Mission & Vision

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Our Mission

The Egan Maritime Institute, through it's programs and educational opportunities, works to inspire the appreciation and preservation of Nantucket's maritime culture and seafaring legacy.

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Our Vision

Nantucket’s Egan Maritime Institute envisions a future in which the island’s seafaring legacy is preserved, protected and embraced by generations to come.

About Egan

Founded in 1989 by island native Albert F. “Bud” Egan, Jr. and his wife Dorothy H. Egan, our mission is to preserve and celebrate the island’s seafaring heritage. At our origin, we venerated and exhibited the Egan family’s extensive maritime art and artifacts collection.

Throughout the past three decades, with the support of our patrons, we have invigorated our mission, expanded our offerings, and made a profound impact on our coastal Nantucket community. To read more about the evolution of Egan Maritime Institute, click here.

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2019's Lifesavers Recognition Day Ceremony at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.


  • Fritz McClure, President
  • Jessica Guff, Vice President
  • Matt Sanford, Vice President
  • Peter Kaizer, Treasurer
  • Jennifer McArdle, Secretary
Board of Directors
  • William Burnham
  • Philip Congdon
  • Paul Crowley
  • Michael Ericksen
  • Peter Hoey
  • Cynthia McClintock
  • Nancy Rosenthal
  • Charlie Williams
President Emeritus
  • Robert A. Egan
Trustee Emeritus
  • Nathaniel D. Philbrick
  • Robert M. Rosenthal*
Advisory Board
  • Eric Holch, Chair
  • Timothy Donahue
  • Charles Geschke
  • Jean Grimmer
  • Maryann Hedaa
  • William Hourihan
  • Marlin Miller, Jr.
  • Charles Ryan
  • Donald Shackelford
  • Robert Tichio
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Donald Shackelford with William and Alice Burnham at the 2019 Sea of Opportunities Benefit Luncheon.

Museum Leadership

Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, Advisory Committee
  • Jessica Guff, Chair
  • Alan Atwood
  • Diana Taylor Brown
  • Karen Butler
  • Edward DeSeta
  • Sheila Lucey, Harbor Master
  • Mark Norris
  • William Pittman, Nantucket Chief of Police
  • Philip Read
  • Allen Reinhard
  • Christopher R. Swiatek, Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate, USCG
Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum President Emeritus
  • CDR Maurice E. Gibbs USN (Ret.)
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Christopher Swiatek, BMCM, USCG, with honoree Maurice E. Gibbs, USN (Ret.), at the 2019 Lifesavers Recognition Day award ceremony at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.

Annual Reports

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2018 Annual Report, By Land & By Sea

"Nantucket is forever special because of her relationship to the sea. Her stories of rescue and heroism are wonderful tributes to the island’s community and the unwavering humanness we all share. They inspire us to do better, be a little bolder in nurturing our neighbors, and to make sure we care for all those who find themselves on our shores."

To download and view a copy of the 2018 Annual Report, click here.

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2017 Annual Report, Growth & Purpose

"Two-thousand-and-seventeen was a year of great growth for Egan Maritime Institute. Never has our purpose and the effect of our mission been more clear. Our work expands the lives of Nantucket's youth and inspires thousands of island residents and visitors to participate in, and celebrate, Nantucket's maritime history and traditions."

To download and view a copy of the 2017 Annual Report, click here.

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2016 Annual Report, Join the Adventure

"Last year I wrote that Egan Maritime Institute was in the business of imagining. A corollary benefit is that we are also in the adventure business. A visit to our Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum or a cruise on the Tall Ship Lynx affirms this statement. We, at Egan Maritime Institute believe that education – both formal and on the sea – has a strong impact when you make it an adventure."

To download and view a copy of the 2016 Annual Report, click here.

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2015 Annual Report, The Business of Imagining

"We all share in our strong belief in the value of the Egan Maritime Institute and what it means to our community. You have supported us both financially, and/or as a volunteer, and for that we sincerely appreciate your contributions."

To download a view a copy of the 2015 Annual Report, click here.

For access to Egan Maritime Institute Annual Reports prior to 2015, please call the Administrative Office at (508) 228 - 2505.

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Current Egan Maritime Executive Director, Pauline Proch (pictured far left), with former Executive Directors Stephen Sheppard (second from the left), Nathaniel Philbrick (second from the right), Jean Grimmer (far right), and former Administrator Stacy Fusaro (center), at the 2019 Sea of Opportunities Benefit Luncheon.



Executive Director, Pauline Proch

Pauline joined Egan Maritime in 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.

Contact Pauline - pproch@eganmaritime.org or 508.228.2505 x11

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Director of Development & Marketing, Jeff Coakley

Jeff joined Egan Maritime in February, 2020. A Babson College graduate with a degree in Entrepreneurial Studies, Jeff was most recently the Co-Publisher of Bay Windows and South End News – 2 weekly newspapers in Boston, MA. There he was responsible for the business side of the organization including advertising sales, marketing, social media, strategic planning and more. Prior to that Jeff worked as a Vice President at JPMorgan Chase handling strategic partnerships within the First USA credit card affinity marketing division. Previously Jeff was part of the original management team responsible for the start-up of Boston.com, the Boston Globe’s award winning website. For the past 10 years Jeff has split his time between Nantucket and Boston, but is now a full-time island resident and loving it.

Contact Jeff - jcoakley@eganmaritime.org or 508.228.2505 x13


Eighth Grade Sea of Opportunties Teacher, Dr. Amanda Knight Bardsley

Amanda joined Egan Maritime in June of 2015 after completing 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.

Contact Mandy - aknight@eganmaritime.org


Museum Manager, Charles J. “Chuck” Allard

Chuck has been an interpreter at the Museum since 2014. Before that, for five years he was at the Whaling Museum where he was a Senior Interpreter. An international banker for 25 years, he spent most of his adult life in Asia, including during his service in the Navy. Chuck earned a BA and MA at San Jose State University and then headed to the University of California, Santa Barbara for a Ph.D. in Asian history. He spent several years in Taiwan and Hongkong on research and Chinese language study, taught at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Maryland international program in Taiwan before returning to the US. Enrolling at Thunderbird, Chuck received a masters in international management. He then held senior executive banking positions with US-based banks in Asia before retiring in the mid-1990s to Nantucket, the family’s summer residence from 1982. Active on Nantucket, Chuck volunteered for several non-profits, operated a retail store, and taught online university courses in history and international finance. He is currently in the midst of a Certificate Program in Museum Studies at Northwestern.

Contact Chuck - callard@eganmaritime.org or 508.228.2505


Manager of Maritime Education, Evan Schwanfelder

Evan joined Egan Maritime Institute as the Manager of Maritime Education in the spring of 2018. Evan has a professional background teaching at both the primary and secondary levels and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in secondary social studies from Quinnipiac University. Evan has vacationed on the island for many years and moved to Nantucket full time two years ago when he met his lovely wife who was born and raised on the island. Evan is an avid fisherman and musician with a deep love for the ocean and the rich history that surrounds Nantucket. He is thrilled to share these passions with locals and visitors alike through his new role as education manager.

Contact Evan - eschwanfelder@eganmaritime.org or 508.228.2505 x15


Office and Events Manager, Catherine Butler Hull

Catherine joined Egan Maritime in June of 2017. She moved to the island in 1987 from Boston to be the first HR Director/Personnel Officer for Nantucket Bank. Since then she has held several positions in island businesses two of which were Branch Manager for Pacific National Bank, and Assistant Branch Manager for Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. Catherine also spent many years fundraising, marketing and volunteering on behalf of many island non- profit organizations as an active Board member. A few of those organizations are: Nantucket AIDS Network, founding Board Member and later Program Director; Nantucket Arts Council, Board of Directors; Town of Nantucket, Personnel Board; and Artists Association of Nantucket. Now in her position with Egan Maritime Institute Catherine manages all of the day to day operations of the office. She loves living here and chose to make the island home for herself and her daughter. Catherine plans to continue her life on this beautiful island where the wind and fog reign thirty miles out to sea.

Contact Catherine - chull@eganmaritime.org or 508.228.2505 x10