Sacramento German Genealogy Society

Board of Directors

image of Ingeborg CarpenterPresident: Ingeborg Carpenter
Ingeborg has served as President since 2014. She also serves as Der Blumenbaum reviewer, NGS Delegate, Study Group table leader and Outside Organization Liaison. Previously: Treasurer, Ways & Means Director, Budget Committee chair, IGGP Committee co-chair, German Mentor, Nominating Committee chair, Handshake Packet Editor and Co-chair of the 2019 International German Genealogy Conference in Sacramento. Ingeborg is also President of the International German Genealogy Partnership.

placeholder imageTreasurer: Annie Brenneis
Annie has served as Treasurer since 2018.  She also chairs the Budget Committee and previously served on the Board as a Member at Large.


image of Rick HansonSecretary: Rick Hanson
Also serving as Corresponding Secretary, System Administrator, Merchandise Committee chair, Website Committee chair and numerous minor positions. Previously served as Secretary and a member of various SGGS committees. Was in charge of registration and customer support for the 2019 International German Genealogy Conference in Sacramento. Is an active volunteer in six genealogical societies (SGGS, Root Cellar, California GenWeb, International German Genealogy Partnership, Sacramento Regional Genealogical Council, Reunion Software SIG). Started working on genealogy in partnership with several relatives in 1982. Swedish, German, Swiss and Irish. Retired computer software professional.

placeholder image Member at Large: Annette U. Adams  (a new member of the Board)
Annette lives in Utah and works at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City.


image of Amy Chidester Member at Large: Amy Spohr Chidester
Chairs the San Diego Genealogical Society German Interest Group. Currently serving as the Presenter Team Lead for the 2023 International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) Conference. Previously served in vital leadership roles for the 2019 IGGP Conference in Sacramento and in the planning and implementation of the inaugural IGGP Conference in Minneapolis in 2017. Genealogical research is focused on ethnic Germans in Bohemia. .

placeholder imageMember at Large: Charles Haussler
Charles is a retired police investigator.  A former Sacramento resident, Charles currently lives in Utah.


image of Elle HedenkampMember at Large: Elle Hedenkamp
I have been interested in family history for over 20 years. My involvement in family history is a bit unusual in that I am a second generation American, my father being born in Northern Germany and my mother in Vienna. So not only do I have many first person stories, but I am blessed (and a bit overwhelmed) by the hundreds of letters, diaries and family histories which I inherited. So my focus has been on sharing these resources. As Publications Team Leader I edit Der Bote and Der Blumenbaum.


image of Ginger HerteMember at Large: Ginger Herte
I am a retired teacher and have been working on my family tree in earnest since 2019. My great grandfather came from Tribsees in Pomerania and great grandmother from Ostfriesland, near the city of Leer. Since finding out that my husband's family has deep roots there, I started a special interest group for sharing research/information centered on German immigrants to Pennsylvania.  I also belong to GGG (German Genealogy Group), OGSA (Ostfriesland Genealogical Society of America) and the Pommern Regional Group of Minnesota (an affiliate of the German Genealogical Society).
placeholder imageMember at Large: Terry Koberstein
I was born in Hillsboro, Oregon, to Orin and Juanita Koberstein.  MyKoberstein line immigrated from Colonie Brinsk, Strasburg, West Prussia in the mid 1800's. First to Wisconsin, then Minnesota and my line continued on to Oregon. I have enjoyed doing research in archives, libraries and courthouses around the county. But my big break to cross the pond was finding a person extracting information from a German Church in Lawrence, Marquette county, Wisconsin. I have family who are Polish through this line and I have enjoyed researching that line as well. I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 with a degree in Chemistry. I have lived in Wisconsin, San Diego, and am now in Antioch, California. I have enjoyed doing genealogy research since my early 20's. I recently enjoyed the opportunity to serve in the Salt Lake City Family Search library for a year. As a volunteer missionary I was assigned to be the zone leader for the volunteers on the international floor. There I developed my research skills and helped almost 100 volunteer missionaries serving both full and part time to have a meaningful service experience with the patrons who visited our floor. I really enjoyed working on reading old German script and, while not an expert, I did improve it a great deal.
Updated 1/21/23