The Institute for Genetic Genealogy was proud to present you with the second International Genetic Genealogy Conference sponsored by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy in 2016. It was a sold out event! The attendees came from 7 different countries to this conference.
CeCe Moore is the genetic genealogy consultant for the PBS hit television series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” Her work has also been featured on “20/20” with Barbara Walters, “Genealogy Roadshow”, Nightline”, “Good Morning America”, “Crime Watch Daily”, “Nancy Grace”, “CBS This Morning” and “The Doctors”, as well as being quoted in many online and print publications. Her primary focus is promoting genetic genealogy education and sharing positive stories about the power of genetic genealogy through the media. CeCe is the founder of The DNA Detectives (including the largest genetic genalogy focused online forum, the DNA Detectives Facebok Page) and co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (i4GG).
Blaine Bettinger,Ph.D. (biochemistry), J.D., is an intellectual property attorney, popular speaker on DNA topics, and author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist.
Schelly Talalay Dardashti. A genealogist and journalist, Schelly is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com. She has tracked her families for three decades across Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Spain and Iran. An early proponent of genetic genealogy, she is co-administrator of the IberianAshkenaz DNA Project, confirming Sephardic origins of some Ashkenazi families. The former genealogy columnist (Jerusalem Post: “It’s All Relative”) created the award-winning “Tracing the Tribe – The Jewish Genealogy Blog” in 2006, and founded “Tracing the Tribe – Jewish Genealogy on Facebook” (10,000+ global members). Affiliations: JGS of NM, Sandoval County (NM) Genealogical Society, Israel Genealogical Research Association, Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, American Copy Editors Society. Publications: Family Tree Magazine, Avotaynu, NGS Quarterly, The Forward, JTA, etc.
Carol Isbister Rolnick earned her BS in Business from Purdue University. Bitten by the genealogy bug from an early age, Carol discovered an even greater passion for genetic genealogy beginning in the very early days of testing. The field satisfies her love of science, big data and an insatiable desire help others solve personal mysteries. In addition to her work with The DNA Detectives, Carol has an independent consulting company, Rolnick Research.
Kitty Munson Cooper is well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started her blog in 2012 to keep track of her DNA and genealogy research. It includes numerous basic pictorial tutorials and several useful graphing tools she wrote. The blog currently receives several thousand unique visitors a day and earned Kitty tenth place on the rockstar genetic genealogists list in 2015
Kathy Johnston, M.D. Dr. Kathy Johnston, a retired dermatologist, has been engaged in genealogical research for over 25 years. She has been active in genetic genealogy since 2004, at which time she started collecting DNA samples from her aging parents in order to identify their Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA lines. She has had a special interest in the X chromosome since 2008 because of its unique pattern of inheritance and the richness of its ancestry informative markers. Kathy has been active in the DNA Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). As a volunteer, she helps genealogists understand their direct-to-consumer DNA test results. She is a volunteer administrator for several projects at Family Tree DNA. She was a volunteer at the very first “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” conference co-sponsored by SCGS and ISOGG and will be speaking at the same conference this year in Burbank, California on June 5, 2014. In September 2013, she along with other members of ISOGG, was invited to attend an historic ancestry inference roundtable discussion organized by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). In October, 2013 in Boston, she presented a scientific poster during the Ethical, Legal, Social and Policy Issues in Genetics Session at the ASHG 63rd Annual Meeting.
Barbara Rae-Venter,J.D.,Ph.D. Originally fromNewZealand, Barbara earned a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin LawSchool and a B.A. double major inPsychology and Biochemistry and a Ph.D.inBiology (Biochemistry) at the University of California at SanDiego Barbara is a Search Angel with DNAAdoption.com and also helps teach the autosomal DNA classes they offer to help adoptees uqsetheir DNA to find birth relatives. Barbara volunteered her time to work on project for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Crimes Against Children Detail to identify, successfully, the immediate family of”Lisa”,a woman now in her 30s,who was abducted as a toddler and did not know either who she was or where she was from.
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Krahn. Thomas earned his biotechnology engineering diploma from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 1999 and has focused on DNA analysis since then. Thomas started up his own business and filed patents for DNA analysis instruments and provided the first Genealogy DNA tests in Europe. Family Tree DNA became aware of Thomas’ German business and acquired his company in 2006. Together with his wife Astrid he developed all Y chromosome tests that FTDNA offers today. While at FTDNA he made Y-SNP sequencing accessible for private researchers and started the “Walk Through the Y Project” as the first large scale Y chromosome sequencing assay. Thomas designed the Y-chromosome part of the Geno2 chip and the enrichment assay for the BigY test. In 2013 Thomas and Astrid left FTDNA and founded YSEQ, a genetic company that provides on demand Y chromosome testing. As the original discoverer of haplogroup A00 Thomas has recently visited Cameroon and actively supported Bonnie Schrack’s A00 project.
Michelle Trostler holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from USC and is a PhD candidate at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Previously Michelle was a database marketer, specializing in emails and combining data from disparate sources to accomplish a marketing goal. This experience has proven to be a great background for the challenges of genetic genealogy and the mounds of data that are needed to break through brick walls. In addition to her work with The DNA Detectives, Michelle has an independent consulting company, identify family.com.
Kathleen Fernandes earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Stanford University and worked as a systems analyst in designing IT systems for the Department of Defense. Since retiring ten years ago, she has been actively pursuing her Portuguese roots and became interested in genetic genealogy as a way to break through the brick walls she encountered in her research. She is particularly interested in tools and techniques for analyzing DNA data in endogamous populations. She has completed several genetic genealogy courses and has begun giving presentations on the topic to local genealogy groups.
Leah Larkin, Ph.D.
Leah Larkin holds a B.A. in biology from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in botany from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied species relationships using DNA. She is a professional scientific editor as well as a genetic genealogist who finds great joy in reuniting families separated by adoption or other unknown parentage. As a Cajun from Louisiana, she is also actively researching best practices for the genetic genealogy of endogamous groups. Leah recently assumed the editorship of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, which will resume publishing this fall.
Afton Vechery – Product Manager, 23andMe. Afton joined 23andMe in 2014 to lead the company’s tools efforts to create an impactful experience and help customers get real world value from their genetic data. Prior to 23andMe, Afton was head of product development and operations at Acumen where she worked on clinical operations, product and business development. Before Acumen, she led the personalized medicine initiative at Great Point Partners. Afton also founded Kera10, a cosmecutical company utilizing licensed technology from KeraNetics, a regenerative medicine biomaterials company. She received a bachelor of science degree from Wake Forest where she studied Business and Neuroscience. Afton was also recognized as the Wake Forest Presidential Scholar for Entrepreneurship and won the KPMG Global Case Competition.
Janine Cloud – Family Tree DNA. Janine joined Family Tree DNA and the genetic genealogy community as an information specialist several years ago. She came from a long career in customer support at a large newspaper. At Family Tree DNA, Janine quickly moved up to the head of customer service. A grade-school assignment to fill out a pedigree chart ignited her passion for family history and genealogy. That passion, combined with 30+ years of customer service experience got her in the door at FTDNA with a degree in theatre where she quickly grasped the principles of genetic genealogy. In fact, her Allison cousins were among the earliest group projects. Janine is a fifth-generation Texan and a registered member of the Cherokee Nation.