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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Editor of Mill Hill Press, Richard Duncan, has been a summer resident of Nantucket since 1981, and a ‘Sconseter since 2000. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he served in the U.S. Navy as Gunnery Officer on a destroyer before going on to study journalism and international relations at Columbia University. He initially worked for the Associated Press and then joined Time-Life News Service as a correspondent, then Chief of Correspondents, Assistant Managing Editor and finally Executive Editor of TIME. He edited several books published by TIME during that period and also oversaw the development of TIME.com and other online sites for Time, Inc. Since retiring to Nantucket and Taos he has edited “Voices of the Village,” an oral history of Siasconset by Nancy Newhouse, and serves on the board of the Mill Hill Press.
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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Communications and Administration Manager, Kristin Forester joined Egan Maritime in September 2014. She has a degree in Religion from Trinity College and has also graduated from Parsons New School for Design. Having worked in the luxury fashion industry in New York for 9 years, Kristin left to explore and spent time in Hawaii working in a coffee shop and in the Berkshires working at the largest yoga center in North America. She happily returned to Nantucket in June 2014 and is excited to live here year round.
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Director of Development, Michelle Cartwright Soverino first joined the staff of EMI 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 EMI 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. Michelle is a 12th generation Nantucket native and is delighted to live on the island she is so deeply rooted in while serving the island’s cultural organizations and finding her professional path and purpose.
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Special Maritime Program Director, Orion Couling is thrilled to be joining the team at EMI! He brings a lifetime of experience in experiential and project-based learning with him from his own not-for-profit, E.D.G.E. of Orion Theatre in Chicago, where he has championed for people with special needs and alternative learners. With a degree in Theatre from Northern Michigan University, Orion seeks to infuse any classroom (whether on land or sea) with imagination and adventure. He has managed and program-directed on several tall ships, including the Lynx. He holds his Captain's license (100 ton near coastal) and is a certified instructor of stage combat. When not teaching for EMI, you may find him playing with his Irish band or on stage.
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