As with most endeavors of substance, the combined contributions of a number of counselors brings forth the best measure of wisdom. With that in mind, the Advisors of HSC work together to maintain the integrity, accuracy and dignity of the material on this site. The Advisory Council is comprised of individuals who are well known and highly respected by the members of the various lineage societies. They have great insight and years of experience in matters pertaining to the hereditary community at large.
The Advisory Council presently consists of fifteen individuals. Twelve Advisors are permanent, and three serve as Honorary Advisors. The Honorary positions are filled by the presiding President General of the Society of the Cincinnati, the presiding President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and the presiding President of the National Gavel Society.
Barry Christopher Howard was born at Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Dale Harley and Margaret Catherine Howard. He was married on September 7, 1991 to the former Amie Joan Palumbo, a native of Illinois, and the daughter of the late Anthony Joseph Palumbo and Joanne Kaye Sibigtroth MacDonald. Barry and Amie reside in northern Maryland, and have four children.
Barry studied at Regis University, in Denver, Colorado, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business, in 2000. He graduated summa cum laude; was named a member of Alpha Sigma Nu; and was a commencement speaker. Barry then completed his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland earning an M.B.A., in 2012. He was a member of JHU’s Student Honor Council and Delta Sigma Pi. Subsequently, Barry completed post-graduate studies, on campus, at Harvard Business School, and leadership training at the Burnham-Rosen Group.
Since 2017, Barry has been the chief financial and administrative officer (CFAO) at New America, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C. focused on the future of war; artificial intelligence; online privacy; higher education; the future of automation and work; and several other strategic initiatives. Previously, Barry was the chief financial officer (CFO), and a senior vice president, at World Relief, an international relief and development agency founded in 1944, working directly in over 25 countries, and headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to his time at World Relief, Barry was the chief financial officer (CFO) and vice president at YWAM, a relief and development agency working in some of the world’s most remote regions.
With over 25 years of experience in the non-profit operational and financial sectors, Barry has extensive experience in international operations, and has traveled to over sixty countries. He has held numerous board roles on international microfinance institutions, including Beselidhja Zavet Microfinance (Kosovo); KREDIT Microfinance Institution (Cambodia); URWEGO National Bank (Rwanda), and others. He has successfully monetized several at capital inflection points, reinvesting equity back into local communities in developing countries. In 2020, he was recognized by DCA Live as one of Washington, D.C. 's top non-profit CFO’s.
Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (bestowed by Elizabeth II, Queen of England)
Barry is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. He continues to actively serve on the boards of a number of relief and development agencies, as well as several historical and non-political civic organizations, including the board of the Blue Haven Children’s Home in Uttar Pradesh India; the North India Fund in Varanasi, India; and is a founding board member of the Justice Conference. He is an active Trustee of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, which stewards the Eisenhower Farm and legacy in Gettysburg, PA. Barry is an Eagle Scout, classical guitarist, competitive chess player, and his interests include philosophy, theology, psychometrics, and astronomy.
Dr. Hardwick Smith Johnson, Jr., the son of Hardwick Smith Johnson, Sr. and Louise Johnson, was born in Millen, Georgia. Dr. Johnson received his B.A. from Atlanta Christian College, and completed his M.Ed. at Georgia Southern University. He then received his Ed.S. from Georgia State University and his Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
A History of the Johnson Family and the Johnson Church, Printed Privately, 1974
Some Descendants of James and Rachel Oglesby, Printed Privately, 1991
Improving Middle School Students' Participation and Academic Achievement in a Gifted Education Program, Proquest, 2002
* The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (Knight, bestowed by warrant of its Sovereign Head Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)
Dr. Johnson is active in multiple civic, historical and cultural organizations. He serves on the Harpers Ferry Historic Landmarks Commission, the Board of the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation, and is a member of The Pilgrims of the United States, and the Beresford Family Society.
Dr. Johnson has been named a Kentucky Colonel, an Honorary Citizen of the City of Los Angeles, an Honorary Admiral of the Texas Navy, and an Honorary Member of the Coweta Tribal Town of the Creek Indian Nation. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of the Medal of Honor from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the Honor Medal of the National Society Daughters of American Colonists and the Outstanding Young Men of America Award. He was presented the 9th Annual C. Sims Bray Literary Award of the Atlanta Chapter (Georgia Society) of Colonial Wars.
Dr. Johnson’s interests include medieval history and genealogy, heraldry, international travel, Theatre Pipe Organ Music, and collecting antique Southern Folk Pottery (jugs, churns, jars, crocks).
John Hallberg Jones and Lorraine "Lane" Yatckoske Jones are lifetime residents of Minnesota, having attended high school together. They have two sons and seven grandchildren
Mr. Jones attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. After a thirty-seven-year career in the paper industry, Mr. Jones retired a Partner in Unisource Worldwide Inc. in 2000.
Mr. Jones is also active in numerous fraternal orders. He has been involved in various political and community activities over the years, including management of state Senatorial campaigns and PTA leadership. He is a Kentucky Colonel; an Honorary Chief of the Minneapolis Fire Department; a LT COL Aide de Camp of the Alabama State Militia; and an Arkansas Traveler. Mr. Jones is also an accomplished magician, an avid ornithologist, pianist, and traveler, having logged over one million airline miles. In 1996 he returned to travel exclusively by train, his lifelong favorite method of travel. Lane and John are strong adherents of the Seventh Day Adventist faith.
Brantley Carter Bolling Knowles, a native Virginian, is the daughter of Albert Stuart Bolling, Jr. and Brantley Carter Lamberd Bolling. She is married to Peter I.C. Knowles, II, Captain USAR (Ret.); they have two sons, three granddaughters, and one grandson. She and her husband maintain residences in Virginia and Palm Beach. Mrs. Knowles’ early education was in Portsmouth, VA, and she was later graduated from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA. She was a 2009 Attingham Trust Summer Scholar (UK), and participated in decorative arts programs at West Dean College (Sussex), the University of Nottingham, and the University of York, all in England. A retired appraiser of antiquities and personal property, she was the founder and former owner of Chadwick Antiques, LTD. Mrs. Knowles, a museum management and decorative arts consultant, is former Virginia Regent of Gunston Hall Plantation (1755). She is a past President General of The Colonial Dames of America, 2018-2021, which operates the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (1799, the eighth oldest structure in Manhattan). Mrs. Knowles is a frequent lecturer on historical, decorative arts, and genealogical subjects. In 2017, Mrs. Knowles was one of 30 international, residential scholars at Windsor (UK) who were privileged to study the collection of HM, the Queen, under the aegis of Attingham Royal Collection Studies.
Mrs. Knowles is a former member of the Lincoln Cathedral Foundation board of directors. Additionally, she is Vice President of the American Friends of St. George’s Chapel (UK) and the Hereditary Descendants of the Knights of the Garter (UK). Mrs. Knowles serves on the Council of American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society NEHGS, a 250,000-member organization. She is on the Advisory Board of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. Mrs. Knowles is an active member of the Towton Battlefield Society (UK), which preserves the site of the bloodiest battle in the history of England, fought March 23, 1461, during the Wars of the Roses. Mrs. Knowles is a Board Member of the College of Arms Foundation USA, and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Trust for Scotland USA.
The Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, II) - Commander, North America Priory
In Virginia, Mrs. Knowles is or has been a trustee of: The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA Preservation VA), The Historic Prestwould Foundation, Gunston Hall Plantation, and Historic Petersburg Museums Foundation. Mrs. Knowles’ Florida activities include: The Flagler Museum, The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. An accomplished flower show judge, Mrs. Knowles is a Judge Emerita in Floral Design for both the Garden Club of Virginia, and the Garden Club of America. Mrs. Knowles serves on the Advisory Council of Hillwood Museum, the former Washington D.C. home of the cereal heiress and collector, Marjorie Merriweather Post.
Charles Clement Lucas, Jr., MD, ABFP, son of Charles Clement Lucas, Sr., and Sallie Elizabeth Williams was born in Wilson, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received an A.B. in Chemistry and History, and the Doctor of Medicine. He completed his medical training at Duke University where he was Chief Resident of Family Practice. He was elected to membership in the Order of the Old Well at the University of North Carolina. For his medical leadership activities in North Carolina he received The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest award given by the State of North Carolina.
Dr. Lucas served in the United States Public Health Service from 1970-1972 and was commissioned as Senior Assistant Surgeon. Dr. Lucas moved to New York City in 1979 where he lived until 1988 when he moved to Greenwich, Connecticut. He maintains a private practice of internal medicine in Larchmont, New York, and is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He is the father of Christina Cady Lucas and Ryan Clare Lucas.
COL Lucas was granted a Coat of Arms and a Letter Patent by William David Hamilton Sellar, Lord Lyon of Scotland in the name of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 27 October 2009. The arms have been registered with all accrediting bodies.
He is a member of the Pilgrims of the United States; the Church Club of New New York; Squadron A Association of New York; Northeast Harbor Fleet; The University Club of Chicago; Soldiers Sailors Marines Airmen Club; American Philosophical Society; Youth Foundation of the City of New York; Christ Episcopal Church, Greenwich; New York Academy of Sciences; North Carolina Society of the City of New York; The Dinner Dancers of the City of New York.
COL Lucas a Board member of the Lincoln Cathedral Foundation and member of the Holland Lodge #8, F &AM; Ancient Chapter No.1, Royal Arch Masons; Morton Commandery No. 4, New York City, Knights Templar; Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of New York, 32nd degree. In addition, Dr. Lucas is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
DeEtte DuPré Nesbitt, a fourth generation Houstonian, and fourteenth generation American, is the daughter of Raymond Benjamin DuPré and Alice L. Cade DuPré Foster. She was married to the late Ernest V. Nesbitt. Mrs. Nesbitt has a son, Charles Scott Massey Nesbitt, and a granddaughter, Miss Luna J. Nesbitt. Her beloved daughter, Alice L. Massey Nesbitt, passed away from complications of a stroke on March 24, 2013.
In the Jamestowne Society Fall 2014 publication, it was announced that their Scholarship/Fellowship Fund will be named, in perpetuity, the "Alice Massey-Nesbitt Fellowship Fund" which will provide fellowships for graduate students doing research for master's and doctoral theses on approved topics relating to the Jamestown Colony.
In February 2015, the Executive Committee of the Jamestowne Society was unanimous in its recommendation that former Governor DeEtte DuPré Nesbitt of Houston, Texas become the only Governor Emeritus/Emeriti of the Jamestowne Society. On May 16, 2015, the Governing Council of the Jamestowne Society accepted the Executive Committee's recommendation and unanimously elected Mrs. Nesbitt the only Emeritus/Emeriti in the Jamestowne Society's history, of nearly a century. This will be a stand-alone title on the Governing Board of the Jamestowne Society, in perpetuity.
Mrs. Nesbitt attended Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston, where she majored in Business Administration, and also was approved as a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS). In 1976, she was one of the founders of an oil field service company in the State of Texas. After thirty-five years of ownership, Mrs. Nesbitt and her son sold their company to a publicly traded corporation. She is currently a partner in a South Texas Oil Exploration Company. Her primary residence is in Houston, Texas.
On May 5, 2017 Mrs. Nesbitt organized the Order of the Monarchs of Rheims. She was elected as Regent Emerita, in perperuity, Order of the Monarchs of Rheims and appointed First Dame in the Order of St. Denis. All Monarchs coroneted at Rheims Cathedral represent the most elegant and greatest kings in the history of Europe, as well as the nation that helped to bring about our American Revolution. It was one of the greatest dynasties in Europe. Please reference the complete listing on the HSC site for further details.
The Texas Genealogical College named Mrs. Nesbitt a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award on October 21st, 2016. To view, click here.
Mrs. Nesbitt is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. She is listed in all Marquis Who's Who editions.
The Bexar County Court of Commissioners at San Antonio, Texas conferred the title of Hidalgo (a member of the lower nobility of Spain), upon Mrs. Nesbitt. She is also the National Recipient of the Silver Good Citizenship Medal from the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Varina Howell Davis Medal, and the Honor Award for Historic Preservation.
Mrs. Nesbitt appeared on NBC television during the 1990's. She was interviewed several times about the restoration of the historic Evergreen Cemetery. To view, click here.
Mrs. Nesbitt appeared in the television pilot, Positively Houston, Houston's positive local news program by the University of Saint Thomas and Christina R. Maxwell, executive producers on PBS. To view, click video one video two or video three. Mrs. Nesbitt continues to support PBS.
For over 35 years, Mrs. Nesbitt has been a member of Harris County Historical Commission, (appointments made by the county judge). Mrs. Nesbitt, along with the Commission, researched Mrs. Nesbitt's great grandfather, James Robert Cade. On February 2, 2016, Mrs. Nesbitt was notified by the State of Texas that Mr. Cade was selected to be honored with an Official Texas State Historical Marker. He was the only individual selected to receive this prestigious honor during 2015-2016. The marker was placed in Glenwood Cemetery - the Victorian Section, in Houston, Texas along with other notables such as Howard Hughes, Jr., awarding film star Gene Tierney, Wild-Cater and celebrity, Glenn McCarthy, Sr. and others. Mr. Cade is considered to be the Howard Hughes of innovation in the design and manufacture of steel-fabricated private and public rail cars in the United States, circa 1885-1912. The dedication ceremony was held on May 6, 2017. For information on the dedication please .click here
A number of Commendations were presented during the ceremony. They include one from the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Governor of Texas, the Texas State Senate, the Texas State House, and the Mayor of Houston. As part of the dedication ceremony, Mrs. Nesbitt was presented a Certificate of Commendation for her work in historic preservation, in recognition of James Robert Cade, by the United States Senate.
Mrs. Nesbitt was elected to life membership in The Pilgrims of the United States (in alliance with The Pilgrims of Great Britain.)
For decades Mrs. Nesbitt has been a supporter of Houston's Theatre Under the Stars and she is recognized for her efforts in the VIP category.
Mrs. Nesbitt served on the Southern Heritage and Debutante Ball for 35 years, as Chairman, and later as the Advisor for three Chairmen.
She was elected the National Recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal in the category of Individual Achievement which was awarded by the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She was appointed a Kentucky Colonel for life for her historic preservation in that State. Additionally, she served as Director for the Dad's Club for over a decade. Also, she served as a member of Larry Casey's Highwater Rescue Team during Hurricane Harvey.
Mrs. Nesbitt has been a 30+ year member of the Petroleum Club of Houston. She is a member of the Junior League of Houston, and a family member of the West Side Tennis Club of Houston. Following in the footsteps of her Anglican forebears, she is a devout and lifelong Episcopalian.
Charles William Neuhauser, son of Charles William Neuhauser and Joan Schuyler Lawrence was born in Washington, D.C. He attended the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. Mr. Neuhauser completed his undergraduate work at Columbia College . He also attended Princeton University .
Mr. Neuhauser currently resides in Tuxedo Park New York with his wife, Liane Lunny Neuhauser and their son. His career is in investment management.
Mr. Neuhauser is a member of the Racquet and Tennis Club of New York, the Tuxedo Club, the Maryland Club, The Pilgrims. He and his family are Episcopalian.
Ross Gamble Perry, a native of Nashville, Tennessee is the son of John Edward and Sally Granger Perry. He is married to Diane Hanretty Perry, and has two daughters: Kathryn Patterson Perry and Sarah Ross Perry
Mr. Perry was graduated from the University of Virginia, with a B.A. Economics. He retired in 2013 from a 40-year career in banking; the last 30 years with SunTrust Bank in Richmond, VA and Washington, DC. Upon retirement, Mr. Perry was Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Private Wealth Management Division.
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Mr. Perry is a member of Christ Church Alexandria, Virginia. He served on the Lab School of Washington Board of Trustees from 1995-99 and the Virginia Opera Board of Directors from 1996-2008. Mr. Perry is a lifelong hunter and target shooter.
Nancy Dianne Alley Robinson, a native of North Carolina lives in Mooresville, North Carolina after having lived in Virginia for 25 years. She is the daughter of Robert Moore Alley and Florence Lucinda Isenhour. She is the widow of Charles Corbett Robinson who served this country in the Navy in World War II and has one son, John Luther Boyter, III married to Melissa Knight Boyter, one adopted grandson, Edward Lee Boyter and one granddaughter, Katherine Dianne Boyter. She attended Western Carolina University and is currently a business woman, a mother, grandmother and “Domestic Engineer" (as fondly called by her husband). Mrs. Robinson and her husband were owners of Burton and Robinson, Inc., a concrete construction firm founded by her husband. She is a member of The Trump National Golf and Country Club, a member of the South Lake Norman Garden Club, a Life Member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church.
The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem(bestowed by Elizabeth II, Queen of England)
Mrs. Robinson is an avid Genealogist with twenty-eight proven Confederate Ancestors, eighteen DAR Patriots, three Jamestowne lines, and fifteen Colonial Dames lines. She does cross stitch, reads and loves traveling, collects antiques and has an extensive and reputable collection of René Lalique glass (over 600 pieces). A lover of football, she is an avid fan of the Washington Redskins.
Mrs. Robinson has been a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities of Greater Washington D.C. for twenty years. Additionally, Mrs. Robinson served as Chairman of “Rally Round the Redskins” auction for five years, raising over $750,000.00 for the charity. She served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2002-2007 and has been a member of the Board since 1989. She is still an active participant in raising money for the Houses and the families. With her move to North Carolina where she grew up she will also support the new Charlotte Ronald House.
Mrs. Robinson is a fundraiser for many charities some of which are the Ada Jenkins House, in Davidson, NC for families in need, The Peninsula Community Foundation, The Wounded Warriors Fund, the Veterans Hospital in Salisbury, NC. and the USO room, Charlotte Douglas Airport and Lincoln Cathedral, UK.
Mrs. Robinson received the Judah P. Benjamin Award from United Daughters of the Confederacy for civic work with Ronald McDonald House. She also received the Winnie Davis Award from United Daughters of Confederacy for work preserving the Virginia Division Minutes.
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President National Gavel Society
Michael P. Schenk, eldest son of the late Dr. and Mrs. C. Perry Schenk (Lola Margaret Gleason) was born and raised in Minnesota. He is married to the former Laura Ann Kearney and together they have three children; Michael (Virginia Neill Dean), John (Susan Elaine Allmon) and Meaghan (Jonathan Johnson), as well as grandparents to five grandsons. His interests in genealogy began in junior high school as a result of his mother’s involvement in NSDAR, he joined the National Society of Sons of the American Revolution his senior of college.
Michael received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, his BSMI and MSMI from the Medical College of Georgia in 1973/1974. He is a Board-Certified Medical Illustrator. He has received numerous awards for his illustrations and photography and was inducted as a Fellow in the Association of Medical Illustrators in 2002. Mike has held positions at the University of Virginia; the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where he started a department; the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas as an Assistant Professor in the Medical Illustration Track; and retired in 2015 as Director of Biomedical Illustration Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Over the course of his career, he has created thousands of illustrations in all scientific disciplines and has been published by every major publisher. He is credited with over six authored/co-authored anatomical/zoological atlases and textbooks in multiple editions, as well as contributor to numerous article/book chapters in various medical subspecialties. He has presented scientific material and exhibited scientific/medical visuals at various national and international venues.
Michael’s interests besides genealogical research of family members includes: topical stamp and coin collecting of ancestors, places they occupied and events they participated in, Celtic and Medieval art/architecture/sculpture, international travel, participation in illustration, scientific and fine art societies.
Brenton Simons was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Elwyn Simons and Mary Hoyt Fitch. He attended private schools in Connecticut and Switzerland; graduated from Aiken Preparatory School, Aiken, SC; Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden, CT; Bachelor of Science, College of Communication, Boston University; Master’s Degree, School of Education, Boston University.
Brenton Simons has changed the face of nonprofit-based genealogy in America by bringing the best scholarship to millions of users for more than a decade as President and CEO of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (2005 to present ~ www.AmericanAncestors.org) anchor location of the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. He has orchestrated an historic expansion of the organization ― the founding genealogical institution in America and a frequent partner to national hereditary societies ― it now serves almost 400,000 members and millions of online users in 139 countries with 1.4 billion records. An award-winning author, he has been featured on CNN, FOX, BBC, and PBS, as well as in The New York Times and elsewhere. His most recent book, Boston Beheld, was hailed as “the book Jane Austen might have written had she run into Dickens after his return from his Boston visit of 1842.” He has presented genealogies to or hosted benefits in honor of former UK Prime Minister Sir John Major KG; Pulitzer Prize-winning authors David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Hackett Fischer, Stacy Schiff, and Joseph J. Ellis; filmmaker Ken Burns; actress Dame Angela Lansbury; biographer HRH Princess Michael of Kent; and many others.
Chivalry and Heraldry
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Public office: Vice Chair, Plymouth 400th Anniversary State Commission, by appointment of His Excellency, Charles D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, 2019 to present; Commission member, Commission to Review the Seal and Motto of Massachusetts, by appointment of His Excellency, Charles D. Baker, Governor of Massachusetts, 2021 to present.
Honors: The Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History, 2006; The Spirit of 1812 Award, The National Society United States Daughters of 1812, 2016; Award of Recognition, Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois, 2019.
Memberships: The New England Quarterly (Secretary of the Board of Directors); Plymouth 400 Inc. (Board of Directors); The Colonial Society of Massachusetts (former Council member); Massachusetts Historical Society (Fellow); American Antiquarian Society (elected Member); Boston Athenaeum (Proprietor); Somerset Club; Club of Odd Volumes, French Heritage Society (honorary). Episcopalian.
Michael Scott Swisher was born in Stillwater, Minnesota. He attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota.
He has worked as the Director of the First State Bank & Trust since 1999, the Director of Universal Financial Services since 1991 and as the Director of the Valley Agencies, Inc., since 1991. He currently serves as their Chairman.
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President General of the
Daughters of the American Revolution
Pamela Edwards Rouse Wright is the 46th President General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the second from Texas. A ninth-generation Georgian and a 40-year Texas resident, Pamela Wright is a multiple small business owner, community volunteer, philanthropist, wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband are the co-founders and owners of a jewelry and luxury goods business in Houston. She has designed and created jewelry for First Ladies and wives of cabinet members, and her designs have been featured on a popular Netflix series. Members of Second Baptist Church, Pamela and Jack have two children and six grandchildren who are life members of the Children of the American Revolution. They are very proud that their daughter-in-law was selected as the 2022 NSDAR National Outstanding Junior.
Pamela graduated magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University, attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas and holds additional certification through the Gemological Institute of America and through the International Society of Appraisers.
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Community Service & Awards
Lynn Forney Young was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of the late Byron Parish Forney and Patricia O’Tyson. She is married to Steve Young and they enjoy their two children, and three grandchildren.
She attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a B.S. from the University of Houston. She is currently a co-owner of the family cattle business, San Andres Cattle Co., LLC.
Highlights of her term as President General, NSDAR (2013-2016) included celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of NSDAR, the first DAR Day of Service and achieving the Guinness World RecordTM for patriotism during the 125th Continental Congress. Further, the generous support of members established a permanent endowment fund for the preservation, restoration and conservation of the historic DAR headquarters near the White House.
Mrs. Young is active in her church, currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Stewards.
She served as Chair of the Milam County Historical Commission for four years and serves on the Executive Board of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association.
Mrs. Young also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School.
Mrs. Young is one of sixteen private citizens appointed by the United States Congress to serve on the United States Semiquincentennial Commission (America 250). She serves on the executive board of America 250 and the America 250 Foundation. She also chairs the Governance Committee and serves on the Government Relations Committee. She is a frequent speaker on America 250.
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