Board of Directors

Chair: Cathy Salustri
Treasurer: Nicole Spence
Secretary: Susan Ray

(The above three positions comprise the executive board)

Membership: Mary Hanrahan
Fundraising: Cathy Tyson Marsh
Events: Karean Dorn & Susan Horrigan
Board members at large: Bob Bates & Rob Burkhart

The board meets once a month at the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport, Florida) on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. We make our meetings open to the public, and we allow paid members in good standing to speak about items on the agenda after the board has discussed the agenda item, but before the meeting chair calls a board vote. The executive board may, from time to time, limit the time of such member discussion. Non-members may also speak during the “public discussion” portion of the meeting, and the board may also limit how long each person may speak. Please note: We do not adhere to Robert’s Rules of Order.

We have two annual meetings: one every April, at the end of our fiscal year, and one every October, when we hold elections. Anyone who wants to know more about any of the Society’s activities can attend meetings, come to our events or email us. You may also review our constitution and bylaws.

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Cathy SalustriAbout Cathy (President): 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. Her areas of research include vintage Florida roadside attractions, the WPA’s work in Florida, and Gulfport. She has an MLA with a focus in Florida Studies from the University of South Florida St. Pete, 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.

About Susan (Secretary): Susan has a background in teaching and school administration. Susan earned her bachelors and masters degrees in teaching from Florida State University, a masters in Educational Administration from The College of New Rochelle (NY), and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. John’s University (NY). She was born in West Virginia and has lived in North Carolina, New York and Africa, ultimately retiring to Gulfport where she stays busy volunteering, reading and writing, biking and taking care of her fur-baby Chase.

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!

Karean Dorn (Events) Karen moved to Gulfport in 2009 from Ohio. She has four daughters and three grandchildren. She’s a retired radiology technician, member of the Moran Art center in St. Pete, and a docent at the Dale Chihuly Glass Collection (also in St. Pete). She belongs to the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center, and volunteers for the Center’s reassurance program and fitness center. She’s also a member of the Senior Advisory Board for the city of Gulfport. As you can tell, she’s a tireless volunteer.

“I came out of retirement to run my own house cleaning service for the past four years,” Karean says. “I have also volunteered for Gulfport Neighbors. I am happy to now serve on the board of the Gulfport History Museum.”