2018 Election Nominees
Voting is open for the FGS annual election. Votes must be cast by midnight 30 November 2018.
The Delegate for each FGS member society and family association is eligible to vote. Delegates are encouraged to share information regarding each candidate with their board before casting their organization's vote.
To cast your vote, log into either the organization's main account or your delegate account, go to the Members Only page, and select "2018 Election Ballot."
Three Executive Committee Positions — Two-Year Terms 2019–2020
President: Faye Jenkins Stallings
Faye Jenkins Stallings is an avid genealogist conducting family history research in the south for more than 30 years. She currently serves as the President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and Treasurer for her local Montgomery County Genealogical and Historical Society. She is the Director of the Family History Center in Conroe, Texas, and also volunteers with the North Carolina Genealogical Society as a proofreader for their quarterly journal. She is also a professional genealogist at Southern Hearts Genealogy and holds the Certified Genealogist® credentials. In her prior professional career, she was a Certified Public Accountant and has held various corporate positions with a Fortune 100 company, including Assistant Corporate Controller, subsidiary Controller and Chief Financial Officer, General Auditor and Chief Ethics Officer. She also served as a volunteer for the Houston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors in a number of positions, including Chapter Governance Task Force member, President and Board member. She is now very happily retired, and enjoys spending more time with her family, both the living and the dead.
Vice President of Administration: Mark Olsen
Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world working to support their members as they use Family Tree Maker. Mark is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor's degree in Family History with a Spanish records emphasis. He has been working in the genealogy industry since 2007.
While working as the Business Development and Partner Relations Manager for over five years Mark established ongoing partner relationships. As the Affiliate Marketing Manager at Ancestry.com Mark formed key partnerships that he maintains to this day.
Mark has served on the FGS board of directors since 2015.
Secretary: Dennis I. VanderWerff
Dennis I. VanderWerff, Ph.D., is a retired college librarian with over 40 years' experience in genealogy and family history research. A graduate of ProGen 27 (March 2017), he is currently “on the clock,” working to complete a portfolio for BCG certification within the next couple of months. He is a regular attendee at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG institutes. Interested in encouraging genealogical research and supporting family associations, VanderWerff facilitates genealogy workshops through Bakersfield (California) College’s Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning. He holds membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and several regional genealogical societies. The growth of genealogy as an academic discipline combined with a surge of interest fueled by the accessibility of DNA testing calls for increased attention to ethical standards in genealogical research and practices, giving FGS and important role to play.
Four Director Positions — Three-Year Terms 2019–2021
Director: Steve Fulton
Steve Fulton, UE is currently the President of the Ontario Genealogical Society and also the Chair of the Technical Support & Innovation Committee. Being involved in Family History for over 20 years and then joining the Society and graduating through the ranks of being a local Branch Chair to a Board Director over 12 years. He resides with his wife and young adults in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada and has a deep passion in assisting others in their search of ancestors. When he is not glued to a computer screen, he is out giving presentations on genealogy or networking and developing partnerships with other organizations across Canada and the United States with other team & board members. Technology is a lifelong passion as well and the use of it in an innovative way to serve others and Genealogical Societies is key to their success which in turn provides success to the local family historian.
Director: Sara Gredler
Sara Gredler is an Associate Genealogist with AncestryProGenealogists in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has a Masters in Historic Preservation and previously worked as an architectural historian and database designer at an architecture and engineering firm in Texas. She began researching over 20 years ago with her parents in Virginia.
Sara served as President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and was its DNA Special Interest Group’s chair. Previously she also served as the Vice-President/ Programming Chair and as the Quarterly editor. She speaks on a local, state, and national level on a variety of topics, including DNA, organizing your genealogical documents both digitally and on paper, and on how historic context makes a difference in genealogical research. She will be speaking at the Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2018 Conference in San Antonio. She is currently planning to “go on the clock” to become a BCG Certified Genealogist within the next year.
Director: Mike Mansfield
Mike Mansfield is the Director of Content Operations at MyHeritage. In this role he is responsible for defining and executing the company's strategy for growing its collection of 9 billion historical records, and supervising content acquisition and publication on MyHeritage.
Mike’s professional career has been heavily focused in electronic publishing, search and retrieval systems, and content acquisition and strategy. After completing his B.S. in Computer Science at Brigham Young University in 1994 he worked for Folio Corporation a technology company which developed cutting edge CD-ROM publication and search technology.
Mike joined Ancestry in 1999 and held key roles in its development of the search engine and publication platform still in use today. As the Senior Director of Search and Content he led the team that created the record hinting system that helped to revolutionize the way in which users interact with online genealogical records. In 2008 Mike joined FamilySearch International where he was a Senior Product Manager. In 2013 Mike joined MyHeritage. Mike recently completed a Master of Science in Library and Information Science at Syracuse University with emphasis in digital libraries and data science.
Director: Stephen C. Young
Stephen C. Young, BA, MA, AG, was born and raised in London, Ontario, Canada, has researched his family history since the late 1970s. He earned a BA at Brigham Young University in Family and Local History (1985) and an MA in American History (emphasis in Public History) at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (1990) and completed some doctoral work at Wayne State University in Detroit. An employee of FamilySearch since 1988, Stephen has enjoyed several assignments during this time in the Family History Library administration, and a four-year appointment (1992-1996) in England supervising the British 1881 Census Project. His genealogical research accreditation in English Canadian research has been active with ICAPGen since 1989. Now serving on the staff of the Chief Genealogical Office, Stephen remains vitally interested in growing Canadian content on FamilySearch.org.