Dan Martinez with RootsTech is here! RootsTech is a family history and technology conference. Dan will be talking with the Sistas about why genealogy is important, who should be doing it and how attending RootsTech can help. Dan Martinez is the RootsTech Conference Manager and has been on the FamilySearch marketing team for the last three years. Prior to joining FamilySearch, Dan has held marketing, advertising and brand management positions in a variety of organizations, including: Mrs. Fields Famous Brands, Iomega Corporation and Central Life Sciences. He graduated with a B.S. Degree from Brigham Young University and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with his wife and their three children.
We’ll also be chatting with sista Yolande Bouka about her families recent transition from America to Africa. Yolande grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, but has made the Washington DC area her home. She is a PhD Candidate in the School of International Service specializing in Comparative & Regional Studies and International Peace & Conflict Resolution. Her dissertation examines the legal journey of released prisoners of the genocide and the use of the post-conflict justice system a tool of identity politics in Rwanda. Yolande’s work includes a recently published book chapter on the challenges of conducting field research with former detainees of the genocide in Rwanda.
In 2010, Yolande was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Yolande completed a graduate degree in International Relations from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. She specialized in Global Health and Security and placed a particular focus on issues related to HIV/AIDS prevalence in African militaries and humanitarian interventions.
She holds a BA from Brigham Young University in both International Studies and French with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. While at BYU, she worked with the BYU Student Service Association and served as the President of the Black Student Association. Yolande is married and is the mother of two children. She and her family recently relocated to Nairobi Kenya, where she serves in the Young Women’s organization of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints.