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Meet Diane Staley – Vice Chair:

CBMM Staley_DianeDiane Staley has always been around water, but not always the Chesapeake Bay. After being transferred from Boston to Northern Virginia for work, she and her husband, Jeff, immediately began looking for a way to get back on the water. They came to the Eastern Shore on a real estate tour, and bought property the very next day. Diane and Jeff—with their family—have been in Bozman full time for 12 years now.

Since the family had always had a deep connection with the water, they settled into the area quickly. Diane is unable to pick out a single favorite memory of the Bay—although she does admit that she loves the races—but rather it’s a feeling that sums-up her experience: “It’s the connection with nature that you just don’t get in populated areas. It’s the rhythm when you unplug.” It also didn’t take them long to connect with CBMM, as they became members shortly following their move here.

Diane has been a Board Member for three years, and is currently serving as its Officer at Large. She brings to the board over 25 years’ of marketing, advertising, strategic communications, public relations, sales, and event experience. With that, she highlights the ability to stay in-touch through social media, with effective communication tools enabling the Museum to connect with a younger generation.

Without missing a beat, Diane points out that the Museum’s biggest strength is the depth of knowledge and skill that everyone—including staff and volunteers—possesses. She laughs and remarks, “everyone just knows so much!” Her favorite thing about CBMM is the education programing: how they take history and bring it to life with the children, teaching them how the past impacts both their present and their future.

Diane wishes that everyone could see just how much more than a “Museum” CBMM actually is. The word to her seems too static. The Museum’s importance to the community goes so far beyond the historic and preservation components. Diane sees CBMM as critical to the economic development of the area, which improves the quality of life for the people of Talbot County and beyond.

When asked what would happen if CBMM were to go away, Diane points out that the sense of history would be gone. Without that history, the present is less complete.

CBMM would like to thank Diane for her time and dedication to the Museum!