access and Preservation Coalition Liaisons are appointed from within a state or territory (hereafter “state”) genealogy/family history/historical community. Appointments are made by the genealogy umbrella organization or state genealogy society where one exists. If there is not an umbrella or state society, an agreement between local organizations on an appointment is sufficient. In such cases, a lead organization should be identified along with the agreeing parties.

  • Serve as primary communications link between the genealogy/family history/historical community of the state and the Records Access and Preservation Coalition.
    • Transmit information to the Coalition about records access and preservation activities within the state, including both problems (issues) and successes.
    • Transmit information from the Coalition with respect to national and regional records access and preservation activities to the state genealogy/family history/historical community.
  • Provide information in a timely manner regarding state and local issues to the Records Access and Preservation Coalition Chair Jan Alpert.
  • Organize and/or promote opportunities to educate state and local officials on records preservation and access issues, and coordinate response to issues that arise within the state.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the appointed liaison should involve as many other persons within their community as appropriate. It is not intended that the liaison do all the work alone.


Alabama – Elizabeth C. Wells

Alaska – VACANT

Arizona – Linda McCleary

Arkansas – Jan Davenport

California – Wendy Elliott

Colorado – David Coward

Connecticut – Robert L. Rafford

Delaware – VACANT

District of Columbia — VACANT

Florida John Laurent

Georgia – Elizabeth Olson

Hawaii – VACANT

Idaho – VACANT

Illinois Suzanne Hoffman

Indiana – Curt B. Witcher


Kansas – Max Kautsch

Kentucky – VACANT

Louisiana – Cynthia Hofmeister

Maine – Helen Shaw

Maryland – VACANT

MassachusettsBarbara Mathews

Michigan – Derek Blount

MinnesotaNancy A. Blume

Mississippi – VACANT

Missouri – Nancy Waller Thomas

Montana – Terry Atwood

Nebraska – VACANT

Nevada Bernice Schroer

New HampshireAlex Auty

New JerseyMelissa Johnson

New Mexico – VACANT

New York – VACANT

New York CityD. Joshua Taylor

North CarolinaJennifer Crowder Daugherty, MLIS

North Dakota – VACANT

Ohio – Derek Davey

Oklahoma Billie Fogarty

Oregon Janice M. Sellers

Pennsylvania – James M. Beidler

Rhode Island – VACANT

South Carolina – John J. Andrews, Jr.

South Dakota – VACANT

Tennessee – Gail Braddock

Texas – Teri E. Flack

UtahLinda Gulbrandsen

Vermont – John A. Leppman

Virginia – Barbara Vines Little

Washington Virginia Majewski

West Virginia – VACANT

Wisconsin – Pam Anderson

Wyoming – VACANT