Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director
Ramin Ganeshram is passionate about making the Westport Museum a community hub that honors Westport’s past while creating a vibrant present and future. Ramin has worked as an executive level cultural strategist for a major market research firm as well an executive level editor in publishing companies such as Ziff Davis Media, CMP Media, AMI, and others. Ramin brings strong business and personnel management knowledge to the position as well as extensive historical knowledge and a creative background.
In addition to her business and management background, Ramin was educated as a journalist at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has spent her career researching and writing about culture and history as both a features writer and editor and through the context of food and travel. She is also a professionally trained chef. As a writer Ramin has written seven books as either principal or co-writer and has contributed articles on historical America, immigrant foodways and colonial New York cuisine and commerce to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink In America, Savoring Gotham, and the Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Ramin has also been a peer reviewer for the Journal of Food, Culture, & Society. She has been a speaker at City University of New York, The New York Folklore Society, the American Library Association and others.
Nicole Carpenter, Director of Programs and Collections
Phone: 203-222-1424 Ext: 3
Nicole Carpenter has experience in exhibition design and curation, as well as collections management and museum education through her work in multiple non-profit organizations including Plimoth Plantation and Chaffee Art Center. Her experience is enhanced by her Master’s degree in Museum Studies at Syracuse University. Ms. Carpenter also completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Painting with a minor in both History and Business Administration at Castleton University.
As Director of Programs, Ms. Carpenter is responsible for both children’s and adult education through engaging and instructional programs, as well as the exhibit displays throughout the museum. During her time at WM she has won the Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit for the annual town-wide third grade tour “Exploring Westport History at the Wheeler House”.
Jessica DeRosa, Administration & Development
203-222-1424 Ext: 8
Jessica DeRosa brings a wide range of administrative experience to the Westport Museum, including corporate and individual giving, membership, guest services, events, and logistics and operations for commercial art spaces. She has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Arts Administration from Seton Hall University and experience working for award winning museums such as The Glass House in New Canaan, CT and The Aldrich in Ridgefield, CT.
Catherine Graham, Museum Associate
203-222-1424 Ext: 1
Cat graduated from Westport’s Staples High School in 2019 and is the smiling face visitors meet when they visit Westport Museum. Cat assists with collections management and maintenance as well as with exhibit installation. She is a talented artist who is responsible for much of the Museum’s graphic designs.
Kathy Nixon, Guest Services
203-222-1424 Ext: 1
Kathy Nixon began as a frequent volunteer for years before serving as WM treasurer. Kathy is a born and raised Westporter who brings her passion for all things 06880 to serving our guests at the Westport Museum gift shop.
Sara Krasne, Social Media Maven & Volunteer Research Manager
Phone 203-222-1424 Ext: 2
For the last eight years, Sara has dedicated her time to Westport Museum as a researcher and genealogist in the archives. Sara recently joined our staff as a social media maven. For assistance with research please fill out our Research Request Form or contact archives to schedule an appointment. For social media queries contact her at email@example.com.
Alicia D’Anna, Director of Operations
Phone: 203-222-1424 Ext: 5
Alicia D’Anna is an experienced facilities and project manager with an artistic background in dance, craft, and set design. She manages day to day operations at WM and builds designed exhibit structures.