LOWELL’S MARITIME FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman – Robert Barton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vice-Chair – Ward Caswell
Treasurer – Dean Jewett
Secretary – Will Johnson
LOWELL’S BOAT SHOP STAFF
Graham McKay: Master Boat Builder/Education (email@example.com)
Jeffrey Lane: Boat builder/Education
John Noon: Boat Builder
Gary Cassidy: Painting/Finishing
OFFICE AND OPERATIONS
Graham McKay: Executive Director
Rosamond Smith: Administration/Membership/Outreach
Dorothy Antczak: Education Director
Patty Hoyt: Education Coordinator
Mary Katharine Taylor: Education/Grants
Alice Twombly: Waterfront Coordinator/Education
Brianna Wickard: Staff
MEET OUR PROGRAMMING STAFF!
Graham McKay, Executive Director/Master Boatbuilder
As the Shop’s Executive Director/Master Boatbuilder, Graham is responsible for overseeing museum operations, program offerings, as well as the Shop’s boatbuilding operations. In addition, Graham teaches several boatbuilding classes as well as instructs the museum’s high school Apprentice Program, which he created as part of Lowell’s Boat Shop’s involvement with the whaleboat project for Mystic Seaport’s restoration of the Charles W. Morgan in 2012.
Prior to coming to Lowell’s Boat Shop, Graham was a Captain for the Ocean Classroom Foundation, an educational organization providing sea education and adventure for the young students aboard schooners Westward, Spirit of Massachusetts, and Harvey Gamage. He has also worked as a commercial diver, fisherman, and fisheries scientist.
Dorothy Antczak, Education Director:
As the museum’s Education Director, Dorothy develops and facilitates educational programming that promotes LBS’ mission. Dorothy coordinates and schedules programs for school groups, researches and creates new programs and classes, and develops innovative summer programs for both children and adults. She also manages the high school Apprentice Program.
Prior to working at Lowell’s, Dorothy was the Education Manager for the Trustees of Reservations at the Crane Estate, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of session content and the management of camps, whose “quest” structure combined place-based education and a myriad of activities to encourage children to achieve specific learning objectives and build a healthy rapport with the environment. In 2014, she developed the Crane Outdoor Adventures Program which established year-round public programs, and extended experiential learning opportunities to school groups, families, and adults.
Alice Twombly, Waterfront Director:
Alice Twombly has been guiding youth of all ages in adventures on and around local waterways for over 20 years. Alice is known for her ability to help young people learn new skills and have more fun than they knew they could – all while working and playing hard, developing independence and building community. During the school year, Alice works as a school nurse.
Jeff Lane, Boatbuilder/Boatbuilding Instructor
Jeff Lane has been with Lowell’s Boat Shop since 2011, constructing Lowell’s boats using traditional methods as well as teaching boatbuilding classes for youth and adults. Working with area schools, he has led middle and high school students in the construction of traditional wooden dories and skiffs over the course of a school year. He has coordinated boatbuilding programs for at-risk youth from Sanford, Maine, and is an instructor for the Shop’s high school Apprentice Program.
Jeff is the Facility Director/Boatbuilder for the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum in Essex, MA where he maintains the museum’s vessels and assists in the strategic development and instruction of high school boatbuilding classes.
John Noon, Boatbuilder:
Growing up on the Merrimack River gave John a sense of exploration, curiosity, and adventure. Since then age of ten he has built several boats including a 36′ Crocker Sailboat. While working for 25 years as a commercial diver, John built sailboats, and from 2001-2011 while living aboard his cruisers with his wife, Linda. However, is most memorable adventures were sailing with Linda and their cat, Williwaw while crossing the Atlantic, sailing the Mediterranean, and along west coasts of France, Northern Europe, and Scandinavia. Upon his return to land, John built a 30′ Crocker sailboat for a Lowell’s member which is currently in John’s boat shop in New Hampshire. John considers the most rewarding part of his career to be the past 18 months, working with Lowell’s apprentices after school and on Tuesday mornings with young adults from high school programs. He finds the students inquisitive and fun to work with. John loves being with people and always has his sense of humor with him.