The South County History Center is operated by a team of dedicated staff, Trustees, volunteers and interns.


 Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Erica Luke, Executive Director

Erica became the Center's Executive Director in 2014.  A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Erica has more than a decade of experience in museums and other educational institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Newseum.

Erica earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in History with Distinction from the University of Delaware.  She and her husband Robert live in Greene, RI.


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Andrew Polta, Collections Manager

After serving with the Center as a volunteer since 2016, Andrew Polta joined the staff as our Collections Manager in January 2018.  He grew up in Minnesota, and after graduating from Grinnell College in Iowa he moved to Oregon where he spent several years in cultural resource management.  Andrew is presently pursuing his M.A. degree in History at the University of Rhode Island.

Andrew and his wife live in Providence, and they enjoyed exploring New England's varied historic sites.


 Photo Credit:  dimnikolov

Alicia Vaandering, Special Projects Manager

Alicia has served the Center since 2014, as a volunteer, Collections Manager and and presently as our Special Projects Manager.  A graduate of Willamette University and native of Oregon, Alicia moved to the East Coast to pursue an M.A. in History and a Master's Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island.  In January 2018, she joined Salve Regina University as its Educational and Instruction Design Librarian.


Board of Trustees

Dr. Joanne Pope Melish, Acting Chair             Mary Keane, Secretary
H. Graham Nye, Treasurer                               Polly Eddy
Heather Kisilywicz                                            Dr. Jon Marcoux    
John Parkhurst                                                 Holly Stephenson
Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr. 


 Volunteers                            2017-2018 Interns

  Dianne Comiskey                                                Racine Amos
  Michael Costa                                                      Anne Colletta
  Michael Gannon                                                  Alexander Creese
  Linda Eppich                                                       Erin Cunningham
  Claire Gold                                                          Mat Ferraro
  Christine Hendrick                                              Megan Horn
  Mary Keane                                                         Tarilyn Medlar
  Harold Kemble                                                    Emily Piers   
  Robert Luke                                                        Emma Tanner                                                
  William Lundeen                                                 Julia Teeter                                               
  Pam Mead                                                              
  Jean Quinn
  Jim Roehm
 David Stephenson                                                         
  Claudia Swain                                                            
  Jeff Taber