About Us: Staff
Executive Director, Pauline Proch joined Egan July 2012 after spending many years at Nantucket Public Schools as the Executive Director for the Nantucket Community School. During her tenure there she first served as their Outreach Coordinator for six years, then stepped up to Interim Director for five months before being promoted to Executive Director in 2008. Prior to that, she worked in various capacities for the Nantucket AIDS Network for seven years. A native of the United Kingdom, Proch immigrated to America in 1982 as the General Manager for the ARC Corporation in New York City. She has lived on Nantucket since 1988.
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Museum Director, Lisa Lazarus, joined the Egan Maritime Institute in December 2009. She has been coming to Nantucket since she was a young girl and has lived on the island off and on since 1982. Having taught at the Children's House of Nantucket and at Nantucket Elementary School, she also worked for an educational search firm and held the position of Human Resources Manager for both the Nantucket Bank and Marine Home Center, respectively. A past columnist for the Inquirer & Mirror, she is the author of the children's picture book, Island Child, under the pen name Wallis, which memorializes all the wonderful times spent with her sisters on the island as children. Her own children, now grown, grew up on Nantucket.
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Oceanography/Maritime Studies, Sea of Opportunties, Dr. Amanda Knight Bardsley joined SOO and Egan Maritime in June of 2015 after ompleting her doctoral studies at Boston College. The science practice of argumentation is at the heart of her research agenda from which she has explored the development of teacher knowledge, learning progressions, psychometrically based formative assessments, and intersections between science and literacy. Additionally, during the 2014-2015 academic year, she concurrently worked within Boston Public Schools as the Assistant Director of Research & Development, K-12 Science, Technology, & Engineering. Prior to beginning her doctorate studies she taught high school and undergraduate chemistry for nine years and served as the high school science department chair for the latter four years.
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Office & Events Manager, Catherine Butler Hull joined Egan Maritime in June 2017.
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Director of Development, Michelle Cartwright Soverino first joined the staff of Egan Maritime in September 2007 as the Capital Campaign Assistant after completing her studies at the American University of Paris, France. She was with the organization through the expansion and rebranding of the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. Since then Michelle has continued working with Nantucket’s cultural organizations, focusing on fundraising and brand development. She rejoined Egan Maritime in October 2016 after spending three years with the Artists Association of Nantucket as the Director of Development. During her tenure there Michelle coordinated the campaign for Nantucket’s first Visual Arts Center, grew contributed revenue streams through special events and annual giving, and harnessed the AAN’s mission and image to better enhance the organization’s brand. Prior to that, she spent three years with the Nantucket Historical Association as their Senior Advancement Coordinator and successfully grew membership through unique programming and outreach. Michelle is a 12th generation Nantucket native and is delighted to live on the island she is so deeply rooted in while serving Nantucket's cultural organizations.
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