Academic Staff

Aspects of International Collaboration includes Accreditation (certificate program) with the College of Teachers, and Administration, Faculty, Advisors, Chairs, Fellows, Patrons and Heraldic Artists from 15 different countries. Although international in scope, the American School of Genealogy provides the American student with an exceptional array of course materials in genealogy, heraldry and documentary sciences. The American School of Genealogy is the only one of its type in the U.S.A. that offers educational resources, theory, research methodology, genetics and a scientific balance of the various disciplines that allow the genealogist the necessary tools needed to research in the 21st Century.

Why should a Genealogist take courses in Heraldry and Documentary Sciences?

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Taken fron (SOME NOTES ON MEDIEVAL ENGLISH GENEALOGY)

Heraldry and genealogy

The coat of arms began to be used as a hereditary device in England in the mid-twelfth century. Although, presumably, it initially arose as a means of identification on the battlefield, as time went on it evolved into – literally – a status symbol. As a rule of thumb, in later medieval times it was the ‘manor-holding’ classes who bore arms.

Of course, it is the hereditary aspect of arms that makes them useful to the genealogist. Each coat of arms belongs to a particular family – not, as some modern ‘commercial heralds’ would have us believe, to a surname – and no two families are allowed to bear the same arms. This means that a coat of arms, for example on a funeral monument or a seal, should in principle identify the associated family unambiguously. The arms passed to younger sons as well as the eldest, though they were often altered (or differenced) in some way to indicate this – eventually an elaborate system of marks of cadency was developed to indicate the arms of younger sons (and also those of the eldest son during his father’s lifetime). Click above to read extended version.

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CHANCELLOR (HON.)

Dr. Pier Felice degli Uberti

Dr. degli Uberti was born in Casale Monferrato in 1955 and together with his wife, Dr. Maria Loredana Pinotti are the founders of the SCHOOL OF GENEALOGY, HERALDRY, AND DOCUMENTARY SCIENCES linked to the Escuela de Genealogía Heráldica y Nobiliaria of the Instituto Salazar y Castro of Madrid and affiliated with The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies of Canterbury. The school was founded December 3, 1995 and is located in Bologna (Italy), via C. Battisti n° 3 – 40123.

In addition, he is President/Chairman of International Commission for Orders of Chivalry (Stockholm 1960); Chairman of International Institute for the Study of Chivalric Orders; President of Federazione delle Associazioni Italiane di Genealogia, Storia di Famiglia, Araldica e Scienze Documentarie della Storia (Federation of Italian Associations of Genealogy, Family History, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences); President of Istituto Araldico Genealogico Italiano (Italian Institute of Heraldry and Genealogy); Secretary General and President of Commission for Prizes and Medals of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique (International Confederation of Genealogy and Heraldry); Director and Past President of Istituto Italiano per la Storia di Famiglia (Italian Institute for Family History); 2nd Vice President of Académie Internationale de Généalogie (International Academy of Genealogy) (France); Vice President of Associazione Possessori di Certificazioni rilasciate dal Corpo dei Re d’Armi di Spagna (Association of Owners of Certifications Issued by the Corps of Kings of Arms of Spanish Kingdom – under the Presidency of Don Vicente de Cadenas, Cronista Rey de Armas-Decano del Cuerpo); General Secretary of International Federation of Schools of Genealogy; General Secretary of Scuola di Genealogia, Araldica e Scienze Documentarie (School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences) (Bologna), Efective member of Académie Internationale d’Héraldique (International Academy of Heraldry). Past Member of the Comitato Scientifico del Ministero per i Beni Culturali ed Ambientali della Repubblica Italiana per il XXIII Congresso Internazionale di Genealogia e Araldica; Past Professor of Nobiliary Right of Escuela de Genealogía, Heraldica y Nobiliaria (CSIC – Madrid) and Professor of Genealogy of Italian School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences (Scuola di Genealogia, Araldica e Scienze Documentarie) (Bologna). Scientific Reviews: Editor of Nobiltà, Rivista di Araldica, Genealogia, Ordini Cavallereschi (bimonthly of 640 pages every year); Il Mondo del Cavaliere, Rivista Internazionale sugli Ordini Cavallereschi - quarterly); Gens de Ubertis, Rivista della famiglia degli Uberti (quarterly).


VICE CHANCELLOR (HON.)

Dr. Maria Loredana Pinotti

Dr. Pinotti, along with her husband, Dr. Pier Felice degli Uberti founded the School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences linked to the Escuela de Genealogía Heráldica y Nobiliaria of the Instituto Salazar y Castro of Madrid and affiliated to The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies of Canterbury. The school was founded December 3, 1995 and is located in Bologna (Italy), via C. Battisti n° 3 .She is also the President of Istituto Araldico Genealogico Sammarinese, General Secretary of International Commission for Orders of Chivalry (Stockholm 1960); General Secretary of Istituto Araldico Genealogico Italiano (Italian Institute of Heraldry and Genealogy); Italian and Sammarinse Representative of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique (International Confederation of Genealogy and Heraldry); General Secretary of Istituto Italiano per la Storia di Famiglia (Italian Institute for Family History); Efective member of of Académie Internationale de Généalogie (International Academy of Genealogy) (France); Secretary General of Associazione Possessori di Certificazioni rilasciate dal Corpo dei Re d’Armi di Spagna (Association of Owners of Certifications Issued by the Corps of Kings of Arms of Spanish Kingdom – under the Presidency of Don Vicente de Cadenas, Cronista Rey de Armas-Decano del Cuerpo); Director of Scuola di Genealogia, Araldica e Scienze Documentarie (School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences) (Bologna). Scientific Reviews: Secretary of  Nobiltà, Rivista di Araldica, Genealogia, Ordini Cavallereschi (bimonthly of 640 pages every year); Il Mondo del Cavaliere, Rivista Internazionale sugli Ordini Cavallereschi - quarterly); and Consul of Portugal in San Marino.


PRESIDENT/DIR. EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

Carl Edwin Lindgren, M.Ed., S.Ed. (U. Mississippi), D.Ed. (UNISA), F.C.P. (College of Teachers)

Fellow:

  • World Academy of Art and Science
  • College of Teachers
  • Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Royal Society of Arts

Lindgren is a former professor of History and Education at American Military University and works as a dissertation committee external examiner for PhDs at Trident University. He possesses degrees and diplomas from the College of Education,  University of Mississippi (BAE, MEd, SEd), College of Teachers in London (FCP), UNISA (DEd), American Military University and several other schools.

Lindgren has written over 150 articles of which fifty are peer-review. He serves as Special Editorial Advisor, Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education; Editorial Corresponding Member, Almanach de Bruxelles (Brussels); Education Review Panel, The Educational Forum (journal of Kappa Delta Pi- 93-96); Editorial Board, Science Technology, the official journal of The London Institute of Science Technology (1998-); Advisory Board Member, H-History, H-Mideast-Medieval and H-SAfricaH-NET Humanities & Social Sciences Online and biographical educational historian, New Dictionary of National Biography & American National Biography.

Lindgren’s genealogical and chivalric endeavors include:

Chivalric appointments have included: Historical researcher, Oureana Historical & Cultural Foundation (Portugal); Protocol Delegate, Organization Committee of the 600th anniversary of the Royal House of Bragança (Portugal); Special North American Liaison, Foreign Delegation for the visit of HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia to Portugal; Advisor for exchanges of dynastic orders and decorations between the Royal and Imperial Houses of Portugal, Egypt, Ethiopia and Georgia; Delegate, Prester John Association for Foreign Nobility of Portugal (Milan, Italy, 1 April 2006); Advisor, HRH Prince Hso Khan Pha of Yawnghwe on Shan Relief Matters (Burma); Secretary General, Royal Crown of Rwanda (Rwanda); Official Delegate (USA), the Unione Monarchica Italiana (Italy); Chancellor, Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam (Sovereign – Crown Prince Bao Long of Paris) and Chancellor to the Sultan of Sulu.

Achievements in heraldry include:

Arms Badge Certification:

A Certificacion del Emblema Heráldico was issued by Don Fernando Muñoz Altea, King of Arms of the Royal House of Bourbon-Two Scilies (Duke of Castro Branch) on 30 May 2006, Reg. Minutario 2 2006. Blazon of the badge is as follows: A griffin rampant Or, in the right paw held aloft a fleur-de-lys Azure.

Royal House Concession of Arms: Carta de Concessao de Armas – Passada a Favor do Ex. mo. Senhor Carl Edwin Lindgren e Corder & Sua Ex. ma. Familia – Series I – 1/2003 (Segundo Emissao – Alterada). Recognition of Arms – Libro Numero: 1 Comenda:Fatima – San Miguel Registo Numero: 0001/2003-04.

Spanish Coat of Arms with Supporters: a Certificacion del Escudo de las Armas was issued by His Excellency Don Vincente de Cadenas y Vincent.


VICE PRESIDENT/CO-FOUNDER

LaWanna Lease Blount, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., F.Coll.T.

Dr. Blount was one of the founders of a distance learning university, especially , the Center for Education and Literacy  and the Division of Continuing and Professional Education of which she served as director. She founded the Bachelor of Arts in Genealogical Studies and with her colleague genealogists, the Master of Arts in Genealogical Studies at this university. Through her initiatives the Academic Council was founded, and she chaired this governance body for five years. Previously she taught sociology at Connors State College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, and taught in the graduate program of Human Resource Management at Chapman University, Carlsbad, California. She taught at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education (Edith Cowan University), in Perth, Western Australia where she was also the founder and chair of the Master’s Degree Program in Educational Administration. She was a Research Officer and an Education Officer with the Technical Education Division in Perth, Western Australia, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Her early career was spent teaching in Venezuela and Libya for Exxon Corporation. Dr. Blount has written and published two family history/genealogy books titled: The History of the Blount Family, Bountiful, Utah: Family History Publishers, 2001 and The Leases and Related Families, Bountiful, Utah: Family History Publishers, 1998. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, The National Genealogical Society, and the Texas State Genealogical Society. Dr. Blount is also a reviewer for the Belgrade Institute of Economic Sciences, Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education. She has presented papers and written many articles in education, educational administration, and genealogy. In 2006, she compiled the book, Notable Women of Polk County, Texas, sponsored by the Polk County American Association of Women (AAUW). Dr. Blount’s current book is Why I Became a Professional Genealogist, A Case Study, (of 91 professional genealogists}, Bloomington: iuniverse, Inc. (2009). In 2007, Dr. Blount was invited to participate in the “People to People” delegation to China of “Women in Higher Education”. Dr. Blount is also working as an external doctoral committee member at Touro University . Dr. Blount’s BS in Education is from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. Her M.S. in Educational Administration and her Ph.D. in Higher Educational Administration and Sociology are from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


BURSAR

Vacant

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS

Robert B. Fong, Sr. BGS, MPA, Ph.D.

Robert Fong started his academic career with an interest in Political Science and History at the University of Hawaii during the 1970s. He later attended Indiana University, earning his BGS, and immediately began earning his MPA in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs specializing in Public Management and Administration. His graduate education was interrupted by Desert Shield and Desert Storm when he was called up to active duty and sent to Saudi Arabia. After completing his degree work at Indiana, he took a position as a Compliance Officer with the US Department of Labor.

He later returned to school, earning his Ph.D. from Walden University’s School of Public Policy and Administration where he specialized in Homeland Security, with an emphasis on maritime security. He is deeply involved in his F&AM Lodge as its Secretary, as well as the Scottish Rite as a 32nd Deg. and the York Rite.

Robert became interested in heraldry and medieval English history after reading King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable; although during Arthur’s time, heraldry was not in use. This interest never left the 8 year old boy. Now Robert is seeking a proper education in Heraldry and Heraldic Art, combined with genealogical skills.

Research Interests

Heraldic Arts and Sciences, in particular:

American Heraldry

American’s have a love hate relationship with things heraldic. This dichotomy grounded in the spirit of the American Revolution wanting to divest one’s self of aristocracy and things monarchial is at odds with the “ties that bind”; family that transcends political differences. The American’s strong desire to legitimize themselves with long standing family history is fascinating. The Coats of Arms perhaps says to the American that they came from families with standing.  That is, the common Englishman certainly was not a Knight or a member of the Court. Why do American’s so love the idea of identifying with a Coat of Arms? I believe the question has not been answered and when it is, there may  well be a desire to obtain legitimate arms.

Education in Heraldry

Robert has a keen interest in establishing a solid graduate curriculum in Heraldic Arts and Sciences. By doing so, the public is educated and come to the understanding that these are not just plaques from a dusty old chest, but that they are one’s identify that is more unique than their names. Knowledge is power and understanding.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICER

Antonio Cardona, M.P.A., M.A., CPM, CWDP, GCF

Mr. Cardona holds the Executive Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University and Master of Arts in Community Counseling from The College of New Jersey. He has been actively involved in diversity and race relations, and the development of anti-discrimination programming for over 10 years. Mr. Cardona is a native speaking Spanish language communicator and has served as an EEO Investigator for the State of New Jersey, including placeithin the Office of the Attorney General for assurance of compliance and diversity administration. He is a human resource professional with the New Jersey Department of Human Services and a Workforce Development Coordinator and Career Counselor. Mr. Cardona coordinates mediation scheduling and training for Union County and serves as a professional mediator with the court systems in Union and Somerset Counties. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology with Mercer County College, and an adjunct faculty member with the Human Resource Development Institute, Union County College. Mr. Cardona serves the State of New Jersey as a diversity expert, holds government certifications in EEO/AA, Diversity Programming.

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CHAIRS

Bruce Durie BSc, PhD, FHEA, FIGRS, FColT.

Chair of Genealogy & Palaeography

Bruce Durie originally studied Medicine, teaching and researching in Neuropharmacology for over 20 years before becoming a full-time genealogist, author, broadcaster and lecturer. He is best known for founding and running the Professional Postgraduate Programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies (PgCertificate, PgDiploma and Masters degree) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. He is also the author of over 25 highly-regarded books on family and local history (including “Scottish Genealogy”, The History Press, 3rd Edn 2011) and other subjects. He has also published many popular and scholarly articles and regularly present papers and lectures at conferences in the UK and abroad. Three new books will be published in 2012 – “It is written! Documents for Genealogy and Local History, Palaeography, Law and Language” (THP), “Welsh Genealogy” (THP) and “Stylorum Veterum ac Recentiorum” (Stair Society). His popular BBC Radio programme “Digging Up Your Roots” will broadcast its seventh series from January 2012.
Prof Durie is Editor of “The Irish Genealogist” (the Journal of the Irish Genealogical Research Society). Fellowships include the Higher Education Academy (UK) and the Irish Genealogical Research Society. He sits on the Council of the IGRS and the committee of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, co-manages (with Alasdair MacDonald) the Scottish DNA project and database and is Chairman of the Ancestral Tourism Steering Group for Scotland.

Research interests include:

Doc. and palaeography, in particular:

  • C16 and C17 legal documents, their palaeography and understanding;
  • C16 historical documents concerning the Glasgow Trades (currently, the Incorporation of Cordiners in Glasgow – transcript of C17th Minute Book completed);
  • DNA in family studies – the genealogical Studies team manages the Scottish Y-DNA database, now approaching 4,000 participants and publication is planned on the use of DNA in substantiating or challenging published genealogies of important Scottish families;
  • Mediaeval genealogy – a prosopography of the Duries from 1261 is planned;
  • The state of Scotland in 1114, 1214, 1314, 1414, 1514, 1614, 1714, 1814 and 1914 (in preparation for Homecoming 2014);
  • Genealogical biography – works on J E P Muddock and Allan Pinkerton already published, with recent research on the relationship between Edvard Munch and Eva Mudocci to come; Educational Technology as applied to Genealogy and Palaeography teaching.

Prof Durie also serves as Sennachid (Archivist and Genealogist) to the Chief of the name and Arms of Durie.

Bruce Durie’s Arms – CLICKAzure a chevron Or between two crescents in chief and a triple-towered abbey in base all Argent.

John James Tunesi of Liongam, MSc, PG Dip, FSA Scot.

Chair of Heraldry/Assistant Professor

Mr. Tunesi is, by profession, a genealogist and researcher in archives with some twenty five years experience specialising in genealogical research throughout the British Isles and has a wide knowledge of record offices and archives on both a national and local level. He also undertakes research within the archives of the Corporation of the City of London and those of the City’s Livery Companies. He attended Broad Green College, South Croydon, Surrey, Royal Air Force College Cranwell and the University of Strathclyde (PG Dip 2009).

He was a research assistant at the College of Arms in London between 1987 and 1996 and served as Factor to Garter Principal King of Arms (Sir Conrad Swan) 1992 to 1995. During which time he designed the Armorial Bearings of the University of the West of England, Bristol and those of Lord Howe of Aberavon (the former Conservative Cabinet Minister, Sir Geoffrey Howe), Lord Shaw of Northstead and Lord Kingsland amongst many. He is, therefore, able to give advice on heraldry, particularly from a British point of view.

John is a Freeman and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners of the City of London and is a Member of the Court of Assistants of the Company. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Member of the Honourable Artillery Company. John holds the Postgraduate Diploma (in Genealogical Studies) of the University of Strathclyde. The title of his dissertation being: ‘A study of the genealogy of Francis Thomas de Grey Cowper, seventh and last Earl Cowper through the sepulchral heraldry displayed on his tomb at the Church of St Mary with St John, Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire’ and has recently completed a thesis for the award of the university’s Master of Science degree in Advanced Professional Studies (Genealogy). The title of his thesis being: ‘The Bloody Hand – The Sixth Hereditary Degree: Seventeenth Century Cash for Honours? A study of the social and genealogical connections of the first one hundred Baronets of England 1611 – 1618’.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, as well as being the Honorary Secretary of The Heraldry Society, and also serves on the Society’s Congress Committee. John is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Hertfordshire Family History Society and is the Genealogist to the Council of Scottish Armigerous Clans and Families.

As Head of the Territorial House of Tunesi of Liongam and Heritable Proprietor of the Island of Liongam in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is particularly interested in the heraldry and genealogies of the families that are found along the western seaboard of Scotland. He is also interested in families that hail from the county of Wigtownshire, the home county of many of his ancestors.

John is an Esquire of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem and in his spare time serves as an officer in the Training Branch of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, as well as within the second ceremonial sub-unit of the Honourable Artillery Company – the Light Cavalry. He is married to Jane who was the Assistant Librarian at the College of Arms 1987 to 2003.


FULL PROFESSOR

Mirjana Radovic – Markovic, BSc, MSc, Ph.D., DSc (hon.), FWAAS, FRSA, FAE

Full Professor Mirjana Radovic-Markovic is currently head of the of Fundamental Scientific Research and Member of the Managing Board of the Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia. She is also president of the Scientific Board of the Institute. In addition, professor Radovic Markovic is a member and a director of research in the field of Entrepreneurship, “The Alumni Association Network“, US, vice-president of The International College of Management and Technology (ICMT International), West Africa and quality assessor at Concepts College London, UK.

Mirjana Radović-Marković holds B. Sc (Hons.), M.Sc. and PhD Degrees in Economics, as well as Post Doctoral Studies in Multidisciplinary Studies (Economics, Psychology, Demographic & Ecology). Her research interests include the formation of entrepreneurial firms, managing growth, e-learning and women entrepreneurship. The university awarding committees cited Dr. Radović-Marković for having served the world community with outstanding research in Economics and Women’s Entrepreneurship.

She is a full professor of Business Management and Entrepreneurship and has prepared and taught worldwide classes as “Women as Entrepreneurs”, ”Global Challenge”, ”Human Resource Management”, ”E-business”, “Principles of Management”,” Entrepreneurship” and ”Organizational Behaviour”. Professor Radovic Markovic has shown special competence in program development related to Entrepreneurship for Women.

She has written twenty books and more than one hundred peer reviewed Journal Articles. Professor `s new book is WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Theory, Practice and Flexible Approaches, published by Adonis & Abbey Publishers Ltd, 2009. London, UK.

She is the editor of Journal of Business Economics and Management, Lithuania and African Micro Journal of Entrepreneurship Research (AMJER) UK. Also, she is an editor of Scientific Journal International US ,Chair of Editorial Board of Peer Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education (JWE) and Editor in Chief of Peer Journal Economic Analysis, Serbia.Professor Radovic Markovic is a Member of Advisory Boards of Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, Romania and Pakistan Journal of Business and Management” (PJBM), Hamdard Univ., Main Campus, Karachi, Pakistan.

She is a Fellow of the Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe), World Academy of Art and Science and the Royal Society of Arts in London.

Henry Zeidan PhD, FACB, HCLD

Dr. Zeidan’s interests in biomedical sciences began in the mid-sixties when he was an undergraduate student in biochemistry at Cairo University. Dr. Zeidan received his Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences “Biochemistry” at The University of Hawaii, School of Medicine in 1979. He did his postdoctoral training in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy at the Medical Center of The University of Illinois, School of Pharmacy. Dr. Zeidan then joined the University of Michigan, the clinical chemistry division at Cleveland State University, as an assistant Professor of physiological chemistry and clinical chemistry. He then joined the biomedical faculty of Atlanta University Graduate School. He served as a major professor for seven graduate students. Two received a Ph.D in Biochemistry under his mentorship. He was promoted to associate professor in 1988. In 1991, he moved to Life University, Basic Sciences Division and was promoted to Professor in 1996.

In 2003, Dr. Zeidan accepted a Position as Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Southern Nevada College of Pharmacy, and in 2008, he accepted a position as Visiting Professor of Pharmacology at International American University, School of Medicine

Dr. Zeidan held positions as Visiting Professor in Biomedical Sciences, St. Matthew School of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology, International American University, School of Medicine, Visiting Professor, University of Texas, Kuwait University, and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at St. Christophers School of Medicine and is currently teaching a course in DNA and Molecular biology in a M.A. genealogical studies program.

He served as an Educational Mentor at Creighton University, School of Pharmacy, Pharm D Program, Medical educator for Kaplan Inc, Consultant and Professor of Pharmacology for International American University, School of Medicine, invited scholar and consultant to King Abdul Aziz City of Science and Technology . He received recognitions as outstanding teacher, Smith Kline & French Laboratories faculty award for outstanding faculty and Fulbright Scholar. He acted as a consultant to Cairo University, National Research Center, Cairo and Kuwait University. Dr. Zeidan acted as a clinical Laboratory Director to several Reference Laboratories. Dr. Zeidan is a reviewer for J. Nutrition Research, J of Molecular and cellular biochemistry, Elsiever Publishers, Abstract, brown bag and symposium reviewer for American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Henry is a Fellow of National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, Diplomat of American Board of Bioanalysis, and a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists, Diplomate of American Association of Bioanalysis.


ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS

LaWanna Lease Blount, BS, MS, PhD, FColT

Dr. Blount developed a bachelors and masters program in genealogical studies at a distant learning university. Previously Dr. Blount taught sociology at Connors State College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, and taught in the graduate program of Human Resource Management at Chapman University, Carlsbad, California. She taught at the Western Australian College of Advanced Education (Edith Cowan University), in Perth, Western Australia where she was also the founder and chair of the Master’s Degree Program in Educational Administration. She was a Research Officer and an Education Officer with the Technical Education Division in Perth, Western Australia, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. Her early career was spent teaching in Venezuela and Libya for Exxon Corporation.

Dr. Blount has written and published two family history/genealogy books titled: The History of the Blount Family, Bountiful, Utah: Family History Publishers, 2001 and The Leases and Related Families, Bountiful, Utah: Family History Publishers, 1998. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, The National Genealogical Society, and the Texas State Genealogical Society. Dr. Blount is also a reviewer for the Belgrade Institute of Economic Sciences, Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education.

She has presented papers and written many articles in education, educational administration, and genealogy. In 2006, she compiled the book, Notable Women of Polk County, Texas, sponsored by the Polk County American Association of Women (AAUW). Dr. Blount’s current book is Why I Became a Professional Genealogist, A Case Study, (of 91 professional genealogists}, Bloomington: iuniverse, Inc. (2009). In 2007, Dr. Blount was invited to participate in the “People to People” delegation to China of “Women in Higher Education”. Dr. Blount’s BS in Education is from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. Her M.S. in Educational Administration and her Ph.D. in Higher Educational Administration and Sociology are from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dr. Pier Felice degli Uberti

President/Chairman of Intl. Commission for Orders of Chivalry (Stockholm 1960); Chairman of International Institute for the Study of Chivalric Orders; President of Istituto Araldico Genealogico Italiano; Italian rep. of the Confédération Intl. de Généalogie et d’Héraldique; Dir. and Past President of Istituto Italiano per la Storia di Famiglia; Vice Pres. of Associazione Possessori di Certificazioni rilasciate dal Corpo dei Re d’Armi di Spagna (Association of Owners of Certifications Issued by the Corps of Kings of Arms of Spanish Kingdom – under the Presidency of Don Vicente de Cadenas, Cronista Rey de Armas-Decano del Cuerpo); Gen. Secretary of the Scuola di Genealogia e Scienze Documentarie (Bologna) and of the Academie International of Genealogy (France); Member of Instituto International de Genealogía y Heraldica (Madrid), Real Academia Matritense de Genealogia y Heraldica, of Instituto Italo-Argentino de Historia, Genealogía y Heráldica; Instituto Genealogico de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Instituto Genealogico de Cordoba (Argentina), Academia Americana de Genealogia; Past Member of the Comitato Scientifico del Ministero per i Beni Culturali ed Ambientali della Repubblica Italiana per il XXIII Congresso Internazionale di Genealogia e Araldica; Professor of Nobiliary Right of Escuela de Genealogía, Heraldica y Nobiliaria (CSIC – Madrid) and Professor of Genealogy of Italian School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences (Scuola di Genealogia, Araldica e Scienze Documentarie) (Bologna). Scientific Reviews: Editor of Nobiltà, Rivista di Araldica, Genealogia, Ordini Cavallereschi (bimonthly of 640 pages every year); Il Mondo del Cavaliere, Rivista Internazionale sugli Ordini Cavallereschi - quarterly); Gens de Ubertis, Rivista della famiglia degli Uberti (quarterly); Member of the Editorial Staff of Hidalguia, la Revista de Genealogía, Nobleza y Armas (Madrid); Nobiliary Bodies: Member of the Consejo Asesor of Madrid and General Secretary of Asociacion of Hidalgos – Junta de Italia (CILANE); Secretary of Unione delle Famiglie Storiche Italiane, of Veneranda e Nobile Arciconfraternita dei Santi Apostoli di Casale Monferrato (connected from 1699 with the Arciconfraternity of St. Apostles “said of the Roman Princes”); Member of A.N.H.P. – Association of Nobility of Portugal (CILANE), of Real Cuerpo de la Nobleza de Madrid, of Infanzones de Yllescas, of Union de la Nobleza de l’Antiguo Reino de Mallorca.

 

Ruth Huffman-Hine BS, MA, DEd, FColT

Dr. Hine has a wide range of experience, with twenty-four years in Adult Education designing and implementing programs for adult students in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indianapolis. During her tenure at MSD Wayne Township, she served as director, manager, curriculum author and consultant, instructor, tutor trainer, and advisor for new program implementation. She possesses extensive experience in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Adult Education. Dr. Hine has initiated services for local business and industry including Allison Engine, Chevrolet Truck & Bus, National Starch, Chrysler Foundry, and the Midwest U.S. Army Recruiting Center. Dr. Hine has designed and taught courses in English as a Second Language. She has developed programs of instruction for College Preparation, Secondary High School Completion, and Literacy. She completed research on Needs of Volunteer Tutors in Adult Education. She has written articles and presented papers, and authored award winning curriculum in Adult Education. Recognized as a professional in Adult Education, Dr. Hine was a guest of the Deutscher Volkshochschul in Germany. She has maintained interest in genealogy and has written a family history book. Dr. Hine has been active in professional organizations, Kappa Gamma International, Phi Delta Kappa, the International Reading Association and Association for Adult and Continuing Education. She was a member of the Governor Speaker Forums in Indiana and was recognized in the 2008 publication of Adult Education Administrators in Indiana. Dr. Hine holds a Doctorate in Education, San Juan de la Cruz University; a M.A. in Adult Education, Indiana University; a B.S. in Education, Butler University, Indianapolis, with permanent teaching certification.

Carl Edwin Lindgren, MEd, SEd, DEd, FCP, FWAAS, FRSA, FRAI, FColT

Lindgren is a former professor of History (medieval history) and Education at American Military University. He possesses degrees and diplomas from the College of Education, University of Mississippi (BAE, MEd, SEd), College of Teachers in London (FCP), UNISA (DEd), American Military University and several other schools.

He is Fellow (Academician) of several royal societies and academies including the World Academy of Art and Science,  the Royal Society of Arts in London, the College of Teachers,  Academie Belgo-Espagnole d’Histoire, Academia Americana de Genealogía and Instituto Araldico Genealogico Italiano. Lindgren is also possesses membership in the Serbian Genealogical Society / Srpsko Rodoslovno Društvo.

Lindgren’s genealogical and heraldic endeavors include:

Pursuivant Extraordinary, Heraldische Gemeinschaft Westfalen - commonly known as the Westphalian Heraldry Society (registered with the lower court in the State of Westphalia, Germany) and over 30 years of local research in family history. Lindgren has written over 150 articles of which seventy are peer-review.

Chivalric and genealogical appointments have included: Historical researcher, Oureana Historical & Cultural Foundation (Portugal); Protocol Delegate, Organization Committee of the 600th anniversary of the Royal House of Bragança (Portugal); Special North American Liaison, Foreign Delegation for the visit of HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia to Portugal; Advisor for exchanges of dynastic orders and decorations between the Royal and Imperial Houses of Portugal, Egypt, Ethiopia and Georgia; Delegate, Prester John Association for Foreign Nobility of Portugal (Milan, Italy, 1 April 2006); Advisor, HRH Prince Hso Khan Pha of Yawnghwe on Shan Relief Matters (Burma); Secretary General, Royal Crown of Rwanda (Rwanda); Official Delegate (USA), the Unione Monarchica Italiana (Italy); and Chancellor, Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam (Sovereign – Crown Prince Bao Long of Paris).

Dr. Maria Loredana Pinotti

Professor Pinotti, along with her husband, Dr. Pier Felice degli Uberti founded the School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences linked to the Escuela de Genealogía Heráldica y Nobiliaria of the Instituto Salazar y Castro of Madrid and affiliated to The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies of Canterbury. The school was founded December 3, 1995 and is located in Bologna (Italy), via C. Battisti n° 3 .She is also the Consul from San Marino Portugal.

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

Murray Eiland , MSc, DPhil (Oxon)

Murray Lee Eiland is an archaeologist with a particular interest in the Near East. He obtained a BA from UC Berkeley and D.Phil. from Oxford University. An outline of part of this research is available online at: http://www.parthia.com/nineveh/default.htm.

He also obtained an MS in earth sciences from UC Santa Cruz with particular emphasis on scientific techniques applied to archaeological materials. This work appears mostly in specialised journals, but in fact has a much broader scope in terms of determining the time and place of manufacture of man-made or modified materials. Fieldwork has taken him to Syria for extended periods, as well as the Gulf states and the Republic of Georgia. His family has a long standing interest in oriental carpets. He has co-written, with his father, an updated version of the book Oriental Rugs: A Complete Guide (1998, Little Brown). He has also written Starting To Collect Oriental Carpets (2003, Antique Collector’s Club). He continues to write about the arts of various cultures, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the London based art and archaeology magazine Minerva. He has been interested in heraldry for some time, and has published popular articles in a variety of contexts, including online (the International Association of Amateur Heralds). He currently lives in London where he works as a non-practising barrister. He is mainly interested in intellectual property, and continues to publish in this field (Patenting Traditional Medicine, 2009, Nomos). He regularly lectures on ancient art, particularly focussing on materials and methods of manufacture. He is currently involved with a project to characterise materials used in printing the earliest books in Europe. He has also studied in the field of genealogy for over 20 years.

Donald Edward Goff, BSc, MA, PhD, DBA.

Dr. Goff has a B.S. in Family Relationships from Brigham Young University , an M.A., in Interpersonal Relationships from the University of Illinois , a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from the Union Institute and University inCincinnati , Ohio , and a Doctor of Business Administration from California Coast University in organizational behavior.

Dr. Goff was a District Scout Executive with two national records for goal achievement. He was an officer in the United States Navy and achieved the highest SMI inspection results his ship had in ten years. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and earned the American Psychotherapy Association’s highest distinction that of a “master therapist” for unusually high achievement documented in a Federal research project with troubled youth. Dr. Goff has given three regional presentations for NATSAP with excellent to outstanding ratings. He recently gave a presentation entitled, “New Discoveries about the Brain: Practical Implications for the Treatment of Clients” at the national conference for the American Psychotherapy Association in September of 2010.

Dr. Goff has excelled in his field in university teaching, speaking assignments, individual and family therapy and as a researcher. Dr. Goff is a therapist/testing and research coordinator for Red Rock Canyon School in St George, Utah working with troubled youth and their families from 2005 to the present and has over 25 years as an individual, marriage and family therapist.

Dr. Goff has also been highly involved in the fields of genealogy, heraldry, chivalry, nobility, royalty and international law for the last ten years and brings with him a vast amount of experience in these fields. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

LECTURERS/INSTRUCTORS

Antonio Cardona, MPA, MA, CPM, CWDP, GCF

Mr. Cardona holds the Executive Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University and Master of Arts in Community Counseling from The College of New Jersey. He has been actively involved in diversity and race relations, and the development of anti-discrimination programming for over 10 years. Mr. Cardona is a native speaking Spanish language communicator and has served as an EEO Investigator for the State of New Jersey. He is a human resource professional with the New Jersey Department of Human Services and a Workforce Development Coordinator and Career Counselor. Mr. Cardona coordinates mediation scheduling and training for Union County and serves as a professional mediator with the court systems in Union and Somerset Counties. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology with Mercer County College, and an adjunct faculty member with the Human Resource Development Institute, Union County College. Mr. Cardona serves the State of New Jersey as a diversity expert, holds government certifications in EEO/AA, Diversity Programming and Training, Mediation and Employment Dispute Issues, and holds workforce development credentials including Certified Job Counselor, Training-the-Trainer, and Managing Workplace Diversity. He has also taught ”Teaching Genealogy On-Line.”

He is an active radio and television presenter, trainer and speaker and serves on a number of tate boards and community advisory boards.

Joyce Davis, MEd.

Joyce Davis has been an Adjunct Instructor for Angelina College for about ten years, a Correctional Officer for Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the President of African American Educational and Heritage Society of Polk County and is a Regional Manager for GBG as an Independent Representative which gives her a chance to help organizations do fundraising.

She has taught sales techniques and recruiting, Human Relations courses and was top salesperson for several companies. She was a member of the famous Dr. Norman Vincent Peale Church who wrote a book called The Power of Positive thinking.

She is a dedicated community worker. She has Co-Published a seasonal magazine. This was a free magazine that was given to kindergarten through fifth grade in Angelina and Polk County. She organized safety fairs in the Lufkin Mall, Wal-Mart and Jackson Hardware stores that included fingerprinting events with the police department. She also compiled the Genealogical Directory of Black Families of Polk County. This book is a listing of black families of the county to help people with their genealogy.

In 2005, Joyce Davis was selected as one of the notable women of Polk County, Texas and was included in the Polk County American Association of Women’s Book titled Notable Women of Polk County. Texas.

Davis received her Master of Education and her Bachelor in Rehabilitation with a minor in Sociology from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX, and an Associate Degree in Social Work from Angelina College, Lufkin, TX

Jennifer Watson Eklund, BS, MS, PLCGS

Eklund is a research psychologist in Sacramento, CA working to reduce prejudice and discrimination. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Social Psychology from Walden University. She will begin a PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Gender Diversity program at North Central University in May, 2011, with an expected graduation date of 2014. Jennifer earned a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies of Ontario, (PLCGS) and an Associate’s degree in Genealogical Studies from Akamai University.

Sergei Oudman, MA

Sergei has worked for different NGO’s for ovr a period of ten years in the fields of International Relations, Human Rights and Democracy. He also has executive experience in the privat sector. Sergei holds Masters Degree (hons.) in International Relations and Conflict Resolution. He has lived in different countries in the past and speaks six languages. His specialities are: International Relations, Conflict Resolution, Comparative &Security Issues, Strategic Planning, Leadership &Management, South-East Europe, the Middle East, Islam and Globalization Studies

George A. Saide-Zammit, MA, FColT, FCI.E.A., FSA Scotland

George A. Said-Zammit studied Classics, History and Archaeology at the University of Malta, pursuing his studies in archaeology at the University of Durham (England). He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration and Management from the University of Malta, which he acquired in 2009. For these last twenty years Mr. Said-Zammit has worked in the field of education, starting his career as a History teacher in a secondary school, and then proceeding to various administrative positions in the island of Malta. Besides he has also taught Latin, Italian and various other subject areas. In 2005 he was appointed as Subject Coordinator of History for 21 Non-State schools in Malta, and in 2008 he became Education Officer of Social Studies within the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education (also in Malta). As an Education Officer, Mr. Said-Zammit is responsible for all the teachers of Social Studies in all the schools in Malta. He also coordinates various teacher training courses, prepares national annual examination papers, examines student-teachers while being on their teaching practice, and coordinates related educational projects. In 2009 Mr. Said-Zammit was also given the responsibility of European Studies. Since 2008 he has also represented Malta on the Council of Europe in connection with the project Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship. He also attended for various conferences in Malta and abroad. The thesis he presented for the Master of Arts degree, entitled Population, Land Use and Settlement on Punic Malta, was published in Oxford in 1997. Another recent publication, published in 2008, is a study entitled The Architectural Heritage of the Maltese Islands. During these last twenty years, George Said-Zammit has given various credit courses at the University of Malta and, for some years, also worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Classics and Archaeology of the same University. George Said-Zammit is also Fellow of the College of Teachers (United Kingdom), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (United Kingdom) and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Jane Tunesi of Liongam BA (hons.), MSt., MCLIP, DipGen.

Jane has over twenty-five years experience in the genealogical and heraldic fields, both in tracing her own family and studying to gain professional qualifications in genealogy from the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury, Kent, England. After the program, Jane progressed to the Record Agent qualification and is now a graduate member of the Institute, holding the Diploma in Genealogy.

By profession Jane is a Chartered Librarian. Her first degree is B.A. (hons) degree in Librarianship and Information Studies. For sixteen years she was the Assistant Librarian at The College of Arms, the repository for all things heraldic in England. Jane is now a Specialist Administrator and part time lecturer at North Hertfordshire College.

Jane attended St. Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge where she gained a Master of Studies degree in local and regional history, her dissertation being a study on the impact of the brewing trade on Baldock, Hertfordshire between c.1750 and c.1850.

She has published articles in family history, heraldry and local history journals and also compiled a booklet on the monumental inscriptions at Letchworth and Willian churchyards, which was published by the Hertfordshire Family History Society in 1987. She has also lectured for family and local history societies.

Jane is a member of The Society of Genealogists, The Heraldry Society and various family history societies. She is editor of the journal of the Hertfordshire Family History Society, Hertfordshire People, and serves on the Committee. She is also part of the Congress Committee of The Heraldry Society and has helped to organise heraldic congresses in the UK, in Cambridge (2008) and in York (2010).

 

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