The National CG Museum Association, Inc. – a 501©3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization was formed in 2001 to raise funds and apply for and administer federal and state grants for the sole purpose of acquiring land, designing, constructing, developing exhibits and turning over to the US Coast Guard a national museum in the City of New London, Connecticut.
The Certificate of Incorporation for the NATIONAL COAST GUARD MUSEUM ASSOCIATION, INC. dated November 21, 2001 states the following:
Section 2. The nature of the activities to be conducted or the purposes to be promoted or carried out by the Corporation shall be exclusively charitable, educational, and/or scientific within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as the same may be amended from time to time, or of any corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law (the “Code”), and shall include the following:
(a) To establish, develop, foster, and perpetuate the National Coast Guard Museum which will serve to promote historical knowledge of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services among the present and past member of the service and among the general public, and to promote an awareness, recognition and pride the their role in the maritime heritage of the United States; and
(b) To function as a charitable association in the development, design, construction, and maintenance of the facilities and inventory of the National Coast Guard Museum; and
(c) To raise and hold funds for the establishment and operation of the National Coast Guard Museum; and
(d) To work in conjunction with the Coast Guard, other departments of the federal government, the State of Connecticut, and the City of New London to carry out this venture; and
(e) To engage in any lawful act or activity related to these purposes for which a corporation may be organized under the Revised Nonstock Corporation Act of the State of Connecticut in furtherance of the foregoing.
NCGMA Board of Directors
James J. Coleman, Jr., Chairman
Mr. Coleman has served on the Coast Guard Foundation board since 1997 and in that time has served on many committees. In addition to serving on the executive committee, Mr. Coleman serves on the grants review committee, investment committee, and special events committee. As chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, he is working to bring a national museum to a reality. He is chairman of International Matex Tank Terminals in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Richard J. Grahn, Esq., President and CEO
Richard J. Grahn’s practice involves primarily litigation related to complex business disputes and governmental regulatory enforcement claims in both civil and criminal proceedings. He represents companies, non-profit organizations, and individuals in a broad range of matters, including transportation, accounting, maritime security, insurance, securities and other regulatory compliance matters. He specializes in internal investigations for companies and their committees; privately held companies and non-profit organizations, including SOX whistleblower complaints, employee dishonesty and auditing and monitoring compliance programs. These investigations arise out of various U.S. Attorney’s offices, other divisions and offices within the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York Stock Exchange; FINRA; the FDIC; and offices of Inspectors General and Attorneys General.
Dick was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was admitted to the bar in Massachusetts and Georgia in 1974, after receiving his degrees from Emory University School of Law (J.D. 1974) and the University of Notre Dame (A.B. 1970). He also is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the District of Georgia, and the United States Court of International Trade.
Dick was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to investigate and pursue claims of contracting abuse arising out of the Big Dig construction project and has been active in achieving successful results through alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He was also appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massaschusetts to investigate claims against a clerk of courts.
Dick achieved an AV Peer Review rating of Martindale-Hubbard and has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine, and “Top Lawyers” in New England. He frequently lectures and holds leadership positions in non-profit organizations, including the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center, the Coast Guard Foundation, Inc., and the National Coast Guard Museum Assocation, Inc. He is also a Trustee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
RADM Richard M. Larrabee, Treasurer, USCG (Ret.)
Richard M. Larrabee is the Director of the Port Commerce Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He oversees the management and operation of the major marine terminal facilities within the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast of North America, which handled 86 million tons of cargo in 2011, and approximately 5.3 million teu’s (twenty-foot equivalent units).
Mr. Larrabee manages a multi-billion dollar port redevelopment program that includes reinvestment in marine terminal facilities, deepening harbor channels and berths, improving intermodal connections and protecting sensitive marine environments. The redevelopment program is positioning the Port of New York and New Jersey to accommodate future growth that is projected to double over the next decade and could quadruple by 2040.
Prior to joining the Port Authority, Richard Larrabee held the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Coast Guard. He served as Commander First Coast Guard District in Boston, MA, where he oversaw all Coast Guard operations in the Northeast United States. He is a member of the Secretary of Transportation’s Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee and chairs the Port Sub-committee. He serves on the Board of the Seamen’s Church Institute and is a member of the Coast Guard Academy Advisory Committee.
Mr. Larrabee holds a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Hon. Catherine W. Cook, Secretary
The Honorable Catherine Cook of Mystic, Connecticut is retired from a 26 year career in public service as Chief Deputy Leader of the Connecticut State Senate and Executive Assistant for Veterans’ Affairs to Governor M. Jodi Rell. She concentrated her legislative work on improving the business climate, nurturing biotechnology research and preparing students for the jobs of the future. Senator Cook established the state’s first supported employment program to teach job skills to 250 adults with mental retardation. Her advocacy and pioneering ideas for people with disabilities led her to advise the President’s Academy for Mental Retardation under Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Senator Cook was a key player in the state’s successful effort to overturn a BRAC decision that saved the Groton Submarine Base from closure by the Pentagon. Catherine Cook also developed a thriving consulting service that serves clients in the biotechnology industry, health care advocacy and programs for returning veterans. In 2001, the Commandant of the US Coast Guard appointed her to the Board of Directors for the National Coast Guard Museum Association, to lead the project that looks to honor our nation’s oldest sea service. Connecticut College, her alma mater, presented her with the Connecticut College Medal, their highest recognition to a distinguished alumna. Senator Cook received many other honors throughout her public service, including “National Legislator of the Year” for the biotech industry, and the Connecticut Veterans Commendation Medal, but perhaps Charles Kuralt said it best on the CBS Sunday Morning show that featured Cathy’s work when he said, “She gives the gift of dignity.”
Susan Curtin is managing director of the Kenrose Kitchen Table Foundation, which is the J.D. Power family foundation, headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif. She is a general partner in the Power Family Enterprises LP and serves on several boards and committees, including a Trustee of the College of the Holy Cross, the Boston Childrens Hospital Trust, Boston Childrens Hospital – Heart Center, Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, and the John D. Mineck Memorial Foundation.
After attending Brigham Young University and playing on its Division 1 golf team, Susan transferred to Holy Cross and earned her A.B. in history. She has served as a third-class petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Prior to joining the family business, Susan was the executive director of the New England Golf Course Owners Association.
CDR Kevin Harkins, Ph.D., USCG (Ret.)
Dr. Harkins is the CEO of Harkcon, Inc. and has more than 30 years experience leading and consulting across a broad-spectrum of human performance improvement areas in the public and private sectors. His primary focus has been professional development including the mentality and science of success, leadership development, management, occupational job task analysis, job specialty design, competency modeling and training design & development.
Dr. Harkins co-founded Harkcon, Inc. in 2005 and has led the company through more than a decade of high productivity and steady expansion. Harkcon has won multiple awards for growth, innovation, and new project development and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing businesses in America for seven consecutive years. Harkcon’s clients have included the U.S. Coast Guard, Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of State, Dept. of Commerce, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Liquid Robotics, and Kaiser Permanente.
Dr. Harkins is recognized as a subject matter expert in discerning the nature of work and creating an environment where people thrive. This expertise is founded upon knowledge of how the mind works, group dynamics and what leadership, cultural and job-related features are necessary in the workplace to help people be at their very best. He has led significant projects with many government agencies and private sector organizations.
Part of Harkcon’s vision has been, when and where appropriate, to spawn new businesses, giving people with a particular passion the ability to realize their dream while leveraging the lessons learned in Harkcon and while initially under the protective wing of a supporting organization. Dr. Harkins directed the launch of Harkcon Academy; a high-end training and professional development center of excellence. Additionally, as an equal partner / owner with the other members of Harkcon’s senior executive team, Dr. Harkins helped launch and actively participates in activities related to the 6 Bears & a Goat Brewery in Fredericksburg, VA . The Brewery is home to Harkcon Academy’s Training-on-Tap Program, where various organizations use the brewery to hold meetings, off-sites and training.
Dr. Harkins is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Officer and graduate of the Coast Guard Academy (Class of 1984).
Admiral James M. Loy, 21st Commandant of the USCG (Ret.)
Following an illustrious career after graduation in the Coast Guard Academy Class of 1964, he commanded many vessels, including service in Vietnam. Admiral Loy became Commandant of the Coast Guard in May, 1998 and served through May 2002. Admiral Loy focused his leadership during his tenure on restoring Coast Guard readiness and shaping the future of the nation’s oldest continuous sea-going service. He retired from the Coast Guard on 30 May 2002 and was immediately appointed to the newly created post of Deputy Under Secretary for Transportation Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration by Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, 24th Commandant of the USCG (Ret.)
Admiral Papp is the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. He lead the largest component of DHS. As a flag officer, he was Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, commanding all Coast Guard missions within the eastern half of the world; as Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard and Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Headquarters; as Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District, with responsibilities for Coast Guard missions on the Great Lakes and Northern Border; and as Director of Reserve and Training. He served in six Coast Guard Cutters, commanding four of them: RED BEECH, PAPAW, FORWARD, and EAGLE.
Admiral Papp was recently appointed to serve as U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic. In this position, which reports directly to the Secretary of State, he will work with federal lawmakers, the Arctic Council and Alaskan officials on issues related to maritime law, security and shipping. With his strong understanding of the Arctic environment and his success in spearheading the development of the Coast Guard’s Arctic strategy, Admiral Papp will bring years of invaluable wisdom and expertise to his new position as U.S. Special Representative.
MCPOCG Vincent W. Patton, USCG (Ret.)
Vince Patton served as the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from May 1998 until his retirement from more than 30 years of active service in November 2002. In this position he was the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. Among his numerous military awards includes the Distinguished Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, nine Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals and the Cutterman’s insignia.
Master Chief Patton received his doctorate of education degree from The American University, Washington, DC while on active duty. His dissertation was based on the development and implementation of the Coast Guard Enlisted Evaluation System.
Master Chief Patton resides in Alexandria, VA and is currently employed as the Executive Director for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation, headquartered in Fairfax, VA
CAPT Wes Pulver (USCG Ret.), Executive Director
Captain Wes Pulver, United States Coast Guard (retired) is the Executive Director of the National Coast Guard Museum Association.
Captain Pulver joined the NCGMA in August after 28 years of distinguished service to the United States Coast Guard and our Nation. His final tours were aboard Coast Guard Barque EAGLE, “America’s Tall Ship” as Commanding Officer from July 2012 through July 2015, and as Coast Guard Chief of Congressional Affairs from December 2010 through June 2015. He is a 1987 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and holds a Master of Engineering degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
“I am proud to be involved with a project of such importance. Bringing the story of our Coast Guard and its 225 years of service to a National audience strengthens the bond of our citizens, and strengthens the Coast Guard for generations to come.” said Wes Pulver, Executive Director of the NCGMA.
Danielle Degnan, Chief Development Officer
The NCGMA expanded its community relations and fundraising capacity by bringing on board Danielle Degnan as Chief Development Officer. Degnan brings a history of building strong partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individuals throughout our region.
“We are thrilled to have Danielle join our crew,” said CAPT Wes Pulver (USCG Ret.), Executive Director of the NCGMA. “Her expertise and vision will help us launch a capital campaign and build awareness for the Museum.”
Prior to joining the NCGMA, Degnan served for seven years as Director of Development and Community Relations at the Salvation Army of Massachusetts where she led a team responsible for raising over $20M a year.
“It’s an honor to join the team,” said Degnan. “I am inspired to raise the capital needed to build this Museum in honor of the veterans and servicemembers of the Coast Guard.”
MCPO Jeff Creighton, USCG (Ret.)
Emeritus Board Members
RADM John N. Faigle, USCG (Ret.)
Graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1960. During his 34 years on active duty, he held a variety of sea going and shore based commands and staff positions. Having completed a tour as Commanding Officer of a CG Cutter in 1975, he was assigned as an Advisor for Political & Security Affairs to the Ambassador at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN General Assembly and U.S. Delegation to the Law of the Sea Conference. Subsequent assignments were Chief of Operations/Chief of Intelligence and Law Enforcement, Seventh CG District, Chief, Office of Readiness & Reserve and Commander, Maintenance & Logistics Command Atlantic. In his post active duty career, he has been engaged in commercial real estate development in the Washington – Baltimore corridor. Admiral Faigle has held board positions among others on Citizens National Bank, Advisory Board PNC Bank (local area, Wash. D.C./ Maryland), Board of Trustees Fisher House Foundation and the Armed Forces Benefit Association. During his active duty, he received a Masters Degree from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces and a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.