Meet Our Staff
A native of Tomkins Cove, NY, Kathy attended Binghamton University, graduating with a B.S from the Watson School of Engineering. She received her commission in the Navy Supply Corps, retiring after 20 years of service. Kathy also worked as a business consultant, leading naval bases around the world through regionalization efforts.
Leila Pisano has been in customer service throughout the majority of her working career. In her lifetime, she has been a Cashier, Bakery/Deli Clerk, Senior Caregiver, and now a Receptionist/Office Assistant at the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum. Her personal experience has made her a firm believer that museums have the potential to change lives.
Martin or "Marty" Loughman received his Bachelors in Fine Arts degree in Computer Animation from Lesley University in the spring of 2020. He has had a fascination in history since he was in the Fifth Grade. He also was in the drama club for two years in college and considers leading tours to be a merging of both these fields.
Board of Directors
President, Board of Directors
Carol Crossed is President of the Board of Directors of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum. She was executive director of Consistent Life, Inc., an international network of over 200 organizations that oppose violence. She has been a lobbyist for Bread for the World and has taught and been a practitioner of Gandhian non-violence since 1986. As a Native American, Crossed has been a supporter of the human rights of indigenous populations particularly in South America.
Carol was editor of the New York Feminist for 15 years and co-editor of the Newsletter on World Hunger. She is recipient of Common Ground’s 1996 Susan B Anthony Award, Peaceful Solutions in Non-violence Award, Women's Wall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, and the 2000 Gaudete Medal. Carol is also a founder of the Harriet Tubman Museum in Southern New Jersey. Today she is president of Feminists Choosing Life of New York.
Carol was instrumental in the purchase and restoration of the Birthplace of Susan B Anthony in Adams, Mass.. To recognize this accomplishment, she was awarded the Northern Berkshire Massachusetts Business and Professional Women Award. Carol and her husband have 6 children and 17 grandchildren and live in Rochester, NY.
James R. loughman
Vice President, Board of Directors
A native of Chicopee, Mass., James R. Loughman attended Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass., Amherst College, and the University of Virginia School of Law. A long-time resident of Adams, Mass., where he lives with his wife and four children, Jim is a lawyer licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont, who has practiced law in the Berkshires with the same law firm for over 25 years.
In addition to being a founding Board Member of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Jim currently serves on the board of trustees of the Adams Free Library, is secretary to the Adams Historical Society, the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee, and the North Adams Chapter of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Jim also serves on the St. John Paul Parish Council.
Over the years, Jim has been actively involved in a number of other community and professional organizations, ranging from the Adams Outdoors for Youth, the Adams/Cheshire/Savoy Youth Soccer league, the Hoosuck Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Massachusetts and Vermont Chapters of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the St. Thomas More Society of Springfield, Mass.
Kelly Vincent-Brunacini is a founding Board Member and current Treasurer for the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. She has a Master’s degree from Nazareth College and has expertise in antique clothing, lace and woven and printed textiles. Kelly has brought this expertise to the museum through early 19th c quilt and coverlet acquisitions on view in the museum’s Birthing Room. Kelly serves as adjunct curator for classifying and cataloging an antique children’s shoe collection for the Museum’s Marching with Mother exhibit, which opened in 2020, the suffrage centennial year.
Using Kelly’s knowledge of dating and preservation of antique clothing, the museum was acquired a large collection of 19th century children’s and women’s clothing used for an important fundraising Museum project. Additionally, she compiled the museum’s initial report of Quaker life in rural Massachusetts and a home goods and furnishing catalog used as a guide for acquisitions appropriate for an early 19th century Quaker home. Kelly loves collecting, reading, writing and spending time with her family in Rochester, New York.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Cynthia Whitty has served as a Birthplace Museum Board Member since 2012. She brings over 20 years of nonprofit and business management and communications experience to the museum. She received a B.A. in Comparative Literature (French and German) and an M.S. degree from Simmons College in communications management, specializing in fundraising/development and nonprofit management.
In the Boston area, Cynthia has worked as an executive director for a community school for the performing arts and a development/fundraising and communications director for a nonprofit organization that serves low income elders. In addition, she worked in professional services and as a marketing manager for a firm that served Fortune 500 companies. Currently, she is the marketing director for a local business association and a news and features writer for a monthly newspaper.
As a volunteer, Cynthia has initiated and supported local projects that build connections, increase sustainability, and contribute to the town economy. In 2010, she started a community garden and farmers market, which continue to be successful. She is vice president for Friends of the Library and promotes the library’s monthly Documentary Film & Discussion Series. As an appointed member, she has served on her local historical commission.
Cynthia and her husband David live in a Victorian farmhouse (circa 1860) where they tend their perennial and vegetable gardens.
Kristen Demeo is a native of Northern Berkshire and resides in Adams, Mass. Her education includes a B.S. degree in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education and M.Ed. degree in Instructional Leadership and Curriculum Development from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Kristen has been involved in the field of education for 35 years, teaching kindergarten for 17 years. Presently, she is a K teacher at St. Stanislaus Kostka. In addition, Kristen is also a licensed Driver’s Education Instructor.
Her passion is writing books for children and adults on local history and early learning. Her books include Susan: The Early Life of Susan B. Anthony and The Legend of Mt. Greylock: A History of a Mountain. Another book, Jefferson's Cheshire Cheese, is about the Massachusetts town that gave birth to Susan B Anthony’s maternal grandfather Daniel Read. Additional books include The Rails of Northern Berkshire and Shrouded in the Mist. Kristen has been the secretary for the Board of Directors for six years. She also oversees the management of the Museum’s Gift Shop.
Eric Anthony brings to the Birthplace Museum a pride and knowledge of the Anthony family archival history and the family’s European ancestry dating to the 1600s. His detail for minutiae surrounding occupations, cities and the coat of arms of the Anthony ancestry brings integrity to the Honorary Board of Anthony Family Descendants of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum.
Born in a small town of Illinois, Eric Anthony’s family moved to California. His schooling included three years in British Columbia. After graduating from high school in Oakland, Anthony enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967. He served as an infantryman and language specialist in Vietnam with the 7th Marines, earning the Purple Heart for a landmine injury.
Eric studied guitar at the University of New Mexico and later in Spain. Besides studying under guitar master Narciso Yepes, he also had many other adventures in his three years there, including running with the bulls in Pamplona, being an extra in a Spaghetti Western (“Whisky and the Ghosts”), and performing in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial with Colonel Sanders. After graduating from the New England Conservatory, his playing career, based mainly in the Harvard Club of Boston, took him back to Spain for a concert series grant as well as concerts here in Boston done for the Spanish Consul General at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Anthony’s experience in the Vietnam war impressed him with the sanctity of all human life. He took part in Operation Rescue in West Hartford, 1989. Successfully representing himself, he appealed his Connecticut infraction up to the U.S. Supreme Court level where he gratefully received the assistance of former U.S. Attorney Frank MacNamara. Eric counts himself fortunate to be in the lineage and tradition of Susan B. Anthony who he says, in all her areas of activism, spoke up for those without a voice.
LUCY ANTHONY CZAJA
Lucy Anthony Czaja is a native of Adams, Mass, one of the original Susan B Anthony family descendants living in Adams. Lucy attended Albany Medical Center and received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Berkshire Community College. She practiced nursing for 45 years as an R.N. including School Nursing, Homecare, Eldercare, and United Cerebral Palsy where in 2005 she received the United Cerebral Palsy Annual Staff Recognition Award.
Lucy is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum. In 2013, Lucy contributed Anthony family artifacts, lending critical history to the Museum. In 2019, she was honored as a member of Outstanding Women in the Community by the Town of Adams.
Lucy parents Ralph E. and Margaret A. Anthony were Anthony ancestral stalwarts in the Adams and Berkshire communities. Their tireless and faithful organizing of countless celebrations, parades, declaration signings, and community state events honored Adams most cherished woman’s advocate, Susan B Anthony, for 50 years.
When Ralph and Margaret passed away in 2011, Lucy led the project to design the museum memorial garden in their name. Together with her volunteers, she continues to give loving care to the heirloom flowers and plantings. She has been married to Michael Czaja for 49 years. They have 3 daughters and 5 beautiful grandchildren.
Born in the historic city of Salem, Mass., Pat was the oldest of four children. Her family of strong values had an appreciation for America’s history and for those who supported the downtrodden. Pat was shaped by her paternal grandfather’s two terms as a state representative and the burning of a cross on his front lawn in an attempt to intimidate his campaign for political office. She was also inspired at an early age by reading Dorothy Nathan’s book, Women of Courage, which included Susan B. Anthony.
Pat began playing the flute at age 10. She excelled, and toured Britain with the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble. Pat earned a spot in District and All-State Bands and sat first chair flute in the All-New England Music Festival Orchestra. Upon graduating from Lynnfield High School as an honor student, she earned the English Prize, Sociology Prize, and a music scholarship. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, the college that admitted women in 1902 because of Susan B. Anthony’s efforts. Pat went on to receive a Master of Music degree at Boston University’s School for the Arts. There she met her husband, classical guitarist Eric Anthony, a relation of her childhood heroine Susan B. Anthony.
Today, Pat teaches music, plays professionally as a flute soloist, chamber musician, and with Eric as The Anthony Duo. She with her husband have entertained at numerous Birthplace events. They have one child, Donald.
Martha Green is a native of Cambridge, Mass., but has lived in the Berkshires for 50 years. She has always been interested in history mainly because of the rich historical places of Cambridge and Boston. Martha is a retired RN, having been educated at McLean Hospital School of Nursing and Mass General Hospital. She joined the US Army Nurse Corps and served a year, 1968-69, in Vietnam.
After returning from Vietnam, she settled in Berkshire County and raised her family while continuing nursing on a part time basis. After retiring in 2009, Martha began volunteering for American Red Cross in the disaster action team. In a chance meeting with Carol Crossed, Martha and her husband John were asked to join the Board of Directors of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum. Volunteering in the gift shop and helping out wherever necessary, Martha continues to enhance the legacy of Susan B. Anthony.
John Green was born in Painesville, Ohio. He attended college at Ohio State and Michigan State universities, earning a degree in forestry. John joined the army in 1967, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1968, serving at Ft. Ord California where he met Lieutenant Martha O’Leary. They were married in August of 1968; then both served in Vietnam.
John moved to Pittsfield, Mass. in 1970 and worked in the lumber industry for Kelly Hardwood Inc. He returned to school in 1972 at Northeastern University and earned a degree in Business Administration. John returned to Kelly Hardwood where he worked as an accountant until 1982. He began a career with the Department of Defense as a cost accountant and contract administrator until he retired as a division chief in 1999. John also served in the US Army reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel hospital administrator. After retirement, John began a career as a licensed contractor.
John Green has served as town finance committee chairman and selectman in the Berkshire town of Peru. Currently John is active in veterans’ organizations and the Red Cross and has assisted in overseeing Habitat for Humanity projects in Berkshire County. John has done building and grounds work for several museums, including the Susan B Anthony Birthplace where his management skills in construction and maintenance have been critical to the integrity of the historic site. When he is not doing volunteer work, John enjoys making toys and traveling with his wife Martha. He lives in Pittsfield, Mass., and Ellenton, Florida.
Kathy Peters graduated with a B.S. degree in Education from Buffalo State College and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Rochester. Her teaching experience began in California and spanned 35 years. She advanced in public and parochial administration where she served as elementary school principal.
After her teaching career, Kathy became the director of the Seneca Museum of Waterways & Industry in Seneca Falls, New York, the home of the First Women's Rights Convention. Her extensive community service includes refugee resettlement, working with the American Association of University Women in the Loran-C Project, community gardens volunteer, and a member of Seneca Singers. She also began the first free pancake breakfast program in Seneca County. She was designated Waterloo’s Honorary Angel in 2010. Kathy’s extensive travel has taken her to over 50 countries. She and her husband Don have three children and four grandchildren.
COLLEEN KELLY SPELLECY
Colleen Kelly Spellecy is a native of Elmira, New York. She attended Nazareth College of Rochester, Finger Lakes Community College and Notre Dame University South Bend, IN. Her teaching career has spanned 30 years in New York State.
In 2010, Colleen established a project to restore dignity to Willard Asylum patients, many of whom were women considered in the late 19th c early 20th c mentally deficient, who were buried without recognition of their names. As a result of the project, memorials were erected at Willard Cemetery and Holy Cross Cemetery. She has hosted events, spoken before state departments and committees, museum boards, and public history institutions about dignity and honor of those throughout history who have been dismissed due to mental and physical challenges.
After retirement from teaching, Spellecy acquired an A.S. degree in graphic design, a skill she used to help design and complete the exhibits at the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum. Honors include Winner of Women's Rights National Historical Park's Poetry contest in 2013, and the Seneca County, Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award 2015, home of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848.
Board Member & Director of Marketing
Carrie Perham graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in International Business from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2019. With 3+ years in Marketing Communications, she handles the Birthplace Museum's social media advertising, Birthplace website, and Gift Shop website. She is enthusiastic about growing the museum's network and support base.
Martha LaCroix Dailey, Ph.D.
Historian, Past Executive Director, SBABM
Roger Lotchin, Ph.D.
Board of Historical Advisors
Historian, University of North Carolina
Rachel MacNair, Ph.D.
Quaker Peace Activist and Author
Board of Historical Advsiors
Adams Historical Society
Ruth Barnes Moynihan, Ph.D. †
Board of Historical Advisors
Historian, Women, Western, and Colonial Studies
Sheila O'Connor-Ambrose, Ph.D.
Board of Historical Advisors
Historian, Women's Studies
Board of Advisors
Jennifer J. Popiel, Ph.D.
Board of Historical Advisors
Historian, St. Louis University
Design Engineer and Architect
Birthplace Restoration Committee
Suzanne Schnittman, Ph.D.
Board of Historical Advisors
Historian and Women's Studies Professor
Jessica Shanahan, M.H.A., M.S.Ed.
Board of The Charles & Mary Crossed Foundation
Board member Genesee Country Museum
Jean Smith, M.A.
Educator, Genesee Country Museum
Public History Educator