The mission of Egan Maritime Institute is to inspire the appreciation and preservation of Nantucket's maritime culture and sea-faring legacy.
Nantucket's Egan Maritime Institute envisions a future in which the island's sea-faring legacy is preserved, protected and embraced by future generations.
Honoring Nantucket's Maritime Traditions: Past, Present & Future
Egan Maritime Institute is a non-profit organization which celebrates the rich maritime history of Nantucket Island. Egan Maritime took shape when Nantucket native Albert F. "Bud" Egan, Jr. and his wife Dorothy H. Egan created a foundation in 1989 to highlight the island’s sea-faring heritage. In 1992, Bud negotiated a lease with the Trustees of the Coffin School. He housed his family’s extensive maritime art and artifacts collection in the school, incorporated the eight-year-old Mill Hill Press and named National Book Award winner, Nat Philbrick, as the Egan Foundation’s first executive director.
Since then, Egan Maritime has worked with on-island and off-island organizations to present a calendar of enlightening and entertaining programs to enhance your experience on the island. These programs include publications through Mill Hill Press, annual exhibits at the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, up-to-date weather, and wind and tide reports via ACKweather.com, guest speakers, films, art exhibits and concerts and, in the summer of 2013, the launch of Sea of Opportunities, an education program for Nantucket's students.
- Fritz McClure, President
- Jessica Guff, Vice President
- Bill Hourihan, Treasurer
- Maryann Hedaa, Secretary
Board of Directors
- Bill Burnham
- Tim Donahue
- Bob Egan, President Emeritus
- Michael Ericksen
- Peter Hoey
- Peter Kaizer
- Jennifer McArdle
- Nancy Rosenthal
- Matt Sanford
- Don Shackelford
- Robert Tichio
- Eric Holch, Chair
- Paul Crowley
- Chuck Geschke
- Jean Grimmer
- Cynthia McClintock
- Marlin Miller
- Nat Philbrick, Trustee Emeritus
- Charles Ryan
- Robert M. Rosenthal
Executive Director, Pauline Proch
Pauline 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
Lisa joined 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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Director of Development, Michelle Cartwright Soverino
Michelle 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 worked for Egan Maritime 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 returned to Egan Maritime in October 2016 after spending three years with 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 organization’s mission and image to better enhance its 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 while serving its community.
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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.
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Office & 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.
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Manager of Maritime Education, Evan Schwanfelder
Evan recently 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 fiancé 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.
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Membership and Marketing Assistant, Olivia E. Jackson
Olivia joined Egan Maritime Institute in April of 2018. She grew up coming
to Nantucket every summer with her family; the island is deeply rooted
in her upbringing as she conquered some significant milestones on
Nantucket, including learning to walk, learning to ride a bike, and
realizing that seafood can actually be good! She came to the island in
August of 2017, accepting an offer to work as a sales associate at a
local clothing boutique. She expected to stay on Nantucket for only
three months, but couldn’t be happier her short excursion to the island
has been prolonged. Olivia graduated from Williams College in June of
2017, where she was a member of the Women’s Swim and Dive team. She swam
all four years at Williams, competing every year at the Division Three
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) swimming championships.
She is a 15-time All-American, was a scholar All-American her senior
year, and set a Division Three National Record in her final collegiate
swim. Despite hanging up her goggles last spring, she now helps coach
the Nantucket Dolphins club swim team part time.
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Click here for a copy of our 2016 annual report.