KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the election of its new Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the museum’s governing body.
Returning Treasurer William Ryan is joined by a new slate of officers: President Robert Burhans; First Vice President Mark Peckham; Second Vice President Francesca Szabadi; and Secretary Dan Proctor.
Outgoing Board President Allan Bowdery expresses confidence in the future of the museum, its mission and goals. “With the election of this invigorated Executive Committee, this Board will be working in concert with our recently appointed Executive Director, Lisa Cline, who had served as Chief Operating Officer for the past year. The museum as a whole will continue to raise the bar, so to speak, for providing education and preservation of the history and vitality of the Hudson Valley region.”
Newly elected Board President Robert Burhans wants to thank outgoing Board officers, Allan Bowdery, Jack Weeks and Ian Westergren, for all of their hard work overseeing the dramatic growth of the museum during the last two years. He also is excited and looking forward to working with the new Executive Committee and with Executive Director Lisa Cline.
Executive Director Cline adds her enthusiasm for the upcoming 2017 season. “The staff, volunteers and Board members of the museum have been organizing an impressive array of classes in our Riverport Wooden Boat School; continuing restoration work on the sloop Woody Guthrie; completing renovations and upgrades to our campus facility; planning our ‘Follow the River’ Lecture and Film Series; and scheduling educational offerings, including the successful inauguration of our new monthly Sunday Family Program as well as our innovative Hudson River Stewards program.
We have a reinvigorated membership structure and an exciting February benefit evening with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. And of course, we are planning our annual Hudson River Day – Get Out on the River! event along with the First Annual Boatbuilding Challenge, both scheduled for Saturday, June 24.”
Robert L. Burhans – President
Bob Burhans retired in 2010 from the NYS Department of Health with 34 years of public and environmental health experience at both the State and local levels. After 9/11 he was appointed as New York’s first Director of Health Emergency Preparedness, leading the State’s efforts to prepare the public health and healthcare sectors to be ready to respond to health emergencies. Burhans is currently Senior Executive for Health Emergency Management for Tetra Tech EMCR and has been actively involved in the development of the NHSPI (National Health Security Preparedness Index). He is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for the NHSPI, and has managed projects and programs with budgets ranging from $24,000 to $47.5 million.
First Vice President – Mark Peckham
Mark Peckham has recently retired from a long career in Historic Preservation, including serving in positions involved with urban conservation and architecture. From 1983 until 2015, he worked for the New York State Division for Historic Preservation in several capacities, and also was an Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission Member. He shares a great love for boating, paddling, sailing, wreck diving and has experience in building and sailing replicas. Peckham also counts writing, storytelling, drawing, painting and ship model restoration among his beloved hobbies.
Second Vice President – Francesca Szabadi
Francesca Szabadi, a resident of Hurley, is executive administrative officer and corporate secretary for the governing board of Rondout Savings Bank. Prior to this position, Szabadi was responsible for arts administration of the Al Held Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in association with Syracuse University, and is a 2015 graduate of the Ulster Leadership Development Institute. Szabadi has volunteered for various not-for-profits, including the United Way of Ulster County, and has served on the Mid-Hudson Advisory Committee for Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. Not only is she a museum enthusiast, Szabadi is an avid rower and sits on the Board of the Rondout Rowing Club.
Treasurer – William Ryan
William Ryan brings over 31 years of senior level IBM management to the museum as well as his current expertise as Regional Director for AcBel Polytech Inc., a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer. Born in Kingston, Ryan graduated from Kingston High School, and received his BS in Physics and MBA in Finance from Marist College. His current community board relationships, besides HRMM, include Director, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; President, Hurley Cemetery Association; and Treasurer, Wiltwyck Hose Co. Ryan plays tennis, bikes and is a member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol. William Ryan remains in his HRMM Executive Committee position as Treasurer.
Secretary – Dan Proctor
Dan Proctor offers a demonstrated capability to manage organizational change, optimize organizational form to function, and lead as well as improve complex private and federal organizations. His consulting firm, Proctor Robbins, LLC, continues this support to both the public and private sector. Having received his BA in Economics from the University of Georgia, Proctor continued his studies and received his MBA in Organizational Design from George Mason University and then his MA in Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College. Serving for 10 years USN Enlisted, he was 17 years as an USN Officer, and retired in 2000 as a Commander/O5 which involved planning, resourcing and directing Special Warfare operations and centers worldwide.
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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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The Hudson River Maritime Museum receives no federal, state, or municipal funding except through competitive, project-based grants. Your donation helps support our mission of education and preservation.