Mission & Vision

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Egan Maritime Seeks Its Next Executive Director

Egan Maritime Institute is seeking a highly motivated, experienced, and visionary leader to become its next Executive Director. The successful candidate will be an individual of intellectual stature, winning the trust of the Board, donors, partners within the nonprofit community, the volunteers and Nantucket community.

Candidates must demonstrate five or more years of progressively responsible leadership, management, and supervisory experience, for a nonprofit or like-organization. They should possess financial and organizational expertise with a proven ability as a fundraiser, marketer, and primary spokesperson. The ideal candidate will possess outstanding interpersonal and writing skills and be strategically smart.

A letter of interest with a detailed resume should be sent to the Search Committee, Egan Maritime Institute, PO Box 2923, Nantucket, MA 02584 or electronically to egan@eganmaritime.org by January 7, 2022. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Egan Maritime Institute offers health and retirement benefits and is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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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.


  • Matthew Sanford, President
  • Peter Kaizer, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Philbrick McArdle, Secretary
Board of Directors
  • Philip Condon
  • Jeff Crowley
  • Paul Crowley
  • Maryann Hedaa
  • Cynthia McClintock
  • West Riggs
  • Nancy Rosenthal
  • Don Shackelford
  • 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
  • Peter Hoey
  • William Hourihan
  • Marlin Miller, Jr.
  • Charles Ryan
  • Robert Tichio

Museum Leadership

Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, Advisory Committee
  • Jessica Guff, Chair
  • Alan Atwood
  • Diana Taylor Brown
  • Karen Butler
  • Edward DeSeta
  • Sheila Lucey, Harbor Master
  • William Pittman, Nantucket Chief of Police
  • Philip Read
  • Allen Reinhard
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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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.

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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.

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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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Former Egan Maritime Executive Directors, Pauline Proch (pictured far left), 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


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

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Grade 8 Oceanography Teacher, Lindsey Ruscak

Lindsey Ruscak comes to Egan Maritime through the Nantucket Public Schools. She is the Grade 8 Oceanography teacher at The Cyrus Peirce School. This is her first year living full time on Nantucket but has worked here seasonally for 5 years. Lindsey is a veteran middle school science teacher. Most of her career was served at the Wellesley Middle School, but she has also taught in Newton, Ma and in a San Francisco charter school. Lindsey has always had a passion for the sciences and was an environmental science major at The University of Massachusetts. However, It wasn’t until she attended The Island School Teacher Conference that she really started to hone in on her passion for ocean literacy and stewardship. Lindsey holds a Masters in Secondary Education with a concentration in science and a Masters in Administrative Organization from UMass Boston and Endicott College respectively.

Contact Lindsey - ruscakl@npsk.org

Tony Dumitru

Projects Manager and Development Associate, 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.

Contact Tony - tdumitru@eganmaritime.org or 508-228-2505