Board of Trustees Captain Sally McElwreath Callo , USN (Ret.) In the corporate world, Sally has been a communications strategist, specializing in crisis, strategic and marketing communications in the oil, airline, publishing and energy industries. She was most recently Senior Vice President and Corporate Officer with Aquila, Inc., then a Fortune 100 company.  Prior to…

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Board of Trustees I was born in Garden City, New York in 1964 and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut near enough to the water for it to make a lasting impression on me. As the song goes, I am the son of son of a sailor. My grandfather was chairman of the board of McAllister…

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Board of Trustees K. Denise Rucker Krepp works at the Naval History and Heritage Command. Ms. Krepp began her career as an active duty Coast Guard officer. After September 11, 2001, Ms. Krepp helped create the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. She served as Senior Counsel on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. During…

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Board of Trustees The vice president of Scarano Boat Building, Richard Scarano is responsible for business development and management, systems installations, quality control and production. He joined the company in 1984. He also operates Adirondack Sailing Excursions, which operates four Scarano-built vessels, the three Adirondacks and the motor vessel Manhattan, in Newport, New York and Key West. He…

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Board of Trustees, Secretary Margaret Jean Wort was born in England and became fascinated by ships and boats while living along the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. At age eleven her family moved to Brazil aboard the Royal Mail Lines Highland Princess and during the next ten years she made several crossings. After graduating from St.…

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Board of Trustees Award winning author William H. White has been an historian specializing in the maritime heritage and American involvement in the Age of Sail for most of his adult life. A life-long sailor himself, he has sailed under square rig, giving him a knowledgeable and first hand insight to the complex workings of…

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Board of Trustees Capt. Cesare Sorio has an extensive background in the maritime industry. During his fifteen years at sea, he served on various types of vessels, including coastal cargo, sailing and motor yachts, ocean trading tankers, and world-wide cruising passenger ships. His activities ashore include all aspects of ship building and ship conversion and…

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Board of Trustees, Treasurer Howard Slotnick is the treasurer and chairman emeritus of National Maritime Historical Society and serves on the Coast Guard foundation board. He also is an advisor to Tall Ships America, serves on the board of trustees of Amistad America, and is an honorary trustee of South Street Seaport. Mr. Slotnick was…

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Board of Trustees Philip J. Shapiro is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Maritime Corporation (“Liberty”), a New York based ship management company.  As the President and CEO of LSG and its related companies, Mr. Shapiro heads one of the largest independent privately held US flag pure dry bulk shipping companies. The Liberty…

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Board of Trustees Dr. Timothy J. Runyan is Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Honors College at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. For nine years he was director of the graduate program in maritime history and underwater archaeology. From 2007-10 he served as Acting Manager of the Maritime Heritage Program, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries,…

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Board of Trustees Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.) currently serves as President of Washington Operations for Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida.  Until his retirement from the Coast Guard in May 2014, he served as the 24th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, heading the largest component of the U. S.…

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Board of Trustees, Chairman Ronald L. Oswald is a retired computer systems project manager who began his career working on computer simulations at Bell Telephone Laboratories for NASA’s Saturn/Apollo lunar landing project. He later worked in various marketing and technical support positions for a major computer manufacturer. An honors graduate of St. Peter’s College with a…

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Vice President, National Maritime Historical Society Deirdre O’Regan is a licensed professional mariner who has shipped out in tall ships as both a crew member and as an academic instructor teaching classes in maritime history and literature of the sea. In 2003, she swallowed the anchor when she came to work for the National Maritime…

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Board of Trustees Captain James A. Noone retired from the US Navy Reserve in 2001 after 39 years of active and reserve service. His active service included duty in Vietnam with Mobile Construction Battalion 58 in 1969. He enlisted in the US Navy Reserve and became a Navy journalist, then served 30 years as a…

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Captain Brian A. McAllister is the principal owner and president of McAllister Towing and Transportation Company, Inc., a company founded in 1864 by his great-grandfather, Captain James McAllister with a single sail lighter. Today, McAllister Towing is one of the oldest and most diversified marine towing and transportation companies, operating an extensive fleet of tugs,…

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