Executive Board

Meet your executive board!  These are the individuals working hard each month to deliver exceptional programming, leadership of our varied projects, and ensure your informed. (and the coffee!).

Tammy Patascher


Tammy is a recent past Vice President of FGS and the current President.  She was born on Long Island in New York and is one of 7 children.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Hodges University.  Tammy is currently a member of APG and various genealogical societies.  She started her journey into genealogy to discover the roots of both of her grandmothers who were adopted, one in New York and one in Boston.

Susan Jones

Vice President

Susan’s path to genealogy started in 2007 soon after her retirement from Verizon Communications after 34 year career, where she worked in payment processing, accounting, and building and fleet maintenance.  She attributes the research skills she developed in these positions as preparation for genealogy research   She is a certified Florida Pioneer Descendant, and Researcher, and has served on the Florida State Genealogical Society Pioneer Committee as an application reviewer and committee chair. Susan is a 5th generation Florida native and a Tampa native.

Rue Lynn Galbraith


Mary Rivers


Shirley Besch


Shirley, a Tampa native and 7thgeneration Floridian, has been interested in family history since childhood. She is a self-taught genealogist and began her research the “old-fashioned” way by interviewing her parents and family, handwriting letters, visiting libraries, cemeteries and courthouses and cranking the handles of microfilm machines, after being inspired by the original “Roots” TV program. Shirley has been researching her family history and helping others with their family history for 40 years. She has received the award for being a Hillsborough County Century Family from FGS-Tampa and the Florida Pioneer Descendant Certificate from the Florida State Genealogical Society.  Shirley has been a member of the Florida Geological Society for over 20 years and has been a volunteer for many projects, such as “Ask A Genealogist”, annual seminar and the Florida State Fair during that time.  She has served as Director since 2008.

Rosemarie Neville


Dave Glogowski