Our Officers Serve 2 Year Terms.
The Villages Genealogical Society

About Our Officers

VGS By-Law # 5 states: Officers of the Society shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Their elected terms shall be for two years. Our current officers are:
 
Pat Adams
Pat Adams
President
 
Pat Adams has been a resident of The Villages since 2004 and a member of the VGS since 2007. She is currently serving her third term as president of the VGS. Previously she served for 5 years as Vice-President and Program Chair and prior to that on the membership committee. She is also the co-coordinator of The British Special Interest Group.
    In the summer of 2020 she completed “Tools & Strategies for Tackling Tough Research Problems” through the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and “Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies” through the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Georgia. Her future educational plans include taking an advanced methodology course in 2021 through The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG).  In addition to the VGS, Pat is also a member of several local, state and national genealogical societies including The Chicago Genealogical Society, The Florida State and Illinois State Genealogical Societies, The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History and The National Genealogical Society.
    Researching her Scottish, Irish and Swedish heritage has been an ongoing project for the last 20 years. Through Ancestry she has discovered cousin connections on both her maternal and paternal lines which has led to breakthroughs on brick walls as well as new discoveries to pursue. In 2016, after a 14 year search, she finally found the grave site of her long lost maternal grandfather. She has recently learned that Canada will now be added to her list of places to seek out additional  connections as her ancestral story continues to be uncovered.
Annette Burke Lyttle
Annette Burke Lyttle
Vice-President
Annette Burke Lyttle was elected in 2020 for a second term as vice president. She also serves as Program Chair for VGS. Genealogy education is a passion of hers, and she finds working with the Program Committee to provide excellent educational opportunities for our members both fun and satisfying. Annette is a professional genealogist and national speaker. Her genealogy education includes courses at the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), and the British Institute. Annette is a host for the Florida State Genealogical Society Poolside Chats and is editor of The Florida Genealogist. She is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Annette moved to The Villages in 2016 from Colorado. She has deep roots in the Midwest and Northeast and loves researching her Quaker ancestors.    
Deanna Lammes Image Deanna Lammes
Secretary
Deanna Lammes views her position as VGS Secretary as an opportunity to combine her passion for genealogy with her appreciation for the contributions of other members who make the VGS the valuable organization that it is. 
    Deanna is a native of northern New York State. Following college graduation, she taught French and Spanish in central and western New York. She then graduated from the University of Rochester's business school with an MBA and joined the Xerox Corporation where she held various positions in the Human Resources function until retirement.
Donna Yambasky
Donna Yambasky
 Treasurer
Donna Yambasky, was elected VGS Treasurer for the 2020-2021 term. Donna has been a VGS member since 2013 and has previously served on the board as Librarian.
   Donna, the 6th of 8 children, was born in Detroit, Michigan. She lived most of her life in nearby Livonia. To supplement their income, the family raised vegetables in a one-acre back yard garden and sold them at a stand in their front yard. At a very young age, Donna was taking care of customers and handling money – good practice for her new treasurer position!
   After working 13 years for Michigan Bell, when her daughters were age one and two, she returned to school to become an RN (Registered Nurse). After retirement, she and her husband    Bob moved to The Villages full time in 2014. They have 4 grandchildren, two in Tallahassee and two in Iowa City, Iowa. 
   An interest in genealogy led her to membership in the Ford Genealogy Club in Dearborn and the Western Wayne County Genealogical Society. Her ancestors came to America from Hungary and Lithuania in the years from 1891-1906.
   Donna is very proud of the VGS mission to provide educational opportunities to its members and enjoys the camaraderie of like-minded Villagers