Chapter Regent~ JaLaine Lowe

Hello! My name is JaLaine Lowe, Chapter Regent for the Spirit of America Chapter, NSDAR. Five 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 the DAR mission of Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism.

I am a mother of four children and a few fur babies. I homeschool and am active in my church. In my free time, I can be found in my greenhouse or garden, treasure-hunting in thrift stores, and in the kitchen trying new recipes.

I am excited that you have found our website and hope that you will attend a monthly chapter meeting to learn more about this outstanding organization. If relevant service to your community is what you are looking for, we can help you get started and make new friends along the way.


Vice Regent-~ Shannon Groves

I was born November 11, 1971, to James and Joan Wall. I am the sixth of eight children. After graduating from West Jordan High School, I attended Brigham Young University with a major in History genealogy. I have 15+ years of experience in the mortgage industry.

In 1994, I married Craig Groves, who also attended West Jordan High and shares her birthday, 11/11. We have three boys, Jett, Trevor, Eric and a yellow lab, Dodger. Jett is getting married and I am excited to be a Bonus Grandma and finally shop in the pink aisle! We moved from West Jordan to South Jordan in 2012. Our family loves baseball (Go Dodgers), outdoors, going to movies, eating out and being together.

As a young child, I was fascinated with family history. I loved hearing stories, seeing pictures and keepsakes. I always knew that I came from many patriots, pioneers, a Salem Witch, and couple of brave souls that came on the Mayflower. While researching a family history, I came across a story from Zerah Pulsipher about his father and grandfather, John and David Pulsipher, fighting in the Battle of Bunker Hill. After visiting Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution, I knew I had to honor my ancestor’s legacy by joining the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Along with family history, I enjoy running, spinning, hiking, traveling (especially with my sisters), gardening, reading, British period dramas and napping. My favorite holiday is the 4th of July.


Chaplain~ Michelle Snarr

I have been a member of DAR for 2 years. I just celebrated 37 years of marriage. I have two sons, one daughter-in -law, and one grandson 11 months old. I medically retired from working at the Third District Court in May 2011. I became certified to be a mediator for civil cases in 2010. I also am a member of the Daughter’s of the Utah Pioneers.

I am an amateur genealogist. I have had a little progress in my family history. Trying to find my Great Grandfather Gillian in North Carolina, Ireland, or somewhere. I was born with double scoliosis and Spina Bifida. I have had numerous operations. One of my mantras is “I can do hard things.” I do all types of hand- work and I call myself crafty. I spend time with my Aunt who has dementia. I collect thimbles and craft supplies. I like to volunteer and started when I was 14 as a candy striper at Pioneer Hospital. I Judge for the state history day each year. I drive my “grandma car”— a 2006 z4i BMW convertible.


Recording Secretary~ Jill Vicory

I joined DAR seven years ago as a natural extension of my interest in family history. I knew from an early age that I had a Revolutionary War patriot because of a book written about one of my patriots, Sgt. George Baltzer Hess, by one of my dad’s cousins. I was very lucky to have this resource that led me in the right direction, complete with family record sheets and resources.

When I first checked into membership, I had no idea of the service and educational aspects of DAR, which are, of course, much of the important work we do today.

I moved to Utah about 25 years ago when my husband, Jack, took a new position here. I am a native Hoosier but had the opportunity to live in parts of Europe when Jack’s employer sent him overseas for five years. Both my sons, Nick and Alex, were born in England during our time abroad.

For the last 23 years I have worked for the Utah Hospital Association. I coordinate the communications and educational aspects of the Association. During the pandemic I also provided staff support for a few of the many work groups formed with state and private sector partners to respond to COVID-19.

Along with genealogy, my personal interests include gardening, travel and (very!) amateur astronomy. I look forward to meeting many of you in the year ahead while serving as our chapter’s Recording Secretary!


Corresponding Secretary~ Mary Heine

I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona and work as Associate Art Director and Events Director for USANA, a nutritional company. I have my BA in Graphic Design and Theology (focus on archeology) with a minor in English. In my free time, I enjoy painting, reading, and cooking Greek food. And, as wife to my husband, Tim (33 years in July) and mom to four rambunctious sons, I am grateful for my time spent with DAR sisters!

One of my passions is traveling and seeing the world. This prompted me to volunteer as an English teacher in Sri Lanka and India for village youth, teaching journalism in the outback of Australia and digging in the City of David in Israel with the Hebrew University. I have visited much of Europe, the UK, Thailand, Italy, and Greece (my mother’s homeland). And, here at home, Michigan is the only state I haven’t spent time in. One thing traveling has taught me is that there is no place on earth as blessed with abundance as the USA. I love being part of DAR because it is a society that cherishes our country’s humble, yet providential, beginnings, serves those who sacrifice to preserve our freedoms, and prioritizes establishing our children’s future success.

My Patriot is Lt. Joshua Renfrew, my 4th great grandad. He fought in the battle at Guilford Courthouse under the command of Nathaniel Greene. Joshua was born in Virginia in 1757 and died in Kentucky in 1815.


Treasurer~ Catherine Voutaz

I was born in Bountiful, Utah to Jed and Carol. I graduated from Weber State University in Accounting with an emphasis on Taxation. As a business professional, my career has included public accounting, private business and government tax work. I am married to Kurt and our combined family includes five children, a cat and Lizzy, the Pug. I have lived in Herriman for 20 years.

My interest in genealogy and DAR came from my father and my 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 York- town when Cornwallis surrendered. John died in Kentucky in 1837.


Registrar~ Fran Jensen

I just reached my first year of DAR membership and now have the opportunity to serve as Registrar! One year ago, when my sister Julie asked if I would join with her, I jumped at the chance. In this first year I have learned so much about DAR. The opportunities to serve and learn are amazing.

I was born in Alabama at Camp Rucker where my father was stationed after his tour of duty in the Korean War. After being discharged we moved to California, where I was raised, later married, and had two children. In 1974, with my husband and two children, we moved to Utah. That’s when my love of family history that started when I was 12 years old began to blossom. The Family History Library and the chance to take classes at the BYU annual family history conference captured my attention. Finding that 1850 census with my ancestors’ name on it is a moment I will never forget!

Six more children joined our family and when the youngest started kindergarten, I started college. Timing my classes with the school schedule for eight children, two years later I graduated with an associate degree in family history. After two more years, I received my BA with emphasis in family history. I was then hired at the Family History Library. Six years later, I graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Administration for non-profit organizations.

In 2020, now with 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, I retired from my employment at the Family History Library. Military records was a favorite, and working as one of the Deputy Chief Genealogical Officers at FamilySearch gave the opportunity to do extensive research in the War of 1812 pension files. My personal research outside of work included photograph dating and restoration and also serving as newsletter editor for the Montana State Genealogical Society. Now, I am focused on serving as the Registrar for our DAR Chapter!


Librarian /Historian ~ Rorie Jackson

I first became interested in history at age 8 when my teacher realized I was behind in reading because I didn’t like what they wanted me to read. With her encouragement, I came across Greek mythology and became hooked on history. At 14, my love of history was joined by genealogy, when a family friend took me to the Family History Library.

I first learned that I had a Revolutionary ancestor when I was 18, and as I had never heard of the DAR; it was just a cool fact. Then in 2008, when I watched Gilmore Girls for the first time, I was surprised to hear about the DAR. I thought it was something that was made up for the show and was surprised to learn it was real!

A year after I joined in 2017, I was about to withdraw as I hadn’t found my passion yet. When I was invited to a Junior’s meeting and decided to stay when I heard about the organization’s mission connected to education. By the 2019 State Conference, I was hooked! Since then, I love to talk about the DAR and even convinced my mom to join me.

For me, the best part of the DAR is not only serving other people in a variety of ways, but it’s doing it with my mom beside me. Because doing so brought my love of history and genealogy full circle as my past is next to me as we move together into the future.