Museum Staff

Erin M. Urban | Executive Director

Erin Urban is the founding Executive Director of the Noble Maritime Collection. A graduate of Lake Forest College, she has over 30 years of experience in arts administration. She organized and oversaw the Noble Crew, the volunteer corps that worked on the adaptive reuse of the museum's home, a National Historic Landmark and former dormitory for mariners at Sailors' Snug Harbor. Urban oversees the ongoing cataloging of the museum's collection of maritime art, artifacts, and documents, and she researches and designs the museum's major exhibitions. She has written four books, most recently Caddell Dry Dock: 100 Years Harborside.

Ciro Galeno, Jr. | Assistant Director

Ciro Galeno, Jr. began working for the Noble Maritime Collection in 2005 and became its Assistant Director in 2006. He holds the Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Arts, with a focus on graphic design, from St. John's University. He also holds a certificate in art collections management and display from New York University School of Professional Studies. He curated Living Life Gloriously: A Glimpse of the Personality of Amelia "Gloria" Noble in 2007, The Atelier of Wichita Bill in 2010, Titanic: A Centennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art in 2012, and the art section of Robbins Reef Lighthouse: A Home in the Harbor in 2015. 

Dawn Daniels | Program Director

Dawn Daniels is the Director of Programs at the Noble Maritime Collection. She holds a degree in Arts Education from Empire State College, SUNY, and has twenty years experience in museum administration, developing school programs, adult tours, and concerts. She served as the museum’s Director of Programs from 2005-2008 and returned in 2013. She wrote its education programs Annie’s Journey to America, and Kate's Home in the Harbor. An accomplished Irish step dance teacher and choreographer, she uses her performing arts background to enhance our education programs, which teach students about maritime history and New York Harbor.


Megan Beck | Curator

Megan Beck began working at the Noble Maritime Collection in 2013.  She holds the Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, with a focus on cultural anthropology, from Boston University and is pursuing the Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute.  She researched and assisted with the development of two of the museum’s most recent exhibitions, Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor and Robbins Reef Lighthouse: A Home in the Harbor, and she oversees all curatorial and archival projects. 



Nick Dowen | Weekend Manager

Nick Dowen was born and brought up in Lewistown, Montana.  He moved to New York in 1967 and settled on Staten Island in 1981.  His first New York job was in social service at the New York Association for the Blind, the Lighthouse.  Then he worked in sales for Arno Press, a scholarly reprint publisher owned by The New York Times Co., and for Marcel Dekker Inc., a scientific and performing arts publisher.  From 1978 to 1985 he was Assistant Manager of the Metropolitan Opera Gift Shop at Lincoln Center. At Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, from 2004 to 2009, he managed the Gift Shop.  In 2010 he joined the staff of the Noble Maritime Collection.



Board of Trustees

  • Steven P. Kalil | Chairman
  • Kevin J. Mahoney | Vice chairman
  • Eileen Montanez, P.E. | Secretary
  • John J. Pinto. | Treasurer
  • Erin M. Urban | Executive Director
  • Gale P. Bellafiore
  • James M. Cassidy
  • Brian DeForest
  • Captain Timothy Ferrie
  • Michelle McGuckin
  • Shelagh E. Mahoney
  • Glen Miller
  • David S. Seeley
  • John Stobart, R.A.
  • Samuel A. Turvey
  • J. Arnold Witte
  • Jeffrey C. Wollman
  • Nancy L. Pouch | Chairwoman emerita
  • Robert D. Skeele | Chairman emeritus