Meet: Frank Garahan, CBMM Friends Board
October 31, 2017
Frank Garahan first become connected to the Chesapeake Bay while attending a number of strategic planning sessions held at the Aspen Institute on Wye Island; filing away the beauty and serenity in his mind for a possible retirement destination. That retirement destination became a reality in 2008, when he moved to St. Michaels, Md. He immediately joined CBMM as a member, and very soon his new neighbor, Lloyd Devigne, encouraged him to become a CBMM volunteer. Today, Frank remains active as a docent, and crew aboard Winnie Estelle.
Frank says CBMM is unique because it is a living museum, inviting guests of all interests and ages to engage in activities that are authentic, stimulating, and memorable. He also feels CBMM is doing an excellent job at inspiring and educating the Bay’s future stewards.
“Just look in the eyes of any K-12 child visiting CBMM for a docent-led activity or an Ecology Cruise,” commented Frank. “In my view, the focus on that age group is what CBMM does best for the community.”
When asked to be a member of CBMM’s Friends Board in 2016, Frank was honored to accept. CBMM’s Friends Board is comprised of individuals who have their local and regional communities at heart, and helps guide CBMM in its endeavors to strengthen partnerships and develop new ones, while helping CBMM be a real resource to diverse audiences.
Frank also serves as liaison between the Friends Board and CBMM’s volunteer corps, and hopes for CBMM to gain clarity on what a successful future looks like while executing a strategy of continuous improvement towards that vision.
Originally from New York, Frank received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an Associate’s Degree from SUNY’s North Country Community College in Saranac, N.Y., with executive education received from Stanford and Northwestern Universities. He spent more than 30 years in the hospitality industry, focusing his work with Marriott-owned destinations throughout the United States and abroad.
Frank’s other volunteer work has included serving on the Board of Directors for the Hospitality Industry Business Council in Palm Springs, Ca., and with the United Way of the Desert in Palm Desert, Ca. He was the founding Chairman of the Palm Springs Area Marriott Business Council and served as an Editorial Board Member with the Desert Sun Newspaper in Palm Springs, Fl. In 2003, he received a Congressional Citation for Community Service.
We thank Frank for his time and dedication to CBMM!