Mary Elizabeth Choppa, past president of TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. She moved to New England in 1984 and there she has remained. She has served as Registration and Volunteer Chair/Co-Chair for the past several NERGC conferences. Currently she works at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH as a vendor support analyst. She is working with TIARA and IGSI (Irish Genealogy Society International, MN) planning the Celtic Connections Conference to be held in August 2018. She’s traced her Italian roots to Bellona, Campania, Italy and her Irish roots to Lismore, Co. Waterford and Carrive, Co. Armagh.
Sharon Christenson is a research librarian by training and experience. Retiring from her position at a social science research firm created an opportunity to focus on family history and genealogy. The first step—earning a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2010. Duly introduced to the genealogical community, Sharon joined the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, serving as the Middlesex Chapter Vice President and later President for two terms. As project manager and editor, she completed the Legacy Quick Guide to Massachusetts Genealogy for MSOG in 2014. Sharon has served as a delegate to NERGC on behalf of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists and the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. As chair of NERGC’s Librarians and Local Historians Day, Sharon has promoted the value of family history programming to local libraries and their communities, as well as the importance of collaborating with other family history organizations. Her research interests include Prince Edward Island, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Pauline Cusson has been a member of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester, New Hampshire for over 30 years. She is no stranger to NERGC or the recent conferences. She is currently serving as Treasurer of NERGC, and this is the fourth time she has participated as one of the chairs of a NERGC conference. As one of this conference’s planners, she looks forward to being part of another great conference.
Gerry Savard has been involved with the American-Canadian Genealogical Society and the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, serving in various administrative positions including President and Vice-President. Gerry was a tri-chair for the 2013 NERGC conference which was also held in Manchester. When not involved in his own research, Gerry volunteers on the research committee of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society and lectures on various French-Canadian genealogy topics.