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 and PA Museums, and currently is Secretary on the board of trustees at The New Century Trust, the other National Historic Landmark that honors a woman in the Greater Philadelphia area. She and her husband live in Mount Laurel only three miles from Paulsdale and have three children living in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Madagascar.


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 Burlington County College. She lives in Marlton.

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Krista Joy Niles

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Marketing & Outreach 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

Development Associate

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. She recently graduated from Rowan with a B.A. in History and Art, minors in Art History and Business Administration, and a concentration in International Studies.


Taylor Gilbert

Girls Advisory Council Advisor

Taylor Gilbert, Girls Advisory Council Advisor, coordinates GAC activities including trips, workshops and professional development opportunities. Gilbert graduated from Rowan University in May 2012 with a BA in Education and History with an International Studies concentration. She is a certified Social Studies, Elementary, and ESL teacher and currently teaches Spanish and ESL in the Bordentown Regional School District. She lives in Lambertville.

Board of Directors

Melinda Champion, Chair
Linda Coppinger, Vice Chair
Judith Corona-Karpowicz, Treasurer
Cynthia Allen, Secretary
Melanie Leney
Kim Moon
Christine Nast
Terri O’Connell
JoEllyn Perry Powell
Blenda Riddick
Dottie Schindlinger
Jess Shine, Girls Advisory Council representative
Jamie Slimm
Rosemary Smith
Dolores Szymanski
Katie Ward, Girls Advisory Council representative

Interested in becoming an API board member or volunteer? Click here for more information!