KIM HANNON, PRESIDENT
Kim Hannon is the owner of Ophiuroidea, “The O” and host of the Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, located in St. Michaels, Maryland. Kim lives with her husband and son near the Chester River in Grasonville, Maryland. Kim’s love of beachcombing started at an early age while living in Cape May, New Jersey as a child, but it wasn’t until many years later walking along the shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay that she got bit by the sea glass bug. Kim’s philosophy on collecting sea glass is based first on the thrill and solitude of the hunt, followed by learning the history and the sea glass journey of each piece found. While on the NASGA board, Kim will follow the mission of NASGA to help educate the public on the value of genuine sea glass and shoreline preservation, help to implement strategic marketing strategies to increase membership and communication to the sea glass community, and provide assistance in the organization of the NASGA sea glass festival. Kim believes having a diverse NASGA board and membership is essential in growing the NASGA community around the globe. Email Kim
MARY MCCARTHY, VICE PRESIDENT
Mary McCarthy is a bestselling author, Reiki Master and the founder of When’s Low Tide. She has written and edited for many publications and appeared on national television during her 25-year career as a journalist, and speaks at educational institutions and conferences around the country. Mary is NASGA’s Educational Chair and is the Director of The Beachcoming Center, a 501c3 non-profit sea glass museum. She is a mother of four on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she is currently working on a book and enjoys kayaking and beachcombing on the Chesapeake Bay.
CESAR WILLIAMS-PADIN, TREASURER
César was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and started picking sea glass with his brothers at their parents beach house in the towns of Arecibo and Hatillo. Back then, it was mostly to keep filling his moms buckets and containers of glass. In 2016, due to the abundance of sea glass my family had found through the years, he started making jewelry with sea glass, adding some art to his collection later on. Although César enjoys making jewelry, he has found peace in the simplicity and cleanliness of his art that he makes for his business Silver Coqui Sea Glass.
Additionally, he is a member of the Association of artisans and plastic artists in FL and his art has been categorized as a product from Puerto Rico. As a member of the board of Directors, César will commit to sharing his knowledge and participating in events where he can educate future enthusiasts of the value of pure sea glass.
DENISE TROY, SECRETARY
Essentially, sea glass is the conclusion of the remarkable story of a grain of sand’s wondrous journey. The beginning of the story starts when one grain of sand is combined with millions of other grains (plus soda and lime in a man-made process that dates back thousands of years) and glass is born. Eventually, some of that glass finds its way to the ocean in the forms of bottles, window panes, marbles or many other various glass products when they are carelessly discarded by man. Nature has a brilliant recycling plan for that article of glass. With all its power and majesty, the ocean tumbles these now broken and jagged shards into magnificent sea glass gems. Then, in due time, the ocean lovingly presents its treasures back to the sand from which it was created years before. That original grain of sand has come full-circle. Like that grain of sand, each piece of sea glass has its own history. With some knowledge and detective work, all sea glass can be traced back to specific time periods and original forms. I love the mission of NASGA because it seeks to preserve the integrity of genuine sea glass in my work and business Surfside Sea Glass. It is the exact reason why I was drawn to it and make it my own mission to educate others about it.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
I love beautiful things. I love to be surrounded by them and I love to make them. My sea glass beginnings are innocent. I had three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers to exercise at the beach, and a good Chessy is a tired Chessy. I found my first piece of sea glass and was hooked for a lifetime. Having a very stressful day job, I also found that all my thoughts completely went blank during my search. Very therapeutic and I can breathe again, beach air is just the best. Soon I had so much sea glass (I had fobbed off pounds upon my family) so I decided to get creative with it.
My company, 2nd Time Glass, was born and I joined NASGA as a commercial member to be involved with others with the same love for authentic sea glass. I am excited when I can educate someone about genuine sea glass and I love every story other searchers have to offer me. I currently am a paralegal for an attorney and live in the heart of the woods in New Jersey.
I grew up a few blocks from the shores of Lake Erie and enjoyed picking up the pretty gems and putting them in a jar. I never thought, that later in life, I would be using those gems to make jewelry. I started making simple jewelry with the beach glass, doing home parties and selling to friends and family. Then I took silversmithing classes and became skilled at making bezeled rings and necklaces. When I discovered Precious Metal Clay, I took a class and loved how much fun it was to work with and how creative you can be. I incorporate the beach and sea glass from all over the world with the PMC to make beautiful silver jewelry. I’m retired now, became my own boss of DMG Creations and I’m having fun making jewelry. With the help of my husband, I participate in 12 to 15 art and craft shows a year. I also sell my jewelry in several local shops. I enjoy educating people about authentic beach and sea glass in my travels.
Suzanne grew up spending her summers at her Grandparents’ house in North Wildwood, NJ collecting Sea Glass and other treasures with my Grandmother. As a child, she would use these treasures to create jewelry and other art with wire and string. Her love of jewelry making and wire wrapping inspired her to push her skills further and learn the art of metalsmithing and start The Sea Glass Grotto.
Suzanne enjoys the “community spirit” of being a member of NASGA and the Sea Glass community. This has enabled her to meet and befriend many collectors from all around the globe and allowed her to curate a workable collection of exceptionally rare or beautiful pieces from verified collectors.
Her desire to become a board member comes along with the hopes to not only help to continue the organization mission, but to help grow the membership, and also help current and potential members enjoy the benefits of being a part of such a diverse and knowledgeable group. She believes that beside all of our collective love and knowledge of Sea Glass, many of us have other talents and abilities that can be utilized to help one other and contribute to the continuing success of NASGA.
Holly L’Hommedieu is the artist/owner of HL Sea & Beach Glass Jewelry since 2003. She learned all of her jewelry techniques by reading, videos and though years of practice. Holly works with a variety of medias, local sea glass and sea glass from all over the world. She enjoys most of all working with a customers personal shard of sea glass, creating a wearable work of art that has a story behind it. Holly has been a life long sea glass collector taking advantage of living on the East End of Long Island, NY and is blessed to live a short distance from Peconic Bay, L.I. Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. She is now selling her creations on her website: HL Sea Beach & Glass Jewelry, consignment shops and art/ craft shows. Holly also works as a Registered Nurse in a local Hospital not far from her home and has used sea glass collecting and jewelry making a therapeutic outlet from her nursing profession. She also finds inspiration making Cancer Awareness Jewelry for cancer survivors and their families to give them a sense of comfort during their most difficult time in life.
Kirsti Scott is an artist, graphic designer, and avid beachcomber. At Etched by the Sea, Kirsti combines these passions by creating sea glass mosaics that she photographs and turns into art prints, greeting cards, books, stickers, and more.
Etched by the Sea also publishes the bi-monthly magazine, Beachcombing, which is the print and digital magazine dedicated to all types of beachcombing. Kirsti lives on the central coast of California on Monterey Bay with her husband, Matt, a couple of cats, and occasionally their three grown children.