Phillip Mello, President
Manager, Bergie’s Seafood; Past President New Bedford Port Society

Kirsten Bendiksen, Vice President
Co-owner, Reidar’s Manufacturing

Brendan Mitchell, Treasurer
Operations and Logistics at Northern Pelagic Group, LLC (Norpel)

Debra Kelsey, Secretary
Navigator, Fishing Partnership


Cassie Canastra
Co-owner, Bela Flor Seafood Brokerage
Marketing Director of BASE/Whaling City Seafood Display Auction

Judy Farrar
Head Archivist, Clair T. Carney Archives, UMass Dartmouth

Susan Gabert
Senior Academic Advisor, Family Firm Institute

Madeleine Hall-Arber
Marine Anthropologist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (retired)
Sea Grant College Program

David Martins
Fisheries Scientist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

Cynthia Stiglitz
Vice President, Branch Manager, Farm Credit East



Laura Orleans – Executive Director

Sharon Michaud – Membership, Volunteer, and Gift Shop Manager 

Jessica Bailey – Programs and Exhibits Manager