Alice Estrada joined the Annapolis Maritime Museum as Executive Director in February 2013. Estrada has been credited with turning around multiple non-profit organizations by implementing her strategic management experience to maximize revenue streams and improve overall productivity. In addition to her work with non-profits, Estrada has extensive experience in the private sector including marketing Disney’s Town of Celebration, FL, and as Vice President and Director of Marketing for two commercial developers. An inspired community leader, Estrada served on the Town Council for the historic town of Gettysburg, PA, as well as multiple Boards including Journey through Hallowed Ground, United Way and the Chamber of Commerce. Estrada is a Certified Marketing Director, a designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers and a recent graduate of Leadership Anne Arundel. She received the national Non-profit Executive of the Year award in 2017 from Non-Profit Pro Magazine. A native Annapolitan, she earned her degree in Business from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mary has been with AMM since 2005. Although her title is Administrative Manager, she has been actively involved in all aspects of the Museum over the last 16 years. Starting just after the devastating damage brought by hurricane Isabel, Mary has seen tremendous growth in the renovation of the McNasby building, education programs, venue rentals, special events, and more. Knowing that the local maritime history is being preserved for future generations and seeing the kids’ faces when they learn about the Bay and its ecology is what Mary enjoys most.
Caitlin Swaim has worked in the museum field for nearly 15 years and is passionate about museum and nonprofit excellence. Swaim’s focus on American naval and maritime history includes previous experience at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy. Caitlin holds an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies and a B.A. in History. Caitlin was named the 2018 Heritage Professional of the Year by the Four Rivers Heritage Area.
Ryan is a native of Portland, Oregon but moved to the east coast to pursue her master’s degree in history from Simmons University. After graduating she moved to Washington D.C. to continue her career as a museum professional. In her free time, Ryan loves to watch old movies, coach volleyball, and spend time with her wife and two dogs.
Paige is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to Annapolis in 2015. She has enjoyed working part-time for Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park since November 2015, first as Venue Coordinator and then Venue Manager. Her duties include booking the Museum Campus, Park Campus, and Skipjack Wilma Lee for various social and corporate events. Paige graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest University and has worked in event planning in D.C. and Cincinnati prior to joining the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Paige especially enjoys the weddings because of the amazing couples she gets to work with and the creative ideas they bring to the table for their big day. Paige and her husband, Paul, live in Arnold with their daughters, Macy and Sloane, and dog, Mia.
Rick is the Lead Captain of the Skipjack Wilma Lee. He began sailing at the age of 10 years old and taught sailing during the summers thru college. He is a USCG licensed Captain. Rick joins us after retiring from IBM where he developed international teams focused on serving the telecoms industry. Rick launched our inaugural season for Wilma Lee programs across all facets of the AMM in 2020. He brings a lot of energy, experience, and enthusiasm to his role as Captain. Having lived in the Annapolis area for over 20 years Rick considers himself a native Annapolitan, along with his wife Maggie.
Leigh was born and raised in Annapolis and has spent almost all of her summers boating on the Chesapeake Bay. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.S. in Marine Biology. Leigh has worked in many forms of education from substitute teaching in a classroom to outdoor education with Chesapeake Bay Foundation. There, she was an educator on the Skipjack Stanley Norman. At AMM, she is the skipjack operations coordinator for Wilma Lee and is helping to design the education program for the 81-year-old skipjack.
Cathy Wasiuta is AMM’s Communications Manager and is a native Annapolitan. Prior to March 2021, she worked for three years in our Education Department as the Education Program Coordinator and also helped to launch the Skipjack Wilma Lee public cruises. She graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a B.S. in Graphic Design and has 25 years of design and print production experience. Cathy left a full-time position as Production Director with Waterway Guide Navigational books in 2006 to raise her two daughters but continued to do freelance graphic design for several socially conscious investment firms. While away from the Museum, Cathy, her husband Eric, and their daughters enjoy boating and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay.
Every program at AMM is brought to life by the outstanding Education Staff. Each staff member holds a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field supporting the Museum’s mission.
Program assistants are dedicated Museum volunteers or college interns. Read more about our education team below:
Sophie Katz brings her passion and knowledge of outdoor education from a variety of experiences from coast to coast. She studied Natural Resources Management at Virginia Tech and went on to teach outdoor education programming in the redwoods of California and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where she learned the importance of inquiry-based and student-led learning. After obtaining her Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, Sophie returned to her home state of Maryland and is excited that she gets to share her passion for the outdoors with others on the Chesapeake Bay. When not working, Sophie enjoys gardening, cooking, and enjoying all things outdoors with her husband and daughter.
Kirsten Barbera is a born and raised Marylander, who developed a love for the natural world through a childhood filled with family hikes and time outside. She completed both a B.S. and M.S. in environmental science at UMBC, where she also ran cross country and track. Kirsten discovered her passion for environmental education as a naturalist at the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon, Maryland, where she also deepened her connection to the Chesapeake Bay. In her role as School Program Manager at AMM, she works to inspire students to fall in love with the Bay like she has, and to give them the tools they need to help protect it. She has a special fondness for the preschoolers she gets to see through the Little Skipjacks program. In her free time, you can find Kirsten chasing new birds for her life list; running with her husband, Dylan; or playing with her dog, Pepper.
Marco Rojas is a born and raised Marylander, who grew up with a passion for the outdoors, sports, and the youth. His childhood consisted of him running around exploring nature with his brothers, participating in various sporting events, and giving back to the community. Marco graduated from Lake Erie College, with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science. He also played football in college and mentored students at a nearby elementary school. Marco has frequently helped teach with the Museum’s education team, while in and out of college. In the position of Community Program Manager at AMM, he desires to inspire youth to have an understanding, love, and respect for the bay; while encouraging them to conquer fears and build self-confidence. In his free time, you can find Marco spending time with friends and family, playing sports, or giving back to his community.
Susannah Waldman is an Annapolis native. She earned her undergraduate degree from UMBC in Geography and Environmental Studies. She also earned a master’s degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University, during which she spent a year living in Costa Rica. Susannah is also an avid outdoorswoman. She likes spending as much time outside as possible, whether it is taking her kayak out for a spin, backpacking, or just taking her dog out for a walk. Susannah has spent three months backpacking through Tanzania on a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) course and she has backpacked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Massachusetts. Susannah holds a Wilderness First Responder certification and figures to have spent over a year of her life inside a tent.