Biography

DBFA Executive Board for 2018-2020

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David DuBois, President and Treasurer

David was raised in Highland, a city in Northwest Indiana, a member of a family of seven children. He is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management and then went on to receive a LL.B.degree in law from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Having completed his 48th year as a sole practitioner of law, he has always been active in his community affairs, including president of the Portage YMCA, president of the Chamber of Commerce, a life member of the Portage Exchange Club. He also wishes to note that he is the parent of 3 children and 6 grandchildren and a descendant of Louis DuBois.

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Frances Yoakam DuBois,  Vice President

  • Obtained B.A. with Gerontology major from Madonna College, Livonia, MI. 1980
  • Housing Director, City of Plymouth, 1970-1978
  • Housing Director, City of Northville 1978-1999.
  • Served on Area Agency on Aging 1-C board, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (state and regional boards), Michigan Non Profit Homes Association board and the Traverse City Housing Commission.

Native of Michigan and with the exception of 5 years in Northern Ireland, lived there until 2008 when I moved to Raleigh, NC to be closer to my eldest daughter.

Tod duBois, Vice President

 

As a new member of the DBFA Board, Tod, a fourth generation Californian, finds energy, and has passion connecting the family culture and histories over the recent and more distant past. He has two Master’s Degrees from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and did a career in the San Francisco area before retiring to Central Coast of California. Tod is joined by five sisters and over 70 “immediate” family members on the West Coast and wants to open the western frontier and connect the two coasts with family history and to generate donations from the West for the Association.

Marjorie Findlay, Vice President of Membership

Originally from New York, Marjorie Findlay now resides in Michigan. She and her family became actively involved in DBFA ten years ago, when her daughter, Allison, received national recognition for rescuing abandoned DuBois Cemetery in Ingham County, Michigan.

Since retiring from careers in teaching and social work, Marjorie has been active in her church, DAR, volunteer activities, and is also a board member of the Orion Historical Society.

Marjorie has devoted much of her spare time to family history and genealogy. Her family is related to a branch of DuBois French Huguenots who settled in DuBoisville, Michigan, annexed by Detroit in 1925. Marjorie and her family are proud to be the keepers of their large DuBois family Bible with information dating back as far as 1814.
Marjorie describes herself as a taphophiliac and enjoys photographing headstones around the country for inclusion on Find A Grave.

Jamia Jacobsen, Vice President

Jamia was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and received degrees (B.S., Masters and PhD. in Education) from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and, subsequently a Psy.D. at Newport University. Dr. Jacobsen has had varied and active professional practice activities related to personal and family relationships. She likewise has had many varied and interesting activities in volunteer work including, specifically, the past presidencies of
Indiana Veterinarian’s Medical Society, Indiana School of Education Board of Alumni, Zionsville Woman’s Club, etc. She is also been the Regent of National Society of Daughters of American Colonists and the Governor of First IN Company, Jamestowne Society. She has a strong interest in genealogy and is a member of the Huguenot Society of America.

Jacqueline H. Murawski, Secretary

Jackie is a descendant of Louis DuBois on her maternal side. Jackie holds a degree from Marietta College in Ohio and spent 4 ½ years on active Army duty and 10 years in the reserves. She has also worked as an accountant in the private sector. Jackie has also been active in community affairs including DuBois family Association and DAR (Jamestowne and UDC). She is currently the American Heritage State Chair for Indiana DAR. Jackie and her husband are very interested in genealogy and have published a 28-volume family history of the Wm Morris family.

Jenifer Scarisbrick, Vice President