CBMM welcomes new board members

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) Board of Governors recently announced the election of three new governors. Joining for a three-year term are Beth Loker of Royal Oak, MD, Bruce Rogers of Easton, MD and Carolyn Williams of Washington D.C. and Easton, MD. CBMM’s Board provides governance to the non-profit institution while supporting its mission of preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay.

Beth Loker retired from The Washington Post in 2003, with the last ten years of her 30-year tenure serving as the Post’s vice president of systems and engineering. She has served on several boards of directors, primarily in the health care and media fields, including CareFirst, Inc, and currently with Quality Health Strategies, and the Copyright Clearance Center.

In addition to corporate boards, Loker’s volunteer work includes supporting scholarship students at University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Sciences Horn Point Laboratory, and serving as honorary director with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, as well as emerita member and past-chair of the George Washington University’s National Council for Arts and Sciences.

Loker earned her a BA degree in philosophy from The George Washington University and completed graduate studies in operations research and economics. She was recognized as one of the McGraw-Hill Companies “Top 100 Women in Computing” in 1996 for outstanding technical expertise and management achievement.

Bruce Rogers has served as president of Sherwood of Salisbury for more than 25 years, after serving as its vice president for seven. His community involvement includes serving on the advisory council for Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and as board member of the Salisbury Foundation Board. He previously served as a member of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, board member of the Calvin B. Taylor Bank, and advisory board member of the Wilmington Trust Company. Rogers attended Salisbury University before earning his BS in business from Northwood Institute in Midland, MI.

A graduate of Cambridge University in England and Yale Law School, Carolyn Williams practiced law for thirty-five years with the Washington, D.C. law firm Williams & Connolly. She specialized in complex civil litigation representing companies such as General Electric and Pfizer Inc. in defense of product liability suits and The Washington Post and The National Enquirer in defense of defamation actions. Williams represented one of the property insurers in litigation arising out of the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Williams serves on the boards of several professional and charitable organizations, including the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s mediation program, the Yale Law School Alumni Board, the Vestry of Christ Church-Easton and the Board of Trustees of the Academy Art Museum in Easton.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is home to the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world, with an 18-acre waterfront campus featuring 12 exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, a working boatyard, and several interactive exhibits. A floating fleet of historic boats can be found along the museum’s waterfront, with exhibits, educational and boat restoration programming offered year-round. Signature festivals celebrating Chesapeake Bay culture, boats, seafood, and history are offered in the warmer months. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org

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