Staff

Bayshore Center at Bivalve Staff

Brian Keenan, Executive Director, director@bayshorecenter.org, 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, museum@bayshorecenter.org, 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, programs@bayshorecenter.org, 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.

Ali Place, Marine Operations Manager, education@bayshorecenter.org, Ext 107

Ali 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.

Josh Scornavacchi, Captain of AJ Meerwald,  captain@bayshorecenter.org

Josh Scornavacchi is the Captain of the AJ Meerwald. Josh is from Reading, PA.  He has a Biology Degree and has previously worked studying animals and birds for Audubon, a public aquarium, and a zoo. He has been sailing since 2011 and has worked on several tall ships, including the Clearwater, the HMS Bounty, the schooner Alliance, the Lady Washington, and, of course, the AJ Meerwald. Josh has a degree in Biology from Penn State University.  He loves spending time with his wife, Ali, camping, kayaking, white water rafting, rock climbing, scuba diving, spelunking, and drumming.

Teri Watson, Director of Donor & Volunteer Relations, giving@bayshorecenter.org

Teri Watson grew up in Heislerville and has a close connection to this place and the people. Her duties include providing information and selling tickets for sails, planning donor events, finding volunteers to staff various events, and tracking volunteer hours for grants. She greets visitors and provides tours. Teri also manages the Meerwald Mercantile, our gift shop here in Bivalve.

Consultant

Scott Eves, Facilities Manager, facilities@bayshorecenter.org

Scott Eves 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.