Treasurer: Annie Brenneis
Served as Treasurer since 2018. Also chairs the Budget Committee. Previously on the Board as Member at Large.
Secretary Lisa Gorrell (a new member of the Board)
Also serving as IGGP Co-Delegate, Publicity Committee member and merchandise shipping clerk. Previously: Nominating Committee member. She is a Certified Genealogist, past president of the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society and past recording secretary of the California Genealogical Society. She enjoys lecturing and teaching about genealogy.
Membership Registrar: Marilyn Simleness
Served as Membership Registrar since 2018. Also serving as System Administrator and Pedigree Chart Coordinator. Previous SGGS positions: Outreach Director, Meeting Setup Committee member, Programs Committee member, and Nominating Committee member. Served on Publicity and Registration Teams for the 2019 IGGP Conference in Sacramento, and assisted the Election Team for the first election held by IGGP in fall, 2019. Moved from CA to AZ in December, 2019, where she has become active in local genealogy and lineage societies. A member of numerous other ethnic and national societies across the U.S. A graduate of several programs in genealogical studies, including: Boston University, ProGen, Gen-Fed, NIGS (National Institute of Genealogical Studies—American records, German records, Methodology, Professional Development, and currently enrolled in Canadian records), SLIG, IGHR, and GRIP. Part-time professional genealogist, “on the clock” with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Researches ancestors in Ostfriesland areas of Germany and the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Great Britain.
Member at Large: Amy Spohr Chidester (a new member of the Board)
Chairs the German Interest Group of the San Diego Genealogical Society. Previously served in vital leadership roles for last year’s successful International German Genealogy 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.
Member at Large: Charles Haussler (a new member of the Board)
Retired police investigator. Former Sacramento resident. Charles currently lives in Utah.
Member at Large: Elle Hedenkamp (a new member of the Board)
I have been interested in family history for over 20 years. My involvement is a bit unusual in that I am a first 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. For the SGGS I am interested in how we can reach out to German researchers who are not in the Sacramento area. I grew up in the San Diego area and now live in Menlo Park, California.
Member at Large: Ginger Herte (a new member of the Board)
My name is Virginia "Ginger" Herte and I live in Fair Oaks, California. I am looking forward to becoming more involved with SGGS as a Board Member at Large. I have been working on my tree for two years now. My great grandfather came from Tribsees in Pomerania and great grandmother from Ostfriesland, near the city of Leer. I am willing to help wherever needed but I think it would great to start some special interest groups for research/information sharing that might be centered on regions in Germany or the U.S. I 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). Retired teacher.
Member at Large: Rick Hanson
Currently 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.
Member at Large: Terry Koberstein (a new member of the Board)
Born in Hillsboro, Oregon, to Orin and Juanita Koberstein. My Koberstein 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 always enjoyed doing genealogy research from my early 20’s. I recently enjoyed an 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.