staff at Wyck-Strickland


Martha Keen, Horticulturist and Landscape Manager
Martha is a 2016 graduate of the Professional Gardener Program at Longwood Gardens, where she received the Wilhelmina du Pont Ross Award for student work that best exemplifies high standards of display. Previously, Martha has worked as a gardener in the historic restorations of the Frederick Law Olmsted landscape at Prospect Park Alliance in Brooklyn, NY, and as a project assistant and collaborator with Apiary Studio Landscape Architecture in Philadelphia, PA.  Martha holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College.  Her volunteer experience includes work at Chanticleer Garden, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College, and South Kensington Community Partners.

Lauren Kope, Rosarian

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!

Jennifer Carlson

Jennifer L. Carlson, Executive Director
Jennifer brings several years experience in nonprofit and education administration.  Before Wyck, she worked as an Assistant Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences at La Salle University and served on the board of directors at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion.  Previously she worked as Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.  From 2008-2013, Jennifer was the Program Director for Historic Philadelphia, Inc., where she developed and managed historical programming for corporate clients, school groups, and tourism. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, and as Managing Director of Simpatico Theatre Project.  Jennifer has a Master of Arts in Central and Eastern European Studies from La Salle University and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Temple University.