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Nauticus Foundation

Nauticus Mission Statement

We exist to benefit our community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources.

Nauticus Vision:

To become the leading maritime and science discovery center in the region.

The Nauticus Foundation

The Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. The Nauticus Foundation is responsible for annual and capital fundraising, the development and expansion of Museum exhibits to include traveling exhibitions; educational programming centered around the principles of Nauticus’ STEM to STERN curriculum; interpretation and preservation efforts aboard the Battleship Wisconsin; community support such as the Student Access Program and scholarships for the Sail Nauticus Academy; and preservation, maintenance and programming aboard the schooner Virginia and Sail Nauticus’ sailing center.

Nauticus Board of Directors

Nauticus is led by a distinguished group of business leaders from the Hampton Roads community. This board oversees all governance, policy formation, fiscal management, strategic planning and fundraising for the campus on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, which includes Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin, Sail Nauticus, and the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center.


Paul D. Fraim
Fraim & Fiorella, PC
Norfolk, VA


John Reinhart
CEO & Director Emeritus, Virginia Port Authority
Norfolk, VA


Mark Honecker
President & CEO, ITA Global Security
Newport News, VA


Kelsey Host Sarcone
T. Parker Host
Norfolk, VA

Allen Fabijan
Sinclair Communications
Norfolk, VA

Whiting Chisman
Virginia Pilot Association
Virginia Beach, VA

Judy Barrett
Senior Vice President, Private Banking, TowneBank
Norfolk, VA

Sarah Beasley
Vice President of Operations, Capital Concrete
Norfolk, VA

William W. “Bill” Crow
Virginia Ship Repair Association
Norfolk, VA

Robert Clark
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

Jonathan V. Gallo
Vandeventer Black, LLP
Norfolk, VA

Ameet Habib
Wolcott, Rivers, Gates
Virginia Beach, VA

Jordan A. Watkins
International Trade Manager,
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Norfolk, VA

Matt Wilbricht
Senior Vice President, NAI Dominion
Chesapeake, VA

Edward W. Wolcott, Jr.
Wolcott, River, Gates
Virginia Beach, VA

Maryellen Baldwin
Navy League Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach, VA