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.


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Alicia Vaandering, Collections Manager

Alicia has served the Center since 2014, first as a volunteer and presently as our Collections 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 addition to her work at the Center, Alicia also serves as a Student Reference Librarian at URI's Carothers Library and spends her free time exploring New England's many fairs.


Board of Trustees

Jeffrey E. Taber, Chair                                        Katherine Long, Vice Chair
H. Graham Nye, Treasurer                                 Polly Eddy, Secretary
Barry Bayon                                                        Mark K. Gardner                                                 
Kasey Johnson                                                   Dr. Jon Marcoux
Dr. Joanne Pope Melish                                    John Parkhurst
Holly Stephenson                                              Joseph (Jay) N. Waller, Jr. 


 Volunteers                              2016-2017 Interns

  Dianne Comiskey                                                   Allison Anderson     
  Michael Costa                                                        Jessica Campbell
  Michael Gannon                                                     Anne Colletta
  Linda Eppich                                                          Michelle Farias
  Christine Hendrick                                                 Mat Ferraro
  Mary Keane                                                            Sara Godin
  Harold Kemble                                                       Deb Marble
  Robert Luke                                                            Megan MacNeil
  William Lundeen                                                    Tarilyn Medlar
  Charles McCarthy                                                  Jodie McMahon
  Andrew Polta                                                         Amanda Quink
  Jean Quinn                                                            Bonnie Seymour
  Claudia Swain                                                        Alea Stokes