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 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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Manager of Maritime Education, Evan Schwanfelder, 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 locals and visitors alike through his new role as education manager.
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Office & Events Manager, Catherine Butler Hull, joined Egan Maritime in June of 2017. Catherine 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 were: Nantucket AIDS Network (NAN), 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 she manages all of the day to day operations of the multi-functional office, reconciles reports and financial records, ensures compliance with all requirements and legalities necessary for holding events, and manages all aspects of Mill Hill Press book selling. Catherine loves living here and chose to make it the island hometown for herself and her now college aged daughter who was born and raised here. Catherine plans to continue her life here on this beautiful island thirty miles out to sea that captured her heart, and where the wind and fog reign.
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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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Membership and Marketing Assistant, Olivia E. Jackson, joined the 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. Olivia is thrilled to have joined the Egan Maritime team and is excited for the upcoming season.
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