Eric M. Rubin, Chairman

Eric is a partner with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris, & Cooke, LLP. Eric joined the Museum's Board of Directors in 2006 and also served as its Counsel prior to being elected Chairman in 2011. Eric is a founder of the Chesapeake Legal Alliance and previously served as a Director of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington.

Jack Whitelaw, Vice Chairman

A retired executive with Exxon Mobil, in areas of financial management, strategic planning, public affairs, and insurance, Jack currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Scholarships for Scholars, Inc. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Annapolis and joined the AMM Board in 2007.

Kent K. Wilkinson, Treasurer

Former banker and retired CPA with 40 years experience, Kent joined the AMM Board in 2004, and currently serves as Treasurer . He is a member of Eastport Yacht Club, has been active on their Executive Committee and the Finance Committee, as well as volunteering for the Community Pressley Ridge School.

Elvia Thompson, Secretary

Elvia is an environmental activist and Co-founder of Annapolis Green, a non-profit that promotes sustainability in the Annapolis area. She produces and hosts a weekly radio program about local environmental issues and serves on the Board of the Spa Creek Conservancy, and volunteers for several community organizations. Elvia is an Anne Arundel County Watershed Steward and a Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Class graduate. She retired from NASA in 2006, having served in various federal agencies. Elvia is President of Stellar Presentations, Inc., specializing in design for web and print. She has volunteered her writing and design services to AMM since 2001, joining the Board in 2003.

L.B. (Buck) Buchanan, Chairman Emeritus

Former advertising director at Leo Burnett Advertising, Chicago, and retired marketing executive for H.J. Heinz Company, Buck led the marketing campaigns for StarKist Foods, Weight Watchers and Nestle's Taster's Choice. Buck joined the Museum Board in 2001, serving as Chairman until 2010.

Ted Berkinshaw

Ted is a Board Certified orthodontist who has been in active practice in Annapolis since 1981. He has been actively involved in Education having been a Senior Attending on the staff at Washington Hospital Center's Orthodontic Residence Program since 1986. He is a past member and Chairman of the American Association of Orthodontists Council on Communications. Ted joined the AMM Board in 2012.

Frank Cahouet

Frank Cahouet is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Harbor Cove Partners.  Prior to Harbor Cove Partners, Mr. Cahouet was a Senior Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International where he spent 15 years in the firm’s Global Industrial Practice. Frank joined the AMM Board in December 2014.

Agnes Cobbum

Agnes is currently a Principal, Regulatory Affairs with Swiftwater Group, a drug development consulting firm. She began her career as a marine natural product chemist, and held positions at Alba Therapeutics, MGI Pharma and Guilford Pharmaceuticals. She moved to Annapolis in 1998 and joined the AMM Board in 2011.

Eric Fischer

Eric is a Principal and Managing Director of Trammell Crow, a multi-national investment and development company. An entrepreneur with interest in local companies, he is a graduate of the Maritime Academy with an MA in Finance from NYU.

Dick Franyo

Dick is a retired investment banker with Alex Brown of Baltimore and is currently the owner of the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport. Past President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, Board member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation Board, Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Annapolis Economic Development Corporation, Eastport Business Association, Dick has been vital in countless community organizations, joining the Board of AMM in 2003.

Michael Hughes

Michael is currently President/Partner WRNR Radio, Annapolis, and WYRE, St Augustine, Florida, and President of MH Media Strategies, an independent marketing/consulting firm. A former board member of the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and the March of Dimes, as well as six other community service organizations, Michael now serves on the Boards of the D.C. based Clean Energy Partnership, Maryland Theater for Performing Arts, Camp Letts YMCA, Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, and Annapolis Recreation and Parks.

Jenny Kottler

Jenny is a former banker and currently founder of Kottler Works, LLC, which provides strategic consulting and turnkey, high-touch service for philanthropic, corporate, public and association audiences. Active with a number of non-profit organizations, including the Eastport Civic Association, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, and the Tulane University Associates Board, Jenny is also AMM Development Committee Chairman.

Steve Picarde

Steve joined the AMM Board in 2011. He is currently President and Founder of PI Midlantic, an Annapolis based consulting firm that builds high performance organizations by applying proven systems in areas of Talent Management, Organizational Development, Executive Coaching, and Sales Assessment/Training.

Mike Pitchford

Mike is President and CEO of the not-for-profit Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), which develops, owns and operates affordable housing based in Washington D.C. and includes two communities in Annapolis. He also serves on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis, and several affordable housing organizations.

Richard Gilbert

Richard is a retired communications industry CEO. Currently he conducts business advisory and investment banking work in Chicago.

Carol Sisco

Carol is the managing partner of Sisco Associates. She has worked as a clinician, consultant, and researcher in the field of addictions. Carol is the Chair of the AMM Education Advisory Committee. She is the former board Chair of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) and a current board member of Reading Fundamental (RIF). 

Education Advisory Board Bios


Carol B. Sisco Ph.D

Carol B. Sisco, Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Education Center at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, is the managing partner of Sisco Associates and Sisco Family Fund. She has worked "as a clinician, consultant, and educator in the field of addictions" and is the former Chairman of the Board of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA). Dr. Sisco serves on the Board of Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the "nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy organization." She is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland and Washington D.C., a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, and a nationally and internationally Certified Addiction Counselor. She has resided in Riva, MD for 20 years. 

Melanie Parker

A native of St. Mary’s County, Melanie spent most of her childhood exploring the creeks, farm fields and woods of the western shore of the Bay where her love for nature took root. As Coordinator of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education, she has the honor of providing hands on environmental learning experiences for students in Anne Arundel County Public Schools.  She oversees the implementation of the pre-12 Environmental Literacy Curriculum and the environmental and outdoor education programming for AACPS, including Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center. She has been with Anne Arundel County Public Schools for over 17 years where she works with students K-12, instructs adults and teachers. Prior to Arlington Echo she worked in the non-profit and private sector. She holds Administrator and Teacher certifications, and studied at Univ. of MD College Park, North Carolina State, and Univ. of MD Baltimore County.  Melanie is also the current President of the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

Sue Myers

Sue Myers is the Principal of Walter S. Mills Parole Elementary School which is located in Annapolis, off of Forest Drive.  Walter S. Mills Parole Elementary has a student population of approximately 620. Mills-Parole cultural diversity reflects the richness and strength of Annapolis’ varied communities. 

Josh Schmidt

Josh Schmidt, an active volunteer at AMM who has become a relative expert on oyster spat, retired recently after a career in education that he began as an English teacher when he graduated from college in 1968.  As a teacher, coach, college counselor, English Department Chair, then later Head of School – all in independent schools and for over 20 years in Quaker Schools – his primary and resolute focus was on helping each student grow, learn, develop sensitivity to others and other cultures, and find ways to make the world a better place.  Most recently he was a fundraising consultant for nonprofits, including Partners in Care Maryland and The National Foundation for Cancer Research.  He also serves on the Board of Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education and is a former Board member for Friends Meeting School.

Beth Foster

Beth is the Science Academic Chair at Annapolis High School.  Prior to this position, Beth was Science Department Chair at Annapolis Middle from 2009 – 2014 and the Science Department Chair at Marley Middle from 2006 -2009.  In addition she is Anne Arundel County Certified Master Watershed Steward.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Maine and her MAT in Secondary Science Education from The Johns Hopkins University.

Paul Bayne

Paul Bayne is the current Outdoor Department Head at the Key School in Annapolis.  Before Key School, he spent 12 years with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, mostly as lead educator on the Skipjack, Stanley Norman.  Paul’s responsibilities included creating education materials for boat-based field programs, designing and implementing teacher professional development programs and captaining a large sailboat.  Paul is a two time graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and holds a BA in Economics and BS in Biology from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Anita Kraemer

Anita is an environmental educator turned environmental education program evaluator. She has bachelor’s degrees in biology and secondary science education, and a master’s in natural resources planning. She worked many years for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, in roles ranging from field educator to assistant education director. Anita has collaborated on an evaluation of the NOAA B-WET Chesapeake program, and is currently developing and piloting B-WET’s national evaluation system. She has also worked for the Institute for Learning Innovation, the No Child Left Inside Coalition, and the Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership.

Kim Martinez

Kim Martinez is the Regional Education Manager for the Chesapeake Mid-Atlantic Regional Center located in Annapolis, Maryland.  Her responsibilities include raising awareness of and increasing participation in NWF’s education programs.  Before coming to NWF, Kim was Administrator of Professional Development for the Riverside County Office of Education in California.  Additionally, she was an instructor in the School of Education at the University of California, Riverside.  Prior to becoming a program administrator, Kim was a classroom teacher in Menifee, California.  Kim graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a BA in Psychology and a California teaching credential.  In 2002, she received her Masters of Education Administration from Azusa Pacific University.  In addition, Kim holds a Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate for Administrator I and Elementary 1-6. 

Brenna Tsiopanos

Brenna Tsiopanos spent her early adulthood working with children and traveling with her oldest daughter. After graduating from UMBC with a degree in clinical and child development psychology and a stint in the corporate world, she worked with middle school students in public schools and the Key School. Brenna has been a resident of Annapolis for 10 years and now uses her experience to homeschool her two younger daughters.

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