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!
Please make an appointment to meet with staff. The general office line is (631) 367-3418.
Please make an appointment to meet with staff. The general office line is (631) 367-3418.
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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.
My passion for working in education brought me to The Whaling Museum in 2009 and back again in 2022. As a proud graduate of CUNY Hunter College with an MS in Childhood Education, I strive to bring my knowledge and experience in working with children to everything I do. Prior to beginning my journey in education, I held positions in Product Development for businesses in NYC. I completed a BS in Business Management from SUNY FIT in 2004 and after working in the field for a few years decided to make a career change more aligned with my values and future goals.
On my days off, you very well may find me at the museum with my children as they have grown to love this museum as I have. My free time is spent visiting museums, parks, and endless amounts of time with my large extended family. I also love to travel and sometimes spend my vacations searching for the sweetest desserts, hence the cakes in my profile photo.
Boating was a very big part of my childhood growing up on Long Island’s South Shore - I even lived on a houseboat for a bit! Now, living on the North Shore and having this incredible opportunity to be a part of the Whaling Museum team and the historic community of Cold Spring Harbor, feels like a full circle moment.
After receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Hofstra University I began working in the fashion industry in New York. I quickly came to the conclusion that I’m not a city or corporate girl and so I returned to college and received an MA in Elementary Education from LIU, C.W. Post. I loved teaching 4th grade and then transitioned to part time school librarian after my first daughter was born. I then decided to stay home full time after my second daughter was born. I really missed teaching and being creative so I filled that void by becoming a Girl Scout Leader, Class Parent, and PTA volunteer.
Now that both of my girls are well into their college careers at The University of Kentucky, I’m thrilled to be back in education and fully interacting, teaching, and learning from kids again!
Outside of work, I love spending time with my 3 cats (I love dogs too!), playing Mah Jong, treasure hunting at Garage Sales, cake decorating, traveling, and spending time with my husband and girls in beautiful West Virginia.
Collections & Exhibits asSociate
After I graduated from Stony Brook University with a Master’s in History I was curious about museum work and the opportunities that are available in this field. I joined The Whaling Museum team in August 2021 because I wanted to learn more about working in a museum.
I was lucky to find a museum nearby that related to my interest in the American whaling industry. Since joining the Whaling Museum staff I have found plenty of opportunities and a lot of encouragement in exploring different aspects of museum work. I am grateful and thrilled to be a part of the team!
When I am not working you can usually find me digging in a garden or buried in a book with a cat in close proximity.
Being a part of the Whaling Museum team is such an amazing experience. I truly enjoy welcoming guests to the museum and helping out with family programs, birthday parties, and summer camps. And I really appreciate everyone I work with.
Outside of the museum, I am studying civil engineering at New York University with a focus on transportation systems. In the future, I hope to shape New York's transit system to improve mobility for everyone and to move people as safely and efficiently as possible.
I am thrilled to be on The Whaling Museum team! It is great to be part of an organization that values education, accessibility, the environment, and the 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. A long-time Long Island resident and Adelphi University graduate, I’ve worked in camping, environmental education, staffing, event logistics, and development. Being part of 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, visiting museums. trivia games, golf, catching live music, and knitting.
As a person who is passionate about art history, museum curation, and child education, becoming an Educator at the Whaling Museum has been a dream come true. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to travel all over Long Island and educate kids on our whaling history!
I graduated from Fordham with a major in Medieval Studies and a minor in Art History. My scholastic experience has helped me discover my interest in sharing history with others, and as one of the first points of contact between the public and past, I see museums as the best places to pursue my interests. Though 19th century Long Island may be a few leaps away from Medieval Europe, both time periods have produced unconventional, detailed artworks that I want to help people appreciate.
My history as a camp counselor and a substitute teacher has given me a lot of experience working with kids, and I am glad to continue working with them as an Educator. I have always been a big arts and crafts fan, so when I’m helping kids make whale puppets or home-made wind socks, I’m having as much fun as they are.
When I’m not hopping from library to library for our Outreach programs, I’m working on getting my Masters in Medieval Studies. When I’m not doing that, I’m either knitting, drawing, baking, watching pro-wrestling, or running.
My work centers on 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. My favorite part of being at the museum is finding creative interpretations of the museum's historic collection which spark curiosity and creativity.
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 Long Island Museum Association.
When not at the museum, I enjoy heirloom vegetable gardening and am involved in community theater.
STORE manager & ADMISSIONS ASSOCIATE
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 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.
CUrATOR OF EDUCATIoN
I'm incredibly proud to be part of the Whaling Museum's wonderful team! Having grown up both in coastal New England and along the shores of Long Island Sound, I have always been fascinated by the complex relationships that exist between people and the sea. I was first drawn to the study of maritime history while completing my BA at Drew University, where I spent a year researching early American maritime literature and the role it played in the creation of a new national identity. Increasingly interested in Public History, I shifted my focus to the interplay between maritime heritage sites and collective memory while completing a joint MA in Global History at Georgetown University and King's College London.
No stranger to the world of museums, I have previously worked at Historic Hudson Valley, the New-York Historical Society, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Westchester Children's Museum, and the South Street Seaport Museum. It is a joy to be able to add the Whaling Museum to this list.
When I’m not working, you can find me hiking, reading, exploring new museums, or of course, spending time down by the sea.