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.
- Cynthia McClintock, President
- Jessica Guff, Vice President
- Peter Kaizer, Treasurer
- Jennifer Philbrick McArdle, Secretary
Board of Directors
- Philip Condon
- Jeff Crowley
- Paul Crowley
- Pammy Brooks Griffin
- Emmy Kilvert
- Charley Polachi
- West Riggs
- Matt Sanford
- Don Shackelford
- Charlie Williams
- Robert A. Egan
- Nathaniel D. Philbrick
- Robert M. Rosenthal*
- Eric Holch, Chair
- Timothy Donahue
- Charles Geschke*
- Jean Grimmer
- Peter Hoey
- William Hourihan
- Marlin Miller, Jr.
- Nancy Rosenthal
- Charles Ryan
- Robert Tichio
Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, Advisory Committee
- Jessica Guff, Chair
- Nancy Rosenthal, Vice Chair
- Alan Atwood
- Karen Butler
- Erich Fischer
- William Grieder
- Charles Marino
- Kit Murphy
- Allen Reinhard
- Sophia Ahl Sloan
Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum President Emeritus
- CDR Maurice E. Gibbs USN (Ret.)*
Executive Director, Carlisle Barron Jensen
Carlisle joined Egan Maritime in the spring of 2022. Carlisle grew up on Nantucket and developed a passion for philanthropy through volunteering with many Island organizations. A graduate of the University of Vermont, she has experience working as the Community Engagement Coordinator at UVM, focusing on connecting students with experiential education opportunities within the Burlington area. Upon moving back to the Island, Carlisle was hired as the Program and Development Officer at the Community Foundation of Nantucket, where she gained a deep understanding of the community and culture of the Island and its non-profit organizations. Carlisle recently completed Harvard Business School's Credential of Readiness Program and is enrolled in the Institute for Nonprofit Practice's CORE Certificate program. Carlisle currently serves as a Trustee of the Nantucket Partnership for Children and a member of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Advisory Committee. When not at work, Carlisle enjoys training for marathons and raising money for ALS research and support organizations.
Director of Education and Public Programs, 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.
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Museum Director and Curator, 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.
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Collections and Database Manager, Tony Dumitru
Tony joined the staff of the Egan Maritime Foundation in 2021. Originally from Romania, he worked as a Curator and Department Director at the ASTRA Museum for ten years. In 2000 Tony decided to move to the U.S. to continue his career in the museum field. After earning a Masters’ degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (State University of New York), Tony moved to Nantucket together with his wife Delia in 2000, and was hired by the Nantucket Historical Association as Collections Manager where he worked for almost two decades. With years of experience in the museum field, Tony is able to understand the operational matters at Egan Maritime Institute. Tony’s major goal is to augment the role of the institution and increase its importance within the community, seasonal and year-round.
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Education, Program, and Research Assistant, Karalyn "Kara" Falck
Kara joined Egan Maritime Institute as the Education, Program, and Research Assistant in the winter of 2023. Kara has a professional background in teaching, program development, and research. Kara has a Master's degree in Marine Science from the University of New England where she studied the effect of methylmercury on fish populations when dams and large marine structures are removed in river systems. Through this research, she was able to advocate for Native American women who are most affected by structure removals. Originally from Connecticut, Kara and her family spent many summers boating around New England with many visits to Nantucket. In college, Kara came back to the island to work at various non-profits. Kara recently became engaged to her fiancé on the Lynx. When she's not at work, Kara and her fiancé spend their time enjoying the natural beauty of the island and playing with their hedgehog, Pokey!
Administrative Manager, Renee Ceely
Renee joined Egan Maritime in the summer of 2022. Before that, she was the Executive Director of the Nantucket Housing Authority for nearly three decades, tackling the Island’s burgeoning affordable housing crisis. Her proudest accomplishment was spearheading, from conception to completion, the development of Sachem’s Path, a $20M homeownership success story for island residents.
With her many years of working in the world of non-profits, professionally and as a volunteer, Renee was also the founding Director of NHA Properties, Inc., the non-profit that would become Housing Nantucket, originating the House Recycling Program and the Covenant Homeownership Program developing affordable community housing opportunities for low and moderate-income families.
Renee arrived on Nantucket in 1980 to be employed as the Island’s first Senior Planner of the Nantucket Planning & Economic Development Commission and later the Town’s Grant Administrator. Renee’s maritime interests developed right away, making history in aquaculture with her husband, who owned and operated the Island’s first oyster farm, whose family comes from a rich maritime history beginning with whaling captains, sail makers, fishermen, craftsmen, and whirligig makers.
2021 Annual Report, Thank you!
2021 was a year of transitions and new beginnings! After a year of unprecedented pivots, in 2021 Egan Maritime opened its doors at the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum and went back to the classroom for our Sea of Opportunities programs. The impact of our donor's support was felt everywhere. Thank you!
To download and view the 2021 Annual Report, click here.
2020 Annual Report, A Year Like No Other
"When our staff sat down in the last quarter of 2019 to plan our 2020 season, of course, no one had any idea of what lay ahead. I must commend everyone on our team for coming together early in 2020 with creativity and energy to plan an unusual season."
To download and view the 2020 Annual Report, click here.
2019 Annual Report, From Ripples to Waves
What a 2019 we had! As you'll read in the pages ahead, we broke records in the Sea of Opportunities students served, Tall Ship Lynx experiences, Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum attendance and many other related programs we serve to the island community.
To download and view a copy of the 2019 Annual Report click here.
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."
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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.
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.
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.