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Stephen David Chanko

President and Lord of the Manor of Wingfield


Stephen is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), which he currently holds an active license in the State of Texas. He is a 1995 graduated from Bryant University in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

He worked for Ernst & Young (EY) for close to 24 years, serving as a Senior Manager in its external audit practice in Houston, Texas from 4 November 1996 to August 2014 and afterwards as an Executive Director in Vienna, Austria until 30 June 2020.  While at EY, he provided accounting and auditing services to both public and privately held companies in the United States and around the world. He previously worked at Fidelity Investments in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky.

In July 2020, he returned to the USA and currently resides in the State of Connecticut.

Besides being an officer and member of the Wingfield Family Society, Stephen has served on the Board of Trustees of The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies of Virginia, Inc. (also known as Germanna Foundation), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since September 2013. As a Trustee of the Germanna Foundation, he currently serves as Treasurer and chairman of its Audit Committee.

Stephen’s genealogy interest began in the late 1990s when he joined his grandfather James Richard Luchs, Sr. on his visit to Ridgway, Elk County, Pennsylvania, the place where his grandfather was born and where his grandfather father’s siblings and grandfather immigrated to from Gadmen, Canton Bern, Switzerland.

Stephen traces his Wingfield ancestry to Dorothy Wingfield, daughter of Robert Wingfield, Esq. of Upton and Elizabeth Cecil (younger sister of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley KG PC, chief advisor of Queen Elizabeth I, Lord High Treasurer of England and twice Secretary of State), and the wife of Adam Claypoole, Esq.

"Posse Nolle Nobile" — Latin for "To have the power without the wish is noble."

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