Federation of Genealogical Societies

FGS 2016 Election

Executive Committee – Two-year term ending in December 31, 2018
 
President - Rorey Cathcart
Rorey Cathcart is a professional genealogist and owner of The Who Hunter LLC based in Charleston, South Carolina. In over 15 years of business experience prior to becoming a genealogist, her career has spanned from the smallest family run organization, to academia, to five years with a Fortune 100 company. In that time, her responsibilities have included large and small scale exhibition coordination, multi-million-dollar asset management and team lead in the lab as well as the field. She has a talent for creative problem solving in both business and research, as well as a keen interest in process improvement.
 
In addition to serving individual and corporate clients, Rorey has researched for two seasons of the hit PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow and was a Senior Researcher for the show’s third season. She has spoken locally and nationally on topics of interest to genealogists as well as society leaders. Rorey is actively involved in several genealogical organizations. She has been a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies Board of Directors since 2014, and served on the War of 1812 “Preserve the Pensions” committee.
 
Currently she chairs the Education Committee for FGS, is a member of the Long Range Planning Committee and formerly volunteered for the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society.
 
 
VP Administration - Teri E. Flack
Teri E. Flack is a genealogy and historical researcher, consultant, and lecturer who has been researching family history for over 35 years. She serves as a director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Teri chairs the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee and serves as the Texas state liaison to the national RPAC. Teri spent much of her career in Texas government working with the Texas Legislature. She used that experience in 2013 and 2015 to work with the genealogical community in Texas to prevent legislation from passing that would have further restricted access to Texas birth and death records. For her work in records preservation and access, Teri was elected a Fellow of the Texas State Genealogical Society. Teri serves on the Texas Historical Resource Advisory Board, a state-level board dedicated to the preservation and use of Texas’ documentary heritage. She is the first genealogist to serve on the board in over 15 years. She is also a member of the Travis County Historical Commission, serving as Travis County Historical Marker Chair. As a volunteer archivist at the Texas State Archives, Teri is currently processing over 1,100 volumes and 300 cubic feet of Galveston County records and creating finding aids to make them accessible to the public.
 
Teri retired from Texas state government in 2009 after serving as Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board overseeing a staff of 300 and a biennial budget of over $1 billion. Teri holds a Master’s degree in History (Public History concentration), MBA, Paralegal Certificate, and B.S. in Education from Texas State University. 
 
 
Secretary - Linda McCauley
Linda McCauley retired from Kentucky State Government’s Cabinet for Families and Children in 1999. During her 27-year career, she held several positions, including internal policy analyst for the Kentucky Automated Management and Eligibility System. Linda’s interest in genealogy began in 2002.
 
A member of several genealogical and historical societies, Linda is the former vice president of Kentucky Genealogical Society and former secretary of the Rockcastle County (KY) Historical Society. She joined the FGS board as a director in May 2014 and served as the marketing and publicity chair for the FGS 2015 Conference. She is the current FGS secretary, publications committee chair, and 2017 national conference chair. 
 
Board of Directors (4)  - Three-year term ending in December 31, 2019
 
Jen Baldwin
 
 
Jen Baldwin has been working in the realm of professional genealogy since 2010. She is currently the Data Licensing Manager, North America for Findmypast. Jen lectures, writes, and consults on a variety of genealogy and social media related topics, and was part of the research team forGenealogy Roadshow, season two. Her research focus generally tends towards the Western United States - especially the Gold Rush era - and fraternal societies. Author of course materials for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and numerous Legacy QuickGuides. She has been a proud volunteer for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign as the Social Media Chair for the past two years; she is also active in the Larimer County Genealogical Society (CO). Additionally, she is the host of #genchat on Twitter, a popular crowd-sourcing and conversation venue which occurs every two weeks.
 
 
Tonia Kendrick
Tonia Kendrick developed her passion for genealogy as a child while following her mother around to cemeteries. A 6th-generation Georgian, Tonia is a graduate of Kennessaw State University, with a B. S. in Secondary English Education. Tonia spent 26 years in the banking industry in a variety of roles from human resources to marketing to management. Upon leaving the banking world, she started the Solopreneur Diaries, where she writes about business, blogging, and productivity. Tonia is currently serving as Chair of the Marketing & Publicity Committee for the 2017 FGS Conference. She is a member of the Georgia Genealogical Society and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. 
 
 
Barry Kline
Barry Kline is the owner of Trippin’ Over Roots, LLC and is based in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Barry has family roots that run deep in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia down to Eastern Tennessee.   He uses the knowledge gained researching his family’s history to serve his clients with a specialty in Shenandoah Valley research and also provides DNA consulting.  Barry is currently serving as Treasurer of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogist and of the NextGen Genealogy Network.  He has served as 2nd Vice President/Membership Chair for the  Fairfax Genealogical Society in Fairfax, Virginia and currently serves on the organization’s conference committee. Barry has completed the BU Genealogical Research Certificate, ProGen, and institute courses at SLIG and GRIP. He also holds a MA in psychology.
 
 
Juliana Szucs
Juliana Szucs has been working at Ancestry for more than 18 years. She is a regular blogger on the Ancestry blog and is a Social Community Manager and staff genealogist on the PR Research Team. Juliana has written many articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program.