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 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 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.
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 is entering his senior year at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
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.
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 Brad Lima graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) in 1974 and sailed with Exxon Company USA, obtaining a Chief Engineer’s License. He joined the MMA faculty in the early 1980’s as an assistant professor instructing shipboard related subjects. CAPT Lima served as Engineering Department Chair at MMA from 1990 through 1999. During Operation Desert Storm CAPT Lima took a leave of absence from the Academy to sail as Chief Engineer on the SS Cape Canaveral, one of the breakout vessels used in support of Desert Storm. In 2000 he earned a Masters Degree from Cambridge College and became Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs in March 2002. CAPT Lima has served on the board of directors for the Association for Facilities Engineers and is presently on the board of directors for the Boston Port and Seaman’s Aid Society. As Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, CAPT Lima oversees all of the academic programs (seven undergraduate and two graduate) at the Academy, including licensed programs.
Department 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.