Lauren Kope, Manager of Living Collections; Horticulturist

Lauren in garden

Lauren is a recent graduate of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program.  During her time at Longwood, she completed an assignment with the French Heritage Society, working at the Potager du Roi (Versailles) and the Parc de Bagatelle in Paris.  Lauren‘s undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences was completed at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Between finishing her degree and starting the program at Longwood Gardens, Lauren worked as the head gardener at Seven Ponds, a private residence.

Tess Frydman, Director of Interpretation and Public Outreach

Tess headshot
Tess comes to Wyck with a background in material culture and a passion for museum education and outreach.  After receiving her degree in American studies from Smith College, Tess worked at the Kansas Museum of History as a museum educator.  To improve her ability to design educational programming for museum collections, Tess decided to pursue her master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.  She has worked on projects at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, and New Castle Historical Society, among other sites.  At Wyck, Tess is excited to work with a collection that testifies to the events of daily life throughout 300 years of Philadelphia history!

Lana Mejias, Home Farm Manager
Lana is a farmer, community organizer, and agroecologist. She recently graduated with a B.S. in Community, Environment, and Development from Penn State University. Lana paired her degree with a specialization in Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems while she gained field experience at Red Hill Farm and Norris Square Neighborhood project in Philadelphia. Lana has travelled throughout Latin America volunteering on different rural farms and homesteads. She is also working with Historic Fairhill as a Community Coordinator to engage the North Philadelphia community.

Kim Staub, Executive Director
Kim is excited to join Wyck’s staff and brings with her eight years of non-profit experience in historic sites. Before Wyck, Kim was the Collections and Exhibitions Manager at the Betsy Ross House, where she managed the collections and researched new exhibitions, programs, and interpretations.  She was also the Vice President of Philadelphia’s Historic Neighborhood Consortium, where she helped small cultural sites create collaborative programs and raise awareness of rich historic landscape that surrounds Independence National Historical Park. She holds a Master of Arts in History from Virginia Tech, where she won the William Preston Society Master’s thesis award for best thesis in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from McDaniel College.