Ron Arons, MBA
Ron worked for many years as a marketer at many high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Ashton-Tate, and Sybase, before deciding to work full time on his first book, The Jews of Sing Sing. Ron became interested in understanding his roots after he lost both his parents to cancer 27-29 years ago. In the process of researching his criminal ancestor’s past, Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania.
In 2005 Ron won a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives to continue his research of New York Jewish criminals. In January 2008, Ron appeared on the PBS television series, The Jewish Americans, as an acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York’s Lower East Side. Subsequently, Ron authored two more books: WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records and Mind Maps for Genealogy. His genealogy-related articles have appeared in The American Genealogist (TAG), Avotaynu, and Crossroads.
Arons tours the country giving educational and entertaining presentations on Jewish criminals and genealogical methodology. He led a computer lab on mind mapping at last year’s SLIG Tech Day. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Patricia Hobbs, CG
Patti Lee Hobbs, CG, works as a part-time professional genealogist as well as occasionally in the Local History & Genealogy Department at the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri. Patti has researched extensively in many courthouses and repositories. She volunteers as the webmaster and head of the Education Committee for the Ozarks Genealogical Society, as a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and a BCG Education Fund trustee. Patti is passionate about genealogical education and helping others understand the joys of seeking original records and learning more about their ancestors.
Melissa Johnson, CG
Melissa Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer and editor. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and England, and works on forensic cases, dual citizenship matters, and lineage society applications. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls. Melissa is the former Editor of NGS Monthly and frequently writes articles on methodology and sources. She is also Reviews Editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), and editor of the GSNJ Newsletter, a publication of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey.
Kimberly T. Powell is a professional genealogist, author, editor, educator, and volunteer. She is past president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and chairs its Professional Development Committee. She is a coordinator and instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and also teaches at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.
Kimberly was the genealogy expert for About.com from 2000–2016, and is the author of several books, including The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy, 3rd edition (Adams Media, 2014). She has had articles published in BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, Family Tree Magazine, and the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. She is the proud recipient of IGHR’s Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prize (2010), the Utah Genealogical Associations’ Silver Tray award for genealogical publishing (2012), and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Association of Professional Genealogists (2016) for her service and dedication to the association.
Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
Karen Stanbary, CG, specializes in DNA analysis, Midwestern, Chicago, and Mexican/Puerto Rican research as well as complex problem-solving. She holds a Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. A regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education program and at other local and national venues, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard.
She is a coordinator and faculty member at three genealogical institutes—GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. Her ground-breaking, complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and was awarded the NGSQ Award for Excellence.
She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She serves the Board for Certification of Genealogists as a Trustee and chairs the standing Genetic Genealogy committee and serves on the Ad Hoc Committee for Genetic Genealogy Standards.
Cari A. Taplin, CG
Cari A. Taplin, CG, is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio but migrated to Wyoming, Colorado and now Pflugerville, Texas which is just outside Austin. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research, and consultation services. Cari focuses on midwestern and Great Lakes states and methodology.