Bayshore Center at Bivalve Staff

John Brady, Interim Director,

Interim Executive Director John Brady recently retired from a long career in maritime museums and ship preservation nonprofits. He has worked at South Street Seaport Museum, The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, and the Independence Seaport Museum. For thirty-two of these years, he was a boat builder and shipwright. Under his leadership, the Independence Seaport Museum’s boat shop rose to national prominence while focusing on constructing and preserving New Jersey and Delaware River watercraft. Following this, he became President and CEO of the Independence Seaport Museum, a post he held for ten years. John has published in WoodenBoat, Sea History, and Power Ships. He currently serves on the board of Tall Ships America as well as the Bayshore Center at Bivalve. He credits his education to Ocean Count Community College and Rutgers University.

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.

Teri Watson, Director of Donor & Volunteer Relations,

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.


Scott Eves, Facilities Manager,

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.