Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director
Phone: 203-222-1424 Ext:1
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.
Barbara Peck, Executive Assistant
Phone: 203-222-1424 Ext: 2
Barbara Peck joined the Westport Museum in January 2007. A graduate of Emerson College with a Bachelors in Business Communications and a former administrator in theater management, she has overseen hundreds of national tours for the educational field including drama, comedy and ethnic dance performances.
Nicole Carpenter, Director of Programs and Education
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. Nicole 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 and Education, Nicole 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”.
Catherine Graham, Museum Associate
203-222-1424 Ext: 5
Kathy Nixon, Guest Services
203-222-1424 Ext: 5
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, Archives
Phone 203-222-1424 Ext: 6
For assistance with research or questions about our collection please fill out our Research Request Form or contact archives to schedule an appointment.
Alicia D’Anna, Director of Operations
Phone: 203-222-1424 Ext: 7
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.
Mariet Griffiths, Marketing Manager
After 15 years in Corporate Finance, Mariet shifted her focus and followed her passion to be a creative entrepreneur, launching and running 2 separate business’s. The first focused on crafted kids clothing, and most recently, Miekie Event Consulting & Design. She leverages this diverse experience to bring a professional, creative, entrepreneurial approach to her role at the Westport Museum for History & Culture
As the Marketing Manager at the Westport Museum, Mariet is responsible for marketing, events, sponsorships, and communications for the Museums’ busy annual calendar, including; The Westport Museum Fundraising Benefit, promoting the Museum Exhibits, and orchestrating the busy Holiday Schedule.
Mariet moved to Connecticut in 2008, after emigrating from South Africa. When she is not activating the next marketing initiative for the Museum, she can be seen enjoying the many spoils of Westport, where she lives with her Husband (Warren) and 2 girls (Sydney & Sadie).