Board of Directors

The IAJGS Board of Directors consists of four elected officers, six elected directors, and the immediate past president. Elections are held at the general meeting, which takes place in conjunction with the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

Officers

Ken Bravo

President
Ken Bravo

Ohio, USA
president@iajgs.org

Ken brings experience from his legal career and non-profit board governance to the IAJGS. Ken was Co-Chair of the IAJGS Salt Lake City 2014 conference. Ken has served on the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association. He is a past president of both the Cleveland Bureau Jewish Education and the Great Lakes Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. He has served as both Treasurer and Vice President of The Park Synagogue. He currently serves on the board of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living and chair of its Government Affairs Committee. Ken is Past President of the JGS Cleveland and a member of the APG. Ken has been engaged in genealogy for 35 years.

Jay Sage

Vice President
Jay Sage

Massachusetts, USA
vicepresident@iajgs.org

Jay Sage was an IAJGS Director from 2010 to 2013 and co-chair of the IAJGS Boston 2013 conference. He is a past-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB) and currently serves as co-editor of their journal. Jay has been a key contributor to the IAJGS website, web developer for IAJGS LIVE! streaming, and advisor on other technical matters, both to the IAJGS and to other regional genealogical organizations. Jay received the 2009 IAJGS Outstanding Project Award for the course that JGSGB offers at Hebrew College. He earned a PhD in Physics and retired from a career at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Avraham Groll

Secretary
Avraham Groll

New Jersey, USA
secretary@iajgs.org

Avraham Groll is the Director of JewishGen.org. He spent two years studying in Israel at Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim, and holds an MBA, an MA in Judaic Studies, and a BS in Business Administration. Avraham is a frequent lecturer on a variety of genealogical and historical topics.

Doug Cohen

Treasurer
Douglas M. Cohen

Florida and Massachusetts, USA
treasurer@iajgs.org

Doug has 40+ years of financial experience, including serving as an independent consulting chief financial and having been the CFO of four different Boston-area public and private companies. Doug has also served as the long-time treasurer of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA and is the treasurer of JGS of Greater Boston. He has been researching his family for over 15 years. Doug holds an MBA degree from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He also received a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College.

Directors

Nolan Altman

Director
Nolan Altman

New York, USA
Nolan@iajgs.org

Nolan has served on the IAJGS board as a past director and as Vice President. He has been engaged in genealogy for 18 years. He brings accounting and finance experience as well as teaching experience to the board. He brings organizational and project management skills to the IAJGS. Nolan is Vice President Data Acquisition with JewishGen, responsible for growing the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry, JewishGen’s Holocaust Database, and the Memorial Plaque Project database. Nolan is President of JGS Long Island. He is a frequent lecturer on genealogy topics and has published many articles internationally.

Shipley Munson

Director
Shipley Munson

Utah, USA
Shipley@iajgs.org

Shipley brings marketing experience to the IAJGS board and a vision for continued state-of-the-art technological support for conferences with Internet streaming and strong societies worldwide. He is currently Chief Marketing Officer and Director of the Outreach Division of FamilySearch. In his earlier marketing career, Shipley advised many Fortune 500 companies. Shipley has recently launched large scale indexing efforts such as the 1940 US Census project. He was the creator of the hugely successful RootsTech conference. Shipley speaks seven languages, has two degrees from Harvard University and an MBA from University of Chicago.

Jane Berenbeim

Director
Jane R. Berenbeim

New York, USA
Jane@iajgs.org

Jane Berenbeim, an independent development consultant, brings to the Board more than 30 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and management. Past professional positions included serving as Development Officer or Director for a variety of NYC social service, educational, health care and cultural organizations, among them Columbia University, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. An amateur genealogist for nearly twenty years, Jane is a longstanding member of the Executive Council of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. (JGS, Inc.) (New York) and currently its President. She holds an undergraduate degree from Vassar College, and graduate degrees from Harvard and Brandeis Universities.

Sarina Roffé

Director
Sarina Roffé

New York, USA
Sarina@iajgs.org

Sarina Roffé has over 30 years of experience as a genealogist. Co-chair of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative and a former member of the JewishGen Board of Governors, Sarina is editor of Dorot for JGSNY and founder of the Sephardic Heritage Project. She was instrumental in identifying, translating, and databasing thousands of brit milah and marriage records from Aleppo and has obtained databases from Sephardic communities in Mexico City, Argentina, Venezuela, and Cuba. Owner of her own management consulting firm, Sarina is a non-profit management specialist. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, an MA in Jewish Studies from Touro College, and an MBA in non-profit management from State University of New York.

Crista Cowan

Director
Crista Cowan

Utah, USA
Crista@iajgs.org

Crista Cowan has been involved in family history research for more than 25 years and has been a professional genealogist since 2002. She specializes in descendancy research, Jewish immigration, and sharing family history with the genealogically challenged. Crista regularly teaches at conferences and genealogy societies around the country. She has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004 and is known as The Barefoot Genealogist. She uploads a new episode of her show to the Ancestry YouTube channel (almost) every Tuesday morning.

Janette Silverman

Director
Janette Silverman

Utah, USA
Janette@iajgs.org

Janette Silverman began her genealogical journey more than 35 years ago as a hobby with her father. What started as a hobby quickly became more, as she immersed herself in Jewish history, both as a student and a teacher. She has been president of a Jewish Genealogy Society; is an active volunteer with JewishGen, heading up the Ukraine Special Interest Group; and was lead co-chair of the 2016 IAJGS conference. In 2017 she was named JewishGen Volunteer of the Year. She has worked with private clients since 2004. She has worked at ancestryProGenealogists since 2015, heading up a team of researchers specializing in Eastern European and Jewish research.

Immediate Past President

Marlis Humphrey

Past President
Marlis Humphrey

Florida, USA
pastpresident@iajgs.org

Marlis brings experience in strategic planning, marketing, technology, and non-profit board governance to the IAJGS. She is President of the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) and recipient of the FSGS 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Marlis is a member of the JewishGen Board of Governors. She was Co-Chair of the IAJGS Boston 2013 conference. She is the founder of myAncestories and a member of the APG, FGS, NGS, ISFHWE and the GSG. Marlis holds a MS Management of Technology and a BA Russian Language.

 

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