For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Trustee Shores Biography-Chairman
Daniel L. Shores
Daniel L. Shores grew up in nearby Carver, Massachusetts and attended public school there. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. At UNH, Dan was the team leader of an award-winning senior project in which his team budgeted, designed, and built a launch and recovery system for a human-powered submarine with funding assistance from the Sea Grant Program.
After working in the private sector, Dan went on to attend law school and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, DC. At Georgetown, Dan served on the Senior Editorial Board of The Georgetown Law Journal, Georgetown’s prestigious law review and concentrated his studies on intellectual property law. Dan worked during the entire time he attended law school and personally financed both his undergraduate and law school educations.
Upon graduation from law school, Dan worked as an attorney at the intellectual property boutique firm Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC and at the global law firm Latham & Watkins, LLP, both in Washington, DC. He also served as an executive officer of the esteemed Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court, the nation's flagship Intellectual Property Inn of Court located at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. Dan has served on panels to discuss IP issues and was selected as a “Super Lawyers” “Rising Star" for IP in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
After nearly 13 years in Washington, DC, Dan decided it was time to come home. He returned in 2013 and formed his own law practice. Later that year he ran for the United States Congress, in the Massachusetts 9th Congressional District, on a platform based on securing the future for the next generation.
Dan continues to build his law practice that specializes in patent law, including patent prosecution, due diligence, litigation, opinions and other complex IP counseling. He also continues to seek to be of service to his community and is honored to serve Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the capacity of Trustee.
Dan currently lives in Sandwich with his fiancée Lindsay and their two English Bulldogs Jarves and Rosie. In addition to practicing law and serving his community, Dan enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, and fishing.
Trustee Chalas Biography
LTC MARISOL A. CHALAS
Lieutenant Colonel Marisol A. Chalas was born in Bani, Dominican Republic and moved to the United States with her family to Massachusetts at the age of nine. She began her military career as an enlisted Soldier in July 1990. In 2001 she received her commission as Second Lieutenant in the Aviation branch from the Georgia Military Institute Officer Candidate School.
LTC Chalas’ military experience includes two rotations as Company Commander. She has operations experience both at the Battalion and FORSCOM level. LTC Chalas’ international duties entail Battle Captain and Platoon Leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Aviation Liaison in the Dominican Republic under a Combined Joint Task Force. Other assignments include Lean Six Sigma advisor, Force Management and Exchange Officer serving with the Canadian Forces in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Her military education includes Aviation Officer Basic Course, UH-60 Aviator Qualification Course, Aviation Captain’s Career Course; Intermediate Level Education (ILE), the Army Force Management Course , the Advance Operations Course (AOC) and the Strategic Fellows Program at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. LTC Chalas received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Master in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University. LTC Chalas is a certified Lean and Six Sigma Black Belt.
Lieutenant Colonel Chalas has an extensive corporate career record with vast international experience. She worked for GE where she held a number of senior management roles. She worked in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. LTC Chalas is a graduate of GE’s Nuclear Technical Leadership Program. LTC Chalas also worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Process Improvement Consultant.
Her awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters) Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Silver Hourglass/M Device), Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, FORSCOM Ironwoman Award, GEN George J. Hearn Trophy, Senior Aviator Badge and Army Staff Identification Badge. She is a recipient of the Propeller Club Port of Boston Academic Award. LTC Chalas was named as Maritime Person of the Year by Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2016. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Maritime Academy. LTC Chalas received the USCIS Outstanding American by Choice award in 2017.
LTC Chalas recently served as Legislative Fellow for Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Minnesota District 4, she now serves as an Army Congressional Budget Liaison in ASA-FM&C (SAFM-BUL). She is responsible for Aviation, Missiles and Chemical Demil portfolios.
Trustee Connor Biography
Brian J. Connor is a 37-year veteran of the Emergency Medical Service Industry.
Brian began his career as an EMT at age 19, following his graduation from the Northeastern University EMT Program in 1979. He was hired as an EMT for Armstrong Ambulance Service, one of the oldest family-owned business in Massachusetts. He served in many clinical and managerial positions throughout the next 26 years, ultimately serving as the Chief Executive Officer for the last ten years while employed at Armstrong.
On April 25, 2006, along with the investment capital from 15 investors; four of which were his competing ambulance companies, Brian established LifeLine Ambulance Service. LifeLine quickly became one of the largest privately-owned ambulance companies in New England; with 13 offices throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, 400 employees and fielding a fleet of more than 160 vehicles. Collectively LifeLine transported over 350 patients each day. LifeLine was awarded the “Pacesetters” award from the Boston Business Journal in April 2013 and was featured in the Boston Business Journal on January 25, 2013.
Under the LifeLine corporate umbrella, Brian also established the Institute for EMS and Allied Health Professions and Coach Line Limousine & Motor Coach. The Institute, certified by the Commonwealth, was devoted to conducting EMT and Paramedic Programs as well as various clinical-based education programs for EMS and nursing staff working in Nursing Homes, Clinics, and Hospitals. The Limousine and bus company provided all facets of service to private clients as well as medically based sedan transportation to residents in Lifeline’s contracted healthcare facilities.
In 2012, through his donation of an Ambulance, Ford Explorer and Golf Cart, Brian helped establish the MA Maritime EMS. This is one of the few college-based student-run EMS clubs that own and operate a Class I Licensed ambulance and provide emergency and non-emergency coverage and transportation to the hospital. In addition, MM-EMS conducts EMT Certification courses on campus for the Cadets throughout the academic year. In recognition of his service, Brian was awarded the Massachusetts Maritime Medal of Valor by Admiral Richard Gurnon on June 13, 2013.
On July 1, 2015, LifeLine and its subsidiaries were sold to Kamylon Capitol, a Massachusetts based holding company. Brian remained on as a Senior Advisor and Consultant and retired on January 1, 2017.
During his 37-year career in EMS, Brian served as President of the Massachusetts Ambulance Association for over 14 years. He also founded and served on many local and state EMS committees and advisory boards. He founded the “Emergency Medical Coalition of Ambulance Providers” in 2002; a nationwide organization of ambulance providers focused on advocating on the federal level for issues of reimbursement and legislation.
Brian was also active internationally, providing EMS expertise and training to the staff and volunteers at the Hospital Sacre Coeur and surrounding villages in Milot, Haiti and Florence, Italy. He has hosted many national and international EMS providers and delegations at the Institute and LifeLine Corporate Headquarters.
Aside from EMS, Brian has also served on many Hospital Boards and Foundations, he is a former Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout and was recognized for his service by the Boston Council Boy Scout Council. Brian is also an advocate for public housing, having been appointed to the Arlington Housing Authority by both Governor Romney and Governor Baker.
His hobbies are restoring antique ambulances, boating, and fishing. He recently completed his 100 Ton Captains Course and is awaiting his Captains Licensure from the United States Coast Guard.
Brian is a 1984 graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He earned his Master’s Degree in Management in 1997 from Lesley University and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program in Emergency Management at MA Maritime, hoping to graduate in the spring of 2019.
Brian resides in Arlington with his wife, Michele and two children, Elizabeth and Patrick.
Trustee Heath Biography
Joe was born in Abington, MA on 13th June of 1998 where he has resided his entire life. As a child, he often would visit his grandparents who lived in Quincy by the bay, which is where his interest in the ocean developed listening to the stories that his grandfather would tell about his time in the Coast Guard.
Joe graduated Boston College High School in 2016, where he threw the javelin as a part of the track team and participated in the robotics team where he discovered his interest in mechanical workings and design, leading him into the Marine Engineering program at MMA. An apprentice plumber, most of his summers have been spent working for Schlager's Plumbing and Heating. Recently, he has been working in the engineering department at Twin Rivers Technologies.
Joe has previously served as the vice president of his class. He resides with his father, mother, and two younger sisters.
Trustee Kane Biography
James F. Kane
James F. Kane serves as Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Operations for the A.D. Makepeace Company, a land holding company in southeastern Massachusetts. In that role Jim oversees all facets of land use planning, permitting and plan implementation whether it is a residential, commercial, conservation/open space or a renewable energy use. He is also responsible for all infrastructure planning, development and execution to serve company and regional needs for water, waste-water, property and open space management as well operational profit and investment for each division.
Jim has worked cooperatively and successfully with the many towns in which the company owns land to develop and implement innovative zoning by-laws to guarantee conservation of critical open space habitats that serve to protect unique landscapes while allowing for the development of traditional New England villages.
While with Makepeace, Jim undertook and completed an extensive analysis of alternative energy opportunities within the Company’s holdings. Project and market viability analysis included large-scale solar, hydro-electric generation, geothermal and wind energy.
Prior to returning to Massachusetts and joining the A.D. Makepeace Company, Jim served as Deputy Executive Director/CFO of the Republican Governors Association in Washington DC where he was responsible for all financial and administrative operations and national polling and political advertisement. In the years before joining the RGA, Jim served in various senior roles in the Weld/Cellucci administration, first in the Governor’s office as Deputy Chief Policy Advisor and at the Massachusetts Government Land Bank where he oversaw the merger of two quasi-public agencies, Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency and Massachusetts Government Land Bank into MassDevelopment, and the redevelopment of Fort Devens. He later served as Chief of Operations at the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.
Jim earned an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from College of the Holy Cross and a master's degree in public administration from Clark University and is in his third term as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen, and presently serving as Chairman of the Beal Early Childhood Center Building Committee. Jim resides in Shrewsbury with his wife Hannah and three wonderful children.
Trustee Locke Biography
Galen B. Locke, Jr.
Galen B. Locke, Jr. is a 1985 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a B.S. in Marine Transportation. During his time at the Academy Galen was the Regimental Adjutant and served as Chief Mate on his senior cruise. Upon graduation Galen was hired by Exxon Shipping Company, now SeaRiver Maritime, as Third Officer aboard their tanker fleet. He has gone to sea ever since and holds a Master’s License of Steam or Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons Upon Oceans. He has sailed as Master for the past 10 years aboard the various SeaRiver vessels including the S/R Wilmington, S/R American Progress, S/R Charleston, and S/R Galena Bay.
Galen is a highly experienced Mariner who has led various shipboard teams in multiple trades (crude, gasoline, and chemical) on various routes, including the Gulf, East, and West Coast of the US and abroad to Singapore and Panama. He hopes to bring his experience of more than 23 years of managing shipboard operations, shipyard project management, shipboard maintenance programs, and strategic planning in the chemical trade to the Board.
In conjunction with his seagoing career, Galen has had the opportunity to work on various projects at SeaRiver which included: rewriting and implementing vessel specific OIL TRANSFER PROCEDURES, developing voyage plans (At Sea and In Port), from Singapore to the United States including passage through the Suez Canal and loading port Augusta, Sicily, developing vessel specific security plans for passage through the Piracy Waters of the Malacca Straits, the Somalia Coast and the Gulf of Aden, and working with Exxon Chemicals and the SeaRiver Engineering Group to help usher in the new MARPOL ANNEX II Regulations for SeaRiver Specialty vessels for the handling of NLS (Noxious Liquid Substance) Cargoes.
Galen is a native of Brockton, MA and currently lives on a small horse farm with his wife Michelle and their three daughters’, Hannah, Kaylee, and Jillian ages 16, 14, and 12 in Hanover, MA.
Trustee Prendergast Biography
John Prendergast is the Regional Director of Plant Maintenance for Veolia Boston-Cambridge District Energy System. The Veolia Boston-Cambridge region has (5) plants that serve the critical energy requirements of 250 customers in the central business district of Boston, the biotechnology corridor of Cambridge and world-renowned healthcare facilities. In addition, Veolia produces up to 250 MW’s of electricity for the ISO New England electrical grid. Mr. Prendergast is responsible for the maintenance of each plant infrastructure. He works closely with System Operations, Corporate Engineering and Project departments to achieve optimum energy system performance: develops strategies to maximize equipment reliability and efficiency while minimizing costs. During Mr. Prendergast’s (30) plus years in the power industry, he has held positions in plant maintenance from Engineer to Supervisor to Manager to Director. His specific areas of expertise are Boilers, Steam Turbines, Gas Turbines, and associated auxiliaries.
Mr. Prendergast earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering and a U.S.C.G 3rd Assistant Engineer’s license in 1985 from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Providence College in 2003. In addition to his Trustee position, John has served on the MMA Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2009 and as President from 2016-2018. He currently remains on Board as a Director. In the power industry, John has been a member and the Chairman of the Siemens STG-400 Gas Turbine Users Group and presently is a member of the GE Gas Turbine 7FA Users Group.
Mr. Prendergast is a native of Readville, MA and currently resides in Cumberland, RI with his wife Diane, an Interior Designer. Their daughter, Alexa, graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2013 with a B.S. in Marine Engineering and a U.S.C.G. 3rd Assistant Engineer’s License. She sailed with Polar Tankers from 2013-2017 as 3rd Assistant Engineer and holds a U.S.C.G. 2nd A.E. License. Alexa is currently employed as an Engineer with New England Controls. Mr. Prendergast enjoys playing men’s Ice Hockey, skiing, traveling and riding his Harley.
Trustee Thomann Biography
Mary Regina Thomann
Mary Regina Thomann (formerly Sullivan) graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation as part of the Academy’s first class of women. Mary was inspired to attend the Academy by her love of the sea and by the accomplishments of her two paternal Aunts, Captains Elinor and Mary Rose Sullivan, U.S. Navy. In 1992, she received a Master of Business Administration degree from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H.
Since 1983, Mary has worked in the Human Resources field gaining diverse global business experience in both corporate and manufacturing environments. She has a track record of successfully recruiting highly skilled technical staff, improving staff morale, and coaching and partnering effectively with senior executives. Since 2011, Mary has been providing Human Resources Consulting Services.
In 2014, inspired by the registered nurses in her life, including her mother, grandmother, and aunts, Mary earned her Associate’s Degree in Nursing at the now Rivier University in Nashua, N.H. and obtained her Registered Nurse Certification. She currently works part-time as a per diem R.N. at a Long-Term Care skilled nursing facility.
In December of 2016, together with the other women from the Class of 1981, Mary was honored to receive the Emery Rice medal in recognition of having graduated in the first class of women at the Academy. Mary is a Member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the American Association of Nurses. She volunteers at Nevins Farm MSPCA in Methuen, MA.
Mary grew up in Roslindale, Massachusetts as the oldest of 12 children and daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James E. Sullivan. She now resides in Dracut, Massachusetts with husband Gary, a Sales Engineer, and dog Bilbo. They enjoy spending time on and around the North Atlantic Ocean whenever possible.
Trustee Turkington Biography
Eric Turkington served 20 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1989 to 2009 representing Falmouth and the Islands and is a former Falmouth Selectman. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Boston College Law School and currently practices law in Falmouth. He is a founder and former president of the 300 Committee, Falmouth’s land trust; former chairman and president of the Cape Cod United Way; founder and first chairman of the town Economic Development and Industrial Corporation; former chairman of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development. He received the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award in 2009 and currently serves as chairman of the Falmouth Water Quality Management Committee. He lives in Woods Hole with his wife Nancy and dog Jake.
Trustee Waters Biography-Vice Chairwoman
Jessica Waters graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. She was an Emery Rice Scholar and served as Regimental Executive Officer. Jessica was also co-captain of the women’s varsity crew team. She later returned to MMA and earned her Masters Degree in Emergency Management in 2009.
Ms. Waters has been employed at FM Global, a leading commercial property insurer, since 2001. She has held various field, account, and operations engineering roles, all with a focus on property risk assessment and loss prevention. She has significant project management experience through working with clients to coordinate risk mitigation efforts and by leading global internal engineering implementations. Jessica was recently appointed as the Boston Operations Chief Engineer, a role that is accountable for the consistent application of engineering judgment in FM Global’s Norwood, MA and Norwalk, CT offices. Jessica is also an active member of the Society of Women Engineers.
A resident of Millbury, MA, Jessica is an avid cyclist and hiker.
Trustee Wilkinson Biography
Geoffrey Wilkinson is the present CEO of The Wilkinson Companies located in Rockland, MA and holds various shoreside professional licenses in Mechanical & Technical trades. Mr. Wilkinson is retired LT. USNR, 1978. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering and a U.S. C. G 2nd and 3rd Assistant Engineer’s License in 1972 from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Additionally, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Academy in 2003.
Mr. Wilkinson has served in the past as a Massachusetts Maritime Academy Trustee from 1992 to 2002 and was Chairman from 1997 to 1999. In addition, he has served on the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Foundation Board since 1989 to present, and also in the capacity as Chairman. A member of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Alumni Association, he served on the Board of Directors from 1988-1992. Known by his peers and colleagues, Mr. Wilkinson received the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Alumni Association Alumnus of the year award in 2002 and Massachusetts Maritime Academy Maritime Person of the Year in 2010. Further, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Hingham Institution for Savings, Hingham MA from 1993 to present.
Mr. Wilkinson resides in Duxbury, MA with his wife of 44 years, Nancy. They have three grown children and are the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren. Mr. Wilkinson is an avid boater, golfer, and doughnut supplier to his grandchildren.