Officers:

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Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth generation San Franciscan who has lived all but two years of her life in the Bay Area. Her interest in genealogy began as a hobby in 1998 but has since grown to a personal quest. Linda has been researching her husband’s ancestry for the past several years, documenting his family in the internment camps and in Japan. She is passionate about researching, documenting, teaching, and sharing the stores of Japanese Americans.
 
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Vicky Kolakowski began doing family history research in high school, but put it away until genealogy software became widely available in the 1990s and online databases in the early 2000s. She did not become serious about genealogy until after her election as a state court judge in 2010, when her mother expressed frustration that so many relatives were passing without leaving behind information about the previous generations, and particularly her immigrant ancestors (seven of Vicky's eight great-grandparents were immigrants, and the other was a child of immigrants).
 
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Kathleen Dunn Jones, better known as “Kathie” is now serving as the Treasurer for the society. She has been a member of the California Genealogical Society since 1999. Before joining the society, she owned a specialty toy store for 23 years. As a small business owner, she wore many hats and developed skills in finances, advertising, marketing, display and sales. Kathie has been instrumental in converting the society over to the Wild Apricot database and membership management software program that helps manage our finances as well. It will serve as a platform to allow both the society to grow and to serve our members in many new ways.
 
 
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Genealogy has been an obsession for Stewart Blandón Traiman for 30 years. He began by interviewing parents, grandparents and other relations about his roots in Nicaragua. He is still hoping to prove the family legend of escaping the Spanish Inquisition. When he married Leland Traiman, 25 years ago, he took on the new adventure researching Ukrainian and Polish Jews. Stewart has also researched his children’s origins back to the colonial United States. Whenever a friend asks, Stewart is happy to trace their family stories and among his family tree collections, he now has 8 trees in perpetual progress.
 
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Karen Tracy Lemelin was born in Oakland, California, and is employed at Alameda County Medical Center as a Health Services manager. She is an R.N. with a B.A. degree in Health Services Administration. During her 35 years as a nurse, she has spent many hours volunteering with the Flying Medical Volunteers in Mexico, the Red Cross, and at her children’s schools. Karen has been interested in her roots since she was a teenager and is the collector of family memorabilia. She has spent many hours pre-Internet, scanning through microfiche, church records, and graveyards in Norway.

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Felicia Addison became fascinated by an older sister’s school project and decided at age twelve that she would one day pursue family research. Twenty-seven years later a television commercial for Ancestry.com was the final bug that bit her with an incredible passion for genealogy. By profession, Felicia has been a Customs House Broker for more than twenty years. Felicia has been a member of The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) for five years where she’s served on the Outreach and Program committees and is currently the Treasurer.
 
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Ellen Fernandez-Sacco’s involvement with genealogy began in 1999, when she began researching the oral history of her family in Moca, Puerto Rico. She is of Taino (Amerindian) descent, and has traced her ancestry to Mallorca and Galicia, Spain. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History and is a co-founder and chair of Sociedad Ancestros Mocanos, a Yahoo! Group founded in 2005, whose focus is the genealogy and oral history of Northwest Puerto Rico. A graduate of ProGen 16, she has taught classes and workshops on Latino genealogy for CGS and is the author of several genealogy blogs. She is currently Past President of CGS.
 
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Richard Kehoe became interested in family history research years ago during visits with his mother and aunt, listening to their spirited discussions about growing up in San Francisco. Rich is a 6th generation San Franciscan. His ancestors came to San Francisco in 1769 with the Spanish Portola Expedition. He also has extensive Irish roots. Rich did not become obsessed with genealogy until 2010, and discovered CGS two years later, after retiring from a sales and marketing career in the educational technology business. He has been a volunteer with the Educational Programs & Events Committee, and has attended SLIG and taken many of CGS’s wonderful classes, seminars and trips. Rich is a member of UGS, NGS and Los Californianos.
 
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Maureen Hanlon joined The California Genealogical Society after attending “A Day of Irish Information” in 2008. She then became a Desk Duty volunteer, went on the Salt Lake City trip, and last year started doing post-class evaluation surveys for the organization. In addition, Maureen has provided consultations on both Irish and Beginning genealogy at both of our sponsored Ancestry Days events. She also recently fielded and analyzed a CGS Member Survey. In October, she became our coordinator for In-Service Education. Her first job in that capacity was organizing the just completed Beginning Genealogy Series which resulted in four attendees becoming new members.
 
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Arlene Georgia Schroeder-Miles A native New Yorker, she’s been a San Franciscan since 1984, when she and her husband, Ted Miles, moved out west. Her credentials include an Associate Degree in Library Technology from City College San Francisco. Prior to retiring and becoming a volunteer with us, she served as an assistant librarian at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. A member of the society since 2007, she began her genealogy journey in the fourth grade, when she had an assignment to draw a pedigree of three generations. She added her parents, then grandparents and found some hints that maybe there were more people in the family tree... She likes to ‘pay it forward’, by helping others to research and record their families.
 
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Shannon Reese has been immersed in genealogy research for almost twenty years. While living in New York City, he recognized that many people were keenly aware of their ancestral beginnings and he realized that he too wanted to know about his own American roots. Before getting involved at CGS – he’s been a member for the last three years – Shannon had a successful career in sales: both in the corporate world and also in residential real estate. He has a B.A. from Auburn University and currently serves as CGS’s Chair of the Marketing committee.
 
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Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 15 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestor genealogy and family reunion planning. She is also an expert in Northeastern Louisiana genealogical research, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and using new technology in family history research. Nicka’s background in communications includes publications, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has created several volumes of family history in traditional and online formats.