Museum Directors

Board of Directors

Kim Roberts

Kim is the board chair and founder of the International Mermaid Mseum. She co-owns TRG Investments, Vineyards By-the-Sea, Ocean's Daughter Distillery, Westport Winery, Seaside Kites and Westport Winery Seaside Retreat, with her husband and two adult children.

She has been a freelance writer authoring three mysteries set on Maui where she and her husband Blain formerly owned Lahaina Divers, the largest scuba charter business in the state. She has also written for numerous magazines and newspapers.

She is a graduate of Washington State University with two degrees in architecture. She was one of the first female boat captains on the West Coast and held a 100-tons any ocean license for 25 years. She was also a certified PADI divemaster and underwater investigator.

Kim has been a member of the Washington Wine Commission, the Grays Harbor Planning Commission, the State of Hawaii Ocean Spills At Sea panel, a Maui Community College Marine Options Program advisor, The Ocean Recreation Council of Hawaii Maui representative, the Maui Commercial Boater and Ocean Affiliated Transportation Association president, a Washington State Governor’s Fishery Advisory Board appointee, a Washington State Charterboat Association board member, a Westport Charterboat Association Board member, and the Alpha Rho Chi medalist at the Washington State University School of Architecture.

Kim and her husband Blain live on the winery grounds between Westport and Aberdeen, Washington. Their adult children also live and work on the property.

Susan Connery

Susan serves as a council member for the City of Ocean Shores. Her prior experience includes serving on the Board of Equalization for Grays Harbor County; a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Ocean Shores; Director of the Lakeside Fire Protection District Governing Board in Lakeside California; Commissioner for the Heartland Communications Facility Authority; Chief Executive Officer for Backyard Tourist, Inc. a 501(c)(3) educational organization; member of the City of Santee Planning Commission and chairperson for the Assessment Appeals Board for San Diego County. Susan received an Applied Bachelor’s in Telecommunication and Film from San Diego State University. Susan and her husband Tom live in Ocean Shores, Washington.

Brook Priest

Brook is the co-owner of Aloha Alabama, a 50-seat restaurant and Vacations by the Sea, a vacation rental management company, both in Westport, Washington. Prior to moving to Westport, Brook spent 15 years working as a civil engineer and cost consultant for various consulting firms on the West Coast. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer in California and Washington, and a Certified Cost Consultant with the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Brook is active with the Ocosta School District as their Math Academy Coach and President of the Parent Teacher Organization. She has served on the City of Westport Lodging Tax and Advisory Committee, and the Westport-South Beach Historical Society.

Brook lives in Westport with her husband Jarl and their three children.

Jamie Walsh

Jamie is principal and owner of Jamie Walsh Designs. She is a licensed architect in both the State of Washington and California. Jamie received her Masters of Architecture from UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning and her Bachelors of Economics from Smith College.

Jamie serves on the Grays Harbor County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments. She has served for five years on the board of Our Aberdeen, a civic non-profit organization and has served as a Precinct Committee Officer for the Grays Harbor County Republican Party since 2008. Previously, she served as a School Board Director for the Aberdeen School District and on the City of Aberdeen's Historic Preservation Commission.

She and her husband Washington State Representative Jim Walsh live in Aberdeen. They are the parents of five children.

Laurie Bowman

Laurie is the Executive Director of the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Washington. She joined the museum in 2005 after retiring to Pacific County from Southern California. In her tenure she has been responsible for growing the museum’s attendance 320%. Prior to retiring, she spent twenty years representing more than 500 employers in all their Human Resources and Unemployment issues.

Laurie currently serves on the Pacific County Lodging Tax board, the Willapa Harbor Health Foundation, and the Northwest Carriage Museum board. She is a member of the Washington Museum Association, the Carriage Association of America and the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce. She is the past president of HAVA (Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals) and CUIC (California Unemployment Insurance Council).

She and her husband Jerry live in South Bend, Washington.

Deb Blake

Deb volunteers extensively with Harbor Rescue, a 501(c)3 dog rescue organization she founded after many years working in the state prison system. Deb’s history includes a lifelong commitment to saving people, one dog at a time through rescue work, obedience work and education. She also helps with abandoned, neglected and cruelty cases.She also has an active commitment of 17 years with Search and Rescue for humans. They include Pacific County Search and Rescue, West Coast Search Dogs, and Grays Harbor Volunteer Search and Rescue K-9 Unit.

She and her husband, State Representative Brian Blake, live in Cosmopolis, Washington with a pack of dogs.

Jill Jacobs

Jill is the co-owner of Capture.Share.Repeat a marketing and multimedia production company specializing in creative solutions for marketing, influencer campaigns, social media, and advertising. Jill strength is developing social media strategies, integrated marketing campaigns, content management, content curation, copywriting, experiential campaigns, event sponsorship, event management and marketing, strategic partnerships, and creative influencer management.

After graduating from the University of Alaska with a degree in business management, with a focus on marketing, international marketing, and photography, Jill moved to Hawaii and co-founded a digital media and marketing company. She moved to New York to create, launch, and manage social media and online marketing for an international airline.

Jill currently serves on the City of Westport’s Destination Westport and Park and Recreation Advisory Committees. She and her husband Greg live and surf in Westport.

Dodie Brogan

Dodie has been the Fundraiser Coordinator for the Grays Harbor Homeless Backpack Program for over twelve years. She and her husband Luke were awarded the Elma Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 2017.

Dodie is passionate about improving her community and especially working with children. She had a daycare in Elma, Washington, for over thirteen years. She is currently the Human Resources Manager and Safety Coordinator for Whitney's Chevrolet in Montesano.

Jane Hewitt

Jane is a principle planner for Grays Harbor County. She worked previously as a land sales analyst for Rayonier Timer, a software development project manager at IntelliQuest/Naviant, and sales forecast analyst for LL Bean.

Jane has a bachelor's of arts and a master's degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas.

She is currently a 4-H leader for Grays Harbor Thundering Hooves. She is a master level judge with American Kennel Club Retriever Hunt Test program.

Jane and her husband Jim and their daughter live on a farm outside of Montesano, Washington.

Karyl Vasereno

Karyl is co-owner of Gold Rush Charters, a charter fishing operation in Westport, Washington. Prior to retiring to Westport after thirty years with the State of Washington, Karyl was employed by WSU at Puyallup Research & Extension Center and at Seattle University’s Hotel and Restaurant Administration program, and at North Thurston Public Schools for the construction/design office, serving as project coordinator.

While her children were young, she was involved in the PTA and spearheading extra-curricular activities such as a Book Publishing Program, Art Docents and The Passport Club, which introduced children to all the countries of the world. Karyl has also been involved for the past 29 years with WILLOW, a group of women who write and share research papers.

Karyl serves on the City of Westport Lodging Tax and Advisory Committee and Destination Westport committees, both groups whose purpose is to bring tourism to the community.