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.
Senior Leadership Team
Captain Brigid Myers Pavilonis
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Captain Brigid Pavilonis is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Responsible for the delivery of seven academic majors and the general education of the cadets, she also leads the Academy’s efforts in career placement, licensing opportunities and scholastic support services. Captain Pavilonis has worked in academia for the last 20 years, most recently serving at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Recently retired from the Coast Guard after 28 years, Captain Pavilonis’ operational assignments included tours as the Response Department Head at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC RELIANCE in New Castle, New Hampshire.
Captain Pavilonis is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Government. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her scholarly interests include irregular war, conflict resolution and national security. She is the author of several book chapters and book reviews concerning U.S. operations in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2014, she was presented with the “Spirit of the Bear” leadership, teaching and mentoring award—one of the best honors she has ever received.
She resides in East Greenwich, RI with her husband, Tim, and two children, Kyra and Tim.
Mr. Paul O’Keefe
Vice President of Operations
Mr. Paul B. O’Keefe Jr. is the Vice President of Operations. Paul has been a member of the Academy since 1981 serving aboard the training ship as First Assistant Engineer, as Power Plant Chief Engineer and Director of Facilities responsible for operations and maintenance of the campus along with implementing multi-million dollar capital improvement projects. He has recognized expertise in renewable energy, energy procurement, capital planning and projects, building energy management and physical plant systems. He has served on boards for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Bourne and Barnstable County. Paul is a 1976 graduate of MMA with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering along with several field-related certifications and licenses. Prior to returning to MMA, Paul worked for Exxon Company USA as a U.S.C.G. Licensed Engineer aboard various oceangoing tanker ships.
Captain Elizabeth Simmons-Stevenson
Captain Elizabeth Simmons-Stevenson, LP.D is the Vice President of External Affairs encompassing both the Enrollment Management and Advancement departments at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. She is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of short and long range strategies, goals, and objectives for the Office of Enrollment while managing relationships with the Academy’s external stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level.
A 1997 Marine Safety and Environmental Protection (MSEP) graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, she worked in both the environmental and human resources fields before coming back to the academy in 2002. Since returning, she has succeeded in increasing women and minority enrollment while exceeding the strategic goals of growing the overall student population. Elizabeth has earned a masters in facilities engineering, holds a doctorate degree in law and policy from Northeastern University and enjoys volunteering and giving back to multiple community organizations.
Ms. Rose Marie Cass
Ms. Rose Cass is the Vice President of Finance. She has 35 years of experience in Finance with positions in both the private and public sectors. Rose has worked for the Academy since 1998 in the Finance Division, and was promoted to Vice President of Finance in 2012. She is responsible for the financial functions of the Academy, budgeting, audit and reporting. Previously she was Vice President of Finance for Bank of Boston in Geneva, Switzerland and controller for Hahn Development Corporation in Los Angeles, California. She has an Associate Degree in Accounting from Cape Cod Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Education from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a Master in Business Administration from Suffolk University Boston.
Ms. Elizabeth Benway
Dean of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Ms. Elizabeth Benway is the Dean of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity and Diversity. In addition to overseeing Human Resources and Payroll, she serves as a Title IX Co-Coordinator and the Academy Public Records Access Officer.
After graduating from MMA in 1989 with a degree in Marine Transportation, Elizabeth served as a civilian employee for the United States Coast Guard in the Boston Regional Exam Center until joining the Academy in 1994. Before earning a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Emmanuel College and heading-up the Human Resources department, she served four years as the Third Company Officer, and ten years as the Director of Financial Aid.
Captain Ed Rozak
Vice President of Student Services/ComCad
Captain Edward Rozak is the Vice President of Student Services and Commandant of Cadets. He is a retired Marine Corps Officer, having served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976 – 1999. His personal military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with 2 stars and various unit and campaign awards. Captain Rozak came to the Academy after his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1999, and has served as a Company Officer, Assistant Baseball Coach, Assistant Commandant and in 2005 was appointed to his current position. Captain Rozak is married and resides in Plymouth, MA. He and his wife Nancy have three children: Joe is a Major in the U.S. Air Force, Nicole is an X-Ray technician at Beth Israel Hospital and Alex graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Ms. Anne Marie Fallon
Technology & Library Services
Ms. Anne Marie Fallon is the Vice President of Technology and Library Services. Anne Marie has 30 years of experience in information technology, with IT leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Anne Marie joined the Academy in December 2013. She coordinates IT service delivery across the Academy and sets technology direction. She is responsible for the division which supports enterprise applications, technical support, simulation, instructional technology, library services, infrastructure, and information security. Previously, Anne Marie was with the Acushnet Company in Fairhaven, MA, where she worked in the corporate IT department from 1998 to 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Baltimore.
Captain James J. McDonald
Dean of Graduate & Continuing Education
Captain James J. McDonald is Dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies. Jamie has been a part of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy family since he was an undergraduate in the Marine Engineering program. After graduating in 1981, he spent eight years at sea honing his skills as an engineer with Transocean and the American Maritime Officer’s Union. Upon returning to terra firma, Jamie moved to Chicago to pursue his education further at the University of Chicago and received his M.B.A. in spring of 1992. In the fall of 1992 Jamie joined the MMA Engineering faculty team as an assistant professor. While teaching a variety of engineering courses and labs, he also pursued his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Ten years after his return to MMA he became Chair of the Engineering Department and held that role for the next 8 years before filling the role as Dean of Graduate & Continuing Education in 2008. As Dean, Dr. McDonald oversees Continuing Education, the Center for Maritime Training, and Graduate Programs. All three sub-departments provide furthering education for current students, faculty, and many members of the community. Throughout his tenure, Jamie has seen 7 cohorts of both the Emergency Management and Facilities Management M.S. programs graduate and continues to fill both programs each October. In addition to his extensive teaching career, Jamie also holds many field-related certifications, and has authored a number of publications and grants. Jamie resides in Falmouth and is the proud husband to Cindy and father to Ryan and Ellen.
Captain Michael Cuff
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Captain Michael Cuff is currently the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Captain Cuff has been a member of the Academy since 1995 serving in many capacities to include the Director of Financial Aid and the Registrar. Prior to joining the Academy, he was the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Director of Financial Aid at Cape Cod Community College. He has worked in higher education for 36 years.
Captain Cuff has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.