Stephen was born in Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan, while his father was station and serving in the United States Air Force at Tachikawa Air Base. His biological parents are Stephen Conwell Dearth, Sr. and Kathy Sue Luchs. At the time of his birth his biological name was Stephen Conwell Dearth, Jr. In 1984, at the age of twelve and living in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, he was legally adopted by Edwin Stanley Chanko who was stationed and serving in United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base.
Originally from Torrington, Litchfield County, Connecticut, Stephen is a 1991 graduated from Torrington High School and a 1995 graduated from Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.
In 1996, after residing in Cincinnati, Ohio and working for Fidelity Investment in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky, he accepted a public accounting position at Ernst & Young LLP in Houston, Texas. After 17.5 years in Houston, Texas, he transferred to Ernst & Young’s assurance services practice in Vienna, Austria in August 2014, where he resided as an Executive Director until 30 June 2020.
Stephen is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), holding an active license in the State of Texas. Besides being an officer and member of the Wingfield Family Society, Stephen serves 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.
His genealogy interest began in 1990s after having taken a memorable trip with his Grandfather. He traces his Wingfield ancestry to Dorothy Wingfield, wife of Adam Claypoole, Esq. Dorothy was a daughter of Robert Wingfield, Esq. of Upton and Elizabeth Cecil (younger sister of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley KG PC and chief advisor of Queen Elizabeth I and twice Secretary of State and a Lord High Treasurer).