Lauren Koker

Director, April 2016-June 2018

Born and raised in Westmoreland County, Lauren Buches grew up in the Greater Latrobe School District. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in History and Journalism, Lauren has been working to strengthen the important work of educational, historical, and artistic nonprofits for the past decade, including Bushy Run Battlefield, Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History, Westmoreland Heritage, and the Red Panda Network.

During her tenure at Westmoreland Heritage, she built upon the work of her predecessors with community outreach to not only the historical and cultural sites of Westmoreland County, but also community nonprofits and civic organizations. Lauren’s most significant contribution was the implementation of the Westmoreland Heritage Partnership Program in 2018 as a way for Westmoreland Heritage to continue providing their services to Westmoreland County historical and cultural sites and community organizations for an annual membership fee—with 40 nonprofit historic, cultural, and civic organizations joining within the first six months.

Currently Lauren serves as the Executive Director of Latrobe Art Center, a community art center and Westmoreland Heritage partner in the heart of downtown Latrobe, PA.