Jeffrey Buchheit, Executive Director
Jeff came to Pride of Baltimore in February 2019 after serving as the executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area for 11 years. Prior to 2007, he served as the assistant director of the Museum Assessment Program at the American Association of Museums and as executive director of the Historical Electronics Museum in Baltimore. Jeff began his career interning at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University and a Master of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University. Jeff currently serves on the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees and is a member of the Friends of Fort McHenry Advisory Committee.
Erica Denner, Assistant Director
Erica joined Pride of Baltimore in May 2015 to help the organization move forward on its new path to long-term sustainability. She has more than twenty years experience working with small non-profit organizations in a variety of roles. Before joining Pride, she had worked in the Baltimore maritime community for eight years, with the Downtown Sailing Center, the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race, and Sail Baltimore. Erica is a sailor. She worked as first mate on a charter sailboat in Baltimore for eight years and taught sailing as a U.S. Sailing keelboat instructor. Originally from Ohio, she is an Ohio State University graduate.
Patrick Smith, Program Coordinator
Patrick joined Pride of Baltimore as a deckhand on Pride of Baltimore II in March 2014 for the War of 1812 Bicentennial season and again in 2016 for the Great Lakes tour. He transitioned to the office staff in the fall of 2016, acting as a liaison to the ship and largely responsible for updating Pride’s social media channels. In 2018, Patrick left Pride to work for the Chesapeake Conservancy, but returned to Pride as the program coordinator in February 2019. Patrick is from Pasadena, Maryland, and has a B.A. in History from Saint Michaels College. He serves on the board of directors of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race and Baltimore Tourism Association, as well as an advisory board memeber to Sail Baltimore. In 2020 he was named to Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
Paula started her career in the accounting field in Pennsylvania after completing college, eventually moving to the Baltimore area. After spending another 30 years in corporate accounting and the account software industry, she decided to retire. Since retiring, Paula has worked part-time as the accountant for Pride, opened a full-service travel agency franchise called Cruise Planners, continues to service several of her long time software clients, and is serving her second term as Treasurer of the Board for the Baltimore Chapter of National Association for Catering and Events (NACE). Paula began working with Pride in November 2005.