The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is pleased to announce the results of the election of IAJGS officers, conducted at the 35TH IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held recently in Jerusalem, Israel.
Marlis Humphrey of Melbourne Beach, Florida, was re-elected President of the IAJGS. Marlis’s election is to a second two-year term.
Marlis brings experience in strategic planning, marketing, technology, and non-profit board governance to the IAJGS. She has led the development of a growth strategy for the IAJGS and the delivery of important new benefits and services to the association’s members. 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. Marlis is a member and past VP Programs of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando where she received a 2015 Certificate of Appreciation.
A passionate genealogist and frequent lecturer and author on Jewish genealogy and family history publishing topics, Marlis is the founder of myAncestories, a company that helps share the past with the future using the latest publishing techniques to produce the most engaging family histories. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Marlis holds a MS Management of Technology and a BA Russian Language.
Ken Bravo of South Euclid, Ohio, was re-elected Vice President of the IAJGS at the 35TH IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held recently in Jerusalem, Israel. Ken’s election is for a two-year term.
Ken is a retired litigation partner with the Cleveland, Ohio based law firm of Ulmer & Berne LLP and has been engaged in genealogy for more than 35 years. Ken was Co-Chair of the IAJGS Salt Lake City 2014 conference. He has served on the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association and is a past president of both the Cleveland Bureau Jewish Education (now the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland) 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, and also on the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Commission on Cemetery Preservation and on the Jewish Archives Advisory Committee of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Ken is Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Mark Nicholls of Middlesex, UK, was re-elected Secretary of the IAJGS at the 35TH IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held recently in Jerusalem, Israel. Mark’s election is for a two-year term.
Mark has served as prior IAJGS Director-at-large, Secretary, and Chairman of the Membership Development Committee. He brings 17 years experience in secretariat work in the UK public sector to the IAJGS board, having dealt with corporate governance issues such as board accountability, board operations, information management and data protection.
He is also a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) and held the post of Chairman from October 2010 to May 2013 and Membership Secretary February 2009 to May 2013. He currently serves as JGSGB’s Webmaster and a member of the JGSGB Publications Committee. Mark is an active genealogist since 1999 and, as an experienced professional genealogist, has researched German Jewish genealogy, including dealing with original archival sources written in German script. He has worked extensively on UK records, including transcription of records. Mark is a frequent presenter on Jewish genealogy topics.
Doug Cohen of Sarasota, Florida and Lexington, Massachusetts, was elected Treasurer of the IAJGS at the 35TH IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held recently in Jerusalem, Israel. Doug’s election is for a two-year term.
Doug plans to upgrade IAJGS financial record keeping and reporting and bring an experienced financial point of view to the Board's activities. Doug has 40+ years of financial experience, including serving as an independent consulting chief financial officer and having been the CFO of four different Boston-area public and private companies. He has also served as the long-time treasurer of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA and is the treasurer of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. Doug was treasurer of the Salt Lake City 2014 IAJGS conference and will be treasurer of the 2016 conference in Seattle.
Doug has been researching his family for over 15 years Mr. Cohen holds a MBA degree from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. He also received a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College.