Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director
Phone Ext: 105
Executive Director, Ramin Ganeshram is passionate about making the Westport Historical Society 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 Education
Phone Ext: 103
Nicole has experience in education and programming specifically in non-profit organizations 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.
As Education and Program Director, Nicole is responsible for both children’s and adult education through engaging and instructional programs. During her time at WHS 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”.
Barbara Peck, Assistant Director
Phone Ext: 106
Barbara joined Westport Historical Society in January 2007. A graduate of Emerson College with a BS 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.
Kathy Nixon, Guest Services
Phone Ext: 101
Kathy Nixon is a born and raised Westporter who brings her passion for all things 06880 to serving our guests at Westport Historical Society.
Alicia D’Anna, Director of Operations
Phone Ext: 110
Alicia is an experienced facilities and project manager with an artistic background in dance, craft, and set design. She manages day to day operations at WHS and builds designed exhibit structures.
Lindsay Shurman, Marketing Manager
Phone Ext: 106
Lindsay Shurman is a native of Litchfield where her family has long been involved in preserving the town’s history. She manages all marketing, publicity and special events at WHS.
Phone Ext: 109
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