GSNJ Officers and Trustees

Trustees of the Society are elected to three year terms by the general membership at the GSNJ Annual Meeting, held in November. Officers of the Society are elected annually by the Trustees. GSNJ is presently headed by the following:


Officers

President — C. Arthur Lawton III
Vice-Presidents — Claire E. Keenan; Joseph R. Klett
Treasurer — Scott A. Holmes
Recording Secretary — Pamelyn P. Bush
Corresponding Secretary — Janet T. Riemer


Trustees

TERM ENDING 2017

Alexander D. Everitt, Jr., Sussex County, New Jersey
Scott A. Holmes, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Claire E. Keenan, Hunterdon County, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth (Jean) King Pellicane, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Janet T. Riemer, Mercer County, New Jersey

TERM ENDING 2018

Joan E. Betancourt, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Joseph R. Klett, Mercer County, New Jersey
C. Arthur Lawton III, Mercer County, New Jersey
Joan M. Lowry, Middlesex County, New Jersey
Carol M. Sheaffer, MD, Mercer County, New Jersey

TERM ENDING 2019

Pamelyn P. Bush, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania
Melissa A. Johnson, CG, Monmouth County, New Jersey
Albert C. King, Somerset County, New Jersey
Michelle D. Novak, New York County, New York
Fred Sisser III, Ocean County, New Jersey


Trustees Emeriti

Roxanne K. Carkhuff
Edward J. Raser
Thomas B. Wilson


Officer Biographies

C. Arthur Lawton III, President

C. Arthur Lawton III is a resident of Mercer County, NJ, and has been a GSNJ Trustee since 1999. His term expires in 2018. He is GSNJ’s current President and serves on the GSNJ Editorial, Program, Finance & Audit, Membership, Public Relations, Newsletter, Automation, Long Range Planning, and Volunteer Committees. Lawton has served as GSNJ’s Vice President (2004–2010), Co-Editor of the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey (2004–2008), and Editor of the GSNJ Newsletter (1999–2003).

Claire E. Keenan, Vice-President

Claire E. Keenan is a resident of Delaware County, PA, and has been a GSNJ Trustee since 2008. Her term expires in 2017. She currently serves as a GSNJ Vice President, Chairperson of the Legal Matters Committee, and Co-Chairperson of the Automation Committee. Keenan also serves on the GSNJ Editorial, Special Projects, Finance & Audit, Newsletter, Genealogists Lists, and Legislative Issues Committees.

Joseph R. Klett, Vice-President

Joseph R. Klett is a resident of Mercer County, NJ, and has been a GSNJ Trustee since 1988. His term expires in 2018. He currently serves as a GSNJ Vice President and on the GSNJ Editorial, Gravestone Records, Program, and Long Range Planning Committees. Klett authored the December 2014 Special Issue of the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Understanding New Jersey’s Geography in the Proprietary Period (Volume 89 #4), which was produced in celebration of New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary and was awarded the 2015 The Donald Lines Jacobus Award from the American Society of Genealogists. He has served as Co-Editor and Editor of the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey (2004–2009), and Editor of the GSNJ Newsletter (1989–1998).

Scott A. Holmes, Treasurer

Scott A. Holmes is a resident of Hunterdon County, NJ, and has served as a GSNJ Trustee since 2004. His term expires in 2017. He currently serves as GSNJ’s Treasurer , Chairperson of the GSNJ Finance& Audit and  Storage  & Inventory Committees, and Co-Chairperson of the Automation Committee. Holmes also serves on the Bible & Family Records, Manuscripts, Special Projects, Program, Genealogists List, and Long Range Planning Committees.

Pamelyn P. Bush, Recording Secretary

Pamelyn P. Bush is a resident of Sullivan County, PA, and a GSNJ Trustee since 2005. Her term expires in 2019. She currently serves as GSNJ’s Recording Secretary, as Chairperson for the GSNJ Editorial, Gravestone Records, and Special Projects Committees. Bush also serves on the GSNJ Manuscripts, Membership, and Newsletter Committees.

Janet T. Riemer, Corresponding Secretary

Janet T. Riemer is a resident of Mercer County, NJ and a GSNJ Trustee since 1975. Her term expires in 2017. She currently serves as GSNJ’s Corresponding Secretary and Chairperson of the Manuscript Committee. Riemer also serves on the GSNJ Bible & Family Records, Gravestone Records, Legal Matters, and Storage & Inventory Committees. She has served as GSNJ President (1996–2002) and as the Co-Editor for the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey (1989–2003).


Trustees Biographies

Joan E. Betancourt

Joan E. Betancourt is a resident of Monmouth County, NJ. She has been a GSNJ Member since 2012. Her term expires in 2018. She serves on the GSNJ Automation Committee and is Co-Chairperson for the Program Committee.

Alexander D. Everitt, Jr.

Alexander D. Everitt, Jr. is a resident of Sussex County, NJ and has been a GSNJ Trustee since 1975. His term expires in 2017.

Melissa A. Johnson, CG

Melissa A. Johnson is a resident of Monmouth County, NJ, and has served as a GSNJ Trustee since 2010. Her term expires in 2019. She currently serves as Editor of the GSNJ Newsletter, and on the GSNJ Editorial and Program committees.

Joan M. Lowry

Joan M. Lowry is a resident of Middlesex County, NJ and a GSNJ Trustee since 1994. Her term expires in 2018. She currently serves GSNJ as Chairperson of several GSNJ committees, including the Membership, Genealogists List, and Legislative Issues Committees. Lowry also serves on the Program, Newsletter, and Legal Matters Committees. She served as GSNJ President (2002–2010).

Albert C. King

Albert C. King is a resident of Franklin Township, Somerset County, NJ, and has served as a GSNJ Trustee since 1989. His term expires in 2019. He serves on the GSNJ Special Projects, Automation, and Legal Matters Committees.

Michelle D. Novak

Michelle D. Novak is a native of Bergen County, currently resides in New York City, NY, and has served as GSNJ Trustee since 2015. Her term expires in 2019. She serves on the GSNJ Automation, Genealogist Lists, and Public Relations Committees; is Co-Chairperson for the GSNJ Program Committee; and is Layout Editor for the GSNJ Newsletter.

Elizabeth (Jean) King Pellicane

Elizabeth (Jean) King Pellicane is a resident of Hunterdon County, NJ, and has served as a GSNJ Trustee since 2013. Her term expires in 2017. She serves as Chairperson of the GSNJ Volunteer Committee. Pellicane also serves on the GSNJ Gravestone Records, Membership, Public Relations, Automation, and Nominating Committees.

Carol M. Sheaffer, MD

Carol M. Sheaffer, MD, is a resident of Mercer County, NJ and has served as a GSNJ Trustee since 2009. Her term expires in 2018. She serves as Chairperson of the GSNJ Long-Range Planning and Nominating Committees. Sheaffer also serves on the GSNJ Gravestone Records, Program, Special Projects, and Newsletter Committees.

Fred Sisser III

Fred Sisser III is a resident of Ocean County, NJ and has served as a GSNJ Trustee since 1970. His term expires in 2019. He serves as the Chairperson of the GSNJ Bible & Family Records Committee. Sisser also serves on the GSNJ Editorial, Manuscripts, and Newsletter Committees. He served as a GSNJ Vice President (1973–1979).


Trustees Emeriti

Roxanne K. Carkhuff

Roxanne K. Carkhuff is a resident of Hunterdon County, NJ. She became a Trustee in 1973 and is now a GSNJ Trustee Emeritus. She formerly served as Co-Editor of the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey (1989–2003) and Co-Editor of the GSNJ Newsletter (1976–1988).

Edward J. Raser

Edward J. Raser is a resident of Middlesex Township, NJ. He became a Trustee in 1953 and is now a GSNJ Trustee Emeritus. He formerly served as GSNJ President (1973–1976), GSNJ Vice President (1969–1970), and was Chairman of the Immigrant Register.

Thomas B. Wilson

Thomas B. Wilson is a resident of Hunterdon County, NJ. He became a Trustee in 1971 and is now a GSNJ Trustee Emeritus.