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@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.

Jane Berenbeim

Vice President
Jane Berenbeim

New York, USA
vicepresident@iajgs.org
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 is its immediate past President. She holds an undergraduate degree from Vassar College, and graduate degrees from Harvard and Brandeis Universities.

Avraham Groll

Secretary
Avraham Groll

New Jersey, USA
secretary@iajgs.org
Avraham@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@iajgs.org

Doug has 40+ years of financial experience, including serving as an independent consulting chief financial officer 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.

Immediate Past President

Marlis Humphrey

Past President
Marlis Humphrey

Florida, USA
pastpresident@iajgs.org
Marlis@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.

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.

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.

Lara Diamond

Director
Lara Diamond

Maryland, USA
Lara@iajgs.org

Lara Diamond began researching her own family 30 years ago. She is president of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland, leads JewishGen’s Subcarpathian Research Group, and is on JewishGen’s Ukraine Research Group’s board of directors. She has lectured around the country and internationally on Jewish and Eastern European genealogy research as well as genetic genealogy. She also runs multiple district and town focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns. Lara blogs about Jewish genealogy at larasgenealogy.blogspot.com.

Emily Garber

Director
Emily Garber

Arizona, USA
Emily@iajgs.org

An archaeologist by training (B.A. and M.A.), Emily Garber has been researching her Jewish family heritage since 2007 and holds a certificate from Boston University’s Genealogical Research program. She is a family history researcher, writer and speaker and owns Extra Yad Genealogical Services. She blogs at extrayad.blogspot.com and has written two books and several articles on genealogical research. She serves as chair of the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group and board member of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. Emily has spoken at eight IAJGS conferences and coordinated Introduction to Jewish Genealogy, a seminar at the 2020 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Eli Rabinowitz

Director
Eli Rabinowitz

Australia
Eli@iajgs.org

Eli Rabinowitz has researched his family’s genealogy and associated Jewish cultural history for over 30 years. A South African born Australian, Eli has travelled extensively, writing about Jewish life, travel, and education on his website, Tangential Travel and Jewish Life (elirab.me). Eli writes and manages 87 JewishGen KehilaLinks and more than 750 WordPress posts. His articles have appeared in numerous publications. Eli has lectured internationally at educational institutions, commemorative events, at IAJGS and other conferences, and online.

Jarrett Ross

Director
Jarrett Ross

North Carolina, USA
Jarrett@iajgs.org

Jarrett Ross began researching his own family history in 2009 while finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Since then he has built his own personal tree with more than 7000 people, successfully connecting with thousands of relatives all over the world and has helped build hundreds of trees for people of varying ancestral backgrounds. Jarrett has found multiple specialties including genetic genealogy, Sephardic Jewish research with an emphasis on the Portuguese Jewish Community of Amsterdam, the Jewish Agricultural Societies of Southern New Jersey, Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry in Ukraine, and American Jewish history. Jarrett writes a blog called Sephardic Genealogy and he also has a vlog called GeneaVlogger. Jarrett currently works as the lead forensic genealogist at DNA Labs International where he helps solve cold cases. He also volunteers as a Search Angel where he helps people find their biological family, and he volunteers as a curator on Geni.com, home of the World Family Tree. Jarrett currently serves as the vice president of the Triangle JGS in North Carolina and has been involved in the group since 2012.


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