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Susan Friel-Williams
Susan Friel-Williams
Chief Executive Officer

Susan is the CEO, Case Manager and Lead Investigator, living in sunny Cape Coral, Florida. She is a licensed investigator in Florida and has been working in the research field for over 25 years. She is a reunited adoptee, well versed in reunion issues, with over 5,000 successful solves. She is a California specialist and her favorite part of reuniting clients is "healing hearts, answering lifelong questions, and finding out the 'rest' of the story."

Susan is the Designer and Administrator of ReunionRegistry.org . She is also a former search coordinator for Adoptees in Search in Denver, Colorado, and a former adoption forum leader for America Online. Susan is former member of Troy's Angel Team on The Locator TV Show.

Kelly Loyd
Kelly Loyd
Consultant

Kelly lives in the beautiful California Wine Country. Kelly wa introduced to Search Quest America through DNA. She and her cousin Susan Friel-Williams were introduced when Kelly submitted a DNA sample to one of the major DNA testing organizations. Their story can be found here. . Since then, Susan has mentored Kelly about all of the concerns surrounding adoptees and reunion issues.

Kelly has been keenly interested in genealogy for over 25 years, and has had great success in unraveling some of her extended family's own mysteries, including an off the books "adoption" where the birth mother handed her infant daughter over to the adoptive mother with no papers being filed. She has just recently begun exploring DNA research and is excited by all of the amazing possibilities that exist with this technology.

In addition to her genealogical research, Kelly has conducted investigations and found missing people through her over ten years of investigating mortgage fraud. She is currently assisting her high school find missing classmates for an upcoming reunion.

Kelly says, "Realizing that Susan and I share so many skills and interests even though we've been separated by an entire continent and had never even met in person has been an amazing experience for me. It is that experience that motivates me to help other families reunite and find their own common bonds".

Stephanie Shearman Wyatt
Stephanie Shearman Wyatt
Consultant

Although she's relatively new to the search and reunion field, Stephanie has longed for her father, who is an adoptee, to be reunited with his birth family for her entire life.

Stephanie is an Army Brat and has lived in locations around the world, but currently calls Arkansas home. She and her husband have been married for more than 8 years and have two young children.

Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Journalism with an Emphasis in Public Relations from Arkansas State University. She worked in public relations for a Fortune 500 Company for five years prior to joining Search Quest America's team.

Stephanie's passion is genetic genealogy because as she says, "DNA cannot lie!" Stephanie has tested with three major genetic genealogy companies and encourages everyone to do the same.

Pam Kish
Pam Kish
Researcher

Pam lives in Lenoir, North Carolina at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She received an accounting certificate and also worked as a CNA for hospice patients before finding her passion as a researcher seven years ago. During that time she has solved over 700 cases. She is an expert in Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas searches and loves a challenge.

"I enjoy being able to put the pieces of a puzzle together and have it end in a reunion. My husband and my mother are both adoptees and I helped solve both their cases." Pam also enjoys spending time with her three grown children and helping her 12-year-old granddaughter figure out life and the world.

"My goal is to reunite as many people as I can and give them what I have always taken for granted—a heritage. I will work tirelessly to assist clients in finding the person they are searching for."

Lane Williams
Lane Williams
Chief Technology Officer

Lane is the Chief Technology Officer also from Cape Coral, FL, he has been working in his field for 27 years. His background is extensive; aside from being a licensed private investigator, Lane received his education through the U.S. Air Force and ITT Technical Institute, and then worked for the Idaho State Police and Hewlett Packard.

Lane is a devoted husband and father, and enjoys photography and community service. His coworkers call him the technology "wizard" because he single-handedly designs, maintains, and dreams up new projects, including this website and several others, like ReunionStories.com and ReunionRegistry.org. Lane enjoys working in partnership with his wife, Susan Friel-Williams, to reunite people and says his favorite part is "seeing the joy people feel when they find the truth."  Lane is a former member of Troy's Angel Team on The Locator TV Show.

Melva Smith
Melva Smith
Consultant

She was born, raised and adopted in Redding, California and then moved to Sevierville, Tennessee in the early 80’s where she began a career driving 18 commercial vehicles.

She spent several years as an instructor at a driving school for commercial drivers before resuming her own driving career.  After a difficult accident forced to spend time at home, she discovered her passion for research and genealogy. 

Melva is an adoptee who did her own research and retrieved most of her puzzle pieces, but with 1 confusing statement on her non-id, she thought she was on the wrong track.  She met the CEO of Search Quest America online who then helped her put those pieces together.

In February of 2013 she was reunited with her birth mother, sister and one of three brothers. 

Although Melva is new to Search Quest America, she wants to help others find the missing peace in their lives.

David Guentner
David Guentner
Researcher

David was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y. where he has lived all of his life. He is an avid genealogist, and owns his own business where he assembles family tree albums complete with old family photos and documents for private clients. Genealogy has been his passion for over twenty years. Attempting to break down the brick walls and dead ends in a family's history is his specialty.

Through his research, he met various people looking for lost relatives and started working with them to find their missing family members. In 2009, he worked with the producers of ABC TV's "Find My Family" to find and solve cases which could be filmed for the show. Currently, he is expanding his knowledge by working with DNA results for dual adoptees that are related to each other.

Although Dave is not adopted, he finds that if you are able to make a difference in someone's life and have the ability to do so, that should be a part of your life goal.

Dave and his wife of 25 years currently live in Rochester.

Patricia Lawrence
Patricia Lawrence
Researcher

"We all have a right to know who we are and where we come from. No matter what we find, it's better than never knowing," she says. SQA researcher Patty is both an adoptee and an adoptive parent. She has 2 natural children and 5 adopted children—all adults now. She began searching for her own birth family when she was 27 years old, but didn't find them until she was 43. "It was well worth the wait," she says.

Her personal experiences motivate her to work hard for the benefit of her clients. She sees each new case as an opportunity to put all the pieces of the puzzle together for another successful reunion. Patty lives in California and she is affiliated with a group called Reconnections of California. She received a college degree in education and has been working in the research field since the early nineties.