Meet the Coaches | Your DNA Guide


Meet the coaches of Your DNA Guide who offer Classic and Premium coaching.


While it is possible to choose your coach, please note that availability of each coach may vary depending on their schedules, and we cannot guarantee a coach’s availability during a specific timeframe.

Connie Davis, Genetic Genealogy Coach

Connie is a professional genetic genealogist. Her personal research includes early colonial United States, southern United States, the Midwest, Canada and her California pioneer ancestors. She has experience in African American research and an interest in reparative genealogy.

Michelle Leonard, Genetic Genealogy Coach

As a Genetic Genealogy Coach for the Your DNA Guide DNA Skills Workshop, Michelle conducts one-on-one coaching sessions and is on hand to help and guide participants throughout their Workshop experience. She is a Scottish professional genealogist, DNA detective, speaker, author and historian with a wealth of international experience in both the traditional and genetic genealogy fields. Her first involvement with DNA came in 2009 when she worked on the ground-breaking ‘Fromelles Genealogy Project’ tracking down appropriate DNA donors to identify WWI soldiers buried in a mass grave in France and she has been immersed in using DNA for family history ever since! She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specializes in solving unknown parentage and all manner of unknown ancestor mysteries using a combination of DNA expertise and conventional research methodologies. Michelle is also a co-author of Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide For Family Historians and the official genetic genealogist of #AncestryHour.

Lori Napolitano, Genetic Genealogy Coach

After Lori graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in Chemistry, she taught high school science, and then she stumbled into the world of Forensic Science, even before CSI! She changed direction and spent 31 years with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, splitting her time between forensics and investigations. When she retired, she was Chief of Forensic Services in Orlando and had created a very successful statewide Investigative Genetic Genealogy program.  Bringing her ‘hobby’ to work and solving over a dozen violent crime cold cases was amazing!