Board of Directors

Marsha Weinstein

Co-President

Marsha Weinstein is a civic activist with a passion for women’s history and girl leadership development. She is the cofounder and vice president of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust (www.ElizabethCadyStanton.org) and founder and president of the recently established Patty Smith Hill and Mildred Jane Hill Happy Birthday Park (www.happybirthdaypark.org). She is the former executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women where she convinced two Kentucky Governors to grant clemency and pardons to more than twenty one women who were imprisoned for killing or conspiring to kill their abusers.

Weinstein has also served on the national Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and chaired the national Nominating Committee for the League of Women Voters of the US. She is a founding officer of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Youthbuild Louisville, Alliance for Girls and Louisville Girls Leadership (www.louisvillegirlslead.org).  She is a contributing author to 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History, and Sisters in PainBattered Women Fight Back. She has been quoted in Ms. Magazine, Newsweek, and the Washington Post.

Lucienne Beard

Co-President

Interim Treasurer

Lucienne Beard has been active with the Alice Paul Institute since 1994, first as a volunteer and board director and later as a member of the non-profit’s first professional staff. As API’s first program director, she established the interpretive story for public visitation at Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s home and a National Historic Landmark in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and created the Alice Paul Leadership Programs for girls which use the example of successful women leaders from the past and present to teach and inspire today’s young women to pursue leadership into the future.

As Executive Director since 2012, Beard oversees API’s operations and strategic direction, including the maintenance of Paulsdale, adult and school programs, raising awareness of Alice Paul’s life and work, and advocacy for the Equal Rights Amendment.  Beard has lectured on Alice Paul and her place in women’s history across the country.  Beard earned a B.S. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an M.A. in American History from Rutgers University.  She serves as secretary on the board of directors of The New Century Trust, a women’s historic site in Philadelphia, as a national delegate for Vision 2020, and on the steering committee of the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative. Beard joined the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites in March 2016.

Judith Wellman

Vice President

Judith Wellman is Principal Investigator, Historical New York Research Associates, and Professor Emerita, State University of New York at Oswego. She has more than 40 years of experience in research, teaching, cultural resource surveys, and grants administration. She specializes in historic sites relating to women’s history, the Underground Railroad, and African American communities, with almost forty National Register nominations and a dozen cultural resource surveys. With a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Judith Wellman taught history at the State University of New York at Oswego from 1972-2010. Scholarly writings include The Road to Seneca Falls (University of Illinois, 2004) and Brooklyn’s Promised Land: The Free Black Community of Weeksville, N.Y. (New York University, 2014).

Dr. Wellman has worked as a consultant and principal investigator on award-winning projects with the National Park Service, National Endowment for the Humanities and many other organizations. She has extensive experience working local organizations and giving talks and workshops for teachers and public audiences. She is currently working on sites relating to women’s suffrage in New York State, as well as research on the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls.

Camesha Scruggs

Secretary

Camesha Scruggs is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in addition to pursuing a public history certificate in the program. As a native Texan, she recalls oral histories from community elders and wanted to tell their stories as she got older.

Her public history work reflects that ambition, through projects with the Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Humanities Action Lab, W E B Du Bois Boyhood Homesite and The Center for Design and Engagement. In her work and scholarship, she desires to present unknown stories to larger audiences while making public history palatable to all that partake.

Andrea Malcomb

Andrea Malcomb is Director at Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum. She is focused on elevating the house museum as a nationally recognized women’s history site while also expanding the museum’s education partnerships across Denver. Under her leadership, the museum has elevated its public history impact through programs and interpretation that superimpose feminized narratives of historical events onto contemporary place-based activities, prompting audiences to explore a new, woman-centered dynamic between past and present.

This has led to education curriculum that elevates diverse stories of place-making, establishes higher standards for collections care and accessibility, and generates programming for evolving audience needs. Malcomb has also ensured the historic house will stand for another century with the recent completion of $1million+ in capitol restoration and the addition of accessible programming spaces.

She has served on the NCWHS RIC since 2018 and is in a second term on the Historic House Museums Committee of AASLH. She enjoys reading, cooking, championing for women’s rights, sits on the Board of Irish Network CO, and volunteer’s with the League of Women Voters.

Antonia I. Castañeda

Chicana feminist historian Antonia I. Castañeda was born in Crystal City, Tejas, and raised in Washington State.  She received her BA at Western Washington State College, her MA at the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Stanford University.  Professor Castañeda has taught Chicano Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of California in Santa Barbara and in the Departments of History at the University of Texas at Austin and at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio.

The author of numerous scholarly articles including the prize- winning “Women of Color and the Re-Writing of Western History: The Discourse, Politics, and Decolonization of History.” Castañeda co-founded and coedited the Chicana Matters Book Series, University of Texas Press, with Deena J. González (2000-2014). This unprecedented book series published 18 scholarly monographs, and 2 novels by Chicana scholars and writers.  A collection of Castañedás scholarly essays, Three Decades of Engendering History: Selected Works of Antonia I. Castañeda, edited by Linda Heidenreich, was recently published by the University of North Texas Press (2014).  Castañeda is a member of the Scholars Advisory Board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project and of the Recovering the Hispanic Texas History Project. She is a founding member of the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS, 1982); in 2007 the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) awarded Castañeda its highest honor, naming her NACCS Scholar of the Year.

Barbara Lau

Barbara Lau is executive director of the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice where she connects her commitment to justice with her belief in the power of community practice. She is also the director of the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center/Franklin Humanities Institute. The Pauli Murray Family Home was named a National Historic Landmark in December 2016 and will be open to visitors in 2022.

Lau’s 35 years of experience as a folklorist, curator, professor, oral historian, media producer and author includes curating exhibitions, performances and public art projects. She has produced To Buy the Sun, an original play about Pauli Murray; co-directed the Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life community mural project; and curated Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest. She earned a BA in Sociology/Urban Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in folklore at the University of North Carolina.

Cheryl Harned

Cheryl Harned is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A public historian, she works at the intersections of material culture, personal identities and the public lives of collected objects. Harned collaborates with students and community partners to develop, implement and evaluate exhibitions and programs that promote creativity, connection and self-reflection.

Among her accomplishments, she has served as Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Five Colleges, Inc. Graduate Fellow, assistant curator of the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College, exhibition activities developer at Historic Northampton, and consultant for a variety of museums and historical societies. In 2017, she served as technology director and program assistant for the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for School Teachers: Women Making Change. Harned’s scholarly research explores the roles of trauma, wonder and identity through individuals’ collections and their efforts to make those collections visible in public life.

Ida E. Jones

Ida E. Jones is the University Archivist at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, she graduated with a B.A. in News Editorial Journalism and a Ph.D. in American History from Howard University. Throughout her career she remains committed to service within the profession of history and archives. She provides consultant services for persons & organizations interested in learning about the archival process. She serves as an adjunct instructor for Lancaster Bible College.

Her scholarship is evident in numerous publications, speaking engagements, as well as, radio and television appearances. Her publications include book reviews, a variety of encyclopedia entries and four monographs. Her first book The Heart of the Race Problem: the Life of Kelly Miller was self-published in 2011 and her recent book Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams the Power of the Ballot was published in 2019. All of her publications and larger research interest explore the archival documentation of individuals who lived impactful lives and left a tangible legacy.

A lover of historical fiction and documentaries, she is a consummate scholar who believes deeply in the words of Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune who stated “power must walk hand in hand with humility and the intellect must have a soul.”

Joanne L. Goodwin

Joanne L. Goodwin is Professor Emerita of History and Director Emerita of the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada at UNLV. Her first book and several articles focused on the intersection of gender and welfare policy. Since she arrived in Las Vegas in 1991, she has developed numerous resources on the history of women in the region, including the Nevada Women’s Archive (Lied Library at UNLV), the Las Vegas Women Oral History Project, and the historical research conducted while director of the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (website https://womennvhistory.com). Her most recent scholarship is the book, Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas 1940-1990, which draws on the oral history project.

Two public history projects expand a new audience for her research as illustrated by a 2014 project. She co-produced “MAKERS: Women in Nevada History,” a collaboration with Vegas PBS, which aired Oct 2014. The original interviews have been edited and provide additional content to the website above.  From 2017-2020, she collaborated to add Nevada suffrage sites to the National Votes for Women Trail (ncwhs.org).

Julia Bache

Julia Bache is a young preservationist with a passion for women’s history. Julia joined Girl Scouts in 1st grade, and in 2014 she became a National Gold Award Girl Scout, recognized as having one of the top 10 Gold Award Projects in the nation. For her Gold Award Project, she nominated a Rosenwald School to be on the National Register of Historic Places and created a traveling museum exhibition about the Rosenwald Schools’ history. In middle school and high school, Julia loved bringing women’s history to life as a costumed interpreter at Historic Locust Grove.

Julia attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied real estate, management, and minored in history. As a University Scholar, she conducted independent research for four years on the financial sustainability of historic house museums, and she wrote her senior thesis on this topic. She was involved in Wharton Women and several social impact clubs while in school. Julia has spoken about her work at various conferences including the National Trust’s PastForward Conference, the GSUSA National Convention, and other preservation and women’s conferences.

Julia now works at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), consulting for the nation’s top companies and organizations. She helps lead the BCG Philly office’s Women@BCG group.

Lillian Serece Williams

Lillian Serece Williams, associate professor in the Transnational Studies department at
the University at Buffalo, SUNY, is an expert on U.S. social and urban history. Her research is in
the areas of institutions, ethnicity, biography and women’s history, and much of her scholarship
has led to the preservation of the records of women and African Americans.

Professor Williams is the author of Strangers in the Land of Paradise: The Creation of an
African American Community, Buffalo, New York, 1900-1940. Williams also published A Bridge
to the Future: The History of Diversity in Girl Scouting. She is editor of the Records of the
National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and an associate editor of the 16 volume series
Black Women in United States History. Williams has consulted on historical projects for
museums, corporations and nonprofit organizations, including the New York State Museum
permanent exhibit “Black Capital: Harlem in the 1920s.” She also serves on several national and
local commissions to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the Suffrage amendment.
Government agencies also have sought her advice regarding urban planning and public policy
issues.

Williams is an expert on the history of African Americans in Western New York.
Currently she is writing a biography on Mary Burnett Talbert, an early 20th century suffragist
and human rights advocate who spent much of her life in Buffalo.

Photo Credit: Douglas Levere / University at Buffalo

L. Heidenreich

Dr. L. Heidenreich grew up down-valley in Napa California, earning their AA from Napa College, BA from San Francisco State University, and PhD from the University of California, San Diego.  Today an Associate Professor with the Department of History at Washington State University, they are also author of “This Land Was Mexican Once”: Histories of Resistance from Northern California, and lead editor of Three Decades of Engendering History Selected Works of Antonia Castañeda. L. Heidenreich’s articles have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Chicana/Latina StudiesAztlán, the Journal of Latinos in Education and the Journal of American Ethnic History, while their poetry, sometimes under the name of onegangrygirlfag has been published in Lean SeedSanctified, and Sinister Wisdom. Their second monograph Nepantla2: Excavating Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift (Nebraska, 2020), was a finalist for a 2021 Lambda Literary Award.

Lesley Barker

Lesley Barker, PhD, is the director of the Kentucky Faith & Public History Education Project which is based at River of Life Ministries of Paris, Kentucky. She is the author of several books including: St. Louis Gateway Rail – The 1970’s; New Boots: Elisha Green’s Story; Not Fair: Mary Britton’s Story; Picked Last: The Story of Effie Waller Smith; Pastor’s Ex-Wife; and Safe in the Arms of Jesus. She is a seasoned public speaker who has presented for faith-based and academic audiences in the United States, Haiti, France, and England. Professionally, Lesley has been an educator and a leader. She taught in the home school context for 17 years, taught elementary school for the St. Louis Public Schools, spent ten years as an optometric vision therapist in a pediatric optometry practice, and served as a consultant for smaller, newer, and often faith-based non-profit organizations with grant-writing and strategic planning. These roles led her to become the executive director of the Bolduc House Museum (now the Centre for French Colonial America) in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, from 2009-2016. She holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master’s in Teaching from Webster University and a PhD in Museum Studies from the British University of Leicester. Lesley is the mother of seven and the grandmother of six. She currently lives and works in Paris, Kentucky.

Nancy Brown

Nancy Baird Brown grew up in Johnstown, New York, where Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born, married and inspired.  She is an original incorporator and founder of The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, and serves as its current co-chair.  She is the author of the “Walk in her Footsteps” cell phone tour, highlighting sites of importance in Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s life in Johnstown. In addition to serving on the board of The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, Nancy is the Chair of The National Votes for Women Trail.

After a 20-year career as an advertising copywriter, Nancy became a fifth-grade teacher. Her passion for women’s history is a product of her undergraduate education at Simmons College – an all women’s college in Boston – and being the mother of three daughters and one granddaughter.

Robyn Young

Robyn Young is an independent scholar and women’s historian dedicated to sharing women’s history with the general public through Hera’s House, A Traveling Women’s History Show. Through her efforts since 2001, Young has received approval from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for 21 roadside historical markers throughout Pennsylvania. Nineteen are for women’s history sites; the other two are for the site of the Lynching of Zachariah Walker and for the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. Young is known locally as “the Marker Lady.” She is the author of “Women in Penn’s Woods: A History of Women in Pennsylvania.” She has written history articles for the Chester County Day newspaper since 2008.

Young is Secretary of the Media Historical Society and is a member of various historical societies in Chester and Delaware counties.

She received a paralegal certificate from Pennsylvania State University and has worked for attorneys for over 30 years. She currently works part-time for a Delaware County law firm.

Sehila Mota Casper

Historic preservationist and historian Sehila is the Heritage Tourism Program Coordinator for the City of Austin, Texas. The Heritage Tourism division promotes rich histories of people and places in Austin.. Formerly she was  a field officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Houston field office, where she worked to protect America’s one-of-a-kind historic treasures. She advocates to raise awareness for the inclusion of underrepresented communities, with a passion for Latin@ heritage.  Sehila is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.