Chair: Cathy Salustri
Treasurer: Nicole Spence
Secretary: Susan Ray
Membership: Mary Hanrahan
Fundraising: Cathy Tyson Marsh
Events: Susan Horrigan and Karean Dorn
Board members at large: Bob Bates & Rob Burkhart
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About Cathy (Chair): When she was seven, Cathy’s parents moved to Florida from New York and decided to bring her along. With the exception of college, Cathy has lived in Pinellas County ever since. She grew up in Clearwater and first moved to Gulfport in 2003. Since that time, she has also lived in St. Petersburg and on St. Pete Beach, but now lives in the northeast section of Gulfport. She worked for the local paper for 12 years, in which time she developed a deep attachment to Gulfport’s eclectic community. Currently, she is the arts & entertainment editor for Creative Loafing Tampa.
In 2011, Cathy logged almost 5,000 miles in a camper as she retraced driving tours from the Works Progress Administration’s Federal One tour guide about Florida, Guide to the Southernmost State, in search of Florida’s overlooked culture, history and destinations. Her book about those travels, Backroads of Paradise, came out in October 2016 and was featured in the New York Times in January 2017.. She is currently at work on a second book about life in Gulfport. Her areas of research include vintage Florida roadside attractions, the WPA’s work in Florida, and Gulfport. She has a master’s of liberal arts with a focus in Florida Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she studied Florida history and culture under Drs. Gary Mormino and Ray Arsenault. She also speaks about her research, the WPA work in Florida, historic driving tours, and vintage roadside attractions, across the state.
About Nicole (Treasurer): Nicole has a B.A. in Art History from Emory University. She lives in Gulfport with her husband and daughter and their dog, Dougal, who sits at the table for dinner and has a penchant for sweaters.
Mary Hanrahan (Membership) Mary was born in England, near London, apart from a brief spell when her family emigrated to Australia and then moved back to the UK, she grew up in rural Kent on the Thames Estuary. Mary went to college at the University of London where she earned a B.Sc in Computer Science with Statistics. After working in the computer software industry, Mary and her husband moved to Texas in 1980, for a two-year spell. 35 years and three American children later she “retired” to Gulfport. While in Texas, Mary worked as a consultant in the Oil and Gas Industry on software for refineries and petrochemical plants, traveling the world to visit the plants — some in delightful spots, others not so!