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Team

Our probate researchers have more than 200 years’ combined experience and extensive knowledge investigating and tracing complicated family histories to establish heirship. We employ proprietary data-gathering techniques and technologies that have helped us successfully resolve thousands of cases throughout the United States and abroad.

Todd Hamblin

Todd Hamblin

CEO

The former Chief Marketing Officer of Lexmark International, Todd Hamblin has spent much of his career creating great customer experiences. As ARB’s CEO, he takes great satisfaction in watching his team solve complex searches, enabling clients to keep their valuable assets in the family. Though Todd takes every chance he gets to travel and has climbed two of the world’s “seven summits”, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Aconcagua, he is thrilled to call the beautiful state of Utah home.

Darren Croft

Darren Croft

CIO

Darren has been a key contributor to ARB’s leading technical resources for nearly three decades. He began programming in middle school and hasn’t let up since, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University. Darren enjoys working with the bright people at ARB, overcoming complex business challenges, and creating solutions that help the ARB team succeed. When he’s not writing code or inventing new tools, you can find him trail running or swimming.

Jeff Goold

Jeff Goold

Director of Finance & Operations

Prior to joining ARB, Jeff spent more than 10 years in accounting and finance roles in the mining and software industries. He is a strong team player, quickly gaining the trust of those he works with. Jeff loves to learn and develop new skills. He has earned an MBA with an emphasis in accounting and also holds a CPA license. Jeff enjoys opportunities to improve processes so information can be delivered in a more timely and accurate manner. He is energized by utilizing financial information to make good strategic decisions. Outside of work, Jeff loves playing and coaching sports, especially with his children.

J. Daniel Schwartz

J. Daniel Schwartz

Research Director

The senior of four Schwartz brothers, Dan serves as ARB Research Director. Dan joined the company in 1987 while working on his business degree at Brigham Young University. One of the foremost experts in the field of forensic genealogy, Dan has testified as an expert witness in more than 75 estate proceedings throughout the U.S. He counts among his greatest thrills solving difficult cases. Dan loves boating, is an avid sports fan and youth sports coach.

Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson

Research Manager

Fifteen years ago and fresh out of Southern Utah University, Michael Robinson joined ARB. Now a Researcher Manager, Michael enjoys “making a difference in people’s lives and seeing my team succeed.” Despite managing a team, Mike still finds time to pursue his passion of tracking down heirs using meticulous genealogical research to show how family members are connected. He also loves to spend time outdoors, hiking, biking, and fishing across Utah’s spectacular landscapes.

Steven Schwartz

Steven Schwartz

Research Director

The third Schwartz brother, Research Director Steve joined ARB upon graduating from Brigham Young University in 1992. A history major, Steve relishes solving puzzles. He thrives on organization and considers this one of his most valuable skills when solving difficult research problems. Steve is blessed with an ability to listen to people, learning their stories and pulling it all together. All of which comes in handy given that he spends a great deal of his time doing just that with his large family.

David Schwartz

David Schwartz

Case Processing Director

Dave Schwartz joined ARB shortly after his brother Dan, following his completion of a mathematics degree from Brigham Young University. As Case Processing Director, Dave counts as his greatest asset his ability to analyze a multitude of information and sift out the elements absolutely essential to solving the case. An enthusiastic outdoors person, Dave especially enjoys camping and backpacking trips with his family.

Alicia Palmer

Alicia Palmer

Case Manager

Alicia rejoined ARB in 2019 following an MBA program and time at Family Search. Alicia’s business school took her to the east coast of the United States and then to Valencia, Spain. A true global citizen, Alicia has also lived in Mexico and China. Alicia enjoys applying her strategic thinking skills and detail orientation to help ARB clients have great experiences. As you would expect, when not working, Alicia loves to travel and learn more about other cultures. She also enjoys knitting and playing the guitar.

Anita Peterson

Anita Peterson

Accountant

Anita joined ARB in 2018 and delights in helping her team take care of clients and partners by streamlining financial and accounting processes. Prior to co-founding businesses in Texas and Utah, Anita earner her accounting degree from Utah Valley University. Anita loves the unique line of work ARB is involved in that helps keep assets in the family. In her time outside of work, Anita loves running the trails near her home, sailing, golfing, and spending time with her family.

Aubrey Hemingway

Aubrey Hemingway

Probate Researcher

Aubrey joined American Research Bureau’s research team in 2015. She is passionate about connecting people with their rightful inheritances and has been a dedicated genealogist for many years. Aubrey is fair, balanced, optimistic, and leads with a positive attitude. Before joining the ARB team, she worked in Human Resources. Aubrey enjoys any chance she gets to sing and dance. And yes, Aubrey is related to Ernest Hemingway.

Britany Elmer

Britany Elmer

Case Manager

Armed with a degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, Britany embarked on a career in case management. She received excellent training and experience at three global brands, most recently resolving complex cases for clients at Tesla. Britany’s attention to detail, calm demeanor, and sincere desire to help clients achieve a successful outcome make her an exceptional case manager. Away from work, Britany enjoys reading, playing the Viola and spending time camping and hiking with her family.

Barry Miller

Barry Miller

Senior Researcher

Barry has been with American Research Bureau for over 30 years. He approaches everything with energy, enthusiasm, and speed. His honest, professional approach has enabled him to connect thousands of unknown and missing heirs with their rightful inheritance. Originally from Las Vegas, Barry is now an avid runner in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah – sometimes competing in 100-mile trail races! He also enjoys spending quality time with his family.

Cate Bloomquist

Cate Bloomquist

Probate Researcher

Armed with a history degree from the University of Utah, Cate began researching for ARB in 2000. In her work, Cate gravitates toward solving difficult research problems. She enjoys the historical aspect of the cases she works, particularly those involving immigrant families. Cate is an avid skier but traded in her downhill skis for the cross country variety when she relocated from Utah to Minnesota.

Carl Grundstrom

Carl Grundstrom

Senior Software Engineer

Carl earned a physics degree from Bucknell University and has since written software for computer security, finance, and AI classification systems. He has two patents for audio processing algorithms that filter noise from speech. Carl likes to write expert systems and tools that help people do their jobs. He also enjoys solving interesting problems. For fun, Carl plays the guitar, hikes, kayaks, and dances the tango. Whenever possible, he enjoys these activities with his four children.

Daniel Gibby

Daniel Gibby

Senior Software Engineer

Daniel joined ARB in 2019 with over 20 years of experience in the architecture and development of websites and software tools. A graduate of Weber State University with a Bachelors of Computer Science, Daniel has been programming Java for almost as long as the language has been in public use. Daniel enjoys working with the amazing researchers at ARB and is particularly impressed with their expertise and empathy. Daniel caught the programming bug early in life and has fond memories from his childhood working with his dad and brother on very early computer systems and games. Outside of work Daniel enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children.

Erik Brown

Erik Brown

Systems Administrator

Erik joined ARB in 2013 following 20 years in Linux administration, including more than 10 years in High Performance Computing. Erik loves building systems and learning new things. He enjoys helping people overcome technological difficulties and providing tools to help make their jobs easier. A talented cermanic artist, Erik is, at heart, a builder of things. When not building new systems and tools at ARB he can often be found in his home studio, working on some new creation.,

Hazel Scullin

Hazel Scullin

Research Associate

Research and genealogy are Hazel’s passions. Hazel has completed internships at FamilySearch, the LDS Church History Library, and Family Locket Genealogists. She was also a research assistant at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of History while completing her bachelor’s degree in Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University. Hazel is particularly adept at solving complex research problems and feels rewarded when helping clients claim their inheritance. Outside of work Hazel enjoys traveling and all things Harry Potter.

Janine Petersen

Janine Petersen

Office Manager

As Office Manager, Janine focuses primarily on keeping information moving within the organization and between ARB and its clients. Janine is well suited for this task with her background in office management, coaching, teaching, and as an NCAA athlete. In every aspect of her life she has focused on organization and communications. Janine enjoys working with people and has developed a great desire to help others be successful. Janine loves seeing the amazing joy that comes to individuals and families because of the work done at ARB. During her free time, Janine is an avid tennis player and treasures spending time with family.

Joel Miyasaki

Joel Miyasaki

Probate Researcher

Joel joined ARB after spending several years creating detailed family histories for private clients. Joel has a master’s degree in American history and brings exceptional research skills to his work as a Probate Researcher. He is particularly adept at solving cases with family connections that are difficult to establish and loves helping to ensure that ARB clients can claim their rightful inheritances. Joel plays the French horn and is a self-confessed political junkie.

Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Schwartz

Probate Researcher

The final Schwartz sibling to join ARB, younger brother Jon has been with the company since 1997. He wasn’t necessarily pre-destined for a career in forensic genealogy, however, having earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Brigham Young University. A multi-instrumentalist, Jon plays piano, organ, clarinet, sax, and trumpet. Fortunately for the company, Jon chose to become a Probate Researcher full-time, applying his persistence and love of problem solving to the work of uniting clients with their rightful inheritances.

Kaitlin Vaughan

Kaitlin Vaughan

Case Manager

Kaitlin joined ARB in 2018 after spending over four years with another firm in the industry. Kaitlin is skilled at uncovering genealogical clues and solving difficult cases by listening to and interpreting personal narratives. At least some of these skills were honed as Kaitlin worked in art museums and galleries, as well as historical museums and archives. She earned a BFA in Photography & Film and a MA in Anthropology from Columbia University. Kaitlin currently resides in Virginia where she is able to spend her weekends perusing vintage and antique stores. She is also an avid reader and enjoys writing and creating mixed media art.

Kathleen Miles

Kathleen Miles

Senior Case Manager

As Case Manager, Kathy’s role is to help guide each case to a successful conclusion. As she says, “Researchers find the heirs; I guide them through the court process.” As liaison between clients and the attorneys who handle ARB’s legal affairs, Kathy brings to her work an education degree from Brigham Young University, 14 years of experience at ARB, and great skill at juggling a number of tasks without missing details. Her ability to apply persistence and patience at the appropriate times also explains her great success as a gardener.

Margaret Drechsel

Margaret Drechsel

Operations Manager

Margaret, the Operations Manager at ARB, has been with the team since 2014. She brings a positive energy to running the day to day operations with a smile on her face every day. In her 26 years as Regional Customer Service Manager with Nordstrom, she developed a knack for implementing processes and motivating people. She loves to learn and solve problems, making her great at streamlining ARB’s business processes. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, a love she developed after living in Brazil for three years as a teenager.

Marie Thatcher

Marie Thatcher

Senior Forensic Documentation Specialist

Marie is the document veteran at ARB, having joined the team in 2004. Family history research has been her hobby since her teen years, and though she earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, her early university studies were in genealogy. She is particularly adept at deciphering the difficult handwriting common in old records. She loves hiking in Utah’s mountains, especially to find surviving traces of local history: ancient Native American petroglyphs, abandoned mines, or old pioneer cabins.

Mary Kremer

Mary Kremer

Forensic Documentation Specialist

Mary earned her B.A. in English from BYU and taught high school english for three years before joining ARB in 2018. She loves working with people and can get along with anyone, making her a great addition to the team. She loves the research aspect of working at ARB. Fluent in her family’s native Italian language, Mary is an avid traveler in her free time as well as a talented artist creating beautiful drawings involving intricate pencil work.

Michael McCormick

Michael McCormick

Researcher

Michael is an accomplished genealogist, having studied family history and genealogy at multiple universities and ultimately earning a Masters degree in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies. Michael has worked as a professional genealogist since 2007 and in the heir search industry since 2012. Michael enjoys creative problem solving and has great attention to detail. He enjoys working with a great group of people at ARB. Michael’s smarts and passion for genealogy are evidenced in his ability to write from memory the names of his ancestors on each line in correct placement until the 7th generation – well over 100 names!

Nathan Croft

Nathan Croft

Probate Researcher

Nathan hails from the Pacific Northwest, where he studied journalism at the University of Washington. He joined the ARB team early on in his career, and he is especially gratified when he can secure an inheritance for someone who may have otherwise been left out. Skilled in “big picture” thinking, Nathan pulls together many different clues to solve difficult research puzzles. He enjoys taking time to reflect while hiking in the nearby mountains, and while completing woodworking projects.

Shane Boon

Shane Boon

Probate Researcher

Due to his experience working for another heir search firm, Shane brings a unique perspective to our company. He has a knack for listening and empathizing with clients in ways that brings out their stories and helps connect them more completely to the heir search process. As he says, “I enjoy bringing positive information to people who don’t have a lot of positive aspects to their lives.” When not filling his role as a Probate Researcher, Shane enjoys his other roles: husband, father, and Star Wars fan.

Sophie Barron

Sophie Barron

Senior Research Specialist

Sophie joined ARB in 2018, however, she is not new to the industry. Previously, Sophie spent over 11 years in the industry in a variety of roles, including court reporter, probate researcher, and case manager. Sophie enjoys providing expert testimony and thrives on challenging research and problem solving, helping families discover their past. A native of the Republic of Georgia, Sophie’s passion is travel. She loves to explore other cultures, try new cuisine, and make memories with her family. As a resident of New York City, Sophie also enjoys attending Broadway musicals.

Todd Lillywhite

Todd Lillywhite

Probate Researcher

Veteran researcher Todd Lillywhite is one of the longest serving ARB team members, having joined our company in 1989. An international relations graduate of Brigham Young University, Todd earned his Masters Degree from Catholic University of America and joined the National Security Agency (NSA) early on, as a translator. His skill for managing complexity and pulling together disparate details found a permanent home when he joined ARB as Probate Researcher. An accomplished singer, Todd’s proficiency at making sense of cryptic information also serves him well when sight-singing a complex vocal score.

Troy Adair

Troy Adair

Probate Researcher

Another ARB veteran, Troy earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Asian studies from the University of Washington. Troy joined ARB in 1991. He has been involved with research throughout his ARB career and now serves as a Probate Researcher. Troy comes by his research skill naturally, given that he has identified five generations of his own family history. Troy enjoys cycling, hiking, and sailing when he’s not chasing genealogical mysteries.