FOR PRESIDENT: CHARLIE WESTERFIELD of Louisville, KY
Charlie Westerfield attended Greenville High School in Muhlenburg County, Kentucky and served in the Air Force from 1958-1962. In 1965 he married his wife, Marilyn and they have one son, Michael. Charlie also enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War to fly helicopters. Since then he has operated Westerfield Studio in Louisville, KY from 1969 to present, doing commercial art and professional photography. Charlie is now serving on the Board of Directors for Apple Patch Community, a non-profit organization serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as leading a Bible Study for senior citizens at the Atria Senior Living Residence. Over the years Charlie has served as Church Deacon, SundaySchool Teacher, youth basketball coach, Delegation Leader for People to People Student Ambassadors and various other church and community roles. His favorite things in life, (other than his family) are traveling, taking pictures and talking to people. He is a descendant of Revolutionary War Veteran James Jacobus Westerfield, who was wounded in action at the Battle of Brooklyn.
FOR VICE PRESIDENT TAMARA FULKERSON of Crestwood, KY
Tamara Lee Fulkerson is a native of Oldham County Kentucky. She is a freelance make-up artist for the advertising and entertainment industries and a member of IATSE 798. After working over 30 years in the film industry and for passage of tax incentives in Kentucky, Tamara serves as an Ex-Officio member of the Kentucky Film Commission. She has worked as an advisor, director and juror on several Kentucky based film festivals. She has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Kentucky and volunteers as an alumnae advisor for Delta Zeta. She attained sustainer for the Junior League of Louisville and has served on the boards of Oldham County Dollars for Scholars, Arts Association of Oldham County, and a founding board member of Lights…Camera…Kentucky! Tamara is a member of the Filson Historical Society, the DAR John Marshall Chapter, the Dutch Cousins, Christ Church United Methodist and Generous Women Giving Circle. She is married to David and they have 3 children. Genealogy is her all-time favorite hobby. She found Dutch Cousins by the discovery of her 2x great grandmother’s name – Frances Octavia Cozine.
FOR SECRETARY: DENISE MERIDITH PERRY of Somerville, TN
Denise Merideth Perry of Somerville, TN. Her hometown is Caruthersville, MO. She retired from Methodist Healthcare Information Systems in Memphis, TN as an Informatics Nurse ending a 41 year career of nursing. She is a member of the Somerville First United Methodist Church where she teaches Sunday School, sings in the choir and volunteers for other church activities. She has two grandchildren and four great children living near by love to visit their NeNe. Denise and her sister, Barbara Merideth love traveling for genealogy related conferences and to visit family outside the mid-south. Denise is a member of the Gayoso Chapter, Kennett, MO as a descendant from her 5x great grandfather William Ward, where she also serves as secretary. She volunteers for the Fayette County TN Historical Society Archives in Somerville, TN. James Jacobus Westervelt and Phoebe Cozine are her 5x great-grandparents.
FOR TREASURER – MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: JANICE COZINE of Mt. Washington, KY
Janice has lived in Mt. Washington, Kentucky since 1966. She retired from the accounting department of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance with 27 years of service. She has been happily married to Eddie since Oct 1969, soon to be 48 years. They have a farm in Columbia, KY, where they enjoy farming, hunting, hiking & four-wheeling with their beautiful daughters Christina & Lyn and their families. Eddie and Janice have four grandchildren they enjoy very much: Clayton, Carly, Luke & Brooke. She has been involved at First Baptist church in Mt Washington for many years, serving as chairperson of the committees for hospitality and funeral meals. She is also her SS class Secretary/Treasurer, as well as class out-reach and activities leader. She maintains the weekly class ‘Prayer List’. She is also involved in the Mt. Washington Historical Society as Director and community event planner. In addition to all that, Janice also volunteers weekly at the elementary school where her youngest granddaughter attends. Her husband Eddie and their children and grandchildren are all descendants of the Rev. Cornelius Cozine of Conewago Colony.
FOR BOARD MEMBER: MALCOLM BANTA of Rotunda West, FL
Malcolm and his beautiful wife Betty have lived in Rotonda West, FL, between Sarasota and Fort Myers, for 10 years. They have two children, Dawn and Travis, and three astounding granddaughters. Malcolm is a Viet Nam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division as a mortar squad leader in the A Shau Valley. Both Betty and Malcolm worked for General Electric, in Decatur, IN for 23 years building electric motors. Betty worked in Payroll, Malcolm as a machine operator, then as a machinist, then as a foreman. When the GE plant closed in 1989 Malcolm became a plant manager, and later vice president of operations at Pemco Die Casting in Bridgman, MI. After 10 years they moved to Holland, Michigan, where Malcolm was vice president of operations for Gallant Manufacturing, maker of office insulation for Herman Miller and Steelcase. In 2006 they retired and moved to Florida to live happily ever after. “Father” Henry Banta is Malcolm’s five times great-grandfather.
TO CONTINUE AS BOARD MEMBER: JAMES B. COZINE of Las Vegas, NV
Although illness prevented Jim Cozine from attending the 2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering, he remains active in researching his Low Dutch family Cozine. He says, “If anyone wants to talk or ask questions about the Cozine male lines at the Gathering – just have’m call me at cell phone # 702-994-5126 — I’m always happy to work on the family History…” Claude Westerfield, Jim Cozine and Carolyn Leonard were the three founding members of the Dutch Cousins back in 2003. Jim is married to Hiroko and they have one daughter. Jim is a former Naval Officer and Steamship Line Executive and says that after retiring American President Lines. He stays so busy with Navy Vets these days that he says it is like having a part time job that needs attention every day. Jim is a direct name descendant of Cosyn of Nieuw Amsterdam, and of Rev. Cornelius Cozine of Conewago Colony in Pennsyvania, and has traced the one-name down to present day.
FOR BOARD MEMBER: AMALIE PRESTON of Salvisa, KY
AMALIE PRESTON, a lifelong Mercer Countian, says she has always loved history and historical buildings as they tell stories of the past. Preston, who grew up on a tobacco and dairy farm on the hills above the Kentucky River, still lives in her childhood home. She always felt a connection to history when listening to her neighbors, grandparents and great grandparents talk about bygone days and people. She is a Lindsay Wilson graduate and worked as the financial officer of the West Bluegrass District Health Department, Mercer County Health Department and Anderson County Health Department. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the James Harrod Trust Board of Directors and is spearheading the Old Mud Meetinghouse restoration project as a member of the Harrodsburg Historical Society. She is Treasurer of the Bohon Church of Christ. Her Dutch ancestors are many. (Photo courtesy the Harrodsburg Herald)
FOR EDITOR (IF APPROVED): CAROLYN B LEONARD of Oklahoma City, OK
CAROLYN B. LEONARD is a past president and honorary life member of the OK Writers Federation. She is a member and Past President of the Writers of Purple Sage and OKC Writers – and soon to be past president of the Dutch Cousins of Kentucky. She was one of the three organizers of the Dutch Cousins and has organized the meetings since 2003. A former newspaperwoman, she is author of the genealogy how-to book, “Who’s Your Daddy? A how-to-do genealogy book”; “To Israel, with Love”; and a third should be on the market by Christmas, “Cornelius Cozine and the Long, Hard, Low-Dutch Journey from The Netherlands in 1630s to the Kentucky Frontier in the 1800s”. She is also working on a four-book family history saga of her husband’s family, “American Odyssey”. For several years she has been a commissioned writer for the magazine of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and is a popular speaker on her favorite subjects: genealogy and writing. Carolyn is usually assisted by her Virginia Gent husband, Jon Heavener, better known as Mr. Wonderful, Ol’ Blue Eyes, or The Engineer. She is a descendant, as you may have guessed, of the Rev. Cornelius Cozine, the Domine of Conewago Colony, and before that of Cosyn the Wheelwright of New Amsterdam. She loves being involved with the Cousins and has been creating and mailing the Dutch Letters online for at least 10 years as well as every Dutch Cousin newsletter.
FOR 2019 MEETING COORDINATORS: King & Sharon Cole of Harker Heights, TX
King and Sharon retired in 2014 and since have lived on a motor yacht traveling the eastern 1/3 of the United States on the Great Loop. In March 2017 they sold their boat and have since been traveling in their motor home. King is a Vietnam veteran. Sharon is a member of the Lohman’s Ford Chapter of the DAR (Austin, TX). Sharon and King have lived in the Austin area since 1999 and have two married children and two granddaughters. Dutch ancestors? I have several.
My 2GGM was Mary Ann Stagg. Married Jacob Francis.
My 3GGM was Mary Polly Rynearson. Married James Dunn Stagg.
My 4GGM was Antje Banta. Married Barnett Rynearson.
My 5GGM was Antjin Demarest. Married Hendricks Banta.
Maybe Mary Cozine 6 GGM And Maria Cozine.
I have a diary written by Mary Ann Stagg’s son, James K Francis, while he was in the Civil War.
TO CONTINUE AS DUTCH COUSINS WEBMASTER: PAM ELLINGSON of Lakewood, WI
My husband Bob and I live in the beautiful north woods of Wisconsin (transplanted from southern Wisconsin). Our daughters Marnie & Laura also live in Wisconsin. I am thrilled to say that as of July 21 I am a Grandma to the adorable Ellie Zurawksi (her father isn’t Dutch). I retired as a library director four years ago. Genealogy is a favorite hobby. Years ago when researching my Grandma Westerfield’s ancestors I discovered Claude and the newly formed “Dutch Cousins” group. I have enjoyed many gatherings and the New York trip (Footsteps to New Amsterdam. I like to travel, especially to ancestral turfs. Pam is a descendant of Jacobus Westerfield, the Wounded Warrior of the Battle of Brooklyn in the Revolutionary War, and his wife Phoebe Cozine.
TO CONTINUE AS DUTCH COUSINS HISTORIAN: Barbara Whiteside of Clarksville, IN
Barbara Whiteside lives with her husband Tom in Clarksville Indiana. She is a charter member of Dutch Cousins and maintains a Facebook page “Dutch Cousins in Kentucky. She has many Low Dutch ancestors, the Montforts [French Huguenots who came to what became Nieuw Nederland in 1624 on a ship sent by the Dutch West Indies Company with the first group of settlers.], Banta, and others.