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
DOTTIE GILBO, VICE PRESIDENT
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 am a commercial member of the NASGA and currently on the board serving as the recording secretary. I also enjoy educating people about authentic beach and sea glass in my travels. Email Dottie
WENDY CRAIG, TREASURER
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. Email Wendy
MARY MCCARTHY, SECRETARY
Mary McCarthy is a bestselling author, Reiki Master and the founder of The Healing Beach. 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 Sea Glass 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
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.
Amy has been collecting sea glass since she was a little girl, but at that time really had no idea what it was, just that it was pretty and unique. In 2006 Amy realized how fascinating sea glass was and thus Amyables Sea Glass began. Amy is a self taught artist via videos and trial & error and keeps most of her designs simple so as to show of the true beauty and genuineness of the sea glass. Amy participates in several shows/festivals a year and has the opportunity to educate those unfamiliar with sea glass and loves to hear others share their sea glassing stories.
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.
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.
Kaya’s inspirations come from what the beautiful ocean has reclaimed from us, turning discarded matter into historic treasure. A self taught silversmith, Kaya preserves beauty & history through her jewelry design, Cape Cod Gypsea. Growing up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and also living a third of her life aboard an 80 ft Schooner in Key West, Florida, her love of the ocean began long before she was born, with sea captains & sailors wives in the generations before her.