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!
We truly love what we do, and we hope to sea you soon!
Nomi Dayan firstname.lastname@example.org; Ext 17
My work is bringing others closer to the wonders of the world. I started teaching in museums 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.
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It has always been a passion of mine to work with children. During my freshman year at SUNY College at Old Westbury I was required to complete community service hours and I requested to be placed with an organization that works with children. I became an intern at the Whaling Museum in order to fulfill my community service requirements. Near the end of my school semester, I was asked to join the education team.
Working at the museum continues to be such a wonderful experience because it allows me to expand on my knowledge of marine life, history and conservation while educating the students and visitors who explore the museum. My experiences teaching at museum has also allowed me to grow as an educator and sharpen my teaching skills.
I am currently attending St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue to earn my degree in childhood and special education. I also have concentration in psychology and sociology.
In my spare time I enjoy kickboxing, traveling, and spending time with my family.
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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.
Gift Shop Manager & Interpreter
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 Projects
When Pete's not creating fabulous things at the CSH Lab, catch him building, fixing, moving, sawing, measuring, hanging, assembling, and trimming our exhibits, displays, and materials at the Museum, and making us look our best!
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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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.
firstname.lastname@example.org; Extension 16
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.
Special Update! My work is now exhibited in the Heckscher Museum of Art's Biennial Exhibit. Check it out here!
Lmaster@cshwhalingmuseum.org; Ext. 11
Growing up on Long Island, I enjoyed learning about local history and the Long Island Sound. My interest in cultural history led me to work in museums and historical societies starting in high school, teaching, researching, cataloging, and writing about the many amazing objects in these institutions. I quickly realized that what I liked most about museums is their ability to share the stories of their collections in exciting ways. As a result, I strive to make museums as memorable and enjoyable for visitors as they are for me through the interactive engagement of informal learning experiences.
I received a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, an M.A. in decorative arts, design, and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center and an M.S.Ed. in Museum Education and Childhood Education at the Bank Street College of Education. Some of my previous work experiences include cataloging artifacts at the New-York Historical Society, The Roslyn Landmarks Society, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art, teaching at Rutgers, NYIT Old Westbury, and the Brooklyn Friends School, and caring for children as a nanny. I came to the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum in 2012 because of my desire to encourage children’s curiosity through hands-on, informal learning, particularly in the museum environment. After finishing my degree at Bank Street, I wanted to find a job where I could make learning fun, where history and science could come alive through the objects, games and stories. I found that job at the Whaling Museum.
When I am not working at the museum, I design interactive museum exhibitions at an architecture and design firm in Manhattan. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, singing, crocheting, photography, traveling, American History, cooking, and baseball.
Gina Van Bell
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My fourth grade trip to the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum is one that I’ve never forgotten. I kept my scrimshaw craft from that day for a very long time. Now I not only get to share that experience on a weekly basis with children from all over Long Island while teaching about whaler’s lives and experiences, but I also help to make the experience more relevant and exciting as time changes the museum and the world around it.
My background varies from studying fashion merchandising in London to product development at various fashion businesses to substituting in the Long Island schools. I completed my BA in Fashion Merchandise Management at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology. After working in the field for a few years, I had a change of heart and decided I would use my creativity to teach children. I graduated from CUNY Hunter College with an MA in Childhood Education.
I started working at the museum in the summer of 2009 after finishing up a year of substituting in Long Island schools. Making teaching points at the whaling museum using a true hands-on approach, educational games, and related crafts, inspired me as an educator. I continue to be motivated and enthused every day by the group of educators, visitors, and friends of the museum.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and son. We spend time outdoors at the local parks and beaches whether its summer or winter. When I’m home, I like to spend time reading, doing crafts, and especially organizing.
Weekend Interpreter Staff