FGS Announces 2012 Election Results

D. Joshua Taylor Elected President; New Board Members and Directors Include Cherie Bush, Kris Rzepczynski, and Melissa Shimkus

October 12, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 - 30, 2012 with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 2, 2013.

Current Vice President of Administration, D. Joshua Taylor, was elected to fill the two-year term of FGS President. With the recent election results, Pat Oxley, outgoing President of FGS states, “The newly-elected and re-elected FGS Board members comprise a diverse group of committed genealogy professionals capable of transforming genealogy societies in the 21st century.”

“I’d also like to thank outgoing Directors Jana Broglin, Gordon Erickson, Mike Hall and Sue Tolbert as well as Wendy Elliott for their service over the past term. Their contributions have been essential to our growth at FGS and an increased awareness of the importance of genealogy and family history,” Oxley added.

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were re-elected:
  • Lisa A. Alzo* (New York) – Director
  • David E. Rencher, AG, CG℠, FIGRS, FUGA (Utah) – Secretary
  • Janice A. Fritsch*, PLCGS (Illinois) – Director
*Previously appointed to the FGS board as a Director and elected outright in this recent election.

New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected:
  • Cherie Bush (Utah) – Vice President of Administration
  • Kris W. Rzepczynski (Michigan) – Director
  • Melissa Shimkus (Indiana) – Director
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.