NCWHS Board of Directors

Board of Directors
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites

updated May 20, 2016


Nupur Chaudhuri, President

Nupur is professor of history at Texas Southern University in Houston.  Her dissertation is in French history; she has published in the areas of French, U.S., Indian, and British Empire history. More >

Pam Elam, Vice President

Pam made her first public speech in support of Women's Rights in 1964 when she was 13 years old and has been organizing for women ever since, first in her home state of Kentucky and then in New York. Pam is cochair of the NCWHS Women's Heritage Trails Committee and has a Master's Degree in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College.  More >

Lori Osborne, Vice President for Operations

Lori Osborne is the Archivist at the Evanston History Center and the Director of the Evanston Women's History  Project. More >

Peg Strobel, Treasurer

Margaret (Peg) Strobel is professor emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and former director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, also at UIC. More >

Camesha Scruggs, Secretary


Lucienne Beard

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.

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. More >

Joan Catapano

Joan Catapano is a publishing consultant with experience especially in scholarly publishing, having served as Associate Director and Editor-in-Chief at the University of Illinois Press and prior to that as Assistant Director at Indiana University Press. More >

Erin Krutko Devlin

Erin Krutko Devlin is an Assistant Professor of History at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.  She teaches courses in American history, public history, museum studies, and public memory.  In addition to her service on the NCWHS board, she also serves on the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Organization of American Historians Committee on Public History.  She recently completed a cultural resource study focused on Lewis Mountain, a segregated African American campground in Shenandoah National Park, and is currently working on a book titled Remember Little Rock, which examines public interpretations of the 1957 school desegregation crisis.   She holds a PhD in American Studies from the College of William and Mary.

Joanne L. Goodwin

Joanne L. Goodwin is a Professor of History and Director 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 arriving 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 research pages on the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada website ( 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.  Public history provides a new audience for her research as illustrated by her latest project. She co-produced MAKERS: Women in Nevada History, a collaboration with Vegas PBS, which aired Oct 2014. She is currently editing the hour-long interviews and adding documents to bring women’s history into the school district curriculum.

Barb Howe

Barb Howe is retired from West Virginia University, where she taught women’s history and women’s studies and directed the Public History Program and the Center for Women’s Studies. More >

Heather Huyck, Ex Officio

Heather Huyck has been a public historian since 1971 as “junior historian” at George Washington’s Birthplace. In 1976 she was a Fieldworker for the Women’s History Sources Survey. Specializing in colonial history, women’s history, and cultural resource management, she worked for the National Park Service doing furnishing plans for schools at Herbert Hoover NHS and Homestead, NM. More >

Lynn Y. Weiner

Lynn is University Historian and Professor of History at Roosevelt University of Chicago, where she was also dean of the College of Arts & Sciences for 12 years. Her undergraduate degree in history is from the University of Michigan and she holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University. She also serves on the boards of the Center of New Deal Studies and the Chicago Metro History Education Center. Her publications include two books  - one on working women's history in the U.S and the other a photo history of Roosevelt University. She has also published a variety of journal and book articles looking at the histories of  baby books, the depiction of families at Disney World, women hoboes,  the iconography of FDR , women's labor history historic sites and the La Leche League.

Marsha Weinstein

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, and founder and president of the recently established Patty Smith Hill and Mildred Jane Hill Happy Birthday Park. More >

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