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Cari Taplin
President

Cari A. Taplin 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 board of the Association for Professional Genealogists and is the Vice President of Membership for 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. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two teenagers.

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Melissa Finlay
Vice President

Melissa Corn Finlay, AG® gained a passion for genealogy research at a young age, asking for rides to the Idaho State Archives before she had a driving license. She earned her BA in Family History-Genealogy from Brigham Young University and is accredited for research in the United States Mid-South region through ICAPGen. Melissa abides by the code of ethics of both ICAPGen and APG in all of her professional genealogy work. She has extensive genealogy research experience across much of the U.S., and is a specialist in research planning, solving genealogy brick walls, research report writing, and document analysis. Melissa serves on several committees with ICAPGen, and as Vice President of the Lone Star Chapter of APG. Melissa offers professional genealogical research, consulting, coaching, and mentoring services to assist you on your genealogy journey! You can also find her teaching on a variety of genealogy topics at conferences, workshops, and on her website and YouTube channel.

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Dana Leeds
Secretary

Dana got interested in genealogy because of a family reunion in 1998. In 2013, she got serious about her education and has since taken numerous online courses and attended at least one institute every year. She developed the Leeds Method of working with DNA matches in 2018, which led to invitations to speak at both the local and national levels including RootsTech, i4GG’s International Genetic Genealogy Conference, and APG’s Professional Management Conference. Dana enjoys using her genetic genealogy skills to solve unknown parentage cases and has recently started taking paid clients.

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Teresa Devine
Treasurer

Teresa dabbled in genealogy for several years before deciding to get serious when an elderly relative died before sharing the family stories. She became a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 2014 and began volunteering to help others interested in joining by doing lineage research and completing applications. She presents frequently on genealogy topics to local societies and civic organizations.Teresa has served on the board of the Austin Genealogical Society, is the Lineage Research Committee chair for the Andrew Carruthers Chapter NSDAR, and serves on the advisory board of the Texas Institute for Genealogical Research. She is “on the clock” for certification.

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