Meet Our Experts

Raymond Addison

Areas of expertise: New England and Southern states, genealogical software, DNA testing, and lineage societies.

Valerie Beaudrault

Assistant Editor
Originally from New Hampshire, Valerie joined the visitor services staff in 2002.

Sally Benny

Curator of Digital Collections
Sally Benny manages the American Ancestors Digital Library & Archives website and is responsible for digitizing manuscripts and arranging and describing born-digital archives.

Lynn Betlock

Managing Editor
Lynn has been the editor of American Ancestors since 2003, and she has written numerous articles for the publication.

Hallie Borstel

Areas of expertise: 19th-century America, Germany, New York, New York City, Norway, Italy, westward migration, immigration history, and descendancy research.

Stephanie Call

Associate Director of Archives and Education
Stephanie oversees the JHC's archival collections, creates educational programming and content, and conducts community outreach activities.

Maureen Carey

Areas of expertise: New England with a particular focus on Connecticut, Revolutionary War, Southern states, Ireland, and Italy.

Peggy Sue Carpenter

Areas of expertise: Midwestern States, German, old German Gothic script, England, French, and Latin.

Rebecca Carpenter

Areas of expertise: New England, New York, Puerto Rico

Lesley Chidester

Areas of expertise: New England, Midwestern states and lineage society research.

Christopher C. Child

Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press and Editor of Mayflower Descendant
Chris Child has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997 and became a full-time employee in July 2003. He has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven.

Danielle Cournoyer

Areas of Expertise: urban development and preservation, transit and westward migration in the United States, the lineage society application process and Mayflower descendant research.

Sarah Dery

Manager of Research and Library Services
Sarah Dery is the Research & Library Manager at American Ancestors/NEHGS and has been with our Society for the last 4 years.

Curt DiCamillo

Curator of Special Collections
Curt DiCamillo, who joined American Ancestors/NEHGS in February of 2016 as the organization’s first Curator of Special Collections, is an internationally recognized authority on British historic houses and the decorative arts.

Sheilagh Doerfler

Areas of expertise: DNA, Adoption, New England, New Netherland, Ireland, Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Norway, and Sweden.

Susan Donnelly

Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
Susan is a native New Englander and second generation American from a large extended family of artists. She spent two years with the Research Services team, working on several large projects, before joining Newbury Street Press.

Cécile Engeln

Assistant Publishing Director
Cécile joined NEHGS with nearly ten years of editorial and project management experience in academic publishing.

Katrina Fahy

Areas of expertise: Lineage Society Applications, Ireland, New York, Virginia, and the Midwest.

Lindsay Fulton

Vice President for Research and Library Services
Area of Expertise: State and Federal Censuses, New England, Ireland, and New York research, with a focus on lineage society applications.

Zachary Garceau

Areas of expertise: Rhode Island, French-Canadian Genealogy and Sports History. He also enjoys working on heraldic and royal research.

James Heffernan

Areas of Expertise: Central and Eastern European genealogy, with a particular focus on the former Polish territories of the Austrian, Russian, and German Empires.

Helen Herzer

Volunteer Coordinator
Helen Herzer has been the Volunteer Coordinator since 2007, overseeing a program that matches volunteers with American Ancestors/NEHGS staff needs.

Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG

Editor of the Register
Henry has been the editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register since 2001. Previously he was trustee editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.

Pam Guye Holland

Areas of expertise: Irish immigration, Irish records, DNA, church records, German, New York (both city and state), and New England.

Kyle Hurst

Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
Kyle holds a B.A. in both History and Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a Master’s certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University.

Sharon Buzzell Inglis

Publishing Director
In nearly 30 years in the educational publishing industry, Sharon developed and directed the production of French, Spanish, Italian, German, social studies, science, and math textbook programs for secondary school and higher education.

Chloe Jones

Database Projects Coordinator
Areas of expertise: colonial New England, Native American studies, and archival collections

Tricia Labbe

Events Manager
A graduate of Clark University with an MA and a BA in History, Tricia comes to NEHGS with several years of customer service and administrative experience.

David Allen Lambert

Chief Genealogist
Areas of expertise: New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; American and international military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England. 

Ann Lawthers

Areas of expertise: New England, New York, Mid-Atlantic states, the southern colonies, Ireland, and migration patterns.

Judith Lucey

Senior Archivist
Areas of expertise: Irish genealogy, the Atlantic Canadian Provinces of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and New England.

Rhonda R. McClure

Senior Genealogist
Areas of expertise: Immigration and naturalization, late 19th and early 20th century urban research, missionaries.

Melanie McComb

Areas of expertise: Irish genealogy, DNA, Atlantic Canada, Jewish genealogy, and military records.

Mia McMorris

Areas of expertise: New England, Caribbean, and Research Methodology

Ginevra Morse

Vice President for Education and Programming
Ginevra Morse joined the NEHGS staff in 2010 as Publications Coordinator, transitioning to the Education team as Online Education Coordinator in 2013.

Lindsay Murphy

Senior Archivist
Lindsay manages the JHC's archival processing and digitization projects.

Angela Napolitano

Areas of expertise: American genealogy, Ireland, Italy, and DNA.

Michelle Norris

Senior Researcher
Areas of expertise: Colonial New England, New York State, and lineage society applications.

Todd Pattison

Todd Pattison, Conservator, works to preserve and care for the collection of books, manuscripts, and fine art.

Elizabeth Peay

Areas of expertise: Revolutionary War, Native American, and colonial New England research.

Eileen Curley Pironti

Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
Eileen graduated with a B.A. from Saint Anselm College, and received an M.S. from American University.

Jean Powers

Senior Editor
As Senior Editor for American Ancestors magazine and the Weekly Genealogist enewsletter, Jean writes and edits articles, strategizes content, and provides illustrations.

Molly Rogers

Associate Director of Database Content
Molly works on our database collections, maintaining the accuracy of current databases and managing teams of volunteers to transcribe and add new collections.

Meaghan E.H. Siekman, Ph.D.

Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
Meaghan holds a PhD in history from Arizona State University where her focus was public history and American Indian history.

Jen Shakshober

Areas of expertise: Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont research.

D. Brenton Simons

President and CEO
D. Brenton Simons is President & CEO of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vice Chair of the Plymouth 400th Anniversary State Commission, and Secretary of the Board of Directors of The New England Quarterly.

Scott C. Steward

Scott C. Steward has been NEHGS’ Editor-in-Chief since 2013.

Alicia Crane Williams, FASG

Alicia is the lead genealogist on the study project Early New England Families, 1641-1700.

Ryan J. Woods

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Ryan J. Woods is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society and is Lieutenant Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.