Cara Caputo, Manager of Interpretation and Public Outreach
Cara joins the team at Wyck with a passion for material culture and sharing research with the public in accessible and exciting ways. She earned her B.A. in History and Anthropology from Marquette University, where she completed internships with the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Chicago History Museum. She recently graduated from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, where she completed her Master’s thesis on the transitions of American country houses from private estates to public-facing institutions. She has also worked on projects with the Hagley Library, Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, and the Ardrossan Estate. Cara is excited to begin sharing the layered and fascinating history contained at Wyck with the community and wider public!
Lauren Kope, Manager of Living Collections; Horticulturist
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.
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.