Bayshore Center at Bivalve Staff

Brian Keenan, Executive Director,, Ext 112

Brian Keenan has been the Executive Director of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve since April 2018. Prior, he worked as the interim/consulting director from April 2017-April 2018.  Brian has extensive non-profit experience in repurposing and re-envisioning the use of historic buildings. He has adaptively reused former schools, convents and other historic properties. In 2003 he founded Build with Purpose, a nonprofit real estate development company focused on charter school development, Brian ran the organization for 15 years and now serves on the board.  Brian also founded a Building Communities a nonprofit focused on the development and management of affordable senior care, Brian is the executive director of Building Communities and a board member.  Brian also started and serves on the board of Capital with Purpose a nonprofit bank providing finance for various community development projects.  Brian holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from St. Peter’s University and a Bachelors of Social Work from Molloy College.  Brian’s work has been recognized by NJBiz 40 under 40 award, NJ Catholic and the Dominican Sisters of Amityville with the Veritas Medal.  Brian services on the boards of the Arch Dioceses of Newark Catholic Urban Schools Partnership, Community Reinvestment Fund and Corporation for Supportive Housing.

Rachel Dolhanczyk, Curator,, Ext 109

Rachel Rodgers Dolhanczyk has been a curator of museums for 15 years. She has been the Museum Curator at BCB’s Delaware Bay Museum since 2010. In her current role, she responsible for the stewardship and use of the collection including accessioning and cataloging. Ms. Dolhanczyk oversees the training and activities of the museum volunteers and implemented a monthly museum club meeting to offer continuing education in the form of field trips and behind the scenes work with the collection. She is the project manager for all exhibits and ensures that the interpretive plan is followed. She works closely with the shorebased education coordinator in developing and presenting programs. Ms. Dolhanczyk has a MA in Museum Education from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), a BA in History from Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.) and earned her high school diploma (full academic scholarship) from Miss Hall’s School (Pittsfield, Mass). Most of her professional career has been spent with museums along New Jersey’s waterfronts and the Chesapeake Bay. She has worked in several capacities within the fields of history and education. She brings an excellent understanding of the needs and goals of BCB and the Delaware Bay Museum. In 2004, Dolhanczyk received an Award of Recognition from the New Jersey Historical Commission for her outstanding service to the public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey’s history.

Chase Jackson, Program/Grants Manager,, Ext 108

Chase Jackson,  is an aquaphile, originally from Norfolk, VA, and prides herself in the fact that she has always lived near a body of water where you cannot see the other side.  She holds a BS in accounting from Elizabeth City State University and a certificate in arts administration from UNC Chapel Hill. She has 30+ years in non profit management, mainly in the arts. Chase is also an accomplished storyteller, producer, director, actor and blues vocalist. Sailing came late in life but it also became one of her passions.  While quasi retired, she became a volunteer crew member on NJ’s Tall Ship, the Schooner A J Meerwald out of Port Norris, NJ.  A few years later, there was a paid position available at the schooner’s parent organization, the  Bayshore Center at Bivalve. At that time Chase was looking for extra funds for a bare boat sailing cruise in the French Polynesian Islands.  She was hired for what was to be a short lived stint as far as she was concerned. That was six years ago and she is currently the program and grants manager for the organization and also handles the marketing.  Chase has become an avid tall ship lover and advocate. She still sails whenever, wherever and on whatever she can.

Allison Place, (Ali) Marine Operations Manager,, Ext 107

Allison Place is the Marine Operations Manager at BCB. She studied Ecology and Marine Science at Penn State University and currently oversees the youth education programs aboard the ship and at the Bayshore Center. Her other duties include ship scheduling, port relations, and crew hiring and training. Ali’s past work includes working as an aquarist at a public aquarium; working as a trip guide for backpacking, kayaking, white water rafting, and rock climbing trips; working as a veterinary assistant; and working aboard other tall ships.

Johann Steinke, Captain of AJ Meerwald,, Ext 101

Captain Johann Steinke is a licensed mariner with a 200 ton near coastal captain’s license.  He has been sailing on various tallships all over the world since November of 2005.  At BCB he is in overall command of the historical oyster schooner the AJ Meerwald.  His responsibilities include commanding the vessel, making sure she and her crew are operating within USCG and Federal Regulations, assuring the safe planning and execution of the ships programming during the sailing season, overseeing the hiring and training of the ship’s crew, safely completing transits of the ship to and from the ports she visits, acting as the ship and organization’s ambassador, and keeping track of the ship’s log books and seatime.

Lorraine Shourds, Communications and Donor Relations,, Ext 105

Lorraine Shourds, Manager of Communications and Donor Relations,  has worked in various public school systems as a technology assistant, Alachua County Environmental Services Hazardous Materials Dept as a fiscal assistant; Alachua County Animal Services as an Accounting Assistant. She has volunteered with many non profits such as Surfers for Autism, Special Olympics, Humane Society, and Gainesville Pet Rescue.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management and Business Administration.  At BCB, Mrs. Shourds is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in all facets of communications on social media, newsletters, creation of communication with donors and prospective donors, analyzing database, donor relations events, facilitation of new website and promotion of organizational programs etc.

Josh Scornavacchi, Chief Mate of AJ Meerwald,

Josh Scornavacchi, First Mate is the officer who ranks just below the Captain of the ship and takes over in the event that the Captain can no longer perform his duties. He is in charge of Safety of all Equipment and persons on the ship, “Calling Sail” (giving directions to the crew during a sail), and organizing the line handling for the sails.  Josh is from Reading, PA.  He has Biology Degree and has previously worked studying animals and birds for Audubon, a public aquarium, and Zoo at Penn State.  He loves spending time with his wife, Ali, camping, kayaking, white water rafting, rock climbing, scuba diving, spelunking, and drumming.

Teri Watson, Marketing/Volunteer Coordinator,, Ext 102

Teri Watson, Volunteer Coordinator, Receptionist.  Ms. Watson grew up locally and has a close connection to the place and the people. Her duties include providing information and selling tickets for sails. She tracks volunteer hours and finds volunteers to staff various events. She greets visitors and provides tours.


Scott Eves, Facilities Manager,

Scott Eves, Facilities Manager, is responsible for the physical plant, buildings, infrastructure, maintenance, and improvements for landside operations at the Bayshore Center at Bivalve. An experienced project manager, he has overseen substantial, complex multi-faceted projects from initial budget to final check-off and operations. He has been the project leader for multiple projects, with budgets ranging from $100K to over $1mm in cost, and 3 years in development and construction. The design, purchase, construction, and operation of a 40,000 gallon per day wastewater treatment facility with a construction budget of $1.1mm. The design, purchase, and installation of an automatic packing line with a budget of $1.3mm and 1 year installation time.Multiple smaller projects involving technical or safety improvements leading to greater production rates and reduced potential for injury to operators.

Key Advisors

Dr. Michael Chiarappa, Historian in Residence, is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Quinnipiac University.  With a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Chiarappa has 20 years of experience in the folklore, folklife, and history fields, including extensive field research in the Delaware Bay region, museum exhibit design, and numerous scholarly publications. As a native of NJ, his early research centered on Bivalve and he has continued to build his body of work with frequent trips home to research the oyster industry.  He has been a valuable colleague and advisor to the Museum Curator.

Pete Lesher has worked his way from Assistant Curator to Chief Curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum over the last 25 years.  In addition to collections responsibilities, he serves as an institutional vice president to supervise exhibits, education and boat yard departments.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the St. Michaels Historic District Commission. He has also written articles and curated several exhibits on the history of shipbuilding.  Mr. Lesher serves on the Bayshore Center’s Collections Committee and has been a valuable colleague and advisor to the Museum Curator.