New England Historic Genealogical Society Staff
President and CEO
He recently spearheaded a $62+ million capital campaign for NEHGS and in 2017 launched two major initiatives: The Cornerstone Project, to expand the Society’s headquarters, and the organization’s Massachusetts 400 Commemorations through 2020. He has been featured on CNN, FOX, and PBS and in The New York Times, and has, at annual NEHGS galas in Boston, presented family histories to such distinguished guests as Ken Burns, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Doris Kearns Goodwin, Angela Lansbury, Cokie Roberts, Bob Schieffer, and others.
His most recent book,Boston Beheld: Antique Town and Country Views, was praised by historian Douglass Shand-Tucci as “the book Jane Austen might have written had she run into Charles Dickens after his return from his Boston visit of 1842.” For his first volume in a trilogy of Boston histories, Witches, Rakes, and Rogues:True Stories of Scam, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in Boston, 1630-1775, Simons received the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.
In 2016 he received the Spirit of 1812 Award, with a special citation for excellence in non-profit leadership. He is a member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut, the Club of Odd Volumes, a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a proprietor of The Boston Athenæum, and a board member of Plymouth 400 and The New England Quarterly.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Raised along Lake Champlain in Vermont, Ryan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University with concentrations in history education and program management. He has served in several key capacities at other Boston cultural and historical institutions, including the National Archives and Records Administration at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. While at the Kennedy Library he was recognized by members of Congress and by the Archivist of the United States with a special commendation for outstanding achievement in public service. A licensed educator, he is the author of several education and genealogical articles and is a frequent speaker at national conferences. Ryan serves on several nonprofit boards and committees, including as Chairman of the Committee on Heraldry, as a Director of the Seven and Eight Park Street Foundation, as a member of the Committee on Pretensions of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut, as Secretary of the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and immediate past-President of the Boston University School of Education Alumni Association. Ryan and his family, wife Karen and son Nathaniel, are strong supporters of cultural institutions in greater Boston, they are patron members of Plimoth Plantation, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the New England Aquarium.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 617-226-1205.
Assistant Vice President for Advancement
A member of the fundraising team at NEHGS since 2015, Beth travels the country identifying new volunteer leadership, raising funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the operating budget, the Jewish Heritage Center, the expansion at 97 Newbury Street, the acquisition of archives, and other special projects. During her 15-year career in fundraising, Beth has worked with notable non-profit organizations throughout Boston such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Northeastern University’s D’Amore-Mckim School of Business, Handel and Haydn Society, and Boston Lyric Opera.
Raised in Cumberland, Maine, as a child Beth became fascinated with family history thanks to her grandparents’ research and love of sharing family stories. She enjoys studying her ancestors from the Great Migration, early Quebec, New England, England and France as well as researching her husband’s Jewish genealogy. She is a prospective member of the DAR, with interest to join the Society of Mayflower Descendants and the Colonial Dames. Beth received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Maine, cum laude, and a Master of Arts in Medieval Art History from McGill University in Montreal. Beth and her husband Chuck live in the historic Boston neighborhood of Beacon Hill.
She can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 617-226-1211.
Director of Business Development
In Don’s role, as Director of Business Development, he is responsible for enhancing revenue-generating activities, driving scalable financial growth, and expanding membership for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Don’s career has spanned market research, big data, and HR analytics. In his career, through business development and marketing, Don has been responsible for growing early-stage companies into high growth businesses with a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients.
Don earned his bachelor of science and MBA from Clarkson University where his focus was business and technology management. Don also earned a bachelor of art in history from Clarkson.
A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Don has been fascinated with family history since a young age starting with Don’s father telling him of a great-great-grandfather named Christopher and knowing only he lived near Malone, New York, served in The Civil War and was wounded. The mystery behind Christopher is what pushed Don to seriously start researching his family and over the past decade has discovered roots in Saint Lawrence County, NY; Northumberland County, New Brunswick, Canada; numerous counties in Ireland, and Brookline.
He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 617-226-1281.