Organizing Chapter Regent~ Dawn Fleishans
When I started my DAR journey in 2016 never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be organizing a chapter. I stumbled across DAR one night while working on genealogical family tree. I had never heard of DAR before, so I contacted a local chapter in Missouri, where I was living at the time and the adventure began. I couldn’t connect to the first patriot I tried to document, but with the help of the chapter membership chair I found a new line of patriots. After all was said and done it took me a year to complete my membership application and supporting documentation. I was the first application in Missouri to use the new electronic application instead of the paper version. I have been a member since April 2017 and have fully embraced DAR and everything it stands for. I am a wife, mom, gigi, auntie, and a dog mom. Whatever your journey was to get here, we couldn’t be more excited to have you with us as we work together to fulfill DAR’s mission of historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
Vice Regent-~JaLaine Lowe
Hello! My name is JaLaine Lowe, vice regent for the new Spirit of America Chapter, NSDAR. I am also a homeschooling mom for two of my children, a Special Olympics coach, college student, and active in my church. Three years ago, I contacted DAR when I discovered a Revolutionary War patriot in my family tree. It was thrilling to learn that my family history is directly connected to the founding of this great nation! I am proud to honor my patriot through relevant service to Veterans, active duty personnel, and my community. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you as we “Rise and Shine” together to represent NSDAR to the best of our ability!
Recording Secretary~ Linda Abel
It’s my honor to serve as chapter recording secretary. I look forward to getting to know everyone.
I grew up knowing I was eligible for DAR, but through the years the busyness of life; five children, 10 grandchildren, work in public health, hobbies, family history, filled my time. It took a friend talking to me about today’s DAR and inviting me to a meeting to push me forward.
Since that time I have enjoyed serving on committees and participating in service projects. It also stoked an interest in historic preservation. There are many more like me just waiting for an invitation to see what DAR is all about, so reach out to others you know.
Chaplain~ Marianne Crump
I have always loved genealogy and family history. My ancestors have left me an incredible legacy. They left me a better future because of the things that they accomplished in their lives. DAR has given me a vehicle to leave the world a better place. I joined DAR in March of 2019 in the Uintah Chapter. Being a part of organizing a new chapter has been exciting. I am still learning about DAR and it’s many programs.
I was born and raised in Utah, but have lived in Texas, Alabama, Virginia and Idaho. My husband and I have four children and nine grandchildren. When not DARing, I enjoy family history, reading, quilting and traveling.
Registrar~ Luana Darby
Hi, I’m Luana M. Darby, MLIS, AG, My DAR journey began after several years of preparing research for others’ applications. As a student of history, DAR appealed to my sense of community and patriotism. I look forward to serving as Utah’s newest chapter registrar.
Treasurer~ Catherine Voutaz
Catherine was born in Bountiful, UT to Jed and Carol, she graduated from Weber State University in Accounting with an emphasis on Taxation. A business professional, her career includes public accounting, private business and government tax work. She is married to Kurt and their combined family includes 5 children, a cat and Lizzy, the Pug. They have lived in Herriman, UT for 20 years. Her interest in genealogy and D.A.R. came from her father and her great Aunt, Marvel Willhite Snead (from Grant City, Missouri), who verified their relationship to John Wilhoit, born in in Culpeper County, VA in 1742. He was a private from Orange, VA under Capts Barbour, Miller, and Johnson and at the Siege of Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered. John died in Kentucky in 1837.
Librarian /Historian ~ Leslie Schow
I have always been interested in my family’s history. I grew up hearing the stories of my pioneer ancestors who came west in the mid-1800s and helped establish the Utah Territory. I was raised in the Army, and my family returned to its Utah roots when I was a teenager. I graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Elementary Education, and Emporia State University with a Masters in Library Science. My DAR journey began in 2019 when I learned about its three-fold mission—historic preservation, education, and patriotism. I am honored to be serving as our chapter librarian/historian.