2021-2022 Leadership Team


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Gail Colby


Gail never knew her family history, and became interested after visiting her mother's hometown of East Hampton, New York.

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Tom Woltz
Vice President

Tom tells us that he has been chasing his past, genealogy wise, for upwards of 50 years and still enjoying the race.

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Tom Matchett


My genealogical interests lie with my Ulster Irish roots (Counties Antrim, Armagh, and Donegal).


Pacquitta Laverents


I enjoy solving puzzles. There-fore, it seemed natural to choose genealogy as a hobby when I retired in 2020 from a rewarding career as a life insurance actuary.



Neal Scott


I’m a Native Texan whose paternal roots go back through Mississippi to South Carolina, and maternal to Kentucky and Virginia, but all my lines seem to end up back in Scotland, England and Ireland.

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Jenny Sharrer

Program Chair

I wish my interest in genealogy had started while my elders were alive. So many precious stories lost... However, we are fourtunate to live in a time when more and more information is made available online every day.

Committee Chairs


Liz Philip

Membership Chair

I’m a native Houstonian and grew up in Spring Branch. Chuck and I have been married 42 years and have 2 sons and 6 grandkids.  We live in Cypress.

Mark Winzenburg


Mark got interested in genealogy about 20 years ago, helping his wife search for her family records in Ohio courthouses. Since he retired a few years ago he has built his own family tree. He has used DNA tests from many vendors to break down brick walls.


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Linda Hudson

Newsletter Editor

Social Chair

Linda believes the joy of the research is not only finding these great histories, but the people met on the journey. Genealogy is a gift that keeps on giving.