Staff and Directors

The staff at the Alice Paul Institute reflects the organization’s commitment to outstanding history programs and exceptional leadership development opportunities for young women.

Our dedicated staff defines teamwork, enthusiasm, and dedication. Please feel free to contact us at the emails listed below or by phone at 856.231.1885. For general inquiries, write to We look forward to assisting you with information about the Alice Paul Institute’s programs and services. Thank you for your interest!


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Lucienne Beard

Executive Director

Executive Director Lucienne Beard has been active with API since 1994, first as a volunteer and a board member and then on staff as Program Director from 2000-2007. She has a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MA in American History from Rutgers University, and has over twenty years of experience working with historic sites and cultural organizations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Beard has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts, PA Museums, New Century Trust, and currently is Treasurer on the board of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. Lucy and her husband live in Mount Laurel only three miles from Paulsdale and have three children living in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Paige Salvador

Development Director

Development Director Paige Salvador joined the API staff in early 2012 after three years as a volunteer with the Development Committee. Salvador’s career includes experience in not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, including the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation and Graceful Company. She is active with the Mount Laurel Citizen’s Action Committee and serves as president of Fairfield Estates Association in Mount Laurel. She and her husband live in Mount Laurel and have twins in college.

Kris Myers

Program Director

Program Director Kris Myers has been with API since 2004. She manages API’s heritage and leadership programs including tours, presentations, special events and educational workshops. She gives presentations on Alice Paul at locations throughout New Jersey and manages the New Jersey Women’s History website. Myers earned her MA degree in American history at the University of Pennsylvania and has a BA in History with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Rowan University. She teaches History and Women’s Studies courses at Rowan College at Burlington County and The College of New Jersey. She lives in Marlton, NJ.

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Krista Joy Niles

Marketing & Civic Engagement Coordinator

Marketing & Civic Engagement Coordinator Krista Joy Niles, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, blends her communications skills with her passion for women’s studies in her role at the Alice Paul Institute. She holds a B.A. in Photojournalism from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Arizona where she researched and wrote about women in visual culture. With 20+ years of experience behind the camera, Krista has worked for the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Lincoln Journal-Star, the San Antonio Express-News and many media organizations. She and her husband live in northwest Philadelphia.

colleen-trynerColleen Tryner

Program & Development Associate

Program & Development Associate Colleen Tryner came to the Alice Paul Institute in early 2016. She started as an intern and became invigorated by the energy and mission of the Alice Paul Institute. This is her first experience in the not-for-profit sector, but she is excited to where this experience will lead.  Colleen is Lead Coordinator for the Girls Advisory Council (GAC). She graduated from Rowan with a B.A. in History and Art, minors in Art History and Business Administration, and a concentration in International Studies.

Melissa Callahan

Girls Advisory Council Coordinator

Melissa Callahan is an educator and a graduate student at Rutgers University where she is studying public history. She holds a B.A. in political science and sociology from Rutgers as well as certificates to teach history and psychology at the secondary level. She came to the Alice Paul Institute in 2015 as both a graduate intern and facilitator for the Lead-A-Way program. In 2016, she signed on as a facilitator for the Girls Advisory Council. Working with students through the Institute’s innovative leadership programs has given Melissa the opportunity to combine her love of education with her deep interest in women’s issues and history.

Board of Directors

Linda Coppinger, Chair
Dottie Schindlinger, Vice Chair
Isolde Benyo, Treasurer
Jamie Slimm, Secretary
Nina Gohel, Girls Advisory Council representative
Sydney Smith, Girls Advisory Council representative
Melinda Champion
Judith Corona-Karpowicz
Melanie Leney
Ellen Magenheim
Kim Moon
Christine Nast
Terri O’Connell
JoEllyn Perry Powell
Mary Saile
Rosemary Smith
Dolores Szymanski
Renee Thompson

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