DBFA Executive Board



Frances Yoakam DuBois,  DBFA 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.  I now live in Traverse City, Michigan.

Pamela B. Bailey, PhD., DBFA Treasurer Pro Tem
I was born in Newburgh, New York, only child of James R. and Jeannette Baker Bailey.  I am a descendant of Luis DuBois through my mother.  As a young girl, I visited New Paltz, when in Newburgh, often having lunch in the old Fort.  I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, where I live now with my husband, Jerry Downie.  We are both former Board members.  One year I brought my young adult children to a reunion and enjoyed it so much.  DBFA and New Paltz have had a beneficent affect on me and my family.  I am a retired administrator from the Delaware community college system.  Most of my volunteer time is spent at our church, where I serve as an Elder.

Jenifer Scarisbrick, DBFA Secretary

Jenifer Scarisbrick is a descendant of Louis DuBois on her maternal side.  Her college studies focused on anthropology / archaeology, post-graduate study abroad in Naples, Italy and travel throughout Europe.  After that she moved to England, married and had her daughter there.  Eventually moving back to the US, she now resides in western Maryland.  She has one daughter and two grandchildren. She worked for 35 years with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in customer service retiring as Asst. Regional Service Manager.  She spends much of her retirement time involved in history related pursuits – as an 18th Century living historian and serving on boards of several history related organizations.  She is delighted to be able to pursue study of her Huguenot ancestry through association with the DuBois Family Association.

Other organizational affiliations:

  • Col. Ogden’s 1st NJ Regiment – reenacting unit / living historian
  • Friends of Fort Frederick State Park – President
  • St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Smithsburg, MD. Advisory Board – Registrar
  • Washington County Association of Museum & Historic Sites – Executive Board – Secretary

Mary Bissell, DBFA Vice President

Marjorie Findlay, DBFA Vice President

Donald Gradeless, DBFA Vice President

Karen Jones, DBFA Vice President

Angela Thompson, DBFA Vice President

DBFA Liaison to New Paltz

This position is currently vacant.  If you live near the New Paltz, NY area, please contact  regarding the opportunity to join our team.