Cathy Melio has joined the staff of the museum as program and outreach coordinator. She will develop new programs, especially in the museum’s education department, and work to engage local communities in the museum’s activities. She will also fulfill the role of grants coordinator, managing the museum’s grant proposal efforts.

Cathy previously served as education director at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. She has worked as adjunct faculty at Unity College, and as a radio station manager at WERU-FM. Cathy currently volunteers at WERU, Maine Community Foundation and the Stockton Springs Community Library. She lives in Stockton Springs.

“We are delighted to welcome Cathy Melio aboard,” said Executive Director Niles Parker. “Her experience in programming, public outreach and grant writing, along with her wonderful enthusiasm for our educational mission, will be key to helping the museum continue our outreach and our rapidly growing education programs.”

In addition, Bob Holtzman has added the position of marketing coordinator to his existing role as membership coordinator. In his expanded role, he will manage public relations and publicity, the museum’s online presence and Web 2.0 initiatives, and marketing aspects of the museum visitor’s experience. Bob will continue to manage the museum’s membership programs and its fundraising and mailing database.

A former book editor at McGraw-Hill, he is also principal consultant at Your Name Here Communications, offering writing, editing, publishing and marketing communications services to businesses and individuals. He lives in Rockport.

“Bob will continue to develop our membership program, but he has increasingly employed his communications savvy to improve the museum’s visibility locally and nationally,” said Parker. “Already, Bob has done a great job at rejuvenating our Web site and Facebook presence, and I’m pleased to have him add this larger, critical responsibility to his portfolio.”

The Penobscot Marine Museum was founded in 1936 and is Maine’s oldest maritime museum. Its Searsport grounds comprise 13 historic buildings, including ship captains’ homes, an early town hall, and two boat houses. Eight of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and together they represent Searsport when it was a bustling port during the Age of Sail. Inside the historic structures, artifacts, exhibits and interpreters tell the stories of Maine’s seafaring past.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is located at U.S. Highway 1 and Church Street in Searsport, between Bucksport and Belfast. For more information and scheduled events, see the Web site: penobscotmarinemuseum.org.