Thank you to our officers and directors!
Our 2023 Board of Directors and Advisory Council helps make our work at the Westport Museum for HIstory and Culture possible. A big thank you to the following individuals for dedicating the time and sharing their extensive experience.
Board Chair: Greg Porretta
Treasurer: Dannell Lyne
Directors: Cheryl Bliss, Catherine Lewis, Christina Torres
Meet our team
When you visit the Westport Museum for History and Culture, we invite you to be curious and explore history alongside our team. We invite you to approach the Westport Museum with an open mind so that history can reveal itself to you.
Meet the team that is involved with hosting you at Westport Museum. We are here to help enhance your experience of learning from the past.
Ramin Ganeshram, Executive Director
Ramin Ganeshram, is both an award-winning journalist and historian whose area of study is colonial-era African American history, particularly focused on enslaved African Americans and mixed-race people. In recognition for her work as curator of Westport Museum’s 2018-19 exhibit, Remembered: The History of African Americans in Westport, Ganeshram received the prestigious award for Leadership in the Museum Field from the New England Museum Association (NEMA). Remembered won awards of merit from the Connecticut League of History Associations (CLHO) and the coveted Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). In 2019, Ganeshram was also awarded the Paul Cuffee Memorial Fellowship for the For the Study of Minorities in American Maritime History. In 2022 Ganeshram is a Fellow at the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
Under Ganeshram’s leadership, Westport Museum for History & Culture has partnered closely with organizations focused on BIPOC cultural movements. With Ganeshram at its helm, Westport Museum has been recognized by museum-industry leaders and by Connecticut Humanities (an arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities) as a standard-bearer for how small to midrange museums can truthfully and faithfully address American history around race and identity — particularly relating to slavery and civil rights. Prior to becoming a public historian, Ramin was an award-winning journalist who holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
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 the Westport Museum she has won the Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit for the annual third grade tour “Exploring Westport History at the Wheeler House”.
Catherine Graham, Museum Associate
Phone: 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 the Museum’s graphic designs.
Kathy Nixon, Guest Services
Phone: 203-222-1424 Ext: 1
Kathy Nixon began as a frequent volunteer for years before serving as the Westport Museum 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.
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 the Westport Museum and builds designed exhibit structures.