Joel Richard Kagan

Nantasket Beach & Hull, Massachusetts are geographically a small 12 mile peninsula on the Eastern shore directly across the bay from Boston. On a map, it looks like an infant-sized model of Cape Cod. Joel and his siblings lived here with their parents until Joel was 11 years old. Through his adolescent and teen years Joel attended school and college in Maryland.  He participated in gymnastics and basketball during junior and high school, but his restless heart took a leap from the US mainland when he bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii in his late teens.  While in the Hawaiian Islands, Joel discovered his passion for water sports,  diving, surfing,  swimming. Then the military called.

Faced with a prospect of two years in the infantry, Joel chose to enlist. While this choice guaranteed an additional 3rd year to the length of his service, it also guaranteed him vocational school and a career as an Air Traffic Controller in the Army Aviation. After the service, Joel continued in college, earning an Associate Degree in Underwater Technology, a Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Business Administration Degree. Joel earned a black belt in Karate, and pursued his passion for water by performing underwater diving, engineering and research at the Florida Institute of Technology.  Joel worked offshore with deep diving manned, unmanned submersibles, and saturation diving systems.  In the early 80’s he designed, developed and donated a computer monitoring system to his alumni, Florida Institute of Technology, for installation on their triple lock recompression chamber.

After assisting NASA/Morton Thiokol to locate Shuttle Discovery’s Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB’s) that sunk in 3000 ft. of water, Joel was asked to lead and coordinate the deployment of 3 underwater Robotic Operated Vehicles (ROV’s)  during the 1st week of the Challenger Shuttle offshore recovery mission.  For this inconceivable incident, Joel was the project liaison  between his current company,  SONAT Subsea Services, and Morton Thiokol/NASA.

Joel’s underwater and diving experience, by chance, led him into the entertainment field.  Universal Studios in Orlando had opened the new Park and Steven Spielberg’s Jaws Attraction could not stay open due to engineering and operational problems.  It turns out the company responsible for designing and building the attraction was not underwater/hydraulically experienced and it operationally failed.  Universal reached out to the Underwater Technology industry, which led to a new career path for Joel.

Joel moved on to be his own boss. He established a consulting company, Intelligent Design LTD, and grew a clientele beyond Universal to include Sony and many other major corporations. His extensive experience and innate leadership ability contribute a necessary contribution to the governance of the Jack Kagan Foundation.

Like his father and siblings, Joel is a self-made individual. He now lives with his wife Yuka in Florida where he dabbles in real estate, works internationally as an in-demand consultant, and of course continues to enjoy the ocean. He’s proud to carry on his father’s vision to support the mission of the Jack Kagan Foundation.

Marc Alan Kagan

Marc grew up in Hull, MA and attended high school at Hull High. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, did some graduate work at American University, moved to Los Angeles in 1977. There he worked as a professional actor, musician, and photographer while studying film production. He obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Motion Picture Production from Los Angeles Valley College.

Relocating to the East Coast, he formed Marc Alan Productions, an independent production company. Subsequently, he directed, shot, and produced the independently financed film “Return to Rapidan” in 1985. Rapidan, based on an original story, tells the tale of an artifact collector who finds an object clearly lost in a long-ago Civil War ambush. This artifact proves to be a literal link to the past. The film was broadcast nationwide on PBS, and led to his employment by Doug Bailey Films, Inc., a company based in the Washington D.C, area. There he served as both Director and film editor. He worked at many other media firms, including free-lance media, cable studios, film, video, and production. This experience led to attaining the position of Senior Video Producer/ Director/Editor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Communications 1996.

Marc’s Production Awards include two Communicator Crystal Awards for “Mona Island Coral Reef Restoration”; one Cine Golden Eagle for “Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary”; a Worldfest Silver Award for “After the Spill: Restoring an Estuary”; a Cine Golden Eagle Award for “TIROS: 40 Years of Discovery”; another Cine Golden Eagle for “Buck Island: Partners for Protection and Resource Management”; and three from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) including First Place and Best of Show for “Our Seas and Our Skies: NOAA’s 30th Anniversary”.

Marc retired from NOAA with his Meteorologist wife Joanne in 2015 and now lives in Santa Fe where he is an independent media producer, photographer, and writer enjoying the desert skies.

Roslyn Ann (Kagan) Gellenbeck

Roslyn “Lindy” Gellenbeck is Vice President of the Jack Kagan Foundation. She is a daughter of Jack and Elaine Kagan, and sister to Marc and Joel. In fact, she and Joel were fraternal twins.

Lindy lived in Maryland until 1979 when she relocated to Florida. She worked in a number of Administrative positions during her career, including a Top Secret Clearance administrator for EG&G Analytical services – a Navy Contractor; an administrator for Moss Manufacturing – an importer of ceiling fans; and assistant to the Vice President of Hopper Radio – an electronics company.

In Florida, Lindy entered the car brokerage business as business manager for the Manheim Auto Auction. She then, in Kagan tradition, established her own company “Lindy’s Auto Brokers” with her husband Joe.

Lindy is an animal lover and was a close confidant to Jack over the course of his life. She has two children.

Yuka Yoshinaga Kagan

Yuka was born and raised in Japan. She met and married Joel Kagan in the mid 2000s. She is fluent in English, and has worked in a number of positions including translator for commercial businesses. She is a licensed pilot and frequently volunteers her time to the local hospital caring for cancer patients.

Joanne Swanson Kagan

Joanne was born in Montana, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Washington majoring in Atmospheric Science. She had a long and successful career in the National Weather Service, holding forecast positions including aviation, acting lead, hydrology, and high seas. She also held Headquarters positions including Congressional Liaison, automated observing system manager, Program Coordination Officer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration headquarters, spokesperson for media and for the NOAA Weather Radio program, Senior Advisor to the NWS Director, Executive Director, and Operational Workforce Analysis lead. She oversaw several major contracts and served as the interface for the National Academy of Public Administration study on National Weather Service Operations.

She married Marc in 2005, and they semi-retired and moved to New Mexico in 2016. She loves riding her horse in dressage and on the trail, hiking, helping with the Foundation, studying and researching the weather, and taking courses ranging from history to theoretical physics and geology.

Elaine Kagan

Elaine, like her husband and children, was a unique woman and well ahead of her time. She had four children while married to Jack, and raised them often on her own since Jack was committed to his business and earning enough to support them all. Their marriage was tempestuous and ended in divorce in 1968 after the children were grown. Elaine began a successful career in real estate, and grew truly independent. Elaine sadly passed away in 2003.

Andrea Kagan Howe

Andrea was the youngest of Jack’s four children. A strong swimmer as a young woman, and a headstrong independent self-starter as an adult, she worked in numerous jobs to support herself and her son, John.  Andrea fell ill and sadly passed away in 2015.