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2018 CAGGNI Board of Directors

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Board Position Descriptions


Alan Wilson                                   

member since: 9 Nov 2007
President (2016-present)
FTM Chair (2011-2015)
DNA SIG Co-Chair (2015-present)

Contact: president @

Alan Wilson has been working on the genealogy of his family for eight years. He has used various software tools and databases, including Family Tree Maker, Ancestry, The Master Genealogist, Webtrees, WikiTree and Gramps. Alan became interested in DNA for genealogy in 2008. Since then he has tested with Family Tree DNA and Ancestry, and he has used DNA comparisons on Family Tree DNA, DNAGedCom, GedMatch, Y-Search, YBase and Ancestry. 

A member of CAGGNI since 2008, Alan is currently the co-leader of the DNA Special Interest Group (2015- present). He is a regular contributor to the CAGGNI monthly newsletter and a past leader of the Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (2011-2015). Alan lives in Long Grove and is married to Past President Michelle Bray Wilson. 

Past President
Nancy R. Thomas

member since: 1 Aug 2007
Past President (2016-present)
President (2014-2015)
Program Chair (January-June 2014)
GeneaQuest 2014 Conference Chair (2013-2014)
Vice President (2013-2014)

Contact: pastpresident @

Nancy has been searching for her ancestors and her husband's for over 30 years. She published The Roeser Family: Ancestors and Descendants for a family reunion using Family Tree Maker software. Nancy has enjoyed traveling to her ancestral homes in Ireland, England and Germany, as well as other parts of the world. She is especially interested in pre-fire Chicago history. Her case study on Irish research has been presented at several genealogical society meetings in the area, including CAGGNI.

A retired Professor/Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage, Nancy was President of the DuPage County Genealogical Society from 1979-1981 and 2009-2013.

Vice President/Program
Lynda Roddy Ozzauto

Member since: 05 Jan 2015
Vice President/Program Chair (2016-present)

Contact: vicepresident @; programs @

Born and raised in Chicago, Lynda began her hunt for her ancestors during a trip to Ireland in the spring of 2014. Her ancestors are mostly Irish, with a bit of English thrown in. While she thought that should make the research easier, she’s found that all the men are John, Michael and Patrick, and the women are Mary, Bridget or Catherine!

Lynda has a B.A. in art and has taught painting, drawing and design courses at private art schools and Columbia College in Chicago. Her work is in collections at Loyola University School of Dentistry, Walgreens and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She is currently an academic advisor at Columbia College in Chicago.


Jacquie Schattner

member since: 19 Mar 2011
Secretary/Archivist (2015-present)


Jacqueline Krieps Schattner has been actively researching her family’s ancestors since 1996. She volunteered at the Family History Center in Schaumburg for 15 years, teaches genealogy for Districts 211 and 214, teaches beginning genealogy at area libraries and is active in several genealogy societies.

Jacquie received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois. She is a retired school secretary, looking forward to having more free time to pursue new genealogy research. Living in Palatine, she has been happily married for 38 years, has three grown children, two sons-in-law and five adorable grandchildren.


Robert G. Allen

member since: May 2014
Treasurer (2015-present)

Bob has been conducting his genealogy research for more than 30 years. Beyond recording names, dates and places, he has focused on how his ancestors and relatives lived their lives – their work, community involvement, beliefs, memberships and politics. He has over 100,000 people in his database.

Bob received a B.A. in Political Science and a M.B.A. from the University of Kansas – Lawrence, plus a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He held a number of executive positions with Container Corporation of America and Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

A past president of the Institute for Continued Learning at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg, he has led many study groups – including Chicago and Illinois history, Secret Societies, Genealogy, Investing, Preparing for the End, Neat Internet Sites, The Romans, Notable Women and Old Time Radio.


Membership Chair
Dennis Murray

member since: Jan 2016
Membership Chair (2018-present)

Contact: membership @

Dennis is a retired Human Resources and Talent Acquisition Specialist in the engineering and video game industries. He was born and raised in northern New Jersey and has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Marquette University. In 1974, Dennis settled in the Chicago area where he raised two children with his wife Susan. 

His genealogical interests started eight years ago and he’s been bugging his known relatives ever since. His heritage is Irish and Eastern European – most likely Lemkos of the north Carpathian Galician region. His wife’s family is northern Italian, immigrating to Iowa, Illinois and California. Dennis has helped two adoptees find their biological parents which were very rewarding experiences. He has keen interests in world travel and has seen the totality of a solar eclipse. He says, “The only thing left is having tea with the Queen.”


Newsletter Editor
Rose Lehne                                      

member since: 2011
Newsletter Editor (2015-present)

Contact: newsletter @

Rose enjoys making the connection to her ancestors and finds researching, continuing education, teaching and technology rewarding aspects of family history research. Wanting to share stories with family members she started printing a semiannual newsletter. Out of the 30 copies distributed, she hopes a few of them will survive the years for a future genealogist to find. 

Rose enjoys European travel and has had the opportunity to visit her father’s birthplace in Sicily and the church in County Clare, Ireland, where her 2nd great grandparents were married. She is currently on the board of the DuPage County Genealogical Society where she is Web Coordinator and Conference Chair. A frequent contributor to the CAGGNI Newsletter, she also provides the Best of 101 Tips column.


Promotions/Publicity Chair
Marty Acks

member since: Jan 2016
Promotions/Publicity Chair (2018-present)

Contact: promotions @, 
fundraising @

Marty became a genealogy enthusiast in 1999 after having caught the bug from his mom and dad. He continues to expand on their work to this day. He currently volunteers at WikiTree where he contributes to the global family tree, leads multiple surname studies, assists other members and monitors activity as a WikiTree Ranger. Marty is also a member and volunteer at Downers Grove Historical Society. Marty’s vacations now often include a hunt for ancestors. In 2016 he traveled to Scotland to visit the ancestral homeland of the Porterfields, on his maternal grandmother's side.

During the day Marty works in the computer software industry, specializing in payments and e-commerce websites. He is also a co-founder of Silvon Software in Westmont, IL. Marty lives in Downers Grove with his wife, Carine. They have one adult son, a daughter-in-law and a one-year-old grandson.


Website Content Director
Nancy I.Z. Reese

member since: 28 Jul 2012
Website Content Director (2016-present)

Contact: webmaster @

Nancy began her search in 2000 for her ancestors, most of whom arrived in the U.S. before the Civil War. She has researched in archives and libraries across the U.S. and will never forget finding the obituary of her great-great-great grandmother, who died in Oregon, in a small town library in Indiana. This great-something grandmother later turned out to be the granddaughter of a Revolutionary War soldier.

Nancy retired in 2012 after 32 years with the Chicago Tribune. She now volunteers at the Mount Prospect Historical Society and the Mount Prospect Public Library in its genealogy department. She is also president of the Garden Club of Mount Prospect. Nancy has served on the newsletter committee, the road trip committee and as the coordinator of the CAGGNI surnames page on the website. She and her husband, John, a golf professional, enjoy antiquing in their spare time.


GeneaQuest Conference Chair
Gail Santroch

member since: 16 May 2008
GeneaQuest Conference Chair (2015-present)

Contact: geneaquest @

Gail began her research in 1981 after cleaning out her aunt’s house in Wisconsin which was built by her grandfather in the 1920s. She found old letters, photos, a domed trunk, two 1917 calendar pages, an 1808 Czech Bible, just to name a few treasures. She has traveled to ancestral homelands in Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic. Gail chaired a genealogy SIG for Mac users for over 10 years, as well as serving 20 years on the Board of the Chicago Genealogical Society. She retired in 2014 from the Carol Stream Public Library, and now serves as secretary of her homeowners association.

Road Trip Chair
Marti Gustafson                                          

member since: Feb 2015
Road Trip Chair (2016-present)

Contact:  RoadTripChair @

Marty was born and raised in Evanston, IL. She began her search in genealogy in 1991 after the death of her mother. Her dad told her that he was of German decent and from Germany. It was not until she went to the Newberry Library that she found out the Welters came from Luxembourg. Marty first started her genealogy research with the Family Tree maker CD and the free 3 months subscription to Ancestry. 

Marty has worked in information technology for 20 years, mostly at Sears Holding in Hoffman Estates. Prior to that, she worked as a statistician for Washington National Insurance in Evanston and Allstate Insurance in Northbrook. Marty joined CAGGNI because she was interested in the road trips – now she is the chair of the committee.


Special Interest Group Leaders

Nancy R. Thomas

member since: 1 Aug 2007
Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group (FTM SIG) Leader

Contact:  ftm @

See Nancy's bio above.


Larry Olson

member since: 31 Dec 1994
RM+TMG Special Interest Group Leader (2015-present)

Contact:  tmg @

member since: 31 Dec 1994
Promotions and Publicity (2015-2017)
Secretary (2013-2014)
Membership Chair (2003-2005)
Genealogy Mentor (2002)
Program/Publicity Chair (1999-2001)
President (1996-1998)

Larry Olson is a Minnesota native who has been doing family research since the early 1970s, when a grandmother told him he was related to John Philip Sousa. He has never proved that legend, but he's discovered a lot of other things and had a great time doing it (Norwegians and Germans on his side, and Swedes and Revolutionary War on his wife's). He hopes that one day someone in his immediate family will appreciate all the work he has done (while he was neglecting them for dead relatives and dusty old records...). Larry works for the IRS Crime Lab as a forensic document examiner.

One of Larry's proudest accomplishments was presiding when CAGGNI was born. The group had been created several years before as the Northern Illinois Personal Ancestral File User's Group (NIPAFUG) at the Schaumburg LDS Church. Because of increasing diversity of genealogical interests, the group decided to expand its scope and became the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois, or CAGGNI.


Reunion SIG
Bruce Christopher

member since: 19 Jan 2013
Reunion for Mac Special Interest Group Leader (2015-present)

Contact:  reunion @ (please include the word genealogy in the subject line)

Bruce started studying his family tree in high school and can even say he started using computers in this hobby as early as 1972, though in a very limited way. His areas of research include Scandinavia, British Isles, Canada and Colonial America. Since 2011, he has participated in DNA testing. 

Bruce joined CAGGNI in January 2013, becoming the Reunion SIG leader effective January 2015. He has been a user of Reunion for Macintosh since at least 1998 and has used it to build a fairly large family tree and publish it online with photos and source citations.


Internet SIG
Alan Wilson

member since: Nov 2007
Internet Special Interest Group Leader (2016-present)

Contact: internetSIG @

See Alan's bio above.


Dr. David Stumpf & Alan Wilson   

Contact: dna @

Dr. Stumpf is Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University. His research involved genetics. He is board certified in neurology, pediatrics and clinical informatics; his portfolio for certification by the Board Certification for Genealogists is in review. He is a lifelong genealogist with roots in the Netherlands (paternal) and across the American frontiers (maternal). He codes his own software and tests new methodologies.

See above for Alan's bio.

Storytellers SIG
Marti Swanson

member since: 2009
Storytellers Workshop Leader (2015-present)

Contact:  storyteller @

Marti is a retired English teacher who's active in retired teachers' activities on the local, regional and state level. She belongs to several genealogical societies, both county-based and surname-based, and publishes a newsletter for one surname. She has a 5-acre natural yard featuring close to 100 kinds of wildflowers, lots of oaks and hickories and two ponds. She has 3 children, 4 grands, 3 greats and 2 English springers.


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