DNA Consultants Staff

DNA Consultants Staff

Rolando Acevedo Gomez, Medical Specialized Interpreter, is General Manager, Mexico. He lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico. DNA Consultants Expands to Mexico.

Seth Gresh is Assistant Investigator.

Jakay Jarvis is Research Associate and Staff Writer for DNA Consultants. She is active in DNA Communities and provides liaison with our Amazon store. A retired journalist, she lives in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Susan Levin is Senior Associate Investigator. She carries out many of the genealogy reports and interfaces with the statistics consultant and web designer on special projects, such as the addition of American Indian tribes to the forensic population pages. She and her husband Joel are longtime residents of Cantonment, Florida. They have traveled all over the world. Both are originally from Baltimore.

Teresa A. Panther-Yates, M.A. is Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. She is co-author of Cherokee DNA Studies II: More Real People Who Proved the Geneticists Wrong (2021), as well as other DNA publications. A former professor, Panther-Yates is a native of Pensacola, Florida. She writes also fiction and in 2023 published Journeys to Mexico.

Wendell F. Paulson, M.S. Mathematical Statistics is Statistics Consultant, responsible for all development of atDNA (our autosomal STR frequency datatbase now in version 11.0). Professor Paulson is emeritus Faculty Associate in the Math and Natural Sciences Division of Arizona State University, West Campus, in Phoenix and former Adjunct Faculty member in the Math Division at Paradise Valley Community College. Among his many distinctions is an American Society for Quality Six Sigma Black Belt. Professor Paulson lives in Peoria, Arizona.

Angel E. Rawles is Assistant Investigator. She lives in Pensacola, Florida.

Alejandro Rodriguez is Web Support, Marketing & Design Manager. He works in Cuenca, Spain.

Douglas Schar, Ph.D. is a historical consultant who contributes blog posts on crypto-Jewish genealogy. Read his About Me page at Hidden Jewish Ancestry. Dr. Schar has lived in London, New York and Washington. He currently resides on his own eco farm on an ancient Indian site just 16 miles from the National Mall in suburban Virginia. From 1990 to 1996, he was a television host and writer for “The Urban Gardener.” From 2001-2007, he was a writer and editor at Prevention magazine. He has authored a number of professional books and articles. Perhaps one of his most popular is Complete Guide to Choosing the Right Herbs. Prevention’s Guide to Healing Herbs (2000). His current ongoing history/genealogy project has been to organize the so-called Alien Rolls of London (ca. 1520-1820). These records mark the first appearance in England (and thence to America) of Sephardic Jewish families from Spain and Portugal which we think of today as “good old English stock,” such as Washington, Adams, Anderson, Drake, Davis and others. 

Angela E. Watkins is Associate Investigator.

Donald N. Yates, Ph.D. is Founder, Principal Investigator and Chief Scientific Officer. He lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife Teresa and their very spoiled rescue shitzu named Boojah. His books and broadcasts have made him a familiar advocate for forensic science occupying an important place beside personal genomic analysis in the genetic genealogy world. His background in genealogical research and archives management as well as corporate communications and media contributed to a vision of DNA Consultants’ mega-site as “Home of the DNA Fingerprint Test,” complete with blog, news features, Facebook page, publishing arm, message boards, bookstore, YouTube channel, genealogical services and podcasts, with a growing catalogue of products, more then 550 world population pages and a relentless focus on customer service. Read news report, “DNA Consultants’ Forensic DNA Tests Earn High Marks” (May 4, 2022). Dr. Yates is Cherokee-Choctaw-Creek (among other Indian tribes) and English, Scottish and Irish (among other European nationalities). In his own Basic American Indian report he matches enrolled Cherokees from North Carolina in the number 3 spot. His first book, published when he was a communications professor at a Chicago Native college interested also in genealogy, The Bear Went over the Mountain, is about his ancestors on the southeastern frontier beginning in colonial Virginia. Yates has documented that both his Cherokee ancestor (Black Fox) and English and Scottish settler families in the seventeenth and eighteenth century were crypto-Jewish. Perhaps his best-known academic publication is Old World Roots of the Cherokee: How DNA, Ancient Alphabets and Religion Explain the Origins of America’s Largest Indian Nation (Jefferson: McFarland, 2012). A popular Native American title is The Eighth Arrow: Wisdom and Storytelling from Tennessee’s Tihanama People  (Longmont: Panther’s Lodge, 2018). His current research focus is on rare haplotypes traceable in world history (Countercurrents of Prehistory: What Private Alleles and Rare Genes Have to Say about Human Migrations, in preparation). He is also interested in past matriarchal societies, as defined by the German philosopher and author Heide Goettner-Abendroth

Donald N. Yates Official Bio Page
Donald Yates’ Author Central Page at Amazon