About Us

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Our Mission

The Wren’s Nest is a cultural center that celebrates the timeless legacy of the Brer Rabbit tales and promotes the art of storytelling in all of its contemporary forms.

Melissa Swindell

Melissa Swindell

Executive Director
Melissa is a native of Atlanta who is passionate about local history. Before coming to The Wren's Nest, she was a curator at two historical societies and a research associate for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. She is a graduate of the Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University and American History at The George Washington University. When Melissa is not at the office, she loves traveling and visiting other museums.

Carla Ramcharam

Facilities Manager

Carla is a native of Los Angeles, where she owned her own business helping people live their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. After nurturing her family of 7 children and 19 grandchildren, she decided to make a move to Atlanta - and we're so glad she found us! As a lead docent and facilities manager, Carla is enjoying learning more and more about the history of The Wren's Nest and Joel Chandler Harris. In her spare time, she enjoys nurturing her grandchildren and reading.


Meredith Deeley


Meredith Deeley came to The Wren's Nest as a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a Masters in Museum Studies. Previously, she worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC for six years as their Program Assistant. Meredith is still based in DC and on the weekends, she volunteers as an interpreter on the Asia Trail at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo. Ask her anything about pandas. And in her spare time, you can find Meredith scuba diving in the Caribbean or the California coast.

The Wren's Nest Board of Directors

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