We particularly pride ourselves on being a small organization with large impact on the community.
We truly love what we do, and we hope to sea you soon!
Staff can be reached at (631) 367-3418.
We truly love what we do, and we hope to sea you soon!
Staff can be reached at (631) 367-3418.
Nomi Dayan firstname.lastname@example.org; Ext 17
My work is bringing others closer to the wonders of the world. I started getting involved with teaching when I was 14, and I received my BA from Hunter College and MA in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Originally from Brooklyn, I joined the museum in 2008 in an effort to revitalize the organization's vision, and I have tremendously enjoyed being part of the exciting growth in a petite but vibrant gem on Long Island. Taking a creative interpretation of the museum's historic collection, I create opportunities which spark curiosity and creativity in individuals through interdisciplinary, constructivist learning.
Previous experiences include teaching about nature and environmental studies in the education departments of the Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and running programs about science, botany, and culture at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. As surprising as this may sound, the Whaling Museum presents the most amazing opportunity for me to combine all of these interests! It has been particularly rewarding sharing our inspiration and approaches with others at museum conferences. I currently serve on the Board of the Museum Association of New York.
Aside from my fascination with the ocean, everything in nature amazes me, which I enjoy exploring with my husband and children. Other interests are herpetology, archaeology, the secret lives of bugs, dance, geology, Native American cultures, Carlebach music, vegetable gardening, and creative writing. I am committed to living compassionately and eco-consciously.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS & Development MANAGER
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My passion is connecting people to causes. The Whaling Museum’s mission of historic preservation, education and conservation is a cause worth supporting.
It’s wonderful to work for an organization with such a rich history in a community that values culture and the arts. Fresh out of the fundraising program at NYU’s School of Philanthropy I hope to apply all that I learned to position the museum for years of sustainable, long-term growth.
My first career was in retail management starting at Bloomingdales NY after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Twenty years later I ended my retail career with Eastern Mountain Sports. It was truly retail nirvana as I spent my days outfitting clients for exotic trips or simply a walk in the woods. Unique in the retail environment our business model included programs in education and outreach, often collaborating with local nonprofits. My favorite programs were kayaking lessons and tours. I have an affinity to water and am happiest swimming, kayaking, sailing or diving.
In my next life I hope to come back as a fish – or a whale!
Museum Educator & Artist In Residence
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I am thrilled to join the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum Education Staff! I received a BFA in Art Education and my MA in Art, both from Long Island University and I am an artist and certified art teacher. I’ve spent the last few years substitute teaching at different school districts and teaching art in various outreach programs across Long Island, while at the same time creating and exhibiting my artwork.
As a life-long learner, I am thrilled about jumping into a new chapter of education. Working at the Whaling Museum will give me a chance to further explore the things I love best: teaching, nature, conservation and becoming more involved in the surrounding community. I also look forward to bringing some art classes to the museum soon. When I am not working at the museum I am painting, which is primarily nature-themed. I love gardening, traveling, bird-watching and spending time with my husband, family and dog.
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I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful museum! In 2014, I graduated from Portland State University in Oregon with a B.S. in Anthropology and in Social Studies. In college, I worked on two archaeological studies, one field study in Alaska at a Tlingit seal hunting camp and a lab study of prestige and resource control at a Chinook plank house village. I also did volunteer work with elementary and middle school students as a teaching guide for outdoor scientific studies. After graduating, I worked as an archaeologist for the University of Wisconsin and then as a teacher at an educational farm in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Whaling Museum is a place where all my passions intersect. It offers the opportunity for me to teach children about history, artifacts and conservation in a wonderful hands-on setting. The Whaling Museum allows young people to learn in a very unique way. They can touch scrimshaw artifacts and then learn how it is done by making their own, they can stand in lookout hoops and examine whale bones and pieces of baleen. I am very excited to participate in the many programs at the Whaling Museum that introduce children to marine biology, the history of whaling, and the conservation of marine life. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time hiking with my boyfriend and dog, reading, gardening, and doing yoga.
Stephanie Adamczak firstname.lastname@example.org; Ext 11
As a recent graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology I am thrilled to be a part of the Whaling Museum Staff. My area of focus is marine conservation and marine mammal biology, and I am greatly interested in the interactions between humans and the environment. Working for the museum gives me an opportunity to examine this interaction and show the important role people play in protecting the environment. I love communicating this information to others using a hands-on, experimental approach.
Gift Shop Manager & Interpreter
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Sailing to Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT each summer for over 18 years has instilled in me an interest in maritime history. What a joy it is to work at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum! I love greeting people and sharing my knowledge of the exhibit and showing the movie about the Charles W. Morgan. Many times I learn from our visitors.
Other experiences include working as a Montessori Teacher for over 20 years, substitute teaching, and volunteering in several organizations. I was Commander of Neptune Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron® for one year and on the Bridge and Executive Board for many more.
In my free time I enjoy, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, going to the gym, playing the piano, and cooking.
Carpentry & Building
Recently retired from the CSH Lab - catch master carpenter Pete building, fixing, moving, sawing, measuring, hanging, assembling, drilling and trimming our exhibits, displays, and materials at the Museum, and making us look our best!
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I am thrilled to be on The Whaling Museum team! It is great be part of an organization that values education, the environment, and sharing and preserving local history. My role here is to facilitate the overall business flow of the Whaling Museum.
My career path has been a winding road yet has a common thread of helping others and facilitating the smooth operations of programs. After growing up on Long Island and graduating from Adelphi University with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders, I worked for Frost Valley YMCA and The Community YMCA in various roles including Environmental Educator, Camp Director, Teen Program Director, and Alumni Coordinator. Hiring and training staff for camp programs led me to matching employers’ needs with qualified candidates as a Senior Agent with Randstad, a multinational human resources consulting firm. Upon returning to the non-profit sector, I worked as Development Coordinator for Sustainable Long Island and further honed my skills in event planning, fundraising, and database management. Working at The Whaling Museum has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to pull all of these skills together.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, trivia games, golf, catching live music, knitting, and reading.
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A born and bred Huntington girl, I love being part of this museum with the opportunity to bring the history of the whaling community and a commitment to conservation to our greater community at-large. By creating programs like our "SEE through SEA" after-school and internship programs, Slow Art Day, and summer camp scholarships, I hope to do just that.
After graduating from James Madison University in 1991 with a degree in Communications and Studio Art, I started my working life as the official Ski Photographer at Massanutten Resort and as a photojournalist at the Staunton Daily News Leader in Staunton, VA. Later, I returned to New York to open the first Expressly Portraits Studio on Long Island, and met my wonderful husband, Eric. In 1995 I began working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and became Production Coordinator before the birth of my son in 2000. Continuing with photography, I exhibited my work throughout NYC, Long Island and at several galleries back in Virginia. I still follow my passion for photography and will have a piece in the Heckscher Biennial beginning in August of 2014.
After being a stay-at-home mom for 5 years, I returned to the workforce as a proofreader and writing the weekly column, “The Not-So-Stay-At-Home-Mom” for the Long Islander Newspapers. During this time, I started volunteering in many local organizations, including Suffolk Literacy, St. Hugh's Outreach, Huntington Master Plan Advisory Board, and was chairman of the board of directors of the Huntington Station Boys & Girls Club. I love my community and wanted to do what I could to bring art and education to the forefront of it.
Seeking to start an art program, I began applying for grants and successfully won two New York State Arts Decentralization grants for an original photography workshop, "A Mother's Life" involving local moms. When an opportunity opened up for an art space in the old Yankee Peddler antiques building in Huntington Station, I started my own photo studio, Pixeslstick Gallery, and created The Artists in the Attic, an “artists' community” with 14 different artists working in their own studios, inviting the public for special events, and holding fund raisers for local charities.
Entering the world of education in 2008 as a Paraprofessional for special needs children in South Huntington, I decided to merge my love of art and helping students by returning to school to start the next chapter in my life.
In 2012 I completed my Master’s degree in Art Education at CW Post and became a NYS certified teacher. Here at the Museum, I've entered a brilliant world of whales and conservation and love sharing this history and culture with all the people of Long Island.
COLLECTIONS & EXHIBITS COORDINATOR
I am absolutely thrilled to be stepping into the collections and exhibit role at the Whaling Museum! To me, history is something that is very much alive in the present and I really hope to convey this with engaging exhibits about Cold Spring Harbor’s maritime history. I am also excited to be a part of helping the museum preserve this history for future generations to enjoy.
In 2014, I graduated from LIU Post with a BA in History and a BA in Earth and Environmental System Sciences, but I fell in love with museum work in 2013 when I interned here at the Whaling Museum. As part of my internship, I helped create the Waves and Watercolor exhibit that showcased Claus Hoie paintings alongside local artists' works. Since then I have had the pleasure with helping out at the front desk, working various events at the museum, and helping to execute the most recent exhibit update, Thar She Blows.
In my free time I am always looking for new trails to hike and books to read. I also love to dabble in photography, crochet, make jewelry, and essentially explore any arts and crafts project that may be out there.
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I am overjoyed to be a part of this museum staff here at the Whaling Museum. I started my story here at the Whaling Museum as an intern in March of 2015 helping out with education and the creation of the exhibit “If I were a Whaler”. Today I work at the museum as an educator and could not be happier here. I grew up on Long Island just a town away from Cold Spring Harbor, to be able to educate students on an amazing part of Long Island maritime history brings me so much joy!
I graduated in 2014 from York College of Pennsylvania with a history degree. It wasn’t until my senior year when I decided to take a museum studies class for some extra credits. From that day on my passion for museums has only grown larger. The Whaling Museum and Education Center has accepted me with open arms and has given me the opportunities to express and enhance my creativity, design, and education skills.
When I am not at at the museum I love to travel and to be outdoors. I love spending time with my friends and family. Or you can always find me at the beach, the gym, or watching the NY Giants and NY Islanders!
Cornelius Francis (Neil) Brogan, Accountant
In the summer of 1974, I was asked to fill in for a friend who was working weekends at the Museum. I continued for several years whenever the friend could not make work. In 1977, I was added officially to the staff. After graduating CW Post School Of Professional Accountancy in 1981, I became the accountant for the Museum and have served in that capacity ever since.
I worked at Zeidman, Lackowitz & Company Certified Public Accountants, Syosset NY for 25 years. I am currently the Chief Financial Officer for The Inn At New Hyde Park.
I belong to the New Hyde Park Fire Department where I have served as Captain Of Protection Engine Co. #2, an Emergency Medical Technician and Captain of the Termites Racing Team. I served as President of The Nassau County Volunteer Firemens Parade and Drill Team Captain's Association. I am a member of the Huntington Community Band and the Lindenhurst Brass Marching Band. I sing in the St. Annes Garden City Choir and am a member of the steering committee for the annual Newsday / Hofstra High School Marching Band Festival. I am a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and serve as Treasurer for the New Hyde Park Village Museum Association.
I enjoy spending time at my summer home located in Glen Spey NY, golfing and collecting antique vehicles.
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