About Us

IAAGG Officers are experienced genealogists, dedicated to the success of our organization.

 

President

Charles Barker

 

Email: President@iaagg.org

 

 

Charles Kenneth Barker is a IAAGG charter member and has served on the IAAGG Board twice as President, Vice President, Chair of Research and Education Committee and three-terms as Treasurer. He has been researching his family history for over forty years and has compiled and distributed three books on his family- The Barker’s, Stewart’s, Caudle’s and Elam’s of Tennessee and Kentucky. Additionally, he has given several presentations on family research, including DNA genetic genealogy and Family Tree Maker Software. Charles’ other passions includes financial investments. He is a member of 100 Black Men of Indianapolis Finance and Financial Literacy Committees – as well as three investment clubs.

 

Charles retired as the Senior Vice President/CIO of United Presidential Life Insurance Company. Previous positions include Manager of Computer Systems and Programming, Compute System Analyst, IBM Field Engineer, Adjunct Faculty Member at IUPUI and A Registered Representative for Prudential Securities. 

 

Charles is married to Shirley and has four adult children and three granddaughters

 

DESIGNATIONS AND AWARDS

  • DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI - Purdue University.
  • SYSTEMS MAN OF 'THE YEAR -Association for System Management (ASM)
  • Bachelor of Science -Computer Technology, Purdue at Indianapolis
  • Fellow (FLMI) -LIFE OFFICE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION INSTITUTE (LOMA).
  • Series 6 and Series 63 Security Licenses to sell Mutual Funds                                                                                                   
  • Indiana Life Insurance License
  • Featured in Best Magazine (Insurance industry publication)
  • Featured in an IBM Application Brochure for the design and implementation of insurance operation
  • Featured in Ebony Magazine’s SPEAKING OF PEOPLE, 

 

PAST PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • PURDUE UNIVERSITY AT KOKOMO                                                                                         Industrial Advisory Board
  • PURDUE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING and TECHNOLGY at IUPUI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION    Board Member
  • INDIANAPOLIS PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (IPA)                           Board Member, President
  • ASSOCIATION FOR SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT (ASM)        Chapter President, Regional Director
  • PALLM, INC. USER GROUP (Insurance software}                                                             President
  • BEIC INVESTMENT CLUB                                                                                  President, Treasurer

Treasurer 

J. Patrick Cross

 

Email: Treasurer@iaagg.org

 

I became a member of IAAGG in 2015 and wished I had crossed paths with the organization much sooner.

 

My professional career has been in finance, accounting, and systems management. Academically, I earned a BA, Western Michigan University (Finance, Engineering), an MBA, Florida Institute of Technology, and the designation as a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).  I retired from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in 2012.

 

My initial employment led me to the City of Benton Harbor, Michigan. While there I worked as the Economic Development Coordinator, Accounting Supervisor, Deputy Director of Finance, and resigned as the Acting Director of Finance to accept a position with the Department of Army. As such, I was involved in all facets of financial reporting.

At the Federal level I became the subject matter expert for Army-wide pricing policy. My last 12 years I was systems manager for two cost accounting systems and a general fund accounting system.

 

I am the President/Treasurer of our homeowners’ association and track operational transactions with Quicken.

 

Finally, I am a Vietnam veteran and served two tours in South Vietnam.

​​Secretary

Donna Calhoun

 

Email: Secretary@iaagg.org

 

Donna Calhoun is a retired US Postal Service manager. She was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. Her paternal roots (Sanford) go back to Rockport (Spencer County), IN. Her maternal roots (Stewart) go back to Clarksville (Montgomery County), TN. Like so many others, she was inspired to search her roots after watching the miniseries Roots. An opportunity to take a work assignment in Washington, D.C. in 1991, provided her the first chance to conduct research at the National Archives, decades before so much information became digitally available. Spending weekends at the National Archives putting together the puzzle pieces of her family, started her passion for research.

 

In June 2019, Donna organized the Stewart Generations Family Reunion held in Clarksville, TN at the church where the Stewarts had attended since moving from Stewart County to Montgomery County in 1915. It was a successful event in that multiple generations were able to attend, many of whom had never been there before and knew very little of the Stewart history.

 

In her spare time, Donna teaches water aerobics at the OrthoIndy YMCA. She continues to research her family and plays Sudoku. 

Parliamentarian

David Dearing

 

Email: Parliamentarian@iaagg.org

 

David E. Dearing has been a member of IAAGG since 1995 and given presentations on family history and genealogical research techniques at several IAAGG conferences and meetings.  David is also a longtime member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), a national organization.  He has attended the AAHGS national conference many times and twice presented research concerning his family’s history.  David has published several articles on genealogy and is a former member of the Board of Editors of the AAHGS Journal. In addition, he is a member of the Kentucky, Virginia, and Breckenridge County (Ky.) Historical Societies and the Bedford County (Va.) Museum and Genealogical Library. He is an attorney, and currently serves as the IAAGG parliamentarian for several terms.  

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