Karen Stanbary

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG®, BCG Trustee, is an author and national lecturer focusing on topics related to using genetic evidence correlated with documentary evidence to solve genealogical brick walls. A Chicago local, she holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago and has completed advanced graduate study in Social Anthropology at the Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico. Her genealogical practice specializes in Midwestern U.S., Chicago, and Mexican research as well as complex problem-solving, unknown parentage, and DNA analysis. She is a coordinator and faculty member at GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. She received the NGSQ Award for Excellence for her complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Most recently, she published “Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline” in Debbie Parker Wayne’s book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she serves as a Trustee and is chair of the standing DNA Committee.

Dr. Miguel Vilar

Dr. Miguel Vilar is a molecular anthropologist and a science writer. His fieldwork has taken him to remote places throughout the South Pacific, East Africa, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean. In the laboratory, he researches the modern genetic diversity of human populations from Melanesia, Micronesia, North and Central America, and the Caribbean. Miguel has published in several anthropology and genetics journals, as well as popular science magazines..

Rob Warthen

Rob has been interested in genealogy since a young age when his Aunt (who was a librarian) introduced him to the concept. Rob is the founder of DNAGedcom and cofounder of DNAAdoption. He became interested in DNA as a way to help his wife find her birth family. Even after succeeding in that goal, he has continue to help promote the ability to gather and share information.

Rob is a Johns Hopkins and Virginia Tech Graduate, with a Masters in Science and a Bachelors in Science and has used his knowledge of programming, design and development to power his career in Software and product development in the IT industry. He was a Technical Director at Nasdaq. He teaches part time at University of Phoenix as well as standing in front of audiences giving DNA Lectures.