Annual Officer Elections:  May 6, 2017 at General Meeting

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At the April 1, 2017 General Meeting, the Nominations Committee announced the following candidates for DGS Officers.

President: Todd DeDecker

I’m Todd DeDecker and I’m running for President of the Dallas Genealogical Society. I got stated with the society in 2006, attending meetings and gatherings. A few years ago, I was asked to help with the website and the following year became the webmaster for DGS. I’ve been active on the board since that time growing my knowledge of the board and the society.

I have been president of many non-profit school organizations (PTA, PTSA, Band Boosters) as well as served on several district committees. These positions have ranged from small groups to large groups. Over the last 8 years of leading organizations, I’ve learned that to be successful we need to have clear goals, great engagement, strong communication, accountability all mixed in with some fun. If given the opportunity to serve as president, I will continue the efforts of the board to focus on our core tenets: education, support the genealogy section of the library and collecting and preserving records and information relating to the Dallas area. This will require continued growth of our society as well as even more societal engagement.

I look forward to the opportunity to lead and serve the Dallas Genealogical Society.

Vice President: Kristin Moore

Kristin currently serves on the DGS Board as Vice President. In this capacity she plans and manages the Society’s three annual educational seminars. A fifth-generation Texan from Houston, Kristin earned her MBA at the McCombs School of Business at UTA and her bachelor’s degree at Princeton University.

Prior to retiring, Kristin worked at IBM for 19 years and then joined Broadridge for 11 years. She currently performs with the Arts District Chorale in Dallas, TX and also provides IT support to the Chorale as the MailChimp Administrator.

She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Kristin is pleased to be running for a second term as Vice President of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

Secretary: Caroline Simpson

As a native Dallasite, I went to school in the little town of University Park.  Upon graduating high school I left Texas to continue my education at Sullins College, in Bristol, Virginia where I received an Associate Degree in Equitation.I married the first time, way too early, to a US Army officer, and had a four-year education in being an army wife. After a realization that I did not want to be an army wife, I divorced, came back to Dallas and finished my Bachelor’s degree in theater and television production at UTA.

While living and working in Dallas, I became involved with a group of friends who wanted to start a new Episcopal church, and I became one of the founders. Being on the Board of Trustees, choir, and Altar Guild took up a lot of time at that church but in the meantime I met and married a wonderful man who is also a native Dallasite. We will be celebrating our thirtieth anniversary this January.

I became interested in genealogy while cleaning out my parents’ house in University Park. I found a pedigree chart in my father’s files and lots of notes. With the help of Don Ramey’s class at Richland College I have more than filled out that pedigree chart. While researching my family’s history, I have learned more about myself and my surroundings. In fact I feel a kin to the Dallas Genealogy Society because one of my great aunt’s was a founder of this organization.  The Dallas Genealogy Society has helped my further my education.

Treasurer: Travis Tynes

Travis Tynes is a retired bi-lingual Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) having served in senior-level finance positions with multinational companies in Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Netherlands and United States.

Travis’ genealogical experience began as a boy helping his mother search for grave markers in cemeteries. As a young man, he assisted her by searching census records on microfilm readers in the local library. As an adult, he served for three years as President of the Northeast Louisiana Genealogical Society in Monroe, Louisiana. Even though the society was small, it published the findings of its members’ research in a quarterly publication with about 250 subscribers. It also held an annual seminar that was open to the public. Travis’ current goals and challenges include computerizing the results of his mother’s 50 years of research with proper source citations, and further extending the family history using the vast information available on the internet today.

Please Vote at the May 6, 2017 General Meeting!