Our Team

Cheryl Hester, Director of Genetic & Forensic Genealogy


With nearly a decade in genetic and forensic genealogy experience, Cheryl has dedicated the last 6 years to identity research with people of unknown parentage. Leveraging her extensive knowledge in genetic genealogy and history, Cheryl reconnects her clients with their heritage. Her commitment to providing research of the highest quality is unmatched. In addition, she brings the invaluable experience of 9 years in nursing.

Amanda Reno, Director of Genetic & Forensic Case Management


Bringing 5 years experience in applying genetic and forensic genealogy techniques in identity research, Amanda leverages her unique background to develop new strategic methods for AdvanceDNA. In addition to her extensive experience in forensic and genetic genealogy, Amanda also brings 15 years experience in the financial sector with a firm background in analytics, business management, process improvement, and program management. 

Butch Dunbar, Attorney at Law, Director


Butch received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Central Arkansas in 1990. He was a Dallas Police Officer for ten years prior to receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1999 from Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Fort Worth. He is admitted to practice in Texas, U.S. District Courts in the Eastern District of Texas and the Western District of Arkansas.  Butch is a member of the Texarkana Bar Association, Northeast Texas Bar Association, State Bar of Texas and Criminal Defense Attorney Association. 

Clint W. McNear, Director of Client & Media Relations


Clint, a 3rd generation lawman, is an honorably retired Detective from the Garland Police Department. Prior to becoming a police officer, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps.  Clint continues to train local, state, and federal law enforcement, is a subject matter expert for the Dallas Fort Worth affiliates of Fox and CBS, a court expert witness, and a keynote speaker. He additionally provides training in safety/security and anti-terrorism to individuals, companies and churches. 

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