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The administrative staff members of the Parapsychology Foundation are Eileen J. Garrett’s daughter, President Eileen Coly, and Garrett’s granddaughter, Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Parapsychology (IJP), Lisette Coly. Professional staff members are Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado, Chairman of Domestic and International Programs and Associate Editor of the IJP, Dr. Nancy L. Zingrone, Director of Publications and Executive Editor of the IJP, and Susan MacWilliam, Film Archivist. Click on the following links or scroll down for staff biographies.

  • Eileen Coly

  • Lisette Coly

  • Carlos S. Alvarado

  • Nancy L. Zingrone

  • Susan MacWilliam

    Eileen G. Coly
    Eileen Coly has served as the President of the Parapsychology Foundation since 1970. In fact she has held the position longer than did her mother, Eileen J. Garrett, PF’s founder and first President. Mrs. Coly continues to share Garrett’s vision for the Foundation, which is to formulate a multi-disciplinary international approach to the study of psychic phenomena with an emphasis on scientific methodology and education.

    Born and educated in England, Mrs. Coly traveled extensively with Garrett, a world famous psychic and author, working as her assistant. They were separated during World War II, during which Mrs. Coly remained in England, surviving the bombing of London. After the war, Mrs. Coly settled in the United States in 1947 and worked at Creative Age Press and on Tomorrow magazine, both founded by Garrett. During the early years of the Foundation, Mrs. Coly raised her own family and served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, coming back to work full time at the Foundation in 1966. Mrs. Coly’s husband, Robert Coly, joined the Foundation in 1969 and served as its Administrative Secretary and Treasurer until his retirement in the late 1990s. Although the Foundation was not envisioned as a “family affair” it seemed destined to become one.

    Mrs. Coly’s unique past experiences with Garrett and the psychic world, along with her administrative skills and publishing expertise, have enabled her to preside over the Foundation’s valuable programs for 32 of its 51 years. Mrs. Coly is the proud recipient of the 2001 Parapsychological Association’s Outstanding Career Award “for her generous support and dedication to the science of parapsychology.”

    Lisette Coly
    Serving as Vice President of the Parapsychology Foundation since 1978, Lisette Coly now acts as Executive Director. Granddaugher of the Foundation’s founder, Eileen J. Garrett and daughter of the organization’s current President, Eileen Coly, Lisette Coly brings to the task over thirty years of experience working in many capacities within the organization.

    Ms. Coly has acted as International Conference Coordinator as well as used her editorial skills in many of PF’s publications including the International Conference Proceedings series and the Parapsychology Review which was published from 1970 to 1990. Instrumental in the rededication of the Foundation during its 50th Anniversary, as Editor-in-Chief she has brought back into publication the highly regarded International Journal of Parapsychology as well as the Foundation’s revered publishing imprint, Helix Press. Under her direction the newly inaugurated Parapsychology Foundation LYCEUM, the PF International Affiliate Program, the Psychic Explorers Club, and the Student Affiliate Program have been initiated.

    While pursuing her BA from New York’s Hunter College as well as completing various business courses, Ms. Coly held various positions at the Parapsychology Foundation. She was privileged to work closely with Eileen J. Garrett, during Garrett’s final years at the Foundation, as well as with Eileen Coly, sharing their vision for the work of the Foundation. Upon graduation from college, she continued to serve her stewardship within the organization, and now as Executive Director, has the opportunity to interact with the worlds of science, publishing, and the international scene as she guides and administers the continued work of the Foundation. Ms. Coly is listed in both Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in the World.

    Carlos S. Alvarado, Ph.D.
    From July 2000 until December 2008, Dr. Carlos S. Alvarado served as the Chairman of Domestic and International Programs for the Parapsychology Foundation, the General Series Editor of the Foundation’s Scholarly Monograph Series and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Parapsychology. Dr. Alvarado is instrumental in the planning of the Foundation’s conventions, forums, courses and lectures. In addition, he maintains communication with international colleagues and serves as an information officer for library patrons and the press. He also coordinates the Parapsychology Foundation LYCEUM program. His current areas of research include the out-of-body experience (OBE) and other such psychic experiences as aura vision and apparitions.

    For many years, Dr. Alvarado has conducted historical research and survey studies in the United States, Scotland and Puerto Rico. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, an MSc in Parapsychology from John F. Kennedy University in California, an MA in History from Duke University, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. His research has been funded by the Parapsychology Foundation (New York City), the Society for Psychical Research (London, England), the Perrott-Warrick Fund (Cambridge, England) and the Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene (Freiburg, Germany), and more recently by the Bial Foundation (Portugal).

    Dr. Alvarado was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is well-known among scientific parapsychologists in the United States, Europe and Latin America for his numerous articles in English and Spanish, published in specialized journals including the Journal of Psychology, Dissociation, Journal of Parapsychology, and the European Journal of Parapsychology, among others. His published work has focused on historical studies of parapsychology and on the psychological variables related to the experience of psychic phenomena. For more than a decade he has played an active role in the Parapsychological Association, the international association of scientific and academic parapsychologists. He has served several terms on the PA Board of Directors and as President in 1995 and again in 2002-2003. He was the first Latin American to hold that position. Dr. Alvarado holds an adjunct appointment at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology as well as a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Research in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He worked on-site at the Division from the spring of 2008 through May of 2010. Although Dr. Alvarado has held both a faculty position and that of Scholar in Residence at Atlantic University since moving from Charlottesville, Virginia to Virginia Beach, he still volunteers when he can for the Parapsychology Foundation.

    Nancy L. Zingrone
    Since July 2000, Nancy L. Zingrone has been the Director of Publications and Executive Editor of the International Journal of Parapsychology for the Parapsychology Foundation. She has published research articles in a variety of journals in the field and in psychology including the Journal of Parapsychology, the European Journal of Parapsychology, and Imagination, Cognition and Personality. Her work has been funded by Parapsychology Foundation, the Perrott-Warrick Fund, the Society for Psychical Research, the Institut für Grenzegebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, and more recently, the Bial Foundation. Her primary areas of interest are the history of criticism and response in the English-language scientific and academic literatures, and personality correlates of such psychic experiences as aura vision, out-of body experiences (OBE’s), and apparitions.

    Dr. Zingrone has been active in parapsychological research for more than two decades, holding a variety of positions in the field. She was a founding member of the Midwest Psi Research Institute in 1977 in Chicago, its Director of Education until 1980, and its Executive Director until 1982. From 1982 to 1993 she was first a Research Fellow and then a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Parapsychology in Durham, North Carolina, now known as the Rhine Research Center. There she focused on experimental and historical research in parapsychology and directed the first Ganzfeld experiments conducted at that laboratory. She has also been an active member of the Parapsychological Association for more than two decades, serving on its Board of Directors at various times. Dr. Zingrone was the Editor of the Association’s newsletter, PA News, from 1990 to 1999, and editor of the 1993 proceedings, Research in Parapsychology.

    Raised in Woodstock, Illinois, Dr. Zingrone obtained her BA in psychology from Mundelein College in Chicago (now subsumed under Loyola University), and has an MSEd in Community College Education with psychology as a teaching specialty from Northern Illinois University. She did graduate work in history of science at Duke University where she obtained doctoral candidacy before she withdrew to return to psychology and parapsychology. She obtained a PhD in psychology at the University of Edinburgh, primarily under the direction of the late Koestler Professor Robert L. Morris. In addition, Zingrone held an adjunct appointment as an Assistant Professor of Research in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia from March of 2003 until May of 2010, while working virtually for the Parapsychology Foundation part of that time. Even though she now lives in Virginia Beach where she is both a faculty member and the Director of Academic and Administrative Affairs of Atlantic University, she volunteers for the Parapsychology Foundation whenever she can.

    Susan MacWilliamAppointed in the Fall of 2007, Irish artist and filmmaker Susan MacWilliam is the Parapsychology Foundation’s Film Archivist. The first Visiting Scholar/Artist in Residence at the Eileen J. Garrett Library in the summer of 2007, for over ten years MacWilliam has been developing a body of works that explore ideas about the paranormal, the supernatural and perceptual phenomena. Incorporating research into the fields of parapsychology, psychology, physiology, photography and optical viewing devices, the practice explores ideas about the visible and the invisible; about vision, perception, reality and illusion. Using video, installation and photography the practice involves the investigation of particular individual case histories and myths.

    For more than ten years, MacWilliam, who lives in Belfast and is a lecturer in the Fine Art Department, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, has made works about materialization mediums, table tilters, optograms, trance, clairvoyance and x-ray vision. “Dermo Optics” (2006) uses footage shot in the Dermo Optical Perception Laboratory of Madame Duplessis, Paris while “Experiment M” (1999) is based on the case of the Belfast-based table levitator Kathleen Goligher and her researcher Dr. William Jackson Crawford. MacWilliam produces unique works of art that provide a visual entry point into the history of parapsychology.

    A member of the Board of Directors of Visual Artists Ireland and of Source Photographic Magazine, MacWilliam has received numerous awards for her video works and installations including awards at EV+A 1999, 2001 and 2005; she was shortlisted for the 1999 IMMA/Glen Dimplex Artists Award, Irish Museum of Modern Art and awarded the Perspective 2003 Award at Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast by Enrique Juncosa, the Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. In 2001 MacWilliam received a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She has worked as artist in residence at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Carribean Centre for Contemporary Arts, Trinidad; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Likovni Salon, Celje, Slovenia.

    Her work has been reviewed extensively in such journals as Art Monthly, CIRCA, Source, New York Arts Magazine, The Guardian, The Irish Times and Contemporary Visual Arts. She has exhibited worldwide in solo and group shows: including solo exhibitions at Likovni Salon, Celje, Slovenia; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick; Context Gallery, Derry and Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Recent group exhibitions include; “Falling,” Jack the Pelican Presents, New York, 2007; “New Art From Northern Ireland,” Katzen Arts Centre, American University, Washington, DC, 2007; “Flash on the Screen,” Basekamp, Philadelphia, 2007; “Smoke and Mirrors,” Mac, Birmingham, 2006; “To Be Continued …/Jatkuu …,” Helsinki Photography Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 2005; “Red White Blue,” Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, 2005; “Inter,” Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, 2004.

    Recently (from November 2007 to January 2008), an installation developed from research she did in the summer of 2007 at the Eileen J. Garrett Library was exhibited alongside archival photographs of mediums from the Harry Price Collection in Seeing is Believing at the Photographers’ Gallery, London. A solo exhibition of the same material will be featured at the Gimpel Fils Gallery later in 2008 as well. This summer (2011) she will also be on a research/exhibition tour of the Southeastern U.S., through a residency at the Rhine Research Center.

    Upcoming events and excerpts of her films may be found on her website by clicking here.

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