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