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Meet: Sparrow Rogers, Friends Board

sparrow-photo(ST. MICHAELS, MD – October 15, 2016) Eight years ago, Friends Board member and Alaskan native Sparrow Rogers moved from Washington, D.C., to the Eastern Shore to reconnect with a more rural setting. Today, Sparrow owns a small business in St. Michaels called Run Aware, which organizes local and regional running events.

Sparrow is co-founder of the St. Michaels Running Festival and Across the Bay 10k. The 10k run across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is the sixth largest running event in the United States, attracting more than 25,000 runners. The event that has raised more than $700,000 for numerous charities.

Sparrow first became connected to CBMM in 2012, through the St. Michaels Running Festival; CBMM was one of the first organizations to support the annual Festival. She later joined the Friends Board in 2015.

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.

Sparrow supports the work of the Friends Board because she believes that CBMM preserves the authentic experience of watermen and Eastern Shore residents without a political agenda. She looks forward to spending her time on the Friends Board thinking about how to strengthen CBMM’s impact on the community.

Sparrow’s favorite memories at CBMM are from the annual Charity Boat Auction, held each Labor Day Weekend. She is always tempted—much to the chagrin of her husband—to come home with a new boat!

We thank Sparrow for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Trish Payne, CBMM Friends Board

Trish Payne(ST. MICHAELS, MD — October 10, 2016) Trish Payne first became connected to CBMM through her role as Executive Director for the St. Michaels Community Center. As part of its mission, the Community Center connects and partners with other nonprofits in St. Michaels—like CBMM—to organize events and programs that benefit the community as a whole.

Trish has especially enjoyed seeing partnerships between CBMM and the community grow, which have most recently been strengthened through a focus on social responsibility—a key initiative of CBMM President Kristen Greenaway.

As a member of the Friends Board, Trish is honored to be a part of CBMM’s outreach and partnership with the greater community. 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. Trish brings to the Friends Board support in the way of resources, experience, and advice, especially in light of the needs of local children.

In relaying one of her favorite memories at CBMM, Trish remembers when a dear friend started regularly bringing local children to fish along the docks at CBMM’s Waterman’s Wharf. The “fishing club” became a staple for many young people in the community who had gained the opportunity to know the Bay from the hands-on perspective. (It still continues on Friday afternoons!) Trish loves the Chesapeake Bay because it gives people an abundance of life in the form of nature, food, and experiences.

We thank Trish for her time and dedication to CBMM!

 

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Meet: Estela Ramirez, CBMM Friends Board

estela-ramirez-photo(St. Michaels, Md. — September 27, 2016) Estela Ramirez first visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on a school trip with her daughter four years ago, and was impressed with the way the schoolchildren were immediately engaged in learning through CBMM’s educational programming. Her daughter, in particular, connected with the Chesapeake through CBMM’s Crab Cakes program. Estela’s sister-in-law worked as a crab picker on the Chesapeake Bay, and her daughter was delighted to learn about her aunt’s trade during her school trip to CBMM.

Since moving to Easton, Estela has wanted to make a difference in her community. In 2015, she was appointed Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, which allows her to build relationships and strengthen multicultural resources throughout Talbot County and surrounding communities. She currently serves on the Board of the YMCA of the Chesapeake, and is Girl Scout Leader for Easton Troop 1536, the largest outreach Girl Scout Troop in Talbot County.

Estela joined the Friends Board when it first began in 2015. 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.

As a member of the Friends Board, Estela lends her strong communication skills to CBMM. She enjoys working with people and meeting other community leaders through her service, and wants to share her knowledge about what CBMM has to offer throughout the region and its diverse audiences. She is especially grateful for CBMM’s programs, events, and admissions that make CBMM affordable for all families, regardless of socio-economic backgrounds, including CBMM’s participation in Museums for All, giving EBT cardholders significantly reduced admission. Estela looks forward to watching CBMM grow and become increasingly accessible to all.

When asked what it would be if she could have one job at CBMM, “It would be working in the boatyard participating in hands-on activities and building!”

We thank Estela for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Sherri Marsh Johns, Friends Board

sherri-marsh-johns-photoSherri Marsh Johns grew up as the daughter of a Chesapeake Bay waterman. Today, as Director of the Smith Island Cultural Center, Sherri promotes the study, preservation, and celebration of the cultural heritage and history she and her family are a part of. CBMM, Sherri says, shares her values of maintaining the Bay’s cultural legacy.

As a historian, Sherri has often spent time researching in CBMM’s library. She notes that St. Michaels once struggled, as many towns along the Chesapeake did, with the decline of the seafood industry. CBMM, however, has brought economic development back to the community by interpreting and celebrating the seafood industry along with many other aspects of the Bay.

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. Sherri brings to the Friends Board the geographical perspective of the southern region of the Bay and her experience as director of a fellow cultural institution.

Her favorite memory at CBMM is attending her brother-in-law and his wife’s wedding aboard the historic 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle, last summer. Sherri has a special connection to Winnie Estelle—the buyboat was once owned and operated by another brother-in-law and his father. Looking ahead, Sherri is excited to continue developing a relationship between CBMM and the Smith Island Cultural Center.

We thank Sherri for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Jay Hudson, Friends Board

Jay Hudson Photo(ST. MICHAELS, MD — September 7, 2016)  Jay Hudson has a strong connection to the Chesapeake Bay, having grown up in Annapolis and spending his summers sailing, playing, and cleaning up the Bay he’s always called home. Five years ago, Jay and his wife Heather moved back to his home state of Maryland from Colorado, for Jay to work at Eastern Shore Brewing Company in St. Michaels, MD, where he now serves as General Manager.

When he was 16, Jay first visited CBMM with his father to celebrate Father’s Day at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival. These days, Jay brings his own children to the Boat Festival every year, carrying on his Father’s Day tradition.

Jay joined the Friends Board prior to its first meeting in April, 2015. 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. Jay feels that CBMM is important because it gives a face to the community of watermen who worked and continue to work on the Bay building a life and supporting their families while feeding many.

To the Friends Board, Jay brings out-of-the-box ideas for programs and a desire to strengthen CBMM’s relevancy and accessibility to younger generations. He acknowledges that museums are sometimes considered boring and static by Millennials. Jay looks forward to watching CBMM’s fresh and innovative programming develop and counter this stereotype.

When asked what it would be if he could have one job at CBMM, “It would be working in the boatyard learning and teaching historic techniques of boat building!”

We thank Jay for his time and dedication to CBMM!

 

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Meet: Lauren Greer, Friends Board

CBMM_GreerLauren(ST. MICHAELS, MD — September 6, 2016) Lauren Greer, an Environmental Studies teacher at St. Michael’s High School, became connected with CBMM through participation with her students in CBMM’s K-12 education programs.

In fact, one of her favorite memories at CBMM was watching her 9th grade students learning to count and measure oysters, while inspecting organisms during an oystering field trip. Lauren says that this was the moment she began to see CBMM as a center for hands-on learning.

Lauren joined the Friends Board when it first began in 2015. 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.

As a member of the Friends Board, Lauren lends the perspective of St. Michaels’ younger community and contributes her experience as an educator. She believes supporting the work of CBMM is important because CBMM connects the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem with its history and people in ways that are accessible to students of all ages. Lauren is looking forward to being a part of the CBMM’s continued growth over the next year, especially as CBMM strengthens its impact by doubling the number of students it serves over the next few years.

When asked about her favorite aspect of the Chesapeake Bay, Lauren says she enjoys the calming solace and peace that being on the water brings. In addition to being a member of the Friends Board, Lauren volunteers her time at CBMM’s annual OysterFest, helping to tend bar with a family friend—and CBMM Vice President of Operations Bill Gilmore.

When asked what it would be if she could have one job at CBMM, “It would be working in public relations and media!”

We thank Lauren for her time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Mike Cottingham, Friends Board

Cottingham.MikeMike Cottingham is the President of Rommel Holdings, Inc. in Fruitland, MD. He is a graduate of Western Maryland College—now McDaniel College—where he earned a BA in Economics and Sociology, and later an MBA from Duke University.

Mike first discovered CBMM in 1991, when he and his family moved to Talbot County. He and his wife were searching for a fun place to take their children, and soon discovered that CBMM was also a great location for adults. Thus began his love affair with CBMM.

Mike joined the Friends Board as a way to “pay it forward” to CBMM, which he says has brought him and his family much enrichment and joy over the years. He has fond memories, for example, of attending a Lighthouse Overnight Adventure with his son. Additionally, CBMM’s previous exhibition on ferrying on the Chesapeake Bay has always stayed with Mike for its ability to take guests back to a time before the completion of the Bay Bridge.

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, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

To the Friends Board, Mike brings his experience as a longtime Talbot County resident and ability to contribute a business perspective to CBMM’s strategic planning. Mike’s favorite activity on the Bay is kayaking and biking in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with his family.

We would like to thank Mike for his time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Bill Lane, Friends Board

Bill Lane Photo (2)A true native of the Eastern Shore, Bill Lane was born in Easton, grew up near St. Michaels, and spent his childhood learning to crab and sail along the Chesapeake. After attending school at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA and serving in the United States Army from 1973-1982, Bill returned to the Bay Hundred area to work for Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency.

When Bill was growing up, CBMM did not yet exist, but once he returned to the area, Bill enjoyed bringing his sons to visit. In 1992, Bill served on CBMM’s Board. He feels CBMM provides important access to education and local knowledge for community members.

As a member of the Friends Board, Bill values working with CBMM President Kristen Greenaway to help increase CBMM’s presence in the community. He believes St. Michaels has a lot to offer and CBMM contributes greatly to the town’s visibility and character.

In addition to his work with Avon-Dixon and CBMM, Bill is an avid sailor. He owns and races three 11½ foot long class-designed Penguin sailing dinghies, all named after characters from Alice in WonderlandWhite KnightCheshire Cat, and White Rabbit. He also owns a 30 foot Hunter Alura, The Carpenter. Bill and his family take The Carpenter out to watch the summer log canoe races and July 4 fireworks during CBMM’s Big Band Night.

We thank Bill for his time and dedication to CBMM!

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Meet: Lin Moeller, Friends Board

Lin Moeller PhotoLin Moeller became acquainted with CBMM through her career as a middle school environmental studies teacher in Annapolis, MD. Lin brought her students to CBMM to participate in education programs about oystering on the Chesapeake. Seven years ago, Lin decided to retire and move to St. Michaels where her husband, Paul, had started a new job. She’s been helping to further CBMM’s mission through volunteering ever since. As a docent volunteer, Lin shares her environmental studies knowledge with school groups and on ecology cruises aboard the historic 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle.

Lin expanded her volunteer service to CBMM when she was appointed to the Friends Board in 2016. Founded in 2015, 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, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Lin believes CBMM does a fantastic job of bringing Chesapeake Bay heritage to life and giving the St. Michaels and entire Chesapeake Bay community a sense of pride in its history. She says she is humbled to be a member of the Friends Board and looks forward to building relationships with other board members. In addition to her extensive teaching background, Lin contributes to the Board the perspective of a longtime volunteer to CBMM.

Lin volunteers her time at other nonprofit community clubs and organizations, including the Talbot County Garden Club. When asked about her favorite aspect of the Chesapeake Bay, Lin replied that she loves all the organisms—large and small—which are drawn to the region because of the Bay’s presence.

We thank Lin for her time and dedication to CBMM!

 

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Meet: Marc Castelli, Friends Board

Marc Castelli PhotoArtist Marc Castelli first became connected to CBMM in 2011 when an exhibition of his work, The Art of the Waterman, was featured here. Marc has been a tremendous friend to CBMM ever since, exhibiting artwork, speaking at events, and most recently, contributing to the 2016-2018 restoration project of the 1889 log-bottom bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood.

Marc joined the Friends Board when it was first founded in 2015. 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, for CBMM to be a real resource to diverse audiences.

Marc holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, where he also pursued minor studies in Japanese Feudalism and the Russian Revolution. Marc says history is a very important draw for him and one of the reasons he appreciates and supports the work of CBMM.

For Marc, CBMM is important to the community because it preserves and incorporates all aspects of watermen heritage—a topic that is central to his artwork and life. On the Friends Board, Marc represents the concerns of the watermen and commercial fishery industry and contributes his experience as an artist. Each week, Marc accompanies and assists watermen with their work on the Bay, taking photos from which he composes his paintings. He regularly interprets several of CBMM’s historic boat restoration projects through his artwork, along with the floating fleet and other scenes from CBMM.

Marc and his wife, Phyllis, live in Chestertown, and recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. The couple has three children, and were presenting sponsors of CBMM’s Community Block Party on May 22, 2016. Marc races—and paints—the Chesapeake’s sailing log canoes, in addition to capturing the life of a waterman from an up close and personal perspective. His favorite aspect of the Chesapeake Bay is observing and capturing, through his artwork, light and water responding to different conditions.

We thank Marc for his time and dedication to CBMM!