Southern California Genealogical Society
NOMINEES FOR 2015-2017 SCGS - Board of Directors (alphabetical order)

Nominees for 2018-2019 SCGS Board of Directors

Get involved in your Society. Start by casting your vote!
This year, the Southern California Genealogical Society is initiating online voting for our Annual Election of Board Members. For those members who do not have email addresses or cannot vote online, we are still mailing out ballots to those limited number of people. Mailed ballots must be returned on or before, Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Your vote for 2019 Board Members is important. By now you should have received an emailed announcement with information and instructions on how to E-vote. (download instructions)

Please E-Vote before November 28, 2018. Results will be announced at the SCGS Annual Meeting on December 8, 2018.

Below are statements from the candidates in A-Z order: Charlotte Bocage, Louise Calaway, Mark Cross, Alice M. Fairhurst, and Kristi Sexton

Charlotte M. Bocage
Charlotte M. Bocage has over forty years of genealogy experience. After watching "Roots" in 1977, Charlotte put a name to what she had been doing since she was five years old. A New Orleans native she organizes family reunions for both sides of her family. She worked for Pacific Bell for over 31 years retiring in 2001. As a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, she chaired the popular Black History Month Sale-A-Bration for over 10 years raising money for future Pioneer community service events. As a former First Vice President for the California African American Genealogical Society Charlotte was part of the fundraising committee raising over $3,000.00 in the first year, tripling the General Fund. As the inaugural president of the Atwater Village Historical Society she worked with, then City Councilman, Eric Garcetti to assemble funding to start the society. Charlotte graduated from UCLA in 1998 with a BA in Communication Studies. While there she chaired the Older Students Program. She shares her genealogical lecturers locally and throughout the nation specializing in Organization, American Indian and Louisiana research. She teaches Source Documentation 101 for Family Tree University which also has a webinar on Louisiana Reseach. Charlotte is a guest genealogy lecturer for the UCLA Osher Lifelong Learning Program. She has been a member of SCGS since 1999. As a member of the SCGS Board of Directors, she has served as the Program chair for Jamboree helping to make Jamboree a national conference. She is currently the Education and Outreach Committee chair that directs the Lunch and Learn Education program. In 2005, she saw a need and initiated the Kids Family History Camp to encourage kids to ask the questions about their family. She also organizes the SCGS Speakers Bureau providing lectures and educating the general public about SCGS. She is represents SCGS as co-sponsor for the Genealogy Garage program at the downtown Los Angeles Public Library. She has been there to stuff bags for Jamboree, count our books, and to provide tours of our library. Charlotte enjoys the work she provides to our members and the public. She has recently found her paternal great-great-great grandmother's father. She is currently researching Bloom, Bocage, Brown, Charles, Escadon, Gayaut/Gaillot, Haydel, Jones, Lamothe, Monier, Pizero, Saint Louis, Thomas, and Valliere.

Louise Calaway
Bitten by the Genealogy "bug" in 1977, after watching Alex Haley's Roots, Louise Calaway began researching both her and her husband's family history. Along the way, she discovered her connection to Mayflower Descendants and a gggg grandfather who bequeathed $1/each to his six adult children, with the bulk of his estate going to his housekeeper and her three children. Born in Illinois, Louise moved to California in 1959 with her new husband who was a student at Cal Tech. Settling in Sierra Madre in 1962, she and Ward raised two children, Charles and Laura. Louise also sits on the Boards of Directors of the Sierra Madre Playhouse and the Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery Association and is its Cemetery Manager. With an eye for detail and penchant for perfection, Louise approaches her duties at SCGS with the same enthusiasm and zeal that has made her a successful CPA. Louise is researching the following surnames: Barr, Callaway, Clark, Councilman, Hebblethwaite, Stetson, Ward, Whiffen, Woodley, Young.

Mark Cross
Mark Cross became interested in genealogy at the age of 12. That's when he read an unpublished and unsourced family tree by a distant relative, that included a transcribed letter written by an ancestor about his adventures fighting for the Union in the Civil War. After college, he started doing his own research and became hooked. When he discovered a link to a Mayflower passenger and a Revolutionary War Patriot, he decided to get more educated and experienced, and has joined the Sons of the American Revolution and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Mark has gleefully attended Jamboree since he first learned of it in 2014, and has also attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and is currently enrolled in ProGen. In addition to SCGS, Mark is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of California, British Isles Family History Society-USA, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society. Mark is a voice actor and an OSHA Safety Trainer and CPR instructor. When he's not researching dead people, he's training on the subject of how to keep people alive.

Alice M. Fairhurst
Alice M. Fairhurst is the President of the Southern California Genealogical Society and has served as the Jamboree chair or co-chair from 2016-2019. From 2006 to 2015 she managed the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Y-DNA Haplotree tree, cited in many academic papers. Prior to retirement from JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), she taught at Cal Poly Pomona and Glendale Community College. An avid genealogist, she first started recording her family stories when in grammar school and has traced her Scottish, Irish, and French roots back to the old country.

Kristi Sexton
Kristi Sexton is a native to southern California, only having lived in two other states and finding herself right back at home in Orange County. As a teacher, friend, lecturer and researcher of all things family and lineage, I hope to be able to share just one drop of the passion I have for genealogy into someone else.

My "work life" has taken me down a few roads from Grocery, business ownership, retail, aerospace and into accounting and auditing. During a minor mid-life crisis going back to college to finish what was started so many moons ago, and most recently received my Master's in accounting in 2016. Currently I work PT in City Government accounting, to supplement my Genealogy obsession.

My personal life takes a simple stride - Married almost 20 years to another local native of So Cal, raised our family here and now have a furry family at home that keep us on our toes. Travel is a huge part of Kristi's Family life, to various foreign lands, in search of great adventure!

Genealogy has been a major part of Kristi's life for nearly 3 decades - when introduced during a simple project to her own heritage by her Favorite Grandma - who jumped on the train with her as well. Taking a break from research due to life, but always teaching and sharing, has recently been able to work solely on her own family tree for some time now.

Lecturing, teaching, training, and running her own company One Leaf Genealogy has been at the forefront for a few years now...serving as the President of Orange County California Genealogical Society, and is most recently added being an Adjunct Professor for Brigham Young University - Idaho in the Family History Department. Life is very busy and blessed.