Maritime Museum Welcomes New Board Leadership
2022 highlights include newly seated members and officer changes
Kingston, N.Y. - Hudson River Maritime Museum has elected new members to its Board of Trustees and will see new officer leadership in 2022. For over 40 years the organization’s board has worked together to provide fiscal oversight, ensure museum activities conform to the organization’s mission, oversee strategic planning, and represent the museum within the community.
Trustee Allan Bowdery will lead the board as President having in the role previously from 2013 to 2016. Bowdery retired from a career as a maritime lawyer in New York City, but continues to act as an arbitrator on maritime disputes. He will be joined by fellow officers Dale Wolfield (1st Vice President), Brian Johnson (2nd Vice President), Bob Burhans (Treasurer), and Shelly Wright (Secretary).
In 2021 the museum welcomed new trustees Jesse Hicks and Nick Rothlein.
Born and raised on the Rondout Creek, Hicks is a 4th generation descendant of the Roberti Family – proprietors of Lou’s Boat Basin. He has over 10 years’ experience in small scale entrepreneurship and 6 years’ experience in Strategy Operations for Startup & Global Enterprises in Boston. Jesse is owner/operator of A Day Away Kayak Rentals, where he developed a small local paddle sport livery from two kayaks and $100.
Rothlein is Owner/Operator at Rondout Yacht Basin in Connelly which he has run with his brother Andrew since 2016. Born and raised in Kingston, Rothlein lived in Northern California for 8 years and graduated from Humboldt State University double majoring in Recreation Administration and Business Administration. Nick was awarded the Marinas.com Young Leader Award in 2020 and the yacht basin was designated a Boaters' Choice Winner in 2016 through 2020.
Hicks and Rothlein join the rest of the board team which includes Stephen Digilio, David Eaton, Huntley Gill, Mark Heller, Ann Loeding, Frank Marcigliano, Mark Peckham, Bill Ryan, and Ian Westergren. Bios of board members can be found on the museum website at www.hrmm.org/board.
Retiring from the board is Jack Weeks who has served since assuming the role of Board President in 2005. Jack has served in a leadership position—president twice, vice president twice, secretary, and as an active board member and volunteer since then. He charted a course of program expansion and public engagement. HRMM rebuilt its bulkhead and docks, opened the public waterfront walkway, upgraded and expanded its exhibits, added the Homeport and Education Center as well as the Riverport Wooden Boat School, dramatically expanded its educational programing including museum programs, sailing, woodworking, rowing, and most recently adding the 100% solar-powered tour boat, Solaris, to its fleet. While many have contributed to the museum’s success, Jack has been there convincing board members, volunteers, staff, and the community that HRMM is an effort worthy of their energy and support. He believes, “It is important to Kingston, the Hudson Valley and New York State to have a place that helps people experience how much the Hudson River and its people have contributed to the story of America.”
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Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries.
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