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13 December 2016

Meet our Board Member Nominees

by Karen Lemelin

The Nomination Committee is proposing two new board nominees for the 2017 - 2019 term. The new nominees are Rich Kehoe and Arlene Miles. The full slate of candidates will be presented to the general membership for election at the annual meeting.  

Board members
Continuing in a first term are Maureen Hanlon, Vicky Kolakowski and Stewart Blandón Traiman.  Continuing in a second term is Felicia Addison.  Proposed nomination for a second term are Linda Okazaki, Kathie Jones, and Therese Hart­-Pignotti.  Continuing in a third term are Nicka Smith and Karen Lemelin. Proposed nomination for a third term is Shannon Reese.  Ellen Fernandez­-Sacco will be also serving in the role of past president.

We thank these board members for their service
Lisa Gorrell and Jim Sorenson have termed out after serving three terms, Diana Edwards will not be serving an additional term, and Todd Armstrong has decided not to seek a second term nomination.

                                   Meet the new board nominees
Photo courtesy of
Shannon Reese
Arlene Georgia Schroeder Miles is a longtime volunteer, having joined CGS in 2007 hoping to continue her genealogy research and to help others research and record their family history.  A native New Yorker, Arlene has lived in San Francisco since 1984.  She has an Associate Degree in the study of Library Technology from City College San Francisco and many years of experience in record management.  She is currently the CGS Library Manager, and motivates a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and growing our collection of books, manuscripts and vertical files. Arlene is currently serving on the board for the remainder of the 2016 term to replace the late Henry Snyder.

Photo courtesy of Rich Kehoe
Richard Kehoe became interested in family history research years ago during visits with his mother and aunt, listening to their spirited discussions about growing up in San Francisco. Rich is a 6th generation San Franciscan.  His ancestors came to San Francisco in 1769 with the Spanish Portola Expedition.  He also has extensive Irish roots.  

Rich did not become obsessed with genealogy until 2010, and discovered CGS two years later, after retiring from a sales and marketing career in the educational technology business.  He has been a volunteer with the Educational Programs & Events Committee, and has attended SLIG and taken many of CGS’s wonderful classes, seminars and trips.  Rich is a member of UGS, NGS and Los Californianos.

The California Genealogical Society's bylaws specify the annual creation of a Nominating Committee in Article VII, Section 1: Nominations and Elections.


Section 1. The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members to be named not less that ninety (90) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The President shall appoint the Nominating Committee. The chairperson of the committee shall be from the Board of Directors and additional committee members from the general membership. 
Section 2. The Nominating Committee shall submit its report to the Board of Directors and the Board shall give timely notice of nominations to the general membership prior to the Annual Business Meeting. 
Section 3. Following the Nominating Committee’s report to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting, the floor shall be open to additional nominations, provided nominees have given consent to serve if elected. 
Section 4. Nominees shall be members in good standing in the Society. 
Section 5. Members in good standing who are present at the Annual Business Meeting shall elect the Directors. A plurality vote shall elect. 
Section 6. If there is only one candidate for an opening, the ballot may be dispensed with by general consent and the election held by voice vote.

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