The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:
Connie Lenzen, President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, announced the retirement of three respected trustees, effective on October 15th.
- Donn Devine, CG, CGI, of Delaware, retired after fourteen years on the board. Devine, who is an attorney and also the archivist for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will continue to serve as the Board's general counsel. He served on the Editorial Committee for BCG's definitive manual Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians, and wrote the essential chapter on "Evidence Analysis."
- Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, of Pennsylvania, retired after seven years on the board. She was BCG President from 2002-2004, and still serves as BCG Conference Coordinator. Freilich set up the BCG Skillbuilding tracks at both the FGS and NGS national conferences. In addition, she continues as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund for which she brought together a pre-conference day-long workshop called "Putting Skills to Work." Freilich is co-author of the chapter on "Business, Institution, and Organization Records" in the new edition of The Source, author of the NGS publication Research in Pennsylvania, and an instructor at Samford's Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research.
- Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, of Virginia, retired after six years on the board. She served as BCG representative to the Records Preservation and Access Committee led by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society to share expertise and concerns across the fifty states. Her expertise in military records and the National Archives makes Melchiori a nationally recognized speaker.
According to President Lenzen, "All three of our out-going trustees have been committed to promoting excellence in genealogical practice, and to ensuring that BCG itself grew and responded to changes in the genealogical world. The Board for Certification of Genealogists wouldn't be the nationally recognized and respected organization it is today if it were not for the individual contributions of each of these able trustees."
The fifteen current members of the BCG Board of Trustees are:
Connie Lenzen, CG, of Oregon, President
Barbara Mathews, CG, of Massachusetts, Vice-president
Beverly Rice, CG, of Oregon, Secretary
Brian W. Hutchison, CG, of British Columbia, Treasurer
Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, of Virginia, Executive Committee Member-at-Large.
Claire Mire Bettag, CG, CGL, of Washington, DC
Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, of Missouri
Laura DeGrazia, CG, of New York
Jim W. Faulkinbury, CG, of California
Amy Larner Giroux, CG, CGL, of Florida
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, of Pennsylvania
Joy Reisinger, CG, of Wisconsin
Beth A. Stahr, CG, of Louisiana
Helen S. Ullmann, CG, of Massachusetts
Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, of Virginia
Since its founding in 1964, the Board for Certification of Genealogists has promoted - in research, lectures, and publications - attainable, uniform standards of competence and ethics that have become generally accepted throughout the field. Its publication The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual sets forth the currently accepted standards for all areas of genealogical research.