Candidate student representatives election statements

Lisa Constanti

As a student member of RQG, I have found much value from the services and events that the community promotes, as well as the forums that support students and members alike with their burgeoning and continuing professional development in genealogy.

Student members should vote for me to be their representative as I am a reliable voice to adequately represent their needs as they navigate their Genealogical journey. Whether it be an emerging interest that brings them to study Family History, a desire to become a professional, or a skill they wish to develop as part of other projects or careers, being a student can seem quite a lonely prospect without support. Even with support, I believe I have the attributes required to attend meetings, represent the student population of RQG, voice opinions on behalf of the student members and cascade relevant information back to students for their benefit.

A current Diploma Student with Strathclyde, I am a Professional Genealogist and also the Research Officer for Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire FHS. I am a personable, professional and tenacious advocate for others and I have a strong desire to see a continuing bonded relationship between the member body and student body of RQG.

Kathryn Feek

I began my time as a student in 2022. With 20 years of genealogical research experience, but without a traditional background in higher education and in the latter half of my thirties, I studied the part-time PG Certificate Course in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic studies at Strathclyde University. I am now studying part-time at the Diploma level, alongside developing my own Genealogical Research business.

I believe that my personal perspective will prove valuable to students, particularly those who share a similar background or have been out of higher education for an extended period of time.

When joining RQG, I found that we offer significantly greater accessibility to the genealogical community for those in education and I believe that as a society, we are exceptionally well-positioned to understand the challenges and concerns faced by students studying in the field.

I am enthusiastic about the possibility of representing the students, with an ongoing commitment to attend meetings and engage in discussions while focusing on the needs and aspirations of our student members. As well as listening to ideas and suggestions and participating in activities that contribute to the ongoing support and inclusivity of the community.

I am genuinely excited about the opportunity would be honoured to serve as a RQG Student Representative.

Francine Griffis

Francine Crowley Griffis, Certified Genealogist® is a professional genealogist, instructor, writer, speaker and owner of Pursuit of Our Heritage, LLC, predominantly providing forensic heirship research for US-based lawyers. She is a part time diploma year student in the PG program at University of Strathclyde’s Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic studies.

Francine enjoys serving the genealogical community. She is the Director of the Salt Lake Institute (SLIG), past Vice President of the Virtual and New England chapters of the Association of Professional Genealogists, past director of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and past Board Member of the Pepperell Historical Society.

As a hobbyist Francine researched her maternal French, Irish and Scottish, and paternal English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh since she was 10, but more professionally the past ten years. Her genealogical education includes the Boston University Genealogical Certificate, ProGen as a student and mentor of three cohorts, and institutes including GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. And awaits results of Accreditation testing through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists. Aside from genealogy, she enjoys fiber arts, music and travel. She resides in Pepperell, Massachusetts about an hour north of Boston, with her husband, and Pomeranians.

Sam Hicks

I am new to the world of professional genealogy and full of enthusiasm for the subject. I am keen to learn as much as possible and to contribute wherever helpful.

I have a background in professional communication and worked for many years in the third sector raising money and awareness. I am very interested in where organisations sit within the structure of our modern world, inter-relatedness, and cooperation between individuals and groups to achieve positive outcomes.

I would work hard and would share my skill set unreservedly, I would value the opportunity to meet and to be guided by experienced genealogists.

John Parkinson

I am currently undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma year in Strathclyde University’s Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies course. I am a genealogist of some 15 years’ experience, both amateur and professional, and have a keen specific interest in genetic genealogy.

I have gained practical skills in liaising with others through my previous employment and my hobbies. I spent five years as a Dental Educator with Health Education and Improvement Wales. This role included both postgraduate tutoring and regular planning meetings, both online and in-person, with additional planning of courses for student and professional groups.

I am the long-term treasurer of the Guilsfield Amateur Dramatic Society in rural Mid Wales. Through this role I have gained additional liaising skills and responsibilities through money handling and committee meetings. Additionally, our group (and me personally) have won numerous awards at both local and national (All Wales) festivals.

I believe that I have the necessary skills, experience, personality, approachable nature and drive to make an excellent student representative on the RQG board.

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