Meet: Talli Oxnam, Board Member
The Chesapeake Bay has always been a key aspect of life for Talli Oxnam. Having grown up in Baltimore, she regularly came to the Eastern Shore for weekend family getaways, and then moved here full-time 20 years ago for work. Talli started looking for ways to become more involved in the community, and that’s when she first encountered the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
CBMM offered an opportunity for Talli and her family to strengthen their connections to the Chesapeake Bay while being involved in the community. They visited the Museum often, to become immersed in the culture of the area, and saw it as a wonderful opportunity to bring guests visiting for the weekend. Talli and her husband, Geoff, soon began attending the Museum’s annual Boating Party fundraising gala, which supports the Museum’s educational, exhibition, and boat restoration programs.
The Boating Party has always been one of Talli’s favorite events of the year. In fact, one of her favorite memories comes from the Boating Party. “A few years ago, I was chairing the Boating Party. All of a sudden, just before the Party kicked off, a hurricane-force storm came through. The salads blew into the river, and many people were out in their party clothes physically holding the tent in place. After the storm passed, we were able to reset and were amazed that everyone still made it and the rest of dinner was saved! It really highlighted the close-knit community that we have at the Museum. Nothing was going to stop guests from attending the party—or supporting CBMM!”
Talli takes great pride in the Museum. “CBMM keeps the incredible impact that the Chesapeake Bay has on our surroundings relevant to my generation and also that of my children’s. It represents just how much the Bay affects our world and has shaped our heritage. We can’t afford to forget the past.” She also points out that the Museum’s education programs are unmatched for informing both students and the community about the environment and working history of the Bay.
For Talli, serving on the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a family affair. Elected to the Board in 2016, her tenure is preceded by her husband’s, Geoff, and her father’s, Doug Croker. When the opportunity arose for her to join the Board, she jumped at the chance. Talli brings with her a strong background in infrastructure and construction, and has joined the Board’s Buildings Committee. “I hope to help campus evolve as the curriculum has evolved over the years. We must modernize in order to better serve our guests and connect with our mission.”
CBMM would like to thank Talli for her time and dedication to the Museum!